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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.



425 Fawell Blvd
CHC Building
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Park or Lambert

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(630) 942-2284

Website:
http://waterleafrestaurant.com/

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

Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.8

value

4.8

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (12)
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Good for Groups (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
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Worth the Drive (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Seasonal (3)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Authentic (1)
Casual (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Good for a Date (1)
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Romantic (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentine's day meal went great! The service was excellent! Fancy!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Student run at COD however I must say the food was divine! I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Fun, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2017

A wonderful student run restaurant. All four courses were delicious.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2017

This is a great program and a great value. 5 courses for $25 can't be beat! The dessert was amazing! I've already made two more reservations here!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Outstanding Value
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Presentation is professional quality, making this a good value. Portions are a bit small, but with several courses, by the time the meal is over, you don't leave hungry.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2016

Plus convenient and free parking. In addition providing a real live experience in a restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2016

One of the best kept secrets in the Western Burbs. 5 Star Dining experience at the sit down casual dining price. Servers are sometimes learning so you must be patient, but it is well worth it when the food comes, Delish!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2016

Just lovely! We enjoyed the evening. The service was impecable, the food creative and the decor beautifil.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2016

The students did and do a terrific job! Thanks to them...and their profs.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2016

Wonderful evening prepared and served by COD students! Very good!

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2016

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2016

Delightful setting, elegant dining atmosphere, good sized portions, noise level very subdued, great to know,it is entirely prepared by students.

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Outstanding Value, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 6, 2016

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2016

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2016

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2016

Excellent dining experience every time we go there!

Tags: Comfort Food, Outstanding Value, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Seasonal
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2016

We had one member who was on a fairly restrictive diet. We contacted the chef ahead of time and they were able to accommodate that one individual extremely well with every course. Fabulous service.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2016

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Great service. Great food for a good price. It was an enjoyable experience for a good cause.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 19, 2016

Presentation and taste were very good, but quantity of food was a bit less than expected. Salad, soup and entrée were very tiny portions.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 12, 2016

The student run lunches and dinners have been outstanding. We can not wait for the Fall 2016 season to start so we can register for dinners. Keep them coming.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 21, 2016

Great server- his name was Rob, and the food was very good. Beautiful room and very scenic outdoor views from the windows.....
Good job, will be coming back next month (-_-).....

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 4, 2016

Very nice atmosphere, great food, and great service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 28, 2016

Excellent dining experience. The food,the service,and the overall experience was wonderful. It's a great place to go and I'm glad my tax dollars are being well spent on a school producing outstanding future chefs.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 21, 2016

Soft music , great food, friendly , enthused students create a multi course dinner with wines. Fine dining at a great price. We had a very good experience and will return

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 20, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 29, 2016

Only reason this didn't get 5 stars for food is that I had the salmon at the previous menu and it was even better. Thoroughly enjoyed the dinner, will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 18, 2016

Good food, nice portions, professional presentation, pleasant service all with a view

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 16, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 16, 2016

Great food! Service needs a little tweaking with attentiveness and style. Wish the restaurant were not so limited in hours. No weekends and only a few evenings.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 15, 2016

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 8, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 24, 2016

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 19, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 19, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 17, 2016

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2016

Our waiter was very uncomfortable and not well prepared. I know the students have to cover all aspects of the dining experience. I assume our waiter is looking for more of the chef aspect. Food was good.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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