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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
Made a reservation since the reviews showed this place as an exceptional experience. We sat outside and the view was the highlight of the whole brunch time. I reserved here due to live Jazz on Saturdays but unfortunately we didn't hear anything... assuming we were outside and it was also calling for rain. The food was average and not expensive for the location. I wouldn't come back for the food but for cocktails at the bar or on the patio is recommended. As well, the service was excellent from the beginning until the end。
We were fortunate enough to get a seat on the outdoor patio overlooking the river on a busy Friday night. Service was attentive and friendly. We ordered a round of drinks to start our meal. The server informed us about their menu and what they were know for (whole roasted chicken).
The menu was interesting but stuck with their recommendation of the chicken. Also had the rabbit appetizer, and spinach for the side. The chicken was uninspired and poorly prepared. If you roast the entire bird, and especially if you do it upright (like beer can chicken), then it need to be properly trussed so that the white meat doesn't overcook before the dark meat does. But... it's also meant so that no one part of the bird is exposed to too much heat during the process. Well, that's exactly what happened. Several parts of the chicken were basically burnt. The skin and meat became jerky. The parts that were not burnt were grossly underseasoned. It felt like it needed some sort of pan jus or sauce to give it some life.
That being said, the rabbit was tender and tasty, although the plating left a lot to be desired. It's decent sized portion that was served in a woefully small creme brule type dish. Didn't affect the taste though.
Best part of the meal though was their berry cobbler. It was a huge portion (although at $16, it definitely should have been) and was very tasty. Berries tasted fresh, nice balance with the cobbler crust, and a simple vanilla ice cream.
The location, atmosphere, and service are worth going for... the food may be hit or miss.
We had a very nice dinner at River Roast. Our server was excellent--very attentive and answered all of our questions. Four of us split the roast chicken and an 8oz roast beef with some sides. I appreciated that the noise level of the restaurant was not overly loud--you could hear the people at your table talking and didn't have to shout to be heard.
The restaurant itself is in a great location and has a great atmosphere, but soon as it took 10 minutes for our server to come by I knew the experience wasn't going to be good. Once our server finally came by we ordered drinks which took 15 mins to arrive and when it did my beer was warm. I then asked what was in the bloody mary and our server had no idea and basically told us the usual stuff. So I ordered an appetizer and after 25 minutes I asked where it was and he said he would check and then returned with our lunch dishes instead, which one of us asked what was in something, the server said it had beef and it came with pork.... Instead of apologizing or trying to make it right says we won't be charged for the appetizer. Really? Thanks for not charging us for something that was never given to us.. Overall the service was below par and the fact the server had no clue what was going on made it not enjoyable at all.
We went to River Roast while in Chicago for sightseeing. A friend recommended it and had given us a good recommendation for San Fran. Too bad this isn't baseball. .500 would be HOF. Sadly, River Roast was underwhelming. We were seated next to a screen that was supposed to divide the dining area from a private party. Screens do nothing for noise. And that party wanted to make sure EVERYONE knew they had a birthday. Over and over again. A private party isn't really private when only a screen or curtain separates them from the rest of the dining room - bad design. The server quickly took our orders. The food arrived within minutes. The couple next to us had the same server who very attentively plated their meals and spent extra time finding out about their weekend plans, etc. For us, he was no where to be found when the food arrived or for some time after. The platter with the fish was plopped on the table by a different server who disappeared in the blink of an eye. Finally, I plated the meal for my wife and me. Despite the speed in which the meal arrived, the fish was, at best, lukewarm. I'm guessing it was prepared earlier in the day and hadn't been warmed up enough. Speed is great as long as the food doesn't suffer. In this case, it did. I hope the couple next to us gave the server a great tip. His tip from me reflected our experience. The bottom line - - super-noisy, inattentive service (to us), lukewarm food and (for the quality) high prices. That's four strikes. I won't give River Roast a second opportunity to burn me.
River Roast has the best fried chicken my family and I have ever eaten. Also, I love the casual dress code in a prime downtown restaurant. It's unpretentious and comfortable with a great view.
Although, I was a little bummed the menu changed and was not able order some of the food offerings I saw photos of online. . . . . I was really looking forward to Chicken Pot Pie. You can bet I'll return to River Roast when it's back on the menu. YUM!
The specialty is roasted entrees. Well cooked, good sides and reasonable prices. The waiters are a little over the top with their description of how the food is prepared. It is unnecessary for diners who have been there before. Good for families with children.
Looking for lunch on sat and roast was a good combination of brunch and lunch. We had a party of 5 so we were able to try a few. Out of 5, Crab toasts 3, whole fish was a 3 but 42$ which moved it from a 4 , rabbit and waffles also a delicious 4 @14$, the Oktoberfest board @ 18$ 2 because of the cost, lamb pastrami, which was more like a salad and also one of the winners with a 4 and at steel at $12. Very surprising. Rabbit, fish and pastrami were the best. Cocktails were standard fare but good. Overall very good meal. Would go back
Went to dinner with the girls. Waited an hour for a table on the patio, and walked along the river walk while we waited. It was totally worth the wait, the weather was beautiful, as was the view and the ambience. Our waiter was friendly and helpful, and very attentive to food allergies in our group. And of course, the food was delicious. We ordered a few salads to get us started, and then had the whole chicken and the fish. It was more than enough food for the 6 of us... And we even had leftovers to take home!
Had an excellent experience at River Roast. Staff was very welcoming, service excellent and great ambience outside on the patio overlooking the river.
Then there's the food--we ordered the special fried chicken. It was seriously the BEST we've ever had. Crispy. Moist. Tasty. Delicious.
The only complaint is that the fried chicken is a special and we were told that it may not be on the menu after September. We highly recommend River Roast!
Took a client to dinner at River Roast in Chicago.
Wanted a casual restaurant but one offering good food.
Menu was limited either to "roasts" to be shared - beef, chicken, pork, fish - with only a couple of dishes offered for individual dining.
Ordered buratta and tomato salad and scallops with greens salad as appetizers. The burrata was served "smashed" rather than whole; not as I had expected and somewhat unappetizing presentation. The scallops were tasty but got lost mixed in with all of the greens.
Our branzino was prepared "fire-roasted" and was plated without any accoutrements save for some large fried "somethings".
Waiter, while attentive, seemed like he wanted to be somewhere else.
All in all, a somewhat forgettable experience.
Very good experience! Thank you for everything! We had two small kids and accommodations were made last minute to make room for highchairs with no problem. Great service! Great food! Great views! One of my favorite places for brunch. Get there right when they open to get a seat on the patio.
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