Avli Restaurant

4.5
997 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
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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BS
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This North Shore gem was recommended to me by someone who would never steer me wrong. If you love fresh, authentic, homemade Greek food, you need to eat here. EVERYTHING we tried was amazing. From the apps to entrees. The homemade Gyro will ruin you for life as you'll never be able to eat any other Gyro.
Taramosalata, Tirokafteri & Skordalia - perfection. AND they have gluten-free pita which my daughter says is amazing. Moussaka & Chicken Kabobs - fantastic. This will become one of our regular spots. Stop reading and go there!

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice location, excellent food, outstanding service. This was a family dinner and we all enjoyed it. I am going back with friends next week to your Chicago location.

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M
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This restaurant was exceptional when it first open up. The food quality and service is horrible now. Would not recommend

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d
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food as usual, I wanted to introduce our friends
to Avli, and was not disappointed, they loved it. Staff was able to accommodate our table request and also quickly whisked away a drink that didn’t taste quite right and replaced it with an excellent Moscow mule!

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B
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. The service was excellent. We sat outside and had a very enjoyable time.

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NV
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

Dont miss the outstanding roasted artichokes!

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H
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good as always. The owner/ manager is always so nice & professional as are the waiters. We love this resource kids love it & our grandchildren love it!!

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S
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I went to Avli w/a friend who's never been to this restaurant before. It's one of my favorite restaurants!! First we asked to try the soup of the day. Our waiter brought us each a cup & said if we didn't like it, we could return it. It was fabulous! Then when my friend's salad came, they brought a cheese she couldn't eat (& asked about the cheese before ordering). Suddenly, our waiter was no longer available!! We had to change my friend's salad & they took away her soup!! All worked out w/another wonderful waiter. Not the best experience for someone's first time there!!

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T
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Superb menu very tasty meal

Server rushed us

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SV
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, excellent food and service!

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CD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner for the first time here with my family on my birthday. The waiter could not have been nicer or more knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. The outside seating is partially covered and very nice. The food was fantastic. We will definitely return.

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HM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We wanted to sit outside on their adorable patio. We called ahead and the manager was very accommodating and told us when to arrive so that tables would be available! Our server was wonderful, pointed me to a wine by the glass that was not on the menu yet, it was wonderful and perfect for the warm evening. Both of our entrees were top notch! Great experience, we will be back for sure!

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V
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love AVLI. It seems they have changed their menu a bit, which is disappointing. We brought friends who thought that everything was wonderful, BUT...too much EVOO on all entrees. Our favorite item is the appetizer deep-fried zucchini with skordalia. The spreads are wonderful as are the entrees. Why such large potatoes??

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VG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

MEDIOCRE FOOD, BAD DRINKS, BAD VALUE FOR THE MONEY

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RH
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The restaurant was a bit hard to locate given that it's within a larger building. More signage would be helpful. That aside, the decor was nice, but definitely not Greek themed. Our waiter, was fantastic. He was friendly, funny and fast. My white fish was wonderful. Unfortunately, they scrimp on the sides with the main meals. Our friends who ordered the scallops basically got a pile of spaghetti in the middle with 4 scallops on the outside. Not very creative. But, the prices are very reasonable, so if you want a little more to go with your main meals, you'll need to order some additional sides. Can't say we'll run back there any time soon.

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KG
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic.

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NH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Warm, welcoming, and accommodating to our large group. We were lucky enough to be seated outside on a beautiful day.

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L
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is a wonderful traditional Greek restaurant with a creative touch. We eat at Avli at least 6 times a year, and have done so for several years.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been looking for an upscale Greek restaurant in the northern suburbs since Opa in Vernon Hills closed years ago.
I think we found it tonight in Avli.
Their space in The Laundry building on Chestnut is very warm and welcoming. The staff was very good; especially Enrique, our waiter
We split a good Beet salad. We had ordered the mini rack of lamb and the Whole Fish (Bronzino Sea Bass). Enrique split the lamb for us, since the Bronzino was going to take a bit longer. We had not asked him to, but it was just right. The lamb was served with rice and broccoli. Delicious. When the Bronzino came, Enrique filleted it for us. Watch out for the little bones. Th wild greens as the side dish was a good choice
The manager spent a bit of time chatting. Avli is celebrating their tenth year (June 2009). Given the quality of the food, staff, space, and the number of diners, they will be a fixture in Winnetka for years to come
But don’t wait. Celebrate the anniversary with them.

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D
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious with good service and a great atmosphere. Perfect before theatre.

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KK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

I have been there three times now for dinner on a Friday or Saturday night and the service each time was abysmal. I love the food and have kept going hoping I would have a good service experience, but sadly, that hasn’t happened.

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BL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We go here only occasionally even though it's very close to home. The food is fine, but a bit overpriced for standard Greek fare. The atmosphere is really nice and the service is good. It's a good, solid "B" restaurant.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Read my yelp review

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J
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food & great service. My favorite restaurant!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was personable, attentive and professional. The food was fantastic.

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NK
Austin
28 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, relaxing atmosphere. 6 of us all had different dishes and all were outstanding, The service was terrific. We have been there multiple times and always consistent.

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EG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They took such great care of our family on Mother’s Day! From complimentary mimosas on pristine white cover tables to delicious plates that met everyone’s palette, we really felt pampered. I highly recommend this little gem to celebrate life with friends, family and other intimate partners. Well done, Avli!!

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SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The gyros platter was dry. Our waiter was in a rush and would take only one person’s drink order, soup order, and appetizer order each time walking away from the table.

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S
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always consistently good with great service. Authentic Greek food and nice diversity in menu.

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N
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greek Easter

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall a very good experience with very good classic Greek dishes. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a solid Greek dinner with a fun atmosphere and very helpful wait staff.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice Greek restaurant. Wonderful food and service.

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JJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

Waitress did not pay attention to us. A number of items were ordered and had to be requested a second time.

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SK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant. The food is excellent!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Arrogant and unfriendly hostess, sat us at a table in the pathway of all the servers. Despite other tables being available, would not re seat us. She consulted with owner or manager?, came back with the same arrogant and petulant attitude and sat us at where it met their needs.
My wife had the branzino, was good and tasty. I ordered house specialty Avli Gyros.
Was served a plate of over cooked dry and burnt meat, resembled strips of old leather.
Returned the dish, no apologies offered. The manager or perhaps owner showed up 5 minutes later when my wife was half through her dish and offered to serve me another dish quickly. Again offered no apology or regrets. I rejected his offer as she was almost done eating. For appetizers we order octopus, it wa skimpy and not cooked well, a bit rubberish. The Saganaki, a mini serving, a bit on the cold side even though it was flamed table-side.
Overall miserable and very poor dining experience. Chose not to confront the manager as I judged it would do no good I left silently, after leaving a tip for the waiters who were friendly and nice.

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J
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Food preparation not what it used to be.
Lamb over cooked.

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e
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Despite our excellent service, the meal was disappointing. Quality of the food has declined since last visit, several years ago. Lamb burger overcooked. Shrimp kabob was very dry, with miniscule pieces of red pepper and onion. The spreads were very good, though. Wine was good, too.

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A
Chicago
118 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been enjoying brunch at Avli a number of times. The breakfast and brunch items are varied and well prepared. What is nice is that the full lunch menu is also available.

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n
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Taramasolata fishy, rack of lamb overcooked request medium and sent back and still overcooked. chicken shish kabob overcooked as well. Shrimp dish good.
Not our best meal after many previous visits

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very easy and enjoyable place to gather and eat.

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