About Parrot Cage - Washburne Culinary Institute
The Parrot Cage Restaurant is a creation and operation of the highly acclaimed Washburne Culinary Institute, one of the nation’s best and oldest cooking schools.The elegantly appointed gourmet dining restaurant features an American Cuisine at affordable prices. It has received the industry's prestigious Zagat rating of "excellent or better" for three consecutive years and, its Sunday brunch has twice received the OpenTable Diners Top Choice award!
The Parrot Cage Restaurant is located in the South Shore Cultural Center -- a Chicago historic landmark and architectural treasure. It is positioned between Lake Michigan’s picturesque beach front and the lush greenery of the South Shore golf course.
Please note: the price for the Sunday Brunch is $25.00.
Hours of Operation:
Spring Hours of Operation:
Dinner Service: Thursday - Saturday 5:00pm - 9:00pm Last seating 8:00pm
Brunch: Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm last seating 2:00pm
$30 and under
Parking must be paid at the meters
Walking distance from the #6 and #71 cta bus and the Metra train(South Shore Stop).
Banquet/Private Rooms, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Parrot Cage - Washburne Culinary Institute Ratings and Reviews
This restaurant is in a very picturesque setting. The South Shore Cultural Center is a lovely spot and has been beautifully restored by the Park District. The food is provided by the Washburn Culinary School. The service was impeccable. The food was good.
Food is 5-star quality every time!
Delightful setting, looking out over golf course to the waterfront on Lake Michigan. An oasis in an otherwise congested part of Chicago. Food is incredible--top quality and appealing presentation. Service is good. That this is a student run enterprise makes the experience even more special! One day this fabulous chefs will graduate and you'll be paying triple to enjoy their culinary creations! Go now!
The door leading into the kitchen was in the dining room utilized on Easter day. As more and more people arrived and workers kept going in and out of the kitchen the dining room became very warm. People were using makeshift fans, myself included to cool themselves. 'That is my only negative The FOOD and SERVICE were great. I am looking forward to my next visit for Sunday brunch.
Fine dining at a very reasobable price
The quality of the food, its presentation and the often unique selection makes this place a true 'find'. There is no better place at these prices in all of Chicago. Its 5 star eating at a 2 star cost. Ever since I seen this place on Check Please a few years back, this has become my favorite 'go to' destination when I want something good to eat. AND, it's all for a good cause. If you haven't been here, you need to give it a try.
Excellent food preparation and presentation--all by students! Warm hospitality and comfortable seating with stunning lake front views. I have enjoyed dinner several times as well as brunch. I recommend this for a casual get-together or special occasion.
Good food, magnificent view!
My friend had never been there before so I thought she might like it. We had a very good time and the food was very good. My friend is a vegetarian and was able to eat quite well because of the variety. I've been there several times before and will certainly return.
It was ok
Pros - Was able to make an online reservation -Arrived early and was able to be seated -Server was courteous -The bread, lemonade and blackened catfish were good -The roasted tomatoes could have been served as a side on the menu, they were very good Cons -Doesn't serve alchohol/that should have been highlighted when making the reservation - The room was chilly - The host wasn't friendly -Our server forgot the soup I ordered which meant he either didn't write it down or forgot to submit it -The kale salad was awful-check out Bandera's kale salad for inspiration- Its delicious -The chicken chili was good but a little salty, but worth ordering -The blackened catfish didn't really look or taste blackened but was good still -When the server seen that I hadn't eaten the salad, instead of inquiring if I was dissatisfied and offer to bring me something else, he just ignored it. But still added it when the check arrived which then was requested to be removed. The service was slow as well. We spent a lot of time just waiting Overall, I would only return here if I was attending an event here and didn't want to leave to go elsewhere.
Our favorite special occasion spot
The Parrot Cage has become our favorite special occasion restaurant. It's convenient for us South Siders and we're always happy to support Washburne Institute. Thank you for an excellent level of service and culinary delights.
No Communication, No Service
My party and I never made it to the Parrot Cage restaurant because the restaurant never returned my calls regarding my reservation. I had a reservation for Sunday brunch, for which I had some simple questions. I called several times during business hours over the course of several days, leaving messages asking to be contacted. But nobody ever picked up the phone; and nobody ever returned my calls and messages. So I figured, if the communication is this bad in just making a reservation, what must the service be like at the restaurant? Needless to say, my party and I decided not to visit the Parrot Cage.
Love the setting
The setting in the old South Shore Country Club is remarkable. The service was good, if a bit slow when we split the check. The food was so-so, with good variety,but with waffles that were floppy and not firm, and rather tasteless sausage and bacon. We ate dinner at the Parrot Cage several years ago, and it was better.
a neighborhood gem
The parrot cage is an absolute gem in South Shore. Set in the South shore Cultural center right on the lakefront, it is quite lovely. The food was awesome. We have eaten here in the past and it has always been good. However, we had no idea that the kitchen closed so early. On a Saturday night we were informed at about 8 p.m. that the kitchen was closing soon and we should get our dessert order in. This was quite a disappointment as we had not even arrived until 7:15. If we come again, I guess we will have to make an earlier reservation.
very disappointed !!!
I have dined at the Parrot Cage many time before throughout the years. I was extremely disappointed with my last visit. I made the reservations online and at that time I checked the menu which was to my liking, Upon arrival I was informed that they has a pre fixe menu which was not to my liking, this should have been on their website. Also one of the main reason for choosing the Parrot Cage was that we thought we would be able to dine outside (there is a great view that overlooks the lake) outside dining was not available . This visit I was just disappointed all the way around which is unfortunate because it was a good local spot with good ambiance . Please get it together Washburn!!!!
I LOVE THIS PLACE. THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAVE HAD, IS THAT THEY NEVER RETURN PHONE CALLS. IT IS EASY TO MAKE A RESERVATION ONLINE, BUT IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, THEY DON;T RETURN CALLS. ALSO, HAD A BIG EVENT PLANNED THERE & I GOT A CALL THE WEEK BEFORE TELLING ME THEY WERE CLOSED THAT DAY FOR A SPECIAL EVENT. ALSO THEY DO NOT SERVE LIQUOR ANYMORE, SO I MISSED THE PARROT MARTINI.
Parrot Cage / South Shore Golf Club
We were both real pleased with both the Parrot Cage and the South Shore Golf Club. Very scenic, convenient. The BYOB policy is a good idea. DSignage along highway was very helpful. We will be back. Everyone was helpful and friendly. Thanks.
Best dinner in a long time.
I was more than pleasantly surprised. I have hit many hot spots in the city. But I haven't felt as comfortable or been as fulfilled as I was here.
I've eaten at the Parrot Cage several times, always for dinner. The food has always been great. I invited a friend to join me for the highly rated jazz brunch. She had never been. The first disappointment was that the jazz is not there during the summer months (we were told this information is on the website). The next disappointment was that it is BYOB (we were told this information is on the website). The food was good. The best item was the peach cobbler made with fresh peaches.
Cultural Center is beautiful. Parrot Cag ...
Cultural Center is beautiful. Parrot Cage not as good as my last visit.
Dinner in past has been very good, but b ...
Dinner in past has been very good, but brunch was just ok and overpriced. The omelet was runny, the bacon was overcooked and the waffles were too dense. The service was friendly and very good.
What a hidden gem!
We had such a pleasurable night out and felt pampered in a low key gardeny setting right on the lake within a gorgeous historic building. Within the South Shore Cultural center which is a fantasticly decadent relic of the past is this resaurant opperated by students. The restaurant has the feel of a grand country club tea room with enormous windows overlooking the park and lake. Great food, great price and very pleasant atmosphere. Service with a personable southern touch.
The food, wait staff and the ambience wa ...
The food, wait staff and the ambience was great. One of our favorite places.
Beautiful setting, good brunch
The Parrot Cage is a great location! The South Shore Cultural Center is beautiful and there is outdoor seating with views to the park and lake. The brunch was good, a lot of options for the whole family. Service was friendly and accommodating.
I dine here fairly regularly
I dine here fairly regularly but to my surprise the menu had completely changed. They added new dishes and brought back one old stand by. It was a good experience.
Hidden Gem on Chicago's South Shore
Lovely setting on the shore of Lake Michigan, really nice facility - beautifully restored. Went for Sunday brunch, lots of well prepared food...oddly southern in theme with fried chicken, grits, peach cobbler. Very tasty, as much as you wanted to eat...great bargain. Service was a bit slow, but this is a culinary instructional program with students learning how to work in a commercial restaurant environment so that was understandable. What they lacked in attentiveness they made up for in enthusiasm.
Best mac-n-cheese I've ever
Best mac-n-cheese I've ever had! All the food was very tasty, portions were large, and service was great. Only issue we had was they were out of two of the wines we tried to order, but the back ups were good eoungh that it didn't affect the dinner.
This is fresh experience in a new interesting location that also offers other interesting things: concerts etc.
I have enjoyed dinner here
I have enjoyed dinner here often and, though the kitchen is usually slow, the food is very good and the staff attentive. However, my party was very disappointed with Sunday Brunch. Buffet is served from 1 to 3 p.m. and by 1:30 many dishes were low or empty and staff had to be notified. Omelets were made at another table so we placed orders while awaiting restocking of buffet table. Food was bland and mediocre and did not warrant the $20 per person set price. I love the ambience of this intimate room and will return for dinner but not lunch.
Enjoying the Parrot Cage
This has become our go-to spot for many occasions. We have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, etc. and are always pleased. Very nice to have a good eating location on the Southeast side.
I brought a dear friend here to celebrate her. I asked the staff to bring out her dessert with a candle and sing a silly friendship song to her. The Waitress did and it was so cool. I always bring my friends and husband here and tell everyone about it because I LOVE the food, the decor and the Staff. I hope you expand!!!
The services was very good and the wait staff was very attentive. The food was very delicious with the exception of the side dishes. We ordered the roasted potatoes and dirty rice. The potatoes were not hot and a little hard and the dirty rice had very little flavor. Our appetizers, salads, and entrees were very delicious. Overall, the dining experience was excellent. The Parrot Cage is a hidden gem of the south shore area.
This was my 5th visit. Twice for brunch, the remainder for dinners. The ambiance is outstanding. The food is usually very good. One "not so great" experience with brunch. Everyone is entitled to one "not so good" day. Would certainly give it another try.
Nice and Smooth
In the small setting the colors and service was great. Me and my wife came in for Brunch to cap off our Anniversary week-end; and could not have chosen a better setting. Thanks so much the great service and wonderful food.
Elegant, Hidden Gem
This place if off the beaten path, which probably explains why it's seldom crowded. It's worth the trip from wherever, though. We've been going there since 2008. A great restaurant in an elegant setting run by nice people.
Good dining experience
Took companion there for Valentine's Day. Food was very good and waitress was nice and respectable. Salmon was not overcooked and seasoned perfectly. Peach Cobbler dessert was very tasty as well.
Valentine's day special
We had 7:30 p.m. reservations for two and were seated immediately. The service was good and the food was decent. Since this is a teaching restaurant, I noticed that the available food items were a bit limited and light--in my opinion--on portions. If you are into the neuveau cuisine approach to dining, this is the place for you. Personally, I prefer large portions of food when dining out. With that being said, all courses were well arranged and the food, what there was of it, was very tasty. Next time I will try the standard menu instead of the special (in this case, Valentine's Day special) menu and maybe I will get more of the well prepared meal this place serves.
Valentine's Day Dinner
This was he third time we've been to the Parrot Cage. There was a special Valentine's Day menu, which was creative and well prepared. The service was good.
Kind of unique
The settings are most unusual: a small hall nested in a majestic, impressive old building with a sense of past grandeur. The service provided by the culinary school people, is attentive, caring and polite. The food is very good and well presented.
Six of us went to dinner at the Parrot Cage for a GREAT night out. The steaks and Pork Chops were divine--melted like butter tender! The crab cakes, soup--chowder, sides, particularly the asparagus, were tasty, well-seasoned and appropriate temperature. The dessert offerings varied from a healthier fair to the truly decadent. An adequate wine list that was reasonably priced. Culinary students run this place? Really? Bon Appetite!
Always a Great Experience
My husband and I have been coming to the Parrot Cage regularly since we moved to the area in 2010. It's an adorable place in the same location as the original Bird Cage restaurant that was part of the South Shore Country Club back in the day. The Washburne students are always eager to ensure a pleasant experience for all of us, and the food is delicious and plentiful. I went in with my family just last night for my birthday and took advantage of their 3 course meals for $30/person. There's nowhere else I know in Chicago where you can get amazing crab cakes, a grilled caesar salad, and a 15-ounce steak with two types of potatoes and asparagus on the side for just $30. Brunch is an amazing experience too, not to be missed!
I took my mom to the Parrot Cage for her birthday. The setting was nice and quiet. The music was soft, stimulating jazz. The food was outstanding. My mom ordered the ribeye steak prepared medium. The steak was perfectly seasoned and was broiled to medium standards. The steak rested on what appeared to be a 12 in platter. The steak filled the entire platter. I ordered tilapia which was also perfectly seasoned and prepared. The service can be brought up a notch but it is a training ground; so, with the affordable prices, the view, and a restaurant nestled in the South Shore Cultural Center it was definitely worth it.
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