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Wed, 4/25
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11:30 PM
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The Boarding House

4.5
1600 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 1600 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Great fries the happy hour is a great deal.loved the octopus

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2017

We booked through Open Table then received a phone call indicating that there was limited room in the dining room and asking if we minded be seated in the bar area. Food was good - although a bit pricey.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Outstanding service to complement the wonderful food. Biggest piece of trout ever and perfectly prepared.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was delicious. Tried the burrata salad which was so good. At our table we had the duck, short ribs, scallops, and Berkshire pork---they were all fantastic. The only downer was the service. We started out well but as evening progressed our waiter seemed to be occupied elsewhere. Table next to us, sat down after us and got their appetizers and main courses before us. Trying to order coffee and desserts also took time-consuming in fact almost done with coffee before desserts came. We hope that this is just a glitch last night as we like eating at the Boarding House.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

Great food and staff!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Had a great time, but we were there for our anniversary (which I’d shared on open table) and the server didn’t acknowledge it at all.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was creative without being overly crazy. Beet and squash salad fantastic.

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Good food. Menu and wine list were not what was on the web site

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Been here a few times before and food and service were excellent. This time, food was great but service very slow. Our waiter was not very attentive and took a long time to take our drink and then our food order. There was nearly a 40 min gap between when our appetizers came out and then our entrees.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

We are at The Boarding House for Thanksgiving. We had 8 people in our party and could not have had a better experience! The food was outstanding and the atmosphere is elegant with a welcoming feel of a personal home. It's fun to have a cocktail on the first level before heading up to the dining room on the third floor. The menu offered traditional fare as well as steak and other favorites.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Had a most enjoyable Thanksgiving Prefix Dinner. The food and service exceeded our expectations. The ambience was warm, the tsbles were not crowded together snd the noise level was perfect. Will return for regular dining.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2017

We’ve been Thanksgiving patrons for 4 of 5 past years, however this year did not meet expectations. The furnishings are worn. Cocktail menu lacked its former inventiveness. Wine pairing no longer offered as option to Thanksgiving dinner, though wines were paired for us per our request, the wines were not as well suited this year as prior years.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Warm holiday vibe for Thanksgiving dinner! Amazing food and service. We'll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

I am from Chicago and miss it terribly. Love to be at a great Restaurant with marvelous tasty food, excellent wines and ambience. The service was excellent! Even though it was the night before Thanksgivinig and very quiet, our server made us feel important.

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1.0Dined on November 20, 2017

The wait staff was extremely rude to us and took over 20 minutes to get our check, I would not go back.

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4.0Dined on November 20, 2017

Took a friend from out of town here to get dinner and it was great. Monday the have an additional three course menu for $39.

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2.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Bad food; boring menu and not executed well

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

The Boarding House never disappoints. It's a wonderful room to sit in with a giant chandelier of hundreds of empty wine bottles, two story ceiling and large windows. The food is excellent from start to finish and the wine list is most interesting. This is a restaurant we have been to many times and we always enjoy returning.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

The Boarding House is one of our favorites, and it delivered once again.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

We were going to see Hamilton so we wanted something special. The wine list is extensive. The food is creative and very good (except the salmon - not bad but just average). Staff was excellent - very helpful.

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2017

Always a great place - the meal never disappoints. The house Sazerac was spot on, and our entrees were fantastic.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2017

I had never been to the Boarding House but went on a friends recommendation. Very pleased with the restaurant. The staff was very accommodating and made wonderful recommendations. The food was excellent with a large wine selection.

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2017

Great food and the waiter was extra helpful as it was 2 of our first times at the restaurant.

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2.0Dined on October 14, 2017

The host and the waiter were non-chalant. The waiter acted like the questions were a bother to him. The place is overrated. I will not be coming back.

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3.0Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Ambience is great, service is good, but main entrees (Rotisserie chicken in my local grocery store is better and for the fraction of the price!) were so-so, not what you would expect from this kind of restaurant.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on October 4, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2017

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!

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2.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Average food. Pricey.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

Food and service were amazing! Soup, beer salad, pork chop porterhouse and duck were great. A mustached man spoke about wine with us without being overbearing. Super friendly in fact. Definitely will return!

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

This is the second time that i have gone to the Boarding House. (So good the first time I went back two days later). The service was great (thank you Collin), very relaxed and attentive. The food was very good and i strongly recommend The Boarding House.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2017

Great cocktails, nice atmosphere, comfortable surroundings, and unique menu with fresh ingredients. Make sure to save room for dessert.

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Great meal, plenty of vegetarian options. Love the atmosphere, too.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2017

Was greeted with an unbeli

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2017

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.

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