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/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
This was our second time here and it was ...
This was our second time here and it was great again. The Big Fish and Pork were fabulous. Our service outstanding and the views were perfect. You can't get any better view from the Chicago River than River Roast.
The ambiance at the river is the biggest ...
The ambiance at the river is the biggest draw. Service was friendly. With very few exceptions, the dishes are for sharing. Whole chicken, two person size rib etc. Not great when dining alone. The steak was okay, not great and the mushrooms very salt. I always add salt to everything but had to rinse the mushrooms with water to make those eatable. Suitable for groups who want to share and where the quality of the food isn't the key driver.
This a great pre theater place. We wal ...
This a great pre theater place. We walked over from the Goodman theater and took about 5 minutes. We went on a Sunday and selected our food from their brunch menu. The food was terrific. The salads were fresh and the burger was cooked perfectly. We all enjoyed the music too. I will definitely come back for dinner!
Beautiful evening as we sat outside over ...
Beautiful evening as we sat outside overlooking the river and watched the sun go down as the city lights came up. Seared bay scallops were a great start and the pork roast for two (carved table-side) was outstanding. Crusty on the outside, juicy on the inside. Sides included the mushrooms with brioche, very good, and the RR potatoes, exceptional. Carrot cake for dessert was a fitting finish to a fine experience. A most enjoyable evening.
Love this restaurant, the food is wonder ...
Love this restaurant, the food is wonderful. We sat inside due to weather and a band was playing. The music was good but way to loud for such a small place. It was hard to have a conversation with our friends and also to hear our waiter.
Went for Lunch with Co-Workers and we a ...
Went for Lunch with Co-Workers and we all had a great meal. We all love the Miniature frying basket and BBQ Chips. We will be coming back soon to try the Roast Chicken. We hope to have more time there and not rush to get back to the office.
Everything is solid though nothing is a ...
Everything is solid though nothing is a big WOW. Love the simple and straightforward options of meat + sides, and also a good number of vegetable options. Great place for big groups and with a great view on the river.
What a huge disappointment. Had River R ...
What a huge disappointment. Had River Roast on my list of places to check out and went here for a celebratory brunch, with family from out of town, due to location on the river. We arrived early, and waited at the bar for our reservation time. This was the highlight of the visit. Our bartender, (didn't catch his name) was wonderful, kind, good-spirited and up-beat. Even took time to make a special drink, even though there were very busy. Fantastic bloody mary! The meal itself was good but not the best brunch I have ever had. Maybe because we didn't order the fancy roast meats, there was less attention paid to our meal. Great location, great bar staff, good food, but execution needs a lot of work....
Beautiful patio view of the river and th ...
Beautiful patio view of the river and the the beauty of our fair city. Food is very good but it dies have a limited menu. Veggie plate is disappointing but the chicken, and roasted potatoes are fantastic. Wine list a bit lacking on the higher end.
Nothing beats patio seating on a nice su ...
Nothing beats patio seating on a nice summer evening in Chicago. While they noted a patio table wasn't guaranteed when I made a reservation, when I got there, it was only a 20-30 minute wait. We sat at the bar and when the table was ready, we were swiftly seated.
The view was great and the food better than expected. Two of us split the zucchini blossoms, crab and avocado toast, roast beef, potatoes, and Mexican corn - everything was yummy and I'd order it all again.
The service was also good. Attentive, but not overbearing, as well as patient. As we were finishing our meal, my brother showed up and ordered more food and drinks. This extended our time at the table, but the waiter didn't bat an eye, even when we became one of the last tables to leave. Will definitely be back!
We went for our wedding anniversary and ...
We went for our wedding anniversary and the blues brunch. We had reservations for 11:00 AM and we were able to sit in the shade outside. It gets very warm there in the sun with not alot of breeze and no umbrellas. Many people who originally sat in the sun moved after a period of time. The food was very good but not as spectacular as I remember. Not sure if it was our server (who seemed to be more interested in turning the table than explaining things) or being outside. Whatever the case, we had a good time and would go back with some minor modifications to our time spent there.
One of the nicest dinners we have had re ...
One of the nicest dinners we have had recently was at River Roast. We dined there prior to attending a play and were very impressed with the ambiance, menu, and service. Julio was our waiter (kudos to him for excellent service!) and described everything to us in detail. We ordered the chicken and 2 orders of the beef, all carved table side which added to the experience. The food is everything we expected and more: tender, flavorful and abundant. Along with a shared salad and sides, the four of us were stuffed by the end of the meal! But of course, we decided to share 2 desserts, which really topped off our experience. Dark Chocolate mousse/pudding and a cherry dessert in a mason jar were absolutely delicious! We are happy to find this wonderful establishment, right on the river at LaSalle, and will be sure to return for another great experience.
As I said to my brother as we were leavi ...
As I said to my brother as we were leaving River Roast on friday - this is a good place. We had the meatball sandwich and the chicken salad. Both were tasty and well portioned for a lunch. Try to get a table along the river - the amount of river traffic these days is amazing. also the water taxi drops off and picks up at River Roast!
I took a friend for her birthday lunch a ...
I took a friend for her birthday lunch and although the food was good, we cut it close with us both being on our lunch breaks in terms of when the food came. I had been there prior with my daughter and it was delicious for both of us. However, I had the fish sandwich and my friend had the burger and for the prices they were both smaller than we expected. They were both good, but nothing to really brag about. Last time I had the special roast BLT and my daughter had the Ceaser's salad with beef. She loved it and I loved mine too. We also cut it close for me to go back to work. We sat outside and liked the ambience. My last visit we sat inside per my friend's request. I would go back and try it one more time. There were 2 items on the menu with an * and were somewhat distinguished by themselves. We asked our waiter and he said he did not know why they were like that. If I recall, one of the sandwiches was something like the phillie steak sandwich. Anyways had the same waiter both times. He was super nice. Would love to come after work to try some of the cocktails.
River Roast was amazing! 5 of us ladies ...
River Roast was amazing! 5 of us ladies came together for a night of fun in the city. We picked River Roast because it was close to the hotel. We let the staff know that it was my mom's 70th birthday and my aunt's retirement celebration. NOT ONE THING WAS SHORT OF AMAZING! They brought a champagne toast on the house. The appetizers were delish. The salad and all of the entrees (MUST ORDER THE PORK) were delish. We enjoyed our time IMMMENSELY. They even brought out 2 small cakes for dessert (again--on the house!)
Daniel, our server, was lovely. Attentive but, not annoying.
I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND A DINNER AT RIVER ROAST while downtown!
Our server, Jordan was very friendly and ...
Our server, Jordan was very friendly and gave us a great long list of suggestions for Sunday brunch. In addition to the service and delicious food, we really enjoyed the amazing view of the river from our seats that were perched right above the scenic river walkway.
My parents were in town from Michigan fo ...
My parents were in town from Michigan for the weekend and I was so excited about dining here for my mom's birthday brunch. I specifically chose this place because of the amazing river views and it was such a beautiful summer day. Upon arrival we were told that the outdoor patio was full and could not accommodate our party of 4. We were very disappointed as the entire reason for coming here was to sit outside, but we sat inside since that's all they said they had available. When the hostess took us down to our table, we saw out the window at least 2 tables outside that were empty! When we asked if we could sit at one of them, she told us they were being left open for larger parties than ours, and refused to seat us at one of them. However, a few minutes after we were seated, we saw a party of 4 being escorted outside to one of those tables! We thought maybe they were waiting for more people to arrive, but no. Through their entire meal, no one else ever showed up. Why was that 4-person party allowed to sit outside and we weren't?! We were all very upset about it, and it put a shadow over what was supposed to be a lovely birthday brunch for my mother. Despite having amazing food and service otherwise, I don't think I'll ever be coming back to this rude place again.
Very Disappointed.. My wife and I were ...
My wife and I were there for Saturday lunch. I ordered the omelet special from the brunch selections based on the waiter's descriptions. I was served a small overcooked omelet that had so many hot peppers and green chili sauce that I found it inedible. Alongside the omelet was a mound of over spiced and over cooked fried potatoes. Also with it was what was described as "air dried flank steak" which was nothing but a miniscule portion of dried shaved beef. We were seated on their lovely patio but our table was fifteen feet away from the very loud jazz band...we could not carry on a conversation. Management did the proper thing and comped my meal. There are many better placed than this on the Riverwalk.
Nice spot to dine outside on the Chicago ...
Nice spot to dine outside on the Chicago River. The chopped salad was very fresh and had a lovely dressing. Although the menu doesn't mention it, we were able to add chicken and salmon to the salad. A little pricey, but I guess that is the area. Two salads and two glasses of wine were $70.
The food was great, if not a little expe ...
The food was great, if not a little expensive but with the view of the river and decor I'd say it was well worth it! The staff was very friendly and attentive...except our waiter who seemed very distracted by his larger party which is understandable to an extent, but I think that could have been managed better either by him on a personal level or by the management at a table assignment level. Despite that I would highly recommend this place!
We had a very pleasant time. We arrived ...
We had a very pleasant time. We arrived early for our reservation and we were seated immediately with our choice of inside or out. Due to the extreme humidity we chose an indoor window seat. We had a great view and cool air.....two important things. :) We received water and menus right away. Our waiter and water person was very prompt and polite. We enjoyed all the food. The Scotch Egg was wonderful! And the whole chicken was as we read on other review......very juicy, filled with wonderful flavors and way more than two people could eat. My husband described it as chicken flavored butter because it just melted in his mouth. We took home some lovely leftovers. :) The live singer during the brunch hour was very good. The volume was fine for us because we were inside, but I can see how it would be quite loud if you were sitting on the patio. Overall, we would love to come again and next time I'd love to have the shrimp po boy sandwich. I saw it delivered to another table and it was a huge portion especially for the price & it looked delish!
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