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The Boarding House

4.5
1594 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Crossover
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Hours of operation
Wine Bar
Monday through Friday: 4:30 p.m. to CLOSE
Saturday: 4:30 p.m. to CLOSE
Closed Sunday

Dining Room
Monday: 5 p.m. to CLOSE
Tuesday through Saturday: 5 p.m. to CLOSE.
Closed Sunday




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Phone number
(312) 280-0720
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Catering
Please contact us at Events@bhchicago.com
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Cross street
Superior
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Parking details
The Boarding House offers valet parking on Wells Street.
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Public transit
Conveniently located one block east of the Franklin Brown Line stop.
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Special events & promotions
We have multiple Private and Semi-Private options. Please contact us at Events@bhchicago.com
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Boarding House offers catering options from 4 to 400 people.

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What 1594 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food, wine, ambiance and service were all top notch! Braised beef short ribs were amazing. Dave the bartender always has a friendly smile. Will be returning.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This was not our first visit to The Boarding House but our only disappointing one. The setting is beautiful, the food was delicious, our service disappointing. While our server was attentive and did not make any mistakes with our orders, she was boarderline rude and clearly did not want to be doing her job; it put a bit of damper on our dining experience. At this price point, the service should be great every time.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We made dinner reservations for a Monday night. We were disappointed to find out that the dining room is closed on Mondays... but they were willing to service the dinner menu in the bar area. We ended up just ordering off of the bar menu a couple appetizers and some drinks. The food was good but not the experience we were expecting....

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

When I walked into Boarding House,I was immediately taken with the cool decor in the bar.We had 7:30 reservations that we had made less than an hour before.They took up to 3rd floor and then up the stairs to a table for 2.Unfortunately,we could have been seated in main dining,so we were disappointed to be up in a drafty spot.Our waiter was not particularly welcoming either.We had 2 salads,wine and left.Wouldnt go back unless maybe just for wine downstairs under the chandelier.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I'd been looking forward to my reservation with the Boarding House based on its ambiance and location. However, I was exceedingly disappointed with the service for many reasons -

1. Our server was not at all familiar with the wine list, even the wine by the glass
2. Our appetizers were served 45 minutes after we ordered them due to an "issue in the kitchen". During that time, our server never asked if we'd like to order our entrees. After I suggested it, we ordered and then they were served to us while we were still eating our appetizers.
3. When we arrived to the upstairs dining area, the hostess was texting on her phone and didn't immediately look up to assist us.

I expected more from this restaurant, particularly given its esteemed leadership group and price point. I therefore do not plan to return.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Beautiful space, great service and the food is always great. Overall we highly recommend The Boarding House.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We were celebrating our daughter’s birthday. Despite the host being a little prickly about whether our round table request would be honored, (it was), one we were seated upstairs our server Patrick made it a perfect night from beginning to end. Flavors were unique, portions generous, vegetarian options plentiful, cocktails and wine pairings were the finishing touch.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Our dining experience was ok, food was good. Service was ok, not very attentive. Ordered white wine by the bottle which was not chilled. Real complaints are when we decided to stay for a drink after dinner downstairs at the bar. Again, ordered a bottle of white wine that needed to be chilled so they offered us a small poor of another while we waited. The bottle was corked and tasted like apple cider vinegar, no big deal, it happens. We let the bartender know just so that it wouldn't get served again, he was rude and told us we were wrong. We must have offended him because from then on he was rude the rest of the evening. Such a shame! Great place but now we understand why it was dead on a Friday night.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Taking a friend from out of town

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Came with family . Have a rehearsal dinner planned in the future and wanted to taste some items on the menu. Had a excellent meal and fantastic service! Thanks !,

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food and wine

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

It’s relatively quiet. All the service people are so friendly. Waiter had perfect timing. Always knew when to check on us. Everything we ate was delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The space itself makes the Boarding House very special. It's very artistic and interesting with the layout and the design. Everything we ordered was fabulous, and our server was awesome. It's definitely expensive, but I think you are getting what you pay for.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Food was over-priced

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Food was the best in Chicago! Server was great. The dining room space on the third floor is amazing. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

It was nice to be able to have a conversation with old friends without yelling and shouting. I expected service to be more prompt and warm. Staff aloof but not rude

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

What a great “experience” everything from the food and the ambience was just spot on. A must try

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Patrick, our waiter created a customized wine flight to pair with our meal. Everything was delish, and he was fabulous! Will be returning soon. This was hands down one of the best overall dining experiences we’ve had in Chicago! Highly recommend!

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food was absolutely incredible. The service from the moment we arrived was horrendous. The host was cold and unwelcoming, then brought us upstairs to the balcony level and handed the menus and said “you are welcome” in a very rude way when no one even had a chance to thank him in the first place. The waiter was rude and laughed at us when we said we were not ready to order drinks yet. The waiter rarely checked in on us. The waiter also stacked the bill by adding 3 drinks to the bill that we did not order. We called him out on it and he apologized and said that we gave us the bill from a different table. A different table? It was the same exact list of items we ordered minus the stacked drinks and he made the excuse it was the bill for the wrong table?!? The food was incredible, but the owner should strongly consider making a staff change based on the food and experience being polar opposites. We do not plan to be back.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Beautiful restaurant with great ambiance. Our food was over cooked though, which was disappointing considering its reputation. Service was great!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Outstanding food, service and experience. I highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Food was excellent. Wine recommendations even better.

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2.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Not as professional as it used to be - dining staff is pretty lax which was a surprising since its such a formal well put together ambiance. Food was average.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The experience at the Boarding House was fantastic. You start on the first floor where you can have a pre-dinner cocktail and perhaps some apps. Then, they take you to the third floor where the dining experience continues. Our server was not your average server, but a sommolier. He was incredibly knowledgeable about wine and took our taste buds on a delicious grape infused journey that is unforgettable. He introduced us to a wine I had never had before that was dynamite, and is now on my list of wines I will add into the rotation. Definitely a must try restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We celebrated our first anniversary at Boarding House; service was top-notch, food was amazing, and of course the company couldn’t be beat!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Wait staff was very polite and helpful! Food was delicious and the dining area is quite nice. We went earlier in the evening before it filled up and enjoyed having a large space to ourselves

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Downstairs bar area is very loud- our group could barely talk over the noise. The upstairs dining area is much quieter and nicer for conversation. We had salads, entrees and desserts which were all delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Went for early dinner before symphony. Great meal, excellent wine. I had the scallops and my wife had salmon. Sorbet and coffee, very nice.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Wonderful experience! Wonderful décor. Service is impeccable from arrival till we left.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We took my parents there for dinner and the food was absolutely delicious. The service was also great. We would recommend this place for special occasions or date night!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Awesome! Service was amazing, food delicious. Only thing I would change was the very LOUD woman next to us!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Outstanding service, friendly staff , incredible food

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Wonderful experience in a beautiful space. The service is warm and welcoming!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It should have been specified that there would be a very limited valentines menu. It wasn’t stated anywhere

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Incredible experience. Thoughtful and attentive staff. Very special night for Valentine’s Day.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Running late, called ahead and host told us not to worry, very much appreciated. Complimentary coat check was another plus. Food was excellent, the duck is to die for. Literally order the duck.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The food, service and atmosphere was great. We enjoyed the evening

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The Boarding House is one of our "go to" restaurants in this dining mecca of Chicago. The menu is always incredibly creative, and our favorite waiter, Patrick, takes the experience level up another notch. He knows our likes and dislikes, once we select our food, per his suggestions, Patrick chooses the ideal wines to pair with our meal. He truly makes each and everyone of our visits to the Boarding House better each time. Knowledge, conversation, he has extraordinary qualities. We have so many choices on where to go in Chicago, we choose the Boarding House which has never let us down. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Server was awesome, attentive and sociable. Happy hour was good too.

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