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About Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn
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.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Contemporary American, Global, International
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
Park or Lambert
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I have been enjoying the various lunch and dinners at the College of DuPage for several years. The food is prepared by students of the Culinary Institute and is served by students.
The food is consistently delicious and reasonably priced, the setting is warm and friendly, and interacting with the students is fun. You'll be served by first semester students who are sometimes timid and feeling their way through the service and by more advanced students who are confident and accomplished. It's all fun.
A lovely setting with polite and courteous service, a nice view but extremely slow delivery of the food that garnered an apology but no explanation. The presentation of the food was nice and the taste good but not outstanding. It was a long drive to the restaurant, with high expectations that were met with average results for a higher price than it earned.
Service started out poorly, waitress was too busy assisting others to come to take order, waitress checking water took over and was fantastic, food portions are are European in size, prices are about right. Some of the waitresses needed to have their hair up or back. Host kept making excuses which for students is normal but in a professional restaurant is unacceptable. Menu says to ask for wine list which doesn't exist other than a small piece of paper waitress reads to you. Come on for a student restaurant there is room for improvement.
I went to a student run dining experience at the beautiful Waterleaf Restaurant. The food was wonderful today. From the Clam Chowder, through the spinach salad, and the cod entree, nothing disappointed. There was even soft bread for a change. The students, for the most part, try very hard to fulfill their roles. It's endearing to watch. My heart went out to the waitress that didn't know wine was being served today-white & red doesn't cut it for everybody. It wasn't me that asked. Im not that particular & yes I had wine. I was happy with what I received, although she should have poured some of the wine into my glass just for the sake of presentation. I'm sure I knew very little about wine at her age. Again let me say I would go again because the food was outstanding. And the location can't be beat.
I recently went for the Contemporary Cuisine night - five courses and wine pairings for a fixed price of $60. My colleague and I both agreed it was one of the best meals we'd had in a long time. Fantastic food. Timely and attentive service! We will be back for more of these dinners!
Once again the students did a very nice job preparing and serving the meals. The explanations were great! We love that the wine classes are teaming up, however the wine group seemed to be "off". The "sample" or sip of the wine was just not enough to get a good taste with the food. The wine team didn't explain or talk about the wines at all. They seemed rushed.
The Waterleaf is a true "neighborhood gem" right here in Wheaton/Glen Ellyn and I am so pleaesd to see the COD culinary students so involved with it now. Friendly and courteous service, good food so nicely presented and all reasonably priced. No doubt it...my friends and I will be returning and soon.
Now that COD students are serving up as part of the final test course, we decided to test out the food. Not only are the meals a four course gourmet feast that varies on a theme, great wine is included with each course. Overall the food is very good for an incredibly low price of $45, including tax.
We had been frequently the Wheat Cafe but now have been seated in the Waterleaf. Great room, but we felt the service was quite slow so not sure if the wait person was over taxed or the kitchen was responsible. Also we felt the bread was a bit on the stale side. We had been to the lunch the other week and that was superb. All in all we do love dining here. We have a reservation for lunch in a few weeks so will see how that goes as to our decision whether we will frequent the Waterleaf again. This review was for dinner. Thank you.
This is not our group's first experience with the program. We expect mistakes and slow service. It is after all a learning experience for the students. We've had better experiences.
Server was nervous at first especially since he goofed up the wine we had ordered.
But the food is excellent and served so creatively that we enjoy it every time.
Waterleaf reopened recently as an opportunity for Students of COD' culinary program to gain "on the job training and experience". It is a good dinging experience for reasonable prices.
However, the offerings and restaurant hours are limited. It would be great if eventually one could eat there on a more flexible timetable, including weekends. Perhaps eventually a new partnership could be formed similar to the one that existed until a few months ago that provided fine dining in the western suburbs.
We were informed about this restaurant by a student in the culinary program. I also like to support programs that are teaching a trade to their students. I was very surprised at the professional atmosphere. The waiter was very friendly and meet our every need. The food was very delicious and the presentation was very high end. We had an enjoyable afternoon and will be coming back for the next month menu. Thank you to the entire staff at the Waterleaf.
Kudos to the students and their instructors - the food and service were excellent! I went for lunch and had melt in your mouth beef short ribs (de-boned), excellent mashed potatoes and vegetables that were delectably crunchy and tasty. The desert was outstanding as was the special blend coffee.
A colleague and I had the opportunity to enjoy a delightful dining experience at the Waterleaf. It was quite interesting to see a dedicated group of students handle every aspect of our meal, from prepating it to serving it and everything in between, without missing a beat. Kudos to these young people. They already handle themselves like professionals. I will definitely fine here again.
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