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425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6708 (Park)
Sun 11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
Wed - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
Sat 11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
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Chicago, IL
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Waterleaf is the restaurant where students in the culinary programs at College of DuPage practice their crafts. They are open only at select times during the semesters, so you'd need to make a reservation far in advance. It was worth the wait! Fine dining at such a reasonable price! The student chefs were knowledgeable in changes needed to be made... More 

Thank Siouxbee74
DuPage County, IL
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187 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

On the campus of College of DuPage, this was a wonderful high-end gourmet reataurant that recently closed due to messy political situation the school is going.

Thank Nanster630
Aurora, Illinois
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

I am a student at COD. I would take this time to point out that Waterleaf in the past was run by an OUTSIDE organization. This changes spring 2016. Also several people have mentioned that it was closed when they went there. Yes. This is true, it is only open on select dates with set menu options corresponding to the... More 

2 Thank Sarah P
Chicago, IL
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77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

This college fine dining restaurant was a vanity program of the former president of the College of Dupage, who made great use of it. It ran up huge losses for the taxpayers and has been closed.

Thank Ledyard
Level Contributor
32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

The College of DuPage Culinary School however, still operates a small cafe' in the same building. Sorry to see Waterleaf go, but I think the taxpayers were making up the difference due to poor business.

Thank Lisa W
Scottsdale, Arizona
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

This is located next to Inn at Water Edge and we had dinners here. The view is very serene and peaceful. The dinners were delicious and served beautifully. It was a nice complement to the hotel. Liked it very much.

Thank halmoni2015
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

The food here was excellent...no question. Unfortunately their ability to serve me successfully with a gluten free menu was not quite so great. I am very careful to explain my needs and make sure that a restaurant can fulfill them prior to going. They assured me repeatedly that they would be careful. Imagine my surprise when I took that first... More 

Thank Lovetotravel e
Oxford, Ohio
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224 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed our lunch experience. * Great atmosphere. We had a nice table over looking a pond. Dining room with white table cloths was nicely decorated. * Friendly staff. Outstanding overall service from the moment we walked in the door. * Price point very reasonable for the quality and quantity * Food was great. I had the open face... More 

Thank Stephen C
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015

The food was very good - I was expecting very good - we dine at fine restaurants often. What stood out was the service. Perhaps the best service can be described as "accommodates every need without interrupting - nearly invisible". That is how I would describe our service at Waterleaf. It is among the best service I have experienced. The... More 

Thank suryfam3
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

Please read the review for Water's Edge with the knowledge that I wrote it about Waterleaf at College of DuPage, which is a great place and deserves guests despite the bad press because of the college president's bad decisions.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6708
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  DuPage County  >  Glen Ellyn

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?