Down By The River: Restaurants You Can’t Miss

Photo credits to Pizzeria Portofino

If there’s one thing that should be on your summer bucket list it’s dining al fresco along the Chicago River.  With infinite views of the most breathtaking buildings, it’s the perfect place where you can not only enjoy a delicious meal but sit down and take in the city at the same time!  

River Roast  

River Roast sits right on the Chicago River offering Executive Chef Cedric Harden’s menu of contemporary American Tavern fare that’s not only satisfying but soul-warming too. Start off with a Charcuterie board and enjoy your choice of meat, fish and veggies served tableside.  While enjoying your meal take in the views of the dramatic city and waterfront with the outdoor seating.  Check out their large selection of local and Midwestern beers, craft cocktails, or a glass of vino. 

Pizzeria Portofino 

This sun-drenched casual restaurant will instantly transport you to the Italian Riviera. Located off of Clark St., Pizzeria Portofino’s expansive patio and breezy decor calls for the perfect place to dine al fresco. Offering hand-stretched pizza, vegetable antipasti and charcoal-grilled seafood don’t forget to couple your meal with a coastal wine & spritzes.  

RPM Seafood

Calling all seafood lovers! With sweeping views of the Chicago River, RPM brings you the freshest fish and seafood from all around the world, straight to your plate. Not a seafood lover? No problem! The menu also offers a wide variety of steaks and freshly made pastas and don’t forget to save room for dessert! 

Chicago Cut Steakhouse 

We all deserve a nice steak dinner here and there and, thankfully, Chicago Cut Steakhouse is here to make your experience one to remember. This chic and modern steakhouse is dedicated to putting culinary flair back into Chicago’s upscale restaurant scene. With a dazzling outdoor space along the Chicago River, this steakhouse offers USDA Prime Steaks,  elevated side dishes, and an extensive wine list to sit back and enjoy the great outdoors of Chicago.  

Written by: Monica Liwag

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