Balmoral Restaurant

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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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PP
Chicago
172 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for a late lunch/early dinner on Sunday. We started with a beer and cocktail, a great dirty martini! We then ordered the Sunday roast ham dish, and the mushroom rib eye steak dish. Both were excellent, we love the included side dishes as well - mashed potatoes, croquettes, green beans and glazed carrots. The homemade bread to start is delicious as well. Finished the meal off with the strawberry meringue dessert, just delightful! Portions allow you to take some home for another meal tomorrow. Great food, extensive menu, we enjoy coming here and will return!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and service was robust. Will save this for special occasions only due to price!

TW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Earl at the bar will guide you through your scotch journey. Then enjoy the Haggis Drambuie before a fantastic, Scottish-eclectic assortment of entrees.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always

AC
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting menu with a good variety of dishes. We enjoyed the smoked haddock starter and the haggis starter. The ribeye steak was tender and delicious and the braised lamb shank was fantastic. In addition to the food they have a huge variety of whiskeys, but work commitments kept me from trying any. Finally, sticky toffee pudding was very good.

MF
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance and creative menu! Having visited Scotland, we found Balmoral authentic and a trip overseas without leaving Chicagoland.

TL
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for our anniversary dinner. Requested a quiet table and ended up in the middle of the dining room and no acknowledgement of the reason for the reservation. Server was awesome though there was a lady walking around taking orders to help out and she completely forgot one of our appetizers and the server really did nothing to compensate for that other than say “this is why I like to take my own orders”. I cannot stress how amazing the food was, and the bartender is great. Overall I will go back for food but hopefully the order is placed correctly this time.

PG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience from start to finish!

To start, we were greeted by a bagpiper at the door, which was very unexpected. As soon as we walked in, the restaurant manager greeted us with a smile and a warm, hospitable welcome. Our server and server assistant to right there with bread, waters, and cocktail menus practically the minute we were seated. I went with the blood orange old fashioned, and it did not disappoint. The cocktails are pricey, but boozy! For dinner I chose the Beef Wellington, a dish I’ve never tried before but have always wanted to, and it was perfection- Crispy, flaky pastry on the outside, and perfectly medium rare filet inside. I have no idea how I’ve gone 44 years without having it in my life! For dessert we had the Millionaire Shortbread, and it may possibly be the best dessert I’ve had at a restaurant ever.

The delicious food aside, what really stands out is the level of service at The Balmoral. The servers are attentive, but not overbearing. They know the appropriate times to come check on the table, which is a skill lacking a lot of servers these days! They truly care about the guests having an enjoyable experience, and they achieve just that. They made us feel practically like royalty from the minute we arrived to the minute we walked out the door. Definitely unexpected in Wasco, IL, but totally worth the trip. Dinner was not cheap, but worth every penny for the outstanding and very memorable experience. We will definitely be back!

f
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious, high quality food served with all the touches to make it a special occasion, nice linens, quality utensils, crystal glasses and china. The bread and butter are delicious, as were our entrees. Our service was disrupted by so many people asking us how was our dinner, that it was a little too much-waiter, waiters helper, manager (several times) and owner. The owner is friendly, always nice to chat with him. Noise level was higher this night than is normally the case, every one was in a festive mood.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Lot's of nice scotch and very nice ambience. Food was pricey, ordered lamb and steak. Lamb was heavily covered in gravy, taking away any chance of tasting the meat. Steak advertised as aged, it was 1/2" thick and to salty to eat. Brought it home and made hash in the morning.
Would go back for a scotch and maybe an app but not dinner.

Balmoral Restaurant
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We have taken these issues to our chef and staff and have made immediate adjustments. At Balmoral, our goal is to give our guests a great evening from the ambience to our traditional Scottish fare. We encourage our guests to speak openly with our servers immediately when there's a concern so that we can give you the best dining experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service
Great food

LB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a really fun place, with great atmosphere and a celebratory feel.
We had the breakfast — salmon and omelet entrees. Delicious. The salmon tasted ocean-fresh.
It was my birthday and they gave me a goofy crown which was fun to wear. They also gave me a wee cake and candle, sang, and presented me with a card and a $20 certificate to spend on our next visit. And we will definitely be back.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for our anniversary. The food is amazing. The service was not very efficient, but to be fair, I think it was done in a very laid back Scottish way. Would return in a heartbeat!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Birthday dinner! Haggis is amazing!

FW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nicely appointed decor and professional, knowledgeable staff. Interesting menu. We had rib eye steaks (from Reams in Elburn) smothered in mushrooms and sauce...excellent! Shared cooked vegetables were fresh and cooked to perfection. We will be back!

MM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lovely manager had no servers due to call ins & handled everything herself beautifully. So service was as wonderful as always. The food -every time we go -was awesome!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! We sat outside since it was such a beautiful night. A little loud from street traffic but it was too nice to sit inside.
Beautiful place settings! Food was delicious. We had the watermelon and goat cheese appetizer, poached salmon and blue cheese filet. Wonderful wine and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Our server, Rachel was fabulous!
It is a bit pricey but everything was delicious! Would love to go back on a cold night for a cozy dinner inside

g
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this was a group of four ladies for afternoon high tea, and it was an outstanding experience
for all pf them. they enjoyed each and every morsel. they are looking forward to the next visit

OT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real gem for the far western suburbs. The food and service were excellent. My wife has some food allergies and our server, Rachael, was very attentive and helpful. My wife had the pheasant and I had the trout and both were delicious as was the desert. We will be back soon.

RU
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique! There is front entrance greeter dressed in the traditional Scottish kilt while playing the bagpipes, a plaid interior decor with canvas wall paintings, beautifully decorated china, crystal glassware, traditional Scottish items on menu (Yes!. . .haggis), and attentive service . . . all making for a memorable dining experience. If Anthony is your server, you will get amazing service!

s
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon Tea was perfect!

Balmoral Restaurant
Responded on August 27, 2019

Sandi, thank you so much for the feedback! We are happy to hear you thought your Afternoon Tea was as special as we think it is!

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MC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to celebrate my birthday with my family!

Balmoral Restaurant
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you for choosing us to make your birthday special, Maria! We hope it was everything you hoped for and more.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a memorable evening -a wonderful way to celebrate our wedding anniversary!

F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Balmoral. Great food and attentive service. We also were serenaded to Can’t Help Falling In Love With You by bagpipe. That was special!

Balmoral Restaurant
Responded on August 27, 2019

We always hope to give our guests an unforgettable experience-- it is our pleasure to know we accomplished this for you! Thank you for the kind words, and we hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, authentic Scottish food and ambiance

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service! Great place for a special celebration!

Balmoral Restaurant
Responded on August 27, 2019

We pride ourselves in treating every guest like royalty! We hope you enjoyed your meal with us and hope to see you in again soon!

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B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was outstanding and Anthony, our wait-person was equally outstanding. Friendly, fun and very interesting to chat with.

This is by far one of the absolute best, and outstanding, restaurants in the Western Suburbs.

Balmoral Restaurant
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you so much for the recognition! We are proud to hear you think so, and can't wait to serve you again-- the Scottish way!

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JS
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a unique experience! Our first time but we will definitely be back. The service was outstanding, food delicious, wine and drink list beyond reasonable and huge! We were there celebrating a birthday they entertained us with bag pipes awesome. The bar is so cozy a great place to sit and have a drink and some apps.

SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal: wonderfully done traditional Scottish cuisine (truly cuisine not just "food"). Extremely well paced. Presentation was a pleasure. Service excellent.

n
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the bag pipe greeting. He even played Happy Birthday for another table. The hostess was gracious and very accommodating. Our server Sabrina was very attentive as well. Loved the ambiance, china and crystal. The food was delicious and chocolate martinis were great too ! Really enjoyed the experience. We will return for lunch !

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Balmoral many times and the food is always excellent.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice but too noisy. They should correct this.

O
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lovely & the food delicious. We have also been there for Afternoon Tea! Tea was fabulous!!

M
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual! Appetizers Black pudding and bacon excessively reheated, dry with bacon over cooked. Chicken liver mousse with orange marmalade delicious but the double layer of fat was too rich. More liver less fat, maybe in a smaller container. Entrees. Ream. 16oz steak excellent and perfectly cooked. Mushroom gravy should be served on the side. Steamed salmon was succulent and perfectly cooked. Love the soda bread! Dessert. Sorry too full maybe next time.

DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there on a Tuesday evening for the Taste of Scotland, a four course dining experience - It was fabulous! There were options for both vegetarians, perhaps vegans and hearty meat eaters. The atmosphere is like no other, decadent almost but not over the top.

KL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were blown away by this place! The food and atmosphere, it was a pleasant surprise.

JW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, prepared expertly. Balmoral is a great place for a special dinner or a meal with friends. The service is wonderful and friendly.

PP
Chicago
173 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came mid afternoon for the Sunday roast. Started with a beer and one of their creative cocktails-yum! Their wonderful homemade bread starts you off, before entrees arrive. We ordered the prime rib roasts - comes with gravy, fabulous crispy Yorkshire pudding, and a nice selection of veggies and potatoes. Between the ambiance and the food, you are transported back to Sunday roast dinners in the U.K.! The service is always super friendly and top-notch. Looking forward to returning soon!

j
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely Sunday afternoon at the Balmoral. Highly recommend this Scottish Restaurant.

PW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and unique dining experience, featuring food you won’t readily see at most dining venues. Great waitstaff! Friendly environment and great food.

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