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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
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
This is what a really good restaurant do ...
This is what a really good restaurant does...It takes a limited menu of very good simple food and elevates it to a level that is fresh, tasty and different and keeps you wanting to come back again and again. Well Done!!!
We had a reservation but wanted to eat o ...
We had a reservation but wanted to eat outside on the patio by the river. Turns out that no reservation is required for that. Had the fire roasted fish and potatoes and both were really good. Interesting cocktails & wine/beer list. Good value as well considering the quality and quantity of food. We did not leave hungry.
Superb View of the River. If you want to ...
Superb View of the River. If you want to dine on the river , this is one of the best locations. The menu is rather limited and pricey .
High prices for a selection of very heav ...
High prices for a selection of very heavy food. Food rathe unremarkable. We ordered charcuterie, cauliflower and the cheesey appetizer special, can't recall the name. Just would have preferred some lighter options.
Live blues on a Saturday afternoon was a ...
Live blues on a Saturday afternoon was a real treat!
Food and service were outstanding. Locat ...
Food and service were outstanding. Location very good. Gerardo was very attentive.
Good food and good service. First Come ...
Good food and good service. First Come First serve for outdoor seating but inside was nice too!
Sat along the river and ate delicious fo ...
Sat along the river and ate delicious food. Great attentive service.
It was great time there! good service, t ...
It was great time there! good service, the food was very good, we had a good time!
Great service from the front door til de ...
Great service from the front door til dessert. Brunch on Father's Day with family and really good food. All of us lived the brunch menu. Definitely will be back!
Loved sitting on the outdoor patio dinin ...
Loved sitting on the outdoor patio dining on roast beef, asparagus, salad, and appetizers.
We were spending the day on the river ...
We were spending the day on the river walk and decided to try River Roast. We made a 5pm reservation but decided we were hungry at 3pm. We showed up and they were in process of turning tables for dinner. The hostess was very welcoming and found a table for us. The menu was limited but fantastic! Excellent charcuterie board, fab pate, yummy moscow mule and nice scenery; too bad the jazz music stopped the minute we arrived (again, the change to dinner service). Would go back for full menu. Great service too!
We sat on the deck on the river. It was ...
We sat on the deck on the river. It was perfect. Our server and his menu recommendations were excellent.
The night was great the only drawback wa ...
The night was great the only drawback was the waiter was kind of rude I had eaten here many times and knew what I wanted. He kept on pushing me to pair my food differently and on the third request he became very standoff. Other than that it was great I truly love eating at River Roast
Delicious family style setting. Server ...
Delicious family style setting. Server pushed hard to order everything at once which is hard to really estimate for a larger group. Despite completing full order at once, side still showed up late after mains. Delicious food. Fought for table outside which is first come first served. Inside bar was very slow to recognize we were waiting for a beverage before table was available. Bartender/ was 100% focused on pre-cutting his drink accompaniments instead of customers.
Great experience. The service was great ...
Great experience. The service was great despite busy happy hour.
River roast is ???? I can't not say. Th ...
River roast is ???? I can't not say. The outside dining is amazing. It's right on the river. The view is great. But that's about it. Mr Levy, put your foot down!!! This place with a great chef could be one of the top in Chicago. The appetizers are so so. The salads are so so. The whole roasted chicken is so so (needs sause) the roast beef is ok if you like meat that is well done. Forget about med rare and I doubt it is prime. The fish is ok if you like breaded fish (non breaded option dose not look so good). The desserts are terrible. Btw. This place is expensive!!! That's my point. Everything is just so so. At not so so prices. Will I come back?? Probably. but just for the views. Definitely not for the food. (I did like the potatoes.)
Had an amazing "date with my Dad" for Fa ...
Had an amazing "date with my Dad" for Father's Day. We got in late and made reservations on the way- were late for our reservation AND got there 30-45 Minutes before they kitchen closed and no one missed a beat- not one person was annoyed!! SOOO awesome! Delicious food and great service- we even had the entire back deck to ourselves.
I took my staff there for a business lun ...
I took my staff there for a business lunch and the food was fabulous! The meal was well priced and I would definitely go there again.
Went here specifically for the location ...
Went here specifically for the location and outdoor seating. The view of the river and being able to watch the activity of the boats, tours, and kayaks was a lot of fun. And, the food was great as well! Everyone raved about the various chicken, pork, and fish that we sampled. Would definitely recommend.
I couldn't wait to see what John Hogan h ...
I couldn't wait to see what John Hogan had in store for this (maybe not very) new location. While his partners in this venture have their own nuances that they feature, this place is all about John's tastes. 11am reservation for Sunday Brunch was ready for us even though the line we had to get in was out the door and starting down the street at 10:55. The waitstaff handled the onslaught of the first rush expertly and were very good in taking care of our table. We ordered brunch items and not one disappointed. Rabbit and Waffles had my name written all over it. The rabbit breading was tasty itself and the rabbit quarter was succulent. Omelet of the day was Swiss Chard, Asparagus, Tomato Confit and Goat Cheese ordered by a real meat and potatoes kind of guy. We were surprised that he would order this type of omelet yet he finished the plate clean. Scotch eggs with house made sausage had to be a highlight for the ladies in the group as well as the shaved salad was perfect. A couple of Mimosa's, Beermosa's, and Bloody Marys rounded out the experience. Hot Rod Brown was just firing for the Blues Brunch crowd as we were leaving. We got to say hi to John and he graciously took a picture with us. I have been to many restaurants featuring the partners in this business and look forward to coming back to John's place - River Roast.
Excellent food pray for good weather. Gr ...
Excellent food pray for good weather. Great meals to share.
We were celebrating my son's engagement ...
We were celebrating my son's engagement and both the furure bride and groom were happy with everything. Thank you for making it special with a little cake and candle. Ryan, our bar tender was THE best.
Disappointed with the food. Wasn't terri ...
Disappointed with the food. Wasn't terrible but could have been better. Won't go back.
2nd time visiting and it was as good as ...
2nd time visiting and it was as good as the first. Our waiter Thomas was fantastic. Chef John and the crew do a great job. Brunch and Blues is awesome!!!!! Rabbit and Waffles perfect mid-day meal.......... Hope to be back soon.
The food was decent. A little bland but ...
The food was decent. A little bland but heavy seasonings. Our waiter was awful. The bus buy was fine but the waiter was very off putting. Whenever he would come to the table he would look past the three of us or down at the ground. He would not check up throughout the meal and was unresponsive to several requests. The outdoor atmosphere was nice in the summer, positioned right next to the river.
Wonderful menu choices, great server, ni ...
Wonderful menu choices, great server, nice jazz. We loved our dishes.
Had to wait 20 minutes to be seated desp ...
Had to wait 20 minutes to be seated despite having a reservation and there were open tables. Took another 10 minutes to take our drink order. Food was good, especially the shishito pepper and fried olive appetizers.
We had a great birthday lunch at River R ...
We had a great birthday lunch at River Roast! Sitting outside by the river was great, and the presentation of the food is very cool.
Excellent time spent with my wife on our ...
Excellent time spent with my wife on our weekly date.
Great scenary, food was mediocre for pricing.
We dined on the carved roast beef, oysters and street corn. The outdoor patio overlooking the river was pleasant enough, but the food itself was no more than mediocre. If going for more than an appetizer and drinks, I'd recommend another place. The meat itself was fatty and over salted.
Great food and music. Service needs work
Had a delicious brunch with friends--once we could get the attention of the wait staff. We were there at an off-peak time so we were disappointed to watch wait staff rushing by (and checking their phones) as we sat there with our menus.
Good Food! Nice view right on the river.
Good food & wait service. Although, a bit on the pricey side. Good for group lunches and/or special occasions. Nice view right on the river.
Great spiot for lunch
Had lunch here with a friend and granted it was a spectacular day, but the food, atmosphere and service was really great. The outdoor deck near the river would be a good spot for tourist to enjoy the Chicago scene or residents to enjoy their own city.
Excellent food and service in a great location
Loved the view from the patio overlooking the river. Everything we ate was excellent...fried olives, fish, beef and all the sides. Going back for sure. Worth the wait for outdoor seating.
Good Food, Terrible Service.
Food was honestly very good, however our waitress was incredibly rude & demeaning, ruining our 1st year wedding anniversary dinner. Thusly, we will never be returning & will advise our family/friends not to eat here.
Best view in the city
I went on a date with my boyfriend on a beautiful weekend night. They take reservations, but not for outside--you still have to wait. But, it's worth it. Beautiful scenery. Drinks were great, price was moderate, food was delicious. We got the chicken roast--it can serve more than 2 people!
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