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Avli Restaurant
Avli Restaurant

Avli Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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 WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "We had the best evening with friends, sitting outside on the adorable patio and eating perfectly prepared Greek food. Loved our waiter, Nico, who really knew the wine list. We will definitely be back and probably be making it one of our "go-to" regular spots- which is a short list!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food was excellent except starter beets were just okay. very knowledgeable staff and great service. Outdoor seating was full in cute courtyard. Somewhat hard to find because it's an interior location in the Laundry building."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food was good, server was great. One of the owners (the older one) that was also the host was not good, a real turn off. Did not honor reservations. We were 2 and would not sit us at a 4 top. 4 people came in after us and were willing to sit inside but gave them a table before us. Then he rushed 2 woman that had finished but were talking to get up and leave. A four top next to us went empty for over an hour. You have to order one thing at a time otherwise it comes out real fast. If that happens you may as well to Cross Rhodes in Evanston where I think the food is better and cheaper. The server Nick was great very friendly and helpful. Great outdoor atmosphere but one of the owners just really ruined it. I have had better lamb chops"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Good, food, good service, good weather, and a nice private outdoor space makes eating at Avli outdoors very enjoyable. The food continues to be well prepared with fresh items on the menu. The service is friendly, helpful, and attentive. The outside area is away from traffic and west facing so the early evening sun is quite pleasant. If you like Greek food this is a great place in the Northern suburbs."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We dined at Avli for the 4th or 5th time - we always have a great meal there. On this occasion, the service was simply superb. The waiter was attentive, helpful, generous and accommodated every request. We always have good service at Avli but this time was really great. I look forward to going back to Avli again this summer."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Food was great and we sat outside in a great atmosphere. The service was subpar. Our waiter took forever to take our order. When it came time for our check it took over 20 minutes and that was after we asked him for the check. He was hard to find and never around our table."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful dinner al fresco at Avli last Saturday night. The outdoor garden is lovely and when the storm started the protective roof kept us dry. The food was outstanding! Notable is the wide selection of appetizers. We all had fish for dinner and everyone really enjoyed their entree. The salmon baked in parchment paper with fennel was one of the best meals that I have eaten. Don't skip dessert! The Choclova is amazing."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Nice to know we have such a gray Greek restaurant here on the North Shore. Everything was very tasty and well done."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We ate outside on the patio and it was very buggy. Service was a little slower than usual, probably because the restaurant was packed. Despite this, the food was very tasty, especially the taramosalata! Next time, I would eat inside."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The restaurant is nice. Outdoor patio is great. The food wasn't anything special. The dessert was good but we gad the "tapas" style dining and only two of our 6 dishes were good."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "First time to this restaurant and was very impressed with both the food and the quality of service."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We dined at the outdoor dining room on Sat. night. It has a retractable awning so even if it sprinkles you can still eat outside. The sea bass was their special fish which was excellent. The beef kabobs were also very good. We had a couple of the spreads which were very tasty. We also had a bottle of Rose' which was delightfully light and refreshing. I wish they would add a children's menu. We had 4 with us and it was a little difficult ordering for them."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The flavors were subtle and the food deliciously seasoned. We enjoyed the beet salad, grilled artichokes, shrimp kabobs and mini rack of lamb."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We have just started coming to Avli and have had fantastic meals and service each time. We are recommending this restaurant to our friends and family and have made a reservation for a large table for one of our groups. The Mediterranean Sea Bass is not to be missed. It is absolutely delicious. Enjoy this restaurant and you will be a return diner."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "It brought me back to my time in Greece. A beautiful spot, delicious food, lots of Greek wines. Beautiful!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The reception is lovely when you enter the restaurant. The staff seems genuinely pleased that you are there. We were not rushed and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great food, nice folks, too noisy for us older prople, but we would go back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Best Greek food in the Chicago area. We will try to return soon. Grilled octopus and calamari was delicious."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Celebrated the birthdays of a 93 and 17 on Friday night. Great food and service, I enjoy going here. Had a 5:30 reservation and by the time we left, it was very loud. Next time we bring my father, the 93 yo, we will go earlier. The noise was normal for a restaurant. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "best meal to date; dimitri must be our permanent waitor; his choices of wine and entrees to date have been the best; we will always ask for him. The three of us had the roast lamb plate and it was beyond outstanding We are afraid to refer your name to other friends and clients If you were that busy, could we still have a table in te kitchen "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "A group of six gathered for a Sunday evening birthday dinner. The waiter was attentive but not overbearing; he took the cake we brought to the kitchen for later. The restaurant was busy but the pace of the service was just right so that our group could have conversation. The wine recommendation was perfect for our meals. And finally, the waiter brought out the cake when I asked, with candles, and then served it to us after the candles were blown out! It was a lovely evening and we basically closed the restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Came at 6PM with reservations Service was horrible every step of the way Dinner took an hour to arrive Gyros were gamy and cold. Returned them to be heated, and they arrived back cold: likely sitting waiting for a server. Very noisy and clearly inadequate number of servers. Will not return."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This is a sweet place with lovely attentive service. Food was very good to excellent. They pour a good drink too. We have been before and are never disappointed. Inside is quieter, outside can be noisy when the sun roof is closed and there are large tables of guests. Like it!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Dinner menu has good variety, reasonably priced. Our sea bass, rack of lamb, pasta and other entrees were very well prepared. Starter dishes and desserts were excellent. Service was just right - attentive but not invasive. We weren't rushed, but we weren't kept waiting. Good open room atmosphere. Lively, but noise level was fine - not too quiet, not too loud."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "To do the summary first there were some great dishes we had and some that missed the mark. The Skordalia had flavor but was too dry and need more moisture. The pita served with it was good. The Greek salad was a hit. It was dressed in a light dressing but that added to it. Another appetizer that was great was the grilled Greek sausage with peppers and onions. Very flavorful with a great sauce. My wife and I both ordered the lamb sank and found the meet tough. It need more time to braise to get the lamb to the right consistency. For desert we had the rice pudding which was lacking in flavor and this other one that was with shredded philo dough that was great. Service was excellent. We want to go back again and try other items."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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