Kendall College Dining Room
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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.
July 30th-Aug 10th
The Dining Room will be closed for service Monday, September 3rd for Labor Day
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.
Food was fabulous and the host, Bob, was very knowledgeable about our wine and the food. We really enjoyed talking to him. The beef tenderloin with the oxtail and the cornbread dessert are two of the best meals/desserts I’ve ever eaten. Well done students!!
Kendall College Dining room is a hidden diamond in the City of Chicago. I promise you will go once and come back to share the experience with others. I did.
The quality of food,presentation,and casual elegance, makes this my new favorite place to dine. White table clothes and a staff that use a crumb scrapper to tidy your table. Allow two hours for lunch and two and a half for dinner. We had the winter menu. The rissoto and scallops for 1st course for lunch. Then the duck and grassfed beef for 2nd course. Delicious. I had read about the eggplant meatballs in other reviewer and returned the next night for the dinner menu just to try them. The eggplant meatballs were served on the best polenta I have ever had. My husband had venison on top of a lentil puree. The color of pureed lentils didnt seem apealing at first, but the taste so made up for it. I haven't even mentioned the desserts. You will just have to go yourself. I don't believe you will be disappointed.
What a wonderful first-time experience and a great opportunity for the students of Kendall College. We will be back!
Enjoyed this fine dinning experience. The meal and service was outstanding.
The best rapport qualité prix of CHICAGO ! The food is delicious, people are adorable and don’t do too much like on other restaurants, no noise , no loud music like everywhere , no air conditioning... for French people it is the best !
No better value in Chicago than lunch at Kendall -- $22 for a three-course gourmet meal with a glass of wine.
Excellent good with great service as the students learn the nuances of fine dining. The flavors are always wonderful as the student create new dishes. The servers are attentive without being over hearing. If you listen carefully, you can hear the staff overseeing the students impart restaurant wisdom and tricks of the trade to the students.
Go there while you still can ! It’s a delightful dining adventure.
As always, the food is delicious and beautifully plated, the views of the city and the kitchen are equally terrific, and the staff is consistently friendly. The only hiccups we experienced were due to delays. In the past, orders for all three courses were placed at once. At our most recent experience, we were told that dessert selections would be taken after we had finished our main course. There was a bit of delay with the order and receipt of dessert. Far more troubling was the delay in getting our bill. After a lengthy wait, we were told the credit card machine was not working and then we proceeded to wait at least 40 additional minutes. We ended our 6:00 pm meal at 9:00 pm; not ideal for a Tuesday evening.
This was a great and delicious experience showcasing the talents of the students (and the instructors that assist them). The dining room has a high scale, classy ambiance - besides the museum of the historical devices used in prior centuries of preparing foods, which was enlightening. Not to mention the clear glass where you can see the students preparing meals. We had selected the Prix Fixe luncheon menu and ordered a "Chef Special" which was a "surf and turf" plate of steak and Ahi tuna as the primary course. The first course consisted of Chili Chicken Schnitzel which was a pleasant, delightful surprise of the various flavors (was unsure how the Olive relish, soy honey glaze would combine), not to mention that this could have been a meal in itself. The Ahi tuna and steak main course was a generous portion of both. The tuna melted in your mouth and the steak had a great flavor with the button mushrooms and the "seaweed" garnish sauces (blend of spinach and beet? puree). The dessert was a raspberry souffle with Grand Marnier sauce which was light and airy and incredible. The only OK portion of the meal was that the chocolate cookie that accompanied the dessert was a bit crisp and hard to "cut" with the spoon. Had this been softer/chewy, it would have been perfect. Needless to say, this meal had completely satisfied my hunger that I was able to have a VERY LIGHT dinner. My compliments to the chefs and wait staff for the delightful experience!
Very innovative menu and we are supportive of the unique business model by having culinary students as chefs and leverage on the college facility for the overall dining experience. Value is awesome in terms of food quality/selection and prices. If we live nearby we would go much more often. Strongly recommended to people living in the city of Chicago and in North suburbs.
Lunch here is always a pleasant and relaxing experience! Great value. And enjoyable to meet the students, hearing something of their story and their plans and hopes for the future.
Lovely Staff. The food is delicious and the prix fixe is an incredible deal. Eggplant meatballs were amazing. All the food was delicious.
I love coming here. Food is great and having the students who are learning culinary arts serve you as wonderful.
The menus are always innovative and the student/service personnel are always pleasant. It's a joy dining there.
The Kendall College Dining Room was wonderful! The food was delicious and affordable, especially with the prix fixe that was offered. It was the perfect meal right before catching an improv show at The iO Theater. I will definitely be coming back.
I brought my 11 year old son for a date night with mom. We had a wonderful time. I asked for a table by the kitchen. He was mesmerized watching all of the action. We had a wonderful evening. My son has a loose tooth and they were very accommodating with his meal. He enjoyed everything. Overall great time
Delicious food, accommodating service, enjoyable selection. Great value.
Outstanding experience. Wonderful food. The waiter was a little slow in refills and did not seem to know the dishes that were being prepared, even the basics, involving them. Other than that it was truly and amazing experience.
Absolutely love Kendall College, top notch meal for a great price. There were five of us and we all ordered different dishes - everyone was impressed!
Attended the Monday night series w/wine pairings. A great effort by all to pull this off and focus on the theme. Bob the wine director was knowledgeable & entertaining. The food was creative & interesting. Excellent bread!!! From the table servers, you could tell they were learning & not quite polished. The tables were beautifully set & room had a good vibe. An overall excellent experience, I will be back!
Beautiful evening. Service and food was 5 star!
The service was excellent. The hospitality students were very attentive. Kendall dining room charges a reasonable $15 corkage fee. However, glasses of house wine are also available. The food was terrific and the presentation was impressive. Overall, good value and highly recommended.
Everything we at was wonderful and so flavorful. It was lovely and a fantastic value. My spouse is a foodie and this was his Christmas gift from my daughters and me.
The food was so beautiful & the taste was even better.
In addition to our 3 courses the chefs sent out tastes of various items. All were wonderful.
Took my 91 mother to experience the wonderful Kendall College that I have been going to for years. 100 stars on the greatness of this experience received!
I almost hate to write this review because if too many people discover this hidden gem, we may not be able to get in again! This blew us away and we dine out a lot. If it was just the excellent food and service, that would be enough. But this is on-the-job training for the culinary and hospitality students. It is so well done it is like choreography. These students are obviously studying under the best of instructors. Try to get a table near the kitchen window (an entire wall) to watch what is going on. It's very entertaining to see how it all comes together. Three courses plus an amuse for $29! It almost feels wrong to pay so little for such a great experience. And we loved that the tips go to a scholarship fund. We're hooked and kicking ourselves that it took so long for us to finally go as we had heard great things about it for years.
What a gem ! This site is staffed by culinary students under the watchful eye of an expert chef and should be in the radar for local diners. Great city views, high end menu choices offered at a very affordable prix fixe menu, a dining room with acoustics to support conversation, and the opportunity to support training of a workforce we all appreciate. And free parking!
Outstanding! Will definitely go back
Love the location and the care that the staff and students bring to the experience. The food is outstanding!
The food was delicious, and the value simply cannot be beat. It was so much fun to watch the students work. The service, while good, is a little awkward and unrefined, which only adds to the charm of this place and compels me to return soon.
The dining room and Kendall College is always always an amazing experience. Always creative and unexpected flavors.
I try to get as many people as I can to experience the wonderful dining room. already making plans vor another visit
First day of the new series so the servers were a little nervous, but they were delightful.
Food was creative and tasty, on bright tableware.
Probably because it was the first night, the service was really quite slow.
That was pretty ok, but 1/2 hour too long by any clock.
The Kendall College students are the Chefs and servers under the supervision of faculty and staff. The selections are limited, but each is prepared to perfection. The fixed price meal includes an appetizer, entree, and desert. The chocolate deserts are always awesome.
Ask to be seated by the kitchen to view the students preparing the food. It is a treat to see the profession kitchen that (usually) runs perfectly. Upon occasion something unexpected will happen (a pan will flare up, something spills, etc.) that adds to the experience as the students expertly recover.
They are moving to downtown Chicago and the view from the new location will likely be spectacular as (I suspect) will be the price increase.
It was wonderful. The chefs took so much care with my food in tolerances (gave the list ahead of time). It was safe and delicious
This was a most amazing experience. Gourmet quality food for a quarter or less of the price-no kidding. We have eaten at many fine dining restaurants in many cities and can not believe this level of preparations and ingredients could ever be available at this price. Large, tall ceiling room with generous room around tables to allow some privacy. Many interesting memorabilia around the room. Service by students directed closely by a hospitality professor. Great experience. Gracious. Cheap corkage fee if u do not want their small list of wines that are super well priced. Don’t hesitate -go!!
The food and students were excellent. Disappointed they would not accept the open table reward we had.
Thankfully open table restored the points to my account.
So, the food was great. And it was a a real fun experience. We coincidentally ate here on their first night of service for the semester, which made us a bit nervous. But led to probably a bit more entertaining of an evening than we anticipated.
The students try real hard, but are super, super awkward. Literally everyone who engaged with us there were equally likable and uncomfortable. They were nervous and made small service errors that never bothered us. For example, one young made decided to clear our entire table after we ordered, and before we got any food. He sheepishly had to reset to the table. Again, not a big deal, and pretty sure that sort of error is was make this place a bit charming. I do wonder though, when I see teens/young people working as servers anywhere else in the world, they aren't awkward and do their job properly, so not really sure why there is such a steep learning curve, in terms of basic human interaction, with the servers here. They struggled to just be themselves and talk about the food and menu in a regular, natural way.
Another example, when I ordered an Old Fashioned, which was on their cocktail menu, I was asked about seven different questions - would I like ice? what kind of liquor? what sort of twist? Clearly it was her first time asking for a cocktail order, but figured they would have been more prepared at that point. I just had to show her the menu and tell her that the bartender will know what to do.
That said, the service was slow, but was expected, and totally fine.