Balmoral Restaurant

4.9
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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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4.8
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4.8
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k
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience - food and service were amazing!

CW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A TERRIFIC EXPERIENCE IN ELEGANT SURROUNDINGS WITH WARM AND FRIENDLY SERVICE

MB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really excellent, from the cocktail to the dessert.

SF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for birthday

B
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love. It. All of it was amazing from beginning to end.

PJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food! The Scottish egg is delish, glad I tried it. Very unique! The decor is authentic Scottish.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic and they offer a variety of dishes that are hard to find anywhere else such as haggis, scotch eggs, beef Wellington and sticky toffee pudding. The service is very attentive and you never feel rushed. Would recommend this place to anyone wishing to enjoy a fabulous, fancy meal.

JD
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, great food, drinks and staff love the bag pipes great food for the price

LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was amazing & the staff did a wonderful job!

LT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at the Balmoral!

CV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent for holidays. My family shared Thanksgiving at Balmoral.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was super delicious. Our waiter, Seth?, was really great. Loved the way he joked with us. You could tell he enjoyed his job.

JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish we’d had more time! Running late for a movie and couldn’t enjoy the full experience. Service was fabulous, food was delicious, it was quiet (except for during Happy Birthday) and lighting was dimmed. Great place for a grownup dinner.

EH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was the best The ambience was very nice the food was prepared exquisitely the extras were a little expensive $18 for a side salad was a little too much that’s my only complaint

K
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
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 on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and we definitely plan to go back

V
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

D
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
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 on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

P
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
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
42 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
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 on November 15, 2019
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
Chicago
2 reviews
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.

e
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere. We went for high tea. The serving dishes, tea cups, etc were beautiful. Will do again.

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
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Food and service was impeccable.

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.