HelpiOS AppAndroid AppWindows Phone AppWindows 8 App

Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Thu, 2/22
Time
10:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 31 times today

The Boarding House

4.5
1563 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion (30)
  • Good for a Date (26)
  • Romantic (23)
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!
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Crossover
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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




icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(312) 280-0720
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Business Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Tanya Baker
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
Please contact us at Events@bhchicago.com
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Superior
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
The Boarding House offers valet parking on Wells Street.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
Conveniently located one block east of the Franklin Brown Line stop.
icon/ic_gift_cardCreated with Sketch.
Gift Card
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.

View Private Dining Details
What 1563 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
travelgirl (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Anniversary

Report
Helpful
vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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!

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

Report
Helpful
vipDrana (Indiana)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding service, friendly staff , incredible food

Report
Helpful
vippatiogram (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
vipGetsbetterandbetter (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
NatashaP (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
vipJela (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Our waiter, Jason was wonderful. The food is usually delicious but each of the guests had something not right about the food. In fairness they didn’t send back or address, most likely so they didn’t offend me since I was hosting. But the steak was undercooked and the squid over cooked. I asked if we could have a drink first and was told that we’d have to have it upstairs at dinner because it was too close to our reservation time which I understood. I was surprised however when we arrived upstairs that it was fairly slow. Perhaps restaurant week concerned them. But it is beautiful and the environment couldn’t be prettier.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Excellent choice for an excellent meal in a city full of good choices.

Report
Helpful
CarCoverLady (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Beautiful and Unique Atmosphere! Food was fabulous!

Report
Helpful
vipMpRo (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent service. Delicious and beautifully presented food. Very charming atmosphere.

Report
Helpful
Downtownies (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

My husband and I went to the Boarding House to celebrate our birthdays on 2/3/2018. The food and our waiter was wonderful. The only odd issue was when we walked in, we were greeted by a very friendly host who pointed to an elevator at the back of the room and instructed us to go up. Up where and to what floor???? - there was no escort so we hit the button for #2 and saw the kitchen so continued to the 3rd floor to enjoy a very nice meal.

Report
Helpful
TEDD (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The decor is amazing & very comfortable! Loved everything. Food was wonderful & wine exceptional!

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Great ambiance, very good food although limited options, a bit pricey but also in all a strong experience. Waitress was excellent.

Report
Helpful
vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

As always, we had a fantastic experience. The food was amazing, and Patrick did an incredible job with the wine pairings. We went for Restaurant Week, and Patrick and Matthew (the wonderful Manager) took great care of us. Look forward to our next visit.

Report
Helpful
vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Came here for the first time for Chicago Restaurant week and loved it!! Get the Baby Octopus and Torchio Pasta!

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Beautiful restaurant, beautiful food, but unfortunately the food was lacking flavor.

Report
Helpful
Shaunae (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We visited The Boarding House to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. I made a reservation and everything worked out great. We were seated right away, our waiter was very nice and knowledgeable, and we were impressed by everyone involved. Our water glasses were never empty and we were always taken care of even though the restaurant was packed on a Saturday night. We had a lovely table overlooking the entire restaurant. Our food was delicious, I enjoyed the octopus starter and the salmon for my main course. Great flavor! We would definitely return!

Report
Helpful
vipNerpachka (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We had an amazing anniversary dinner! Our server Collin was amazing...so attentive and knowledgeable. Collin brought us 2 complimentary glasses of champagne to commemorate our 4 year anniversary...such a thoughtful touch. Overall the food and drinks were great! we had a lovely evening!

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Really enjoyed Restaurant Week selections of both food and wine. Our server was spot on with recommendations. Will certainly be coming back.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

My parents were in town visiting and everything could not have been better. We sat on the beautiful 3rd floor towards the bar and our server was extraordinary.

My dad is gluten intolerant and it is so hard for us to find a great spot with options for him so he doesn't feel like he is getting the short end of the stick and have to watch us all eat amazing things that he can't have. It was so nice for him to be able to participate in restaurant week without having to make alterations to the dishes and actually feel like he was being catered to. A real treat and he is still talking about it! The decor was also really pretty and inviting. We will be back!

Report
Helpful
LunaticMom (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Went to The Boarding House for Restaurant Week. Food, wine and service were excellent! The table next to us was very close, but otherwise the ambience was lovely. Would definitely recommend.

Report
Helpful
Carabug17 (Houston)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I went here on a date at the start of restaurant week. The restaurant itself is beautiful with it’s wine bottle chandelier. The set menu had many options to choose from with additional wine pairing option which was nice. Everything was really good, but it is on the pricier side. I have had better meals in Chicago for nearly $100 a person, but I am glad I tried The Boarding House.

Report
Helpful
LG84 (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was horrific as were the “cocktails” food was very good.

Report
Helpful
Susan (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

We went for restaurant week. We started with a drink in the bar, and we would definitely go back for their happy hour. The staff are all so pleasant. The potato leek soup was divine as was the cheesecake with sour cherries. The cheesecake had very good traditional flavor. The sour cherries were a delicious compliment. We also had the wine pairing. Our server Patrick shared the history of each wine and what flavors too expect. His presentation definitely added to the value of the wine pairing. Our main courses were layered with flavor. We shared our main courses of Salmon and chicken. Both of us were happy with our choices. All the aspects of the dishes worked well together. We really enjoyed our evening.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
53