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
234 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (160)special occasion (155)fit for foodies (148)romantic (105)good for groups (68)neighborhood gem (64)hot spot (63)vibrant bar scene (60)scenic view (31)late-night find (10)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Dining out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Not the most memorable experience. We expected more. Average at best.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent experience.
    fondoffood1
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The Boarding House lived up to all reports. The wine list was extensive but not overwhelming. The food was creative and delicious. The staff was friendly and efficient. Fun decor and nice city view. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5*
    Sideshow
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great service, scenery & location. Get the venison.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations
    ttlhVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Given the owner we expected great wine and good food, and the wine was great, but food and service were above and beyond! The best lamb I have ever had in Chicago, and I thought the Greeks had a corner on that market! Our waitress was quite attentive and knowledgeable. Cannot wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alpana is a wine snob
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Okay, fantastic ambience. Beautiful place. The food is good, but for the price you expect it to be fantastic. And for someone who hosted a TV show touting that great food and drink can be had in the city without having to give up your first born, the approach to the wine list here is the exact opposite. We asked for a "bold" red and were recommended a $300 bottle of wine. When we told her that was beyond our price point, the cheapest she went was $150. You should be able to get a decent bottle for under $100! Once you hit $200 or $300 you are usually paying for the psychological experience of drinking a pricey wine. So we got a $65 bottle of Malbec and it was - okay. Okay? Apparently the Boarding House is only for the very rich. Too bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not intimate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Took a well worn, and oddly lit elevator to the third floor dining room. Two-story windows facing the city to the East. Tightly packed tables, and very loud. Hard to have a dinner conversation. Loved the sturgeon on a bed of lentil pilaf, with smokey tones.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great small plates
    JkbchicagoVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Entrees are solid but I really enjoyed the small plates here....try the burrata and the olenta fries with egg - both are stunners! As you would expect servers here are excellent assisting with wine selection and that really helped make the meal. Dessert, especially the fruit cobbler is worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful!
    DebbVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The restaurant was beautiful and the food was outstanding. Expensive but outstanding! I look forward to going again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Experience
    Foodlover20
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went to celebrate our 1st Anniversary. Service was excellent, the food was wonderful and the wine was amazing. We will definitely be returning. Thanks Boarding House!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The Boarding House is a special place for dinner. It's the second time my wife and I dined there with friends this summer, and the Boarding House is consistently excellent. We cannot recommend it highly enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food, great service. Dishes were unique. Love the fried egg dish. They have a separate veggie menu. Very accommodating. And they made my bday special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Place was really good.
    BrettVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went to The Boarding House on a Friday night, and it was a really good. The decor is great. The ceiling is interesting, just a really good feel to the place. I really liked the menu and sometimes as restaurants get more high end the menu suffers as they are trying too hard. But there were several items I would have liked to have tried. I had the bone in pork chop which was really good. I would get it again. The guy at the table next to me got it as well, and he joked just ask for it warm, because his came a little cool. Our waitress didn't find it funny, but my food came out fairly cool as well. Still really good, I would absolutely recommend this place. I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Overall
    Eagle779VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food was great. The octopus was tender and flavorful, and the venison was perfectly prepared. The tagliatelle was properly al dente with a light sauce. Service was generally good, although plates were cleared while some members of our party were still eating, and we had to ask for utensils at times. Oddly, the wine service again had problems. Our first and second choices were unavailable, although they weren't especially rare or boutique wines. I also noticed that some of the better selections from previous lists had been dropped from the current wine list. These are not good signs, especially in a wine-focused restaurant. It's not right to charge a $50 corkage fee if the wines offered on the wine list can't be delivered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant and pleasant
    Grugo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I really loved the ambient although I was on my own for a business trip. I had dinner at the bar room, the architecture and the chandelier made of wine glasses really stands out. Good music in the background. The menu is quite fine with a good selection. I really enjoyed kinoa with lentils, crudo of tuna and the sturgeon. Maybe the main course took a little long to come out but the waitress really treated me very well and made a very good work to make me feel comfortable. The price is acceptable, we are downtown Chicago the competition is high but this restaurant really deserves a visit and when I will be back in the City this is one of the places on my list to visit again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary dinner
    Dinner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I took my wife here for our anniversary as she is a foodie. The server was a bit quiet and not attentive with food and wine recommendations. We had to wait a few minutes for her to come and could barely hear her. The place was quite loud and full of conversation. I think it would be great to go with a group but not so much for a romantic dinner for two. We started out with the Merquez stuffed Calamari which was cooked perfectly and tasted wonderful. I ordered the salmon with fergola (sort of like Farro) which was fantastic. The wine, a savignoun (sp?) blanc, was disappointing but it was the cheapest on the menu ($40). Overall the food was great but i think there are better places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining experience!
    luv2read
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food and the ambiance were great! The service was very good! And the people at the front door were especially nice! I would recommend it and go back in a minute.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Help!
    RockyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    When we got there, told hostesses we had a reservation & gave our name. They looked in their book & asked if it was under another name!! I had to show them my Open Table reservation reminder on my smartphone. Otherwise food, drinks & service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A top-notch experience all around
    GMGM
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    With enchanting decor, a flavorful menu and stellar service the Boarding House is hard to beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Retro and Refined
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    All was outstanding. I would highly recommend for a special evening and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 7/29/2014
    DanoverVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    What a wonderful find....we have been looking for an occasion to visit this spot since we live/wrk in the neighborhood. Everything was as expected. We loved it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    paul
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    food WAS WELL PREPARED AND PRESENTED. ALL ITEMS WELL EXPLAINED AND OPTIONS WERE MANY AND VARIOUS FOOD TYPES WERE IN THE MENU. JUST COULD NOT MEET THE BOSS. OFCOURSE THE WINE SELECTION WAS OUTSTANDING. ONE OF THE CHICAGO'S BEST OUR GUESTS ALSO LOVED THE PLACE
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dining experience
    Foodie4
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We had an absolutely fabulous dining experience. I like the Boarding house decor and atmosphere. Fun but upscale. Our service was wonderful and most importantly we enjoyed EVERY bite! The Boarding House salad was delicious and it was followed by their Seared Sturgeon dish prepared with artichokes, lentils and bacon and the Salmon dish prepared with honey glazed carrot and swiss chard. They were both DELICIOUS!!! (Yes we stole bites of each others meal!) Highly recommend and we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What great experience
    foodfanatic
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I was searching for a unique experience for my Brother's wedding anniversary. The eclectic, gorgeous decor and professional service and quality would be hard to beat even in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suarules
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Just happened upon the Boarding House on OpenTable and was highly impressed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Wonderful food. One of the most interesting and stunningly decorated places ever. A gem. Wine list not quite as good as when opened.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid but not great
    Garnetgyrl
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Everything was good but not spectacular. The entrees we ordered were significantly better than the the polenta fries and octopus appetizers we ordered. My boyfriend ordered the venison loin and said it was one of the BEST cuts of meat he has ever had. I had the salmon and it was very good. Service was ok. She didn't check in very often. We also ordered the carrot cake. Again, good, not great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • More for bar than dinner
    WhyanicknameVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Surprisingly not a busy dinner spot but more popular for drinks. Half empty for peak dinner on a usually busy Thursday night but as the night progressed the place got more crowded for drinks. Food was above average but nothing that his the "wow factor." Worth a trip but maybe more for post dinner drinks if you want the crowd.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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