Balmoral Restaurant

4.8
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516 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Scottish
A passion for authenticity. Nostalgia for heritage, and recipes that have been passed down and held dear. Ingredients sourced from the Isles, and from local farmers.

Welcome to Balmoral Restaurant. Grand Scottish Fare as you’ve never experienced before.

Lush, dark Scottish wood tones greet you upon entering Balmoral Restaurant. A deep-set coffered ceiling hides recessed lighting, designed to light your table elegantly, providing just the right mood. Scottish designs surround you, from the tartan carpet, to wrought iron fixtures, to the swords and shields of lore, to wall murals that evoke the placid Scottish countryside. At Balmoral, we bring the incomparable splendor of Scotland to you.
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K
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been frequent fans of Balmoral since it opened in summer of 2018. It is consistently delicious no matter what we order. This time I hosted a friend who had never been there and she was very impressed. She had the Skye salmon/sole dish and I had the Beef Wellington for the first time. She said hers was scrumptious! I like the Beef Wellington but the sauce was just a touch too strong - although you could argue it was perfect for the freezing weather we have been having. Service is always the best. Responsive, professional and fun. I highly recommend Balmoral and look forward to the next time.

CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and we definitely plan to go back

V
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always , without a doubt one of the best fine dining restaurants in the Fox Valley area.

D
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Scottish style menu. A real gem and excellent for celebrations. Treat yourself,family ,wife ,girlfriend or good friend and just go . You won't regret it starting from the piper who will 'pipe 'you into the restaurant. I love this place. Pricey but worth it. Service is great and meet the owner.

JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Beautiful establishment, with every single detail at its best!

P
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our first time trying this restaurant. We were very happy with Balmoral. The food was fabulous, service excellent, and an overall great dining experience. We will be back!!

M
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great evening at Balmoral! As always excellent food and service sitting at the bar with Earl! Nice to see Colin tonight too.
Love Balmoral!

A
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience we have had in years. They don't make places like Balmoral anymore. Attention to every detail and amazing and quality food you can’t make at home.

PF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Fish and Chips in the Mid West. Great service.

DA
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Placed was packed. Unfortunately got seated on the isle across from ordering computers - got bumped and disturbed often. Server needed training badly. Service not good - drinks real slow and table appetizers and main course not served to all at same time. Food not hot either. Too noisy. Seemed that restaurant/inexperienced staff was overcome with full house. Previous experience was majorly better!

d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond a doubt one of our best dining experiences, EVER!.Food prepared as ordered to the nth degree, timely served, superb staff, waiter, bus persons, hostess. While it appeared every table was taken, there was not a hint of it being crowded to affect our dinner. Is there a higher rating than 10? If so, we give that rating.

DM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my birthday celebration and it’s always something unusual.this fill the bill on all levels in all the best way! Will definitely recommend it to friends and we will be going back for sure.

LM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment you're greeted by the piper at the door, you feel like you've left Illinois far behind! A very special dining experience with phenomenal food and excellent service.

TO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed Balmoral several times now and this time was as we have come to love, great again!

BS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance and beautifully done tables. Large menu selection but we found it to be a bit pricey, especially cocktails. My Sean Connery 007 was tasty but weak in the liquor department for $15.
Nice wine selection; scotch lovers will be in heaven. My husband enjoyed the fish and chips and our dinner guests enjoyed their beef Wellington. My dish of bangers and mashed was just ok. I’ve had better bangers but in an Irish restaurant.
We will go back but on,y for a special occasion due to the. Enjoy prices.

O
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about this restaurant! What a wonderful and personal dining experience!

Meals ordered: beef Wellington, Shepard’s pie. Both were delicious! We were celebrating a birthday and they made it subtlely special. They gave me a card for a discount off our next visit, which we will surely use!

Make your reservations now! I hope you will love it the minute you walk in the door until the end of your evening.... we did!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5th time there , been to Scotland several times, food is spot on and the staff is fantastic!!!

s
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance, excellent service, delicious food and a wonderful restaurant to celebrate any special occasion. Would definitely return to try other menu options!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent for a special occasion

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Food and service was impeccable.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a special occasion! Excellent service and delectable food.

L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did High Tea on a Saturday afternoon for my grandmother’s birthday. Balmoral was AMAZING! The ambiance was awesome—gorgeous dark wood, comfy mismatched chairs, beautiful china... The food was exquisite—freshly prepared just before being served. My grandma felt so fancy. Then the manager brought out a birthday crown for my grandma to wear 😁. It was a perfect way to celebrate!

JS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shepards pie was great!

PM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timer of Scottish heritage! Perfectly executed ambiance, music, decor, food, and service! Only flaw. . . Ran out of Scotch Eggs!

K
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Main entree food portions could be bigger for the price you pay. However, food was awesome! Loved the atmosphere, the bartender was great and very informative and server was great. We will definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

M
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. Earl is just the best! And always good to see Colin! Thank you for another awesome dinner and the best service!

l
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really nice Scottish experience in the burbs. Food was spectacular.

M
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed Balmoral. From the bagpipes playing outside the entrance, the fine China, the whimsical menu, excellent service and very interesting and delicious menu we had a wonderful date night out. We enjoyed all the food we tried. The owner stopped and chatted and thanked us for coming in. Service was exceptional. They even had a sampler platter on the dessert menu. We highly recommend Balmoral.

MJ
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely experience. We felt like we were on vacation in the UK for a couple of hours. Delicious cocktails...bourbon maple and bourbon cider. We only had main courses but they came with sides so we were quite full. Husband had duck and it was 6-8 ounces and perfectly cooked. I had fish and chips with the best mushy peas I’ve ever had. And the breads.... wow!

KM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

5-stars for everything except service, which I gave 4 stars for. It was our server's 2nd day, and she was not 21, so knowledge of spirits is not developed yet (obviously). Our favorite restaurant is Balmoral.

CH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were, as I indicated, outstanding. Seth, our server did a fine job and was most attentive. We were greeted and sat immediately, but of special note was the fact that we weren't hurried at any time and this added to the overall experience.
One negative comment.... The 'sides/vegetables' were sparse, and barely sufficient for two people, let alone the three of us. In addition, there doesn't seem to be much variation in these sides, but, instead, only consist of carrots, beans and mashed and croquet potatoes both times we have visited. Surely, seasonable vegetables and a variation on the potato theme would be a 'plus', for example, asparagus always makes a fine compliment to a good steak.
Small points but maybe something to consider.

F
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a gem in the far western suburbs. Amazing menu plus 100's of scotch selections! Homemade warm bread - 3 different types! Scotch egg - outstanding. All of our entrees were excellent. The owner Colin is delightful. You are greeted by a bagpiper. At least on Saturday night. Overall, we will be back to try the pheasant and Loch Ness monster shrimp!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! It is truly a dining experience. Fantastic authentic Scottish food and great service. Lots of added touches.

AW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time at Balmoral and I thought it was fabulous!! The food was amazing, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere truly Scottish! Loved it and will be back!!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Food and service were spot on

b
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!!!! The restaurant is always so on point!!!!

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, our food choices were beyond compare. Balmoral is definitely our "Go To" choice for special occasion dinners.

BL
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the “tea” and as my first experience was for dinner everything was phenomenal !
I could not say enough to give this restaurant the accolades it deserves.
Thank you for such an enjoyable day!

OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

So many rave reviews...we had to see what the buzz was about. Came with a party of 6. Were seated promptly and bagpiper opened door for us (no tunes lol). Substantial cocktail menu...had a hard time choosing. Drinks came and so did the dinner menu.

Many choices on menu with a wide variety from traditional Banger and Mash/Shepard’s Pie to chicken and fish. We had the mushroom appetizer which was good, a tad bit pricey for button shrooms. Beef Wellington was very delish as was the Bangers and Mash and the White Fish (forgot what it was? trout?). If you get dessert- get the Toffee Pie or whatever it’s called. Amazing!!
Skip the sticky pudding - blah, no sticky !!

We spent $200 per couple...so it’s expensive. For this price tag I expect phenomenal. It was good, just NOT phenomenal! It’s not like I am dying to go back.