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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
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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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