Outside of Waterleaf Restaurant exterior

Waterleaf Restaurant

Waterleaf Restaurant, located in College of DuPage's Culinary and Hospitality Center, is a dining experience that offers real-life training to Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts and Restaurant Management students.

Patrons can experience culinary and pastry students' creativity while enjoying a multi-course meal, utilizing fresh regional and seasonal ingredients. Attentive service is provided by service and sales students. Waterleaf hours vary.

Menus are released one at a time approximately two weeks before the meal dates. Reservations will be accepted through OpenTable only. If you have any dietary restrictions, please note it on your reservation at time of booking. All menus will be posted at the start of the semester. Please note: we will no longer be e-mailing our diners the date and time when the reservations are opened.

Join the Waterleaf mailing list to receive a welcome letter at the start of each semester announcing our dates for lunches and dinners.

Waterleaf Reservations

Class Information

International Cuisine Lunches

Join us select Tuesdays this summer for a culinary trip around the world. This term, we'll be exploring the cuisines of Argentina, Italy, Thailand, Provence and Mexican in our upcoming International Cuisine menus. You'll receive attentive service from our students as you enjoy the view in Waterleaf dining room. Check back for menu.

  • Open select Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m.
  • $20 per person (Includes tax)

Regional American Cuisine - Closed for Summer

Enjoy fresh, seasonal, regional American food prepared and served by students in the Culinary Arts & Hospitality programs. Menus in this class are designed to reinforce basic skills and techniques that our newer students learned in the previous semester. These menus are sent out to our mailing list approximately two weeks before reservations become available on Open Table.

  • Lunches available Wednesday and Thursday with seatings at 11:15, 11:30, or 11:45 a.m.
    $20 per person (Includes tax)
  • Dinners available Tuesday evenings with seatings at 7 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
    $20 per person (Includes tax)

Contemporary Cuisine - Closed for Summer

From the lively flavors of Latin America, to old school steak house menus and modern takes on classic favorites, experience our capstone students' spin on our favorite dishes and ingredients. Our Advanced Service students provide attentive service as you enjoy thoughtfully paired wines in beautiful Waterleaf dining room. 

  • Open select Thursdays with seatings at 6 p.m., 6:15 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
  • $65 per person with wine pairing or $55 per person without (Includes tax)