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About The Boarding House
Welcome! The Boarding House opened December 2012 and is led by Proprietor and Master Sommelier Alpana Singh. Our historic building, which dates back to 1872, features several distinct areas that a bustling bar area, two distinct private dining spaces, and a comfortable dining room located on the building’s third floor.
Enjoy a curated and thoughtful list of 500 wines from around the world that will expertly complement your dining experience. Guests will be immediately enveloped by our ambient dining room, which is designed for everyday dining with service that is detailed, hospitable and personal.
The wine bar is available without reservations and seating is per availability.
We look forward to welcoming you to The Boarding House!
Chicago, IL 60654
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Crossover
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday: 4:30 p.m. to CLOSE
Saturday: 4:30 p.m. to CLOSE
Monday: 5 p.m. to CLOSE
Tuesday through Saturday: 5 p.m. to CLOSE.
$31 to $50
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Please contact us at Events@bhchicago.com
The Boarding House offers valet parking on Wells Street.
Conveniently located one block east of the Franklin Brown Line stop.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Boarding House offers catering options from 4 to 400 people.
The Boarding House Ratings and Reviews
The dinner menu had something for everyone and each item was spectacular, our group ordered different items and shared. And the wine list is an eclectic combination from around the world. The sommelier suggested several that fit our taste , we landed on an Italian that was everthing you would want in a rich red. I suspect there are no bad wines to choose from here.
We normally don’t do desert but the evening was so awesome we had to keep it going with dolce. What a comfortable and friendly place.
Although the food and service were really good, I felt it was overpriced. We took my mom out for her bday and the 4 of us had an app, 2 drinks, and an entree and the bill was over $400 after tip. I expect to pay that at RPM steak, but not here. So, yes, it was tasty, but I felt like it was overpriced personally. However, they were very helpful with my food sensitivities so that was very much appreciated.
Beautiful restaurant and friendly wait staff. Subpar wine selection and disappointing food. The very tasty potato leek soup was only marginally warm. Steak selection was tasty but average. The rainbow trout however was supposed to be pan seared but looked like it was steamed and lacked any seasoning. Pots de creme was excellent for desert so the night ended well.
We celebrated our anniversary at Boarding house. They brought us a menu with happy anniversary printed at the top as well as complimentary champagne! Boarding house staff was excellent and no little detail went unnoticed! They helped make our anniversary extra special.
I found this place while searching for a good pork chop; for whatever reason, I eat pork roughly once a year, on my birthday. It really was great, with a nice accompaniment of sides and flavors. If it came with, say, risotto instead of beans, it would be my #1. With that said, the beans were still good and didn't diminish the meal in any way.
My girlfriend got the steak...but she ruins her meat by having it made well done, so I can't speak for how the steak was, but she enjoyed it. We started with the octopus, which was great as well. Very tender, very nice flavors.
For dessert, we tried the vanilla bean cheesecake and the seasonal cobbler (cranberry and apple). The waitress disclosed that the only thing not made by their pastry chef, was the cheesecake, but it was really good nonetheless. The cobbler was fantastic as well.
Oh, and since it was my birthday (which I set as the occasion in this app [thanks OpenTable!]) the brought a massive piece of birthday cake, which surprised both my girlfriend and I, as well as our waitress. She felt bad she didn't realize, so our other desserts were compensated. We didn't try the cake till the next day, but it was equally good.
Overall, great experience, awesome building/ambiance, and great attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable staff!
Was here on a date last week and decided to come back with a small business group. Collin was an excellent host in the dining room. It was my first time sitting with her but she has been with the place since day one. Very friendly and great recommendations. Food was stellar. Room had a nice buzz.
From the host stand to the dining room, everything was fantastic! The building is beautiful and it's like walking into a wonderland from the bar to the third floor dining room, both with their own massive wine glass and bottle chandeliers that command the rooms. Bar service was great and I loved the focus on traditional cocktails with spirits choices underneath to show the prices and give different styles.
Our server was great! She knew the menu very well and made great suggestions for two as everything on the list looked appealing. Definitely try the burrata and tuna sashimi and the pork chop was unbelievably tender and flavorful - not to mention the plating of the food lived up to the aesthetic of the entire building. The pots de creme and strawberry shortcake together were to die for!
The wine list was very approachable with affordable selections and a few really cool wines that are pricier but not as high as I have seen at other restaurants around the neighborhood. The server was also great at directing us to the perfect bottle which is one we've never heard of or would have tried otherwise.
Overall great experience and will be back!
Outstanding dinner! The new chef has brought on seasonal and delightful new dishes without changing the overall flair of the existing menu. Boarding house never disappoints. We will certainly be back soon to check out the chefs fall and winter menu changes! Thanks the wonderful meal and experience Boarding House!
Outstanding experience over all. We started with cocktails in the bar during happy hour. If you're drinking wine it's 1/2 off between 4:30-6:30! Afterwards we went upstairs for dinner and sat with Patrick who is also the wine director. He was great at making suggestions and was respectful of our price point. We shared the burrata and octopus to start and then had the chicken, the pork and the rainbow trout which were all Delicious. Finished with a strawberry shortcake which made for the perfect ending. We will definitely be back.
We were very excited to try The Boarding House since the reviews were so good. The food was quite expensive and just not very good. My salmon was poached but brined in such a way that it tasted smoked. There were lots of potatoes and a couple cucumber slices. My husband's meat was nothing special and my son found his duck to be very chewy. With one drink and one appetizer is was almost $200. We were disappointed
Five long-time friends got together for dinner at The Boarding House, which proved a wonderful choice. I chose scallops, succulent and moist, presented with a subtle delicate sauce. An appetizer tray of cheeses, sauces, breads and meats set a pleasant opening note for the dinner. High ceilings cut some of ambient noise, so it just wasn't a problem. The restaurant is conveniently located just south of Chicago Ave on Wells. We'll go back.
Noticeable difference with change in ownership as it relates to food quality. Restaurant was mostly empty and dishes were not as unique. Pork meal was a disappointment - odd combination of ingredients and overall bland. My friends said their meals were fine but nothing special. Service still solid though - courteous and helpful staff.
The service was truly outstanding, the room was interesting, and the food was good, but this restaurant is billed as a wine destination, and there it disappoints. Given Ms. Singh's resume and credentials, we were expecting to pay up some for interesting and difficult to access wine, or at the very least well thought out pairings, but there was little evidence of any of that. Honestly, I not only accept but support alcohol markups, but in a venue like this I shouldn't be paying more than double for wine that I can walk into a retail liquor store and buy off the shelf.
Given the failure in its main attraction, all other aspects seem like good quality but poor value. Your money is better spent elsewhere.
Excellent visit to the boarding house. Have been once before when it opened. Not as busy this time which is sad but typical for Chicago. Food was great again. I had the halibut with gnocchi and my wife had the sirloin. Both were tasty and well plated. The only downfall was the wait between app and entree. Wine was good - Saint Joseph. For dessert I had the blueberry, lemon cheesecake and my wife had the strawberry shortcake. They finished the meal well. Would definitely go back.
I expected this dinner and restaurant to be a memorable time. Instead, I received a subpar meal, rude service, and an empty restaurant.
Restaurant: don't offer a 9 PM seating and then tell me the kitchen will be closing, 5 minutes after I sit down.
Staff: I understand that you're tired and want to go home. Speak with your boss about that. I came to eat a nice meal and to take my time. Not to feel rushed as you gathered by the bar waiting to leave and while you reset the tables for the next day.
Meal: why did I pay $26 for something I could have made at home? Roasted cauliflower was not even fully roasted. It was definitely rushed to be put together. Tasteless, and bland. The mushrooms were too salty and the salad was basic. By that point, I was so hungry I forced down the food with wine (great glass of wine by the way).
Overall: do not recommend. There are so many other places in Chicago that are worth the money, and cheaper for better quality food.
Definitely do not take your family here. I brought my family from out of town for a nice dinner and was disappointed. This place is a wine bar first and a restaurant second. It's a very casual place. There was a miscommunication and it took almost 10 minutes for a server to greet our table. Other than that our server was great . The chicken was undercooked but our server took it off our check. Won't be back
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