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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.
Chicago, IL 60654
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
I was surprised by the menu that offered the pork for a serving of 1 for $22 and got the bill for $43. The waiter offered a very heartfelt "Sorry about that" smirk :( To top it off the food was not that good - the pork was tough not tender and the cornbread was hard. You're paying top dollar to have it cut tableside for food that is subpar. If I go back I would try the chicken but considering it's just a rotisserie chicken cut beside your table you might find a better deal at Boston Market.
Chef Hogan and team made us feel at home at the chef's table! The charcuterie, cocktails, wine recommendations, oysters, delicious roasted entrees (outstanding fish and what a chicken!) were all prepared perfectly. Service was informative and fun and never intrusive. The splendid desserts made everyone smile! HOME RUN!!
Live jazz at Sunday Brunch is just too much. Couldn't hear my friends, the music was way too loud for my hangover, and unfortunately, the brunch options were lacking too. I don't need formal service at brunch. I need good food. And bread on the table. Had to ask for bread 3 times even though we were right next to the side table where it was being toasted. I could have stepped over and gotten it myself without anyone noticing. And why did they have to pollute perfectly good butter with mushy over-sautéed onions? Also, you don't have to toast sourdough, but please don't over toast it. It was too hard to eat without smearing it in butter, which as previously mentioned, was ruined with mushy caramelized onions. Heard really good things about this place, but they must have been talking about dinner. Hard pass on the brunch.
We've been to River Roast several times and we just keep coming back. The food is just delightful: superior main courses and very innovative side dishes. Any of the main dishes will easily feed two - so order with that in mind, or plan on leaving with a big carry-out bag!
First time and not the last. Love this place, Scottish Egg was amazing, great wine, live music that was not so loud you could not talk without yelling.
I'm not a craft beer person but they work with me until we found something that did not taste like "crap beer ".
Can't wait to get back
I was trying to take my date to a dress casual foodie Chicago hotspot and I procrastinated so I couldn't get a reservation at the girl and the goat. I did some reading and this seemed like it was going for a similar, "fantastic food first" dining experience. Wasn't too crowded but the reservation got us an awesome table looking out on the river. The food was really exceptional, everything was prepared marvelously and portions were really quite hefty. I was expecting something really pricey based on the asthetic but really the food was dished out generously enough to leave us both stuffed, and to be honest they could easily charge much more than they do and still be in business. They had oysters Rockefeller as a special and it was the best seafood I've had since leaving the west coast. Really an awesome restaurant with a fantastic location, ambiance and a cheff that has really worked some magic into their menu.
This was the 2nd time I've been here. Two of us split the pork and it was solid. However, it was not as good as the roast, which we had last time (and is awesome). Wait staff is good - they pay attention to you but don't rush you out or bother you non-stop. It's a little expensive for how little else you get with the meat, but it's a good choice overall. I'll definitely be back.
I ordered the "restaurant week" special which was a mistake. there was too much food and none stood out. I started with the chicken that had way too much breading and needed some dipping sauces. the salad was fine, but he beef I ordered was tough and not cut table side which our waiter should have mentioned. to his credit, he insisted on bringing out another steak which was just as tough as the first one. the red velvet cake tasted stale and dry and was under-whelming at best. really disappointed in the food especially for how much we spent. no need to ever go back.
We were very disappointed in the food and service at River Roast. For Restaurant Week, 3 of the 4 of us ordered the pork chop and it was not cooked the way we expected - it was tough. The red velvet cake was very dry. Although there seemed to be enough wait staff on the floor, service was poor - it took 2 hours for 4 courses to be served. We will not be returning.
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