Restaurants Along The Chicago River

If you’re looking for a great place to grab a bite to eat in Chicago, you don’t have to look far. The city is packed with fantastic eateries, from steak and seafood to pasta, burgers and, of course, world-renowned Chicago-style pizza. Some of the best restaurants in the city come with a view too, as they’re found right alongside the Chicago River. 

Gibsons Italia

233 N Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606 | Website 

From the same company that brought us Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Gibsons Italia serves up Italian fare right alongside the Chicago River. Located on N Canal Street, Gibsons Italia offers dishes ranging from pasta and beef to seafood. The fashionable restaurant additionally provides the uniqueness of a retractable glass roof and walls, plus every seat in the restaurant is said to have fantastic river views. 

 Chicago Cut

300 N La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60654 | Website 

Chicago Cut Steakhouse also sits right along the Chicago River with an upscale vibe. The restaurant features its own dry aging room, plus it serves up such delicacies as steak, seafood, and sides. You’ll also find an extensive wine list available. The restaurant is open most days of the week for lunch and dinner. 

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Beatnik on the River 

180 N Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606 | Website 

Beatnik on the River is a spirited restaurant with an atmosphere that’s just as impressive as its menu. The location serves up globally inspired food with flavors tied to South America, Mexico, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. The innovative selections range from main dishes to salads, sides, and starters. You’ll also find an interesting drink menu, with a curated natural wine list, colorful cocktails, and more. 

 Pizzeria Portofino 

317 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654 | Website 

Pizzeria Portofino sits directly on the riverfront, serving up a casual atmosphere with hand-stretched pizza, pasta, seafood, and salads. Guests can take advantage of the restaurant’s valet parking or even dock their boat at Downtown Docks on the Chicago River. The restaurant offers the desirability of a large outdoor terrace, making it possible to enjoy river views while you dine. 

River Roast 

315 N La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60654 | Website 

Enjoy river and downtown views, paired with traditional American tavern food selections, at River Roast in Chicago. The restaurant serves up menu items including whole roasted fish and chicken, plus slow roasted beef, which is carved tableside. Many of the menu items were created for sharing. River Roast also boasts a patio and some private event space. 

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Porter Kitchen & Deck 

150 N Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606 | Website

Porter Kitchen & Deck serves up lunch, dinner, and drinks from its location right on the Chicago River. Expect to find American cuisine on the menu, including seafood, sandwiches, salads and more. You’ll also find a drink menu including wine, cocktails, and craft beer. The restaurant is typically open every day of the week but Sunday. 

Bar Mar by Jose Andres

120 N Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606 | Website 

Bar Mar by Jose Andres is the place to go for fresh oysters, lobster rolls and other seafood classics. In fact, the menu is mostly fish and seafood, topped off by a nice selection of wines. The dining room features floor-to-ceiling windows for enjoying the views. 

O’Briens Riverwalk Café  

45 E Riverwalk S, Chicago, IL 60601 | Website

Not to be outdone, O’Briens Riverwalk Café also sits right alongside the Chicago River, and is a good option for hungry diners searching for a place to eat in the area. This is the place to go for more casual selections, including burgers and hot dogs, sandwiches, fries and more. 

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