Fine Dining in Geneva, Illinois
Niche opened in August of 2006 to fill a “niche” in the Tri-City area of Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles, Illinois. The goal is to create a fine dining experience that isn’t stuffy, but allows our entire staff to share our love of good wine and satisfying, fresh, delicious food in a warm atmosphere.
From the start, Niche developed a strong and loyal following. With Chef Serena Perdue at the helm, the restaurant has earned numerous accolades and awards from local food critics as well as the national press.
Fresh from the Farm
Since its opening, Niche has fostered relationships with local growers and suppliers to bring our guests the freshest Midwestern produce and products. It’s these relationships with local businesses throughout Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia and the western suburbs of Chicago that inspire Chef Perdue and the eclectic, contemporary and constantly changing menu at Niche.
Niche’s commitment to fresh food culminated in 2011 with the creation of our own farm just a few miles from the restaurant. Chef Purdue’s culinary and ecological background has been put to good use overseeing Bull Run Farm, in Elburn, Ill., which makes us the first restaurant in the area to grow and serve its very own fresh produce.
Pairing the Perfect Wine
Niche has created an award winning all-American wine list featuring mostly limited production, boutique, and cult wines that highlight the best that America has to offer. Niche boasts a cellar of approximately 270 different wines, with a rotating list of fifteen wines offered by the glass. The wine collection was awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator in 2010 and 2011.
The entire staff at Niche has a passion for helping guests enjoy the perfect pairing food and wine. Often, Chef Perdue and Vince Balistreri collaborate to design special menus that bring together wine selections and dishes in a way that enhances the flavor and experience of both.
After Work at the Bar
Fine dining in Geneva includes sliders, popcorn and grilled cheese – albeit in a slightly more refined form – on Niche’s innovative small plates menu, available at the bar. Niche has developed a strong following of Metra commuters who finish their day with a walk from the Geneva, Illinois station to the restaurant. The dishes, which start at $6, are ideal for casual diners or Metra commuters stopping in to see friends, and find out what kinds of libations Vince has “discovered,” whether it’s a limited edition wine, a small-batch whiskey or an artisanal beer.
Knowledgeable, Accommodating Service
While food and wine are the focal points of the Niche dining experience, new guests are often surprised at the approachability and friendliness of the servers. At Niche, we believe fine dining should never be snobby or fussy. Servers at Niche are knowledgeable, accommodating, and genuine. The servers are food and wine experts in their own right. They are happy to answer any questions, make suggestions, and to personalize every dining experience.
Niche’s food menu and wine list are constantly evolving, so you can expect to be delighted with something new every time you visit.