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Kendall College Dining Room
Kendall College Dining Room
  • Address:
    900 N. North Branch Street
    Chicago, IL 60642
    Goose Island
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Kendall College Dining Room Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.kendall.edu/diningroom
  • Phone: (312) 752-2328
  • 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: Contemporary American, American, Contemporary French
  • 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.

  • Private Party Contact: Joseph Monastero (312) 752-2556
  • 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Good food, but sometimes the students have a tendency to over reach and over complicate dishes."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "superlative! wonderful menu, personal service mixed with interesting views of city skyline and student chefs at work."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The West Coast and Hawaii Monday night dinner was one of the over all best I have ever had in this series at Kendall."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "High quality food, well prepared. Served by very diligent students. The experience was first class for a steal!!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We have been Kendall Dining Room fans for decades. The value for the food and service is unsurpassed in Chicago. The professional manner of the students makes it hard to believe that one is dining in a classroom."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "While visiting Chicago recently I did some research and came across this gem. Well known by natives, but under the radar for out of towners, we were more then pleasantly surprised, we were downright gob smacked by everything about this place. From the greeter (Pam) who welcomed us to the fantastic waitress (Victoria) who served us, everything was done with style and taste, yet with a friendly vibe. And as far as the food goes, you could go to some very high priced dining establishments in Cihicago, but none would match the quality of the Kendall College Dining Room. And did I mention the $29. prix fixe dinner and the $10. corkage fee? More the reasonable for something this delicious. Run don't walk to his fine dining spot."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I've been coming to Kendall College Dining Room for years and always had a great experience. Everything is always outstanding. Its hard to keep this precious gem of a restaurant a secret!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "One of the best lunch values in town. Substituted a second starter for dessert. Between my wife and I, we had 5 out of 6 that were great. My main course shrimp and polenta were rather bland. But the hanger steak for my wife was perfect. House wine at $4 and glass of good burgundy at $9 were priced well below any where else. Great view of city skyline as well."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "My husband and I were in Chicago for the weekend, celebrating our wedding anniversary. I had read about Kendall College which has a wonderful culinary program. The students learn all different positions with in the program, cooking, baking, serving ect. The food was five star, wonderful ambiance as well , all should give it a try!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Food and service was excellent. Enjoy interacting with the students just beginning their careers in the food industry."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "It's great fun being served by the Kendall students!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "The Dining Room at Kendall College is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. The food is stellar, the service impeccable, and the price is incredibly affordable. I love eating here and feeling like I'm giving the students an opportunity to get some practice in their chosen fields, while I get an absolutely amazing meal for an affordable price. It's a win-win situation!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Fixed menu assures you will taste at least 3 dishes. It's fun to see the open kitchen and watch the students prepare each dish with such care. It was a slow night, and each plate was an assembly of unusual food combinations artfully presented. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Our dining experience at Kendall College was nothing short of amazing! The service was top notch and the students who work there really strived to provide excellent service and so friendly and willing to answer any questions. The food was tasty and beautifully presented from the first course to the last. It would be impossible to find any other place where you only pay $39 for the quality of food and service. I have already recommended many friends to check this place out and see for themselves what the students and their school have to offer for fine dining."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food was amazing! Presentation was perfect! I truly loved the flavor combinations. The service was good.You have to remember they are students learning. Overall it was a grest value! "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Kendall's Dining Room has really outdone itself with its new spring menu. Everything was delicious!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Even with true rookie servers, the service was really good. Superb presentation, and wonderful taste combinations. Yes, Kendall is a little out of the way, but why this restaurant is not packed to the gills is beyond me. The $22 three course lunch includes a glass of wine. This is one of the best deals in City."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "If Kendall demonstrates the future of restauranteurs, front and back of the house, the future is in excellent hands. Painstakingly prepared and served by students, under watchful but not intrusive supervision by experts, the food is seasonal, inventive, surprising, and delicious. At $22 ( or $28 with a generous pour of the excellent house wine) the 3 course lunch is the absolute best value in the city. And parking is free!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This was our first visit to this cooking school in Chicago and it will not be our last.. Everything was perfect. We have been to other schools and this is the finest. We are avid restaurant goers and feel this is a hidden gem. Thank you for the wonderful experience!!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "The Kendall College Dining Room is one of the finest restaurants in the area. I am never disappointed. I try to go several times each semester so that I can try everything on the menu. Outstanding food and service!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "This is a wonderful dining experience made even better by knowing that you are being a part of the students' educational experience. Do NOT worry that anything is comprised because this is a training program. Quite the contrary, food, service, etc. excel precisely because every step is required to be sensational."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Once again we had another great dinner, superbly prepared and served by the students under the watchful eye of Maureen, who takes such care to make sure that everything goes well."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "It's a school with experienced instructors so we were expecting great food. It did not disappoint. We've been to Kendall's multiple times and they always have interesting choices on the menu. We had our office holiday party here with over 25 people and it was fine. The one draw back is the service. During each term students trade time between the kitchen and table service. Some students have likely never been to a restaurant with fine dining service so their supervisor is busier guiding students during table service which means it can take more time. Our lunch yesterday took 2 1/2 hours. It's not the first time and it's nice not to be rushed but just be aware if you've got limited time. Give it a try. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "This place has always been fantastic. The food and atmosphere are awesome!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "After a wonderful visit here a couple years ago, this was an extremely poor experience. From the rude, controlling receptionist upon arrival (and were ushered into an ugly waiting area instead of asked if we wanted to go to the bar while waiting for table). Indifferent server who was not informed about the menu and rarely refilled wine glasses. Very long gaps between courses. Inconsistent food (pheasant, souffle and steak were excellent, lava cake, gnocchi and duck poorly executed and well below average). Were overcharged for beverages; found out when arrived home & contacted restaurant - 3 days later have not heard back. Cheese cart no longer presented tableside but is pre-plated and with a haphazard presentation. Major decline since 2012."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "What a delightful experience, went to lunch with a bunch of friends, made sure we ordered different items. We all loved our food. Appetizers were delicious and deserts were extraordinary . The price is so reasonable ."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The flavors were complex and irresistible. The student servers were anxious to please. A delight."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "the dinner was too rushed. all the food was barely warm"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "This was fun. Good food, great price, pleasant place, will do it again."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We went on Valentine's Day, it was clear there was a different head chef, and the menu reflected a different type of creativity. We have to go back because there were so many dishes to choose from and we want to try them all. The service, friendliness and amazingly delicious and creative food blew them out of the water. We had just an incredible evening. Also Pam the hospitality teacher was so professional, caring and passionate and set a great example for her students. We even had some creative cocktails and those were interesting and refreshing. We felt guilty for paying only $29 for a price fixed meal for this type of food. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Excellent place while supporting enthusiastic students!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our dinning experience was outstanding . The staff went above & beyond to make us feel welcome an comfortable . The food was to the finest quality . One of our most memorable high quality dinning experiences ."
    Dined on 2/13/2014