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.
Food was over-priced
Food was the best in Chicago! Server was great. The dining room space on the third floor is amazing. We will be back.
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
What a great “experience” everything from the food and the ambience was just spot on. A must try
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!
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.
Beautiful restaurant with great ambiance. Our food was over cooked though, which was disappointing considering its reputation. Service was great!
Outstanding food, service and experience. I highly recommend.
Food was excellent. Wine recommendations even better.
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.
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.
We celebrated our first anniversary at Boarding House; service was top-notch, food was amazing, and of course the company couldn’t be beat!
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
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.
Went for early dinner before symphony. Great meal, excellent wine. I had the scallops and my wife had salmon. Sorbet and coffee, very nice.
Wonderful experience! Wonderful décor. Service is impeccable from arrival till we left.
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!
Awesome! Service was amazing, food delicious. Only thing I would change was the very LOUD woman next to us!
Outstanding service, friendly staff , incredible food
Wonderful experience in a beautiful space. The service is warm and welcoming!
It should have been specified that there would be a very limited valentines menu. It wasn’t stated anywhere
Incredible experience. Thoughtful and attentive staff. Very special night for Valentine’s Day.
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.
The food, service and atmosphere was great. We enjoyed the evening
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.
Server was awesome, attentive and sociable. Happy hour was good too.
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.
I visited Boarding House with a group of friends during restaurant week. Staff were friendly and attentive, the food was great and the decor was amazing. We loved the wine bottles and glasses that were hanging from the ceiling.
Excellent choice for an excellent meal in a city full of good choices.
Beautiful and Unique Atmosphere! Food was fabulous!
Excellent service. Delicious and beautifully presented food. Very charming atmosphere.
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.
The decor is amazing & very comfortable! Loved everything. Food was wonderful & wine exceptional!
Great ambiance, very good food although limited options, a bit pricey but also in all a strong experience. Waitress was excellent.
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.
Came here for the first time for Chicago Restaurant week and loved it!! Get the Baby Octopus and Torchio Pasta!
Beautiful restaurant, beautiful food, but unfortunately the food was lacking flavor.
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!