About 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.
Chicago, IL 60642
Contemporary American, American, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
January 11 – January 25*
January 30 – February 12
February 15 – March 1
March 6 - March 19
*The Dining Room will be closed for lunch service Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 13 – February 10
February 15 – March 17
Monday Night Dining: North American Road Trip
January 29: Pacific Northwest
February 5: Southwest
February 12: Deep South
February 19: Southeast
February 26: Midwest
March 5: Northeast
March 12: Mid-Atlantic
**Please note that the Prix Fixe Menu, the A La Carte Menu, and the Restaurant Week Menu are not available on Monday nights.
Chicago & Halsted
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management students prepare and serve dinner in this living classroom with a glass enclosed kitchen.
Complimentary parking is available in front of the school building. Additionally, there is ample street parking available.
Bus- Halsted 8 & Chicago 66 Subway- Red Line (North & Clybourn)
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Kendall College Dining Room Ratings and Reviews
Super great service and delicious food. The scallions and shrimp rigatoni dish were to die for. Soufflé is the best we ever had - Seriously! Food presentation was wonderful. They gave us a couple of complimentary items on top of our prix fixe menu but need some improvement in taste. Servers were super attentive like we were in a 5 star restaurant. It was too long between each course which made the 3-cousse lunch to last 2.5 hours. Overall, a wonderful experience and great value. We would definitely go back and may try dinner next time.
THE food was very fresh, sauces on food were excellent, we went for restaurant week, so it was dedinetly a dinning experience . the pastries were superb but portions of pastry was very limited. we even met the chef on the elevator who is the dean of the culinary school. i also liked the fact you could talk, and not be blared out by decibels of mindless music, that most restaurants play!!!!!!!! i heard from our server, the school is closing , due to by out by National louis university.
While the menu is interesting, the food very good and VERY nicely presented, the ambiance leaves a bit to be desired. For some reason, there were empty tables (as there were the last time we were there) and that is surprising since reservations are challenging. And this detracts for the overall experience.
While the staff is quite attentive, there are several of them so requests aren't always communicated.
We have are at Kendall College several times now and before this experience as always found their service and food excellent especially given the fact that this is a learning classroom for the culinary students.
The major issue was that they admiringly gave my wife’s entree (lamb chop) to another table so after some time they delivered halibut which was what I had ordered but was chosen for her without comment or input. They told us this would have to do until the chef could prepare another lamb chop entree. When we told them that we would wait for the lamb chop entree and get both entrees together, they looked at me funny and said we will do that but you’re halibut would probably be cold by that time. Since we did not want that we both ate part of the halibut since it was cold probably from the delay in serving these to us due to panic from the wait staff not knowing what to do because of the initial mistake.
After several different staff came over to ask us if we were enjoying our experience and hearing that we were disappointed due to the fatal flaw of not obtaining what we had ordered and having to life with it, the TA came over to say that this event was so serious that he had recommended to the manager that they compensate us for our meal.
I am always mystified why a restaurant chooses this customer service technique since I for one never wants this compensation. What I would have appreciated more , especially in a learning environment like Kendall College that they invite us back on them to show us that they have learned from their mistake.
Once the manager stated that he was going to comp the meal, our server and her entire support staff disappeared (no clearing of dinner plates, no water, no asking if we would like to order another drink, no asking if we would like desert - even though tables around us were getting these basic services ) clearly not knowing what to do and without any guidance from the manager or TA. Hardly what we expect from Kendall.
I love the idea that Kendall has a dining room that you can visit. I can only assume that the one seating every 15 minutes is to not overwhelm anyone there. However, they were never full, though you could not book a table if you wanted one. The servers try hard, but there is a language barrier, and it feels like you are dining in another country. The presentation of the food was good, but the flavors still needed development. The fish was overcooked. The beet salad had almost no beets in it. The portions are small, and not only did I leave feeling hungry, I actually went home and had to have a second dinner. Not what I would expect after paying $33 to already have dinner. I would go back if the regular menu prices were reasonable, but there is no way that I would pay $25/entree, and they should not be charging that much. I get that they need to cover costs, but that should be the end of it.
We went to for a birthday celebration. The food and service were amazing. I also love the idea that you can see into the kitchen. I would recommend this to anyone for a special occasion place. Also, supporting students should always be a goal and your tip goes to the student scholarship fund!
Have been there three times in last three months with mixed results. This time the French bread was DIVINE, especially with the honey-lemon butter. BUT: my beet salad had so few pieces of beets they were unidentifiable. The cod entree was tasteless. The raspberry soufflee uninspiring (wish a friend could give you a lesson on souffles: her orange soufflee is do DIE for). My dining friend loved all three of her plates. My hubby couldn't attend and Kendall was nice enough to prepare a three course meal to go for him. He loved the carrot soup, his steak, and chocolate cheesecake. Main suggestion - make and serve LARGER portions of vegetables. Don't disguise them as purees, of which you serve about one tablespoon!
I was disappointed. I have been eating there for years. The food was good but the portions were inconsistent. My entree steak was huge and perfect. My son’s entree “seafood boil” contained 3 small shrimp and 3 small clams. Hardly an entree ,an appetizer maybe. I pointed it out to the waiter and the host and was told that’s how it comes. My son ate half my steak.
Since Pam left they seem to have lost the niceties. No one offered to Check our coats, no intermezzo was served and no chocolates after the meal. Small touches but I noticed.
I changed my Open Table reservation, but the date was incorrect so we didn't have a reservation when we showed up. Thankfully, the staff accommodated us and got us a table after only a slight delay.
We went to celebrate our children's birthdays (18 and 21) after seeing a show at Water Tower Place. Ambiance is great, nice views of the city, fantastic staff, and amazing food.
My daughter is an aspiring pastry chef and was thrilled to see the open kitchen. Every course was #pictureworthy, making for a wonderful conclusion to our day in the city.
We enjoy bringing friends here to see there response when they walk into the dining room and see the students and staff at work and then to notice the great view of the city. The creative changing menu has never failed to please. Also, in the evening and weekends the parking is free.
We took two friends to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They were amazed at the quality of the food and the variety. We have enjoyed the Kendall College Dining Room for several years and have never been disappointed.
One word of caution, however, you have to be patient. Your server may be someone who has never waited table before, or who has not had a history of fine dining. That goes for the bartender, also. Letting things happen unhurriedly will have great rewards.
First of all, it was interesting. Expectations should be low, since this is not a professional restaurant. Some things were good, some were not, but it was fun discussing what these students are trying to do.
They need more vegetables on the plate, though. It was all protein/starch ...
I would have given this place one star but the dessert was redeeming. I am surprised at all the great reviews! We visited this place because of them and were very disappointed. The beef was slopped on a plate with no flavor. I also told them I had a food allergy and they showed me a label and said it only contained traces of the food which could actually make me die. An allergy means you can’t have it at all. This has never happened in any dining experience (even low end). We really wanted to like this place but it feel extremely short.
Great value for amazing food- 3 courses for $29! The dining room is really pretty and the students try really hard to please their customers. They wrote: Happy 20th Anniversary on our dessert plates and gave us an extra first course and dinner entree . What a nice touch!
This place is a gem. Its has all the makings of fine dining including a beautiful space, full bar, views, and well crafted food. It lacks the execution of a fine dining experience and therefore would not be ideal for business or a serious date. However if you want Michelin quality at an unbeatable price this spot delivers.
I have been going to the Dining Room for a long time. It has been such a culinary treasure. I tell people about how much I like it there all the time. I love to cook and bake myself and sometimes a dish is so good I ask for the recipe and most times I get it. Thank you
I have had food there that I have not tried before, always with great results. Keep up the fabulous work with your students.
We had been to Kendall a few years back and enjoyed the entire experience. Being a Chicago native and teacher myself I especially enjoyed watching the teachers and students interact.
The students were eager to please and very polite and accommodating. Was fun watching the food prep through the glass observation area as well. The dining room is clean and spacious with very nice views of the real "Chicago" I remember as a kid.
A trip down memory lane, delicious food, a gracious atmosphere..what more can you ask for when visiting Chicago!
We will be back and we will recommend Kendall to all our friends.
I took my friend here for his birthday and we had a perfect evening. Our server was a little Asian lady, and she was clearly nervous, but really did an amazing job, considering. You could tell this was very important to her, and she explained things as best she could, and poured our wine the best she could, and her teacher was there to help, which I appreciated seeing. The food was stellar, (we tried the student's special), the scenery was very classy, and I enjoyed watching the students operating. They all take it very seriously, and the quality of the food reflected their work ethic. It was an amazing evening.
We always enjoy the atmosphere , the food, and the staff
We don’t understand why we have to sit downstairs until the exact time of the reservation. We live 60 miles away and hard to get there exactly in time. We usually are 25 to 30 minutes early.
I’ve wanted to dine at the Kendall College Dining Room for many years. As a teaching location, we learned from the pointers that were given to the students waiting on us.
I’ve never had a meal where every bite was so flavorful - it is almost overwhelming! But very delicious. So recommended.
Very enjoyable. I introduced a friend to the afternoon dining room. She absolutely loved it. Food was very good with just a couple of stumbles. The server did his best but after all, he is learning. Hopefully he will become more comfortable with the process. Overall, I thought it was better than a recent Monday night dining-series experience.
Kendall College luncheon dining is a hidden treasure! The choices for the 1st course and entree are wide and varied. Each presentation was top flight, and what a bargain price point! I enjoy bringing friends here for their first time. We look forward to your next session's menu. Keep up the outstanding "internship" for future restauranteurs.
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