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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, 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
I went here for the first time for my birthday dinner with my boyfriend. I was a luxurious and fun ambiance with really pretty decor and romantic vibes. My boyfriend and I kept mentioning to each other the music selection was really great and it made the overall experience more enjoyable. We had the Polenta Fries for an app which we nearly inhaled because it was so tasty. We shared a bottle of Sauvigon Blanc which was a great pairing for my entree which were the seared scallops. I was quiet satisfied with the food and the experience was very memorable.
We chose this restaurant for its vegetarian options. While it did have a vegetarian menu, it offered only three vegetarian entrees. Two of them were very good, but one of them was simply the pasta special minus the meat and it was fair. I thought it was a very pretty restaurant.
I have been to this restaurant in the past and was eager to go back because really enjoyed the food and ambiance. This visit was not as enjoyable. I ordered a glass of wine. The server brought the wine to the table, and just poured some in my glass. He did not show me the label and did not offer a taste. Not the type of wine service I expect at this type of restaurant.
There wasn't much on the menu that really jumped out at me. I settled on the fish special which was sturgeon. I am a light eater and never complain about small portions but this piece of fish was the size of a large scallop and was served in the middle of a plate of beans. It was all tasty but $33.00 is too much for what was essentially beans. My husband ordered the chicken and he liked it.
We were offered a table in the mezzanine and took it and found it to be a pleasant and quiet location.
All in all, not the high quality experience I've had in the past at this restaurant.
Booked a Friday night dinner reservation for a reunion of friends. We all met up early at the bar to take advantage of the happy hour. Everyone was wonderful and accommodating --- from the hostess to our server. We then proceeded to the dining hall on the third floor, where we had a lovely dinner. The host and the sommelier were incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Plus, can't forget to mention how beautiful the place is and how delicious the meals were!
Ambiance, food and wine were great! Server was MIA. Our glasses were bone dry and our server didn't acknowledge it at all. We had to go to the bar to ask for our second round. This was around 5:00 when it was still very quiet and empty. Poor service, but everything else made up for it.
I really liked the decor and the ambiance here as well as the wine choices. The service was very sparse and it took forever for our main course. I had scallops and some form of unidentifiable beef or bacon that was so overcooked and desiccated. My friends had the sturgeon and said it was good.
The Boarding House was recommended by some friends. The restaurant is very good. There were very few people, but this was perhaps because we had dinner early (5:00 PM). The bathrooms say the building was constructed in 1871. They did a wonderful job of renovating/decorating. The glasses hanging from the ceiling are a particularly nice touch.
Exceptional service by hostess and wait staff. Food was okay for vegetarians. The wine was great. The atmosphere is very unique and romantic. Definitely a hidden gem because you can't tell what the dining room is like from the first floor. The first floor is more of drinks/bar setting. The third floor has a decadent fixture on the ceiling made with 4000 wine balls. Great for people watching and very romantic feel.
This was our first time at the Boarding House. We made reservations two days in advance. We received a phone call confirming the reservation. We arrived early and were seated promptly. The third floor dining area is very spacious and was not noisy. Food was good and served at proper temperatures. Craft cocktail was flavorful and blended nicely in a way to mask its strength. We had an enjoyable time and added this to our list of places to revisit.
Took a group of 8 here for a business dinner & everyone loved their food . Clients really enjoyed the ambiance too -- third floor is quiet and good for large groups - long tables and cool light fixtures. Only thing is that it took a really long time for our main courses to come out.
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.
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