Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn

4.8
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130 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Welcome to our classroom! Waterleaf, located in College of DuPage’s Culinary & Hospitality Center, is a dining experience that offers real-life training to Culinary, Baking & Pastry Arts, and Hospitality students. Patrons will enjoy menus utilizing fresh regional and seasonal ingredients prepared by Culinary & Pastry students as well as attentive service from our student servers.
Limited seating is available at each event and reservations are required. Reservations may be made until an event is sold out. For parties of 6 or more, please call us directly at 630-942-2284.
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PC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lunch was very tasty. The cod was cooked to perfection and the desert was visually appealing and tasted great.

JH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We brought friends who had never been here before and they, as well as we, were 'over the top' thrilled with everything!

c
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Beautiful venue to explore a fine dining experience at a very moderate price. The students at the Culinary School are awesome!

JH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely I would and do recommend Waterleaf. It's extra fun to engage with the students and encourage them. We look forward to the opportunities to schedule our celebrations there.

CT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Waterleaf is a unique experience every time. The service was impeccable the best ever. I have visited the restaurant several times. This is the first time I wasn’t over the moon about the food but the presentation was beautiful. I just thought the flavors/sauces were too strong I prefer more subtle but that’s a matter of taste someone else might find it perfect. I still enjoyed it.

VB
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I celebrated a birthday with my family at this luncheon. Each course was excellent as well as a bit unique.
The birthday dessert was personalized by writing her name in chocolate on the plate that was used for a very delicious special dessert.

TL
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent and food was unique and delicious. I think a little music playing would help the atmosphere.

NN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great experience...beautiful setting, great service and healthy and delicious food!

S
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had eaten at the Waterleaf before it became a student run operation. The food and service provided by these young students was exceptional. Also, the value was unbelievable. I will be back.

A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

attentive staff, great value for the money, 3 courses with 2 options for each, ending with a tasting of desserts. And they will pack what you can't finish. Reservations are tricky, since you must be on their mailing list. Reservations disappear quickly since numbers are controlled by number of students enrolled in the program. Get on their list, make reservations as soon as the menus hit the mailbox and figure out dates later. You can always cancel. ( our group never have plans for Thursday ). Looking forward to our next visit.

T
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

This is a student run restaurant. The food was very well prepared and plated beautifully, the portions were the right size and very filling. The students were taught the proper way to serve and remove dishes.

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. One of the things I really appreciate about Waterleaf Restaurant is that it is conversation friendly, making it possible and enjoyable to interact with everyone at one's table.

PC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I has the Salmon - it was delicious - moist, juicy and very flavorful. The dessert was absolutely outstanding. The raisin rum dollop of ice cream was very tasty. Our server was efficient and very personable. All in all a great experience.

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. Good value for money. All four courses were prepared and presented well and in timely fashion. Food was excellent.

DM
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful evening. Our server was most welcoming and the food was excellent. The atmosphere was relaxing and quiet. Thank you!

CT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It really is a wonderful restaurant. The school should be very proud of how well educated the students are in every aspect of the restaurant business. I only wish the food and service was as good at some of the best restaurants I have dined at. The managers of area restaurants should dine at Waterleaf to see how a dining experience is suppose to succeed.

DR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific experience! Great service, wonderful presentation and excellent food.

DG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The Waterleaf is a beautiful setting for a lovely meal prepared for and served by the Culinary & Hospitality students.
Tonight I enjoyed a fantastic mushroom soup, the salad was baby greens w/tomatoes, perfectly roasted corn & a chipotle-sherry vinaigrette (just a little kick!)
I was only able to eat 1/2 of the whole trout brought to the table on a bed of confetti rice & spiralized zucchini, topped w/almonds & a lemon caper sauce.
Well I could have eaten all, but had to save room for the beautifully presented Charlotte Russe served w/lemon sorbet & chocolate/white chocolate candies.
Their coffee is very good as well.
Small complaint that the bread was a little dry; but I didn’t really need those carbs & quickly got over it.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have food allergies which makes it trying some time when I go out. However here, the chef came out, took the time to ask me about my allergies then came up with some of the best options for me to have. I loved it!

SB
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent value for the food. Different and interest blends of ingredients which were unexpected and delicious! Super friendly service. Great experience.

DG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Students at COD do a fantastic job serving well prepared food in a beautiful setting. OK it’s a beautiful setting when the weather is fine. It was still nice during an ice storm.

Surprisingly the bread was a little dry, this has never happened before & I have been going to the student run events for the last few years.
The cauliflower soup was very, very good.
The salad w/roasted mushrooms & champagne vinaigrette was really nice.
Salmon was served on a bed of spinach & wild rice w/an orange & fennel relish-excellent.
I was full & took the dessert home. It was very rich & satisfying. Oh my!

So happy I didn’t let the weather keep me away.
Great value for a an excellent experience.

T
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

This restaurant is a student run restaurant where they are learning how to run an upscale restaurant. They do a very.good job in providing a classic meal. The food is very well prepared and delicious. Service can be slow but this is part of the learning curve.

RK
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the Pacific Northwest lunch program. Everything was excellent again from the Lentil Soup, the Arugula Salad, the Planked Salmon to a very special Desert. It was a very artistically invented and presented version of "Black Forest Cake" with additional decorative items that I can't describe, the best ever.

PC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

I typically give food a deservedly "Outstanding" rating. This time, only "good" for the following reasons.

Negatives:
1) The Yukon Potatoes were literally swimming in butter or some other ingredient.
2) The lentil soup was somewhat on the bland side and the cup wasn't even half filled.
3) The vegetables were somewhat "oily" or overdone with butter.

Positives:
The plank salmon was excellent - tasty and cooked to perfection
Bread was very tasty
Dessert was outstanding as usual.

CP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a cool experience. I can’t believe they don’t have lines out the door. I will definitely go again and again!

MR
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The ambience was superb - quiet, immaculate, relaxed.
The service was effective, knowledgeable, efficient, well-timed.
The food was adventurous, but that was expected since the menu varies according to whatever the teachers are teaching the culinary students.

I had been there once previously, following a tour of the MAC. To celebrate the birthday of a dear friend, I suggested this place, where she had never been. It was a successful celebration!

RK
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just duplicate comments from experience written about Luncheon on September 12, 2018

T
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

This is a student run restaurant that is used for College of DuPage culinary arts training of future chefs. The dinners followed a central plains theme and the food was typical of midwestern fare. Future dinners will follow other regional themes. Service was ok as the servers were learning how to work in a restaurant.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We went for the American South menu. Staff and students are always very polite and attentive. For this menu the Soup and Entre were very good but the Salad was just ok. We had to wait awhile for the entre but the staff was very apologetic and the catfish dish was worth the wait.

DG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

This student experience offers pretty good food for unbelievable prices. You also get to help these Culinary students hone their skills.

BH
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was very impressed with the ambiance and the professional staff. I felt like I was at a 4 star restaurant but reasonable in price. I loved the presentation of the food and that the food was exceptional. The whole meal was very good but that dessert was outstanding! Will plan to come again in Feb. I felt lucky to get this reservation for a birthday lunch for 6. They are all booked to the end of the semester!

RK
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We have visited this restaurant many times before, both when it was still independent and now under the COD student program. This was our first lunch during this new Fall Semester. The theme was "American South". Each one of us took a different selection from the menu for all three courses, all were excellent, including the desert. This was probably the best experience of the many meals we have had at Waterleaf, even though they are always excellent. We have made reservations for all four luncheon themes this semester and also for the four dinners coming up during the Fall 2018 "International Cuisine gastronomical trip around the world".
We know this is wishful thinking, but it would be great if this place would be open year around, including holidays and weekends.
PS: This time around service was "a little slow" because of shortage of student servers, it was still good and we didn't mind enjoying the relaxing atmosphere.

HD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great experience. Would recommend making it easier to view the menus and dates available. Would also like the opportunity to have weekend times available. Otherwise a great experience.

H
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Each course was interesting and tasty! We loved the theme. The service was perfect! Will definitely come back!

P
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

THE BEST restaurant for dinner and conversation--you never have to yell to be heard as is usually the case. Quiet ambiance, professional service, excellent food always makes for an enjoyable, satisfying experience. Our favorite place for all occasions!

AK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is wonderful - such a value for $17. The students do an excellent job both with the food and service. I highly recommend this.

B
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

This is a nice place to go to support the culinary students and program at COD, and also to have a four course date-night meal that is tasty and inexpensive.

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Restaurant of the culinary program at College of Dupage.

AG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service from students learning the business!

CM
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Waterleaf is a wonderful dining experience acknowledging the students learning opportunities. what is most confusing to me are the HOURS of the restaurant and the lack of dining availability. If this is a restaurant, it should be available/open more hours. If this is a student experience, it should NOT be listed as a restaurant on OPENTABLE, but listed on the COLLEGE website as a college venue for learning.