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About The Boarding House
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!
Chicago, IL 60654
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Crossover
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, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, 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
Outstanding dinner! The new chef has brought on seasonal and delightful new dishes without changing the overall flair of the existing menu. Boarding house never disappoints. We will certainly be back soon to check out the chefs fall and winter menu changes! Thanks the wonderful meal and experience Boarding House!
Outstanding experience over all. We started with cocktails in the bar during happy hour. If you're drinking wine it's 1/2 off between 4:30-6:30! Afterwards we went upstairs for dinner and sat with Patrick who is also the wine director. He was great at making suggestions and was respectful of our price point. We shared the burrata and octopus to start and then had the chicken, the pork and the rainbow trout which were all Delicious. Finished with a strawberry shortcake which made for the perfect ending. We will definitely be back.
We were very excited to try The Boarding House since the reviews were so good. The food was quite expensive and just not very good. My salmon was poached but brined in such a way that it tasted smoked. There were lots of potatoes and a couple cucumber slices. My husband's meat was nothing special and my son found his duck to be very chewy. With one drink and one appetizer is was almost $200. We were disappointed
Five long-time friends got together for dinner at The Boarding House, which proved a wonderful choice. I chose scallops, succulent and moist, presented with a subtle delicate sauce. An appetizer tray of cheeses, sauces, breads and meats set a pleasant opening note for the dinner. High ceilings cut some of ambient noise, so it just wasn't a problem. The restaurant is conveniently located just south of Chicago Ave on Wells. We'll go back.
Noticeable difference with change in ownership as it relates to food quality. Restaurant was mostly empty and dishes were not as unique. Pork meal was a disappointment - odd combination of ingredients and overall bland. My friends said their meals were fine but nothing special. Service still solid though - courteous and helpful staff.
The service was truly outstanding, the room was interesting, and the food was good, but this restaurant is billed as a wine destination, and there it disappoints. Given Ms. Singh's resume and credentials, we were expecting to pay up some for interesting and difficult to access wine, or at the very least well thought out pairings, but there was little evidence of any of that. Honestly, I not only accept but support alcohol markups, but in a venue like this I shouldn't be paying more than double for wine that I can walk into a retail liquor store and buy off the shelf.
Given the failure in its main attraction, all other aspects seem like good quality but poor value. Your money is better spent elsewhere.
Excellent visit to the boarding house. Have been once before when it opened. Not as busy this time which is sad but typical for Chicago. Food was great again. I had the halibut with gnocchi and my wife had the sirloin. Both were tasty and well plated. The only downfall was the wait between app and entree. Wine was good - Saint Joseph. For dessert I had the blueberry, lemon cheesecake and my wife had the strawberry shortcake. They finished the meal well. Would definitely go back.
I expected this dinner and restaurant to be a memorable time. Instead, I received a subpar meal, rude service, and an empty restaurant.
Restaurant: don't offer a 9 PM seating and then tell me the kitchen will be closing, 5 minutes after I sit down.
Staff: I understand that you're tired and want to go home. Speak with your boss about that. I came to eat a nice meal and to take my time. Not to feel rushed as you gathered by the bar waiting to leave and while you reset the tables for the next day.
Meal: why did I pay $26 for something I could have made at home? Roasted cauliflower was not even fully roasted. It was definitely rushed to be put together. Tasteless, and bland. The mushrooms were too salty and the salad was basic. By that point, I was so hungry I forced down the food with wine (great glass of wine by the way).
Overall: do not recommend. There are so many other places in Chicago that are worth the money, and cheaper for better quality food.
Definitely do not take your family here. I brought my family from out of town for a nice dinner and was disappointed. This place is a wine bar first and a restaurant second. It's a very casual place. There was a miscommunication and it took almost 10 minutes for a server to greet our table. Other than that our server was great . The chicken was undercooked but our server took it off our check. Won't be back
I made a reservation to Boarding House for my Fiance's birthday. I requested to have a nice quiet table, maybe away from the center of the dining room. I asked if it were possible to make this evening special with champagne or a birthday cake. None was done as requested. The food was very good, but our waiter was a bit rude and not friendly. We invited about 25 people to the bar after dinner, but I now regret going here and doubt we will be returning. Hopefully the staff will become more perceptive to the requests of their guests, and hopefully they will be kinder when serving their customers.
The wine. That's why we booked the reservation. Why else would you go to a Master Somm's restaurant. We weren't disappointed. Where else could we have ordered a bottle of white from Slovenia? We also had a bottle of Gamay. The markup on the wine was fair. The cocktails were solid. We appreciated very much that many bottles of wine could be had around $60. The food is not going to knock your socks off with foam and innovation, but it does as it should, which is to serve as supporting cast to the wine. If you love wine, this is your place. The atmosphere was quiet enough to have a conversation and we appreciated it.
What a wonderful dining experience. Perfection from start to finish. Our server Patrick was extremely knowledgeable on wine and made excellent suggestions from the menu. Every course was so delicious and beautifully presented. The 3rd floor dining room is gorgeous and romantic. I could go on and on.
Boarding House continues to be one of the great finds in Chicago. The atmosphere is unique with wine glasses and bottles decorating the ceiling, etc. We have hosted parties, eaten with friends and find the service an industry standard. The food and wine top everything.
I was on an important business dinner with a client. The service was so poor, we finished our so-so appetizers and cocktails it took forever to order and left before the entrees. It was a Saturday night during the dinner hour and we were one of perhaps a handful of tables. Will never go back. Very disappointed.
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