Kendall College Dining Room

4.8
1370 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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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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 !

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c
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

No better value in Chicago than lunch at Kendall -- $22 for a three-course gourmet meal with a glass of wine.

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

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.

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IM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Go there while you still can ! It’s a delightful dining adventure.

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MG
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

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.

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JJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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A
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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PJ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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b
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely Staff. The food is delicious and the prix fixe is an incredible deal. Eggplant meatballs were amazing. All the food was delicious.

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GH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love coming here. Food is great and having the students who are learning culinary arts serve you as wonderful.

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CF
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menus are always innovative and the student/service personnel are always pleasant. It's a joy dining there.

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h
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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ML
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, accommodating service, enjoyable selection. Great value.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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

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!

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ND
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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!

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OT
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful evening. Service and food was 5 star!

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OT
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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BH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 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 13, 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 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Will definitely go back

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 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 9, 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 4, 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 26, 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 25, 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 19, 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 15, 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 14, 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 14, 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 12, 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 12, 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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