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Avli Restaurant

4.3
822 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
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  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Greek
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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
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Phone number
(847) 446-9300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Louis Alexakis and Fernando Santander
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Catering
Off-site catering is available along with party trays. Please contact the restaurant for further information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Spruce
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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.
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Public transit
The Winnetka stop of the Metra Northern Line is approximately 2 blocks from the restaurant.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 822 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.2
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipsmdds (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Luckily not so busy on a snowy Friday night. Our waiter was very attentive and efficient. We had the seafood with orzo and the lamb loin chops. The portions are quite large, but we had enough of each dish after about half was eaten. They lacked a bit of interest. Taramosalata on pita to start is a must. Watch out for your neighbor's saganaki flames!

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vipWezMan (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Business lunch during the week — light crowd in the dining room was ideal to conduct conversation. Whitefish came well prepared and the roasted broccoli was a highlight. Large portions too. Reasonable prices. No children in sight.

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vipMaryMoe (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great time at Avli. Went with four female friends. Easy to get to and park. Great menu. Something for everyone from light salads to fish and flaming cheese! All very authentic. Service was attentive and friendly. We’d definitely go back again.

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Jerry (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

First time for us and pleased with the service, staff and food. Reasonably priced as well. We’ll be there again.

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GreenG (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Everything on the menu is fantastic. On this particular visit, the service wasn't great, but we have been there many times before and it was fine. We will be back.

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vipbbjo (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

It’s difficult to find restaurants these days where one doesn’t have to yell to be heard across the table. Avli has a pleasant ambiance and noise level. The food is excellent. I still think about their lamb salad. It’s delicious! When I have not made reservations and want to find a perfect place to go to dine and talk with a friend, I am glad Avli is in the neighborhood. The restaurant is large too so it’s possible to get tables on weekend nights without a reservation.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Really tasty food and very good service!

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vipGoldie (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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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vipDinnerDiner (Detroit)
4.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 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!

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vipDGL25 (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

I have been to Avli many times in the past. It has been a while since dining there. Something has drastically changed. The food was terrible!!! I will never return.

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vipJimdine (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 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.

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viptheatregal (Chicago)
2.0  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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vipTraveler (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 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.

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vipJoanM (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on November 28, 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on November 24, 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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vipnana361 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

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

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StewartS (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on November 11, 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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vipTraveler (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

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

Dishes are imaginative and well present.

Service is admirable.

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vipmkmorela (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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SueM (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on November 4, 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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vipcallthemlikeitastethem (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on November 4, 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.

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vipMatayman1 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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vipJannie (Chicago)
5.0  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.

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vipJanP (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 8, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on September 25, 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

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

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