Jen's Guesthouse

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Jen's Guesthouse is your destination for one of the most beautiful dining experiences you will find anywhere. Share a small plate or appetizer ; a bottle of wine, or try any of our prime steaks or fresh seafood. *The patio is first come first serve seating & is not a covered patio* ** We are also available for booking for private events. Please contact us directly for more information. **
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
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4.6
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EM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Place is great, staff is always accommodating to our needs. Made a reservation on line, for S7nday afternoon. Not realizing they only serve Brunch on Sundays during the slow time of year. Next til I will call to find out. We were told that it will go back to the regular menu in Feb. They should post it on website but otherwise it was good. So we will be going back again its close to home and easy to get to.

FC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday brunch was very good. The food was excellent as was the service and atmosphere

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dining room. Friendly professional staff. Excellent food and drink.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood!

MS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Beautiful location, good food, attentive and pleasant staff made for an enjoyable evening with friends...will definitely go back to take advantage of the beautiful patio area...when weather permits.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Very slow service.

PM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Jens for our special times and just to get out for a nice evening. It is always very enjoyable and we do appreciate the ability to talk at dinner.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance.

j
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It a wonderful place to celebrate the seasons, holiday, Spring, Summer and fall. Some of the waitstaff doesn't seem to have the desire to do what they are doing, but I can over look those, since the view and food are always so good.

k
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The service and food were very good. The room temperature was too hot. The room was decorated very nicely for the holidays. The fireworks display outside was a very nice surprise!

DB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Jen's and boy we were not disappointed! New Year's Eve, the place was packed and the service was fantastic! our waitress was awesome, the food was delicious! I would highly recommend this place, I will definitely go back!

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff rocked
Wedding looked amazing!!
Food 5Tars

JC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great staff and food! The short ribs fell apart! So delicious!!!

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excited to see the changes coming in 2020! Sounds pretty unique. Ask your server

JL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dined with a group and everyone was happy with their entrees (with the exception of the Waygu beef) and service. Dining room is lovely, but noise level was a little high with the musician playing - especially when he played the bells. We will definitely return.

s
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love coming to Jen’s Guesthouse.

E
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting with good food. All tables in dining room have a view of the wooded area behind restaurant which for the holidays was a lighted wonderland. The menu had a variety of choices and prices. There were families there as well as younger and older couples.

AS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was delicious as always. Wished we could have sat by a window, though. Next time I'll request it.
My husband's oxtails were tender and my scallops were wonderful.
We'll definitely go back.

l
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a superb meal

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family enjoyed a marvelous holiday dinner at Jen’s Guesthouse. None of us had ever been there before and we were quite pleased with our meals and the ambiance. It was decorated beautifully for Christmas. We enjoyed four appetizers and then entrees (both meat and fish), they all were spectacular. We will certainly be going back!

P
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with my sister's for pre-Christmas dinner. It was lovely! The food was delicious, the service was excellent, and it was beautifully decorated.

H
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My wife and I were very pleased with our dining experience at Jen's Guesthouse. The food was excellent.
The service was friendly and attentive. We intend to go back.

N
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great meal here!!

s
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Kris, made our experience an outstanding one. In addition to his superior service, the entrees and drinks were beyond compare.

KL
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Parmesan crusted scallops w/lemon cream risotto were excellent. Same goes for the butt steak/shrimp combo. I mentioned to waiter (who was very nice) that we were celebrating my birthday. I was not looking for something for nothing, but we do reserve Jen's for special celebratory occasions. In the past, I think we've been offered a FREE glass of wine , but such was not the case this time. Guess that would really be my only criticism, and that really is not going to stop us from returning, as the food IS quite delicious!!

BL
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

My order was partially wrong. Service was fast.

KH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Six ladies went for lunch, seated at a table in the bar. The afternoon started out well, the server took our drink order, we received our drinks...then, we never saw him again. We had to ask the bartender where are server went, he said he would be taking our order. Okay, that works...order taken, soups and salads received. It took forever for the plates to be taken from the table. About a half hour went by and we asked the status of our lunch, he said he would go check. We didn't received for another 15 minutes (45 min wait). Two folks order the salmon, said it was moist and tasty, but they received the dinner entree instead of the lunch one (which was suppose to include rice and was $5 less), they got charged for the dinner entree. Two others had sandwiches which were good. I had the crab cakes (only on the lunch menu). They came with risotto which was not overcooked but very dry. The crab cakes (good ingredients) but burnt on one side, presented with burnt sides down. I ate them because I was hungry but the burnt side made them a little bitter tasting. This was mentioned to the server/bartender as an FYI for the kitchen. I ate them because I was hungry and didn't expect anything to be comped but I did expect an apology or some time of response from the manager. The bartender/server (Kenny) was very nice/pleasant but seemed to have way too much going on to be an attentive server. We are still not sure what ever happened to the first guy that took our drinks...

Maybe they are still working out some kinks, not sure. With so many restaurants out there it would be difficult for us to come back for bad service and so so food.

JD
Chicago
124 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorites! Feels like a special occasion without the special occasion price. Foods good, bartenders always know how to make special drinks, and the service is good. Who could ask for anything more.

S
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Short notice but you have to go here for the holidays. Continues the Courtwrights tradition. Just a wonderful space decorated for the holidays. And, the food and service are great.

Had the rack of lamb and the butt steak. You can tell a great chef when the accompaniments get attention. Mashed / twice baked potatoes were perfect and full of flavor. Asparagus was the vegetable of the night and it was cooked perfectly - cooked but just a little bit of crisp.

Service was wonderful. Attentive and friendly.

And we enjoyed the wine list. Not the deep Wine Spectator cellar of Courtwrights but a fairly priced list of recognizable wines.

Love this place and will be back soon

MB
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Last two visits have not been memorable. The last time the lamb shanks looked like they were left overs and this time the fish pasta was to be spicy but instead it was so hot that after the first bite you could not taste anything. Had to scrape the sauce off the fish in order to eat the fish, left the pasta.
Our server was so busy taking care of the big tables of party goers that our table was like in never land. Had to ask for everything, especially water
I also made reservations with a request for a window table and we were first seated against the back wall in a corner. The appetizer was great as well as the drinks.
We paid the bill and our server came over to pick up the bill and grunted something that resembled thanks
We left the restaurant with no one saying thanks or have a great Holiday.
Have a long way to go to match the old Courtright"s

FD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

THey need a more varied menu with more vegetarian dishes and salads. We were a party of 6 - all vegetarians and had very limited options. THey did there best to accommodate us which was nice.
It was happy hour and there were not a lot of people, so we had the place to ourselves pretty much.

K
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Jen's Guest House! It's our favorite "special occasion" place. Never disappointed!

MS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Thanksgiving buffet

FC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thjis second year in a row we have attended the Thanksgiving Day dinner/buffet. Once again the food and everything was outstanding and a great selection. We frequently dine at Jens and never disappointed

JP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service is always excellent

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant for dinner or special occasion. However, we found the music to be a little bit too loud, and not exactly classic dining music. But food was outstanding, as was service.

N
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & I had a wonderful time we were celebrating the day we meet 51 years ago. Our meals where delicious, the wine was so good, dessert was awesome.

The service was great, the decorations were so pretty.

I felt like I was in my own Hallmark movie....

I am bringing my girlfriends for your Christmas Luncheon in Dec.

J
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful attentive service.
Seasonal menu and variety if wines to pair. Beautiful ambiance .

m
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a GREAT time! Staff was amazing, great food and amazing place to go and enjoy yourself!