Just a great dining experience.
Just a great dining experience. The students prepare the food and the restaurant is run by the students.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Inexpensive opportunity to have expensive food. Great opportunity to "practice" 5 star dining experience if you're nervous about your first fine dining date or event.
Service was wonderful!
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, inexperienced service
We were attracted to this place by raving reviews, but our experience was just good, but not great.
PROS: mostly very good quality and quantity of food (creative, tasty, well presented), great value.
CONS: the servers though very nice and trying, were still not very experiences and slow, the ambiance is nice, but nothing to write about, difficult to find without signs directing you.
We understand that this is a learning experience for the students and as it is it's not bad at all, but reviews saying you get a Michelin star experience for less money are a bit misleading. At least it wasn't our experience there, though we can't say it wasn't a good one. So overall we did enjoyed it and recommend this restaurant to gourmet food lovers.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific environment and food, great energy from the students!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were a group of four and
We were a group of four and had a lovely evening. We were impressed with the menu options and did the price fix menu which was perfect. We ordered different items and got a variety of tastings. Everything was excellent and the presentation was lovely. We had a problem with our drink order which they corrected. We would recommend dining there and we would definitely go back!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I already provided a written
I already provided a written recommendation to the restaurant
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kendall's Dining Room is Unique
Kendall is always a unique dining experience. The dining room is the classroom for the culinary arts students. This visit was for one of their wine dinners. The food courses were paired perfectly with the wines, and everything was delicious.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a fine experience! The salmon special was superb!
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first "ordinary" visit to Kendall Dining Room -- all previous occasions were for special national cuisine set menu dinners. It exceeded our expectations. Appetizers were excellent, the main dishes and desserts to die for. The service was delightfully friendly and efficient. Great stuff people, keep it up!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
5 star dining on a budget
It is a wonderful place to experience a collection of tastes you would not get at an everyday restaurant. Gives you an opportunity to eat foods you would not think to combine and try new foods on a budget! I have eaten at restaurants with comparable food items for $200 or more a person and this is only $18 for lunch!
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best kept secret
If you want to impress somebody but you're on a budget, this is the spot. It takes time to enjoy a well-prepared and served multi-course meal, though, so plan accordingly. And it's a little difficult to find a cab afterwards.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a hidden gem!
I'm sorry I waited so long to try the Dining Room at Kendall. I had heard that the food was inventive and excellent and they were. The pastries are amazing, innovative and delicious. The night we were there wine by the bottle was 50% off. Needless to say, we had a wonderful experience but ate way too much. The menu will change because this is a culinary school. We can't wait to go back. I have spread the word to my friends.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kendall College Culinary Arts Schoo
Awesome!! This was a chance to experience a superb chef's talents and skill at a bargain price. Ms. Kim was amazing. A true gem for the Chicago food scene. Her creations were Korean (East Asian) in nature but were exciting and a taste sensation. I have told everyone I know to go and experience her culinary perfection. The dining experience is exemplary. Service outstanding, courteous staff. Never rushing but professionally attentive. Kudos to the school for this truly magnificent experience.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The experience was absolutely wonderful, I made this reservation for lunch after touring your school with my daughter. She was very impressed with the school and this lunch experience was a home run, the staff was very friendly we even met the chef.
I have recommended this resteraunt already and will again.
Thnak you for the great day.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Glad 2 B Smoke-free!
I recently quit smoking ( 30 days on July 17th) and as a treat to myself, I decided to experience Kendall colleges' Monday Open table. Every course was beautifully plated, the layers of flavors of each dish were amazing. The fresh sea-tasting, tender shrimp in the Carolina Frogmore Stew accompanied with the spicy ginger/molasses Benne crackers were the "Welcome Home" committee for my taste buds. I can honestly say I enjoyed every course. The pulled pork, a tad sweet for my liking was good, but the catfish was excellent! I stopped eating catfish years ago due to some bad experiences. The student chefs at Kendall have delightfully changed my mind. For 3 packs of nasty cigarettes, I was able to have this wonderful experience. Thanks Kendall.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
South Halstead Greek Night -7/29/13
Excellent food served very well and good value. We asked for a wine suggestion and the one offered was very good and went well with the total meal. Our sever was very friendly and looked after us throughout the night.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A marvelous dining experience. What a great way to encourage culinary students to put into practice what they are learning. Enjoyed it all!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favorite restaurant
This is the place we choose when we want a relaxed, elegant meal. The menu is always unique and each dish is like and artist's palette. Lunch is the best value in the city!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
This dining experience was tremendous! The server, staff and chef did an excellent job making sure we had a great experience all around. The food was outstanding and deliciously decadent!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
10 * lunch
Our lunch was awesome outstanding food. My son is considering attending Kendall next July so it was a great experience for him to talk and see the students in action.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boyfriend and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary here. Every course was delicious and the presentation and taste were very good! I also really like that it is BYOB. The students were excellent and explained every course at it came out. I would definitely go again.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Monday Night Delight
We have dined @ Kendal several times. The Monday Night dining series offers a unique opportunity to experience a 5 course gourmet meal with great service in a very special dining venue. Since Kendal is a culinary teaching school the meal is prepared and served by the students who are learning how to create and serve elegant meals. This is done for a fraction of the price you might pay elsewhere. Kendal also offers further saving on Monday Nights by offering the diner the option of BYOB wine with NO CORKAGE FEE!! The theme of the Monday Night dining series changes quarterly, so be sure to check the web site for further info including menu's. Thank You for a wonderful evening out.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The dining room was bright with a beautiful view of the city. The atmosphere was inviting, soft pleasant music . Service was fantastic and very helpful. They explained the food choices we made and executed the courses beautifully. They showed true pride in the food and the kitchen. The wine was superb and again served well.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my Reflexologist and 4 other people to Kendall for lunch. Some of the quest had been there before but one person from Boston it was her first time, she raved about how delicious the food was and said the presentation was superb.
I have never had anything but the best of service, the servers are always very attentive and helpful with the explaining any questions about the food you might want to choose.
Wonderful place for any celebration at an affordable place. Free parking, a big plus now since the parking has been increased in Chicago . The front desk can also call a cab for you if needed. Looking forward to my next visit.
8/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Not the best
The Harlem Ave. Italian night was not my best experience at Kendall. Of the five courses, two were outstanding while three were mediocre. In addition the young man who was a waiter had to be reminded a zillion times to replenish the wine glasses, bread, etc.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
White Fish was amazing
I got the whitefish as my main course, and it was one of the best dishes I've had in my entire life! All I can say is... wow. I can't wait to return to order it again. For my appetizer I got the Burrata cheese, and for my dessert I got the Panna Cotta. Neither of them were great.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrating Wedding Anniversary
I like to try new restaurants particularly for special occasions. The Dining Room at Kendall College was just what I was looking for, delicious, freshly-prepared food in a nice setting with a great view of the city skyline. The staff was attentive to our needs, refilling wine glasses, describing every course when it came, clearing the table of bread crumbs, you name it, they thought to do it. What was even better was the special: half-price wine bottles on Tuesday. Completely surprised by this and considered perfect given the occasion. 3 courses were included in the price of dinner. The chef was gracious enough to provide an additional complimentary dessert. I had a great experience and I'd recommend it to anyone for a special occasion.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty meal, sweet but slow service.
Food was excellent from starters to dessert. Wine selection was so so. Server was really nice but seemed extremely nervous and inexperienced and evening went very slowly so don't expect a fast meal. I would definitely try it again when the menu changes again.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bravi, Monday Night Dining Series!
We've only been to Kendall twice - both for their Monday Night Dining Series events - ONLY $38 per person (tax is in there) - and it's BYOB w/o corkage fee. The meal? FIVE courses of a breathtaking meal themed around an international flavor - a city, a country, etc ... All student prepared and served by final semester students in the Culinary Program. It's an exceptional experience - and being able to sit by the glass-walled kitchen and to see the pros at work is rewarding. They and their instructor/executive chef come out at the end for a round of applaus and Q&A. Take advantage of this hidden gem - see the Kendall.edu website and see Monday Night Dining - although they have dinner OTHER nights of the week, too! Mangia!
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We chose Kendall College dining
We chose Kendall College dining room as a special treat for my 79th birthday celebration. We explained that we had a handicaped person in our party. We were assured that the restaurant was handicap accessible. Well, little did we know that the restaurant was a hinderance for non-handicap clients and almost not manageable for those who are handicapped.
We were allowed to take the back elevator through the construction (at the end of the meal) and reach our car without too much difficulty. (We would have welcomed entering that same way via the back staircase and through the construction. We shall know next time.)
Overall, our experience was a very pleasant one and we do intend to return.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Work Day Lunch
We work in the 600 W. Chicago Avenue building, across the river from Kendall College. We decided to try the dining room for lunch one day and were extremely glad we did. I had a spaghetti squash salad with goat cheese & toasted pumpkin seeds for my starter and "guitar cut" spaghetti with rabbit, fennel & sage for my main course. My friend had kale chips as her starter and gnocchi for her main course. We both ate every bite. The service was excellent; attentive, but not overbearing. We chose the $18 fixed price option and thought it was a great deal. Excellent food for the same price we would pay for a burger and soda at any other place around. We'll definitely be back.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I give the students so much credit. Achieving all aspects of fine dining is not easy. They tried so hard. 3 of our entrees were above average, but one was amazing. They knocked the desserts out of the ballpark. Homerun!! The service still needs to be worked on. Our servers were a bit nervous, but they did try so hard. We spoke with the supervisor/instructor and she was warm, very proud and cared. We definitely will be back and will highly recommend it to anyone. We've had this restaurant on our "must go" list for years and are glad we finally went.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been to Kendall College
I have been to Kendall College several times and each time it is a new experience. The food and service is always impeccable. A gourmet meal at an excellent price. Always fun to try dishes I would never make at home.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The students cooking in the kitchen of the fine-dining restaurant currently have their culinary learners' permits; however, the consistent quality of the lunch and dinner menus they successfully navigate tells me that they are reading for their license.
The food is always imaginative and outstanding, beautifully presented and perfectly cooked: venison pink and tender, pork chop juicy and flavorful, squash ravioli like tender pillows. The bread of the day is addictive. Whoever in Chicago has never dined here needs to get on the phone, make a reservation and have a fine-dining experience at half the price and twice the quality of many more expensive local restaurants.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thakns for the memory...
My friends and I enjoyed our recent lunch experience immensely. I intend to return again and again with others in a way to introduce this feature of Kendall College to others. The wait-staff was so courteous, and when ours didn't know the answer to a question she immediately sough an answer for us. All in all, it was a very splendid experience, and I look forward to returning.
It was also fun to be able to see into the kitchen where meals were being prepared, and next time I will ask to be seated closer to that window.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Soup was excellent. So was the lamb. The phyllo at the end was a bit dense. Service was good.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a culinary school, so the students are perfecting their craft, but it is one of the best meals I've had in many years. Amazing combinations of flavors!! We were lucky enough to be seated at a table by the kitchen and it was such fun to watch our meal being prepared. Well done!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food with a menu that
Great food with a menu that rotates every five weeks. Unique blending of Asian and wild game. The food was perfectly done.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Value in Town
The lunch and dinner service here are great; and such a great value. You just can't get this high quality and delicious food anywhere at these prices.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Views of the great city, ambeince, and service like no other. The food was simply outstanding. This is a great place to feel like you are a VIP. I would reccomend to anyone and everyone!
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Watching the students 'learn'
Watching the students 'learn' and do a great job is kind of fun. the various themed food for an evening is very enjoyable and great way to taste other cultures food. (even if some items are americanized a bit) will go back next series. the BYOB is a great feature but the wine selection is very good for this location,.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Monday Night like nowhere else!
the Monday Night Dining Series at Kendall College cannot be beat! A five-course meal highlighting a specific country or cuisine, a BYOB (w/no corkage fee) and a super professional, trying-really-hard-to-please-because-they're-being-graded staff - all converges to make a fabulous dining experience. it's a three hour DINING experience; no eat and run ... one seating that begins at 6:30 and dinner beings at 7. terrific deal for only $38 per person. DO tip and tip well. the money all goes to a scholarship program.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I came with my partner for their birthday, and it was a fun occasion. The food was gorgeous and tasty. We got the fixed price dinner and were able to try several menu items. If you're vegetarian and doesn't eat fish, then there's only one option. However, we each tried everything the other had, and pretty much everything was impressive. The desserts were downright decadent, with tons of intricate detail, beautiful display, and a blend of non-traditional flavors that accented one another perfectly. I got tons of new ideas to bring home to my own kitchen. We went on a Tuesday evening and there were only two other tables of people. Unfortunately, their tables are meant for 4, so the seating was a little awkward to be on a date.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Long Relax Dinner Experience
It was an interesting experience as this was the first time I had ever dined here. My friend and I had no idea that it this 5 course meal will take a long time, sat at 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Though I loved the fact that we were never rushed through it but it was a bit too long for us especially on a Monday night as we had to go back to work the next day. There was just too much lag time between the courses. The server was able to explain all the dishes but wished she would have been a bit more engaging. Those who served us water and the ice tea had the challenging task of filling our glasses. Tipping a carafe over the glasses was a lmess. They're still learning which we get but they still need a bit more polish. Otherwise, it was fun.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
As usual, everything was great!
As usual, everything was great! What a hidden gem!
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for dining out if not in a hurry and like to spend more time with guest. Never feel rushed that you have to give up your table before you would like.
Parking is available and can be accessed by the 36 bus on Halsted. Cabs are also plentiful.
A perfect place to celebrate special occasions. Food is always the best of any fine dining venue around the area and especially for the price.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
A. most enjoyable afternoon.
A. most enjoyable afternoon. A memorable experience for the young wait staff we bring to the restaurant to show " how it should be done ".Besides which, the food is delicious !!!!
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Upscale Dining Experience
Great service from start to finish. The food was delicious; the presentations like works of art. There were many options to choose from in each course. The 29.95 prix fixe is well worth the price for a meal one would pay thrice for at a fine dining place in the city.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Kendal Can Do
I have been dining there for decades, always good, tho varies how good. Last time was very very good, and I will miss Berverly Kim's touch, lke her Gen Tso's sweetbreads were the best I have ever had. The spagetti squash salad was delightful.
Kendall has great food, student servers try very hard to please and most important for me, its quite, you can actually talk and not have another table 6" away.
Note a new chef will take over next year and move more toward French.
If history is a guide, will be good.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Glad I went Again!
Gal pals holiday lunch - perfect. A few hadn't been before and will come again
12/8/2013 4:00:00 PM