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
174 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (129)scenic view (123)fit for foodies (108)neighborhood gem (84)romantic (82)great for outdoor dining (78)notable wine list (64)great for lunch (55)good for groups (53)great for brunch (39)hot spot (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • First timer
    PhilPatfromWarrenville
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We wanted to go here for a few years and finally we experienced an excellent meal, service and a scenic view dining with friends. We both plan on coming back soon and are sure to bring our friends to join us in this wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hidden gem
    johnoooo
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Yep... that's what one of the kids called it. Service was very good. Menu was interesting. Very memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be back.
    LedZep1VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    So impressed! Great food and the chocolate dessert was fantastic. Outside fire pits make for very nice ambience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rating - 3.75 out of 5
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was my second visit to Waterleaf and my first review. My first visit was excellent but I can't say the same for this visit. Everything was same as first visit except for the Service. We had a Saturday night reservation for 6:45. It took 30 minutes! to get our pre-dinner drinks after we ordered them when we sat down. What made us furious is that while waiting 30 minutes to receive our drinks, the "reserved" table guests sitting next to us by the window got their drinks, their order taken, their bottle of wine and were visted by their server and management staff several times. It seemed as though the patrons and management are all French and as a result received impecable service at our expense. Everything else was very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice
    JMurokh
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is a lovely hidden gem and the service is outstanding. There was always someone to take care of something for you right away. Great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Likestoeat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Whereas the chilled asparagus was somewhat overpowered by its sauce the halibut was out of this world as was the double chocolate cake. Service was efficient, knowledgeable, and unobtrusive. Highly recommend the Waterleaf and will return to try other promising menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bigjimVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We took friends to Winterleaf after reading all the great reviews. The place looks great with wide open views over the pond. We all had the three course dinner, and were not all that impressed. The dinners were all good, but were missing the ingredients that would move them to the great class. My pork tenderloin was slightly over cooked. My mushroom risotto was skimpy in mushrooms and in size.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Wonderful weather, dining al fresco overlooking beautiful garden and pond with background music playing softly in the background. Top notch food cooked perfectly with a presentation to match. Waterleaf is a true find, one of the best restaurants in the Chicago metro area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food & desserts perfectly prepared
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    food and desserts perfecly prepared; above average
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect setting
    nanhbh
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Waterleaf restaurant was the perfect setting for dinner on the patio overlooking the fountain and lake. The food was not only delicious, it was deliciously presented! Each course was a new surprise for how beautiful food can look and taste. I highly recommend Waterleaf Restaurant at the College of DuPage for your next fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DocMartinVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We have been to Waterleaf many times over the past two years and have always had an excellent experience. I took our extended family of 19 there for Mother's Day for my wife.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hidden Gem
    Kathy
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I have been to Waterleaf 3 times: once for just an evening out with my husband; once with a large group; and most recently for a Greek wine tasting dinner. I have never been disappointed. Food, service, and ambience are excellent. I highly recommend Waterleaf.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    our first time here. It was great!!! food was wonderful & the service was also perfect. would go back there again & take friends this time. loved it!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond Expectations
    JohnK
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This could possibly be the best restaurant in Chicago without all of the hype. Outstanding view of the lake from the patio. Definitely worth the drive. Don't believe the OpenTable availability. If there are no times available on OpenTable, call the restaurant directly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great service, and good food.
    Dave
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We have only been for brunch, although they do have a full lunch and dinner menu. Caramel apple pancakes are a family favorite. All the food is very well done and as one would expect. They go out of their way to deliver excellent service. Location is actually very nice. Entrance is a bit "institutional" as it is part of COD, but the restaurant overlooks a pond with nice big windows, so you actually forget where you are very quickly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful setting
    lunchwithdon
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The setting is lovely and the restaurant is beautifully decorated. The service was excellent, and the food was delicious with some interesting variations on traditional dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Place
    Denny
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable & attentive. Food choices were broad, unique and well prepared. The room was elegant. The wine list was as good as I have seen.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous service & food!
    MelissaVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Josh was one of the best servers we've ever had at any restaurant. The food was very tasty and presented beautifully. The lamb special was exceptionally tender, and the flourless chocolate dessert was so delicious, we bought another one to take home and have the next day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable evening
    Rob762
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The menu at Waterleaf had choices that both my wife and I were torn between. All of which were delicious and attractive. Servixe was attentive and made some great suggestions for wine pairings. I highly recommend giving Waterleaf a try.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and Exceptional
    DwpLjpVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Beautiful and elegant with exceptional service and delicious gourmet preparations.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Outdoor Lunch
    museumvisitVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The weather was perfect so we ate outside. Food was great, as usual. Saw two blue and one white heron flying and wading around, as well as several ducks and cormorants. Flowers islands floating in the man made lake and water fountain completed the beautiful and relaxing luncheon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KlassyDine
    KlassyDine
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I can't say how much I love this place . Food is outstanding. Service is spectacular. Everyone is very helpful. We had a friend who is gluten-free and the server was very helpful in finding out what she could eat. Our guest were also impressed with service and food. I am highly recommending Waterleaf Restuarant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem
    TriC
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    If you are looking for great French food with exceptional service - this is the place to go!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waterleaf
    Liz8
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I have dined at Waterleaf many times and never have I been disappointed. Everything is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    First time dining here and we loved it. Very relaxing to sit on the beautiful patio. Service was very thoughtful and the food wad quite good. I Hope to return soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Joann
    Happy
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My first time at Waterleaf and it was wonderful. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely spot, delicious food
    BruceVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had our second delightful dinner her this year. We had wanted to sit out side, but rainshowers drove us in. Still, the view of the pond was lovely and rivaled the delicious food and wine. I enjoyed the duck and fig, which was a delicious combination. The chilled crab and corn soup was also wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Foodtastic
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food and service are excellent. You feel very welcomed and treated respectfully. Highly recommend if you are looking for a special evening out. I hope they never close!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waterleaf experience!
    Liz8
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I have been to this restaurant many times for lunch and brunch. This was our first dinner experience and it was wonderful, as expected.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Jewel
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This restaurant is a jewel. The décor and food are both outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegant Dining and then some
    addons
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary in the midst of a thunderstorm and occasional downpours that added to the ambiance of Waterleaf's pond facing dining room . The salad presentation of thinly sliced smoked trout over super-fresh greens was an immediate hit . This was followed by fig stuffed duck breast that was cooked to perfection. The dessert list was hard to resist and we chose the very delicately prepared strawberry shortcake. The wine list was excellent with plenty of by the glass choices. We had a great evening highlighted by watching a parade of young toads and turtles leaving their sanctuary and heading for the pond thanks to pooling of the rain. Would go back to Waterleaf in an instant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special evening
    JujubeeVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This is our 1st time here. We celebrated our 40th anniversay here and just loved it. The food was outstanding and so was the staff. We will definitely come back and bring our friends to enjoy it too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 48th Anniversary dinner
    Bobbie
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Lovely setting overlooking a large pond on campus. Fixed price menu-$38 for appetizer, main & dessert. Pea soup was tasty. My husband liked his fish a lot; I didn't like my main at all. (2 kinds of pork, one a piece of medium cooked pork loin, and one a well-done piece of meat (with a shredded texture like a BBQ), with a marinated cabbage slaw.) They noticed how little I ate; asked me why. I said I did not like it at all. They offered another entree, but I did not take anything else. We both had the very goodlemon tart for dessert. They did not charge for my meal, even though I did not complain or ask for any adjustment. THey were very nice to comp us for my whole meal. We will try them again one evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood relaxing getaway spot
    Chris
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    If you've had a hard day and want to get some good food and drink in a spot that makes you feel at home and has attentive service this is the place. Currently the parking is a bit hard to find and requires a token provided at the door to exit the parking area, but just follow the signs and you'll get there. Right by the doorway into the place. The food is reasonably priced and has a nice variety of dishes for you to choose from. No the coyotes aren't real but seem to keep the geese away which is nice. Other bird-life out the window are enjoyable. The dinner rolls are lovely especially with a bit o' butter. A very nice wine list helps keep the stresses of the day at bay. Perhaps this place isn't discovered yet, but for us, that's nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lmfcVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great service and view. Entree from regular menu very good: entree from prix fix menu not so good. Will try again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Here for Fathers Day. Great food, service and ambiance. Will come again
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for brunch!
    LOVEfood
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The staff was very friendly and the food was delicious
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waterleaf
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food,ambiance,service first time there and won't be the last
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    KlassyDine
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We went to waterleaf to celebrate our anniversary. My husband was skeptical about my choice , but quickly changed his mine. The service was fantastic and the food was out of this world. We will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great suburban foodie spot
    Rickles
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We really enjoyed a quiet patio dinner at Waterleaf. The prices are a little higher, but the food is superb. Of special note, the gnochi with rabbit was so good and the PBJ dessert was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.