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
Everything was good (food, service, ambi ...
Everything was good (food, service, ambience). When we got our bill I felt that it was a bit pricey for what we received. I can get the same meal and great service in othe areas of Chicago and suburbs for about 30-40% less. Having said that, though, when you come to River Roast, you're partly paying for what I assume to be high rent for a great location and probably some sort of extra taxes for downtown dining.
Citizen of the world
Great and convivial dining experience. Excellent roasted food that can be shared. The roasted branzino and chicken were delicious.
Great opportunity for valet parking righ ...
Great opportunity for valet parking right at the front door! The service was impeccable and Courtney was a charm! The food was excellent 🍷
I love River Roast. I have been here a number of times and the food is consistently tasty. The service is great and very pleasant and friendly staff. I would have liked to sit outside but it would have been a 30-40 minute wait. Next time I would definitely request a table outside--weather permitting. We started with the house pickles which were so delicious. For dinner (2 of us) split the chicken. We finished it it was so good. I love that they carve it table side and it just has such a great taste. The potatoes with it were also delicious. Highly recommend River Roast and I hope to dine there again soon.
Poor waiter.. back of house left us han ...
Poor waiter.. back of house left us hanging, sending out wrong dishes and taking 25 minutes for drinks. Such weird service again. Been there 5 times now, 2nd bizarre service experience. Love the food. But the back of the house is a mess. Tell me why I should come for trip number 6? Because I need a reason to. Your restaurant was on our short list to have our wedding but not so much any more.
I attended a large dinner a few years ba ...
I attended a large dinner a few years back and the food was really good. When I made my dinner plans a month ago I remembered being here and after looking at their full menu made my reservation. The four of us had a wonderful meal with plenty to eat! The service was great and I'll be back again.
Food was good would've liked sandwich be ...
Food was good would've liked sandwich better without gravy. Outdoor nice but music is loud so more of a listening adventure rather than visiting
Always an amazing experience. Great pla ...
Always an amazing experience. Great place for a business dinner, our guests really enjoyed themselves!
Went here with a group not from Chicago ...
Went here with a group not from Chicago looking for a river view while eating and drinking. River Roast was a perfect fit for business casual feel while the staff was outstanding at handling our 10 person reservation. This was a recommendation from a server at another restaurant on Randolph street when I had asked about an excellent spot on the river that wasn't too stuffy. This did not disappoint and the food was excellent. These folks from Texas and Baltimore absolutely loved it and wanted to stay there all night.
Lovely meal on the river.
We had a lovely lunch of oriental chicken salad out on the patio. Although the LaSalle St. bridge was up, the clanging stopped early during the lunch and it was not distracting. Waiter was friendly and not obtrusive. Salad was fresh.
River Roast is wonderful. We booked a ta ...
River Roast is wonderful. We booked a table for ten, and they took the reservation without hesitation. Our party straggled in with multiple children in tow. The staff assisted along the way and made for a happy and efficient process. The food was phenomenal. We sampled 2/3 of the dishes on the menu. All of them were excellent and easily shared. The roast beef and chicken was succulent and perfectly cooked. The croque Madame was so good that we had to order another. The drinks perfectly matched the meal. The staff was courteous and one step ahead of us providing service before we needed to ask. And I haven't even mentioned the view. It is one of the best in Chicago. Overall, a wonderful experience. Oh, and the head chef actually works there and interacts with guests! Oh, and they had live blues, and the performers were exceptionally good. We are definitely returning multiple times over.
The service was a little slow and there ...
The service was a little slow and there were a couple times when I had to go get someone because the server was nowhere to be found, but when she was there she was pleasant. Besides that everything, I mean everything was top notch. The spinach that the rabbit was on top of was excellent, I will not forget that dish!
Friendly staff and while they weren't ve ...
Friendly staff and while they weren't very busy, waiters were just not very attuned to their guests needs. I will attribute that to poor training by the management , not the fault of the staff. The food was edible, just not very creative, I rarely have a poor dining experience, sadly, this was one of them. I hope others have better luck.
This was my second visit to River Roast. ...
This was my second visit to River Roast. My wife and I were spending some vacation time in Chicago so we wanted to hit a few restaurants I knew would be special. River Roast did not disappoint. We tried several menu items to share but had the Roast Beef as our primary entrée, it was excellent. Our server was attentive and provided excellent service without being too visible. A great Chicago gem, I encourage you to try it.
Lovely Mothers Day Lunch
The food here is always amazing. I am addicted to the chicken and roast potatoes. This time we made it to dessert too. They were fab. They make their own soft serve. Sunday was Key lime pie. It was mothers day and I thought it would be rushed, but it was relaxed and lovely as always. There was a couple singing jazz and blues. It was billed to start at 12 noon but they only arrived at 11.55 am and spent a lot of time setting up and didn't really get going until nearly 12.30 pm. It was a nice touch but wish they had started on time as our table was at 11.45 am. That was the only slight down side. But we still enjoyed the whole experience.
The setting of eating good food outside ...
The setting of eating good food outside looking at the new river walk in the heart of downtown Chicago is tough to beat. Can't go wrong with the mussels and the big fish(crispy or roasted). Solid beer and mixed drink offerings.
Great food on the river
A group of four came by, and we were able to have an amazing vegetarian feast, split between us all. The boatload of veggies + 2 sides ( + the shishito peppers to start) were all really tasty and enough for a lunch. Food came out really quickly--no complaints! The patio looked amazing but we didn't have time to stay for the extra wait time. Next time, though...seemed like it could be worth it.
On the positive side, great food in a be ...
On the positive side, great food in a beautiful open space. On the negative side the staff is too pushy to let you have a conversation. You'll also end up with way more food than you can enjoy if you go with the flow.
Perfect for group
Go to place for ease, price and location for a group. Most recent experience, 9 women shared 3 of their delicious chickens, 2 salads and several sides. The private room overlooking the river which allowed us to talk and still hear the blues band in the main room was a major bonus. Perfect evening and everyone raved. The chicken is the best of the roasted group we think and 3 or 4 can share with some sides.
More than I expected
I went to River Roast because it seemed like a safe pick for an eclectic group including a couple of people with less than adventurous tastes. However, the quality of food was far better than I expected. The meats were exceptionally well prepared and the service was excellent. I was very glad this "safe" pick made even the foodies happy.
Great for a work celebration lunch
We had a group of 8 for a work celebration. We shared the group meals and they were fantastic. The vegetables were amazing, and the chicken was fantastic. I recommend this place for a celebration or work lunch. If the weather was nicer I would have asked for a seat outside on the river.
I'm a regular
I rarely write reviews, but I felt compelled to because I love this place. I work a block away and have had multiple lunches, after-work drinks, and dinners there. I've introduced a bunch of people to it and every one has raved. Great cocktails, fantastic and unique food (esp. for non-veggie folks), awesome view (esp. outside in summer), friendly staff. Go.
Great view, fantastic blues band, pretty good food
- Croque Madame was just ok and didn't come with potatoes or anything else - Hubbies potatoes and shrimp po boy were excellent - Bloody Mary's had the right amount of spice but the skewer wasn't worth the extra $ - Made reservation 2 weeks in advance.. Was disappointed that this did not get us patio seating for an anniversary date on a rare gorgeous April day in Chicago; had to settle for a window seat - Our server was extremely friendly but over-extended and therefore not attentive enough
Best Blues Brunch in the City
Came here with girlfriends who were visiting from out of town -- what better way to show them the true Chicago than have brunch outside along the river, listening to live blues/jazz music while sipping on a bloody mary with a side car. The service was fantastic and the menu was out of this world - we wanted to order one of everything. The hash is great and the Rabbit and Waffles were the best I've ever had! Definitely going back soon to eat everything else on the menu.
One of Chicago's most underrated restaur ...
One of Chicago's most underrated restaurant's! Chef John has a great operation.
Wonderful restaurant/bar right on the Chicago river. Food was good and there's a nice variety on the menu. Service was also very good. Our waiter was friendly and attentive
I really enjoy going here... never a disappointment. My friend said this was the best dinning experience we've had together... and we've been friends for over 15 years and we've dined every well.
Decent for last night in Chicago
The protein carving for two is more suitable for three people. The chicken was good, but I would not call it outstanding. Neither the chicken nor the cocktails were worth the prices being charged in my opinion.
On secod thought ...
Making mistakes is easy. Making apologies is hard. I just got a very heartfelt apology from management at River Roast. Any company that cares that much about the perception of its clients must care about pleasing them each and every day so I must chalk up my experience that evening to a bad day when anticipated staffing was not equal to the unanticipated beautiful evening. I will give River Roast another try if only to experience what looks like the best perch on the Chicago River.
Disappointed that we made a reservation ...
Disappointed that we made a reservation and when we arrived there were a number of outside tables available for our size group but were told it would be an hour wait. Not sure what the value of a reservation is at this place. Also since the music was outside which was our reason for going (good brunch and live music) you couldn't really hear the music which defeated the point. Food was good as was service but this was disappointing experience.
That's some chicken
The food at River Roast was all very good. We had the whole roasted chicken, roast beef, fish, and peas. The only downside was the service. Unfortunately, we were seated in a small area next to a huge TV at table-level. We asked to turn the TV off, and that was not a problem. Our server was a bit inattentive, especially regarding the au jus and pop-over (which was otherwise good).
Food was OK. Location (outside on river) was excellent.
Perfect Date Night
My fiance lives out of state and came in to visit. We had an amazing time, the food was great and the ambiance of the place was just perfect for our short weekend together.
2nd time, excellent service, excellent m ...
2nd time, excellent service, excellent menu, excellent experience overall. ... we've had the.pork for two, the chicken for two...fried rabbit and mussels as an appetizer......
On a cold and wet Sunday came to River Roast for brunch. Great atmosphere with a Blue bands playing, and the food did not disappoint. As a Brit, it was great to experience the American version of a traditional roast.
Don't get the beef! Not worth it. Ours was especially salty. Their Free bread was the only thing I enjoyed. Wish I ordered the fish or chicken instead.
River Roast had a good selection of food which was very interesting. The service staff was a lot of fun and kept us interested.
Nice birthday dinner
The duck terrine appetizer and the beef roast were spectacular. Our server had some great recommendations for desserts to order. When I mentioned that it was my husband's birthday, he brought out a red velvet cake, which had been one of dessert choices we were considering but ended up not ordering. It was very good.
Didn't know river roast had a live band ...
Didn't know river roast had a live band for brunch on the weekend. Place was awesome.
Get the roast pork incredible
Get the roast pork incredible
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