I'd like to see this restaurant
I'd like to see this restaurant succeed. The staff is so welcoming here and it's great to have a nice, decently priced restaurant in the area. The mussels and frites ($4 extra for frites) are delicious, as are the soups. Salads are huge and can easily be shared. But the menu is so limited. Basically, there are several varieties of steak, a few fish dishes, and the mussels. Saturday night, the one unique special, shrimp creole, was unavailable. I am hoping the menu is expanded, maybe some chicken dishes? The food is very good, but the lack of variety keeps me from returning often.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was very good, but
The food was very good, but the drinks are way over-priced. Will keep us away if we plan to drink.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Hard to explain but we think
Hard to explain but we think the ambiance inside Mirani's is wonderfully comfortable. It's a wonderful space, in the front section or in the larger section in back, near the wine storage. The ceilings are high and that makes keeps the noise from becoming a problem. I would recommend sitting near a wall and not out in the middle. -- They had a wonderful halibut special that was beautifully done. Their whitefish was great, as well. It's our favorite place to meet on a Friday night, after work. -- A quiet jazz piano in some corner might be nice but the place is great without it. JHJ
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Finally gave this place another shot and I was definitely impressed. Was immediately greeted by someone who I believe is the owner behind the bar and she smiled and said she'd seat us in just a few--which she did. we were seated by a gorgeous wall of wine in a beautiful room in the back. We indicated we were expecting 1 more and she was more than gracious with us. Ordered 2 martinis which came out perfectly and quickly. The room was very energetic and was busier than I had expected given that each time I looked at OpenTable--they were wide open. Each of us ordered salads: Endive, beet, and Cesar--all were delicious! We all also got the aged new york strips with a wine peppercorn cream reduction and bistro frites. Spectacular!!! go eat!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quaint Restaurant in Winnetka
Take a step back in time in Downtown Winnetka and enjoy this European flair, half French, half Italian restaurant. Outside seating in better weather as well. Fish selections looked very appetizing even though my wife and I had steaks which we rarely ever order. N.Y. strip with peppercorn was done to perfection. My wifes filet mignon was supple and flavorful with a mushroom overlay. For dessert, we had a sponge cake and chocolate mousse cake which was devine. Wine list by the glass was limited but our selections were adequate with the meal.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Much overlooked French bistro.
Much overlooked French bistro. Food was excellent - and service very attentive. Steak pomme frites was excellent.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were puzzled by easy of reservation given great reviews by others.. After dining, we are stillpuzzled. The food is very good with a nice selection, except for chicken dishes. Our fish was perfectly prepared and attentively serves. Our wine by the glass was very good and moderately priced. We will certainly dine here again and hope that others do as well. To us, this is an undiscovered gem.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The dining experience is very European, from the decor to the staff. The ambiance is unhurried (but efficient). The food is excellent and also on the European (mostly French) side. My wife and I are delighted to have found this gem close at hand.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The comfort of Mirani's
Even for lunch on a Saturday, Mirani's was a great place to slip into. Soups were delicious, the croque monsieur and the salade nicoise tasty and well-prepared. Wines by the glass were varied, and service was prompt. A nice neighborhood restaurant, easy to go back..
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Comfortable, quiet, delicious food
Mirani's strongest suit was it's food. Everything deliciously seasoned, sensibly presented, served hot in appropriately sized portions. Scallop appetizer and salmon entree were terrific, and they honored my dietary requirements in the preparation! Service was friendly and fine. Temperature in the restaurant was a little toasty... probably due to the fact that it was an unusually cool June evening. A little fan action or AC would have been appreciated. If you're looking for assembly line food, noisy diners and frantic service, in high-ceilinged, north shore bistro, where you see many people you know, Mirani's is not the place for you. However, if you enjoy great food, smart service in a civilized setting, I heartily recommend Mirani's.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service here is very good. The owner's greeting is very welcoming. THough the menu is not extensive, they had a good selection of idfferent kinds of tastes. The Steak Frites are great and I really like the one with Maitre d'Hotel.sauce. THe Bolognaise is very good as well.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
French Bistro At Its Best
Ambiance abounds as you enter Mirani's Bistro. A very spacious bar area welcomes you with dining space beside and beyond the bar. Outside tables are available weather permitting. Delicious French bread and butter appear after drink orders are taken. The French menu plus specials are presented. Frites (French fries) are one of their specialties and are incredible. We love dining at Mirani's for another important reason, they do not rush us ! This is in the style of European dining and so appreciated by most diners but if you are on your way to another function and wish to be served quickly, you have only to say the word. Ample parking is available on the street.
Mary and Frank Cavalier
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mirani's European Style
Mirani's is consistently good. They never rush you. You can hear your dinner partners. The ambiance is like that of a European bistro. Chic !
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A quiet night
After picking my wife up at the airport, she needed to unwind after a long flight. Nothing noisy or rushed. After some homework, I selected Mirani's which is local but we had never visited. The biggest knock on Mirani's is that it moved from a small location years ago to its present too large location. Consequently, it was very quiet on a Sunday night. However, service was pleasant and efficient. I had scallops and my wife had mussels. Both were on the special for the day and both prepared well. We did not have either coffee or dessert. We would return, but on a more active night..
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been there a number
We have been there a number of times and enjoy it. The menu is not large but a nice selection of different choices Na the Dessert Napoleon is outstanding.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was a bit concerned with the many negative comments that I read on line, but they turned out to be unjustified. This place is very nice, and quiet. My wife had the mustard crusted salmon, while I had steak and frites. As always, we altered our order with sides that we prefer...this was not a problem for Mirani's. The wait staff was pleasant, present, and not obtrusive.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
fabulous place that is cozy
fabulous place that is cozy and a find!! THe food is fresh and you feel like you are in europe for the evening. Wouldn't not make this a stop once a week!!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding soups, usually
Outstanding soups, usually in a variety of choices,. Salads are fresh and tasty.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
All 4 people in our group loved our evening out at Mirani's. We enjoyed the mushroom soup and beet salad. I loved the mustard crusted salmon and the others at the table had steaks. The cleaned their plates! Our server was helpful and professional. We will return for sure.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM