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About Michael

Chef Michael Lachowicz presents his version of unpretentious fine French food in a casually elegant setting. Three-star rated by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Magazine with TWO star prices. Restaurant Michael has private dining facilities for up to 100 guests. We can cater to many types of events be they business functions or any festive celebration.

64 Green Bay Road
Winnetka, IL 60093
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary French, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 441-3100

Website:
http://www.restaurantmichael.com/

Catering:
Anything on the menu or anything from past menus is available

Public Transit:
Metra - Indian Hill Station

Executive Chef:
Michael Lachowicz

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Michael Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

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Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (2481)
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Notable Wine List (1134)
Good for Groups (293)
Hot Spot (77)
Late-night Find (37)
Great for Brunch (35)
Great for Lunch (34)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Good for a Date (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Kid-friendly (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Cozy (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Authentic (7)
Business Meals (6)
Outstanding Value (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Fun (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

This was a dreadful evening in every respect other than the company of friends. Food was inexcusably slow and substandard. Service was non-existent: we even had to pour our own wine and wait 1:15 for bread. Apologies were entirely inadequate. Wine list was frightfully overpriced, as was the food for its quantity and quality.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Highly recommend the restaurant EXCEPT on NEW YEARS EVE! 2nd seating people were subjected to a long standing for half and hour and more while early diners enjoyed their long, leisurely meal U disturbed. Didn't take our coats, check us in or acknowledge us in any way. Last holiday dinner we'll plan there!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Amazing!!! great food, great service and great price point...

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2016

I have eaten at this restaurant many times over many years. The food and service have been very good. The wine corkage policy, however, is constantly changed. The current $50. corkage policy (waived on Sundays) is both absurd and offensive. It will discourage me and I am sure other collectors from dining at Michael's in the future. There are many other fine dining establishments that are substantially more welcoming to individuals who appreciate great wine with their food and have substantial personal collections. It would be perfectly reasonable to allow only one bottle to be brought, to not allow in bottles that are on the restaurant's wine list, etc. But a $50 corkage is outrageous and unacceptable.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Let be first start by saying that the food was overall good. WE arrived for our reservation and waited 50 minutes before we were seated. WE were not offered a drink and overall the restaurant felt hectic. When we were seated we again waited for a menu. I was pretty hungry as it was over an hour after our original reservation time booked. Everyone was very nice and apologetic but it took a while to get any bread and they gave us one small sized bread roll with an abundant amount of butter. The appetizers were good, I had the scallop and crab cake which both were good but not amazing. The entree's were spot on but the portions are small for the price. The dessert was also good. It was expensive. The price was no where to be seen but for three courses it was about $68 per person. It was my brithday and I indicated it on the reservation and on my follow up phone call but they didn't do anything special which was sort of a bummer. Overall it was good but pricey. Service tried their hardest and they were pleasant but the restaurant was too busy which took away from some of the relaxation of the evening; there were soo many people waiting that several parties left. I would not go back because I think its too much money for what you get.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Thanks to the entire staff of Michael for giving up their Christmas Eve to provide a superb evening. As always, the finest restaurant on the north shore offered the very best of food and service. Despite being challenged by an extremely busy night, the staff remained pleasant and interactive. Thank you!
Note to Open Table diners - Michael is moving to Yelp for future reservations. Hopefully this is a decision that both provides a financial benefit while still filling seats in the restaurant.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 10, 2016

What can I say. Michael is the best. Best Food. Best Service. Best in the state. Skip the city and have a great meal without all the hassle. Highly recommended.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2016

Excellent food and service. Wide variety of choices making return visits with entirely different meals on the seasonal menu easy. Great value.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2016

I love this place and I can't wait to return!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2016

We were celebrating a friend's birthday. As always, everything was perfect! We enjoyed talking with Chef Michael and have followed him from each of his previous restaurants. We look forward to our next visit.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Had another wonderful experience at Michael. Ordered the Venison (wow unbelievable knocked my socks off delicious)! Also for someone who doesnt like pumpkin pie i was hesitant about pumpkin pie soufle but i had confidence in my man Michael to deliver and he did with the pumpkin pie soufle perfectly balanced .


I want to go back as soon as possible!

Anthony D

Tags: Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2016

Excellent food and outstanding service. Restaurant Michael consistently delivers and this is, without a doubt, our favorite restaurant!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Outstanding dining experience in every regard.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2016

My wife and I have dined at Michael on several occasions over the years. It is always a treat to see and taste expertly prepared meals consistently. The service and timing is impeccable. We have dined many places in the world and we consistently have some of our top restaurant meals here. We can't wait until the next time we visit for a special reason.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Michael's was delicious, comfortable, accommodating and convenient. They honored our reservation without question and created a very pleasant eating experience for our anniversary. I thank them and your web site for making it possible.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2016

As always, Michael's delights both the eye and the palate. A superb Autumn repast of foie gras, venison, quail and creme brûlée. Simply OUTSTANDING

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2016

This was our first time dining at Michael after having driven past its understated facade many times. It won't be our last! Not only was the classical French cuisine superb and the service tip-top, but the restaurant's quiet and absence of screens or loud music made it a perfect spot for enjoying an excellent meal and conversation. Definitely worth a drive!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Business Meals, Outstanding Value, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2016

Consistently very good food , portions are on a smaller side, decor is very minimal

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Consistently good atmosphere, food and great waitstaff that have been there for many years. Chef Michael comes around and speaks to each party during the evening, when he is there. A very nice touch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2016

I have eaten twice 'chez Michael' and I was quite happy both times. The food and its presentation is wonderful. It comes closest to a Paris bistro that I have experienced in the Chicago area. At the most recent visit, the only defect was that the salmon was undercooked (raw in the middle) in the combo plate of whitefish/salmon. The selection of wine is very extensive, but the restaurant needs improvement in the way it serves the wine. I ordered wine pairing with my four-course menu and it was almost funny to see the waiter run with a glass of wine to bring to me after each dish has arrived. A suggestion: please bring an empty glass to the table, then the plate of food, and immediately have the sommelier present the wine and pour it. This would greatly improve the experience. I will check soon if Mr Lechowicz has read this.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2016

very nice ambiance, food was well prepared, portions just right size. quiet enough to hear each other.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2016

The food and service at Michael is consistently excellent, and I like the little updates to some of the dishes. The desserts have also really improved over the last 6 months.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Classic french dining

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2016

Wonderul place for a special occasion. Fantastic food and flawless service.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Another spectacular dinner at Michael. This is the best restaurant, hands down, anywhere. You will not find better food or service. Love the Sweetbreads and Escargot. You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Service is always perfect. We will be back as often as we can.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Outstanding Value, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Every course was delicious, service was great. We really enjoyed the entire night. So glad we've found this gem in the suburbs!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2016

We have been to this restaurant multiple times, we will continue coming back because of the excellent food and great service.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2016

Excellent French dining. Top quality food. Although some would consider expensive, I think that it is a good value for the quality of the meal.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2016

Food and service consistently excellent Will come again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2016

From our warm greeting upon our entry, to being seated at a spotless table, to the intelligent and polite demeanor of the clean fitted dress of the bus boy, including his hair..., then onto our gracious waiter, Mandy, we could surmise, this place is very special, and could count on the food being of superior quality..., and, truly it was.

We, and others' we know, will return.

Consider, per the confirmation, add a line to where to park. While we parked adjacent (but moved a orange cone), we were advised that the spaces are for the smaller dinning room. The line to add - "park just south - bank lot, or on the street.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2016

For a restaurant of this quality the service was fair. No one asked if our food was satisfactory. My husband called to say it was my birthday. It was not acknowledged

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 20, 2016

Michael's is always a treat!!! It is the best restaurant for a quiet conversation on the entire North Shore!!! The food is always exceptional.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2016

An extraordinarily talented chef. Terrific meal and great service, as always.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 3, 2016

Another great meal at Michael. The best recommendation I can give is we go back as often as we can. Had the lamb entree and it was delicious. We have tried almost everything on the menu, and I am not exaggerating in that you really can't go wrong with anything. I also have to complement the service again. Michael is the standard in service that all restaurants should aspire to. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2016

Michael never ceases to amaze. The presentation and taste of the food were fully capable of several Michelin stars. Service was also extremely friendly and attentive. Winnetka is very fortunate to have such a gem.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Michaels had a great menu and the presentation was outstanding. A little pricey but great food

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2016

Michael's is always a treat. One of our favorite places to visit on the North Shore.
Impeccable. An oasis. Fantastic!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 24, 2016

We go to Michael often when we want a very good and reasonable dinign experience. The food is very will prepared, innovative, and he menu changes at least quarterly. We had a mix of seafood, fowl, and beef. were very happy with all.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2016

Another visit to this restaurant that didn't disappoint! All of the courses were SPECTACULAR and the service was excellent! Glad to have had a gift certificate because our meals were pricey but not unreasonably so. Highly recommended!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 21, 2016

Outstanding service and attention to detail. Food is wonderful and at a very fair price point for the quality.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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