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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
We loved River Roast!!! A beautiful setting along the Chicago river with creative cocktails and delicious food. We especially enjoyed the roasted veggies, probabaly the best vegetable preparation we've ever had. The roast pork was delicious too. We thought we would have leftovers to take home but finished every bite! We will definitely go again.
Our party of four shared the roast chicken and two vegetable side dishes, "dirty" carrots and peas. The chicken was moist with an agreeable smokey flavor.
The excellent potatoes that came with the chicken were crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside. Apart from the noise level, the only negative was the speed with which the chicken arrived to our table so quickly after placing our order.
Well it started out when the waitress brought us clean plates but one of them had a piece of lettuce on it so it obviously wasn't clean. Then we ordered a beer and they brought a can of beer when was that not what we had ordered. Then I asked about the potatoes and she told me they were fried and I ordered a side but she didn't tell us that we all have potatoes on our sandwiches which did not show up on the menu so we ended up with a bunch of extra potatoes
Great location. Our sever was nice and attentive. However, the food was s little disappointing, as well as the wine list. The roasted veggies were barely roasted and had no flavor. I had to ask for salt to continue eating them. The beet salad is just that - all beets.
Shout out to Trent, our waiter. His personable demeanor and spot-on suggestions made our experience at River Roast terrific. Even though the restaurant claimed to not have our reservation (oops- we had 2 email Open Table conformations, how fast can you say--host/hostess stand needs some help!) Once we got to our table, Trent was a fabulous waiter and directed us to many great entrees and desserts. We ended up loving River Roast and will be back.
We are regulars at many of the great restaurants in Chicago. We've eaten at River Roast many times over the last few years, but hadn't in a number of months. We always order the roasted chicken and have always enjoyed it. The potatoes as the side have made it special. This evening the chicken was very ordinary, lacking flavor and very dry. The potatoes lacked flavor and their usual crispness. We mentioned this to our server and it seemed to go unnoticed. There are too many great restaurants in Chicago to waste an evening on average quality. The table on the river is always divine, a true great city experience. But, we won't be going back to River Roast any time soon, unfortunately.
Absolutely amazing restaurant. The restaurant decor is very comfortable and inviting. The cocktail list had some neat and inventive cocktails. The food was amazing. We started with the tomato and burata and an order of the meatballs. Both dishes were seasoned well and ingredients were fresh and flavorful. Our next course we had the roasted chicken and with cane and with the most amazing potatoes, the chicken was juicy and had a lot of flavor. We also had the green beans and asparagus. Both were cooked beautifully. We topped our meal off with a peanut butter chocolate mouse which was amazing. Can't wait to go back. Our waiter was very nice and helpful. Just an overall fantastic evening.
I had been to River Roast before and loved it so we came back again. The view was beautiful and the food was great again. Shortly after we sat down and ordered, the band started playing and it was so loud that we couldn't talk because we couldn't hear each other. Also, we ordered the pork, which was $22 for 12 oz. We were charged for the 24 oz bc they brought us out a larger portion, which we didn't order. Our waiter did make the correction, but whoa. I don't want to be charged for something I didn't order!
My husband, sister and brother in law went to River Roast on a Saturday for brunch. We were seated outside on the patio and our table was about 15 feet away from the band. It was so loud that it was laughable. None of us could hear each other without yelling. We ordered the pork platter to share, the chilaquiles with smoked chicken and elotes. The pork came out raw...not undercooked or medium rare, which we would've been ok with, but raw. Our server was apologetic and took it back. They cooked it more and upon it coming back to our table, it was still a raw, seeping pork blood onto the butcher board it was served on. The $25 chilaquiles had 3 tiny pieces of chicken on them. 3! Also, our elotes never arrived, so about 15 minutes into the meal we asked if they were coming out. The most disappointing part was that when our bill arrived, everything was still on it, including the inedible raw pork. That put us in an awkward position as we asked to speak to the manager to inform him of everything that had gone wrong. He was very kind and apologetic and removed the pork and elotes from our bill and thanked us for coming. Unfortunately, despite it being a great and lively location, none of us will be returning to River Roast.
The ambience is very trendy and cool. Kind of industrial-chic. They have a good beer and cocktail menu. I felt the roast beef was tough and the horseradish was weak. Almost like mayonnaise. No heat. I will probably try it again, but I won't get the roast beef again.
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