Avli Restaurant
Avli Restaurant

Avli Restaurant

  • 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 847-446-9300x
  • Special Events: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Avli Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (68)great for outdoor dining (53)fit for foodies (26)good for groups (21)great for lunch (14)special occasion (14)kid-friendly (12)notable wine list (8)romantic (8)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Girls night out
    Sinbadd
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    A great place to dine with girl friends, spouses and Family. Very knowledgable on wines, foods from Greece. Highly recommend this restaurant to all. Sinbadd
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Greek food anywhere outside of Greece
    Pickey
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    If you are tired of the typical greek food this is your place. Not only the best greek food Ive ever had but one of the top 10 meals I have eaten in the past year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shana
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The food was excellent and the staff was super attentive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was our third time here and we told our city friends that they had to join us at this amazing restaurant. Unfortunately, we looked silly for being so excited. We were seated immediately. When we were asked for our drink order, it took 30 minutes to get them because we were forgotten about. There was a big party, but only two other tables besides us being handled by the waiter. My husband had to call the waiter over to remind him we were there and waiting for drinks and to order.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We made a meal of appetizers--and it was fabulous! The grilled artichokes, fava beans, greek salad and mini shish kabobs were all delicious!! This is one of my favorite restaurants for a reason!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek cusine and More
    GarlicVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Avli has continued to improve its menu, quality of food, and level of service. It appears that the restaurant has turned the corner, and is investing in being a top notch place to dine. Now that summer has gone, they have heated their outside space, which provides more tables and less crowding. the menu continues to improve and expand, which allows one to eat light or enjoy a full meal. They have increased staff in the kitchen and the servers, which has allowed the patron to determine the speed of their dining experience. It is all good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    Vit10
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Top notch seafood and great for vegetarians, too. Wonderful small plates and Greek appetizer spreads. Fabulous dessert baklava.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rosey
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Fod and service were great! Recommend the Beet Salad, Papoutsakia and Whole sea bass!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Caution! Menu changes!
    Foodie9255
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We took friends here specificially for some menu items we'd had in the past and per Avli's website (e.g., Stuffed Chicken Breast), but it was no longer available. Also, the there was a very limited selection of deserts last night... nothing like what's represented on Avli's website. The food was very good, but we had to "find" something that appealed to us and it was not as we described to our guests. We'll not likely go back since we can't be sure what the menu will be.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We go often
    cityplaceVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We love it here. Friendly owner, great and reasonable food. We always get the same thing. Greek salad, sea bass (delicious) and zucchini chips (wonderful) We were able to sit with others without being rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DINNER Saturday
    KentVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was just ok, however the service was very poor, it seems that without ordering cocktails our server lost interest in taking good care of us.
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  • Good food, good service
    ChoppedLiverVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had a party of 7 for this meal. With larger parties I have experiences where food comes at different times and not always served hot. This was not the case at Avli. The cadence of the meal was excellent as was the food. I highly recommend for larger parties.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Affordable good food / slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Place was half empty but it took the waiter 30 min to get our order
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Menu
    BobHoosier
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Lots of Vegitarian and Gluten Free options. Amazing wine list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good.
    RSinNY
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great service and great food! A perfect neighborhood restaurant that I would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suburban surprise
    Munchkin514VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Having eaten in Chicago's Greek Town early and often, I thought I knew Greek food, but Avli has changed that. Some of the names of the dishes were familiar, but the faces were quite pleasantly new. Seasonings were delicate, not overwhelming; preparation fresh, and portions just right. Others were new and novel, and equally well executed. I truly enjoyed the updated spin on traditional Mediterranean cuisine. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My first experience here and will probably not be going back. The service was sub par and very rushed. Every time we needed something it was like we were bothering our waiter. I had to flag down at least 3 people to get some ice tea and finally asked the manager (who initially was too busy texting on his phone to even notice). Our main dishes were tasteless...the pastichio had so much bechamel on it that it overpowered anything else in the dish. To make matters worse the bread tasted stale! I don't understand what the hype is about this place..my neighborhood diner has greek dishes that taste better!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • alfresco dining
    Chicagofoodie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It was great to sit outside on a lovely evening and enjoy an interesting meal. The service was solid---prompt service and multiple visits. The food was also very good…lots of choices and prepared well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood spot
    Tomg
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was walkable for us and the food was great. Hard to choose from all the great looking menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    GlenviewResident
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    First time here and loved everything about it. Great food, great drinks and great ambiance. We started with Squid and Calamari, both grilled and they were delicious. Our entrees were also fantastic. Steak and chicken kabobs with a yummy Lemon Oregano rice. I would definetely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but with attitude
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I have been to Avli a handful of times. The food is great, and the outdoor seating is very comfortable. However, the last 2 times I had the same waiter who is just rude. While he is attentive and responds timely, his attitude is inappropriate. He will frown, make faces or make disparaging comments about you if you order something that he doesn't like. It's just wrong. The host and other people I encountered were friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Greek restaurant
    cityplaceVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We love it here. Friendly, great food at reasonable prices. Outdoor space is lovely. Delicious sea bass and wonderful zucchini chips.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good & not so good
    Izzy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The arugala salad was quite weak but the salmon in the bag with oouso was delightful. Service mostly good but inconsistent. Scotch and water = a very small serving. No gluten-free beer though lots of gluten-free items.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    2togo
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Nice restaurant. Great food. Moderate prices. The staff is friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alan
    AlanVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We eat at Avli about twice a month and love the restaurant. Service is usually excellent but was slow during this visit. It was a later that we normally dine and they were very busy. I just wanted to clarify the 3 stars for service - we will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice late-night find in the 'burbs
    Chicagoguy55VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife and I were looking for a patio that was open past 9pm in the northern suburbs. This place delivered. The service was great and we really enjoyed the food as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SuZQ
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food was good. The service was rushed. I dislike when the staff starts clearing plates when people at the table are not finished, and that happened twice.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent food and service. Roasted chicken very flavorful and juicy. Strongly recommend the roasted chicken and chocolate baklava with vanilla ice cream.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Modern Greek food with tradition
    petey
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Very nice place with a courtyard. Food was good, but not great. Interesting take on traditional Greek food. Waiter was forthcoming on what was good on menu and what was not worth trying. Overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodieover40VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food, especially the salad, had too much salt.Really, is that the only spice chefs no how to use nowadays?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great outdoor seating; more wine
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Nice place. Good spin on Greek food. Could use more non greek wines. Seemed like wine glasses had some soap residue. Very good service, smart waiters.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • philVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    always consistent in food and service great outdoor dinin in private court yard
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    eagle2000VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We have been dining at Avli for a few months now and find any reason to bring other diners with us. We recently brought our dining group and also had a family celebration The food is great and perfect portion size. Love the energy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 458 reviews are from the Avli Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Amazing find!
    Rabbit711
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Northshore Restaurant
    nsdiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    RobertVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summer Dining to Enjoy
    GarlicVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Service - Great Food
    steakeater
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • great food bad service
    greekmanVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    new2review
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet