Pavilion Restaurant-Northbrook

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$31 to $50
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Eastern European
From the moment you enter Pavilion until the moment you leave, your senses are indulged. Pavilion's elegant decor features natural stone, signature cuisine: a fusion of flavors inspired by modern interpretations of French, Eastern European and American favorites. With an original array of superbly prepared fare Pavilion appeals to a broad spectrum of discriminated palettes. Our elegant and sophisticated bar offers a fine selection of international wines, beer, cocktails and specialty drinks.
Ideally located in the heart of Chicago's North Shore, whether you're enjoying a business lunch or dinner with friends and family at Pavilion Restaurant you're assured the utmost in food, service and ambiance, as well as a unique fine dining experience.
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JN
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We really enjoyed the food. Service was excellent. Super quiet, which is really nice (and hard to find these days). Would definitely go back.

M
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We went on a Friday night at 630 and there was two other tables occupied and a party next door. When we arrived, Oleg took 5 minutes to greet us at the door and then promptly seated us and brought menus. 10 minutes later he took our order and when we asked questions about the menu he seemed more annoyed than helpful.

We enjoyed half of the items but you NEVER serve raw chicken. The mushroom soup is creamy and has a good taste and texture. The salad dressing for the house salad was also tasty.

The issue was we ordered 2 chicken kievs and half of them came out raw. We pointed this out to Oleg who seemed annoyed and took them back to the kitchen. He brought them back out and they had been cooked through. We found the spices very heavy and no butter in them. It was like eating plain chicken.

We also ordered Chicken Marsalla that had a good sauce and was properly cooked.

Service was slow and inattentive. It's a split decision.

h
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

As a regular customer, we found the service to be very poor

T
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. Food is great.

MG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent, as always, but the service was extremely uneven, with a shared appetizer served quickly, then a LONG wait for soup, which didn't come until the entrees were almost ready to be served. They brought one soup, brought someone else an entree salad before their soup and forgot about the third soup altogether. The entrees came out within 5 minutes. Very poorly executed, despite the fact that the restaurant was not crowded. But service is not always like this and the food is always tasty, so I definitely recommend going there.

ML
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Staff is friendly.

JB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and staff, would highly recommend. The cabbage appitizer was excellent.

SZ
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Needed to find a restaurant to please my dietary picky sister in law from out of town, and she was very pleased with both the quality of the food and the menu selection . I enjoyed the ethnic diversity of the menu and food and service as well. We'll be back.

LB
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, quiet atmosphere--we went early! The portions were generous and the food was very fresh.

MT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I met here for dinner on a Thursday night. It was moderately busy for a weeknight but we were seated right on time.

We had appetizers, soup and dinner - we were WAY too full to get a dessert. The soups were amazing - easily worth the visit. The cream of mushroom was rich and flavorful but the borscht was easily the best I've ever had. It was seasoned with just a hint of clove - someone in the kitchen has a very deft hand with spices. Next time I come in, I'll skip the appetizer and have a whole bowl of the stuff!

The cabbage they served with my dinner was delicious - again, I'd go back just for this. It was the braised cabbage - not the pickled version.

We will return - the food was great the portions generous and the service was top notch.

MR
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated two birthdays and wanted something different. I looked at the Pavilion menu online and there were several items that were described that sounded like it would be spot on for a group of six looking for something different than our usual. Amy, manager in charge was a wonderful hostess, our server was informative, made suggestions, described the items we asked about, made sure we were happy. She made sure seating was comfortable because a large group of 22 was near close to our table. They serve authentic Eastern European cuisine with American flair. Three of us had Salmon on a cedar plank with a light citrus glaze...two side selections which were different from the usual. I had red beet chips and the Pavilion salad with lime vinaigrette. The bread basket had a variety with my favorite raisin pumpernickel, and mini pretzel rolls. Others had calamari, pork medallions with homemade potato latkes, red cabbage for another. I will go back and try the Ukrainian Borscht and the Beef Stroganoff and Beef soup (heartier dishes for cold weather). Their salad selections had different combos. The Vareniky...potato pierogi looked delicious. I was able to see their variety at the table of 22...which I was also impressed with the table setting and display. After dinner, we were presented with complimentary Napoleons and honey cakes (layered with custard cream, dates and almonds. Two of the men had Espresso...served in china ...all in all a VERY Memorable experience...Highly Recommend.

OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday. It was a very nice evening.

TW
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and elegantly presented. The service was also right on.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group was very impressed with service and food. (Very generous portions!)

SK
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've only been here for lunch, a few times. The food is always good, and fresh. The menu has a nice selection with lunch specials. The service was good. It's a small place inside, which makes it feel cozy and special. The food presentation makes it feel fancy. All the times I have been there it's been quiet, which is pleasant.

AB
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great times!! We got lucky and we had the manager, Amy, be our server. She made great drinks and brought great food

BH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was impressed with how we were welcomed, right away, when we arrived, to celebrate Valentine's Day, 2018. Not in an annoying way, but we were asked, several times during the night, if everything was OK and if we wanted anything else. They were not there, just to push merchandise and line their pockets. I asked about an item on the menu, which looked intriguing, but was discouraged from getting it, as they said, based on what I ordered, it would be too much, and I'd probably take the bulk of it home. Not only did it save me money (I did not order it), but it motivated me to go there again, to order that item. The live music was a nice background, and not annoyingly-loud. We were not rushed to get up from our table, once the meal was over and, when we were leaving, we were given a friendly farewell. I would recommend this restaurant.

NM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Portions were generous and food was fantastic. Took a client here for a business lunch and really enjoyed the venue and the meal. Would recommend highly.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. The food is great and the service is even better. Well worth the drive.

K
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food quality is outstanding and creative! Presentation outstanding! Everything is made fresh and it shows. One of our favorite spots. The Ahi tuna appetizer is a show-stopper. Portions are large and appetizers can easily be shared.

a
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun place great menu

TE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, food, bar, and service! Always a pleasure!

SL
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Pavilion Restaurant in Northbrook, IL is a hidden gem. The food is absolutely delicious from soup to dessert. Everything we ordered was fresh and perfectly prepared. We dined early and it was not busy so we had a wonderful chance to talk with Amy Mazur, the manager who suggested dishes and who treated us like royalty. If you want to try very reasonably priced superior ethnic food, this is the place for you.
* Five Stars *
577 Waukegan Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 715-9440

DH
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Where do i begin. First its a Saturday night at 6:30 with almost no cars in the lot. Hmmm not a good sign. We walk in and are the only patrons in the place. Hmmmm worrisome. We are seated by the hostess in a quick almost rude manner. Ok? The dining room is nice but the music was too loud and not appropriate for dinner. Ac/dc, led zeppelin etc. The waiter asks us about drinks. My fiance says she'll have an amaretto stone sour. The waiter says whats a stone sour. Ok so we change it to a diet coke and i'll have coke. He comes back with a diet coke only. He says you just wanted water right. Mind you we are the ONLY customers in the place. So he brings me my coke and says sorry thats he's worked 60 hours this week. Oh great, i love to hear that. So you cant get a drink order correct when we are the only people in the place. That doesn't bode well for the rest of the meal. So we order an appetizer, the Siberian Pelmeny. They actually we're good. The hostess, waiter and bartender twice left us totally alone in the restaurant as they went out the front door. To do what, who knows.
So for the entree, my fiance ordered the beef stew. Sorry, we are out of the beef stew she is told. Ok go on to order some other entree which was so-so. Now onto dessert, the hostess brings us the dessert menu and says we have everything EXCEPT the apple strudel. The waiter comes by after she leaves and says she was mistaken because they had just made apple strudel that morning. Great, we'll have 2 servings of apple strudel. The waiter takes our order and collects the dessert menus and disappears into the kitchen. 2 minutes later who should arrive at our table but the hostess with the dessert menus saying the waiter was INCORRECT and that they really are out of apple strudel. So we order a different dessert and can't wait to get the hell out of this place.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service is always very good. Enjoy the varieties of food. Highly recommend

K
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the creative cuisine! Features rotating cuisine from different countries that you can't find anywhere else. Their Ahi Tuna appetizer is the BEST anywhere!

F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good , but its a bit overpriced for the ambience

CM
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at the Pavilion is always enjoyable. This was the first time that we were here for lunch and the menu choices were awesome and priced under $10.00 / hard to believe considering the large portion sizes. We've been here for dinner many times and the food and service is always Superb.

J
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Surprisingly wonderful!

s
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy going to the Pavilion where it is possible to have decent conversations due to low noise level. Most of their food is innovative and freshly prepared. I had the eggplant and Portobello sandwich which for me was too oily and a little too salty. Their bowl of borscht was different and very good. The other 5 people in our group also all enjoyed their dishes but the one who had the penne pasta wished it had more marinara sauce on it.

GR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprised and pleased with everything about this rest.

EI
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was very nice and very quiet.......that's a big change from all the noisy restaurants.

PD
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Restaurant empty which is scarey. Service slow but efficient. Then all there people piled in from the next room.

RT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Quirky restaurant with interesting (eclectic) menu with emphasis on Eastern European dishes. Can get a bit loud on FRI night. Friendly service but can be quite slow and forgetful if busy. Bit on the pricey side especially considering desserts, which are tiny--just be prepared

D
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First time dining at Pavilion, Took my wife here for date night. The food was amazing ! service was good too. The portion sizes are generous. It was hot and fresh right out of the kitchen.

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE have returned to this restaurant several times. WE just like the atmosphere and their menu.

j
Des Moines
59 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I could tell all of the food was from scratch. Even the vegetables were well seasoned.

l
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

They were out of several items that were listed on the menu. It was depressingly quiet. Can't recommend

b
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Amy took care of us she was wonderful and so was the staff
The food was good not very hot and the soup was served in very small bowls. Good fruit for dessert and tasteless pastries
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l
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place is amazing. Has never failed to impress me with great service & food. Food is delicious no matter what I have ordered. The manager is friendly & I feel I am a returning family. Would recommend this place to anyone. Quality, good service & great cooking.

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