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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
Great Fathers Day buffet meal -- food was fantastic-- but so disappointed with our service. It was warm outside in the patio-- just beautiful-- but we had to continually ask for our water glasses to be refilled. And, we had to remind our server, Eibar?, several times of our drink requests. Guess that is what happens when gratuity is automatically added because of the holiday. Too bad because it was otherwise a terrific experience.
We had our reservations for over a month, I got a confirmation call on Tuesday saying there was a special menu in honor of Father's Day, fine, went to the website and there was no special menu listed until later in the week, we decided to keep the reservation it were disappointed in having to pay $55 dollars a person for what we got...no beverages included, limited options, and no one to serve the ice cream they had on the menu. The food was ok but typical with buffets certain items were picked over and gross looking like the shrimp and grits....they had a dish of grits with all the shrimp on top, two trips up and not shocking other patrons had scooped up the shrimp and there was nothing but grits. Sure the regular brunch is good but we wouldn't know.
Made Father's Day res. Arrived at restaurant and they told us they had changed the menu to only brunch buffet menu. Online there was no mention of this. My kids and my niece and nephew barely ate anything. We thought we were ordering off of the menu. Kind of a scam on the restaurants part. They said they called to inform us. I had a missed call at 816pm the night b4 with no message. Spent almost $500 For mi ima food and had to bring the kids out to eat afterwards. Ugh!!!!!! Waiter was nice.
I've previously had 2 nice experiences but this most recent visit (on a summer Friday night) was extremely disappointing. Average to mediocre food (overcooked meat) and really disappointing service (20mins to get a drink?!). I did have a few good meals here previously, but this last visit was truly sub-par. I guess my experience was either a one-off or a sign of a restaurant in decline. Not sure I'm going to go back to find out.
I actually flew up from Austin for my daughter's 21st birthday with my family and specifically choose River Roast for this one in a lifetime event, I spent almost 700.00 for 5 people and it was miserable. To be fair, the 'big fish' was very good but the roast beef was over done, and the pork was bland and aweful. I'm not sure if it was their desired intent but the sauce the market as an apple something or other tasted like burnt carmel. I cannot and will not recommend this restaurant to anyone, actually I'll actively go out of my way to make sure anyone I know in the Chicago area or traveling to it avoids this place like the plauge.
As an aside, the server couldn't get his brain together, kept claiming we were someone elses table but noone else ever showed and thinking about it neither did he unless I GOT UP to track him down.
Horrible, Horrible, Horrible, Horrible, Horrible, Horrible, Horrible, Horrible, Horrible, Horrible! If you have a loved one and are looking for a special event, go anywhere else. Zed451, Signature Room (where we went for other meals and actually enjoyed).
Great location, so long as you don't mind wasting a special event on a terrible quality restaurant.
We shared the roasted chicken which arrived standing on its head...haha... or where its head used to be. Juicy and delicious. We also shared the roast beef. Which was tasty but not quite the star that the chicken was. Sides of carrots and dirt, as well as green beans were very good and plenty for the four of us. We had a table outside, right next to the river which I would recommend. The city lights and the boats going by made for a wonderful background. Service was attentive but not omnipresent. We will go back!
We were greeted efficiently and seated promptly . The view of the river and reflected lights with boats passing by was romantic.
The wait staff was courteous but clumsy when replacing and removing plates and flatware. Of the two main courses the pork was juicy and flavorful; the branzino was salty and other flavorings over powered the taste of the fish. The sides of beans and mushrooms were ordinary.
Overall the experience did not match our expectations.
Although we're always pleased with River Roast, this time was a bit of a letdown. We started with cocktails at the bar. Even though the bar was fairly empty it seemed nearly impossible to get a bartender's attention. Our waiter, Gonzalo, was great. Food was fair; chicken not very moist, pork undercooked, cauliflower much too hard, shishedo peppers sprinkled with too many spices. Roast beef was good and carrots wonderful, and thank goodness it was a gorgeous night!
We were also disappointed that the Mexican corn was removed from the menu!
Beautiful river view! Very accommodating for larger party. Burgers great; chicken sandwich very thin and underdone. Wine by the glass tasted old and flat. Restaurant gave us free desserts and took off some $$. Possibly return, but only for a burger and the view. Restaurant very busy inside, so maybe my experience was not the norm.
while the lunch menu offers a variety of good sandwiches (especially the Cuban), the dinner menu is very short on options. Besides sides (I strongly recommend the mushrooms), you essentially are limited to roasted chicken, beef, fish, or pork. We ordered the chicken and the pork. The chicken was great, very juicy, and a decent value (considering Chicago pricing). However, the pork plate (Ribs, Loin, and Brisket) undoubtedly was NOT cooked "low and slow" (it was neither flavorful nor remotely tender).
Love the setting have been before my shrimp po boy was good but my husbands chic sand was skimpy .. too much bread.. potatoes were good .server really good!
Very noisy glad when the band started as it drowned out the screaming babies! Too hot outside to dine so sadly we had to eat inside .. river setting:unbeatable!
We had a pre-theater Saturday lunch here and sat outside on the river.
Started with the Bloody Mary, which was outstanding/refreshing.
For lunch shared the Roasted Chicken and asparagus. Everything was flavorful and plentiful. Would highly recommend!
Carnivore-friendly restaurant on the river, with great riverfront seating in the summer where one can watch the boats passing by. Feature is carved-at-the-table meats. There are also small plates before the dinner hours. Higher than normal prices because you're paying for the location.
While the food was excellent, my husband and I were disappointed with our waiter and overall experience. Servers at tables around us seemed to take a greater interest in their guests, explaining the selections and concept of the restaurant (meat carved at table, most popular dishes, etc), while our waiter seemed rather uninterested in us. This was particularly disappointing, as we selected this restaurant to celebrate our 25th anniversary, which I included in the reservation notes.
The food was excellent. It was well seasoned, flavorful and portions were approach size. The menu is a little limited in selection but overall a good place. The service was attentive but not intrusive. The mushrooms were a wonderful addition to our steak that was served tableside. It is right on the river so it has great views. I just wish that it was nice out so we could have enjoyed the meal outside.
I don't know what I was expecting but this place was really great. I was looking for a place that did not fry their entrees to accommodate an employee's diet restrictions. The roast beef was good........really good. Everyone liked what they ordered.
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