Riverview Tavern

1958 W Roscoe St
Chicago, Illinois United States 60657
bar  4 reviews
Mon - Fri 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM; Sat 10:00 AM - 3:00 AM; Sun 10:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Taps: 16 | Bottles: 85
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 3/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
emerge077  (131) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | March 12, 2014
2013: Stopped in here and the first 2 beers I tried to order were out, so I left. They are trying to rotate interesting drafts, but there is stiff competition in the neighborhood. Village, Northdown, Green Lady, and Four Moon are all first choices. 06-21-2012 Ah, the Riverview... we hardly knew ye... This tavern is basically the last existing tribute to the Riverview amusement park (1904-1967) that once stood nearby at Western and Roscoe. It pays tribute with it’s prominent, elaborate wooden signage and also with various historical artifacts on display inside (posters, signs, even parts from an old motorcycle ride in the back room). The bar is recently under new management, meaning a new menu and beer list. Also "kids eat free" happy hour banners outside to appeal to the many affluent families of Roscoe Village. In fact, all tables in the dining area had kids, so it’s a kid-friendly place, moreso than most area bars. Honestly i’d never set foot in here before after living nearby for the better part of a decade, due to their obnoxious weekend clientele and limited beer options. Now they’re competitive with other nearby beer bars, but still appeal to families by day and a post-college fratty crowd by night. Just not my scene, glad there are other options nearby. Beer selection was really good, there were 4 Stone taps from a "most bitter bar" event, and only a couple locals like Revolution Anti-Hero and Green Line. Printed bottle list was on the back of the menu, and broken out by style. Organization is always a plus, including style, abv, and prices. Beers ranged from $4 for Budweiser to $22 for Oro De Calabaza. Many craft staples and a good range of styles, including a few sour ales for the more adventurous (Boon Oude Gueuze & Jacobins Rouge). "Seasonal/Limited" section was pretty passable (Summer Solstice, Cerise, Ska Mexican Logger). They keep their list updated on beermenus, also a plus. It shows that someone put some effort into their list. Food was limited to an appetizer at the bar, but it was alright. Sadly the excellent Robey Pizza Co. next door (same management and shared menu) was replaced with another list of $16-18 faux-neopolitan pizzas (which I gave a couple tries earlier, thus the 3.0 for food). Robey’s used to have some unique ingredients like prosciutto, marinated tomatoes, goat cheese, artichokes, steak, and always a crispy crust. Riverview Brick Oven’s margherita we had recently was sparse on ingredients and the pesto one was also soggy in the center. Not planning to get pizza here again sadly, after ordering Robey’s on a semi-weekly basis (RIP). Service was adequate, although we were asked for a credit card before ordering to start a tab... and were the only ones at the bar. Waters were refilled and the bartenders were ok. The crowd really varies here... its worth a stop on a neighborhood pub crawl, but not really a destination.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
charule  (121) New York, New York | January 25, 2014| Updated January 26, 2014
Went for Festibarrel 2014. Hung out at the bar alllll day drinking fine barrel aged beers at decent prices. Food was good along with the service. Need to be careful with a tab and tons of peeps, had to have a bunch of drinks taken off we didnt order. Overall a great day.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 27, 2013
Visited August 11, 2013.

What I noticed about this place is how much of the building it takes up. There are two rooms and two bars. Both were relatively full. The tap line up was decent but the list wasn’t all that exciting. They had pretty much what the last couple places I visited had, although they had a few more Belgian beers than the other places had. If I ever get tired of Daisy Cutter and ticks maybe I’ll walk over here and try the food.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
fabes23  (1) Chicago, United States Virgin Islands | November 28, 2012
Riverview got a new owner back in May of this year and they completely turned this place around. They added a bunch of new craft drafts and over 80 different bottles. Draft list rotates all the time. I’ve been in there for DFH120 and the next week a cask from Stone. Food is awesome. They have a bunch of grilled cheeses and burgers. I also had their mussels. Very good and unexpected. Definitely hit this place up if you’re in Roscoe Village!

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