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Parrot Cage - Washburne Culinary Institute

4.1
4.1
453 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Parrot Cage Restaurant is a creation and operation of the highly acclaimed Washburne Culinary Institute, one of the nation’s best and oldest cooking schools.The elegantly appointed gourmet dining restaurant features an American Cuisine at affordable prices. It has received the industry's prestigious Zagat rating of "excellent or better" for three consecutive years and, its Sunday brunch has received its third OpenTable Diners Top Choice award!

The Parrot Cage Restaurant is located in the South Shore Cultural Center -- a Chicago historic landmark and architectural treasure. It is positioned between Lake Michigan’s picturesque beach front and the lush greenery of the South Shore golf course.

Please note: the price for the Sunday Brunch is $25.00.
We do allow BYOB

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Spring Hours of Operation: Dinner Service: Thursday - Saturday 5:00pm - 9:00pm Last seating 8:00pm Brunch: Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm last seating 2:00pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 602-5333

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    We cater from 2 locations, but are willing to travel to public venues. We can operate within the Parrot Cage, or Sikia restaurant. This service is also run by our students and graduates of the Washburne Culinary and Hospitality Institute.

  • Private party contact

    Alex: (773) 363-1945

  • Neighborhood

    South Side

  • Cross street

    71st Street

  • Parking details

    Parking must be paid at the meters

  • Public transit

    Walking distance from the #6 and #71 cta bus and the Metra train(South Shore Stop).

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 453 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on May 21, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    I went there in 2010 for my 42 birthday I was impressed and I would like to go again and I did not know they had brunch
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on June 2, 2017

    overall3foodserviceambience
    This was my first time at the restaurant. The atmosphere was romantic and elegant (we were the only 2 there for the first 10 minutes) and the waiter we called D was extremely professional; you would have never known he was a student doing an internship if it wasn’t revealed. The menu was simple which I liked with 4 options of entrées to suit everyone; there was salmon, steak, chicken, and vegetarian. Four courses for only $25 and the salmon and steak was delicious. My ONLY issue with the experience was that at the end of the meal there was a fee on the bill called a “Scholarship Fee”. One of the reasons I initially said I would go back was because it is a restaurant giving students the experience they need to succeed so I’m all for educating and supporting students. My problem with this is that we were not informed of it beforehand. Therefore, I feel like we were being forced to contribute to this cause when it should be optional. We were told it wasn’t option and we had to pay it. What if…. Just what if we only had enough money for the meal and a small tip? What would happen then? I had plans on taking my mom and daughters there to support the school and introduce them to this hidden gem of a place, but that left a sour taste in my mouth and not sure now. The fee is based off the total bill amount so it was only $6, but it is the principle of the matter. This should have been listed on the menu or disclosed before the bill arrived and being told it HAD to be paid. Customer service means everything to me. That's what set a company apart from others, not the price.
  3. k

    ktaylor5774

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food and service although they did not have menu that they had online
  4. MT

    MarshallT

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On Saturday, October 15, 2013 I made reservation for Sweetest Day. The dinning experience was absolutely amazing. The staff was professional and attentive and the food presentation was great. The menu had variety of selection and the cost was very reasonable for such an occasion. We were able to provide I own bottle and utilized the corking service of the Parrot Cage.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2016

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    My 4th visit I enjoyed the food. Not this time. Foid wS poor.
  6. M

    Majestic

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, my friends and I enjoyed our experience at The Parrot Cage, and we plan to return soon.
  7. S

    Superlative

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Parrot Cage - the Culinary Institute is a special experience supporting chefs-in-training in Chicago. It's located at the south shore country club where President and Michelle Obama celebrated their wedding feast. The students are always gracious and helpful and the buffet brunch has a lovely selection of choices as well as an omelette station and fresh waffles made to order. Bon appetit'.
  8. r

    ronlee52

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was really impressed with the entire experience. The quality of the food was excellent. The servers were very attentive and professional. We came on a Sunday for the Sunday Brunch. My husband is a meat and potato man. He would have rather had heavy stuff like biscuits and gravy, etc. But Parrot Cage is the kind of cuisine I enjoy. I loved the ambiance. I also loved the paintings displayed in the dining room.
  9. M

    Majestic

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2016

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    I've enjoyed both visits to this restaurant. Each time was a special occasion.
  10. 1

    1funspot

    Chicago

    56 reviews

    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2016

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    This restaurant is in a very picturesque setting. The South Shore Cultural Center is a lovely spot and has been beautifully restored by the Park District. The food is provided by the Washburn Culinary School. The service was impeccable. The food was good.
  11. VC

    VirginiaC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Delightful setting, looking out over golf course to the waterfront on Lake Michigan. An oasis in an otherwise congested part of Chicago. Food is incredible--top quality and appealing presentation. Service is good. That this is a student run enterprise makes the experience even more special! One day this fabulous chefs will graduate and you'll be paying triple to enjoy their culinary creations! Go now!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2016

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The door leading into the kitchen was in the dining room utilized on Easter day. As more and more people arrived and workers kept going in and out of the kitchen the dining room became very warm. People were using makeshift fans, myself included to cool themselves. 'That is my only negative The FOOD and SERVICE were great. I am looking forward to my next visit for Sunday brunch.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The quality of the food, its presentation and the often unique selection makes this place a true 'find'. There is no better place at these prices in all of Chicago. Its 5 star eating at a 2 star cost. Ever since I seen this place on Check Please a few years back, this has become my favorite 'go to' destination when I want something good to eat. AND, it's all for a good cause. If you haven't been here, you need to give it a try.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food preparation and presentation--all by students! Warm hospitality and comfortable seating with stunning lake front views. I have enjoyed dinner several times as well as brunch. I recommend this for a casual get-together or special occasion.
  15. k

    kaford

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    My friend had never been there before so I thought she might like it. We had a very good time and the food was very good. My friend is a vegetarian and was able to eat quite well because of the variety. I've been there several times before and will certainly return.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2016

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Pros - Was able to make an online reservation -Arrived early and was able to be seated -Server was courteous -The bread, lemonade and blackened catfish were good -The roasted tomatoes could have been served as a side on the menu, they were very good Cons -Doesn't serve alchohol/that should have been highlighted when making the reservation - The room was chilly - The host wasn't friendly -Our server forgot the soup I ordered which meant he either didn't write it down or forgot to submit it -The kale salad was awful-check out Bandera's kale salad for inspiration- Its delicious -The chicken chili was good but a little salty, but worth ordering -The blackened catfish didn't really look or taste blackened but was good still -When the server seen that I hadn't eaten the salad, instead of inquiring if I was dissatisfied and offer to bring me something else, he just ignored it. But still added it when the check arrived which then was requested to be removed. The service was slow as well. We spent a lot of time just waiting Overall, I would only return here if I was attending an event here and didn't want to leave to go elsewhere.
  17. LB

    LoveByrd1

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Parrot Cage has become our favorite special occasion restaurant. It's convenient for us South Siders and we're always happy to support Washburne Institute. Thank you for an excellent level of service and culinary delights.
  18. MB

    MichelleB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    What I like most about this restaurant is its location in my neighborhood, the quality of the food and that it is a training program for culinary students to pursue careers in the industry.
  19. E

    Edgar

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2015

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    My party and I never made it to the Parrot Cage restaurant because the restaurant never returned my calls regarding my reservation. I had a reservation for Sunday brunch, for which I had some simple questions. I called several times during business hours over the course of several days, leaving messages asking to be contacted. But nobody ever picked up the phone; and nobody ever returned my calls and messages. So I figured, if the communication is this bad in just making a reservation, what must the service be like at the restaurant? Needless to say, my party and I decided not to visit the Parrot Cage.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2015

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The setting in the old South Shore Country Club is remarkable. The service was good, if a bit slow when we split the check. The food was so-so, with good variety,but with waffles that were floppy and not firm, and rather tasteless sausage and bacon. We ate dinner at the Parrot Cage several years ago, and it was better.
  21. s

    shrimp25

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2015

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The parrot cage is an absolute gem in South Shore. Set in the South shore Cultural center right on the lakefront, it is quite lovely. The food was awesome. We have eaten here in the past and it has always been good. However, we had no idea that the kitchen closed so early. On a Saturday night we were informed at about 8 p.m. that the kitchen was closing soon and we should get our dessert order in. This was quite a disappointment as we had not even arrived until 7:15. If we come again, I guess we will have to make an earlier reservation.
  22. SD

    SouthsideDiner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2015

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I have dined at the Parrot Cage many time before throughout the years. I was extremely disappointed with my last visit. I made the reservations online and at that time I checked the menu which was to my liking, Upon arrival I was informed that they has a pre fixe menu which was not to my liking, this should have been on their website. Also one of the main reason for choosing the Parrot Cage was that we thought we would be able to dine outside (there is a great view that overlooks the lake) outside dining was not available . This visit I was just disappointed all the way around which is unfortunate because it was a good local spot with good ambiance . Please get it together Washburn!!!!
  23. UN

    UNIQUE

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2014

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I LOVE THIS PLACE. THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAVE HAD, IS THAT THEY NEVER RETURN PHONE CALLS. IT IS EASY TO MAKE A RESERVATION ONLINE, BUT IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, THEY DON;T RETURN CALLS. ALSO, HAD A BIG EVENT PLANNED THERE & I GOT A CALL THE WEEK BEFORE TELLING ME THEY WERE CLOSED THAT DAY FOR A SPECIAL EVENT. ALSO THEY DO NOT SERVE LIQUOR ANYMORE, SO I MISSED THE PARROT MARTINI.
  24. 1

    1funspot

    Chicago

    56 reviews

    3.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2014

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    I've eaten at the Parrot Cage several times, always for dinner. The food has always been great. I invited a friend to join me for the highly rated jazz brunch. She had never been. The first disappointment was that the jazz is not there during the summer months (we were told this information is on the website). The next disappointment was that it is BYOB (we were told this information is on the website). The food was good. The best item was the peach cobbler made with fresh peaches.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2014

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Cultural Center is beautiful. Parrot Cage not as good as my last visit.
  26. EJ

    ElliottandJulie

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2014

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Dinner in past has been very good, but brunch was just ok and overpriced. The omelet was runny, the bacon was overcooked and the waffles were too dense. The service was friendly and very good.
  27. CW

    ChadW

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We had such a pleasurable night out and felt pampered in a low key gardeny setting right on the lake within a gorgeous historic building. Within the South Shore Cultural center which is a fantasticly decadent relic of the past is this resaurant opperated by students. The restaurant has the feel of a grand country club tea room with enormous windows overlooking the park and lake. Great food, great price and very pleasant atmosphere. Service with a personable southern touch.
  28. s

    socccermom

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2014

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The Parrot Cage is a great location! The South Shore Cultural Center is beautiful and there is outdoor seating with views to the park and lake. The brunch was good, a lot of options for the whole family. Service was friendly and accommodating.
  29. M

    Moonbeam

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2014

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    I dine here fairly regularly but to my surprise the menu had completely changed. They added new dishes and brought back one old stand by. It was a good experience.
  30. S

    Steves

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2014

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Lovely setting on the shore of Lake Michigan, really nice facility - beautifully restored. Went for Sunday brunch, lots of well prepared food...oddly southern in theme with fried chicken, grits, peach cobbler. Very tasty, as much as you wanted to eat...great bargain. Service was a bit slow, but this is a culinary instructional program with students learning how to work in a commercial restaurant environment so that was understandable. What they lacked in attentiveness they made up for in enthusiasm.
  31. L

    Lilbmoney

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Best mac-n-cheese I've ever had! All the food was very tasty, portions were large, and service was great. Only issue we had was they were out of two of the wines we tried to order, but the back ups were good eoungh that it didn't affect the dinner.
  32. i

    ilya

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2014

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    This is fresh experience in a new interesting location that also offers other interesting things: concerts etc.
  33. LG

    LeanneG

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2014

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    I have enjoyed dinner here often and, though the kitchen is usually slow, the food is very good and the staff attentive. However, my party was very disappointed with Sunday Brunch. Buffet is served from 1 to 3 p.m. and by 1:30 many dishes were low or empty and staff had to be notified. Omelets were made at another table so we placed orders while awaiting restocking of buffet table. Food was bland and mediocre and did not warrant the $20 per person set price. I love the ambience of this intimate room and will return for dinner but not lunch.
  34. MN

    MNL312

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This has become our go-to spot for many occasions. We have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, etc. and are always pleased. Very nice to have a good eating location on the Southeast side.
  35. L

    Leslye

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I brought a dear friend here to celebrate her. I asked the staff to bring out her dessert with a candle and sing a silly friendship song to her. The Waitress did and it was so cool. I always bring my friends and husband here and tell everyone about it because I LOVE the food, the decor and the Staff. I hope you expand!!!
  36. b

    bite2eat

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2014

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    This was my 5th visit. Twice for brunch, the remainder for dinners. The ambiance is outstanding. The food is usually very good. One "not so great" experience with brunch. Everyone is entitled to one "not so good" day. Would certainly give it another try.
  37. T

    Tomm

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place if off the beaten path, which probably explains why it's seldom crowded. It's worth the trip from wherever, though. We've been going there since 2008. A great restaurant in an elegant setting run by nice people.
  38. L

    Lotus2

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Took companion there for Valentine's Day. Food was very good and waitress was nice and respectable. Salmon was not overcooked and seasoned perfectly. Peach Cobbler dessert was very tasty as well.
  39. AB

    AlBaby

    Chicago

    66 reviews

    3.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We had 7:30 p.m. reservations for two and were seated immediately. The service was good and the food was decent. Since this is a teaching restaurant, I noticed that the available food items were a bit limited and light--in my opinion--on portions. If you are into the neuveau cuisine approach to dining, this is the place for you. Personally, I prefer large portions of food when dining out. With that being said, all courses were well arranged and the food, what there was of it, was very tasty. Next time I will try the standard menu instead of the special (in this case, Valentine's Day special) menu and maybe I will get more of the well prepared meal this place serves.
  40. U

    Ukel

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was he third time we've been to the Parrot Cage. There was a special Valentine's Day menu, which was creative and well prepared. The service was good.

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Parrot Cage - Washburne Culinary Institute is rated 4.1 stars by 453 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    71st Street

  • Neighborhood

    South Side

  • Hours of operation

    Spring Hours of Operation: Dinner Service: Thursday - Saturday 5:00pm - 9:00pm Last seating 8:00pm Brunch: Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm last seating 2:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking must be paid at the meters

  • Public transit

    Walking distance from the #6 and #71 cta bus and the Metra train(South Shore Stop).

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (773) 602-5333

  • Catering

    We cater from 2 locations, but are willing to travel to public venues. We can operate within the Parrot Cage, or Sikia restaurant. This service is also run by our students and graduates of the Washburne Culinary and Hospitality Institute.

  • Private party contact

    Alex: (773) 363-1945

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