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Avli Restaurant

4.5
837 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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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 837 People Are Saying
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4.5
service
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Worse Gyros!!!!

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Friends in from out of town

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I always enjoy AVli. Great Greek food. Service is good, though occasionally too fast. Good wine and beer list.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We celebrated Greek Easter at Avli. Friendly service, wonderful specials for the holiday and delicious food. We’ll be back.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Avli offers a number of very tasty greek dishes, salads and a number of outstanding wines.
I highly recommend the lamb shank.
Equally as impressive is the attentive, friendly service.
All in all, a delightful dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We love Avli and try to get there as often as possible. No question the best Greek food north of the city. Always wonderfully taken care of by the wait staff we love bringing new people to this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Went for a girlfriend's birthday dinner. Beautiful restaurant: elegant decor, good lighting, plenty of space between tables. Love the food. Good variety on the menu for all sorts of preferences and they accommodated my friend to switch something on her order. The service is EXCEPTIONAL. Our attentive and kind waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and gave good recommendations. Only slight disappointment was that cocktails were either too sweet or too high in alcohol context. When 2 of us did not care for our drinks, our waiter offered to exchange for another one. Very customer service focused. Impressed; will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent and imaginative food in a tranquil and pleasant served by lovely staff.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

perfect 3rd birthday dinner for my daughter!

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Intially there was confusion because the host could not find my reservation thru open table. However, I showed him my confirmation on the Open Table APP and they honored our reservation on a very busy Saturday night. We shared many items. All were excellent. Particularly the grilled Octopus appetizer and the Seafood Orzo stood out. Our waiter did not push us thru which was very appreciative.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great place to catch up with family and friends. We did a couple night this time. The service is amazingly fast and top of everything. They get really busy on the weekends so book ahead. They food is healthy and light. The portions can be large enough to share so ask about the size.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Have been to Avli on several occasions. Always delicious and the wait staff is very knowledgeable and attentive!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Delicious food and Great ambiance! Friendly and attentive service. Menu provides wide price range.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Everyone in our party thought the meal was exceptional.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The food is always reliably good here and usually the service is too. This visit we were seated 20 minutes before anyone took a drink order and they got a couple things wrong in the order. They graciously fixed everything though. Will definitely go back.

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Really tasty food and very good service!

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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1.0Dined on January 6, 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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