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River Roast is a waterfront restaurant wedding reception venue located in Chicago, Illinois. Nestled within the downtown area with views overlooking the glistening Chicago river, this lively social house exudes both style and comfort. Specializing in handcrafted tavern-inspired American cuisine, it is the ideal location for you and your guests to sit down for an unforgettable meal.

Facilities and Capacity

Situated within the historic Reid and Murdoch building, this spacious location has six different indoor and outdoor venues for you to choose from. From intimate gatherings with your nearest and dearest to tremendous gatherings of up to 1,000 guests, there’s room for everyone. Depending on your needs, stylistic approach, and time of year, these spaces can also be customized to create separate areas for dining and dancing. For smaller get-togethers, there is also a secluded veranda and dock available for you to host private cocktail receptions or dinners.

Services Offered

Be it formal or casual celebrations, the talented staff at River Roast is committed to helping every couple realize their own unique vision. Dedicated to exceptional service, this team has an impeccable eye for detail when it comes to planning weddings. With a wealth of event planning experience, they will help you craft a complete reception timeline to make sure your special day runs smoothly. From designing the perfect seating plan to providing audio-visual equipment, they strive to make your day as stress-free as possible. Their range of services include:

  • Event planning
  • Wedding decor
  • Setup and cleanup
  • Dance floor setup
  • Valet parking


With a scumptuous menu created by Executive Chef, Cedric Harden, Riverside Roast specializes in serving contemporary American dishes with a focus on elegantly delectable presentations. From the four-hour brunch option to the full three-course Royalist menu, there is a range of customizable dining packages to choose from. Popular dishes include slow-roasted pork loin, the signature chicken breast, and Jake Melnic’s famous wings. Whatever your palate, expert culinary staff will work with you one-to-one to construct a full menu that meet your needs. Whether you are looking for the wedding cake of your dreams or an array of late-night snacks, they are here to help. There is also a full bar selection and service staff are on-hand to make sure empty plates are cleared and champagne glasses are kept full. Other cuisine-related options include:

  • Tastings
  • Hors d’oeuvres packages
  • Snack and stationed options
  • Complimentary votive candles and menu cards

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?


Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Set Up

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Wedding Cake

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Open Bar

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


Describe your venue:

Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?

Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Event Planner
Outside Vendors

What catering services do you offer?

Cocktail Reception
Family Style
French Service
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake

What bar services do you provide?

Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Outside Alcohol
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What food and beverage items are available?


What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?


What months are included in your off-peak season?

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4.8 out of 5 rating
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Steve S. Married on 05/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Exceptional Experience

Alyssa and the staff bent over to make our reception and dinner very special amid Covid 19 restrictions. Everything could not have gone better, food was exceptional and service was top notch!! Could not be more appreciative of everything they did for us as a couple and our group the night of the event.
Jennifer M. Married on 04/30/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent Food, Excellent Staff, Perfect Day

We had both our ceremony and reception at River Roast on April 30, 2022. It was a perfect day, thanks to Alyssa and the staff. From welcoming our guests with a glass of champagne, to the flawless ceremony room setup and reception room flip, to the amazing cocktail hour and delicious dinner, to the dancing and the late-night snack.

The location is gorgeous, even in a complete downpour. All our guests had a great time, and even a month later, they're still raving about the quality of the food. How do they cook each steak so perfectly? We would (and have) recommend River Roast to couples looking for a great reception location or anyone looking to host a party.
Linda C. Married on 03/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best Team around and Great Food !

I had my wedding at River Roast on 3/12/22 , the day the river gets dyed green. Working with Kristin and her staff was AMAZING. Kristin was very flexible as we navigated the vax mandate, covid and all the nuances that came with all the changes by the city. She was very responsive and available and when we had to add the ceremony space, she worked to get us the best layout and plan. The food was incredible, and the space is beautiful, the river was green, and it was everything we wanted. If you are looking for a great venue with great food and amazing staff, River Roast is the place. Thank you Kristin !!!
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River Roast frequently asked questions

River Roast includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Set Up
  • Tables
River Roast includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake
The bar service starting price at River Roast includes:
  • Open Bar
The space offered by River Roast for wedding events is known for:
  • Historic Building
  • Restaurant
  • Waterfront
River Roast offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
River Roast offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
River Roast offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Event Planner
  • Outside Vendors
  • Wifi
River Roast is recommended by 96% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in professionalism, 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in average response time, 4.8 in value and 4.7 in flexibility.
River Roast currently offers 1 discount promotion for wedding services.

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