The Boarding House

This is the first post by Kelly Lazar, our niece-who-has-always-been-like-more-of-a-sister. She's joining our blog and we are so happy to have her!

Take a look at what she has to say about this new gem in the city!

The Boarding House is a feast for your palate as well as your eyes. This multi-level restaurant is beaming with curb appeal and the moment you step in you notice the elegant décor and the wine glass chandeliers. The restaurant has three levels of dining to choose from, the main dining room for reservations only. 

The main bar houses a chalkboard featured menu of cheeses, charcuterie, and artisan pizzas to choose from as you await your table. The main dining room is expansive and elegant with a ceiling wine bottle chandelier that houses over 4000 wine bottles. There is no shortage of wines to choose from here. Alpana Singh, Master Sommelier, has created an extensive wine list to complement each dish, with a selection of 450 wines by the bottle. There are wine parings featured on the menu to accompany each selection if you wish.

During our most recent visit to The Boarding house we started off with two appetizers, the Seared Yellow Fin Tuna “Nicoise”  and the Grilled Prawns. The Tuna was paired with green beans, fennel with a touch of olives and piquillo peppers. The Grilled Prawns were cooked perfectly, plated with pine nut and raisin relish. For the main entrée, Wild Salmon was brought out with a beautiful garnish of Smoked Salmon Roe and accompanied with cucumber salad, roasted potatoes and dill crème fraiche. The salmon was prepared medium rare and had just a touch of pink on the filet, cooked perfectly.
For desert we had the Brownies and Stone Fruit which was paired with the salted carmel and peach ice cream. This desert alone would keep me coming back again and again.
While the menu is seasonal, there are a few standing favorites that remain on the menu. Overall, The Boarding House is a great addition to Wells Street that highlights excellent service, creative food and an elegant wine menu.

The Boarding House
720 N. Wells St.
Chicago, Illinois


  1. That wine glass chandelier is amazing ~ absolutely breath-taking! Thanks for the post, if I am ever in Chicago (I am in NC) I will surely check it out. Please consider this view #2 for the T-fal giveaway.

  2. Oh my!! This is truely a gem in the city!!


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