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Kendall College Dining Room
Kendall College Dining Room
  • Address:
    900 N. North Branch Street
    Chicago, IL 60642
    Neighborhood:
    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.

    http://www.kendall.edu/uploads/main/Events_docs/2012%20Events%20Menu.pdf
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Worth getting to with free parking and bus stops close by. Great food and good service."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Lovely experience. Teenagers enjoyed it as well! Fixed price a good deal."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We thought the food was superb and the service was top notch. Will go again."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Food was incredible and dessert was out of this world. I will be back."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The exceptional care that Maureen and the students give to everyone is only exceeded by the excellent food which the students prepared."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Some of the most unique delicious choices for dinner. Great ambience and views with excellent service."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "superlative! wonderful menu, personal service mixed with interesting views of city skyline and student chefs at work."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Good food, but sometimes the students have a tendency to over reach and over complicate dishes."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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