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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
Food was absolutely delicious. Venison loin was cooked perfectly, lamb chops were also very good. One of the best meals my wife and I have had. Service was spot on. Desserts were good as well. Marscapone cheese cake could have been a little sweeter though, apple tart was fantastic. Wine list was extensive. Only complaint was the bar drink recommended upon arrival because the table wasn't ready. Multiple tables open when we got to the main dining room. Good way for the restaurant to have you spend a few extra $$.
This was a beautiful, hidden gem, with multi-levels to accommodate those who want an energetic bar scene or a quiet dinner on the third floor away from the maddening crowd. A bit too funky food for my taste, but for foodies, they would probably love the venison, polenta, octopus etc.
The space is gorgeous. The food was extremely bland and disappointing. It took nearly one hour to receive our food. Service was very, very slow. During the one hour wait No One came by to ask if my one cocktail needed refreshing. Do not go. It was very expensive and the food was sub-par. You might try the bar downstairs - less chance of being disappointed.
From drinks at the bar to through dessert this was a great evening. Interesting and varied menu and the staff is knowledgeable and informative. Service was outstanding - thank you Patrick. Food was visually appealing and had wonderful flavors. We had the scallop entrée and the market fish. Easy to find really good wines on the list and again the staff knows the product. For dessert we selected a light panne cotta and it was delicious. This was my second visit and very pleased.
The decor was warm and lovely and the view out the huge windows on the third floor was fantastic. They will tell you exactly how many glasses went into the design over the bar if you ask. Which brings me to service. The service from the first greeting to the coat check at Boarding House was excellent. We came in with a number of dietary restrictions (gluten, vegetarian, dairy) and the server was diligent and friendly in accomodating all those needs. She was knowledgeable about the menu and willing to find out what she didn't know, attentive and responsive (especially when we realized we were running out of time). It did not feel rushed either even though it was a Friday night.
For our party of two, we ordered from the Restaurant Week menu. We had the Hen Egg and Polenta fries, Parsnip Soup, Striped Bass, Amish Chicken, mascarpone cheesecake, and oatmeal raisin cookie sandwich. The sauces really added that extra something to make it all special. All items were wonderful, though I doubt I’d order the raisin cookie again. The texture just didn’t suit me. The décor of the bar and main dining room were gorgeous. My only small complaint: while our server checked with us after each course, I wish she had come by before dessert to ask if we would like coffee. She did recommend a Moscow Mule cocktail that I really enjoyed. Make sure you have a cocktail in the bar before dining.
I have put off going here due to the inability to secure a reservation, but Super Bowl Sunday was the charm! It was worth the wait, with truly wonderful educated service, a well thought out wine list and excellent food. The room is well conceived and I could actually converse with my dining mate! I do think the new chef needs some time to settle in a bit; though the menu is terrific and execution superb, it is missing that "spark" to make it 5 star. Portions are a large and that made for less room to try more menu items, such as dessert. I will go back to see how things evolve and have no doubt that Boarding House will be in the Michelin realm very soon!
I visited Boarding House during Restaurant Week, so I take it with a grain of salt. It was an opportunity to get a feel for the place, the food, the service, etc. It was all fine. I think the full menu may be a better option for dishes. I tried the Restaurant Week menu, because, why not? Service was ok, food was ok, wine was good. I will go back to try it again. Very cool layout and design. Spectacular wine list. I'm betting I will have higher reviews the next time out.
The Boarding House started exceeding our expectations from the moment we walked in the door. We arrived earlier than our reservation so we started with cocktails at the bar. Our bartender was a delight! He was attentive, knowledgeable and hilarious! The hosts and hostesses were equally as attentive and made us feel extremely welcome and comfortable. The service in the main dining room continued the trend. We enjoyed cuisine from the Restaurant Week menu and I must say, it has me raving. I will most definitely be back for more! Hats off to you, my friends!
We dined during Restaurant Week which one would assume is when all participating restaurants bring their A game but the staff at the Boarding House failed. Our host was arrogant and belittled us when we inquired about going downstairs to the bar, "um, there is no downstairs bar." Ok, them what is The Cellar and why is there a bar down there? Then we were seated 50 minutes after our reservation which was for 9 pm. No apologies, no complimentary drink or appetizer, nothing. I understand Restaurant Week can be busy but then make an almost hour wait right. When we were finally seated our waiter was wonderful and the food was amazing!
The look, the food, the wine, the whole scene and did I mention the food? I can't wait to come back to try the things I didn't get a chance to and for the wine, my fav wine (pinot blanc) is hard to find anywhere and they had 3 to choose from. Go now or make this your top pick for next night out!
Chandeliers were exquisite and very unique--the wine list so extensive that we relied on the server for recommendations...which were fabulous. Amy, our server, is a sommalier who paired the wines and food perfectly. Appetizers (ahi tuna and stuffed calamari) were amazing. The flatiron steak was superb and the market fish ordered by my husband was delectable. Although very crowded on a Friday night, the noise level in the dining area is very low and made conversations quite easy. The entire staff was very attentive without being intrusive. Perfect place for a business dinner or any reason!
The bar area on the first floor was extremely loud; it felt like we were shouting at each other to be heard. Service was excellent.
The host at the door was so cute and so sweet. I've never met anyone who honestly wants to help like he did. He took our coats and bags, found us a seat in the bar area while we waited for our table, even got the cocktail waitress for us, and showed us the way to our table. Then afterward he asked how it was, helped us get a cab, got our jackets and bags again. He was working so hard!
The waitress was also very professional and knowledgable. She was very attentive and helpful. The food and drinks and dessert were all delicious! The wine list is awesome and the cocktails we had were great!
The food was creative & delicious. I expected a bigger selection on the menu but was very happy with what we ordered. We tried the famous pork chop and loved it, and our scallops were equally as good. I appreciated the decor - fashion forward without losing a comfortable vibe.
I went to the Boarding House for Restaurant Week. I really loved what I ordered (Octopus, Fish, and Cheesecake). The sauces were the star of the show in regards to the first and second course. I felt that here were a fair number of items for Restaurant Week and the portions were a very good size.
Our waiter was wonderful as were the rest of the staff that we encountered. I loved that they took our coats when we walked in. The chandeliers are absolutely fantastic.
My only complaint is that we wanted to order another bottle of wine and they were out of it but it was still being offered by the glass. I am sure if it was being offered by the glass you had another bottle or a comparable wine you could have offered at the same price.
Went here with friends for restaurant week prix fixe dinner. The 3 course dinner had a nice variety of choices including vegetarian. Presentation, aroma and taste were delightful. Expectation was high and this place did not disappoint. Extensive wine list and wait staff was very helpful after they were out of our original wine selection. That was the only complaint. The staff at the entrance was very informative and friendly with taking our coats and helping with the valet for the car. The weather was cold and nasty this particular evening and all the help was greatly appreciated. Hope to get the chance to return. We travelled from the suburbs for this special night.
To start with they were 30 minutes late for our reservation. We waited a while for a waiter to finally come over. We had the pork which was very dry and the scallops that were under cooked. They try to make the description on the menu sound very inventive but it just tastes average. The waiter gave us the wrong check to end the night which was more money of course. I would stop in for a drink but would not eat there again. I have a feeling this will be called The BOARDED UP HOUSE soon.
Even though the food was just OK, I would go back for the ambiance, what a beautiful place. But the parsnip soup tasted more like heavy cream with parsnip flavor. The Chicken was great, the desserts were a disappointment. The mascarpone cheesecake was bland, the oatmeal cookie tasted like oatmeal cookies tasted in the 70's., they were supposed to be "good" for you. Too much grainy taste. The wine was out of this world though
We went on a Sunday evening and the restaurant was not busy. We were seated on the banquette which was unoccupied until another couple arrived and they were seated right next to us rather than at one of the half dozen seats further down that remained empty through out our dinner..... annoying and unnecessary. The meal was not bad, we both had the fish dish which was trout served on polenta and mushrooms, it sounded better than it tasted.....something was in it that I couldn't identify and did not enjoy. Given the price point and the many other choices in Chicago I would not expect to go back.
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