Avli Restaurant

4.5
872 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
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  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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
Reviews from verified diners
872 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
64%
Very Good
27%
Good
6%
Fair
2%
Poor
0%
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JI
Chicago
5.0
Dined a day ago

Great Greek food and excellent service (waitress was very attentive). Also love the ambiance here.

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D
Chicago
3.0
Dined 2 days ago

Dinner and service were fine. However, greeting by host left something to be desired- very abrupt and not particularly friendly— started the night on a sour note

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c
Chicago
3.0
Dined 6 days ago

They had a large party in the main dining room. Service was mediocre. Fish was excellent but the beans were mostly gray.
Nice wine priced well

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on July 15, 2018

Great food. Moderate price.

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P
3.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

I had been to Avli the previous week and took our friends there for a birthday because they accommodated my request for no no seasonings, oil or salt on my fish along with steamed broccoli. Unfortunately, when I placed the exact same order the next week it came marinated and full of salt. When I sent it back and requested again my desires? I was told they had no green veggies that weren’t marinated but could recook the fish. Our guests were already served and it was awkward. I wanted to cancel the entire order but was told I couldnt as the fish had already been started. Again, iI did not want to make a scene so I settled for tomatoes as a side. They should have allowed me to cancel order. I was content to just enjoy my glass of wine.

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WM
Chicago
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

A great authentic Greek dining location with terrific reginal offerings from wines, olive oil, appetizer's to main dishes. Unique and tasty. The service is attentive and efficient. A great escape location.

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KR
Chicago
4.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

This is a great restaurant with a quaint interior and nice outdoor eating area. The Greek food does not disappoint from the traditional saganaki, beef, chicken or shrimp kebabs and rice. There is plenty to choose from on the menu. The calamari was especially fresh. Waiter was very attentive.

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b
Chicago
4.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Nice greek place for small plates
Wonderful outside patio

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S
Houston
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Overall, another very good meal at Avli. We had several of the small plates, and all of them were vegetarian. Most were excellent. The spanikopita was a bit greasy and wasn’t as good as the other plates. But overall, we had a very good meal with excellent service.

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K
Chicago
3.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

The restaurant was extremely overcrowded due to the intense heat outdoors. Unfortunately, due to the size of table and amount of items on it, my wife’s wine was spilled on her shirt. Due to the unfortunate closeness of the table next to us, a man there made an extremely offensive remark about that. Really ruined the experience for us.

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ML
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Really good food with great service. The zuchini chip appetizer and poseidon main course were particlularly excellent. For white fish main course was very good as well.

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p
Chicago
4.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

The food was excellent but our server was somewhat surly. I felt like we were imposing on him when we needed something. Plus we had to ask to have the AC adjusted because it was so hot in restaurant. It was adjusted but why would we have to ask? I have dined there other times in the outdoor patio and it was really lovely .

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EH
4.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

Delicious upscale Greek cuisine. Been a fan for many years and highly recommend.

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JA
5.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

One of my favorite/go to spots. The octopus is delicious, and so is their dressing on the chopped salad. I usually get the salad, the lemon soup, and a saganki or potatoes. SO flavorful.

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FM
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Beautiful restaurant with tremendous authentic Greek food.
Very clean and elegant the food pricing is very reasonable
Great unique mixed drinks and an adequate assortment of both Greek beers and craft beers.
I ordered the moussaka and it was probably the best I’ve ever eaten.
The wait staff was very attentive and courteous.

Easy parking.

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G
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Enjoyed the outdoor dining and the Greek cuisine with many choices for a friend who wasn’t eating meat. Attentive. service by staff and bus boys

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

Have been here several times. Food and service has always been good. Very nice outside eating area. Will be back.

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

Great food. Great staff.

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j
Chicago
4.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Food was great. Our waiter had made a mistake with our drink orders but was quick to correct the problem. The selection on fish is always good and well prepared.

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T
Chicago
3.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

We dine at Avli several times each year, going back about four or five years. It is very high on our list of favorite dining spots.

Wonderful menu, that we always enjoy with our friends.

On Saturday -- 6/9/18 -- we were disappointed. Overwhelming crowd of diners + extra noisy.

Most of all we were bothered by the fact that no less than 4 or 5 wait staff came to our table. We had to do some explaining about what dish was for whom, etc. when further confusion about the bill. This is not the level of service we are accustomed to.

YES, we will most certainly give Avli another try, but we hope the management can tighten the logistics of dining more effectively.

This experience is certainly not what we have experienced in the past.

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SP
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

Wonderful food complemented by attentive service. Seafood orzo, pastichio, lamb chops, were perfectly prepared. Pleasant atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent service!

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H
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

Was excited to try this place and enjoy some lunch on the patio. Everything was fresh and delicious. Our waiter made sure every taste was to our liking. Will definitely be back.

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MS
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Amazing Food! The octopus, calamari was to die for.

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OT
Denver
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

We celebrated Mothers Day, and everyone enjoyed the food and the ambiounce, nice place. I highly recommend it.

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PA
Tampa
2.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

We have been enjoying food at Avli's for years. We took our daughter for Mother's Day celebration food was mediocre at best very disappointing.

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A
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food! Appreciate the help with the unfamiliar Greek wines. Tasty selections! Service always pleasant & helpful!

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 12, 2018

This was our first time at Avli. We sampled an array of hot meze which was delicious, as was the salmon in parchment. Our waiter was delightful. Definitely will return.

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 12, 2018

Thank yyoi for awesome food and service

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s
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on May 11, 2018

Everything we ordered was made to perfection, tasted great, and was easily shared with one another. Also had many vegetarian options. Service was swift but attentive and kind. Difficult to beat such a fine assortment of Greek foods at Avli. Thank you.

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N
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 10, 2018

Good food, variety and service

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 7, 2018

Good Good and service.

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

Best Greek food in the Northshore! The service is superb especially from Nick. His knowledge of the food makes your food choice perfect for the evening.

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j
Chicago
2.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

another disappointing meal and dining experience...see below

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

Great authentic Greek food. Louise provided great service.

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MD
Chicago
3.0
Dined on April 19, 2018

Worse Gyros!!!!

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JC
Chicago
4.0
Dined on April 16, 2018

Friends in from out of town

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L
Chicago
4.0
Dined 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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NM
Chicago
4.0
Dined 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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J
Chicago
5.0
Dined 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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