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Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn
Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn

Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://waterleafrestaurant.com
  • Email: waterleaf@cod.edu
  • Phone: (630) 942-6881
  • 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: French, Italian
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "This is the place for any special occasion or a romantic night out. The regular menu is a little pricey, but the food is so worth it. Complex, complementary tastes. Great presentation. Not rushed. We'll be back soon."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Lunch at Waterleaf was a bright and pleasant break from the long and dull winter days. We all loved the open and bright atmosphere with floor to ceiling windows providing a lovely view. The food was good and our service was extra special. Looking forward to returning for brunch on the patio on a warm Sunday."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "One of the best. Attentive staff, excellent food, beautifully decorated, quiet, romantic."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "A great meal, great friends, great service. This was everyone's first time at Waterleaf, and will not be the last. I had the pork tenderloin off the prix fixe menu, and was so good I hope management puts it on the regular menu. I didn't care for the texture of the milk chocolate crème cremeux nor did I care for the dark chocolate syrup topper. I don't care for dark chocolate, just a personal preference. I sampled the crème brulee and would order that instead."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We went to celebrate our 31st anniversary and thuroghly enjoyed our experience. Service was great and the food delicious will recommend highly to friends and family. Thanks Cathy"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I am mourning the loss of all the missed meals. I just didn't know this place was there - hidden on the campus of College of DuPage campus. The setting was beautiful with expansive views of the water (I guess it's a retention pond, but it's beautifully landscaped). The brunch menu was fantastic. My partner had Crab Benedict & it was delicate, meaty & sublime. I had a delicious savory pork with a spicy peppered sauce. We started with the house smoked salmon and a selection of 3 cheeses. We finished with a medley of desserts - both the vanilla bean Bavarian custard and orange crème brulee were memorable. The service was extremely attentive without being uncomfortably formal. Overall a great experience. We'll be back to try dinner!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Two of us really enjoyed a nice lunch here for a very reasonable cost. We were on a time limit which we didn't mention, but were in and out in exactly an hour. It looks like if we wanted to, though, we could linger over coffee for the afternoon. Food presentation was beautiful, and they were very accomodating regarding food allergies. The curried chicken salad was quite tasty. I'll definitely be back and will be trying some of the excellent-sounding fish dishes on the menu."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Our group enjoyed a tasty brunch here. The service was excellent and attentive. We had a quiet corner table near the windows. Our brunch entrees were beautifully presented and delicious."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We arrived a little early and they were very accommodating in setting up a table as soon as possible. We sat at the tables within the lounge and had a drink and the service and attention at the bar was excellent. Once seated the staff was not rushing us to make a decision on ordering. Once we decided to make a selection the staff give us some suggestions and also answered any questions we had about the menu. The ambiance was wonderful, it was quite so we could talk and enjoy each others company, and we never felt rushed. The food was exceptionally good and I would go again. We had heard about this restaurant before but never went. Don't wait go and enjoy it as much as we did."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "visited College of Dupage for the Madeleine Peyroux concert and chose the Waterleaf for proximity. A very good choice. Had an excellent dinner"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Steps from the MAC on a small suburban college campus hides a gem of a restaurant. Excellent service, excellent meals, tailored dining experience and nice view of a small pond. Perfect venue for lunch, brunch or dinner."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Except for the veggie pot pie, all entrees were delicious. Could have more vegetarian options"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Loved the tomato/red pepper soup, the halibut and pork tenderloin entrees, it was agreed by all parties at the table that the food was delicious."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Fine dining. Comfortable, bright, lovely setting. Considerate service. Very convenient before a show at the MAC."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great dinner - we had the price fixe menu. Ate and look home some leftover pork that was just melt in your mouth. Yum."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "It was nice place to meet your friends, very comfortable settings, variety of choices on menu, excellent services, and delicious foods; plus great choices of wines."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "One would not expect a fine dining restaurant on a community college campus but that is exactly what Waterleaf is. The service is impeccable and the room is very attractive. The wine list is huge and the waiter very knowledgeable. The Pre Fixe menu is a good value although somewhat limited. My only complaint is that the chocolate tart was very hard and crumbly and almost impossible to eat despite the great flavor. Very convenient to the McAninch Arts Center which is right next door and feature some great concerts."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The server was a wealth of information. She offered her favorites but knew about every dish. We took some very good friends for a special brunch. We had a wonderful food....the blueberry French toast was delicious and the crab soufflé was yummy. The food presentation was beautiful. Thank you for the wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Went to Waterleaf before a performance at the MAC. Loved the cuisine and ambience. Service needed polishing. At the restaurant's price point, servers should not be saying "no problem" in response to a customer thank you or request. Also, the interaction among the servers should be a little more professional and less "student" like in their language, casualness, etc. Overall, we were very impressed except for the service issue."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was a really nice dining experience. Great service, super friendly bar staff with well made cocktails. Great service, especially the bus? water, bread, busperson blonde girl. Food beautifully presented. Nice sized entrees. Pricey, but worth the experience for a special occasion or a quiet, romantic dinner."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "For restaurant meals we usually choose local, reasonably priced venues; the exception being special occasions. 6 of us celebrated my sons 53rd birthday. The Waterleaf was a good choice. There were a variety of menu choices, the food was excellent and the service prompt and friendly."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Three of us had leek/potato soup. It was a little too strained and the portion was too small for the large bowl it was served in. My rabbit and spaetzle were like mush and very salty but the men liked their fish - sea trout but not the side oyster mushroom. I wasn't crazy about my hazelnut chocolate tart - very dry - over cooked - but a friend like the crème brulee and her main dish of chicken pot pie and her beet salad and the other man liked his sorbet. The prie fixe for $35.00 had two fish dishes and rabbit. A better mix would have been better. The place had a nice ambience overlooking the pond and the patio with an open fire pit. Service was excellent. Restaurant looked lovely with a small but nice bar area"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food was way to salty. Presentation was very good. No one was in the place, don't know how they are going to stay in business. About 30 people in the whole place."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We went with high expectations for great food and we were not disappointed. We looked at the specials and regular menu and were pleasantly surprised that all in our party had selected specials included in the 3 course fixed price menu. I had lobster salad with a very tasty dressing, veal short ribs, nicely herbed, and a chocolate pavlova which was light, nicely chocolatey, not too sweet. I don't usually get dessert, but I was glad I had gotten this one. There apparently was a performance at the MAC the night we were there, and when we told our server we were ready to order, he explained he needed to get coffee and a bill to a group that had to get to the MAC. We were fine with that as we appreciated the time to visit."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My husband and I went on a Friday night. We didn't know what to expect and were quite unsure of what was in store for us. We had an amazing experience. Fantastic food, service, and ambience. Gourmet food at a completely reasonable price! We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The staff was very anxious to do a good job so wonderful attitudes and the restaurant backed them up by meeting my special request-changes to a salad. The food was very good, especially soup and dessert. Only issue was that I had asked for seafood grilled for my salad but it had been sautéed. Room nice and quiet so could talk"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Waterleaf is truly a little gem in the western suburbs. If you venture out this way you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Just like in the old movie......what a hidden gem! This is what a fine dining place should be. Noise level hush...food fantastic....service A+......lighting low......prices amazing....etc. etc. I can't wait to see what it will be like in the warmer weather when everything is in bloom. You won't be disappointed (trust me)."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "WE EXPERIENCED A VERY ENJOYABLE MEAL IN A LOVELY SETTING.THE WAIT STAFF WERE ATTENTIVE & FRIENDLY. THERE WERE ONLY 2 OF US, SO WE DIDN'T SAMPLE A LOT. MY HUSBAND REALLY ENJOYED THE FRENCH ONION SOUP & ROAST PORK & I A SPINICH/ORANGE/GOAT CHEESE SALAD & THE MUSSELS AS MY ENTREE WHICH WERE ON THE APPETISER MENU BUT THE PORTION WAS VERY PLENTIFUL & THE SAUCE [MENUIRE I THINK] WAS DELICIOUS. OUR DESSERTS WERE EQUALLY TASTY; VANILLA CREME BRULEE & A TRIO OF SORBET. WE WILL CERTAINLY RETURN!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Absolutely top notch food and delightful atmosphere. I've never been disappointed when I dine here."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Have been to Waterleaf several times. Food is good with good options."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Lovely room,especially window tables by the pond. Excellent, attentive servers and wait staff. We arrived early on purpose. I observed it was more rushed when the dinner crush arrived, so allow yourself the time to enjoy the experience. The meals were all beautifully crafted and presented. The amuse bouche was delicious, as was the complimentary half cup of yummy tomato basil soup for my guest. The vegetable tartar was fresh and interesting and the tender beef rib melted in the mouth and was extremely tasty. I was less thrilled with the rather tasteless and tough pork ravioli appetizer and the desserts are pretty but there was little to tempt the chocolate lover or sweet tooth. The menu evolves constantly so check it out and enjoy."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Elegant Dining.....beautiful decor and view. Food and service were excellent. We will definitely dine here again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Waterleaf is pretty spectacular. There is no affiliation between the restaurant and College of DuPage other than its location. We think that Vie (in Western Springs) is the best restaurant in the western suburbs and Waterleaf is comparable. Everything was artfully prepared (and served) and delicious. Service was flawless. Our only criticism is that we expected the dining room to be busier on a Friday night,"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Very nice, from reception to dessert, we enjoyed the attentive service, the choices, the beautiful clean crisp setting, and the chef, formerly of Maijean sure can cook. Jean-Pierre knows his wines and gets to know his customers. Overall, an outstanding find for the suburbs. We'll be going back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I thought it was absolutely great. I brought my brother and wife there for the 40th Birthday and everything was great."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Very enjoyable, good service and food. Very attentive to the guests. I would go back again and I expect they will be busier with the new MAC being open now."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The special dinners are very special!! Thanks to them and their dedicated teachers."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The food is presented in interesting and tasty combinations and the salads are outstanding. It is difficult to find a restaurant of this quality in the suburbs for both the preparation of the food and excellent service. A great place for lunch with the girls, we lingered for a while without any problems and all of us enjoyed our meal, as well as the view out of the large windows."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "This was ur second year for birthday celebrations and it was, again, an enjoyable evening in all respects."
    Dined on 2/25/2014