Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn
Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn

Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://waterleafrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6309426881
  • Hours of Operation:
    Thank You for choosing the Waterleaf Restaurant! Our hours of operation are as follows: Lunch: Wednesday-Friday: 11:30-2:00PM, Saturday: 11:30-:2:30PM. Dinner: Wednesday-Friday: 5:00-8:30PM, Saturday: 5:00-9:00PM, Sunday: 4:30-8:30PM. Brunch Sunday: 11:00-2:30PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, French
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Please contact our Restaurant Manager Aaron Heitmann
    Who will help you customize a menu for your special occasion
    Tel: (630) 942-6881

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Park Closest to the Culinary & Hospitality Center which is located on the North East corner of The College of DuPage campus. Approch the gate and it will open for you which will allow you to enter the reserved parking lot for the Waterleaf Restaurant Patrons.
A word from Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn
Offering locally grown, seasonal ingredients & precise service, the Waterleaf restaurant offers a contemporary approach to fine dining.

On Select Mondays(International Cuisine) and Tuesdays (Classical French Cuisine)evenings, The Students in the Culinary program at The College of DuPage host their Student Dinners at The Waterleaf Restaurant.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn reviews from OpenTable diners
180 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (136)fit for foodies (122)scenic view (112)romantic (88)neighborhood gem (83)notable wine list (67)great for outdoor dining (66)good for groups (52)great for lunch (48)great for brunch (34)late-night find (4)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • criz
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I have visited Waterleaf several times and the food is always delicious, plus the service is impeccable. I have recommended the restaurant to several friends and they feel the same way that I feel about dining at Waterleaf; it's the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Can't WAIT to go back and bring our friends. REALLY enjoyed the jazz brunch~
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SedonachickVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We loved the Smooth Jazz playing and the singer! Very attentive wait staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Find in the Suburbs
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    From service to presentation to taste, this secret gem in the suburbs was DIVINE!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 6foodies
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful and the service was very good. The bartender was very personable and mixed a good drink when we sat at the bar waiting for our party of 6. Three of the six of us ordered fish and were very disappointed with it as it was too dry and overcooked which fish should never be! The rest of the meal was good especially the mango crème brulee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful experience
    Teebs
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Went for a nice dinner with my husband and parents. Food was fantastic. Well thought out menu with plenty of choices. Staff was attentive and flexible to requests and questions. Noise level was not bad at all which is important to the parents; could easily carry on conversations. Bar staff helpful and innovative! Love coming here but only for special occassions. Pricey, but worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special experience
    CClaVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Went there because of all the positive comments on various websites. This lovely place did not disappoint. From cocktails where you could actually taste the alcohol to the veal, watermelon salad, halibut atop vegetable ribbons, pork tenderloin, pork belly, and frozen lemon pie--what a culinary treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining nearby
    DineOut
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I was very happy to finally dine at Waterleaf in Glen Ellyn. Although connected to the College of DuPage Culinary School, the food was far from a student prepared meal. The service staff and chefs are all seasoned professionals with an enormous attention to detail. Since I live in Glen Ellyn I was very happy to find this gem of a restaurant so close.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy to have found this gem!
    julieben
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Dinner was excellent, ambiance superb. Will be back. Can't wait to try for lunch. Interested in trying for private party as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always Excellent
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Waterleaf is an outstanding fine dining destination. I dine here frequently and am always delighted with every aspect of the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good
    bobs
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was good not great..and was pricey..looked at many reviews prior and was wondering what people were thinking....
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Birthday68
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I had been to Waterleaf once before for the excellent Sunday brunch. This time the four of us went on a Saturday afternoon for lunch. Once again, we were all extremely satisfied with our choices ( soup & salad combo). The carrot ginger soup was delicious, and the Nicoise salad is a true winner. We were the only customers in the dining room....seemed a shame that more people were not here to take advantage of the excellent offerings, wonderful ambiance and attentive wait staff. Will definitely return and would recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing experience!
    lovefood123
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It was the first time my wife and I visited the Waterleaf. We were very surprised of the sophisticated yet relaxing ambience. The service, the food, and the setting were phenomenal! We will most definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Students in action!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We really enjoyed the culinary experience and the creations of the COD culinary students. We were all very much impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exellent business luncheon
    ArtGuy
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This was the perfect place to bring out of town business visitors to enjoy lunch, develop informal dialoge, and let the guests feel "spoiled".
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • streak
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was our first time dining at Waterleaf. The menu had so many wonderful options to choose from. The service was impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • bigjim
    bigjimVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have been to Waterleaf twice, and have been disappointed both times. The restaurant is well designed and laid out, tables are widely spaced and well equipped. The rooms are quiet, (maybe because the room was at least half empty) But the food is pedestrian.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luv2eat
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Being a foodie I always evaluate cost against experience. Examples Gordens Le France Tango Sur(BYOB). Cost matched the experience. First time many years ago Le France experience was greater than cost. Thank You Dr. Vincent Losito
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Hidden Gem!
    RunDMC
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Curious about the restaurant from its recent write ups in the local press, we decided to check it out for our anniversary dinner and am I glad we did! What a wonderful place! We arrived early for a cocktail in the bar- had a specialty martini that was yummy...the manager helped us select a bottle of wine to go with our meal that was reasonably priced and delicious. We elected to order the fixed price dinner, choice of starter, entree and dessert for $38 pp and everything was incredible! The service was spot on, food arrived at good pace and perfect temp, presentation was beautiful and flavors were outstanding! This place is a hidden gem! We sat by the window overlooking the lake....was a lovely evening and will definetly be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special dinner expertly prepared
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We will return! Delightful atmosphere, attentive staff, making you feel like a valued guest
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Student-Created Dinner
    margep
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My husband and I went to the culinary students' Classical Cuisine Dinner at Waterleaf and found the menu and preparation to be fabulous, the service attentive. The six-course menu (plus amuse and sweet mignardises at the end) includes champagne and a white and red wine to accompany the various courses. The wild mushroom soup with tarragon cream was rich and flavorful, while the varied flavors of the Fish Course of monkfish with peppers and patatas bravas paired beautifully with the Plat Principal of beef strip loin and a superb accompaniment: tender veal cheek and chestnut cannelloni sprinkled with braised brussels sprout leaves. A great menu that is only offered for two weeks. Look forward to the students' November menus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MissyVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Pork tenderloin was outstanding. Price is the only thing that's keeping me from giving Warerleaf five stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Suburban Exemplar
    Dinewell
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Had read about Waterleaf, and was particularly persuaded by Phil Vettel's glowing review in the Chicago Tribune. No disappointment - outstanding cuisine and wine selection, several visits to our table by the maitre'd. As I commented to my wife, when you can dine at a restaurant like Waterleaf in the suburbs, there's no need to drive all the way downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special place
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    What a find! Wonderful atmosphere but more importantly, a brilliant concept associated with the College of Dupage. From the moment you enter to the time you are seated the staff is spectacular. Keep up the good work. If one had to complain about something and its not really a complaint but a restaurant managment impression is that I had a waiter that could have been more passionate about the menu but that may have been a personality issue more than anything. Fixable but innate. I wish you nothing but success.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • janie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    delicious food; enjoyed the amuse and dessert bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • After concert dinner
    MACconvenience
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We enjoy the elegance and ambience of Waterleaf. It is so convenient pre or post concert at the MAC.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a pleasant surprise!
    motherof4
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were just looking for somewhere between the north and south suburbs to have an adult family celebration. We could not have been more pleased with our experience at Waterleaf at the College of DuPage. What a wonderful place to celebrate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Great service
    Lindsay
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a wonderful meal! Service staff was knowledgable. Food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did I die and go to Heaven?
    Steeny
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We picked this restaurant because of it's proximity to the Opera at the College of Dupage. What a pleasant surprise to find a creative chef who really knows how to put food, herbs, and spices together. to make an exotic medley of flavors... and unique presentations. Every part of our dining experience was most excellent..All the way to the Mango Creme Brulee. I wish we had gourmet restaurants like this in Wisconsin. Waterleaf us the best restaurant I have ever been to in my 64 years on Earth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Galt
    Galt
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was my 2nd time at Waterleaf----both times I and my party received excellent service and not just good but great food. I will recommend this restaurant to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • you will return!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    great restaurant with fantastic food. Only negative comment-I don't over salt anything but the risotto is consistently under seasoned. You will probably need to ask for salt or bring some along, just in case
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • corkieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We introduced our friends who live in the area of Waterleaf, but had never heard of it, to this great restaurant. We all had the special Prix Fixe menu for $38 for 3 courses. The tomato salads were so fresh and delicious and the butternut squash soup was perfectly seasoned. 3 of us had the trout, which was perfectly cooked and presented with tiny potatoes. One had the halibut, which she said was the best she had ever had. The sherbet dessert is beautifully presented and were delicious. The mango creme brûlée was not heavy and not too mango flavored. The chocolate dessert was my husband's favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite place
    nanhbh
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Waterleaf restaurant is by far my most favorite place to eat out. It's a little pricey for lunch, but the food is worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waterleaf
    lovemutti
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    You walk in to an open view of a small lake, greenery and delightful view...My expectations were set very high for quality of food. So I was a bit disappointed with my trout...it was a small filet, overcooked and a strong fish taste. I expected beter. The sauce was green and tasteless. Sorry, maybe the chef had an off night. I will return to try it again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mack
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Our first experience at Waterleaf. We enjoyed a very nice brunch. Food was excellent but service a little slow but very nice servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Why Did We Wait So Long ?
    Rose
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We talked about dining at Waterleaf many times- our anniversary was a perfect occasion to have a lunchtime experience. Food was excellent-service -very friendly. The server answered all our questions about the food and wine. He did not rush us-checked to see if we needed anything during meal. Dessert was wonderful. We had to split dessert because of the wonderful meal. The dessert had a special chocolate piece that said "Happy Anniversary". What a thoughtful touch. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Great Lunch
    Gtinny
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Have been here a number of times and have never been disappointed. Brought a friend who enjoys good food and good wine, so it was my pleasure to introduce him to Waterleaf. He loved it, and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No Negatives
    JeanEVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    All positive experiences await you: ambience, exciting selections, awesome presentation, friendly and knowledgeable staff. It was worth the extra drive for me to celebrate my birthday lunch with friends there. The food is delicious and modestly priced. Great college restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continued Excellence
    belgaschuVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have been here a few times. Each time the food, the service, the ambiance is top notch. The dishes are creative, the wine list is good (not great), and the atmosphere refined. I find it a very relaxing time. Prices are reasonable if not a touch high. You can't go wrong dining at Waterleaf.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best kept secret!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A best kept secret in the western suburbs! Food and service were excellent. We will definitely go back....soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.