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Wheat Cafe - College of Du Page

4.5
213 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

Wheat Cafe is situated right in the College of DuPage. Its casual dining space offers breakfast and lunch service. Wheat Cafe offers students and guests to the college contemporary American fare. Its breakfast menu features dishes like French toast sandwiches, pancakes and yogurt parfait. Its lunch service offers hearty soups, creative burgers, pizza and fresh salads.

The culinary students at Wheat Cafe prepare the food for guests. This restaurant features a 60-seat capacity and a market where guests can purchase baked goods, as well as other food to go. It also welcomes reservations, making it ideal for small groups to dine for business meetings and more.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Wednesday and Friday: 11:15am - 1:00pm
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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
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Dining room available for parties up to 60 people.
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Private party contact
Tim Meyers: (630) 942-3223
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Park
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Parking details
Park closest to Culinary & Hospitality Center or Arts Center.
Additional
Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access
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4.3
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4.2
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5.0Dined on November 20, 2015

We frequently go to the Wheat Cafe to celebrate birthdays. The food is superb, the service is excellent, and it is a good value. There are always fresh flowers on the table and white tablecloths, so it makes our luncheon feel special. I especially like the creative way the food is prepared and the desserts are always delicious.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2015

A great moderate price restaurant with excellent foods and service. Also, the gorgeous lighting at front of Mac Art building is a bonus for you to walk around after dinner. Book reservation now because they are opened at very limited day.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2015

The service was very good. Our server, Shannon was polite and helpful and came to our table several times to see if we needed anything. The Cheese Broccoli soup as delicious. The Chicken was tender and plenty but my friend had the stew and felt that there wasn't enough meat and the portion was small.
Dessert was very good and presented very nicely.
We'll be back again for lunch, soon.

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2015

I was looking forward to the Central Farmlands menu and it did not disappoint. Everything was delicious and so fresh. The portions were just the right serving size for a lunch so I was able to indulge in a dessert. The service was friendly and attentive. I can't wait to return for the Mid-Atlantic offering in December.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2015

The beef stew was superb. The pumpkin cheesecake had a great crust and really good flavor. Kristopher (KC) provided excellent service. Overall, great place, great food, and great service.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2015

Great food, well-prepared and beautifully arranged on plate. Usual ingredients but always with a surprise how they are married e.g. red sweet peppers in the beef stew. (I don't do that.) The stew was centered on a mashed potato ring . Wonderful presentation!
The appetizer was a Wild Mushroom Tart. Absolutely delicious. The chef graciously shared the recipe when I asked. After reading the Basic Pate Dough part, I'll let him do it! The dessert held 3 parts-too many for me. I was so full already but I had to eat it!

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2015

The food was outstanding but another highlight was our server. She was friendly, confident, and took excellent care of us.

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5.0Dined on October 2, 2015

I found this place to be very nice. It is small, so it's not load when you are there. The lunch is served and cooked by the COD students. You only have 2 choices for each course, but they both were very good. They seam to have different menus' about every 6 weeks, so I will be going to have another menu later this month. I'm looking forward to it. The price is great for the amount of food that you get.

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4.0Dined on September 10, 2015

My wife , daughter and I all thoroughly enjoyed our recent lunch o
n previous meals my wife and I have shared at COD venues.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2015

We have been to the Wheat Cafe several times, generally to celebrate a birthday, and found it first rate in every way. The food is delicious, the surroundings lovely, and the service excellent. I particularly like having fresh flowers on the table to make the experience feel more special.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2015

Our server Catherine was excellent! Would have been nice to see a menu beforehand. Only issue we had was using opentable--the program has its challenges!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2015

Wheat cafe is a favorite - the food is always good and imaginative - we especially like the vegetable sandwiches and roasted pepper potato salad. Value is good, and its a great way to support up and coming chefs. The dining room is very attractive with a pleasant view, and the pace of service is just right.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2015

Service, food and noise level were excellent. The portions were just the right size with so many courses, we were there for dinner. While dining I suddenly realized how pleasantly quiet it was though all patrons were conversing. Highly recommend! Students were true professionals!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2015

Our lunch was delicious! One enjoyed the beef stew; other enjoyed the chicken entrée. The beef barley soup and the arugula salad were very good. I enjoyed the wild rice and fruited sauce served with the chicken. Both of enjoyed the delicious tiramusi and biscotti. Service was excellent. The servers worked together very well, providing assistance to other servers when needed. Other servers cleared items from our table and refilled water glasses when our server was busy helping others. Our server was professional, attentive and personable. Just a note.....servers could be more courteous and serve the women at a table before serving the men.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2015

These students have a passion for what they do and it's infectious.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2015

To get a booking for the Wheat Cafe is a challenge in itself as this gem is popular. Our dining experience there was enjoyable before heading to the afternoon showing of the Global Films, which was a short walk away at the MAC. We were warmly greeted and shown to our table. We were seated at a proper table setting with lovely flowers brightening the cold Spring day. Our server was diligent in her attention and monitoring our progress. The Wisconsin cheddar broccoli soup was tasty and creamy. The arugula salad with roasted beets and cider vinaigrette was fresh and well presented. The sautéed chicken breast over wild rice and sautéed Kale, with a dried fruit demi-glace had interesting textures and tastes with each bite. The portion was more than ample and was enjoyed the next day at home. Dessert choices were Tiramisu with Chocolate Biscotti, or a Napoleon with a a poached pear. The tiramisu was good as was the biscotti.

There were little touches happening that normally one wouldn't mention. One could see that there was teamwork among the servers and their duties. The preparation happening behind the scene to the platings exciting the kitchen was consistent . Kudos to the educators with their high standards they instill in this program. There was a large group dining that day. To see servers, staff, and cooks come out at one time to serve the main course to this group at the same time said a lot of the care they had the diners' experience.

These young budding professionals and the wisdom and foresight of their teachers to provide an experience worthy of this profession is amazing. I must remind myself that these are students learning a time honored profession. As Julia Child would say, "Bon Appetit"!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2015

The Wheat cafe is a College of DuPage student run cafe. This is part of a class that the culinary students take. The food is excellent. The room is on noisy side. Great place for lunch.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2015

The Wheat Cafe delighted and surprised us with their delicious foods. This was a wonderful experience for dinner especially as we were meeting a new couple. The atmosphere was relaxing and the service was exceptional. We all agreed we would be coming back again to enjoy the menu and the cost was extremely reasonable.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2015

Go only if you have 2 hours for lunch and in small group. Nice view.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2015

We both enjoyed the green lentil soup, arugula salad, salmon and the brioche served in our bread basket. My husband enjoyed the berry mousse dessert and I enjoyed the chocolate mousse. Our server John did a great job. He was personable and attentive. Other servers assisted by filling our water glasses and coffee cups. The salmon was perfectly cooked. Enjoyed the potato/fennel mash and the roasted vegetables. Our lunch was delicious! We enjoyed every bite.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2015

This was our first time to Wheat café. We reserved the Pacific Northwest 3 course dinner. We were seated promptly, had our own personal student server, and in addition to the courses we selected, we received a beautiful phyllo-wrapped Brie with baked apple as a starter, and a choice of 2 desserts- chocolate crème brulee, or a ribbon sponge cake. Both were delicious! The food was excellent, and the student staff are very knowledgeable about the dishes. They were also very friendly, and were more than happy to share their culinary goals with us. It was, all in all, a wonderful experience, and a place that we will be returning to often. Thank you College of Dupage culinary students!!!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2015

What a wonderful meal as well as a great value. It's a pleasure to watch the students developing their skills. The teacher/manager is friendly and professional. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2015

Brought a group of ladies for lunch. Couldn't have been more pleased. Great meal for a very reasonable price. And since the menu changes every month, we booked the next two months out. Cant wait to try the next meal. These kids are very talented, and WE get to benefit from it!! :)

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2014

The Wheat Cafe is a delightful place to dine with friends. The food is always prepared beautifully and served gracefully. Your taste is peaked by the creativity of the dishes. And, often desserts are a work of art. Fresh flowers adorn the tables that are covered with white tablecloths. The ambiance is serene with windows overlooking lovely trees and flowers. The student wait staff is courteous, friendly, and helpful. I would recommend The Wheat Cafe to anyone.

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2014

The Wheat Cafe at COD is a great place for learning the resturant business. We had great food and service. The professors/chef explained alot about the school.

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4.0Dined on October 31, 2014

I enjoy lunch here several times a year. I go with friends and we so enjoy the meal and the students!

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2014

I took a friend to the Wheat Cafe to celebrate her birthday. This is an annual event, as we enjoy it so much. The food was delcious and our waitress was very attentive. This is a fabulous lunch for the price! If you can get a reservation, do it!

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4.0Dined on October 24, 2014

Food and service were wonderful. Enjoyed it very much.

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4.0Dined on October 3, 2014

The food and service was superior. There is a very small menu but some great items. The portions were large for price. Very fresh food. Cajun flair was this weeks fare.

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2014

Great food and service! Had a great ambiance and great overall experience

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2014

Our group of six had a wonderful time. Love everything. Great food, service, environment and exceptional value. Will be back again soon.

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4.0Dined on September 17, 2014

I discovered this place about a year ago and have been back several times. Every time we have great food and enjoy helping students hone their skills. The menu changes every month, I believe. Every menu has been delicious, except for the last menu which was Tex Mex. We later found out this was the first night of service for the semester so I am able to overlook it. Definitely recommend to give this place a try!

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2014

Wheat Cafe offers a 5-star experience for every budget. Truly worth checking out.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2014

Great place for a great price! 5 course dinner for around $30.00. The food was presented well and the staff, which is student run,was delightful.

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2014

food and presentation are great. Servers are pleasant and knowledgeable of menu details. A really high class dining experience at a great value

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2014

We really enjoyed the food and the service from Joe. He politely answered all of our questions.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2014

Don't let the fact that this is a school restaurant keep you from coming. Excellent food, nice, open room, good casual feel make for a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The food is very good and you just cannot beat the value. Worth a trip. Book early as reservations fill quickly.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2014

Comfortable relax environment. Courteous staff. Great food with weekly changing menu. Amazing value.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2014

This is a gem in Glen Ellyn where the COD hospitality and culinary students hone their craft. The food is artful and delicious, while the one server at your table is generally very polite and attentive while having a good knowledge of the menu.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2014

The Wheat Cafe at COD is such a nice treat for a special occasion or for any time at all when you are able to get a reservation. The food is just delicious, the service personal, and the environment makes you feel special.

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