Duneland Beach Inn

4.4
373 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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.


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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

The perfect setting to give mom a memorable experience. Serving Chicagoans since 1922, we offer tableside service (no buffet) to enjoy breakfast items such as lobster and crab benedict, fish, seafood, ham and chicken dishes. Full bar available

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Took my parents there for Easter Brunch. Wait staff was friendly and polite, but veeerrry slooooow. Drinks were overpriced ($10 for a mimosa with an ounce or two of not top rate champagne?!) and food was also not up to the prices charged. My mom enjoyed her prime rib though, and that’s all that counts.

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JD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambience. The Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bars complemented the food.

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EM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Easter brunch. We go to the Inn every month or so but this was our first time for a holiday. The menu included some regular items plus brunch specials and drinks. The bloody mary and mimosa bars were amazing.

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b
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We dine here often and love the atmosphere and the food. The service is always a little slow but Friday night it was terrible. There were only 4 other tables besides us and we barely saw our waiter. We were there 2 hours for dinner. Our waiter seemed like he didn’t want to be there and he would forget stuff. Our drinks were empty most of the time. The stretches of time between when we saw him were way too long. Very disappointing

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food friendly staff

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We were the only ones in the restaurant, and it still took quite a while to get our food which was a very simple rice cauliflower and seafood on tray. The shrimp and crab were ok, but the scallops were chewy and not very edible.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We are regular customers and we noticed that our service was a little slower than usual. We were not in a hurry, but there were long periods of time, before we received service and in between servings. Nor were we offered desert.

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MI
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place, everybody was so nice and friendly! Waitress was amazing, he took care of a party of 13 with no assistance! Great job Shaq!!!

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s
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The dining room was cute. The food was good . Though the dining room did not appear to be full, it was a long wait for first course. We asked for more rolls 3 times but never got them .

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RB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though they were unexpectedly short-staffed on Valentine’s, the night was flawless. Seated, served, and enjoyed an excellent Beef Wellington, very very good Filets, and interesting and delicious baked deviled egg appetizer. Fireplace was blazing, they had a good crowd but noise level was soft. The entire staff did double duty to perfection.

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LK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for Valentine’s Day. It’s a warm, cozy dining experience. We sat next to the fireplace.The service is excellent, the wait staff is very attentive. I had Lobster ravioli, it was good, but I have had better. My husband had Lake Perch and said it was great. If you decide to have a drink after dinner go sit in the bar. It’s got a great vibe. Comfy chairs, mood lighting and yummy drinks. This is one of our favorite places.

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ZR
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant provide great food and unmatched atmosphere and service. Simply the best restaurant in town.

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SC
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden gem. It is located at a bed and breakfast, Duneland Inn. We had a shrimp appetizer which was fantastic. And the homemade onion soup was perfect with the amount of cheese and onions and croutons. I chose a seafood and veggie combo bowl. It with with riced cauliflower and had scallops, shrimp and crab. The taste was excellent with nice lightly crisp vegetables included. My friend had salmon and veggies as it normally comes with a starch. The salmon had very good taste. She ordered it medium and it came medium well if not well in the thinner parts of the filet. For dessert we had a brownie and ice cream mix which was good. We don't believe the brownie was homemade. Just a heads up to any diners that if you make any changes such as veggies instead of potato there is an up charge. I also noticed quite a up charge for 3 more oz of wine for a 9 oz glass instead of a 6 oz glass. I reminded myself that this is a restaurant at a B & B and they have to support the top quality food they are serving. Service was great. We ate at the bar and had great conversation with Chelle who runs the bar. Please visit as it is well worth it!

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DU
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The kitchen is consistently producing sophisticated dishes that are simply delicious. No matter what season, no matter how slow the attendance, the dishes you request from the menu are available and produced with culinary arts. Couple that with the most gracious hostess in a warm and inviting surrounding with fireplaces Burning bright on a winters night and it had all the makings of a wonderful evening for my wife and myself.

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KC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

First time there. Prime Rib was not tender and under cooked when asked for medium. Lake Perch was a bit soft and mushy. Sides and drinks were fine.

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RG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and food. Had a loud couple near us, but they left thankfully. Highly recommend, well worth the drive. Everyone's plate was excellent.

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Savannah
17 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frequent travelers, and permanent foodies are we. Opening up my trusty OpenTable app I selected this particular venue. The menu helped make my decision easy to reserve. Upon arrival the cozy placement warmed the snow sprinkled Haven. Entering the door was a portal to a warming setting, fireplace going, candles lit.... Made the anticipation welcomed. We ordered the Canadian fish and yellow lake perch. Both beautifully done. And the sassy shrimp for appetizer. A must try for seafood lovers. Our waitress was friendly and very pleasant. Can't wait to visit in another season.

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I have been going to Duneland Beach Inn since the 1970’s. Various owners through the years have different cuisine and a different goal and level of ambition to the restaurant part of the Inn. Currently, the menu descriptions are better than what is actually served. The quality and expertise in preparation of the food is excellent, but presentation needs to be refined and made sure of that all kitchen and bar staff are successfully reproducing the drink or dish in the manor intended and described. Our appetizer was not at all as described, and the sauce it was to come with was forgotten, and we had to argue with the waiter that the dish was described as coming with a sauce. The specialty cocktails were - while strong- did not taste like their description and all garnishes were forgotten- so, again, presentation was poor.
The service, while friendly, was strangely inattentive especially considering our group of 8 were the only people in the restaurant for the majority of the evening. The bread and butter was not brought until we finally asked, and water refills were few and far between. We received ‘doggy bags’ when unexpectedly we had to leave early, and the waiter placed one of the bags on the floor even other table was open enough to set it there. Although the food itself was in boxes and bags, it still seemed poor hygiene to place the plastic bags full of food on the floor. We are very grateful to the Inn for the gift certificate given to my boyfriend, whose birthday dinner it was.
The atmosphere and history of the Inn, and the overall quality of the food make the Inn worth continuing to support, but I would encourage the owners and management to invest in the training and support of their staff to enable them to provide an exceptional level of service and attention to detail in the presentation and preparation of the Inn’s food and drink. I believe the Duneland Beach Inn is capable of achieving the promise it’s menu and website imply.

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LK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant and we had great meals and drinks.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Unfortunately we had a horrible dinner last night. The place is a wonderful venue all seasons of the year and we have enjoyed many fine meals there in our 15 years in the area. That does not make up for the terrible food we had last night. We ordered the fish and chips from the Friday night two entree’s for one price of $26. Great value on paper, but the fish and chips were largely greasy globs of batter, deep fried and saturated in oil. The fish was sparse and difficult to find among the batter. On a positive note, our server was very good and the salad was enjoyable. We know they can do better and our friend’s meals at least looked better than ours.

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BF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Quaint restaurant with a nice menu. Excellent food although one dinner arrived cold. The rest of he food was excellent! Very friendly staff.

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B
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated New Year's Eve at Duneland Beach Inn and the setting was great, the server attentive and the food good, not rushed, enjoyed the decorations and the entire evening was great, thanks to all at Duneland Beach Inn

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RR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous!! Definitely will go again!!

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d
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and attention to all the details! Food quality was exceptional. The 4 of us had a perfect evening!

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IL
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little oasis in a sea of mediocrity. Great Crab Cakes, great service, nice pours on the drinks. Nice wines. This place could make it in any big city with their quality across the board.

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OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this gem of a place!! Always cozy, they seated us by a fireplace . Spinach salad is great and our entrees were also excellent. They make you feel at home there.

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C
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday dinner, but restaurant was not made aware.

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MB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duneland is a great place to bring your family for dinner or just a date. The service , atmosphere and food quality have never disappointed me in the 5 years I have been going to this place. The owners and staff truly want the customer to have a great experience. Give this place a shot.

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TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent, our server Seth couldn't have been any better!! Can't wait to go back!!

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ZR
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is my favorite restaurant , a best in class, great food, great service and worth the drive if you are a foodlover.

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JM
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was slow since it was a ND football game weekend but some great seasonal entrees worst waiting for.

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RB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good atmosphere for talking over dinner. Two for $26 menu much better quality than I anticipated. Most tables were filled at 8 pm

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ZR
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You don’t have to have find any other good reason to go to this restaurant, simply the best food and service in the area. That is good enough reason for me. Thanks for great service and food.

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D
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went to the restaurant in Michigan City, IN to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The waiter, Shaq, was very courteous and polite and was helpful with our selections. We found an ad for this restaurant in the local magazine and thought that it would be worth trying due to its local setting and off the beaten path. We were pleasantly surprised. I had a Beefeater Martini and my spouse had one of their signature cocktails. Excellent! We received some Bread and butter to start the meal. We ordered their Calamari and side salad, Baked Whitefish with Mashed potato and vegetables and a Hamburger with fries as our entrée. For dessert, we had one Chocolate Chip Cookie with Ice Cream. Delicious! Had to take a doggie Bag. Restaurant is worth going to, even though it is a little pricey. $$$. Good quality costs! We will return on our next trip to New Buffalo, MI.

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M
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nine lifelong friends got together for a girls fling in Long Beach Indiana. We went for dinner and we were so pleased to have our own room and a nice square table for the nine of us...everyone enjoyed their dinner and the atmosphere. we had a nice waitress. I would highly recommend

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LK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner, great great great service. We enjoyed the ambiance.

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KS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We frequent Duneland Beach Inn and really like it! It’s a beautiful Inn in the woods with a cozy dining room, bar, and has nice outdoor seating. The service this time was wonderful! The only small issue I had was that my salmon was over cooked. They offered to remake it, but due to timing I did not take them up on the offer. It’s a place that takes some time, so if you’re looking for a quick in/out, this is not the spot. It’s definitely worth checking out!

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ZR
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is neighborhood gem, unmatched service and food. The best restaurant around the area. If you like to have great time, want to impress someone then this is the place to go.

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CC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The menu did not state there were no shrimp in the pasta dish. My steak was under cooked, the two sides, potatoes & greens, were awful. Will not be coming back.

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