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“Surprisingly Good!”
Review of Waterleaf - CLOSED

Waterleaf
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Park
Description: 630-942-6881
Reviewed July 6, 2012

I had been wanting to try this restaurant for the past few months and I finally came for a relative's birthday. What a beautiful setting! The restaurant is open and airy with warm earthtone colors. My family and I ordered the Price Fixe menu. We ordered French onion soup, shrimp risotto, ravioli, a cubano sandwich as well deserts. One person ordered the sorbet which was beatifully presented. We also ordered the chocolate trio. There was a lot effort put forth in the presentation, the taste of the food as well as the service. I would say that the restaurant has a well-balanced menu. My only suggestion would be for the chef to not use too much salt in the Cubano sandwich but I was so pleased with the overall experienced. Way to go COD! You're a sweet diamond here in DuPage county. I certainly hope that you continue to prosper!

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Thank MidwestTraveler7
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

The food was great....sophisticated, delicious and imaginative. We thought it was almost as good as Adele's in Wheaton, which is another favorite. If you are attending a performance at the College of DuPage there is a pre-theatre/early dinner menu which is less expensive.( You don't have to have a theatre ticket to take advantage of this offer.) On the weekend their executive chef and professional staff run the show. If you want to go during the week, call the restaurant and find out which nights the executive chef is cooking and which nights the restaurant is being used by College of DuPage's culiinary school.

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Reviewed May 25, 2012

Waterleaf is a professionally run and operated restaurant Th-M. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays it is operated as a teaching environment and staffed by College of DuPage students. We were there on a Saturday night, so expected a professional experience. Another reviewer characterized the restaurant as inconsistent. And that was exactly our take. Many dishes were beautifully presented, but had flavor combinations that were out of balance. A sundried tomato chutney overwhelmed the halibut. The delicate hamachi was lost in combination with Thai peppers and mint oil. The crab cake came overcooked and dry. The Seared Scallop & Tea Smoked Duck Salad, on the other hand, was exceptional. As was the Filet Mignon. The Floating Island with mango Crème Anglaise was the best dish of the night. The wait for our starters was longer than it should have been, and the server explained that there was a disagreement over the plating on the hamachi, which led to the delay. What?? Even if that was the case, why was he telling us? Later when he delivered the complimentary post-dessert cookie and candy plate, our waiter identified all the treats on the dish, but said he could not pronounce the little French jelly thing... could he mean gelee? (It was to die for!) The Prix Fixe is a deal - $48 for anything on the menu, including any soup or salad and any dessert. With starters running $10-19, this is a good value.

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Reviewed May 14, 2012

This is a beautiful restaurant in a nice setting, and we were excited to go here for Mother's Day to try the restaurant and to support the culinary program at COD. We were surprised that we did not see any employees that appeared to be college students. The staff were mostly in their 30's to 60's and so not what we expected.

The cost for 6 of us was $260 on a price-fix menu. Although we came in the middle of the day, they were already out of items, which seemed strange when the menu is fixed. The restaurant is trying very hard to be upscale, which means small, well arranged portions and some strange items such as a pancake with caviar on top.

We found some of the items to be excellent and a lot of them to be sort of bland. In general, the main entrees were very good and the side dishes and desserts were just so-so. For example, the steak was excellent, but the desserts were very humdrum and the cookies served at the end were colorless, boring and sort of tasteless.

The service is great, but the whole experience was sort of inconsistent and because of that seemed very expensive for what it was. If they are going to be a culinary school restaurant that is letting students practice on the patron with strange dishes, then the price needs to reflect that. We may try it again at some point just to see if this was just one day of strangeness, and I look forward to seeing other reviews.

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Thank DDAVOUST
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