Waterleaf

425 Fawell
Glen Ellyn, IL
630-942-6881
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Description:

Don’t let the association with the College of DuPage fool you: This is a serious—and stylish—fine-dining restaurant with professional chops as well as a teaching mission. GM Jean-Pierre Leroux and executive chef Nadia Tilkian create a relaxed experience from amuse-bouches to petits fours that enchants diners with sophisticated flavors and presentations. Succulent crispy-skinned duck breast stuffed with foie gras on butternut squash purée and diced beets will impress a jaded gastronome, and pan-roasted striped bass over a fricassee of frog’s legs, kale, and white beans comes pretty close. A pastry-school-perfect opera cake with white pepper ice cream and an award-winning wine list round things out nicely.

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Dishes We Liked

Chicken liver mousse with cherry-balsamic compote ($12), porchetta of braised shoulder and pork belly with preserved apples and pork glace ($26), chocolate tart with ganache ($9)

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Rating:
Price: $40-$49
Cuisine: Contemporary American
Neighborhood: Suburban West
Noteworthy: Free dinner parking
Outdoor dining
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: L Wed-Sat, D Wed-Sun. Br Sun.