The Boarding House
The Boarding House

The Boarding House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.boardinghousechicago.com/
  • Phone: 3122800720x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Wine Bar
    Sunday through Friday: 4:30 p.m. to CLOSE
    Saturday: 4:30 p.m. to CLOSE


    Dining Room
    Sunday and Monday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Tuesday through Saturday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.




  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tanya Baker
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact us at Events@bhchicago.com
  • Private Party Facilities: The Boarding House offers catering options from 4 to 500 people. Please email Amy Ermatinger at Events@BHChicago.com
  • Private Party Contact: Amy Ermatinger events@BHChicago.com 3122800720x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Superior
  • Public Transit: Conveniently located one block east of the Franklin Brown Line stop.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The Boarding House offers valet parking on Wells Street.
A word from The Boarding House
Welcome! The Boarding House opened December 2012 and is led by Proprietor and Master Sommelier Alpana Singh. Our historic building, which dates back to 1872, features several distinct areas that a bustling bar area, two distinct private dining spaces, and a comfortable dining room located on the building’s third floor.

Enjoy a curated and thoughtful list of 500 wines from around the world that will expertly complement your dining experience. Guests will be immediately enveloped by our ambient dining room, which is designed for everyday dining with service that is detailed, hospitable and personal.

The wine bar is available without reservations and seating is per availability.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Boarding House!
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The Boarding House reviews from OpenTable diners
215 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (141)special occasion (140)fit for foodies (138)romantic (96)good for groups (68)hot spot (66)neighborhood gem (60)vibrant bar scene (53)scenic view (26)late-night find (12)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 25th anniversary dinner
    tom61
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    my wife and I enjoyed a very rich and flavorful dinner at the Boarding House recently to celebrate our 25th anniversary. The food, from appetizers to dessert, was well prepared, expertly served and delicious. The wines completed the courses very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing
    paisalovesboardinghouse
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Celebrated my one year wedding anniversary here. I work for a premier retailer and our number one focus is customer service. The Boarding House had amazing service from beginning to end. The employees were very nice and welcoming. The food was perfect from appetizer to dessert. I would recommend to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Chicago Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Loved this restaurant. Beautifully decorated. Food was fabulous - especially the Tuna Curdo, lamb chops and cherry cobbler. Thoroughly recommend. Staff were delightful. The bar downstairs is great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Insane food, poor customer service
    Sarah
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Our reservation was at 8, we were seated at 9pm. After waiting an hour no one even apologized just said that there was a 20 person party that took a long time to pay. Unimpressed with the lack of willingness to make us happy by buying us a round of drinks, or at least a formal apology for the inconvenience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Funkadelic
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My wife and I went here for our 20th Anniversary and loved it. Fabulous food and service. I highly recommend the venison. It was one of the best meals that I have ever had. The oatmeal cookie dessert was also very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time - Great Experience
    FirstNBD
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This was our first time there and it was awesome. We met a friend at the bar an hour before our reservation. The bartender recommended a wine that was very good. It was a Thursday night and there was a lot more people then I expected. We had dinner on what I would call a balcony over looking the main dining room. The waitress was attentive, carefully explained the menu, made suggestion and answered all our question. I had the grilled flat iron steak and it was excellant. My wife had the half amish chicken which she loved. We look forward to future dining expiences at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food and huge wine list
    spills
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Went to The Boarding House for an anniversary dinner and was very pleased with my choice. We had the octopus and burrata as appetizers and both were delicious. For dinner, I ordered the scallops, which came with brussel sprouts, and was very pleased. My boyfriend ordered the NY steak topped with some kind of jam and potatoes. I'm not normally a fan of steak but his steak was so good that I'm still thinking about it! The waiter was very helpful in choosing a bottle of wine and recommended the perfect bottle based on what we were looking for. Service was great and everyone was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    TeamU
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were celebrating our anniversary when we visited the restaurant. Every employee we encountered provided superior customer service. The food was fantastic. We look forward to dining at the restaurant again soon! P.S. The beet salad starter was absolutely one of the MOST DELICIOUS items I have *EVER* eaten!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not live up to the hype
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We were really looking forward to eating at a restaurant created by a master sommelier....the wine was good and reasonably priced but the food fell short. We ordered 2 appetizers, 4 entrees and 2 desserts. Something on just about every plate was messed up. Potatoes were over done, pork chop was REALLY over done, lamb chops were good but what ever else was on the plate was gross. I thought I was getting a mashed potato, what came out was grits witch would be fine but they were lumps with dry bits. Carrot cake was ok, I've had better. The chandeliers were cool, pop in for a drink and dine elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • docgcaVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went there on a Saturday evening, room not completely filled. 3 stars for service due to some uneven pacing; everyone very pleasant and courteous, but kind of long gap between initial intro (right after seating before we had a chance to look at drink menu) and return to take drink orders, then long gap between end of entree to dessert. Pacing from food order to main meal was very nice, however. The food was quite good, menu a little limited but standouts were the hen egg and polenta fries, the merguez-stuffed calamari and the scallops. Overall vibe was energetic, tables close to each other so not too much privacy but not too close that you couldn't have your own conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Decor, not food
    Mike
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The place has awesome decor. Every unique, vibrant and fun. BUT for the price, the food is a little lacking. and very salty. if we were difficult people we would have sent the food back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it is so charming, quaint, delish!
    DWWDVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We found this place by a happy accident through OpenTable. It is BEAUTIFUL on inside, but not pretentious. One would feel comfortable casually dressed or dressed up. The wine list is extensive. Had the salmon, and friend had the PorkChop and we were so pleased. Will go back again every time we are in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For a great experience
    happy
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We went to celebrate a birthday at the Boarding House and everything was perfect. It does not happen to often when it turns out to be a perfect evening. The staff goes out of their way to make your evening enjoyable. The food was so delicious. Our table had several different things off the menu and not one thing was served that we would not have ordered again. I could not say enough about the great experience we had. For a special night or a fun time at the bar, it is one of those places you should not miss.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent first time here
    DDiner
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We have been looking forward to dining at The Boarding House for some time based on being fans of when the owner hosted Check Please! on WTTW. And it was an excellent first time that did not disappoint. The decor with the wine glasses and wine bottles suspended from the ceiling was amazing - too bad we had an early dinner and didn't see them with lighting. The staff is friendly and knowledgable without being pushy or snobby. The wine list by the glass (we had a dry rose and bold malbach) and by the bottle is well curated. And the food was well prepared and flavorful (we had the tuna appetizer, steak, venison, and rhubarb tart). A return trip to explore the bar and lounge scene is well anticipated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    NORNVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Excellent food, service, atmosphere, and fantastic menu. Also appreciated the classy presentation of the food and appropriate portions. Will definitely return for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • limited menu
    eddyjjr
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Very good service , but very expensive. you need to have more healthy choices.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wish I boarded here!
    JackNimble
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Fantastic restaurant! My girlfriend and I had the Beets and Goat Cheese appetizer (phenomenal!) the Venison Loin, the Seared Sturgeon, and the Goat Cheese Blueberry Bread Pudding for dessert. All were fantastic and I particularly recommend the Venison. The Bread Pudding was orgiastic. The service was also too-notch. My girlfriend will drink 6-8 glasses of water per meal and we always measure the service by how long she waits for a refill. Her water glass was never empty! The hostesses were pleasant and accomodating, and our server were knowledgeable, professional, and personal. It is a bit pricier than most places, with the average entree costing around $28 ($21-$36, if I remember the range correctly). I heartily recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sullyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Consistent excellence is the hallmark of this restaurant. Went with group of six and we all enjoyed the food, the service and the ambience. Everything from the venison to the flatiron steak to the scallops to the lamb chops were exceptional. Despite an intimidating wine list (page after page of choices) we were able to find a very reasonable wine that met our tastes. Service was first rate. Our waiter was able to describe the menu choices and offered recommendations when requested--even ranking them in order of his preference. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible service & atmosphere
    LindaS1971
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Try the octopus appetizer just to say you did. Amy, our server, was very knowledgeable & helpful. The ceilings in both bar & restaurant are GORGEOUS!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience!
    Scooter
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Food was spectacular, knowledgable server helped to perfectly pair wine with dinner. Attentive service but not over-bearing or rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wine4ever
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Menu was good. Service was outstanding. Wine list is best I have experienced. Price in dining room would make this a restaurant for special occasion. Bar menu may be a bit less.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Date Night
    socccermom
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was a great choice for our anniversary dinner. The well-earned reviews did not disappoint. The building and decorating are fantastic, the drinks and service were excellent. We had the tuna crudo app which was amazing, the goat cheese and beet salad was good, but not special. I had salmon and my husband had sturgeon, both dishes were great, portions were perfect. In the dining room, the tables are a little close to others which detracts from the romantic feel of the room. Overall, I would recommend for a nice dinner out without breaking the bank.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a wonderful time.
    Robert
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Great food, good service, interesting setting. Will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable dinner
    foodexplorer
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We went there for our anniversary and we had a very nice dining experience. We dined on the third floor which is their main dining room. We had a very reasonably priced wine which was terrific. Yes, there were many expensive wines on the list, but we ask the waitress for a recommendation on a lower priced wine and her choice was spot on. Our appetizer, beets and goat cheese, was just amazing. Entrees for both of us were nicely done and tasty. I would recommend this place to anyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boarding House-Great Dinner-
    iekoch
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great place for Dinner or drinks. Atmosphere was upscale without being stuffy. Loved the design elements of the dining area and bar. Service was very attentive, food was great. Met with an old friend and spend almost 4 hours in the dining area and bar and never felt we were being pushed out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    1frequentdiner
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Second time at this restaurant and it didn't disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family occasion
    merrysmas
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We brought our son here to celebrate his 21st birthday. The food was outstanding, of excellent quality and presentation. The menu allowed my son to be adventurous and try some new things. The wine selection was outstanding, and the ambiance was lovely. To top it off, they presented my son with a birthday dessert that was fabulous! This is my second time at the Boarding House - I previously came with a group of friends. Both experiences were wonderful and I will keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Venue
    Venue4review
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Nice atmosphere with good food. Great wine selection, attentive wait staff, but long wait for appetizers (and we were only ones in the place at the time).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great for wine, service is slow.
    mags
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The wine list is great. Service was so incredibly slow. I had to get up from the table and ask the waitress to take our order.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • anon
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It was ok. Nothing amazing. The food was solid, but not well thought out. Fennel that totally over powered the raw tuna. Regular oranges instead of blood oranges as stated on the menu. The server was good, but the food runners clearly didn't know the table numbers. We got offered desert before our second appetizer hit the table. Venison was really good, best thing we had. All in all it was ok, but my socks were certainly not blown off.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great wine and wonderful staff
    Hypnotiq73
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I overall enjoyed dinner at the Boarding House. My friend was late arriving and the staff was very accommodating despite how busy it was. They were courteous and friendly. The wine list was impressive. A bit pricey, however. If you are one who is familiar with wines, you too will notice the extreme mark up. Aside from that, the food was delicious. I had the scallops. They were cooked perfectly. The oatmeal cookie dessert was good, but not exciting. We sat in the mezzanine. I think that is why the noise level, for us, was low. That's a nice intimate area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The food was solid. The ambience was outstanding. Service at the table was great. The only glitch was the door staff. We had a party of six and one was running late. Instead of sitting the group of five at the table and directing the late-comer when he arrived, the door staff made the five people stand at the desk for 15 minutes. It felt awkward and more than a bit of attitude from the desk personnel. Traffic in Chicago can be difficult at best. Making us wait like children, set a negative vibe before the evening really began. Once we got past the door staff, everything was good. With so many great food choices in Chicago, I would probably not return to The Boarding House with a group larger than two people arriving together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • callen
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Really fun with great food, wine and service. Very loud first floor bar but toned down in 3rd floor dining area. Nice vibe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Barney
    BarneyVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Our first visit to The Boarding House and we were really looking forward to the experience. Check Please! is one of my favorite TV shows. I was not disappointed. Very pricey, but the food was very good. We would go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection!
    Kleemanimal
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We had a most memorable meal. Great service, food, and wine. We could not have asked for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 140 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 757 reviews are from the The Boarding House reviews archive.
  • JacqueLeopVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    With many empty tables mid-week, we were seated at a table where the wait staff could not avoid hitting one of our chairs. Hostess moved us with no difficulty. Little slow getting started, but after that the service was fine. Scallops' pancetta was over-salted. Beet salad was best my wife ever had. Rest of our entrees were fine. Unlike a posting we saw, the four of us loved the carrot cake. Wine list good, of course, but pricey. Decor is great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected More
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Food was not special. Service was poor. Waiter repeatedly barged into conversation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very knowledgable staff - excellent
    FoodserviceGal
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Excellent wine & food pairings recommended by our server Amy. Great ambiance. We tried 4 apps and 4 entrees and they were all excellent. Espresso was only miss lacking lemon peel or biscotti. Flavor was burnt. Need to investigate small Nespresso system as space was an issue. Otherwise, perfect for foodies and wine lovers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok.
    CafeyVino22VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    After reading about this place I was very excited to try it. When we first walked-in it looked amazing. The decor is great then the hostess walked us over to the elevator so we could go to the third floor for our dinner. That was cool, but once at our table the service was not so great. The waitress was having a bad day and it showed on her face and attitude. After apologizing for messing up my order she even told us she was having a bad day. After my order came a second time it was still wrong, but I was to hungry to send it back. The food was just ok. The wine list is great but only if you order a bottle by the glass not so special! I will not be back. Better places to spend my $$$$. I was very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good date place
    anubis72VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Very good all around. Food was a tad slow but server bought wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.