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River Roast

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

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House Pickles
Seasonal Jar
Scotch Egg
Pickled Mustard Seed
Pork Rinds
Spicy Green Goddess Dip
BBQ Chips
Housemade BBQ Rub
Blistered Shishito Peppers
Harrisa Spice, Lemon
Chef's Selection Housemade & Local Charcuterie, Pickles, Fruit Preserves, Mustard
Fried Smelts
Cornmeal Dusted, Caper Aioli
Citrus, Fennel, Honey, Pistachio
Shrimp and Crab Toast
Avocado, Shrimp Mousse, Brioche
Cold Smoked Salmon
House Cured, Fennel, Lemon, Fresno, Creme Fraiche, Chives, Parmesan
PEI Mussels, Hunter's Gravy, Wit Beer, Herbs, Sourdough
Wild Mushroom Toast
Herb Aioli, Scallions, Sourdough
Golden Gobbets
Seasoned Fried Chicken, Honey
Savory Beignets
N'duja Butter, Pecorino
Pork Meatballs
Tomato Sauce, Giardiniera, Ricotta Gnocchi
Half Dozen $18.0
Dozen $36.0
Daily East Coast & West Coast Selections. Traditional Accoutrements
Apples, Red Onions, Marcona Almonds, Shaved Pecorino, Bacon Vinaigrette
Local Beets
Escarole, Pistachio, Orange, Quinoa, Kalamata Olive
RR Chopped
Romaine, Feta Cheese, Roasted Pepper Onion Relish, Olive, Tomato, Red Wine Vinaigrette
Shaved Brussels
Lemon Vinaigrette, Pickled Red Onion, Watercress, Parmesan
16oz $48.0
24oz $65.0
The Prime Rib
Slow Roasted, Au Jus, Horseradish Cream. Available Saturdays & Sundays After 5
Roast of the Month' Herb Roasted Pork
House sausage, Pork Gravy, Yukon Potato
Big Fish
Crispy or Fire Roasted, Salsa Verde, Mediterranean Chips
16oz $64.0
Roast Beef
Local, Slow & Tender Riley Bros. Farm. Potato Croquette (available in 8oz and 24oz)
Whole Chicken
Gerber Farms, Apple Wood Smoked RR Potatoes
24oz $43.0
Rack of Pork
Berkshire Cider Brined & Apple Wood Smoked, Cornbread (available in 12oz)
Boatload of Veggies
Market Fresh & Roasted
Carrots & Dirt
Pumpernickel Crumbs, Goat Cheese, Balsamic
River Roast Potatoes
Red Wine Vinaigrette
Supper Club Mushrooms
Creamed Spinach
Garlic, Fennel, Tarragon
Potato Croquette
Bacon, Swiss, Chives
Lemon, Parmesan
Brussels Sprouts
Thyme, Sherry Vinegar, Crispy Chicken Skins
Caper Vinaigrette, Golden Raisins, Marcona Almonds
March - Porterhouse
Located on the Chicago River, RIVER ROAST offers dramatic city and water views from every seat - inside and out. Our menu of contemporary American tavern fare is satisfying and soul-warming. Meat, fish and veggies are roasted to perfection and carved tableside. Inventive drinks are offered alongside a large selection of local and Midwestern beers, craft cocktails, and wine. With one of the best patios in the city, River Roast is a gathering place to connect with friends, old and new. Our Brews & Blues Brunch features Chicago's finest Blues musicians performing live from 12PM-3PM. We'll see you soon for lunch, brunch, dinner or drinks!
US$35 - US$45
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Wine and Beer, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food! Try the open face egg sandwich!! Cool atmosphere and jazz band at just the right volume.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank lferrero1125
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having never been to Chicago before I was struggling to find somewhere to celebrate Thanksgiving day. I happen to find this place through Google maps and so glad that I did!! We absolutely loved this place and I would recommend to all visiting Chicago to...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Dlambo1968
JayS3762, Manager at River Roast, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the review and we're so glad you enjoyed your visit with us on Thanksgiving! We hope to see you again during your next visit to Chicago!

Reviewed 17 December 2018

I went here with a group of ten for an after-work dinner. The food was generally good, but for family-style ordering, some of the dishes were quite small. We had a smorgasbord of foods: the burrata plate was great; so were the pork meatballs; the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank mattc974
Reviewed 23 November 2018 via mobile

Outstanding Thanksgiving dinner with family. Buffet style dinner, outstanding food!!! First time ever to eat out for Thanksgiving but had a great experience, would do it again.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 639charliea
Reviewed 23 November 2018

I wish I could give a review of just the bartenders. I must say the rudest most arrogant group I have ever dealt with. Heard them swearing and complaining about everything. Spent more time stocking the bar then paying attention to me the only person...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Dan P
Reviewed 13 November 2018

Great location on the river Slight disappointment on the house specialty chicken roast This gotta be super cool place to hang out in summer

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Latvian_dude
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

I have been to River Roast for weddings, corporate events, and a few dinners, but I had never had brunch. I can honestly say that today’s brunch was my favorite meal that I have had there. I had lamb pastrami, which was really tasty. My...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank ericgK9249KL
Reviewed 11 November 2018

Hubby and I had dinner here as an invited guest to a wedding reception. Cocktails were served on the outdoor patio, and the bride and groom and wedding party arrived on a boat-what a lovely way to begin the evening. The cocktails and passed hors...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Gwen W
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

We have eaten twice here this week. Had different food each time. Food was amazing, very tasty. Huge portions, served family style. Atmosphere was cosy and not too loud.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank shazzzbo
Reviewed 23 October 2018

The food was so good, even the kind of condescending attitude of the servers won't effect my 5 stars :) We stumbled on this restaurant, hadn't read the reviews, didn't know about the sharing of entrees. I'm from the south and "family style" means something...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank jwfornow
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there was valet right in front of restaurant when we were there.
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