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Parrot Cage - Washburne Culinary Institute

630 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(773) 602-5333
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Cross street
71st Street
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Parking details
Parking must be paid at the meters
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Public transit
Walking distance from the #6 and #71 cta bus and the Metra train(South Shore Stop).
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

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.

vipktaylor5774 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 23, 2016

Good food and service although they did not have menu that they had online

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on September 23, 2016

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

Majestic (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 11, 2016

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 11, 2016

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'.

ronlee52 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 24, 2016

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.

Majestic (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

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

1funspot (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 17, 2016

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!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on March 27, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 20, 2016

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.

kaford (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on March 6, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

- 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

-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.