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Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn

4.7
4.7
182 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Welcome to our classroom! Waterleaf, located in College of DuPage’s Culinary & Hospitality Center, is a dining experience that offers real-life training to Culinary, Baking & Pastry Arts, and Hospitality students. Patrons will enjoy menus utilizing fresh regional and seasonal ingredients prepared by Culinary & Pastry students as well as attentive service from our student servers.
Limited seating is available at each event and reservations are required. Reservations may be made until an event is sold out. For parties of 6 or more, please call us directly at 630-942-2284.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed, Thu 11:15 am–11:45 am Dinner Tue, Wed 7:00 pm–7:15 pm Thu 6:00 pm–6:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (630) 942-2284

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Glen Ellyn

  • Cross street

    Park or Lambert

  • Parking details

    Gated parking is available directly in front of the Culinary & Hospitality Center, located on the north east corner of the College of DuPage campus.

  • Additional

    Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 182 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

    Best Value

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Contemporary American

  • West Suburbs

    Best Overall

  • West Suburbs

    Best Food

  • West Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

  • West Suburbs

    Best Value

  • West Suburbs

    Contemporary American

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  1. H

    H112345678

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Under utilized venue. Need to go back to the old Waterleaf, without alleged corruption, on weekends
  2. T

    Tipper

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The students did an excellent job in preparing and serving a delicious Argentina dinner with very nice wine pairing . The explanations of the food and wine were very informative, especially the descriptions of the wine and why they were. paired with each course. Good experience.
  3. PC

    PhilC

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The salmon was done to perfection. The salad with the encrusted goat cheese was excellent as was the desert. Wait staff were attentive and knowledgeable. Kudo's to Mr. Mulyk for managing such a fine operation. His is a credit to the College of DuPage.
  4. p

    pmvforfood

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and timed perfectly! Our server Matthew did a great job!
  5. JW

    JW12

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal. Service was outstanding. Fine dinning at very affordable price.
  6. T

    Thomas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Menu was well planned and food excellent quality.
  7. JW

    JW12

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Student run dining that provides an exceptional experience!
  8. h

    honeygirl

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not only is the food superb, but our server, Alvaro, was magnificent. This is a real gem and a great place to dine.
  9. PC

    PhilC

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was very knowledgeable and explained the menu items in detail. This was much appreciated as some of the items were new to my partner and myself. The roasted pork was juicy, tasty and done to perfection. The desert (as usual) was outstanding.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very well prepared food from the beginning appetizer to the entree. The setting was quiet, providing an opportunity for uninterrupted conversation. Our server, Sophie was excellent, professional and knowledgeable.
  11. DR

    DianaR

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An Amazing experience overall. Everything was perfect.
  12. TW

    TobyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good investment of time and meal choice. I love the teaching atmosphere.
  13. h

    honeygirl

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful lunch! Great food in a beautiful place with excellent service!
  14. c

    cowmam

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been going to Waterleaf for years. So happy back after COVID. We have had only wonderful experiences. The food is outstanding - delicious and presented. Wait staff always friendly and professional. Excellent dining experience.
  15. MR

    MikeR

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well prepared food. The presentation was artistic and pleasant to the eye. The Service was attentive and not intrusive.
  16. C

    Chrissie

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great culinary school. Can't wait for the Fall semester!
  17. T

    Tipper

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and the right sized portions. The servers did an excellent job and were very cordial.
  18. L

    Landsharkron

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great meal prepared by the students at college of dupage! Looking forward to the next one next month
  19. LH

    LisaH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Get on their mailing list!
  20. AK

    AnnetteK

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful four course lunch. Good food. Where else can you get a meal like this for $17.
  21. PC

    PhilC

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The chicken entree was delicious - jucy, tender and a slight crunch to the crust. The cornbread came in its own cast iron pan. The bread was moist and very tasty. The dessert as usual was wonderful. Our server was very attentive and efficient. Great experience.
  22. H

    H112345678

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was fantastic and innovative. They are learning on service. Under utilized venue
  23. a

    arnabm

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food taste was okay. a bit pricey though. Also quantity could be more. I will rather go for their $17 dinner options than this $60 one. I really enjoyed $17 per person dinner in every respect.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely location with attentive staff. Interesting and well prepared meals.
  25. MV

    MadelynV

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I decided to make reservations here, because my daughter is interested in the culinary program at COD. Where else are you going to eat a 4 course meal for $17 (only on Tuesdays).?! We had the most amazing bayou inspired dinner. It's great to see the students interact with the customers. I highly recommend The Waterleaf. I cannot wait to go back.
  26. G

    George

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience and generous tipping benefits the college program. What a great way for young adults to learn the business!
  27. C

    Chrissie

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The culinary school dinners are always a delight. How lucky we are to be able to experience them, we just wish there were more!
  28. GS

    GayleS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great service. Very limited seating at this time - just 7 tables.
  29. JS

    JSandFriends

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are really glad that the dining room has reopened.
  30. M

    Mimi

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I cannot wait until this restaurant will reopen to the public.
  31. a

    arnabm

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and price both are fantastic. Hidden gem. highly recommended.
  32. FV

    FranV

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was delicious! Servers were conscientious and the experience was very good.
  33. LS

    LindaS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very impressed overall. Soup and salad courses were served quickly and our entrees were delicious. The specialty cookies for dessert were the star of the meal. Well done students!
  34. BK

    BethK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience overall! Charlie was our server/ top notch ! Crab cakes were awesome!
  35. S

    Sharon

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Food was above and beyond expectations. We felt privileged to be able to enjoy this incredible tasting menu.
  36. MG

    MarkG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, beautiful surroundings!! Mark G.
  37. PC

    PhilC

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The crab cakes were delicious and contained chunks of crab which is usually not the case in other restaurants. Wait staff was very attentive. Overall a very nice dining experience.
  38. PJ

    PatrickJ

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is a wonderful eating experience. The food is good and the service is wonderful. Go here recognizing that these are students who are working hard to learn the culinary trade. Sometimes the food or service may be uneven. Take the time to ask your server about his/her courses, experience, plans, ... Based upon our experience at Waterleaf the food scene in Chicago has a bright future.
  39. B

    Bookaday

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This dining experience was our first "out" post-pandemic and it was stellar. The food was terrific, our server was charming and competent, and we felt very safe as we enjoyed our evening, which was celebratory. An added (and unexpected) benefit was that due to the limited seating, and the nature of the venue, we had a blissfully quiet meal. We were able to talk in normal conversational tones, and didn't end the evening with ringing ears because of the noise levels we have, sadly, come to expect when eating out.
  40. PC

    PhilC

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    The food was OK but the service needs significant improvement. (The wait staff seemed to be disorganized.)

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn is rated 4.7 stars by 182 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Park or Lambert

  • Neighborhood

    Glen Ellyn

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed, Thu 11:15 am–11:45 am Dinner Tue, Wed 7:00 pm–7:15 pm Thu 6:00 pm–6:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Gated parking is available directly in front of the Culinary & Hospitality Center, located on the north east corner of the College of DuPage campus.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (630) 942-2284

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