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River Roast, Chicago, IL
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River Roast

4.6
4.6
2467 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Situated on the iconic Chicago River with stunning views of downtown, River Roast is a lively social house and gathering place. The menu features contemporary American tavern fare with dramatic presentations of whole roasted chicken, whole roasted fish and slow roasted beef; all carved table-side. The food is handcrafted, yet rustic, with many plates designed for sharing. The bar offers a large selection of local beer, craft cocktails, beer, 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 Brunch menu from 11:30AM-3PM. We are open daily for lunch and dinner.

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2 people

9:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 822-0100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Cedric Harden

  • Private party facilities

    With stunning views of the river and downtown, River Roast Private Events offers an impressive setting for your next party or meeting.With six event spaces to choose from – each featuring sophisticated decor that pays tribute to the historical landmark building the restaurant is housed in – the options for corporate and social events are endless.

  • Private party contact

    Sales Manager: (855) 399-4084

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Cross street

    Kinzie

  • Parking details

    Valet is located on the east side of LaSalle, just north the LaSalle Street Bridge.

  • Public transit

    We are conveniently located near the Merchandise Mart Brown Line stop and the Clark and Lake Blue, Brown, Purple, Green, Orange & Pink Lines.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,467 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. MB

    MarieB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ordered mussels and a burger, both excellent. Drinks were fun and delicious - aperol and elderflower spritzes. Hostess was friendly and courteous. Server was attentive and super pleasant. Ate outside on a beautiful day, noise level still low as tables are spaced far enough apart. A great birthday lunch!

    River RoastResponded 2 days agoWe are so happy you had a great time, Marie! Thanks for choosing River Roast to celebrate your daughter's birthday! Please come again soon!

  2. SC

    SymoneC

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Had a lovely early dinner by the water. Staff were friendly.

    River RoastResponded 2 days agoThanks so much, Symone! We're so glad you had a lovely experience. We look forward to your next visit!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Roasted chicken is great. Great table with river view. Relaxing brunch.

    River RoastResponded 2 days agoThank you for the 5 star score! Glad you enjoyed the chicken!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful time, service and food were great would recommend it to anyone

    River RoastResponded 2 days agoThank you for recommending River Roast! So glad you had a wonderful time!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    We made our reservation special occasion. They made us wait for 45 mins. What is the point of having reservation.?!?! Also the hostes was extremely rude!

    River RoastResponded 2 days agoHello, thank you for sharing your experience. We do our absolute best to accommodate patio seating requests, but due to the large volume of special requests we have to seat on a first come, first serve basis. We always have a table ready for reservations inside, and it is the guest's choice to wait for outdoor dining. We are so sorry that you dealt with rudeness, that is not something we tolerate at River Roast and will be addressed. We hope you come back for a much better experience!

  6. EA

    EileenA

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The view is great

    River RoastResponded 2 days agoThanks for taking the time to score us, Eileen. We appreciate it and hope to see you back soon!

  7. G

    Goodeats24

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful lunch at River Roast yesterday! The food was delicious, the service excellent, and the location on the river on a beautiful day can't be beat!

    River RoastResponded 2 days agoWe appreciate the positive feedback and are so happy you had a great lunch! Please come back for another beautiful day on the river!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great food selection appetizers and drinks were good it just took about 10 mins to get water and over 16 mins for a server to visit our table and it didn’t seem overly busy. But inside maybe it was

    River RoastResponded on August 11, 2022We are grateful you shared your experience with us. We will use this as an opportunity to better ourselves and be sure our guests receive only the best service. We're so sorry we missed the mark, but hope you return for a much better experience!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Took (what felt like) a while to get a waiter even though we went before the dinner-rush so there was hardly anyone there. Lots of staff standing around. Food was ok, nothing phenomenal! The views from the outdoor patio are unbeatable and that is why we chose this place!

    River RoastResponded on August 11, 2022Thank you so much for sharing your honest feedback. It's disappointing to know you did not experience the amazing service and food we are known to provide. We hope you come back to enjoy the views again so we can really wow you!

  10. M

    Matt

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic views of the river, food, and drinks !!!

    River RoastResponded on August 9, 2022Thanks so much for the great review, Matt! Please visit again soon for another fantastic time!

  11. JS

    JavierS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good Food. Nice views of the river Worth the visit A very good option

    River RoastResponded on August 9, 2022Javier, glad you had a good time! Thanks for the review, we look forward to your next visit!

  12. SF

    StefanaF

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great customer service, amazing food and great spot with a view of the river.

    River RoastResponded on August 9, 2022Thanks for the rave review, Stefana! We are thrilled you had a great experience! We are so looking forward to your next visit!

  13. H

    Heather

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was outstanding. Service was a tad slow but nonetheless friendly. Patio dining here is great.

    River RoastResponded on August 9, 2022Thank you for your feedback, Heather! We are glad you experienced outstanding food and friendly service on the patio. We will work on speed of service so that your next visit is even better!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a lovely time! It was a gorgeous day and we were right on the water. The views were so nice and the food was wonderful! I would go back again for sure!

    River RoastResponded on August 5, 2022Thank you so much for your compliments! We're so glad you had a lovely time enjoying food and views! Please visit again soon!

  15. MB

    MichelleB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a small group of 6 people. Outdoor seating was available. The waiter was awesome in suggesting food and drinks. Everything tasted good!

    River RoastResponded on August 4, 2022We are so happy to hear your group had a great experience. We will share with your server and commend them on a job well done! We look forward to your next visit!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Birthday. Chicken great, pork dry but cider sauce saved it. Corn, potatoes, Mac n cheese and cauliflower were good. Huge piece of key lime pie to finish. Would’ve loved to get a table outside.

    River RoastResponded on August 4, 2022Thanks for celebrating your birthday with us! We appreciate the feedback about the pork and will share with our Chefs and culinary team, but glad you enjoyed the rest of your meal. Please come back to experience outdoor dining!

  17. HJ

    HenryJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to celebrate my wife's birthday! Especially like the whole fish!

    River RoastResponded on August 4, 2022Thanks, Henry, we're so glad you chose River Roast to celebrate your wife's birthday! Please join us again soon!

  18. LM

    LMcG

    Columbus

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A great restaurant in a fabulous older, Historical building right on the river. The service was great and the atmosphere was perfect for a Sunday brunch. I had the Chefs daily omelet special and it was good. Our table also had the French toast and the chicken and waffles. It was all delicious. The staff was working hard and all were very polite and attentive. I will def return and would recommend this spot. I bet the dinner menu and the lights at night make this a special spot at night as well.

    River RoastResponded on August 4, 2022Thank you for the great review! Our team will be so happy to hear you had such a positive experience during Brunch. You should absolutely come back to enjoy dinner on the river at night!

  19. m

    makaylaw

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    food was great service was even better ! the vibes were awesomee ! and the view !!!! amazing

    River RoastResponded on August 4, 2022Thanks so much, Makayla! WE are so happy to hear you enjoyed great food, service and vibes! Please come back soon, the view never gets old!

  20. J

    Jen247

    Chicago

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was hosting some friends from out of town and our dinner was Fabulous as usual! Great service, delicious meal on a lively Friday Night!

    River RoastResponded on July 30, 2022We are thrilled you had a great time with your friends, Jen! Thank you for choosing River Roast to host your group and for your positive feedback! We look forward to your next visit!

  21. MC

    MihaelaC

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We have been dining at River Roast for many years and always enjoyed it. Today was very different. From poor service to a salad that had too old/soft tomatoes and an uncooked whole chicken. The server was unresponsive and defensive when we addressed the issue with the salad. Gave up to even mention how tasteless the chicken was due to being served uncooked. What a disappointment to return to a fav restaurant and have this experience.

    River RoastResponded on July 30, 2022Hello Mihaela, thank you for bringing this to our attention, we are so sorry we missed the mark last night. We have shared your experience with our server and culinary teams to ensure this never happens again. We hope that you return for a better experience and give us the chance to be your favorite restaurant again!

  22. JD

    JennaD

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great- the food, the service, & the view! We started with the Golden Gobbets appetizer, which had the perfect amount of spice, served with honey to sweeten it a bit. Then we ordered Roast Beef cooked medium and a half chicken- both were cut table side, and delicious! We got macaroni and cheese for a side & it was good, just a little dry. Our server was fantastic, and sitting outside on the Chicago River was the perfect ambiance. Highly recommend!

    River RoastResponded on August 4, 2022Jenna, thank you for the five star review! We appreciate you sharing your experience and we're so happy it was a great one! We can't wait to share this with our teams and commend them on a job well done. Thanks again for the recommendation and please come back soon!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dessert and drinks for Franklin’s 53rd birthday. We enjoy being on the River.

    River RoastResponded on August 4, 2022Happy Birthday to Franklin! Thanks so much for the great score, we are glad you enjoyed your time at River Roast!

  24. PG

    PatriciaG

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had a lovely lunch with view of the river. Unique but tasty menu.

    River RoastResponded on July 30, 2022Thank you for writing a review, Patricia! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your lunch and hope you return for a second visit!

  25. K

    Keela

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat on the patio on a beautiful evening. Our service was excellent. The food was very good. Fun watching the river traffic.

    River RoastResponded 2 days agoThank you for the 5 star review, Keela! We are thrilled you enjoyed good service and food along with the views. Please come back soon!

  26. LH

    LizH

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most amazing meal we’ve had in a long time! Food was incredible and the view was spectacular! Can’t wait to come back!

    River RoastResponded on July 28, 2022Liz, we are so happy you had a great experience!! Thank you for the rave review, we can't wait for you to come back!

  27. P

    Patti

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Good experience downtown prices

    River RoastResponded on July 26, 2022Thanks for leaving a review, Patti! Glad you had a good experience, come back soon!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The river view adds to the ambience and the food was delicious. Outside tables are first come first serve so get there early.

    River RoastResponded on July 26, 2022Thanks for the great score! Glad you enjoyed the food and view! We hope to see you again soon!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    The hostess was not very accommodating but the servers were nice

    River RoastResponded on July 26, 2022Thank you for sharing your experience, we will address with our team and be sure every guest feels warmly welcomed and accommodated. We appreciate your honest feedback and hope you come back again!

  30. t

    tomr

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Beautiful evening out overlooking the river! The food was delicious- the ribs a surprise favorite all around! The service was sub- par. The waiter was not helpful or knowledgeable- he has been there 8 months ( we asked). Our reservation was at 7:15 and we were hurried to order since we were informed the kitchen closed at 8:30!! They refused to get us more drinks at 9pm with no prior notice! The tip was included- 20% but we were not informed of this either. Overall would go back and give it another try but - expected much much better service.

    River RoastResponded on July 24, 2022Hello Tom, thank you for your compliments of the food, we are so glad you enjoyed the ribs so much. We will certainly address your concerns with our team. It is never our intention for our guests to feel rushed or misled regarding our closing time or included gratuity. We will use your experience to improve and set better expectations for our guests. We hope you do come back for better service!

  31. l

    lauraf

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic. Location on the river was gorgeous. The cheese board and street corn side were the stars. Service was fantastic and we received our food and drinks very quickly.

    River RoastResponded on July 24, 2022Thanks for the great review, Laura, we are so happy you enjoyed good service and great food! Please come again soon!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was great. Food was great.

    River RoastResponded on July 28, 2022Thank you so much for the great score! Please come back again soon!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Guanajuato

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lindo lugar con gran vista al rio

    River RoastResponded on July 24, 2022Gracias por la excelente reseña, nos alegra que haya disfrutado de la comida y la vista.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for my girlfriend’s birthday. We sat outside at the patio. Beautiful view. The food was AMAZING!! Sooooo delicious! Our waiter was very nice. Would absolutely recommend going to this restaurant.

    River RoastResponded on July 24, 2022Thank you for the great review and recommendation! We are so happy you had a great experience while celebrating your girlfriend's birthday! Please come back again soon!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date with wife. Chicken sandwich was great.

    River RoastResponded on July 24, 2022Thanks for choosing River Roast for date night, we are so glad you enjoyed the chicken sandwich! Come back soon!

  36. l

    lorih

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Service was terrible. Waiter never properly greeted us, never explained the menu (only learned when we ordered the roasts that they take 40 minutes to prepare), never returned to refill waters or ask if we wanted dessert. Food was mediocre. Apps were the best, by far

    River RoastResponded on July 24, 2022Thank you for your feedback Lori, we truly take it to heart when we miss the mark. We will use this as a learning opportunity and work with our team to ensure attentive and friendly service to future guests. We are disappointed you had a negative experience but hope you come back for a better time. We will also share this with the building's valet company as they are not directly associated with our restaurant.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great. Our meal was good. It was a 40% chance of thunder storms so the patio was closed. I will come back again

    River RoastResponded on July 18, 2022Thanks for the 5 star review! We hope you do come back again to enjoy the patio!

  38. RL

    RajaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place by the River! Good service! I had good time celebrating my Birthday with friends there. Would highly recommend this place.

    River RoastResponded on July 18, 2022We are so happy you celebrated your birthday with us and had a good time! Thanks for the great review and score, we hope you come back again soon!

  39. CT

    ChicagoTrip

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for early dinner. We requested a seat near the river and enjoyed our time there. The roast chicken was by far the best we’ve tried. The skin was well-seasoned and crunchy. We also tried the oyster shooter and crab toast and both were excellent. Everyone at River Roast was kind and helpful. This restaurant will not disappoint. We will absolutely come back when we're in town!

    River RoastResponded on August 11, 2022We appreciate the great review and score so much! We are thrilled you enjoyed such a positive experience along the river, and we hope you come back soon!

  40. c

    cotoppin

    Denver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    We loved sitting along the river for lunch on Saturday. The service was great but the food was pretty mediocre. Maybe dinner food is better? If not, not sure it’s worth the price…

    River RoastResponded on July 18, 2022Thank you for sharing your experience, we appreciate the feedback greatly. While we are glad to hear you had good service, we are disappointed you did not enjoy your brunch, and hope you do come back for a better meal. We hope to see you again!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from River Roast using the Order Online button. River Roast also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. River Roast also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 822-0100.

River Roast is rated 4.6 stars by 2467 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for ChowNow
Google Map for River Roast

315 N LaSalle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60654

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kinzie

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet is located on the east side of LaSalle, just north the LaSalle Street Bridge.

  • Public transit

    We are conveniently located near the Merchandise Mart Brown Line stop and the Clark and Lake Blue, Brown, Purple, Green, Orange & Pink Lines.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Cedric Harden

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 822-0100

  • Private party facilities

    With stunning views of the river and downtown, River Roast Private Events offers an impressive setting for your next party or meeting.With six event spaces to choose from – each featuring sophisticated decor that pays tribute to the historical landmark building the restaurant is housed in – the options for corporate and social events are endless.

  • Private party contact

    Sales Manager: (855) 399-4084

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