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Duneland Beach Inn

4.4
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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About

Duneland Beach Inn circa 1922, located one hour from Chicago in Northwest Indiana, welcomes you to enjoy Contemporary American Cuisine made from the freshest ingredients available.



A favorite of locals and Chicagoans alike, the Duneland has become a destination for a memorable dinner serving steaks, exotic fish and fresh seafood. Our menu offerings are seasonal and produced from local ingredients whenever possible.



Come in for an iced layer martini in our cozy lounge, then retire to dinner beside one of the fireplaces, or weather permitting,have dinner with friends on the patio.



Fine dining in a casual atmosphere at it's best.


Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 467 people are sayingWrite a review
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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paulc
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Dinner was reserved by you but the restaurant was closed!

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KennethF
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Showed up for reservation and restaurant was closed. There was a note on the door the stated "sorry we are taking a break, will return September 16th". I was not contacted by the restaurant whatsoever. This was a suprise anniversary dinner and we drove an hour for nothing. I called and emailed them with no response as to how the can make amends. It was a Saturday night, we called around all other fine dining establishments to be told they were booked. Had to settle for a low end restauraunt. So there we are eating at a low end restaurant dressed up in suit and her a dress.The food was really bad. Read all reviews about this place. DO NOT GO!

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vipbowdies
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I’ll start by saying the inn is beautiful and the ambiance is gorgeous. We were excited to try this for a date night! We sat on the patio on a beautiful fall night. Our server appeared new in the industry but no big deal everyone has to learn. We are tolerant people and patient. Drinks and food came relatively fast no issues there. There were only about 8 other tables seated late dinner. The wedge salad and French onion soup were good, not great. My husband got the halibut special, he thought it had very little flavor and overcooked. I got the Canadian white fish, better flavor but a little charred. We will definitely give it another try though as we loved the location and atmosphere.

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JackieC
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food service and ambience. We had the double pork chop, chicken piccata, whitefish and perch. All entrees excellent

Duneland Beach Inn
Responded on September 3, 2020

Thank you for the kind words! We look forward to seeing you again soon Jackie!

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vipDarryl
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A reluctant return visit after swearing off the place for surly bar service and mediocre food. New team is in place and they are doing a great job. Matthew our server shared his commitment to make the place great again and we believe. Definitely on the right track. We will return happily.

Duneland Beach Inn
Responded on September 3, 2020

Thank you Darryl, for coming back! We are so happy you had a great time! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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vipAshley
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Loved the food and the service. Very nice atmosphere. We came here from out of town and definitely exceeded our expectations! Worth every penny

Duneland Beach Inn
Responded on September 3, 2020

So happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit! We hope to see you again!

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vipAndy
Milwaukee
37 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful tiki lit outdoor patio for social distance dining, and gorgeous indoor dining room with plenty of space if the weather was bad. Perfect martinis, delicious seafood bisque, wonderful pasta entrees. Kitchen timing was great, and server team was a delight, even the trainees had the right attitude.

Duneland Beach Inn
Responded on September 3, 2020

Thank you for all of the positive feedback! We love hearing that our servers and teams are working well together! We look forward to seeing you again soon Andy!

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LarryJ
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

In this time of the pandemic, my husband and wanted to enjoy a nice romantic meal. We haven’t been to a restaurant since March. The waiter was to chatty. I really didn’t want to know his personal life or the fact his girlfriend is the bartender. He highly suggested the Halibut. We both orders that. The rice was more the consistency of a mashed potato. The so called slaw was a tasteless mess. Neither worm or cold. As we were finishing dinner the waiter said thanks for ordering the Halibut. Because of you! I won a bet with my girlfriend about who could sell the most halibut. Never once did he pour a a drop of wine. Simply opened the bottle sat it down and walked away. We were very disappointed. Won’t be back. We were looking forward to an intimate dinner. Not not idle conversation with a waiter.

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jonnih
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A delightful evening in the garden terrace of the DBI. If you like a Manhattan, order the DBI Manhattan. A perfect combination of food, drink, service and ambiance. Will definitely be back soon.

Duneland Beach Inn
Responded on September 3, 2020

Thank you Jonni for the kind words, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipRobertB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant and good food

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JaniceS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a delicious dinner here. Friendly service with attention to detail. We immediately felt as Covid Safe as possible.
It was a Monday night so I felt it wasn’t as crowded as it could have been compared to a weekend night.
My suggestion is the perch—delicious and a perfect sized portion. However, a couple people had suggested the fried chicken.
Reservations made for this restaurant to be sure we wouldn’t be turned away — just in case.

Duneland Beach Inn
Responded on July 30, 2020

Hi Janice! We hope you are well! Thank you for your support during these times! We appreciate it and look forward to seeing you soon!

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vipStreeterGirl
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is delicious and the outdoor patio is quite charming. Beware should you choose to share any dishes though. Split charges are ridiculous. Neither waiters nor menus mention them; they just appear on the bill. That, of course, makes it difficult to question after having an otherwise most pleasant dining experience.

Duneland Beach Inn
Responded on July 30, 2020

Thank you for bringing this to our attention! We have fixed our menus. Li will be reaching out shortly to you.

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vipAndyB
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything was just ok. Nothing stood out from the service to the food. Expensive for food to just be ok.

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DennisB
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here during a weekend get away to New Buffalo. Great food, great service. Upscale but not pretentious. Perfect for a beach community. Our group had Pasta Primavera, seafood pasta, NY strip and the salmon. All were great. Covid processes were present but in obtrusive. Off the beaten path but worth seeking out.

Duneland Beach Inn
Responded on July 30, 2020

Thank you for your support during the Pandemic. We look forward to seeing you again!

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MichaelW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Please put this place out of its misery! What a thoroughly disappointing experience!

- Bus boy admitted that he had not been trained how to stack and clear used dishes, so he took one plate at a time
- By the time our cocktails got to us, the waiter had spilled 1/4 of the drink
- When the waiter brought our plates of food, his fingers were literally in our plates (bad enough when there is no pandemic going on)
- 3 cocktails and a glass of wine took 25 minutes to arrive and the place was practically empty
- The food was mediocre at best

The owners and managers either don’t care or are clueless, both of which are not a good thing and is reflected in the service and food.

Duneland Beach Inn
Responded on July 30, 2020

Hi Michael! During the pandemic we have found ourselves replacing 100% of our staff. We apologize for the experience that you had and would love to have you back for dinner again. Li will be reaching out to you soon! Thank you for your honest feedback and we look forward to serving you again.

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vipkaren49
Naples
34 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Only reason for 4 stars vs 5 is it took 1.5 hrs for brunch and there wrre only 3-4 other tables! Otherwise, food, prices and outdoor setting were great!

Duneland Beach Inn
Responded on July 30, 2020

Hi Karen! Due to the pandemic and the busy weekend, you caught us at a busy time of training and the 4th of July! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love duneland. The shrimp, crab cake and ahi tuna apps never disappoint.

Duneland Beach Inn
Responded on July 30, 2020

Thank you for the kind words! Looking forward to serving you again!

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Lovetotravel
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We walked in and there was probable three tables seated. The setting is beautiful but the service and food was not so good. In fact I would never recommend this place.

Duneland Beach Inn
Responded on July 30, 2020

Thank you for your feedback.

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Irishmyst
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was good, however if it wasn't for Juliette, the server, the dining experience would have been worse. Both the bar and the kitchen took an extraordinarily amount of time to prepare both drinks and entrees.

Duneland Beach Inn
Responded on July 30, 2020

Hi there! Due to the Pandemic you caught us at a time where we were training 100% of our staff. We hope that you are able to come back soon.

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JackieC
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ate outside on the patio. Love the ambience. Fried chicken
Was delicious. Never been disappointed in their food Another delightful evening

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Whitefish was very fishy and old. Server poured 9 oz pours rather than6 without asking (6 ounce/9 ounce). Disappointing evening at my favorite restaurant

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JohnW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Inn has returned to its former enjoyable dine-in experience with new staff and the usual great food. I’m spreading the word to help assure that the restaurant continues its current professional style for many more years.

Duneland Beach Inn
Responded on July 30, 2020

Hi John! Thank you for the kind words! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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FredB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great little secret! Can’t wait to return for our next dining adventure.

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vipKevin
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great people. Wonderful dinner.

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BillR
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we went to the Duneland beach inn for a Mardi Gras dinner. We ordered from the special menu and found that the food was deliciously prepared with just the right amount of New Orleans spices. It was served hot and came quickly after our order was taken. The waiter was very competent and looked out for our needs
Unfortunately we were the only people in the restaurant at that time. This restaurant should be full all the time. People are missing a wonderful opportunity if this is not explored
We will definitely return

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Awesome
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places I have been to. Great service. Fantastic Food and the ambiance is very nice.

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vipCornFed
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was terrific. Quaint, classy spot in the woods but near the beach. The entire staff was friendly and welcoming. Food was outstanding. Ribs, filet, pork chop and seafood were all top notch. Kudos to Duneland for doing it right.

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robertthebruce
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Food was not good, tasteless and overcooked. Our server was trying to do a good job, but she hasn't had training. Other than her no one smiled. The management has no clue how to run a restaurant. Much confusion among the staff. It is a shame, the place is darling. We wanted to like it, but couldn't. Might go back when there is new management. Nothing here worth returning for.

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jenniferv
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband and I had dinner and stayed here over Valentine's weekend. It was so sweet and cozy. I'd definitely stay again!

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RustyN
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Saw some good reviews and thought this looked like a very unique hideaway to try for dinner. Ambiance and the vibe of the place was really cool. Unfortunately, the food and service could not match it. Granted, it was Valentine Day evening and the staff seemed a little overwhelmed. After waiting awhile to be seated, the server was friendly and attentive. Cocktails , I though, were good. We ordered and appetizer and a salad and neither showed up before the main course did. Not sure if that was the server or the kitchen's fault though the table right next to us had the same problem. That was pretty off putting. My wife and I both had the prime rib, which was tender but certainly not very flavorful. The twice baked potato was very underwhelming as it also was very plain Jane. We also had a chocolate cake dessert which tasted very dry. Overall, the food and the service mistakes were very disappointing and certainly not worth the price that we paid.

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drea2
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am gonna try and keep this short and sweet. This place has excellent food and just as excellent drinks. They were even willing to make a virgin version of one of their drinks since I am pregnant.
Go check them out. The staff is beyond friendly. Get the Bill's Chicken plate. It was awesome!

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vipGeorge
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Have eaten there regularly, this time it was for Valentine’s Day and they were as expected very busy. Although they were understaffed they did a good job with timing and the food was excellent as usual. We’ll continue to be regulars.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Had never heard of this restaurant before going and have lived in MC my entire life. It was Valentines day and they had spots open, so it was a good excuse to try something new. The location is nice! Bar was a little tight but the dining room was elegant. The service was okay. The server we had was very flighty and minimalistic, which could be some peoples preference. As for the food, we ordered the spinach artichoke dip for the appetizer. The bread was very basic buttered dinner rolls around an ~8oz ramekin of greasy coagulated cheese and artichoke dip. It wasn't great. My SO ordered the salmon and she liked it. Came with very basic wild grain rice and a medley of veggies. I ordered the prime rib that came with a custard-ish baked potato and the same veggie medley. The meat was fine but not over flavorful. The potato was pretty good and the veggies tasted like any other frozen vegetable medley. All this to say, it wasn't bad, but after spending over $100 for a dinner, I expect a higher quality. Valentines day played a part in the prices, I'm sure. But there are plenty of places closer by that, for the price, would offer a better experience. Leeds Public House and Bentwood Tavern to name a couple. Hope I wasn't too rude, but just my honest experience.

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vipBecky
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and ambiance! Will definitely be back.

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LauraK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day 2020

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We really liked where the friendly young lady at the front desk seated us..right in front of a fireplace. No one else was seated near us. This is just as important as the food itself! The food was good. Our waiter Sean was sweet.

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Murph
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DBI is the best! Service, food, ambiance-all do great!

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KathyO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

1st visit. I would go back. Thank you. Hidden gem. Nice fire.

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vipBookie
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always enjoy a meal at Duneland Beach Inn, small warmly decorated, good solid food. Such a comfortable warm environment. Can't wait for the weather to become warm and we can enjoy the beautiful outside area.

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PhyllisH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Celebrating Christmas with family in this lovely house decorated tastefully for the holidays. Food was very good, but was quite a wait and came out cold. Very disappointed, but still love the ambiance!

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Duneland Beach Inn is rated 4.4 stars by 467 OpenTable diners.