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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
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "If you are looking for great French food with exceptional service - this is the place to go!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I have dined at Waterleaf many times and never have I been disappointed. Everything is wonderful."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My first time at Waterleaf and it was wonderful. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The staff was very friendly and the food was delicious"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant many times for lunch and brunch. This was our first dinner experience and it was wonderful, as expected."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I've eaten at Waterleaf twice now and I can't wait to go back. The food is delicious and they accommodations they make for gluten free diners doesn't subtract from the meal in the least. The gluten free chocolate cake is out of this world! The outdoor patio is gorgeous, with small fountains, fire pits and adjacent to the lake. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Here for Fathers Day. Great food, service and ambiance. Will come again"
    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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Wow! Did not expect this quality of food from a college building. The rabbit gnocchi was incredible. I have eaten at a lot of great restaurants, and the gnocchi was some of the best food I have ever put in my mouth! Everything my husband ate was delish. Highly recommend for a night out for some foodies!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great food,ambiance,service first time there and won't be the last"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Lovely ambience, great food, excellent service. Notable was the warm roll, crusty outside, soft inside. For a first visit. it begs for another. ga"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Also lots of fun to sit at the cozy bar for a nightcap after dinner. And outside seating looks nice."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The three of us thoroughly enjoyed dining at Waterleaf! It was an elegant experience and the food was superb!! I will definitely recommend this place to my friends. I think it is a wonderful place for dinner. Have not had lunch here yet and would like to know how costly the lunch menu is."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We went to Waterleaf to celebrate a friend's college graduation. We had heard from our "foodie friends" that it was excellent, but we have to double that opinion. The cuisine was top notch, the waiter was the best we have ever had, and we loved that the portions were just the right size. Only in Paris have we previously had that experience. We will definitely be back to celebrate or to just have a nice lunch by ourselves."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The service and food were excellent! A great dining experience. The white fish was a great suggestion by our waiter."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "This is a hidden diamond...outside dining is gorgeous...service staff is well knowledgeable and friendly. Food was outstanding."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Too gourmet! Skimpy salad and entree! Not much bang for the buck! "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "A friend told me about this place and it surpassed my expectations. For a college campus setting, the decor and the views were impressive. This was matched by the excellent service, attention to detail, and the menu. My wife and I had a great time and will be back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Have had dinner and brunch and can't say enough regarding the positive experience. Excellent. Will host my son's 58th birthday soon."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Waterleaf is a true surprise. I was not sure what to expect even though I had read many favorable reviews. It did not disappoint! The food was high quality and expertly prepared. Presentation was nice. The restaurant is located near a pond and the view is scenic and serene. The decor and feel of the restaurant is upscale and formal. The service could have been a little better, but not bad at all. Just a little confusion with who was actually waiting on our table. Later found out one of the waiters was in training. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I had been to Waterleaf before, but my fellow diners had not. Our meals were all tasty. The waitstaff was very attentive "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Waterleaf is at the College of DuPage, next to the Mac Arts Center. It is a dining gem; the executive chef, Nadia Tilkian, used to head up Mai Jean in Clarendon Hills and perhaps is sharing her expertise with hospitality students at the college. I had a tender, delicious pork tenderloin with blackberry sauce and carrot purée; my husband had a luscious matelote, a seafood stew. Other companions had the vegetable plate, guinea hen, roast veal all of which they pronounced superb. We had mango creme brulée for dessert--just lovely. They offer a prix fixe menu which is an excellent value. There were some tables outside; I imagine when it gets warm, they will be in great demand. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "elegant dining within the neighborhood...a place to brag about,. even has bird watching opportunities. rabbit pleasant courses, even fish dishes i grew up with. A fun time if a bit pricey."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "food very good, was sorry second cup of coffee not offered."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "What can I say? My girlfriend recommended we go and boy what a sparkling idea. We now want to invite my family over. Bravissimo!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food was delicious and very wine friendly. A great place to bring a special bottle."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We celebrated our wedding anniversary here. Great staff, Cody makes nice cocktails at the bar. We sat (luckily) by the window and had a great view of the pond. Service was knowledgeable and attentive, but not annoying. My waiter re-educated me on port. We look forward to coming again. Food was truly excellent - clearly know what they are doing and execute it well."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "A neighborhood gem--great food for lunch and dinner. Lovely setting in all seasons! We've visited many tomes and plan to return soon! Introduced Waterleaf to friends and before we left, they wanted to know when we will visit again! Keep up the high quality food and service "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "this is our second time at waterleaf but not our last.great food service and atmosphere. if you are ever in the area this is a place to dine. food is great and if there is a wine list second to none."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Responded with their timely email about Mothers Day. Took a group of 5 at 4pm. 3course prix fix meal. 3 people had not been there...everyone loved it! Excellent dining...the Halibut was outstanding as was the filet. Interesting egg dishes as starters. Service suburb....ask for Tyler. Wine list decent and fairly priced. Somewhat expensive but worth it for a special occasion. Lake view from restaurant and large patio with fire pit is excellent for the west suburbs."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "3 of us for 3 course meal on Mother's Day. Great varied choices. Beautiful restaurant and views. Food was wonderful. They were couples through tables of 12 or more. Well organized. We will be back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014