Looking for restaurants open on Thanksgiving or restaurants open on Christmas?

> >

The Boarding House

720 N Wells
Chicago, IL 60654

View more Chicago restaurants

(312) 280-0720

Cuisine: American Restaurants

View more restaurants at exit 51a on I-94.

4.7 of 5.0 from 70 reviews

price range:$26 to $50


Write a Review

Is this your restaurant?
Claim Your Listing For Free

Blogger Reviews of The Boarding House

  • Eating For Sanity on Feb 16, 2014

    We were both expecting more palate-cleansing type dishes for the second courses, but instead encountered this surprisingly rich dish. The oyster and uni is exactly as the name describes and was served mignonette style. Each mignonette was made with either oyster or uni and was topped with pickled onions and crushed pine nuts.

    View Full Review

Read more blogger reviews in Chicago

Add your blog review!

The Boarding House Reviews

Add your review for The Boarding House.

  • PureWowWith three unique spaces, this is a go-to for all things celebration. In the Dining Room, you’ll sup on contemporary American fare beneath a light installation made from 4,600 Riesling bottles.

    55555 by PureWow

  • TaGGreat decor. Fantastic menu. Perfect date restaurant.

    55555 by TaG

  • Ritika SHave the scallops. They also have wine from Golan heights

    55555 by Ritika S

  • ISC C.Huge wine list; the food is pretty good, too

    55555 by ISC C.

  • Sarah FPollenta fries, wine pairings

    55555 by Sarah F

  • Michelle S.Holy cow this meal was incredible! Burrata and polenta fries were out of this world! Best I've ever had! Carbonara was very good. Local fish was over salted. Service was impeccable.

    55555 by Michelle S.

  • Elizabeth SReminds me of a gossip girl style restaurant, posh and pretty. Definitely try the duck and the chocolate bar!

    55555 by Elizabeth S

  • Chee Yi O.Great place for a quiet dinner with amazing food. I ordered the king salmon entree and it was so good!

    55555 by Chee Yi O.

  • Ja_Moi_ITheir truffle pizza is as good as pizza in Italy.

    55555 by Ja_Moi_I

  • Reserve ATap into your inner chocoholic with the Chocolate Bar — a flourless chocolate cake, chocolate crunch and chocolate ice cream.

    55555 by Reserve A

  • PureWowA grueling Monday calls for pizza. Luckily, your mozzarella fix just got cheaper. At the sommelier-owned hot spot, happy hour pies are now $10.

    55555 by PureWow

  • Reserve AThe Boarding House offers 2 hummus sides: one is black bean-based & served with red pepper relish, while the other is a jaffa hummus that comes with shallots, cumin, lemon juice & housemade crackers.

    55555 by Reserve A

  • Reserve AChocoholics rejoice! Tap into your inner Count Chocula with the Chocolate Bar, a flourless chocolate cake, chocolate crunch and chocolate ice cream.

    55555 by Reserve A

  • Samuel JBurrata is to die for.

    55555 by Samuel J

  • Stellaaaaa DuhartThe decoration is amazing. We went with a big group and everyone said the food was very good.

    55555 by Stellaaaaa Duhart

  • Samantha O.Love my mushroom risotto.

    55555 by Samantha O.

  • Christopher FlossThe Boarding House has an AMAZING pork chop. The best I've ever had!!!

    55555 by Christopher Floss

  • Allison K.Ask for a wine pairing! Calamari was great and mushroom risotto.

    55555 by Allison K.

  • Martin S.This place has it all!! Great ambience, nice food selection for appetizers and entrees, excellent wine list, outstanding and knowledgeable service, and reasonable prices! It's a winner! Go here!

    55555 by Martin S.

  • Amanda CoganJust stopped in for a drink looks great!

    55555 by Amanda Cogan

  • Ashley P.Rose in the summer

    55555 by Ashley P.

  • Gerri U.Beautiful Restaurant great for dates.

    55555 by Gerri U.

  • Chicago TribuneTo ignore the signature Chicken Three Ways — a $39 entree sized for two — is to miss the point of the restaurant entirely.

    33333 by Chicago Tribune

  • Chicago TribuneThere's a gorgeous cream-puff trio with banana cream, pistachio cream and blood-orange cream fillings; together, they look like colorized profiteroles.

    55555 by Chicago Tribune

  • Chicago TribuneThe Bavarian sausage plate is the must-try appetizer, featuring a soft, light-on-the-tongue sausage of pork, chicken and truffle.

    55555 by Chicago Tribune

  • Jack S.Decent food but overpriced for what it is.

    33333 by Jack S.

  • Donald ClarkThis place had great signature cocktails. Try the "Teachers Lounge." Everybody would be happy if that was in the coffee pot. 😎👟

    55555 by Donald Clark

  • Chris CrostinioOrder this if you are a pasta lover

    55555 by Chris Crostinio

  • Chris CrostinioEat this for dinner or lunch

    55555 by Chris Crostinio

  • Shaza KhierGreat food,, Amazing decor, outstanding service

    55555 by Shaza Khier

  • Jill TiongcoThe Polenta Fries were incredible. The egg and truffles were a delicious addition, and the polenta was still crispy underneath all of that goodness. Probably my favorite part. Lamb was just okay.

    55555 by Jill Tiongco

  • Chaka W.Very chic....great place to relax with good food & glass of wine!!!

    55555 by Chaka W.

  • Ali RazaVenison...medium rare, enough said!

    33333 by Ali Raza

  • Brian M.Nice atmosphere & decor. Good food & service. Beer salad, squid ink pasta, & venison were quite flavorful.

    55555 by Brian M.

  • Linda F.Not your mom's pork chop. Unless your mom makes the best pork chop ever; on a cauliflower puree with butternut squash and pork belly. Honestly, when a pork chop is done right... you can't go wrong.

    55555 by Linda F.

  • Sloan S.Sit upstairs!

    55555 by Sloan S.

  • Warren F.Loved it. It was a thx giving set menu but still delicious. Nice chilled vibe in both the downstairs bar and upstairs restaurant.

    55555 by Warren F.

  • Andrea J.Ambience can't be beat. Despite snooty waitress loved the food - highly recommend the beet salad and octopus potato appetizers.

    55555 by Andrea J.

  • MattOn the 3rd floor, I loved the pork chop with grits and cube of pork belly.

    55555 by Matt

  • Lindsey S.Tables by the window upstairs on the 3rd floor or on the mezzanine level are less noisy. Food is outstanding. I had the wild Alaskan salmon.

    55555 by Lindsey S.

  • Priya V.Wine, appetizers/small plates and desserts are incredible! Entrees are pretty standard/average. May be worth it to just order lots of appetizers!

    55555 by Priya V.

  • Benjamin D.Decent portions, 10,000+ wine glass chandelier is spectacular. Get halibut, skip the salmon.

    55555 by Benjamin D.

  • Claudia P.Great decor!

    55555 by Claudia P.

  • Courtney S.Terrible service! Long waits in between food. Food not worth the price in the upstairs dining area

    22222 by Courtney S.

  • Christine H.The duck egg was amazing. And the chocolate brownie with merlot ice cream. YUM!

    55555 by Christine H.

  • Ankur K.Awesome service, octopus was great, and the pork chops were very good as well.

    55555 by Ankur K.

  • Time Out ChicagoThe Boarding House's menu has changed significantly since the restaurant opened earlier this year. Try it out on one of sidewalk patio's 50–60 seats. http://tmout.us/lKTEo

    55555 by Time Out Chicago

  • Liz H.Great food, drinks and service. Even with res had to wait for a table--got free drinks and apps and apologies! Pricey. Def recommend--maybe for special occasion!

    55555 by Liz H.

  • Renee B.Great food, service and wine. Staff is extremely knowledgable about wine pairings.

    55555 by Renee B.

  • Chris M.Good food but small portions and a bit pricey.

    55555 by Chris M.

  • Elissa C.Amazing decor, and delicious food. The portions aren't huge, so an app or salad is a good call. I had the cod and enjoyed it but I think next time I'll order the scallops. They tasted great too.

    55555 by Elissa C.

  • Beau B.Every seat in the house is great, they pair your meal like champs! Ask for Amy!

    55555 by Beau B.

  • Joe CarrThe duck breast was amazing.

    55555 by Joe Carr

  • Mark A.Food was good, although limited selection for vegetarians. Also never been so rushed to get through a meal by the staff. They will take the plates right out from under you while still eating! No joke!

    33333 by Mark A.

  • Nick B.If you feel like waiting 25 minutes for a drink feel free!

    22222 by Nick B.

  • Jill B.Drinks were great, but I highly recommend passing on the food. Everyone in our party got sick.

    33333 by Jill B.

  • Paige T.amazing service. the staff was incredibly accommodating and gracious. not to mention the food and wine - unreal.

    55555 by Paige T.

  • Linnéa S.There's a reason why some items aren't priced in the menus. $11 Stiegl beer? Sheesh. Much too steep.

    33333 by Linnéa S.

  • Margaret H.The food: The butternut squash soup was perfect for the rainy day. The duck & scallops were perfectly cooked & savory. We enjoyed the lobster poutine, rich & unique. The decor: Absolutely stunning!

    55555 by Margaret H.

  • patrick s.Although the first floor is the most aesthetic, be sure to check out the downstairs and upstairs for a more loungey setting. Also, hats off the the sommelier!

    55555 by patrick s.

  • Aimee G.Fantastic poutine...the waiter was right, if pairs with every wine! Pizza was amazing- crust as light as air.

    55555 by Aimee G.

  • James L.The Side Piece cocktail is like a smoothed-out version of a Sazerac... try it.

    55555 by James L.

  • Jeremy ICurl Up and Rye

    55555 by Jeremy I

  • Rebecca ADon't share ur pizza mo mo with three people!!!

    55555 by Rebecca A

  • Frank L.Nice people working at that joint but the food was overpriced and disappointing. Go for cocktails, skip the resturant.

    33333 by Frank L.

  • Kori R.Try the sugar pie. You won't be disappointed!

    55555 by Kori R.

  • Paul K.Eat before dining upstairs. The meals are way over priced. It's not like it's Girl and The Goat. Also why is the alcohol selection different between the two separate floors? I don't understand.

    33333 by Paul K.

  • Ali R.Ask for Caroline, she knows everything about wine.

    55555 by Ali R.

  • ISC C.Dramatic ceiling (there's something disconcerting about sitting underneath so many bottles hanging over your head); very knowledgeable and helpful waitstaff; portion size is perfect

    55555 by ISC C.

  • Danny C.Eat @ the bar. Friendly bartenders!

    55555 by Danny C.

Map of The Boarding House

Restaurants similar to The Boarding House

Nearby Restaurants

Events in Chicago