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Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn

4.7
80 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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 80 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.8
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CarolineM (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

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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AnnetteK (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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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mhvmk (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

wonderful valentine alternate night out, I love the students professionalism

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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vipgreatforlunch (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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FritzVisitors (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2017

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

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Jimmyb (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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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Shessmarter (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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Ladylu7 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

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

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AnnetteK (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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viprunner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 21, 2017

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

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CarolG (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

Excellent food. Great service. Love it at the waterleaf

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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DoniG (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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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vipgreatforlunch (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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MelodyB (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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wwjdredhead (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 27, 2017

Anniversary

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CallieAnn (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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NapervilleDiner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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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MelodyB (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 7, 2017

Always a tasty and well presented meal at Waterleaf, though sometimes portions are a bit small. Interesting to talk to the students who are serving, since they are in COD's culinary program. They are a bit novice to table service, but they are always professional.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 7, 2017

I would have rated Waterleaf outstanding except that the kitchen was very slow on this one day. I can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 5, 2017

Waterleaf never fails to deliver an outstanding meal. I recently experienced the Lebanese dinner from the international series. The meal was an incredible melding of flavors and spices accompanied by excellent wine pairings. I knew I was in for a treat as soon as I entered the building and encountered the aroma of spices wafting down the corridor. The students did an excellent job on service and in the kitchen. This beautiful restaurant is a hidden gem not to be missed.

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