About River Roast
Situated on the iconic Chicago River with stunning views of downtown, River Roast is a lively social house and gathering place from James Beard award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef John Hogan. The menu features contemporary American tavern fare with dramatic presentations of whole roasted chicken, whole roasted fish and slow roasted beef; all carved tableside. The food is handcrafted, yet rustic, with many plates designed for sharing. The bar offers a large selection of local beer, craft cocktails, beertails, and wine. With one of the best patios in Chicago, River Roast is a great place to enjoy dining outside on a hot summer afternoon or a crisp fall evening. River Roast Private Events offers six spaces, all with spectacular views, for parties from 10 to 1,000. Saturday and Sunday features our Blues and Brews Brunch with live Chicago Blues Musicians performing from 12PM-3PM. We are open daily for lunch and dinner.
American, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
HAPPY HOUR MON-THU 4:30pm - 6:30pm BAR AREA
*limited menu offered from 3-5
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Blues & Brews Brunch
(Saturdays & Sundays 12PM-3PM )
River Roast’s curated brunch menu by Chef John Hogan paired with his favorite live Chicago blues bands.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Whether you are planning a grand affair for 1200 guests or an intimate dinner for eight, our experienced event team will work with you to create a memorable event. With six spaces to choose from, each paying tribute to our historical landmark building, the options for corporate and social events are endless.
Contact our Private Events Team by email or by phone, 312-527-1417.
With stunning views of the river and downtown, River Roast Private Events offers an impressive setting for your next party or meeting. Helmed by James Beard award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef John Hogan, River Roast is a lively social house and gathering place.
River Roast Ratings and Reviews
After a rough start, we wound up having ...
After a rough start, we wound up having an incredibly good time at River Roast. Despite having an 8 pm reservation, we weren't seated until 8:30. Naturally that put us in a bad mood about the place.
But our night improved once we got to our table. We had a great view of the river and our server was prompt and answered all of our questions.
We got the roasted chicken with a side of brussel sprouts. Everything was bursting with flavor. The chicken, side potatoes and brussel sprouts were seasoned and prepared perfectly. I can't recall a meal more perfectly prepared.
For dessert we shared an ice cream sandwich, which is ice cream between two large fresh chocolate chip cookies. Wow is all I can say. Delightful.
Will definitely go back.
My young adult children and I had a wond ...
My young adult children and I had a wonderful meal and visit at the Saturday Brunch. Each of us enjoyed a delicious meal with live music. Service was excellent and we had a lovely city river view. Crafted beer and cocktails were enjoyed as well. I definitely plan to return to River Roast!
Chef John puts together some to the fine ...
Chef John puts together some to the finest gastronomic delights you could ever imagine. I confess that last Saturday I went for some simple comfort food for Brunch. Biscuits and gravy.
Never have I imagined that B's and G could be divine. You're probably saying, "c'mon now, really?" But it is so. It's all good. You can't go wrong at the River Roast !
Went for thanksgiving. Food was fine bu ...
Went for thanksgiving. Food was fine but not spectacular or imaginative...pretty mundane. Service was professional and attentive...better than the food. Good location with nice views but at their prices it's no value
One major issue- the restaurant concept! ...
One major issue- the restaurant concept!! We were a party of 5. Very confusing when you "have to" a the guidance of the menu and server purhcase meals for two and if one of you doesn't want what the other wants makes it very difficult! Also the sight of a whole chicken upside down for us was a bit disconcerting! The vege/pumpkin dish came highly recommended, and looked great but was a bit too firm and the whole thing just did not come together as a combined dish. Average wine bottle prices too high, need a wider range of prices.
Sorry, we really wanted to love it, but have cancelled our Christmas booking. Positives were the location on the river and ambience, fish was excellent, service excellent but concept is missing something to make it as special as we thought it would/could be! Meals options for one would be a great start!
After a great dining experience about a ...
After a great dining experience about a year ago, we found he whole chicken overcooked, the beef order MR was delivered Medium and the boat of vegetables was very skimpy, too many grape tomatoes, not enough brussels, squash, etc. Disappointing.
We were there for the Sunday Blues Brunc ...
We were there for the Sunday Blues Brunch. Great music. Loved our waiter. Food was fantastic. I started with a bloody mary with a skewer which was a meal by itself. Then we all shared the beet salad, roast chicken, hogan's peas and my youngest daughter ordered a cheeseburger. More than enough for 4. Best chicken we ever had. Would love to enjoy the riverside outdoor space in warmer weather.
Must go for the cubano; however, the cub ...
Must go for the cubano; however, the cubano is not available on the weekend brunch menu :(. Went on the weekend and chef agreed to accommodate the request. - thanks so much!! They went above and beyond on this request. Weekend brunch has live blues music which is extremely relaxing and enjoyable.
I'm a vegan, and my husband is not. We ...
I'm a vegan, and my husband is not. We both enoted the roasted, charred, smoke-sweet flavor of the vegetables. He passed on the whole roast chicken, but is already looking forward to trying it on our next visit. He had the golden gobblers of fried chicken instead, and said they were excellent. The service was responsive and Emma, our server, was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. We've already booked our next reservation.
Not a lot of healthy choices for brunch. ...
Not a lot of healthy choices for brunch.
Opted for the omelet of the day with beef, oven roasted cherry tomatoes, and 5 year aged cheddar. It tasted great but there was hardly any meat in the omelet. It came with house oven roasted rosemary potatoes which came out over done and dry with no sign or flavor of rosemary.
As I final note, I was expecting the restaurant would bring a candle and dessert for the birthday celebration I mentioned in the reservation. I specified in the reservation notes it was a birthday and would like a table next to the window with a pretty view of the Chicago River. They did give me a nice table but no candle to finish the meal or bubbly on the house :(
So many restaurants have done for me in the past I am spoiled now.
We enjoyed our evening. We had an excell ...
We enjoyed our evening. We had an excellent server... Very knowledgeable . It was a bit loud, but understandable since it was a Saturday night. The food portions were large so we were able to share. I'm sure we will be back.
Came just for the ambience right on the ...
Came just for the ambience right on the river and was blown away by the food. Brunch was fantastic. Got the croque Madame and ate the whole thing. Must try the crab toast and advocating. To die for. Fabulous experience.
I was in town for the weekend, and River ...
I was in town for the weekend, and River Roast was a must. We sat on the patio in the November sunshine and enjoyed the Roast Chicken with peas. Delicious food, great ambiance with the live blues band. I would always recommend this place.
We're repeat visitors to River Roast (th ...
We're repeat visitors to River Roast (this was our fourth time), so we thought it would be fun to celebrate a duo-birthday there for Sunday brunch. Unfortunately, we experienced really poor service this time (most other times has been above average). For example, our server came back and offered refills on mimosas for half of our table but didn't check in with the rest of the table, so our birthday boys had no beverages. No one asked how our food was tasting. We had to ask a bus person to find our server to get the check, and then she asked us if we wanted dessert but didn't have the check with her (so we waited another 5 minutes after waiting 15 before). The bus service was very good, but our service experience was poor. I can't remember the last time I wanted to tip 15% in a restaurant, but since we were a large group, our service charge was preset. Maybe that's why we didn't get the attention we deserved. Kind of embarrassing when you're the person who makes the reservation for a special occasion. Our There were a few other things as well but no need to get into petty details. I guess we'd recommend it for a smaller group in the future (assuming poor service was due to our table size), but that's a bummer since getting the Roasts to share as a group are a big part of the fun. The location is great, especially if you want to sit outside on a warm fall day (we weren't able to due to group size and a reported 1 hour 45 min wait).
We have enjoyed the food and atmosphere ...
We have enjoyed the food and atmosphere at River Roast on multiple occasions but hit the jackpot with out-of-town friends last weekend. Qualities of the restaurant did not disappoint (the roasted chicken over potatoes is particularly outstanding!), but being able to enjoy each other's company at an outdoor riverside table on an early November evening in Chicago was a bonus. We'll keep coming back!
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