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 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
Really lovely meal downtown on the river ...
Really lovely meal downtown on the river! My fiance and I enjoyed ourselves immensely with delicious food. Next time, we will definitely just order a bunch of appetizers because they were so yummy! We had the roasted chicken and that was great too! Wonderful place overall!
We really enjoyed River Roast and look f ...
We really enjoyed River Roast and look forward to going back! It's the perfect place for a date night or group outing! The view is amazing, and the food is delicious! The roasts are juicy and well seasoned. We ordered the chicken and roast beef, and both were amazing. Decided on 4 stars for value due to the portion size for the pork meatballs appetizer. For $12, we expected a plate full of balls but instead only received a pair of balls and a small potato. Lol Between 3 people, it was weird to share. The roast beef was also $32 per 8 ounces, and we thought the portions could have been more generous. The Big Fish, chicken, and pork are the way to go! Those roasts looked delicious and huge! We really enjoyed our time there and look forward to going back to try the other roasts.
This was our first visit to River Roast, ...
This was our first visit to River Roast, but it won't be our last. The setting on the river is very nice whether you dine inside or out. For our meal we had the roast pork, roast potatoes and hogans peas. The entire meal was delicious and the service was excellent.
Had a very pleasant meal at River Roast ...
Had a very pleasant meal at River Roast on our wedding anniversary. I would like to see more options available on the brunch menu, especially if you don't eat rabbit. LOL! I really wanted to try the little chicken bites!
I took my girlfriend to River Roast for ...
I took my girlfriend to River Roast for her birthday before meeting up with friends for drinks. We sat outside on the patio - near the heaters - for the meal. The restaurant was lively but not overwhelmed with patrons, which kept the noise at a comfortable level. The view on river at night is as good as it gets in Chicago, too.
The food was creatively prepared, sourced locally, and very delicious. River Roast also has a strong beer/wine/cocktail list. We went with a bottle of wine to match our dinner, though you could easily go here for cocktails and dessert.
Chicago has a lot of restaurants to try out but we're looking forward to going back to River Roast again soon.
We have dined here before and ordered th ...
We have dined here before and ordered the branzino served Mediterranean style with good results. However, this last time, the fish arrived a bit greasy and barely lukewarm. It was overly salted and seemed to have been cooked earlier in the day and then badly warmed over. This is not what we expect from this kind of restaurant. We should have sent the dish back. We eat out a lot as we have a condo in the neighborhood and there are plenty of great options for fish. We do not plan on returning. I would now rate this restaurant as a tourist trap for out of towners who don't know that there are plenty of better restaurants in River North.
Service was excellent. Staff very friend ...
Service was excellent. Staff very friendly and helpful - whenever we needed anything, they were there. But not steadily running around us.
Tasteful food, super quality.
Great view on Chicago River.
Nice place for a special evening.
ohmigosh!!! loved loved loved! my husban ...
ohmigosh!!! loved loved loved! my husband and i had a night out kid-free and we jumped on the chance to hit the city. we've had wanted to try this place several times but never a good opportunity. so glad we were able to get a reservation. everything was great! next time, we'll bring our girls ;-).
Unfortunately I was unable to attend thi ...
Unfortunately I was unable to attend this venue due to filming of a movie. Receptionist was very helpful . We were unable to get answers on how to navigate through traffic, etc. You would think someone would be knowledgeable on moving around..
Beautiful position and lovely blues musi ...
Beautiful position and lovely blues music during brunch. The ambience of the place is not great inside as it's something in between an Irish pub and a very casual restaurant. The menu is small but the quality of brunch is excellent. Charcuterie plate is more German than French or Italian (mostly pate' and weird salami..) and the wine list is Ok not great
We've been here a few times and this was ...
We've been here a few times and this was the first occasion in which we had to eat inside. I am not a fan of being too close to other patrons and the host resisted our request for a private table initially but then changed her mind right after we were seated. So that was odd. The waiter made up for the rocky start. He was really outstanding. The food is wonderful there. It was loud as there were several corporate groups. Despite that, we still enjoyed the experience.
This was the perfect spot to sit outside ...
This was the perfect spot to sit outside on the river and enjoy an evening with friends! The views were great, the food was delicious and the portions were big and perfect for sharing. We had leftovers for days! It was a little cooler outside, but they had all their heaters on, which made it very comfortable.
My wife and I booked a table for a dinne ...
My wife and I booked a table for a dinner-after-work. The hostesses greeted us pleasantly and showed us to a table in a good location. The courteous server came promptly as did cocktails. Our salads arrived shortly after we ordered. Then we waited, and waited, waited (thirty minutes, I'd estimate) for our entrees. After I complained to our server, the manager came over to say that a large group had come in and "challenged the kitchen." He offered to buy us a wine. After another ten minutes, our food came. It was very good.
When I described all this to a friend, she reported that she and her husband had had the same experience.
It was my first time here. My 4 friends ...
It was my first time here. My 4 friends and I split 6 different items (Supper Club Mushrooms, Mexican Street Corn, Shrimp & Crab Toast, Pork Meatballs, Chicago Style Sashimi, & the Golden Gobbets) with our drinks. My sangria was delicious, the early fall weather was fabulous, and our waiter was kind and funny. I'll definitely be coming back!
We started with the zucchini blossoms st ...
We started with the zucchini blossoms stuffed with fontina in a tomato sauce. They were very good. We moved on to sharing the pork roast, which was delicious and plentiful--enough for us both to take home another meal. Accompaniments were peas with onions and the wonderful roasted potatoes. I'm anxious to go back and try the chicken I saw being served to others.
The service was great! I thought some o ...
The service was great! I thought some of the dishes looked amazing, but I didn't love the soup I ordered (probably my fault for doing that instead of the divine looking egg dishes). I thought we probably paid an uptick on the food for the view of the river, but otherwise would go back again.
My husband and I absolutely love coming ...
My husband and I absolutely love coming to River Roast! Our server, Alan, was especially kind and had the best recommendations for us to try! The Roast Beef was delicious and so juicy! We also got a few appetizers to split among us all (4 people). Definitely a fun place to go to for good drinks and for good food to share!
Had lunch with my out of town friends. W ...
Had lunch with my out of town friends. We sat outside by the river. It is a wonderful Chicago experience. I had a salad and asked them to add roasted chicken and that was no problem. The salads are great, not too big, and the turnips au gratin style were amazing. Will be going back!
What better way to enjoy a gorgeous summ ...
What better way to enjoy a gorgeous summer night then sitting outside on the riverfront. It was out first time at RR. There were 4 of us and we decided to have 2 salads and the cold smoked chicken. That was plenty of food. The salads were fresh and light. My husband and I shared the grilled baby romaine salad. It was yummy. Our friends did the chopped salad with roasted red peppers. We all cleaned out plates. The chicken was juicy tender and flavorful. The smokiness was an overwhelming at all. It came with roasted potatoes which were soaking up the juice from the bird. Tables around us ordered the pork and the steak both which looked amazing. The service was just okay but the scenery and the meal compensated for the lack luster waitress. We will go back.
The Riverview table was very nice on a S ...
The Riverview table was very nice on a Saturday afternoon while listening to some great Blues Band! The menu was a bit short but our food was very tasty. The Roasted meats were very good. The Po-Boy sandwhich was good although the bacon was still a bit underdone. Roasted potatoes were very good and a nice change from French Fries. I was happy at the Beer selection including the Draft micro-beers!
River Roast is a perfect example of a re ...
River Roast is a perfect example of a restaurant that focuses on a few things and executes perfectly. The menu is 1 page. It is built around 5 roasted choices: fish of the day, beef, chicken (whole), pork (several cuts) and a vegetable medley (it's a main course, not a side dish). The appetizers complement the roasted options and there are about 10 sides that you can order that are relatively simple, i.e., they are the ingredient without a lot of sauces or other distractions. We had the beef which came in 8-oz. increments. The whole roasted chicken at the table next to us looked perfect. I also saw the fish at another table which looked good. All meats come to the table in a single piece and are carved by the waitstaff at the table. Main courses are served on a wooden cutting board rather than a plate. Unfortunately, the cutting bards are warped and one allowed the juice to run freely off the board and onto my lap. Small price to pay for the quality of the food. Our server - Casey (?sp.) - could not have been better.
We sat outside and had a lovely view of ...
We sat outside and had a lovely view of the river and river walk across the way. The sun was behind a building for about the first 15 minutes, but then hit hard for the rest of the time, which was hot. Umbrellas or an additional awning would be a great addition. Our waiter was great and the rack of pork was superb, but they said it serves 2 and I think that number should be increased to at least 3 with leftovers, 4 with clean plates. It came with cornbread, which was delicious but they only give 1 muffin and when we asked for more, we received 1 more. Seemed a bit chinsy to me. The carrot and mixed bean sides were great and I would order them again. Overall, above average experience for me.
We selected River Roast to "show off" ou ...
We selected River Roast to "show off" our new city living to our suburban friends. We understood that the outdoor seating was first come, first served, and were delighted when we were seated outside by the river. The kind of Cajun style live music was great. The food was delicious, however, one in our party was disappointed the lobster special had already run out. We did not feel rushed as we continued conversation after finishing lunch. Excellent experience and great service.
The place is very nice, service is very ...
The place is very nice, service is very good but the food was not great. It wasn't flavorful and none of us (4) were impressed. Also, it took a while before we were served. Overall, I wouldn't return. The food needs to be better to match such a nice place.
The roasting method that you employ resu ...
The roasting method that you employ results in wonderful flavor. We took the waiter's suggestion and ordered the pork dish for two and a side of roasted veggies and loved the selection. We enjoyed our delicious meal at a waterfront table and this became a favorite memory from our most recent trip to Chicago. Thanks so much!
Got lucky with the weather and were seat ...
Got lucky with the weather and were seated outside on the riverside patio. The food was delicious - got the roast pork, zucchini blossoms, and veggie boat all to share. Perfect amount of food for 3 people, but the bill was a little salty for my tastes considering the portion sizes. Ah also got the ice cream sandwich which was amazing; vanilla ice cream in between two giant chocolate chip cookies. Service was excellent, and wasn't too noise outside. Overall a really good experience!
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