River Roast Social House | River North | Contemporary/Regional, Music venue | Restaurant

River Roast Social House Menu

Hours: Monday-Friday noon-9 PM, Saturday & Sunday 11:30 AM-9 PM

Price: $$$$

A riverside restaurant featuring contemporary American tavern fare from Executive Chef Cedric Harden.

Restaurant Details

The Levy Restaurants behemoth's answer to the shuttered Fulton's on the River is by appearances a chummy collaboration between Spiaggia jefe Tony Mantuano and former Keefer's chef John Hogan. It remains a huge space, boasting a patio that hovers just above the river. The centerpiece of the menu is a trio of high-ticket hunks of roasted meat: a whole chicken, a whole fish, and eight-ounce portions of sliced beef sirloin. The shtick, as servers will spiel, is to replicate a Rockwellesque Sunday dinner—they'll even roll carts tableside to carve them up daddy-style after you say grace. What's particularly interesting about the food at River Roast isn't these pricey family-style showpieces, but the array of diverse small plates and sides, such as a Scotch egg, or a lush, crispy-edged panfried headcheese cake, or a variety of dense, meaty terrines. But two out of the three roasts are the most disappointing things upon the menu. The beef—shimmery red slabs with a salty crust, served with a sharp horseradish butter—is evidence that the kitchen isn't just playing with fire. If only the fish and the fowl were treated with such kindness.

Mike Sula

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Price: $$$$

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