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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!

720 N Wells
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Crossover

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




Cross Street:
Superior

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 280-0720

Website:
http://www.boardinghousechicago.com/

Catering:
Please contact us at Events@bhchicago.com

Parking Details:
The Boarding House offers valet parking on Wells Street.

Public Transit:
Conveniently located one block east of the Franklin Brown Line stop.

Executive Chef:
Tanya Baker

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Happy Valentine's Day! Celebrate with a 3 course Prix Fixe menu at The Boarding House! (Regular menu NOT available this night)

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Private Dining

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

The Boarding House Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Cozy (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Business Meals (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Happy Hour (5)
People Watching (5)
Authentic (4)
Casual (4)
Fun (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Seasonal (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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Live Sports (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Presentation of food was excellent however tastes were a bit bland.

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful, creative environment and great food. We had a great time. Great Chicago location.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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·Dined 7 days ago

My boyfriend went the TBH for his birthday and the service was incredible. They were attentive, thoughtful, and generous. We decided it will have to be a tradition.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I enjoyed everything about The Boarding House from dinner to drinks to dessert. This is an amazing place for a casual dinner, girls night out, date night, or business dinner with colleagues. You MUST try it.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wonderful service and the salmon was delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Unfortunately my experience at the Boarding House was underwhelming. I made reservations through Open Table weeks before our anniversary trip to Chicago. There was no mention anywhere of the mandatory pre-fixe menu that was the only option. We found out after we were seated and were told that there was supposed to be an email about it beforehand. I never received any email, neither from the restaurant nor from Open Table. Due to the late hour at which we found this out, we had no choice but to go with it. We were not given any other options even after informing the restaurant about the lack of communication. Then, when we ordered the steaks medium rare they arrived overly well done. We received new ones which were in turn cooked rare. Overall, disappointing.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fantastic venue and wonderful food and service. Great location if you have out of town visitors

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had slow service. We had a server who didn’t care about our experience.... rushed thru ordering, didn’t describe any dishes, made excuses when our food took 45 min to come out, didn’t ask if we wanted a beverage w dessert or salad w dinner, and didn’t put candles on dessert to celebrate a 50th birthday. The tabletop itself was in terrible condition, scratches and missing the wood finish. I’d never go back.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic food and service. We met up with a group doing a rehearsal dinner there and we had our own meal. Great service with great recommendations. Had the duck and it was fantastic!

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

First bottle of red was corked but the second one (a different brand) was lovely. Both fish we ordered needed a tad more seasoning. Good ambiance and good for a small group of couples.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great overall experience! I had the roasted crystal valley chicken which was fantastic (5/5) and my wife had the squash and beat salad as her entree which she liked. Ambiance at this place is fantastic as well: beautiful, quiet, and very unique. It is a great spot for a date or special occasion. Service was good. It wasn’t super busy as it was a Wednesday and wait times for food and drinks wasn’t bad (4/5). This was our 2nd time at this restaurant and we will definitely be back. We mentioned that we were celebrating a birthday when we booked and they gave us a free dessert (cheesecake- VERY GOOD) which was very generous, Thank you!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 27, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 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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 (Portland)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great food and staff!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 3, 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.

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 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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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 21, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Bad food; boring menu and not executed well

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

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 (Indiana)·Dined 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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 19, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 14, 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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 14, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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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