About The Boarding House
Chicago, IL 60654
Welcome! The Boarding House opened December 2012 and is led by Proprietor and Master Sommelier Alpana Singh. Our historic building, which dates back to 1872, features several distinct areas that a bustling bar area, two distinct private dining spaces, and a comfortable dining room located on the building’s third floor.
Enjoy a curated and thoughtful list of 500 wines from around the world that will expertly complement your dining experience. Guests will be immediately enveloped by our ambient dining room, which is designed for everyday dining with service that is detailed, hospitable and personal.
The wine bar is available without reservations and seating is per availability.
We look forward to welcoming you to The Boarding House!
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Pizzeria
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday: 4:30 p.m. to CLOSE
Saturday: 4:30 p.m. to CLOSE
Monday: 5 p.m. to CLOSE
Tuesday through Saturday: 5 p.m. to CLOSE.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please contact us at Events@bhchicago.com
The Boarding House offers valet parking on Wells Street.
Conveniently located one block east of the Franklin Brown Line stop.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Boarding House offers catering options from 4 to 400 people.
The Boarding House Ratings and Reviews
Really enjoyed dining at Boarding House. The food was excellent and quite a value for such high quality fare. Portion sizes were appropriate, not micro-food but also not bringing home half a meal. My wife had the scallops, very flavorful and wonderfully paired with pears. I had the sturgeon on a white bean ragu with kale and pearl onions. Both were wonderful and were complemented by an excellent bottle of Priorat.
Came in for Valentines day dinner. $60/person 3 course. Beef tenderloin was cooked to perfection, scallops were amazing! seared perfectly as well. Desserts could be better. Tables were set too close. Great atmosphere good ambiance. Love love the decor! Wine glasses and bottles ceiling! Super cool!
Loved the ceilings! The first floor bar area had a ceiling with 100's of wine glasses and the third floor dining had a ceiling with 100's of wine bottles. The food was very good. Our waitress wasn't very knowledgeable and didn't seem to know much about the wine. The decor was very cool except some of the wallpaper was peeling and not lined up and there were some chips in the wall paint, so I only gave it 4 stars. But overall it was a good experience.
We wanted to try someplace new for Restaurant Week. This was the perfect choice! The menu was diverse and delicious. Patrick, our waiter, was attentive and professional. And, the dining room was funky and,at the same time, really beautiful. There was an eclectic group of diners, but even with a mostly full room, we never noticed a rising nose level. I would definitely recommend The Boarding House without hesitation. Enjoy!!!
This was my second time dining here in a month, and I've enjoyed immensely both times. The menu has offerings for all palates/ preferences, from a range of vegetarian options through pork belly. The wine list is exceptional with a wide range of prices and a selection of both favorites and less well known varietals. We had friendly and attentive service that was not at all hovering or rushed. The downstairs wine bar and the upstairs dining room are both visually very interesting and fun.
I took my boyfriend on a surprise date to The Boarding House for his birthday. I had noted in our reservation that we would be celebrating him that evening. Upon arrival to The Boarding House, each member who greeted our table wished my boyfriend a Happy Birthday and made the evening very special for us. We sat on the Mezzanine which gave us a great view of all the neat decor. Our server was very genuine and provided his honest opinion about items on the menu upon our request. We never felt rushed, even though we took our time ordering and enjoyed another drink after dinner. The food came out quickly and was tasted fresh and flavorful. Our experience was very memorable and we will definitely be back.
Wonderful ambiance, really stunning, food delicious with many choices. Patrons eclectic , singles, older couples, very comfortable. The entire staff was welcoming and efficient. But our waitress was remarkable!!! Kerry enhanced our experience. A+. We will all return, party of 6.
New Years Eve dinner and we had booked this place because it looked like they would be a quiet and a little elegant place. It was and they served a very good dinner - tasteful and very well made. The place had a lot of floor space so we did not sit close to the next table, but I would not mind had it been a little closer to give this more included feeling.
I will certainly recommend this restaurant.
The Boarding House is an outstanding American restaurant with delicious entrees and wonderful wine pairings. This was the second time my wife and I dined there, an early dinner for New Year's Eve. The prix fixe menu was delicious, with wonderful wine pairings for each course. Service was great, although we did feel a bit rushed throughout the meal. I chalk that up to a very busy evening. Highly recommend for special occasions.
Our first time there with a group of 4. On a positive note: friendly front door staff; bartender made a great sidecar; ambience interesting. BUT..The girl that took our order must have been having a bad night, (acted like she was in pain!)..food was ok and a tad overpriced for the portion. And most disappointing was the wine by the glass. Limited selection and although half priced in the bar (Tuesday), full price in the restaurant for the same time (4:30p-6:30p). What's up with that??
I am such a fan of the Boarding House that it pains me to write this review. We have been coming here every year for Christmas Eve dinner for the past 4 years (and several other times as well, often with clients) and have had a great experience. this year was an exception. We had a reservation, but our table wasn't ready so we went to the bar to have a drink. Not too long after our drinks came, they told us our table was ready but to take our time. So we sat and continued to chat and drink. A hostess quickly came up and reminded us that our table was Ready and could we follow her now to the elevator. Ok. Fine.
Then, we have 2 minutes with the wine list and we are asked if we knew what we wanted, we said no and we're asked again two minutes later. So at this point, we are feeling a bit hurried though our experience even though the restaurant is not full. However, once we got our wine and first course, we were largely forgotten and had to refill our own wine glasses.
I get my vegetarian entree and the veg on top are cold and the polenta is so full of oil that it squirts and oil is the only flavor in it. To the waiters credit , he removed it from the bill and gave us a cheese plate for free. But this year, there was no complimentary cookie or anything to celebrate the holiday. Honestly, it was a disappointing experience compared to years past--it was as if no one wanted to be there and wanted us gone as soon as possible. I hope this was just an anomaly as it has been one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago.
Thank you Boarding House for being open on Christmas Eve! Out of town with immediate family, we had a great night with a lively group of diners and wait staff! Super cool interior design both downstairs in the bar and upstairs in the dining room. All food choices were great. Will definitely return next time we are in Chicago!
Very memorable dinner on Christmas Eve. The service was impeccable, food was delicious and the wine was wonderful. I love the decor of this restaurant and the fact that it is so quiet (perhaps due to the high ceilings). It is a wonderful place to ensure a special occasion is celebrated in style.
We enjoyed an OK Christmas Eve dinner at the Boarding House - it wasn't without some complications. First, when we arrived, I told the hostess that we had a reservation for 6 people at 5 PM. She located my reservation and then realized she had mistakenly given my table to the party that arrived right before us. Somehow she thought they had given her my last name, which was not the case. She made a quick call upstairs and we were asked to proceed directly to the dining room and we did. That's when the hostess on the dining room floor asked us to go upstairs to a mezzanine seating area which overlooks the dining room - this was not ideal. The reason one wants to eat at the Boarding House is so you can sit in the main dining area under all of the beautiful glasses hanging from the ceiling. We weren't offered this area, presumably because the group arriving before us was mistakenly given our reserved table. I was mad to say the least. I had booked these reservations two months in advance and we had guests with us from out of town, and it was Christmas Eve. It was really a shame. Also, I had called the night before so I could confirm that I would be able to order pizza or burgers for the kids with us. I was assured by the person on the phone that I would be able to do so. She even put me on hold to check with someone. It turns out I was misinformed and the kitchen that makes the pizza and burgers was closed for the night. Our waiter did the right thing and comped us for two plates of plain noodles with cheese for the kids. It worked fine but it was ridiculous that I had specifically called to confirm this and was misinformed. The food for our dinner was good, not amazing. There was really no wow factor for us at all. It was a real bummer since it was Christmas Eve. Dinner turned out OK, and the highlight of the night was our nice waiter who did his best to be accommodating despite all the other short comings of the evening. I probably won't go back.
The menu is prepared weekly by the chef, always something new and different to eat.. Large space with a bar on the first floor, but dining room on the 3rd floor. Excellent service from our waiter, food was quick to come out after ordering, great suggestions by our server..
This was a return visit. It was my 65th birthday. We chose the Boarding House because of our previous experience. As expected the food was excellent. Sadly, our server was not up to speed. She seemed somewhat distracted and not engaged in her work. We waited for a while for her to approach our table. Once she did, she just left again for a while for no apparent reason . Finally she took our drink order! She did not tell us what the specials were until I asked and even then she didn't tell us the price of the fish. This was a first visit for my family and a special occassion so it was frustrating. All of that being said, the food was outstanding. I do like the Boarding House and will give it a try in the future. I can only hope the service will be better.
Have had drinks @ the bar on several occasions; that's always fun. This time decided to try the resto. Ambiance is wonderful. Food is well-prepared, nothing extraordinary. Service was competent but our server exuded no warmth or interest in our dining experience--irritating when the bill tops $100/person.
Went for dinner with a group. Great team, superb menu options for the range of dietary restrictions in our group (veg, gluten free, dairy allergy etc.). Excellent wine selection. I had the Crispy Polenta & Grilled Mushrooms. Vegetables were lightly seasoned - just enough to bring out the natural flavors of each vegetable. Polenta was just the right amount of crisp and taste. Similar great reviews about some of the other dishes from the group (baby octopus, seared scallops, venison).
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