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Avli Restaurant
Avli Restaurant

Avli Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.avli.us
  • Email: info@avli.us
  • Phone: (847) 446-9300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation Lunch : Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Executive Chef: Louis Alexakis and Fernando Santander
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available along with party trays. Please contact the restaurant for further information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private functions from 10 to 85 are available in 3 separate dining spaces. Our "Cava" private family room is perfect for small parties between 8 and 15. Our lounge is available on select days for groups up to 30 and our main dining room can be partitioned for parties up to 85. Please call the restaurant for further information.
  • Private Party Contact: Louie Alexakis (847) 446-9300
  • Special Events & Promotions: 3 separate dining rooms allow us to host functions of all sizes. Our smallest room, the "Cava" seats 6-16 in a fully private room. Our Lounge can accomodate groups up to 30 for sit down functions and up to 50 for cocktail parties. Our Main dining room seats up to 90 persons and can be offered both privately and semi-privately, depending on the day and time. Please contact us for further information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spruce
  • Public Transit: The Winnetka stop of the Metra Northern Line is approximately 2 blocks from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Abundant street parking is available along Chestnut street. There is also a small public lot located in the rear of the restaurant and a large public lot 1 blk south.
A word from Avli Restaurant
Casual Greek dining with a flair for the original. Avli offers classic, regional and new recipes from Greece. Featuring over 130 top Greek Wines to match our original cuisine, we are proud to have recieved Wine Spectator Magazine's Award of Excellence in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Please be aware that outdoor dining availability is weather dependent and is first-come, first-serve. If you've made a reservation, please contact the restaurant directly to inquire about outdoor dining availability.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "If you're looking for expected, too unique, Greek offerings that are fresh and home made quality; this is the place to go. From Appetizer through Dessert, every course is presented well plated and full of flavor. Nothing has been sitting waiting to be ordered, it is prepared and served as you order, so you enjoy the fullest of flavors and aromas. The wine and beer selections compliment their food offering very well. The regional menu choices are a real treat from the typical Greek menu offerings at most other establishments. Don’t go if you’re in a hurry; allow yourself time to enjoy your food and drink selections, and appreciate the welcoming and knowledgeable staff."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Too many Greek restaurants are tired, traditional and boring. Not Avli. Smart, fresh, creative and yet traditional. And reasonably priced....nice wine list. Good beer list. You can get the saganaki, but try something new and be very pleasantly surprised."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had several appetizers including the spreads with pita and octopus. Great. We had the grilled artichoke hearts, also very good. Then we were splitting the nice rack of lamb which they split in the kitchen. Two of our party split the chocolate baklava which they raved about. The waiter recommended a red wine which was super smooth and lovely. We all had a great time."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Wonderful food. Very nice out of the way restaurant. We would certainly return"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Everything was delicious, and the service was wonderful. Can't say enough about this great place."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We have eaten dinner at Avli many times and always find good food, good service, good atmosphere. The owners visit each table one or two times during the evening to ensure that everything was made to order. Many patrons seem to know each other; there are many repeat customers. From start to finish, this always is a good choice of restaurants."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised by Avli. we had not been there in years, and the food has improved nicely. Menu is a broad mix of Greek and other dishes, with lot of choices of size of the portion. Service was mature and helpful. We'll definitely go back during the summer and sit outside."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Tasty food in a hidden spot Great for families Definitely worth a visit!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Our waiter was not very friendly. He would have been a good fit for a Greek diner but not for a nice restaurant in Winnetka. He ruined our experience. Food was pretty good but not great. Ambience is nice."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Good food and terrific service. The restaurant was busy on the weeknight we dined, but quiet enough for engaging conversation. We took longer than expected for a leisurely dinner with friends and didn't notice until we were ready to leave that it was past closing and we were the last table left. Service was attentive but unobtrusive and never pushy or rushed. Recommendations were made when solicited and proved excellent. Dinner was paced with attention to our needs, neither slow nor rushed. We were made to feel welcome by every one of the staff we saw from the time we entered to the time we left."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Had a wonderful lunch with three girlfriends. We all raved about the food each time it was presented to us and after we ate it. It was all great and delicious. Everything was so fresh. Great choices and pricing for everyone. So convenient for us all & great service. Thank you! We'll be back. My new go-to place!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Went way beyond expectations... We've gone to Greektown plenty of times and even vacationed in Greece, but Avli was a pleasant surprise. The saganaki wasn't too salty, our waiter gave us a mini wine tasting to help us make a selection of a Greek wine, and the grilled octopus hit the spot!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "This is a good restaurant if you are looking for good Greek in the area. We were there on a Saturday night. Our only complaints is that they often do not have the full selection of draft beers shown on their menu. Also the acoustics are bad and it can get very loud. The night we were there it pretty much spoiled our evening to listen to one of our table neighbors yelling about his medical ailments. Not the restaurants fault but really...."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Avli is one of the better Greek restaurants in the Chicago area. We've dined there many times and will continue to do so. On this last visit our server clearly had a very large section and was a bit overwhelmed. Service, as a result, suffered. But the food was very good. The Fresh whole Sea Bass is a favorite of ours as are the Lamb Chops. And, they have the most extensive Greek Wine list anywhere, many of which are a joy to discover and are as good as any produced in Italy or California. We cannot wait until the weather gets better and we can enjoy their outdoor patio!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Great Local Spot We enjoy the great food and great service as well as the local drive"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed Avli! The fresh fish, great service and atmosphere made it a great success. I look forward to coming back!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "we had dinner on Tuesday and Saturday nites. each time we chose a different meal on Saturday nite, I had a wonderful greek wine similar to a pinot noir The food was served hot and was well treated during its preparation the wait staff was just terrific and humorous The owner changed our seating efficiently when asked We have been gong for 3.5 years During that time, the menu offerings have increased and so has the quality of the food and its preparaton. It is no longer an unknown restaurant"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Always like this place for a dependable, good meal. One of my favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Our party agreed that the flavors were bolder and the ingredients fresher than most Greek restaurants. We had appetizers and salads and enjoyed every dish."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Took Clients here for a business lunch. Felt like we were invisible. Odd thing was, it wasn't even busy. I can see why."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "There is nothing special about dining out on a Sunday night. One might expect the staff to be tired from a busy weekend. Although the place was not crowded, the staff was considerate and helpful. There are so many interesting dishes and flavors to sample, share and enjoy. The lamb chops were oh so tender and perfectly seasoned. We even shared a dessert of Ek-Mek. Wow! I don't think we will get back soon enough."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Nothing stereotypical about this thoroughly Greek restaurant. Terrific food - lots of vegetarian-friendly and otherwise healthy dishes, interesting appetizers and "small plates" to share or not, lots of tasty entrees and salads (meal-size or as a side). We went after theater, arriving at 9 pm Sunday night, and were not rushed out, even as the waiters closed up for the evening. Prompt pleasant and gracious service - particularly good-humored considering that we were among four late-night tables. We're eager to return to try out other dishes on the menu! A lovely ending to a lovely evening."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Seafood is very good. Not traditional Greek Choices"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The flatbread appetizer was a good starter. There were three of us and we all had a couple tastes. The Moussaka was served baked in a casserole dish, and was delicious and comforting on a cold winters night. All three of us would recommend this restaurant for a genuine Greek meal."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "We enjoyed a very pleasant meal, sitting right next to the fire, in a cold night. The menu offers a good variety and it is excellent Greek comfort food. Our server was terrific and made a wonderful wine suggestion. This is a terrific asset in our town."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Took our teenagers along and everyone enjoyed the evening. Terrific service. Interesting wine - tasted three before we chose! I had excellent whole sea bass. Kids had more typical greek fare. Mom had beef. Everyone was very pleased. Skip the saganaki."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "We were there early for a pretheatre dinner at about 4:30 in the afternoon. Had the place and our waiter to ourselves. Very enjoyable meal."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Avli offers a nice variety of dishes, well executed. The setting is comfortable and attractive. The service was friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our dinner and we look forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I generally do not often write reviews, but when I do, I write them for hidden gems such as Avli. What an amazing restaurant. Being a huge foodie (also of Greek descent), coupled with the fact that my family has been in the restaurant business for several generations, lets just say I know Greek food. The quality of the food was very impressive. The presentation, which most other "more established" Greek restaurants lack, was amazing. The taste was very authentic and the portions were great. The pastichio was perfect, served in its own casserole versus simply being cut out of a large pan that may have been prepared several days ago as other restaurants do. The service was outstanding. Truly a north shore gem. I highly recommend."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Third time there, and didn't disappoint. Went on a Sunday and had a great meal. My wife likes fish, but beware there is no fish delivery on Sunday, although they have other seafood and salmon (which she got and was delicious). Just no fresh fish special. I got the Poseidon dish (calamari, octopus, shrimp). Don't know how they do it without making it rubbery! It was also great. It wasn't crowded, yet they stuck us between two other parties...could have spread us out a bit...but we didn't ask to be moved. I'm sure they would have obliged. Will go again for another special occasion."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Great Greek restaurant with friendly service, terrific menu, nice ambience for dining. Such a find and since we live in the neighborhood, it is definitely a convenient location. Will recommend to friends, and looking forward to returning soon!"
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "We usually head to greektown for my birthday .. this is close to home and yummy. The greek yougurt mousse is so delish. .."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "We went there for my sons bday. Food was great. Angelo our waiter wad awesome. He even came out later with desert and sang happy bday. Would definitely go again and again, ordering something different each time."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "I have been back to Avli four or five times this year and each visit has been very pleasant. I would recommend going for a good menu that isn't pretentious but is delicious."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "I had heard that the restaurant was excellent. I was not that impressed with the food - have had much better in Greek Town and in other neighborhood places. I don't think I would go back, unless in Winnetka and needed to find a place. The eggplant spread was tasteless, the salmon roe spread was not nearly as good as other places. The beets were ok. But, the potato/garlic spread was excellent. The grilled squid didn't have enough flavor. The moussaka was fabulous, loved the crusty top served in mini casserole."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "We have been here several times and the food and wine rarely disappoints. Unfortunately the service can be very spotty. A few of the waiters are outstanding, but most of them seem a bit overwhelmed when it's a busy Saturday night."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "Enjoyed our first time at Avli sitting in their outdoor court. We would definitely return. Enjoyed the salmon and the arugula salad with grilled chicken!"
    Dined on 8/30/2013
  • "good selection of Greek Wines and Dishes in a pretty setting."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "We sat outside which is lovely. Always have the sea bass and love the zucchini chips. Reasonably priced and friendly"
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "So pleased with the open, light-filled rooms. Great food and service. So happy to have found this gem."
    Dined on 8/2/2013