Kendall College Dining Room

4.8
1334 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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Kendall College Dining Room is an extraordinary classroom that provides students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience in a student run fine dining restaurant under the supervision of Kendall's experienced instructors. Thanks to an outstanding faculty and dedicated students, Kendall College produces the finest talent in the hospitality and culinary fields in the Midwest. The Dining Room offers guests an amazing view of the Chicago skyline, multi-course meals at very reasonable prices, and ample parking. Come dine with the students before they become famous. The Dining Room at Kendall College is first and only culinary school restaurant included in MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2013.
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Lunch Dates
July 12th-25th
July 30th-Aug 10th
Aug 15th-29th
Sept 4th-17th
The Dining Room will be closed for service Monday, September 3rd for Labor Day

Dinner Dates
A la carte dinner service will resume in October. Check back in September for service dates and menus!

Monday Night Dining Series: Classic Chefs' Recipes*
July 23rd- Emeril Lagasse
July 30th- Nancy Silverton
August 6th: Julie Child
August 13th: Masaharu Morimoto
August 20th: Thomas Keller
August 27th: Jeff Smith
September 10th: Rick Bayless

**Please note that the Prix Fixe Menu and the A La Carte Menu are not available on Monday nights.
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Phone number
(312) 752-2328
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Chicago & Halsted
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Parking details
Complimentary parking is available in front of the school building. Additionally, there is ample street parking available.
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Public transit
Bus- Halsted 8 & Chicago 66 Subway- Red Line (North & Clybourn)
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Entertainment
Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management students prepare and serve dinner in this living classroom with a glass enclosed kitchen.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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WS
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a marvelous time,as we always do. I believe the menu was the same as when we were there 2 months ago. I enjoyed the spaghetti so much the first time that I had it again. The same with the pumpkin soup. It's FUN talking to your students who are so enthusiastic.

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N
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A gem, in every way. The food is excellent, the choices are perfect. A glass of house wine is $3;
we had a Temperanillo. The view of the city, a cross the river, is stunning. And parking is free - right in
front of the building.

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K
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden gem in Chicago. Run by students who try very hard to make an upscale dining experience...and they succeed! Food is expertly prepared and presented. Very tasty. Portions are not voluminous, which is fine. They are sufficiently sized. The price fixed dinner is the way to go. A bargain for the quality, food, preparation , service, portions and self parking in the schools lot right in front! Excellent. To quote the cyborg... I’ll be back!

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A
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

First time here - sorry we waited so long and we'll definitely be back!

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C
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in 2018 I’ve visited. Top Notch food and service for 25% of fine dining bill.

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SE
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful evening with the students at Kendall. Thank you for making it so delicious and fun!

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EH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love eating here. It’s a great learning opportunity for the students and diners. Always a great menu and wonderful drinks.

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LY
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful evening with girlfriends! Fine dining at an incredibly reasonable price! Best of all, help the students out by enjoying their personal service and delicious food!

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EM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific meal and service was outstanding..

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BM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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A
New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here several times and was happy to bring family here for their first visit. They loved it as well. We were seated at the glass wall looking into the kitchen. Food was excellent as always. Service superb.

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OT
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everytine we bring friends to experience Kendall’s dining room it proves to be a perfect evening. Every aspect of the experience is 5 Star and I mean everything. The dining room, the food, the staff (front and back) are quality beyond words. We love it here!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pre holiday get together with a good friend. Very nice atmosphere. Great food

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MW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance.!

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d
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Very nice place and friends enjoyed it immensely. A few wait staff issues, but they are just learning so I can give them a break. Also, it was the first night they resumed, so it may have been all new students. Everyone needs to start somewhere! Food and options for it were plentiful.

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JJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food! An enjoyable dinner experience at such a great price! Will definitely come back for years to come now that we've discovered this gem :)

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SJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I brought my friend here for dinner for his birthday. The ambiance is perfect, and the food was amazing. You just have to cut the wait staff some slack, and understand that they're still learning. The only really awkward moment I had was at the end of the meal, when the server explained that my order would be at the front desk, and I had no idea what he meant by this. I cogitated, and then finally got up and asked a man whom I believe was in charge there, to see if I needed to pick up my bill there. He said no, and directed me back to my seat. I still honestly don't know what my server meant, but other than that moment, everything was very nice.

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S
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This was not as great an experience as some previous.

They tended to rush us; the fish was overcooked; and there were many vacant tables.

However, the appetizers and desserts were great, and the price is right.

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JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Kendall several times. Once again it was a positive and wonderful experience with the superb food and wonderful staff. The only downside to our dinner is we found out that in the future they will be moving their dining room from its present location to Michigan Ave, but we will never forget the Kendall College Dining room.

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RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found the Dining Room at Kendall College when my future employer took us to dinner during our house hunting trip because my wife's name is Kendall. SO HAPPY he introduced us to this amazing place.

The food is amazing, the prices cannot be beat, the students are absolutely delightful and the teaching staff is superb. You get a 5-star meal for the cost of a 3-star restaurant. It's absolutely wonderful. HIGHLY recommend you give them a try.

They are moving to the Loop some time next year. Keep an eye on them and follow. Worth every penny and every delicious moment.

Tip well - the funds go toward scholarships for these talented students.

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EW
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great atmosphere, good service, incredible value. I loved everything about Dinner at Kendall College. I’ll be back for sure.

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t
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Per usual, our annual visit to Kendall College Dining Room was wonderful. The food was delicious, well-priced, and seasonal. Ambiance was nice and quiet making for wonderful dinner conversation. We will be back.

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KA
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service for a great price!! The students are doing an excellent job!!

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C
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service at a good price with free parking right in front of the restaurant.

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CT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was delish and the verall experience was very good. The value was exceptional. If I was to comment on what could be improved upon, I would say that since we were early it would have been nice to have a place to wait and have a drink. I had the autum cocktail And while it was very good it was much too sweet for before dinner. My friend had the drink with thyme and it had way too much thyme.... it overpowered the drink in our opinion. On the serving side we got the wrong dishes three times. More attention to detail in this regard might be needed. We did go on a walking food tour the next day and we recommended Kendall to everyone there. It was very enjoyable and we’d definately come again.

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LY
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my Mother's 86th birthday at the fine dining restaurant and enjoyed the special attention we received from the students and staff. My daughter is also a student at the culinary school, which may have helped but I noticed the other diners seemed equally attended too. Thanks for making the celebration special!

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d
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and menu were beyond reproach. I was pleasantly surprised by the attractiveness of the setting, the quality of the china and flatware, and the sophistication of the presentation. My only suggestions would be to temper the pace of the service to be a little more leisurely and to limit the number of server contacts. We were there on the first night of the new term, and any lack of confidence or overzealousness on the part of the staff undoubtedly will abate. I look forward to another visit.

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JG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinning room area. Gorgeous bar. The food is excellent. Classy and elegant environment. Loved my experience.

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m
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit, celebrating a birthday. Highly recommend. Food is great, service is excellent, good value

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S
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at The Dining Room at Kendall College is such a wonderful experience. On this visit we participated in their Monday Night Dinner series which featured a menu of Rick Bayless recipes. Service was splendid, the food was amazing, and you cannot beat the value. I especially love the view of the city from the dining room. I hope that when their proposed move to the National Louis University site on Michigan Avenue (they are merging) is finalized that the new dining room has an equally lovely view.

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DS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Kendall restaurant. The students are so attentive and their instructor is always watching over them. The food is outstanding and its such a deal! I've taken many friends there to experience it and they have all loved it. I hope they never stop serving at this wonderful restaurant.

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S
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dining Room at Kendall College is one of Chicago's little gems. My friends and I love the Monday night dinner series and go often for those. The food is always exceptional, the service is wonderful. Because it is a training experience, everyone is very earnest and very proud to demonstrate their skills. I also love the view of the city from the dining room. Appreciate that they do not charge a corkage fee, despite having their own excellent wine selection. Great value for the exceptional food and service.

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RB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff knew all the selection of courses. Of course everything was special and worth the 1 hour of traveling to get to Chicago from the suburbs.

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SB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious. Instructor very attentive making sure students are providing great service

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m
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attended to celebrate a birthday. It was truly wonderful. Everything was perfect. Everything is prepared by the students and also served by the students. There was many options to choose from and everything we had was excellent. We have already scheduled the next birthday celbration there. Highly recommend.

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R
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous. Take a look at a menu online, pre-fixe $18.00 for lunch. Don’t go here if you don’t have patience. While this is an attentive dining experience please know this is a TEACHING moment. As educators we found it a lot of fun and worthwhile to have students. While they have an instructor attending at all times, you can also help by giving little tips of information. Also there is an open window to watch chefs preparing. Pretty cool. You won’t be disappointed.

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d
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Greatest value in the City. Imaginative preparation, beautiful surroundings and delicious food. It's also a BYOB which reduces the bill by at least $100. Try it, you'll like it.

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Naples
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fabulous. We had a great time. Have been wanting to come here for years and finally did. Can’t wait to schedule another reservation.

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CF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this spot and sorry it will close and move downtown next year.

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S
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Probably the best tasting with the lowest price in chi town.

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