Balmoral Restaurant

4.8
848 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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TaraR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Balmoral was Scottish comfort food at its finest. We tried the Haggis appetizer and it was outstanding. So yummy and a great way to introduce ourselves to something new. We also had the Beef Tenderloin and the Peasant's Pheasant. Both dishes were delicious! The Mr. Connery's 007 martini was great too. The only downside was the cost. The food was so good, we'd love to make it a regular, but the cost prohibits that. Might be more of a special occasion type place.

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aramos
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Underwhelming and overpriced. Food was lukewarm, unseasoned.

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JudithS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. It can get pretty loud at times during peak seating times, but it’s part of the fun, and terrific food, drinks, and staff. Highly recommend.

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Hairoom
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the minute we walked in the door, we were impressed. From the at atmosphere, decor, door man, bag pipes. The owner sat us and offered us a few options on where we would like to sit. He spoke with us and checked on us frequently. The liveliness of the occasions celebrated with so g and bag pipes was awesome. The food was so so good. Presentation as well as taste magnificent. We cannot see more about how wonderful our whole experience, the food and everything less. The drinks were wonderful. The food was cooked perfectly everybody was delicious. Worth every penny. I would highly recommend this place not only for a special occasion or a date night for friends family and couples but I would go above and beyond to say that the owners heart was really put into putting this restaurant together from the fine china, the menu and the perfection. Our server was outstanding and polite and there every step of the way without being in your face and interrupting. Five stars for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Balmoral! It was our last week in Illinois before moving to Michigan, and went twice in a week . The food is delicious and the staff are always amazing. We will be stopping in whenever we’re in town.

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JamesG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jacqueline Z was very helpful. Any restaurant that uses Ream’s meats is a must eat place

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SueandPaul
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great it’s a Scottish themed restaurant. Most of the food on the menu is Scottish but certainly taste very gourmet. If you don’t like Scottish food there’s ample on the menu you would enjoy. They even had a bagpipe player greeting guests outside the door. He came to our table and played us a short song on the bagpipe in honor of our anniversary. I highly recommend you give it a try

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MikeR
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I want to support this restaurant because of the good work the owner performs in the community but the food and drink prices are ridiculously high. $262 for four people with just two drinks total. I will not go back.

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Cher
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem in Compton Hills. This is the 2nd time we have gone to this restaurant. This time it was a belated birthday dinner for my son-in-law. They loved it too. We will be back again. Everything was marvelous from start to finish.

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CathyH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steaks. The food is wonderful. Great drinks. We love everything about it. It's our new favorite restaurant.
Great table setting ! Makes you feel very special.

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Laurapora
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splurged to celebrate my sister’s 30th birthday. Balmoral is not easy on the wallet, but it truly is an experience worth paying for! Kylie, our server, measured out the courses so we never felt rushed OR waiting…the perfect balance of ease and comfort. Love the China, the chairs, the dark wood if the Great Room, the bagpipe player at the door! And the food will NOT disappoint. From appetizer to dessert, everything was exquisite (never thought I would like Haggis…the app is amazing). Highly recommend.

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vipBPGC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service!

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KeithO
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly service. Food was excellent. It was fun being greeted by a bagpiper playing. Drinks were great. Our place to go for a very special evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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DebraA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We agree with all those"best of" recognitions that Balmoral has received. We were delighted with our experience and plan to return to try more of their menu!

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RussellH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful choice to celebrate our anniversary. Balmoral is an upscale Scottish themed restaurant that brought back visions of our time traveling the hills of Scotland on our last tour. The menu is thoughtfully brought together and the bartender took the time to make a cocktail, not just a drink. I ordered the ribeye with the peppercorn sauce and loved it. The 16 oz portion was as big as I wanted it to be and the flavor was excellent. My better half ordered a perfectly executed beef wellington and we shared the chefs choice of sides. All in all, it was a fantastic dinner and wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary. Thank you to Mr Smith for bringing this experience to Wasco and opening the door to a glimpse of fine dining in the Fox River Valley.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration that was wonderfully memorable…Thank you!

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ManuelP
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time going to this place in less than a month and plan on keeping going.
Beautiful place, nice employees and fantastic food

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vipKathleenC
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

To those who may have complained about a single server on a weeknight, our server, Kiley, was extraordinary. She handled a half-full house with great expertise and a friendly attitude. And kudos to the hostess, who also bussed tables!

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drk2
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and time. Bagpipes are awesome! Will be back next month for another occasion.....

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RogersF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent FOOD and service, a bit noisy at times. A good value.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely unbelievably amazing!! I had the venison my wife had the beef Wellington both were perfect! Earl was amazing helping me pick the perfect whiskeys that matches my favorite taste! Collin, the owner!, Checked on our end also advised on some amazing Scottish dishes like the scotch eggs, they even have a bagpiper! This place is all around amazing we will certainly return again!

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vipmrs1947
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great ambience - wonderful dining experience

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vipBluejay
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Earl the bartender sets the stage for what you can expect all evening. Impeccable, friendly service only to be matched by the 5 star menu, atmosphere & presentation!

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vipchickie
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Everything was outstanding.

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vipFABULOUS
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always friendly staff and the bartender is GREAT! Missed seeing the owner walking around table to table. Food was excellent!

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vipAudreyJ
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance!! Great selections on food and drinks. A must dining experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and delicious food! Made our anniversary memorable! Thank you!

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ZdzislawN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a gem of a restaurant. Old fashioned friendliness, excellent service and an amazing representation and execution of Scotland's cuisine. Food is well prepared with obvious attention to detail. If the food isn't enough of a reason, and it is a good reason to go, you need to explore the whiskey list. Just outstanding. Yes it is a bit pricey but I believe the pricing to be fair given the quality of the food.

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SophieN
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean, very welcoming,friendly, amazing list of whiskey, will be going back on a regular basis !
Balmoral staff are first class !

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ManuelP
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful surprise!. Never expected to find such an atmosphere and food quality in the suburbs. I will no questions be back there soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool place, great menu choices

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Cher
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a hidden gem. We would definitely go again. Higher end prices for some folks, but worth every penny.

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vipCowboy
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

This was our first dinning experience at Balmoral. We went early and the services was good; however within a half-hour the restaurant began filling up and the service deteriorated rapidly. By the time our entree arrived, we couldn't even get our water glasses refilled. The True Scotch Egg was excellent. My Beef Wellington was supposed to be served medium rare, bur was cooked all the way through and was tepid by the time it was served. My wife ordered Haggis, Neeps and Tatties. The waitress said the restaurant was out of rutabagas and the neeps were not being served. (Every time I've had neeps in Scotland they were made from turnips.). I will say the restaurant only employed one waitress and I thought she was inordinately overworked.

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DonR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From an incredibly involved owner, to a great server, and to great food, this place is a jewel. Beef Wellington features excellent filet, the chicken was amazing, and you have to try the haggis.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

All of us had been to Balmoral before and enjoyed it very much. This time was different. It was very loud and the service was very slow and not attentive like we have experienced in the past. This was a Friday night and given the current employment situation(seems like no one wants to work) Perhaps they were short staffed. The food was good except for one person at our table had a too done filet. She did not tell our waitress. The slowest part was getting a drink.

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Peter
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding dining experience. The food quality was excellent and the selection options remarkable. A great meal and wonderful time.

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drk2
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our kids' birthdays. A quiet Sunday afternoon dinner. Salmon, venison, haggis and pork chop were all cooked just right. The sides and appetizers were filling. We took no take home bags. Service excellent.

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SarahS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining for sure. We have been here once for a special occasion. We were greeted at tree front door by a gentleman playing a bagpipe. Great start! The service was excellent, Anna was our server. Although she has only worked there a few months she was super, she couldn't get any better. Both my wife and I started with an Old Fashioned. Very good. For starters we had the mushrooms and I must say that I've never had any better. I ordered the Manor duck (I think that's what it was called). I would definitely recommend that. Again, the best that I've ever had. My wife ordered shrimp and they were huge and very tasty. They looked like mini lobsters. Our sides were green beans, carrots, mashed potatoes and small fingerling potatoes. Our dessert was a shortbread toffee covered with chocolate. Good but not great. Overall an excellent experience and I will definitely go back for a special occasion. It was a bit pricey but I felt worth it.

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vipMilo
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! The atmosphere is charming, fun, and cozy. All of the staff were cheerful and added to the amazing experience. The food was delicious. The steamed salmon was the best salmon I have had--fresh and perfectly cooked. The beef Wellington was above and beyond. Make sure to save room for dessert- delicious choices.

FAQs

Balmoral Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (331) 901-5224.