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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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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.8

value

4.8

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
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Great for Lunch (12)
Scenic View (12)
Special Occasion (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Waterfront (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Healthy (5)
Romantic (5)
Authentic (4)
Business Meals (3)
Casual (3)
Fun (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 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.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy
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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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vip
 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·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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·Dined on October 12, 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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

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

Tags: Disabled Access, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Excellent food. Great service. Love it at the waterleaf

Tags: Comfort Food, Waterfront, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 7, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·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

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 25, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Disabled Access, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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vip
 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Excellent food and service! Elegant and very clean. Good value .

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Again, another wonderful experience at Waterleaf. Our server was so comfortable in what she was doing and answered our questions about the food and her course work, as this is a class in the culinary school. The pork tenderloin sandwich was delicious, as was the cauliflower soup and arugula/pear salad. My friends got the salmon entrée and found they should have asked that the salmon be cooked thru. After a trip to the kitchen, the salmon came out perfect. I was very impressed with the 'chocolate purse' we had for dessert. This is a pearl in the Chicago suburbs.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 16, 2017

I go here quite often and for some reason today was not the best. I had salmon which was undercooked and the mashed potatoes were cold. The dessert was not very good either. I guess the students were having a bad day. Hopefully next time will be better. In the past the food was always delicious so I will go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 8, 2017

We enjoyed a very tasty, reasonably priced lunch. The wait staff was very attentive. All in all, a very enjoyable lunch experience which we would recommend to all.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 1, 2017

I did not receive my points tonight due to problems incurred in check-in. No one was at the desk and the instructor was seating people .

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Delightful atmosphere, delicious food, ...always an enjoyable experience

Tags: Healthy, Waterfront, Casual, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Clean and classic ambiance. Interesting, well prepared and beautifully presented soup, salad, and entree options followed by spectacular desserts. But, the best part is engaging the students, who are responsible for everything. It is fun to chat with the students to learn about them, their aspirations, and the culinary/hospitality programs at the college. We came for two lunches last semester, and will come to try at least three of the four regional menus offered this semester. Water leaf is a wonderful experience and a fantastic value. Kudos to C.O.D. for allowing it to survive and thrive after all of the previous controversy associated the college, including the Waterleaf operation. It is also obvious that the student advisor takes great pride in the program and the development and success of his students. Make your reservations early! They fill up fast and you don't want to miss this dining experience.

Tags: Waterfront, Disabled Access, Outstanding Value, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 22, 2017

The Waterleaf is a treat. The student chefs make delicious meals. And we get to try them at a very reasonable price. I like their seasonal theme. I introduced friends to this experience and they can't wait to go back. Looking forward to my next visit in March.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 22, 2017

This is a great value & good deal if u like helping students. For a small portion of what you would be paying at other restaurants you can get a delicious meal served by enthusiastic culinary students.

The meal I had today started with a chicken sage dumpling soup. I wasn't sure what to expect. The aroma was wonderful & would eat it again.
The wedge salad was generous & perfect dressing.
The short ribs and mashed potatoes were perfect. I'm not into parsnips & squashes & red peppers. But I tried a piece of each; if u like those vegetables u would be even happier with this dish. I will say it was very colorful when brought to the table.

Looking forward to next month & a different menu.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Loved the whole experience. Great waitress and the food was very good. We were served so much food that you don't go away hungry. We are planning on coming back soon. The soup was excellent and so was the shrimp.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea, Live Sports, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Great experience for two or a group of friends!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 15, 2017

The braised short ribs were outstanding - moist, tender and perfectly seasoned. The vegetables were tasty and had just the right amount of crunch. The chocolate mousse cake was moist and delicious. Overall presentation of the food - from the salad to the dessert - was definitely "high end". Looking forward to another lunch or dinner at this beautiful restaurant. Kudos to the chefs, staff and instructors for putting together such a pleasant and delicious dining experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2017

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

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