Kendall College Dining Room
Kendall College Dining Room

Kendall College Dining Room

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.kendall.edu/diningroom
  • Phone: 3127522328x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Service - Monday - Friday 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    January 9 - January 22*
    January 27 - February 10
    February 13 - February 26
    March 3 - March 17

    Dinner Service - Tuesday - Friday 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Saturday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    January 10 - February 8
    February 13 - March 15

    Monday Night Dining Series
    January 13
    January 27
    February 10
    February 17
    February 24
    March 3

    *The college will be closed on January 20, 2014 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Kendall College Events offers brand new, state-of-the-art facilities with spectacular skyline views for a variety of events. Venues available on the Riverworks campus can accommodate your needs from business. meetings to cocktail receptions. When coupled with the exceptional quality of the cuisine prepared in Kendall's renowned kitchens, Kendall College Events is the obvious choice for your next corporate fundraiser, family gathering, or other unique celebration. Private events menus may be obtained here.

    http://www.kendall.edu/uploads/main/Events_docs/2012%20Events%20Menu.pdf
  • Private Party Contact: Joseph Monastero 3127522556x
  • Entertainment: Guests of The Dining Room at Kendall College are now treated to a new dining experience, where only a glass partition will separate them from the kitchen where their food is being prepared!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chicago & Halsted
  • Public Transit: Bus- Halsted 8 & Chicago 66 Subway- Red Line (North & Clybourn)
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking is available in front of the school building. Additionally there is ample street parking available.
A word from Kendall College Dining Room
Kendall College Dining Room is an extraordinary classroom that provides students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience in a student run fine dining restaurant under the supervision of Kendall's experienced instructors. Thanks to an outstanding faculty and dedicated students, Kendall College produces the finest talent in the hospitality and culinary fields in the Midwest. The Dining Room offers guests an amazing view of the Chicago skyline, multi-course meals at very reasonable prices, and ample parking. Come dine with the students before they become famous. The Dining Room at Kendall College is first and only culinary school restaurant included in MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2013.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Kendall College Dining Room reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (82)special occasion (63)great for lunch (48)scenic view (44)good for groups (42)neighborhood gem (33)romantic (32)notable wine list (10)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Good deal, inventive food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Hostess was great. Food inventive- could tell students were putting forth their best imaginative culinary efforts. Service fine but not professionals ( not supposed to be... They are students and learning). Kitchen sends out additional tastes beyond your email. Nice o be able to support the program.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The two of us had never been to a fine dining restaurant so this was something new for both of us. The experience definitely exceeded our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • charlieVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Once again the students, under the direction of Chef Bosco and Dining Room Director Maureen, put on a fantastic evening of great food and friendly service. Everyone is to be commended. This is one of Chicago's hidden jewels, and out-of-towners should also give it a try because you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • A True Hidded Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Unique in every way. Something that just needs to be experienced. For the Foodie, for a special lunch to impress, The place to go where you always know the level of quality will be four star.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delightful dining
    AGC974
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was my third experience and I love it so much!!! The food is wonderful! Presentation is fantastic. My sister is a Kendall graduate and I know how she prepares, presents and how delicious her meals are...I love coming and will come again and again. Thank you for your offering this pleasure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Worth getting to with free parking and bus stops close by. Great food and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Another Wonderful Experience!
    Enjoyfood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We come here when we can, we try to at least once a year. Very creative and inventive menu! This is not for the faint of heart, dishes are very well thought out and very different, for more adventuresome types. We had the softshell crab appetizer, one of the best we have ever had! It was a very nice size softshell, and had a great guacamole sauce on the side! Hanger steak was great and as well as the lamb. Save room for desserts, always INCREDIBLE! Service was great, very attentive and friendly. We chose to bring our own wine/champagne, $10 per bottle corkage, but they have a full bar and good wine list also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd visit just a good as the first
    mjm814VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had the 3 dish dinner menu for $29. The chef accommodated a request to make an appetizer into an entrée. Nicole gave us excellent service and answered all our questions. We also enjoyed our interaction with the Maître de, Leonard and the service instructor, Pamela.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Amazing!
    AFRAKE
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    After hearing about the dining availability on the Chicago Architecture tour, we pulled up the menu online and were really impressed. We booked through Open Table, and were delighted at the elegant room and view when we arrived. We were greeted warmly and received excellent service from Alex and Jennifer, who were personable and answered our many questions. The food was presented beautifully and tasted better. Soft shelled crabs, salmon sushi, duck confit and lamb were amazing presentations, with a beautiful blend of tastes, textures and colors. The desserts were creative and complex, and utterly delicious works of art. Bravo to the chefs and student line cooks! Ann Frake
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovefood
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We love the experience of dining at Kendall College. The food is excellent, and the students enthusiastic about their work. Very nice dining room and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SeasonedTravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food at Kendall College is always excellent and the student servers are very good indeed. Gratuities go to help support the Kendall College Trust sponsored scholarships which is a great idea. Always a pleasure to dine with friends in the College dining room
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • best kept secret
    ksto
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    one of the best restaurant deals in chicago! The pre fix meal is incredible and the daily drink specials are always a steal. Continues to exceed our high foodie expectations despite the fact that the chefs are still students. Its always fun to be served by newcomers to the scene. Every dish we've had has blown us away with creativity and execution. During our last visit, we really enjoyed the soft shell crab (better than we've had on the east coast!) And student special wild boar with berry sauce. The desserts are always unique and amazing (strawberry ricotta souffle!) As much as we'd like to keep it to ourselves, this is definitely a best kept chicago secret.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly great
    PleasedVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Came here maybe 5 yrs ago and thought it was mediocre. Wow have things changed. It was terrific. Sorry I had not come back sooner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab
    Jenna
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Lovely experience. Teenagers enjoyed it as well! Fixed price a good deal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    dineinprovacateur
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    A delicious adventure that is right on the money, literally. Been to Trump Tower for lunch? Probably paid up the wazoo for what is essentially an equal gastronomic experience. This is a MUST.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Daughter-in-law treat1
    FoodieFascination
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I took my daughter-in-law to Kendall's for her birthday. She is definitely a foodie but I have the utmost confidence that she would enjoy the cuisine. Her reaction was even better than I anticipated. She absolutely loved it and is planning on bringing her husband, my son back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chilean/Peru Series
    MLRay
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful evening with our friends from Chile. They were pleasantly surprised that the meal was authentic, expertly prepared and reminded them of home. Thank you for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2die4cuisine
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I would give Kendall 5 stars. In the 15 years we've been dining in the Dining Room -- there has never been a meal that wasn't fantastic. We find the prix fixe lunch and/or dinner of excellent value. It allows one to order a bottle of wine or cocktails without breaking the bank. The portions are just perfect, the presentation is fantastic and of course, the food is to die for! It's just a wonderful dining experience that we always look forward to, whether coming by ourselves or bringing friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Curley
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We thought the food was superb and the service was top notch. Will go again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I'm still full.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food was incredible and dessert was out of this world. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Confused Servers
    Mark
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This is a student learning restaurant and the food and service in the past was excellent. I have been here many times but this experience was quite different the servers seem to be confused about what they should be doing. My quest had questions about the menu the servers could not answer always had to go back to the chef.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kendall's Splendid
    Nancy
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Lunch at Kendall College Dining Room is always an adventure because the kitchen is a learning center. Each new batch of students brings fresh energy and diverse cultural backgrounds. The seasonal menu changes frequently, and the menu offerings are creative and unexpected. The price of the prix fixe menu (3 courses of choice) is beyond a bargain and the last time two of us dined there the house wine was $4 a glass. Hours at Kendall vary with the season and capacity (only so many tables can be handled by the number of students cooking and serving), so it pays to go as often as possible during days of operation. Can't say enough good things about this dining gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome just Gets Better
    great
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We have been many times, every time is very good, and this was one of the best! The creativity was superb, the food was equal to every 4 star restaurant in Chicago and the value is excellent. if you have never been you need to go, if has been a long time (like us) go back, you will be suprised how they have grown and matured.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • The Best
    charlieVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The exceptional care that Maureen and the students give to everyone is only exceeded by the excellent food which the students prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie Alert
    abba1
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Some of the most unique delicious choices for dinner. Great ambience and views with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Hidden Gem
    ChicagoFoodHounds
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Since last October we have visited Kendall 4 times, each time has been a marvelous experience. The staff is fantastic, better than most front of house "professionals" in other restaurants. They are knowledgeable, friendly, polite and extremely good at their jobs. The food is phenomenal, this visit we had lamb and branzino for our entrees. What keeps us coming back is the great preparation and the unusual accompaniments, such as strawberry gastrique and crushed pistachios with the lamb. Go with an open mind and a clear palate, and dive in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Amazing!
    HappyFoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I went to dine at Kendall with my 7 year old. I knew it wouldn't have a kids menu but my daughter is not picky. They made her feel so elegant and grown up! Everyone was very friendly and went ABOVE AND BEYOND for us! We will definitely come back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    superlative! wonderful menu, personal service mixed with interesting views of city skyline and student chefs at work.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good value
    HP97
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Good food, but sometimes the students have a tendency to over reach and over complicate dishes.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Real Treat
    charlieVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Everything about this experience is wonderful. The students try very hard to please, and the food is excellent. And there is the additional benefit of a view of Chicago's skyline.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The food was excellent and the students delightful. Our group of nine had patient waiters who explained the menu and pricing more than once as we placed our orders. They gave us individual checks which was helpful to us, but a lot more trouble for them. The atmosphere is relaxed and delightful. We plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The presentation of the courses were clever and eye appealing. The taste was wonderful. There was a group of 4, which we tasted the different dishes. The spread for the bread was outstanding. The dessert also outstanding. Our servers were engaging and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monday in Hawaii
    NWfan49
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The West Coast and Hawaii Monday night dinner was one of the over all best I have ever had in this series at Kendall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • FABULOUS!`
    Excellent
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    we are ALWAYS impressed with Kendall - they do a marvelous job! This should be on everyones "must try" list! Food is dee-lish and beautiuflly presented. I especailly like that they are veg. friendly & take extra efforts to prepare something to fit within ones diet restrictions. The menu is creative & the service is wonderful. BRAVO to the students-they are doing a great job! p.s. thank you for the lovely anniversary dessert. it was SWEEEEET! xox p.s.s. being able to park is also an added perk!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and interesting menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    High quality food, well prepared. Served by very diligent students. The experience was first class for a steal!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    Mark
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Kendall College located on Goose Island is a great place for an evening out or a awesome lunch. The food is top quality and very artistic presented. If you like bread this is the place many different breads and yummy desserts. Free parking and handicap friendly. Great place for special occasions. The servers make the experience even better you get a chance to meet nice young people from other countries, the night we were there our server was from the Ukraine a beautiful friendly young lady and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food, Terrific Value
    JP1234
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    If you did not already know it, you'd never guess the food at the Kendall dining room was prepared nearly entirely by students. Excellent presentation, and variety. Pacing can be a little bit of an issue, but that is true at most four and five star restaurants. Service is also by students, and it too is outstanding. While there is wine and bar service, you can also, at least at lunch, BYOB for a $5 corkage. Very nice view, and free parking. Three course lunch for $18.....$22 with a glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Real Gem
    JannyPants
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    My wife and I were visiting Chicago for the first time. On the Architectural boat tour they pointed out Kendall College. Having eaten at several culinary schools on the east coast we thought we would give this one a try. We arrived and found a very expansive but quiet (midweek) dining room. We were immediately seated and engaged by both the teaching staff and the students. The menu was full of choices. As a bonus the wine list was half price. I don't remember exactly what we ate. What I do remember is that the food was amazing. Every course, every palate cleansing. This was one of the best meals my wife and I ever had anywhere. Great attention to detail, attentive wait staff, really wonderful food. As a last bonus we were given a tour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious fine dining-great price!
    pebersole
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    The Dining Room is a wonderful experience. The servers and chefs are students but that does not diminish the experience in any way. They are professional and the food is wonderful! It is fun to try some very unique food creations that are pleasing to both the eye and the palate. The prix fixe on Tues-Friday evenings is such a great deal....3 courses for $29. We went on a Tuesday which was also 1/2 price bottles of wine night so we got a doubly great deal! The Dining Room is a great place to celebrate a special occasion with friends.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Eat well while doing good
    EricaDVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    What comes out of the kitchen is the best part of the meal. The food (quite a variety of options available, both a la carte and prix fixe, a great deal btw) is well done. Potions are good (however desserts are monstrous!), plating is lovely and flavors and textures make the grade. Available beer and wine is priced consistent with a moderate restaurant (house wines are $4 w/the prix fixe; you may also byo for $). The servers are very rough and it's not just that they refer to notes about the food which is fine. Maybe the program ought to take them out to some moderate upscale or even gastropubs because it does seem many aren't familiar with service. Easy parking is a plus. But it's a highly recommended experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate