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About 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.

566 Chestnut Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Greek

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

Cross Street:
Spruce

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 446-9300

Website:
http://www.avli.us/

Catering:
Off-site catering is available along with party trays. Please contact the restaurant for further information.

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.

Public Transit:
The Winnetka stop of the Metra Northern Line is approximately 2 blocks from the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Louis Alexakis and Fernando Santander

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Avli Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (12)
Good for a Date (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
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Authentic (9)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Casual (6)
Business Meals (5)
Romantic (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Cozy (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Vegan (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 19 hours ago

Really tasty food and very good service!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

We were very disappointed on this occasion. We had an early reservation but they were already out of fish leaving only the “special “ as an option. The food was mediocre and the restaurant cold. This restaurant has always been our go to for Greek food-but we won’t be rushing back anytime soon.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 6, 2018

In the winter the patio is enclosed with heavy structural tent canvas and heated. The radiant heating in the floor was welcomingly toasty but the two wall mounted heaters had trouble keeping the cold outside air from encircling our shoulders. We love the patio but next time we will make sure to ask not to be seated against an outside wall. The service was very attentive and we found the option of small plates (small portions) to be a wonderful way to try the many recipes and make our own "tapas" style meal. We wish we lived closer so we could visit more often.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I have always had fantastic experiences at Avli. The food is authentic and delicious, the wine list is interesting, and the service is outstanding and genuine. The prices are also very reasonable. I look forward to returning many times!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was very good. Maitre de was really poor. Asked my name and spelling seven times and really was not paying attention to my presence. Will not go there again. Attitude was very poor. Plenty of other good places to go with a much better attitude.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This restaurant had been recommended by a survey in a magazine. Very disappointed with the food and the service was barely there. Won't be going back again. Out of the 5 things ordered, 2 were noteworthy. Not worth the money.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We are frequent guest at Avli over three or four years.

ALWAYS enjoy. Well-prepared dishes + superb/attentive service.

Looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

My husband ordered Beefeater martini--nope not what he got. They then said out of BE so try this one--nope it was same as the supposed one. Artichoke app was dry a lot of lemon and 3 capers on what was advertised as lemon & caper. Husband's scallop & pasta entrée had 4 kind of thin scallops & a lot of pasta. Flatbread app was just OK dry. Shrimp in shredded phyllo another app, arrived room temp & when I bit into it--shrimp was grey=raw. Sent it back with broccoli that was too raw. Both arrived back when Husband was finishing his entrée. Shrimp was fine when I cut.

We are very accepting diners--this was NOT acceptable especially the martini change out. Will not return. Waiter, Peter was fine however he should be more aware of what he is serving.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I've been to this restaurant many times in the past, so it had been about a year since my last visit. It's clearly a tired place, with frayed menus, stained walls, and, to my mind, is a victim of complacency. It has its followers, but with numerous more engaging restaurants in the area, I suggest the owner(s) start refreshing the place. Good service, good food, as always, but tired in appearance.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food. Highly recommend the salmon in parchment and their beet salad.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I have been a fan of Avli for many years. I haven't been there for a while and was disappointed with my experience. Some of my favorites were missing from the menu, the service was spotty, had to ask for water multiple times, the waiter was not friendly.

The food was not hot, somewhat sparse portions and just not as good as I remembered. Truly a disappointment to a loyal Avli patron.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We dine @ Avli multiple times per year and we are always pleased.

Dishes are imaginative and well present.

Service is admirable.

Tags: Casual, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always good food and good service. Recent renovation seems to have reduced noise levels.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always love Avli ... mostly the outdoor area even in the winter. It's nice and quiet with the fountains running for ambiance.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Waiter was excellent and so was the food.
You cannot beat this place for
Greek food!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very disappointing to come to an 8 pm dinner reservation on a Saturday evening and have the first choice entree and second choice not in stock. I don’t need the waiter to tell me they fed 250 people before I came in. It is a Saturday evening and they should know their customer base, they didn’t last night. I also don’t care that they fed 250 people before our party came in, your customer wants to feel like they are important, not a number. Then what I did eat was bland and over cooked. Don’t think I’ll be going back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I would give this place a second chance, but the night we were there, they experienced some kind of power outage and it reeked of spoiled fish. They had a display case with salmon and octopus (among other things) that looked very unappetizing. The waiter's English as a distant second language did not inspire confidence when he was answering questions about the smell and the potential effect on the food. Also, there was a number of puddles on the floor of the room (which would be unenclosed outdoors during summer). Having said all of that, we obviously stuck to non-seafood (or at least fresh seafood) options. The Chicken kabobs were pretty good, but a little too salty. The hummus was very good, as was the Greek salad. My date got the shrimp kabobs that were also pretty good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Avli’s got good food & good drinks reasonably priced.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Our neighborhood "go-to". Food is consistently very good with wide variety. Authentic greek but something for everyone (fish, meat, salads, tapas). Nice brunch selection as well, which is available every day until 2pm. Lovely outdoor/tented area. Wonderful staff. Very nice wine selection.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Good upscale Greek menu. Love the salmon! Enjoy Avli for both lunch and dinner

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This is our 3rd time back to the restaurant. The food is delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Food was disappointing. Had many good meals in past. Could be off day for kitchen. I will try again but probably not on Monday.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

very pleasant setting in the burbs.. good to see greek food there.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Since our last visit a year ago, the quality of the food has gone down. A favorite Greek chicken was no longer on the menu. The scallops meals turned out to be a very expensive plate of pasta with only 4 scallops. Sorry, won't return.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I have eaten here dozens of times and it still amazes me I have never had a bad appetizer, salad or entree. I guess that's why I keep coming back. Hands down the best restaurant in town, and possibly the Noth Shore

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We took my mother out for her 84th birthday . First the waiter disappeared for a long time after we ordered wine. Next the dinner was poorly warmed up. The service was so sad. They never checked up with us. We had to find the manager who helped. The main entree was pasty and poorly warned . The waiter never picked up we needed more attention. I had ordered on line that this was my mothers birthday and had asked for a candle in dessert. This was ignored . Then we waited 20 minutes for the waiter to take our credit card

We have had a lot of Greek food and this was marginal. The saganaki was soupy. The pastistio was pasty . It was hot on the outside and cold on the inside

The bread was not authentic too
Sad

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Avli never disappoints and has gotten better over the years. It's a real local treasure!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Vegan, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Disappointing dinner. We eat here frequently and hope this last visit was a fluke and that the food was just off for a night. The management had to take one of the dinners off the check and gave us dessert just because of the poor quality of one of the meals.
We will try again but were very disappointed this time since the people we brought had never experienced this restaurant.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great variety. Excellent service. "Patio" dining is a little loud when the restaurant is full, but the seating is good...no table is too close to another one.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 30, 2017

We reside in the Southwest Suburbs and had family members in town for a Business conference and staying in that area. So decided to try out this place and we glad we did, we were seated at there outdoor dining area and made us all feel we were all seated in our own backyard. The food and service is very good our waiter have a vast knowledge of the food there serving. A must try if ever in the area...

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Food selection was great. We had appetizers and few main dishes. Was fresh and tasty. Wine selection is good. Will be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Always love Avli. Food is consistently good. I'm obsessed with their zucchini chips! Love the lamb burger with spicy feta sauce, as well. And the classics are dependable. Eat on patio is weather permits. It's a lovely setting.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Consistently delivers....neighborhood favorite. Authentically prepared dishes and warm atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

We found the menu broad & interesting. Our individual orders
we're delicious & attractive.
Service excellent & leisurely.
Prices modest.

Tags: Vegan, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Nice selection of appetizers, entrees, alcoholic beverages. The atmosphere was nice for a date, though a little too brightly lit to be romantic.
But the service was terrible. We waited close to 10minutes for someone to come to the check-in area. Waitstaff and bussers saw several of us standing there, but did not call the host. We waited 10 minutes for a waiter to take our order. The restaurant was not full; maybe 60% occupied. Waiters would congregate near the bar instead of circulating the room. We waited 10 minutes for our check as well. What should have been a 1 to 1-1/2 hour meal stretched to almost 2 hours because of all the extra waiting for service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Wonderful food every time and great service!!!!! We love to sit on the patio in summer but the fireplace gives a cozy warm ambiance for the winter too! Always enjoy our meals there.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Avli is a lovely Greek restaurant with a terrific outdoor semi-covered patio whose cuisine is way above the Halsted Street norm, yet their prices are reasonable considering the quality. They are very accommodating to special requests as well. The only downsides are that the main dining room, which lacks any sound absorbing materials, can get really loud during peak times, and the waitstaff can get hard to find when it gets really busy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great fav place, best in town - quality food service and simply can't go wrong!

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Casual, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Been here before and enjoyed it but this time it was a miss. Very slow service with no explanation or apology. Had sea scallops that were tiny and sauce was bland. Other entrees were very good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 24, 2017

It had been 2 years since we have been back here. The service was ok, outdoor patio was great but the portion of fish was small and the grilled octopus was over cooked. I will say the bread they brought to the table was hot and fresh but a little too thin and was falling apart.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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