Duneland Beach Inn

4.5
402 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.


What 402 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Seth was super nice and polite and efficient. Ambiance was terrific!
We cannot wait to go back!

OT
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent wine, food , service and value. The Thursday night 2 meals for $26 is a fabulous deal! We’ll go back next Thursday. The chicken piccata was cooked perfectly. DBI is my favorite restaurant in this neck of the woods! Had a nice chat with the charming owner.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

This is the second time that I dined here in a month. Both times bringing out of town guests because of its ambience, charm and good food. The value of the meal was great.

Both times the service was sub-par - friendly but the slow service, lack of experience of when to bring drinks and handle the courses and inattention to detail that makes fine dining a pleasure. Both times we had to remind the servers to bring drinks and both times I had requested tea at the end of the meal and it was forgotten. Both times the food was warm and not hot. Both times we were there for 2 hours, it was getting dark and ideally we wanted to leave before it got dark. Both times there were problems with the service - the first time due to lack of staff and second time the server assigned to our area was trained at the bar. Both times the restaurant was not full.

This is a lovely spot not to be missed but if service is not improved I fear that it will have a negative impact. It is a hidden gem but needs to be polished to fully shine.

H
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent! Will definitely return. Food was great, service.

DB
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant surprise in all regards. From entrance we were warmly greeted, Carla, I believe was her name. She showed us table options and was very friendly. Server was friendly and checked in as needed. The food was quite good and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience--a hidden gem.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first dinner dining experience was fantastic! The service was exceptional from the moment we walked through the door. The food was awesome! We highly recommend the carb-free soup even if you're not a diabetic. The Sassy Shrimp had the right mix of heat and sweet. The filet mignon was good--cooked slightly more than we like as medium rare but still tasty. Next time we will tell them how much pink we want inside. Oh, and the dessert!! A must have is the Double Strawberry Shortcake. We will definitely be back.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Prime rib was terribly over cooked. And tough.
Service although nice was very slow and error prone
Very nice people but bad food and poor service.

EF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was the major issue - as out of town visitors it seemed that we were not a priority. reservation was handled badly. Server did not seem experienced - we had to tell here what the sides were.

TS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

3 of the guests ordered the prime rib and it was good. I ordered the special mahi mahi and it came barely warm as well as the sides. Couldn’t find our waitress but found another lady that took it back to the kitchen where I am sure was nuked and it came back dry but warmer. Did not like the cauliflower rice side. The bread looked good but was stale. Took forever to get our drinks.

d
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and great service

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice Father's Day Brunch. There was a nearby table which had a loud talker, who was annoying, but it wasn't the restaurant's fault. We enjoyed the good food.

t
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Second time we visited Duneland Beach Inn for dinner with family. We had a great time, staff is very attentive and informative. Several of us had the perch which was excellent. My husband was disappointed in the cole slaw as it didn't taste homemade. The crab cakes were excellent. The atmosphere is well appointed and nice for an intimate setting. Would visit again.

KS
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed a great meal outdoors at Duneland Beschloss. Each course was terrific. The outdoor surroundings are special on a summer night. Highly recommended!

R
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was ok but a bit pricey for quality and ambience

ZR
Cincinnati
35 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every time I visit this restaurant, it supersedes previous service and food quality. Corey provided great service.
Gem of the town.

AT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Quaint dining room that makes you feel allows for comfortable conversation. Exercisem

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family get together

DA
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our dinners there. Came here on our first anniversary 32 years ago and we love it even more now! Keep up the stellar job!

g
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is in a lovely area close to Lake Michigan, although a little out of the way. There was a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere in the dining room, great for quiet conversation. We both ordered seafood dishes and appetizer, everything we were served was excellent. The wine list is not extensive but the by-the-glass options that we had were excellent. Nice place for a romantic get-away.

G
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect evening. The food and the service were excellent.

PR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a resident of Duneland Beach. We had the Mother's Day brunch joined by one of our daughters. I have had good and bad experiences in the past and I am not a frequent patron at the restaurant. But, this experience was exceptionally good. Great food, and all other aspects rate five stars.

M
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very pleasant Mothers' Day lunch. The food was excellent, service friendly and timely, and the ambiance was great. We go to the Duneland Beach Inn several times a year for dinner and always find it to be a pleasant experience.

MW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff was very friendly and made brunch fun. It was a good meal and the atmosphere is relaxing and casual. Loved the scones and corn bread!

S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Service was very slow even though the restaurant was not busy. At 6pm they were already out of 1 of the specials. Server did give us a free round of drinks because our order was taking so long. He said the kitchen was backed up which did not make any sense. I like this restaurant but I hope the service improves.

CG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food and atmosphere, servers are very attentive and polite, great food, nice wine selection. Kay was very friendly and caring, would highly recommend.

JO
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there in a few years. Don't know why we forget this restaurant. We saw a advertisement in the Beacher and said "we have to go there." The 2 for 26 was definitely a draw for us as we are locals and. not accustomed to expensive entrees other than Heston Bar which only visit on special occasions. Duneland Inn is a sleeper in the Michigan City/New Buffalo areas. YOU NEED TO TRY IT!

WM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We throughly enjoyed a peaceful Anniversary dinner, food and service was spot on. Have not dined here for years, indeed s nice improvement...will return soon.

ZR
Cincinnati
35 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in class, great atmosphere, service and food one of kind.
Special for two people for $26 is “ steal”. The honest answer is, we felt guilty ordering dinner for two with salad and dessert for only $26 at neighborhood gem, where food and service is out of the box. The best restaurant in town.

MV
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Have not been to DBI for about three years. We enjoyed everything very much. The only complaint we have is the prices of the cocktails. Way over priced. We will be back for sure, but will drink elsewhere..my cosmo was sixteen dollars, crazy.

N
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
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.

JD
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

EM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
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.

b
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
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

CG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food friendly staff

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.

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.

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!!!

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 .

RB
Chicago
5 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.

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

We had a fabulous dinner!!

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