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You must make reservations at least 5 minutes in advance of the time at Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn.

Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn

4.5
93 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
Waterleaf, located in the college's Culinary & Hospitality Center, is a dining experience that offers real-life training to Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, and Restaurant Management students. Patrons will experience students' culinary creativity, utilizing fresh regional and seasonal ingredients. Guests will also appreciate the students' attentive service. It is one of the western suburbs' hidden gems.



Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Limited seating is available at each event. Reservations are required and may be made until an event is sold out.

Regional American Lunches:
Thursdays & Fridays, 11:15, 11:30 & 11:45 seatings

International Cuisine Dinner Seatings:
Select Wednesdays: 7:00PM seating

Contemporary Cuisine Dinner Seatings :
Select Thursdays, 6:00, 6:15 and 6:30PM seatings
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Phone number
(630) 942-2284
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Park or Lambert
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Parking details
Park closest to the Culinary & Hospitality Center which is located on the North East corner of The College of DuPage campus. Approch the gate and it will open for you which will allow you to enter the reserved parking lot for the Waterleaf Restaurant Patrons.
Additional
Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
What 93 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Restaurant of the culinary program at College of Dupage.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great food and service from students learning the business!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Waterleaf is a wonderful dining experience acknowledging the students learning opportunities. what is most confusing to me are the HOURS of the restaurant and the lack of dining availability. If this is a restaurant, it should be available/open more hours. If this is a student experience, it should NOT be listed as a restaurant on OPENTABLE, but listed on the COLLEGE website as a college venue for learning.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

the student waiter was forgetful and unsure of himself.

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3.0Dined on March 14, 2018

We found the food, especially our entrees, very mediocre at best. My trout, rice and vegetables, had no seasoning at all, no flavor. Extremely disappointing. My husband's meat was tough and overcooked. Another disappointment.
The soup, salad and dessert were good but the entrees, what we really were looking forward to, were not worth the trip.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Our experience was excellent. The restaurant is very pretty, with a light atmosphere. The service was excellent, food was good, and not very expensive. We will come back again!

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

It was our first visit. Food was delicious and beautifully served. Amiable service, good wine and reasonably priced. Enjoyed our evening and we plan to!be back real soon.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

It is a special joy to help prepare these students for the real world experience ahead of them. By interacting with them in this wonderful atmosphere, where fine food, carefully prepared and artistically presented is the goal, we together share a very special experience, however brief.

The Waterleaf is our "go-to" choice for our special remembrances.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

After a tour, we had lunch at the Waterleaf. This restaurant is a “lab” for students in the culinary and hospitality programs at College of DuPage. You are in a “classroom” albeit a lovely and delectable classroom. The students do a great job. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

We visited during lunch hour. I believe they are only open two or three days a week for lunch. A reservation is perhaps required.

This is part of the culinary school at COD and the staff is largely students.

The food was served well and was really great.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

My friend and I enjoyed our lunch, as usual. We both had the salmon and it was perfectly cooked. The soup, salad, and dessert were awesome too.

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

the restaurant is only open on Tuesday nights and for lunch. I can't recommend it because it is almost impossible to get reservations.

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3.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Bread good, salad good. Food & wine pedestrian.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

The culinary students at College of DuPage really do a great job. The food is delicious and the service is great. You have several choices for soup, salad, main dish and desert. You can also have wine with dinner. Great place for lunch or dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

wonderful valentine alternate night out, I love the students professionalism

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Upscale restaurant with affordable prices. This is my fourth time eating at Waterleaf and have enjoyed all of my visits there. Hope to get my Red Hats group there soon for a nice outing.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

The new semester has started and the food, service and ambiance continues in the same excellent manner we have come accustomed to.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Everything was just excellent it made my friend’s 70th birthday celebration very special. I’m bringing another friend in to celebrate her 70th in April.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2017

Absolutely excellent food and wonderful hospitality. We enjoy being able to dine in beautiful atmosphere and if you wish interact with the culinary students. This restaurant is a true gem.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2017

The dessert was dry but otherwise, it was a great meal.

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4.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Food is very good. Excellent value for money. First rate ambiance including exterior views from dining room

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

I love that you can have a conversation in this lovely restaurant and be heard! Also, the food was fantastic, especially the amuse-bouche and the pumpkin soup!

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

We have dined here for years. The students try so hard. It is always a fun evening.

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4.0Dined on October 19, 2017

Our server was excellent, but the kitchen was very slow, and the entree I ordered was all gone. Neverless, the food was delicious, so I'd definitely recommend Waterleaf to friends.

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2017

Just love going to Waterleaf. The students always do an amazing job both in the kitchen & serving!

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2017

What a wonderful restaurant! The food was marvelous and the wait staff both knowledgeable and friendly. We had a great time and will be back!

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2017

Delightful and tasty food served by a competent staff in a lovely setting.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food- great value. The culinary students of College of DuPage provide for an excellent meal. The choices were wonderful and the portion size just right. The food was delicious. I would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2017

Great place for Birthday parties, wonderful, comfortable surroundings, beautiful outdoor views.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Excellent food. Great service. Love it at the waterleaf

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2017

We always enjoy this restaurant. It's the College of DuPage culinary school's student operated restaurant.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2017

This is my second time dining at Waterleaf and I'm going again with the Woodridge Park District in November. I feel Waterleaf is an upscale restaurant at a very affordable price.

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4.0Dined on September 7, 2017

Student-Run dining is off to a great start.
For the first week the focus is on American Southern cooking. I would have loved a tub of the roasted corn & crawfish soup! YUM. The arugula salad was great; the lemon vinaigrette nicely complemented the arugula.
I was skeptical about the pickled okra w/ the flounder--SO good!!
And their coffee is great!
The service was pretty good for a student. And it was nice to see everyone helping each other out.

Certainly a plus to get this quality food for 1/3 it would cost in the city.
It's a beautiful restaurant.
So sad that it is only open little.

Thumbs up from me! Can't wait for the New England focus!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2017

This was the first of this Summer's gastronomical trip around the world with COD's International Cuisine class. This menu was "Persia" with five courses. Everything tasted delicious and was served by friendly student servers. We were able to make reservations for the rest of the scheduled lunches (except for the "Korean" on July 11). They are offered every Tuesday from June 13 to July 18. We are looking forward to experience the rest of the presentations.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Small portions but enough to eat and very nicely presented. Tasty food combinations and great service by the students in the culinary program. Always a good view.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2017

Everything was fabulous as usual and a special shout out to our waiter Miguel A. Who was the best!!
Dr. Pat Pimental

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2017

Anniversary

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2017

This is a great dining value and the restaurant is a training program for College of DuPage students.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2017

We always love being a part of the Student Run Dinners at COD. We try to interact with the servers and learn about what they want to do with their degrees. The food is always very good and beautifully presented.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2017

Thesis what it should be a student operated restaurant. The day we came there was a large party and the service was attentive, but the large party sucked all the oxygen out of the room. A lunch was a pleasant 90 minute experience.

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