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“Kendall's new menu is a winner”

The Dining Room at Kendall College
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Ranked #687 of 9,717 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, International
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Chicago & Halsted
Transit: Bus- Halsted 8 & Chicago 66 Subway- Red Line (North & Clybourn)
Description: Kendall College Dining Room is an extraordinary classroom that provides students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience in a student run fine dining restaurant under the supervision of Kendall's experienced instructors. Thanks to an outstanding faculty and dedicated students, Kendall College produces the finest talent in the hospitality and culinary fields in the Midwest. The Dining Room offers guests an amazing view of the Chicago skyline, multi-course meals at very reasonable prices, and ample parking. Come dine with the students before they become famous. The Dining Room at Kendall College is first and only culinary school restaurant included in MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2012.
Reviewed May 14, 2014

My wife and I have been two of the biggest booster of the Dining Room at Kendall College in Chicago. we have called it a "hidden gem" among Chicago restaurants, urged the city's major restaurant critics to take it seriously and insisted it has five-star quality, that it is very underrated and every bit as good as the more publicized and more expensive and elite dining establishments such as Spiaggia, believe it or not. If you don't, try it for yourself, lunch or dinner. The pre-fixe ($18 per person) lunch is unbeatable. And the truth is Kendall keeps getting better and bettr. we went this week to sample Kendall's new menu. The student staff has produced another winner. The thing you like about Kendall is the professionalism and enthusiasm and energy you experience from the time you pick up the phone to make a reservation to the minute you walk in the door to the second you leave the room after enjoying a three-course meal. We got an added treat, our waitress Jena. Her family owns one of the top restaurants in Chicago, Gene and Georgetti's, and she is preparing to join the family business. Like the other students in the program, Jena is learning all aspects of the restaurant trade...cooking, serving, bartending, managing. As patrons, we enjoy watching the process evolve. The new menu of eight appetizers, eight entrees and five desserts gives diners a wide range of choices and tastes, something for everybody. My wife chose Parisienne gnocchi/pan roasted spring mushrooms/fiddlehead ferns/toasted almonds/green garlic pesto for an appetizer, pan roasted Indiana shrimp/pistachio pesto/pickled green salad/browned artichokes/polenta for an entree and bittersweet chocolate and peanut tart/peanut butter ice cream/cocoa nib nougat/sea salt caramel sauce for dessert. I opted for smoked Great Lakes trout/beets/mache/preserved lemon creme fraiche/olive oil cracker for an appetizer, grilled hangar stead/red wine, bacon and mushroom sauce/wilted arugula/celery root puree for an entree and sour cream sorbet/brown sugar toffee sauce/fresh strawberries/snickerdoodle for dessert. Looking for something else? Maybe roasted lamb meatball or La Quercia prosciutto or Quenelle of Alaskan wild salmon or English pea soup or crispy fried calamari for an appetizer. Or spinach ravioli with artichokes and mascarpone cheese or pan seared Alaskan wile halibut or pan roasted duck breast or grilled lamb chops or crispy pressed pork for an entree. Or carrot, coconut and pistachio cake for dessert. All for $36 for two. Jena may not agree. But you'd be pressed to get a better bargain at Gene and Georgetti's.

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Reviewed April 18, 2014

Kendall students cook, serve, bar tend, and manage the restaurant. The food was very good, and we were provided amuse bouche plates between courses. The service was very attentive (they're students being taught!). The view form this dining room is special--you get a full, long view of the city across the river. The meal would cost a lot more for this quality if this weren't a teaching kitchen. Check their site for hours, though, since they are only open during the semester.

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Reviewed January 29, 2014

We have raved about the Dining Room at Kendall College in Chicago ever since we discovered it more than a year ago. We compared Kendall's student-operated dining room to any of the more publicized five-star restaurants in Chicago. And we weren't exaggerating. Now others agree with us. No less a critic than the Chicago Reader said: "with a prix fixe option ($29 for a three-course dinner Tuesday through Friday, $18 for lunch Monday through Friday), the Dining Room at Kendall College is one of the best fine-dining restaurants in town!" We recommend Kendall to friends and we never get complaints, only compliments. Sure, it isn't located on the Magnificent Mile or on the 16th floor of Trump Tower or the lobby of the Peninsula Hotel. But if you are interested in quality food at low prices, this is the place. The presentation and service is impeccable. One day, these student servers/chefs will be working (or owning) those more celebrated five-star venues. As I've written before, the kitchen is adjacent to the dining room so diners can view the food preparation through a large window. It's all part of the experience. What's different? The menu. Kendall recently introduced an entirely different menu for lunch and dinner...appetizers, entrees and desserts. We love to go for lunch. On this trip, I ordered the crisp potato cakes, house smoked salmon, creme fraiche, chives and red onion pickle, the grilled grass fed hangar steak with chestnut puree, Brussels sprouts, bacon and sherry vinegar emulsion and the citrus salad, pineapple sorbet with coconut rum sabayon. My wife chose the chestnut and porcini mushroom soup with Les Freres cheese beignet, veal osso buco, blake kale, soft polenta, braising sauce and bone marrow gremolata and lemon curd ice cream, toasted meringue, semolina shortbread and black currant sauce. Sounds like a five-star restaurant, right? There are lots of delicious options. How about charred octopus with crushed Scarlet Runner beans, onion marmeliata, capers and preserved lemon beurre blanc? With grilled wild striped bass, spiced tomato onion sauce, cinnamon and black pepper scented couscous and harissa aioli? And finish with warm sticky date pudding, buttered toffee sauce and vanilla bean cream? And that's only for lunch. Dinner entrees include veal tenderloin, pheasant, lamb loin, duck breast and sweet potato agnolotti. Some people may have trouble getting past the idea of a restaurant located in a college building and run by students. Trust me, trust the endorsement of anyone who has been there, you won't be disappointed.

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Reviewed December 15, 2013

Ate here recently at a private event. Thought the meal and service was first-rate. A little difficult to reach but worth the effort.

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Reviewed December 12, 2013

A year ago, a friend tipped us off about Kendall College's Dining Room in Chicago and we have been making it a must-stop among our culinary trips ever since. You haven't experienced anything like it, college students learning their trade while preparing five-star appetizers, meals and desserts for lunch and dinner. You can get a great view of the chefs and cooks and pastry chefs at work as the large kitchen is adjacent to the dining room with only a large window in separating the two. We celebrated my wife's 73rd birthday at lunch the other day. For an $18 prix fixe, my wife had a scallop, tenderloin and an ice cream dessert, plus a surprise gingerbread cake with birthday candle. I had a bacon-wrapped sausage appetizer, whitefish and a chocolate toffee pudding dessert. It was as good as it sounds. Our waitress, Stephani, was knowledgeable and attentive and friendly. So was the entire staff. "Help students pursue their dreams" is the motto of the Kendall College Charitable Trust, which sponsors student scholarships. I asked one student if we might see him at Patrick O'Connell's five-star Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia, one day. "I hope so," he said. All of these Kendall students are obtaining a wonderful education in the culinary arts. Kendall's Dining Room is one of the best-kept secrets in Chicago but it is obvious from our recent trips that more and more people are becoming acquainted with it. From the outset, I've insisted that Kendall is every bit in a class with the best restaurants in Chicago for service, meals, presentation, atmosphere. And the prices, $18 for lunch and $29 for dinner, are so much more reasonable. Trust me, you won't regret a trip to Kendall.

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