I had seen recommendations about Balmoral and given that my wife has Gluten issues, I sent an email one Saturday night asking if they could tell me what options she would have; too many times, a place has an amazing menu, but only a few things that are gluten free.
I was pleasantly surprised that I received multiple responses and not only did they say they have multiple options that they work, since they’re a scratch kitchen, they would enjoy the chance to be creative.
Needless to say, we made reservations and came into the restaurant. It’s a great environment and the staff is extremely friendly and attentive and the food was amazing! I take effort to make sure my wife doesn’t feel like she’s missing out and Balmoral hit on all cylinders from cocktails to start to amazing starters, soup, our shared venison rack entree (YUM) and a scotch flight to end the evening. Until last Friday, this former Memphian had never heard an Elvis song played on bagpipes... now I have :)
Just a great place and while already know we will definitely go back, when we saw what Colin, did for the seniors dinner, we even appreciate them even more.
Go to Balmoral; you will enjoy it!
We had a excellent birthday celebration and the food was quite good! Service was attentive and owner stopped by our table twice!
Balmoral is very unique to the area and the owner goes out of his way to make sure guests have a great experience. However, you definitely are paying for that experience. As a vegetarian I only had one option and it was a stuffed pepper for almost $30. My aunt found her portion to be very small and overcooked. The service was great-it’s a very unique place but unfortunately we won’t be back.
Wonderful experience from start to end. Everything we ate was great.
A true culinary delight. The immersion starts when walking in the front door! You are greeted into a warm space allowing you to be transported to Scotland! The true experience continues with your cocktails and ordering to be allowed to best space your selections. A little Scottish music and every once and a while a little bag pipe music complete the scene. Foods were all delicious and I appreciated that our server, Haley, encouraged us to venture from the routine. We will be back!
Excellent as always! Only issue were the strawberries in my wife’s dessert, she thought they were bitter instead of sweet.
Wonderful experience beginning to end with live bag pipe music, a great selection of scotch whisky, wonderful service and incredible food!
The Balmoral is our favorite place to go for a truly special fine dining experience. The food is always amazing, the service takes great care of you and doesn't rush you. The cocktails are creative and delicious as well. I can't recommend this restaurant enough. Their special fixed course events are great because you get to try so much of their fantastic menu.
Romantic Valentines dinner experience. We tried food we would not have otherwise ordered. It was delicious with beautiful presentation and excellent service. It was a bit pricey at $140pp, but clearly the demand is there. Every table was sat.
Outstanding food and service!
Loved this restaurant. It’s somewhat new to our area and it was our first time there. Exceptional array of menu options. Everyone should be able To find something that appeals to their pallete. I had a great trout dish and my husband had a perfectly prepared beef Wellington. The drinks were well-made and very interesting, and the service was attentive. Highly recommend for special occasions or an elegant evening out
We did afternoon tea and it was amazing! I’ve had tea all over the world and even in London where the Queen has dined and it was awesome! Such a cute restaurant in the middle of nowhere. It’s probably one of the only options for this quality that isn’t downtown. The ambience is amazing and the staff was great! I highly recommend! We stumbled upon this place accidentally for anniversary and it was unbelievable for dinner too. Complete with a bagpiper as you walk the red carpet in the front door during some nights for dinner. We can’t wait to go back!
This is our 4th visit to Balmoral and we have yet to be disappointed. The food has been wonderful and the service exceptional. Kylie was our server and was very helpful recommending a couple of authentic Scottish touches.
Food was delicious, service was great! Highly recommend.
One of my all time favorite restaurants anywhere! We dined there on Saturday with another couple who had been with us in the Fall of 2018. The consistency of amazing food, great service and personal attention from Colin, the owner who visits the table, is impressive. We have dined there about 12 times since they opened in summer of 2018. This time we had a wonderful bottle of wine that we brought as well as one that we purchased. Our friends had the venison and the massive pork chop. Both were cooked to perfection. We had the massive pork chop and the salmon over sole dish. Wonderful sauces. I really like the sides being served family style. The carrots are amazing. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to have a true dining experience.
We love Balmoral! We come for the Scottish food, and stay for the awesome environment! It's such a fun treat and the food is absolutely incredible. Definitely try the Venison main!
Simply one of our favorite places to go. We love to introduce our friends and family to this wonderful spot. The owner is fantastic and Earl, the bartender, is not to be missed as he really knows his spirits. Plus, if you like haggis, well, where else in the western 'burbs are you going to find this authentic Scottish treat?
We enjoyed a terrific “early Valentine’s Day” dinner on February 8, 2020. Fabulous food, genuine conviviality, warm ambiance, and great music, added to our meal experience. And who could ask for more, than being served by Jake (from State Farm?). All in all, this is a hidden gem, deserving of much wider acclaim.
It was such a pleasant surprise to find the Balmoral Restaurant!! The food, service, atmosphere are ALL AMAZING!!!! We LOVED it so much! I've lived in IL for 5 years and this was the BEST dinner I've had since moving here!! SOOOOOO YUMMY!!! And worth EVERY PENNY!!! :)
It was a perfect place to get my Scottish fix. From the moment we stepped out of the car, we heard the bagpipes welcoming us. The owner was there to greet and welcome us. The food, service and ambiance was spectacular. It was a first to have someone play Happy Birthday to me on the bagpipes, while the patrons sang.
First time here. The entire experience was wonderful. The accommodations were comfortable. The service was outstanding, and the food was terrific. Not sure what else to say, but if you are looking for a dining experience, this is the place to go!
One of the nicest restaurants we've been to in a while!
We enjoyed a lovely brunch that was served on beautiful china plates with attractive silver and glassware. I ate one of the best omelets I have ever had - so flavorful! It was intriguing to try unfamiliar dishes such as "Spotted Dick" and "Blood Pudding". Both were delicious! Our waitress couldn't have been more kind and attentive. We hope to dine there again soon.
We loved The Balmoral!!! From the bagpipe greeting to the service and food, it was great.
What a wonderful experience we had at Balmoral! Authentic, warm and inviting, everything was perfect from top to bottom! Thank you so much!
Such attention to detail! The food is top notch. There are even bagpipes! Try the crafted cocktails, they are so good! Be sure to reserve your spot at this unique dining experience!
About as good as you can get out here.
Food was absolutly delicious. For our appitizer we had the best Scotch Egg ever! For our main meals, I ordered the stuffed red pepper and my husband ordered the rack if venison. Everything very tasty!! Will be back.
Wonderful food and superior service in a warm, inviting atmosphere results in a spectacular dining experience.
Everything was wonderful, it was are first time there and enjoyed it very much. Very different than any other restaurant around.
Excellent restaurant at all levels. Both the pepper ribeye and beef Wellington were outstanding! The family style sides of mashed potatoes, honey glazed carrots and green beans were just right. And the maple bourbon smash with a standard 2 ounce pour was a top notch drink. All of that for about $140. The ambiance was Scottish indeed and the owner roamed the room talking with guests. Our new “go to” establishment for fine dining!
Our service was amazing. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. The owner stopped by several times as well just to greet us and check that all was well. They had a bagpiper to pipe us in and the atmosphere was just terrific.
Another great night of dinner and drinks at the bar with Earl. Love Balmoral!
Missed seeing Colin tonight!
We enjoyed trying new items from the January menu. These special menus that you have throughout the year are very affordable and a chance to try all your delicious entrees. Jasmin D. is an excellent server, very attentive and personable! Looking forward to our next visit. Colin, thank you for bringing Scottish cuisine to the western part of Chicagoland.
Excellent service and the roast was delicious! Excellent tea and very enjoyable
My daughter’s 50th birthday. Thought the complementary dessert could have been MUCH nicer. Sabrina, our waitress was excellent, but it would have been MUCH appreciated if the owner would have stopped by our table. Even at California Pizza Kitchen the “manager” never misses doing that. It is such a nice touch and doesn’t take much time.
We have eaten at Balmoral quite a number of times and always brought guests. We hope you continue your upscale establishment.