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Cafe Aroma

22 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (33)
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CafŽ Aroma, located in Winnetka, Illinois, serves European fare for breakfast and lunch. Enjoy the quaint European atmosphere while you start out your day with a specialty coffee. CafŽ Aroma has outdoor seating at its corner location for enjoying the nice weather and a freshly prepared meal.

Start out your day at CafŽ Aroma and grab a coffee before work or sit down and enjoy menu options like the spinach omelet or the Nutella crepes. For lunch, try the Thai chicken salad or the tuna melt sandwich. The menu also has vegetarian options like the grilled cheese as well as an extensive kidsÕ menu so everyone in the group can find something to enjoy.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, French, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm to 10:00pm
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Phone number
(847) 881-2601
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joseph Wojciechowski
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Cross street
Lincoln and Elm
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Public transit
Winnetka Metra Stop
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Call ahead entertainment schedule.
Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on May 3, 2014

We had a wonderful dinner last Saturday night. The restaurant is not large, but the ambience was very nice and it was relatively quiet and best of all we were not rushed. We thought the food was exceptionally good and we would definitely go there again.

5.0Dined on March 29, 2014

A must try! A great little spot in downtown Winnetka on Elm.
The good was excellent, service attentive and prices
reasonable. Everything is mouth watering. My friends
enjoyed and we'll be back again!!

5.0Dined on March 14, 2014

Fabulous food and service. We had never been there before and were very surprised we hadn't really heard much about it.

5.0Dined on February 21, 2014

My wife and I have decided to try a NEW restaurant every Friday!
We found this place on Open Table.
The reviews we good so we figured why not and made a reservation.
The place was empty and I can’t figure out why?
The food was great! My wife had the Short Ribs and I had the Veal.
This is a must go!!! We will be going back!

4.0Dined on February 20, 2014

What a find! The food was delicious and the service was great. It is definitely a gem on the North Shore.

4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Although we did not see this on their website,there was a valentine menu only. It was a prefix, and although there was only 4 entrees, we found a steak to our liking. For $40.00 each it was not bad since it the appetizer was excellent, as well as the main course and desert. I just wish there was a little more variety, and even there regular menu in my opinion is narrow. This is why I recommend it for special occasions only.


Larry Schwartz

5.0Dined on February 7, 2014

Really enjoyed the food and wine at this restaurant. Innovative menu, great wines by the glass and knowlegeable somalier. The service was impeccable; the food amazing. My only suggestion would be to tone down the choice of music (funk/soultrain played at high volume) which didn't work with the otherwise romantic atmosphere. We will definitely be returning to this newfound gem!

4.0Dined on February 1, 2014

We had a great meal at a reasonable price.

5.0Dined on December 14, 2013

My wife and I were new to the cafe, heard they were serving dinner, so we thought we should give it a try. We had a wonderful time. From the front of the house to the Chef in the back it was easily seen that these employees care about this establishment. Service, very attentive and polite. The food was simply fantastic! Atmosphere cozy but still with a fine dining feel. Overall a must stop location if you are in the area. We plan on being seen there many times more.

2.0Dined on December 14, 2013

Alas, even apart from the cold interior - decor, as well as temperature - the experience was grim. Ample portions of very so-so food. The cioppino was the least tasty rendition I've had. The salmon was okay but the accompanying melange unpleasant. Bread was awful. The high point of iur dinner was the apple salad; it was all downhill from there. Oh, yes. Our companion's bourbon rang in at $10, plus - are you ready for this? - a dollar extra for ice. Back to basics, Aroma! Warm the place up. Splurge on white tablecloths. Invest in some good bread. Tune up the cuisine. Stop gouging on the liquor and stop charging for ice. Ask yourself objectively what kind of experience your diners are having, and what kind of experience you want them to have.

4.0Dined on December 6, 2013

Lovely restaurant we will go back

4.0Dined on November 16, 2013

Friendly staff with quality food and the food had uniquel twists so not your run of the mill place.

4.0Dined on November 16, 2013

The best spot on the North Shore for dinner!

4.0Dined on November 8, 2013

my husband and I ate at Cafe Aroma on a Friday night. Scarcely anyone there. Usually that is a warning sign that something is wrong.
Boy were we surprised . We had lovely service and very good food, The apple salad was quite special. I think the chef lightly grilled the apples were lightly grilled. The fish was cooked just right, mine served on a bed of fennel .
The only thing that I missed was an extra vegetable, which many restaurants are serving as an extra side.
I gave ambience a 3 because, for my taste, the lights were too bright and it was too quiet, which won't be the case once the North Shore finds this little gem.

5.0Dined on November 2, 2013

We had a wonderful evening. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The place is small but very cute and the tables were well spaced so we were not too close to anyone else. We will definitely go back.

3.0Dined on November 1, 2013

A new restaurant that has excellent food and a chef willing to accommodate special request or allergies. Service was extremely friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, it was not busy, and we could not see how things would ramp up if they were. The people running the restaurant need some on the job training and experience.
the food, although limited menu, is worth the try.

2.0Dined on October 18, 2013

We were hoping that we would find a restaurant in out neighborhood that was a gem but sadly we cannot say that about Cafe Aroma. The restaurant itself is charming but the food and service were fair and was very costly. We should of known better when there were only three other tables filled. We will not be returning.

5.0Dined on October 11, 2013

This is a lovely place to dine right in the heart of Winnetka. The owners are anxious to please and the food is delicious.

5.0Dined on October 4, 2013

Our server Ramon was outstanding. Flat iron steak with potatoes was first rate. With food this good, this place should be way more crowded at dinner!

3.0Dined on October 4, 2013

While we were there shortly after the restaurant opened for dinner and it was not crowed, the service was not very attentive. The steak was very good as was the bread pudding.

4.0Dined on September 28, 2013

Well prepared food, nicely priced. Just lose the Edith Piaf muzak.

4.0Dined on September 21, 2013

Cafe Aroma provides a nice alternative to nearby bar food restaurants. The menu is not vast but the selections are well-chosen, well-prepared, and delicious. We had an excellent Italian vegetable-sausage soup followed by entrees of scallops (fabulous) and grouper (a stand-in for redfish, and much better outcome!) Everything was fresh and reasonably priced. The wine list was limited, but sufficient, and provided value. Our server Ramon was so good, and so nice, but was overworked. We've been here before and will definitely come back.