Kendall College Dining Room

4.8
1351 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.
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BH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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JP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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JL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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M
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Will definitely go back

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the location and the care that the staff and students bring to the experience. The food is outstanding!

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DK
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining room and Kendall College is always always an amazing experience. Always creative and unexpected flavors.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I try to get as many people as I can to experience the wonderful dining room. already making plans vor another visit

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

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.

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BR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KW
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!!

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RD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

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WS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
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
14 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
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 on December 15, 2018
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 on December 13, 2018
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 on December 13, 2018
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
7 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
4 reviews
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
3 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
74 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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