This is a wonderful gem in
This is a wonderful gem in downtown Winnetka and a great addition to the community. A notable feature is their Wine Spectator award winning list of interesting Greek wines that complement the cuisine very well. The servers are quite knowledgeable also on the selection and quick to offer recommendations for pairing wines to the entrees on their menu. Another notable feature is the outdoor patio which is great for al fresco dining in the summer and makes for a wonderful weekend lunch or brunch when the weather cooperates. I love the lamb burger which is delicious accompanied with the red pepper feta spread that it is served with. Goes great with a glass of their Greek Syrah.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
W thoroughly enjoyed ourselves
W thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and ate too much. Nice to have such a local spot.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious food, authentically
Delicious food, authentically Greek but uniquely different from the standard fare.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
The lighting could be a little
The lighting could be a little lower for ambiance. Service was excellent and many great choices. The octopus was dense but otherwise everything else is good. Bread nothing to rave about. Ask for little oil as they tend to over oil everything.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our favorite spot on the North
Our favorite spot on the North Shore. Service, menu, ambience
all excellent. Would not recommend the pork medallions appetizer,
but that is a small complaint in an otherwise wonderful restaurant.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
amazing gem, the BEST food!!!
amazing gem, the BEST food!!! as good as any restaurant in chicago! food was very well prepared and so many small plates to choose from, if that is what you like, they also have main dishes. we like to share so that was very fun. highly recommend!
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our favorite Greek restaurant--even
Our favorite Greek restaurant--even better than Greektown. Pretty, cozy room with a fireplace in winter, and a great outdoor space for summer. The food is always, always good--we especially love the taramosalata, Poseiden Plate, fresh grilled fish, the salmon, and the lamb shanks. Great wine list--who knew Greek wines were this good?
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
visited for my birthday and
visited for my birthday and had a wonderful time. the beet salad was great, as well as the pork appetizer. my friends loved their salad. i had the pasticchio which was a bit dry and needed salt.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding Greek omelets
Outstanding Greek omelets with great potatoes and bread. A definite do again!
4/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a good experience at
We had a good experience at Avli. The food was fresh and well prepared, price reasonable, and service good. I will definitely go back.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
GREEK GEM ON THE NORTH SHORE
I FOUND THIS RESTAURANT A FEW WEEKS AGO...DON'T NECESSARILY LOVE GREEK COOKING, BUT THOUGHT WE TRY IT
FOR A CHANGE. FIRST TIME, I THOUGHT IT WAS GOOD...WENT BACK ASECOND TIME... IT WAS GREAT. I DON'T KNOW WHICH WAS BETTER, THE FOOD OR SERVICE.. ALSO, VERY REASONABLE PRICES..CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best Greek food in suburbs!!
You don't have to trek down to Greektown Chicago anymore to enjoy outstanding, delicious Greek cuisine!
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely ambiance, food, helpful
Lovely ambiance, food, helpful wait staff and service make this a hidden treasure. In The Laundry, the restaurant features protected outdoor dining, in the summer, expanded bar room, private dining room and main dining with fireplace. Above average Greek specialities, and delicious small plates make this an enjoyable dinig experience.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friendly staff and owner:
Friendly staff and owner:
Owner on site and very accessible.
Among the best Greek dishes in Chicagoland
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Locals know to come for the food
On visiting the restaurant, the ceiling skylight and the high brick walls hints that this building once had a very different history. But even the history buffs close their books whent he food arrives. My favorites: Arni mi Gigantes and the Poseidon Plate
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious Greek food, good
Delicious Greek food, good service, nice ambience, local treasure.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Four of us went for dinner
Four of us went for dinner about 6pm on a Sunday evening and we have found a new favorite Greek restaurant but this one is in
Winnetka. They have an outdoor patio but we chose to eat inside as it was less busy and more conversation friendly. We shared several small plates from the Mezethes menu and our favorites were the grilled artichoke halves, the grilled octopus and the shrimp tourkolimano. They had two craft draft beers which we tried and also a good selection of bottled beers. The service was helpful and friendly and the prices are reasonable. We would definitely go back even though we live near downtown Chicago and it's a 45 minute drive.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
So glad we had reservations, there was a private party going on and we may have not otherwise gotten in. We couldn't sit in the main area but still had access to all else that Avli has to offer. Food and service were top-notch. We love this place.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best upscale Greek restaurant
The best upscale Greek restaurant in the Chicago area. Food is attractively served and delicious., there are unusual and creative dishes, The atmosphere is conversation friendly, especially if one dines early. The ambience is laid back and not frenetic as are other larger Greek restaurants.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Greek restaurant
Fresh ingredients, authentic Greek food, Greek wines only, which makes it interesting.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Winner in Winnetka
Top to bottom, a terrific place. Food far surpassed other Greek restaurants we've been to, Greek wine list was a revelation, the outdoor space very pleasant, and the service was excellent - our waiter knew how to be attentive without hovering, and how to leave us in peace without neglecting us. No complaints whatsoever and will return often.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Greek salad: When I've ordered at other restaurants: romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, Greek olives, Greek peppers, feta cheese and anchovies. For your "Greek" salad I had to request lettuce, there were No peppers and your kitchen had no anchovies. If a salad is "advertised" as Greek it should be!!!
The couple we were with attempted to order a Greek pastry for dessert. When told it came only with chocolate but Not plain they chose Not to have it.
The food received was Good, the service Good and the "ambience" was Good: the noise level was loud.
We do plan to go to your restaurant again; hopefully I'll have a better experience with the salad!!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious sea bass
My husband ordered the Mediterranean Sea Bass and he loved it. It was skinned and deboned at the table and the server said "if he found more than 12 bones, then the fish is on the house". He found only 3! I had two small plates: the octopus and Greek sausage and they were both delicious. The service was attentive and we enjoyed the bread very much. All in all, a great outdoor dining experience!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed everything about our experience from the waitstaff to the wine list. Will definitely return
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Greek food in a suburban locale
We enjoyed our experience. Friendly, knowledgable server from Greece so he knew the menu well. Un rushed service on a holiday weekend.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best on Patio
The seafood dishes are great. Large room is very noisy especially if there are large groups present. The patio area is delightful for a nice romantic experience or just a few couples. We needed help selecting a greek wine and waiter was in tune with what works for us. Service is perfect.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Greek Food Nice atmosphere
Nice restaurant both inside and outside - dining ambiance is great. Quite noisy but a large party was in the patio area. Some creative dishes as well as well done standard Greek fare. Nice neighborhood restaurant. Quite busy, get reservations or go early.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great neighbourhood restaurant
Consistently good food, lost of vegetarian dishes, excellent service, authentic Greek dishes.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
food was very good-service
food was very good-service was VERY slow. Not enough wait staff.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great outdoor lunch!
Had a great lunch in their outdoor patio. It's a great space -- wish they had it decorated more with plants & flowers -- but . . . Service was very attentive. Had the lentil and spinach salad -- wonderful! Also had the zucchini appetizer -- probably not the healthiest, but still quite yummy. Definitely recommend!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Welcome Neighborhood Greek Food
So pleased with the open, light-filled rooms. Great food and service. So happy to have found this gem.
8/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
We sat outside which is lovely. Always have the sea bass and love the zucchini chips. Reasonably priced and friendly
8/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
we thouroughly enjoyed our
we thouroughly enjoyed our evening and our dinner. our waiter wa great and the food was delcious. we were one of the last people to leave.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is great!! Noise level
Food is great!! Noise level varies due to potential larger groups which may be loud. Highly Recommend!!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
service was just okay but the waiter had less than no personality and was merely doing his job for a nice tip.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Updated Greek food
Fresh, new interpretations on Greek food from a noted Greek chef. Many choices for vegetarians too. The outdoor space on nice weather days is delightful. In colder weather, there is an indoor fireplace.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chic in the sense of elegant--this is not a gyros-in-a-pita place, but fine dining featuring Greek cusine and wine. The mezethes (tapas) are wonderful: full of distinct flavors. The choclava--like a baklava with chocolate is a great way to finish.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great wine selection and the bar tender has good knowledge of the wines they serve, he was very accommodating to us in the sampling of wines prior to purchase which was very helpful in making our selection! The service and food are both of highest quality and is much appreciated! Thank You!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
"I love the relaxed feel of
"I love the relaxed feel of this place - like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The food was amazing.Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood restaurant!
We love sitting outside in the Avll"s courtyard to dine. We had eaten here many times and had have never been disappointed. Love being able to order smaller or larger portions of the salads and some of the side dishes. Great Greek food!
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Responsive, flexible, professional,
Responsive, flexible, professional, tasty and delicious are all traits that apply to Avli. Their menu continues to be vegetarian friendly and always yum. See you again soon.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great an the
The food was great an the service exceeded our expectations in every way. Very professional and well trained. It was a fun atmosphere and we will return again, just as we have in the past.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beyond our expectations for Greek food, Avli is a cut above. We particularly enjoy "grazing" on
several appetizers with wine. The shrimp in tomato sauce is divine!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Treat yourself to this amazing suburban find. The outdoor is fabulous. The food and service were wonderful. I can't wait to go back for my birthday lunch.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
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.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We usually head to greektown for my birthday .. this is close to home and yummy. The greek yougurt mousse is so delish. ..
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Greek restaurant with
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!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't pronounce but who cares
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.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM