Aboyer

4.2
50 reviews
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Chef Michael Lachowicz & his team have crafted an urban outpost on the North Shore. Aboyer (ab-wah-yay), meaning, “to bark,” is an American-French brasserie. Featuring starters such as Oyster Shooters, Rabbit & Sage Sausage to main courses including Berkshire Pork, Grilled Tenderloin and Thai Spiced Braised Belly, Pomme Pureé, Morels, Broccolini and Trout with Red Miso Glaçage, Okra Beignet, Pickled Daikon Radish, Edamame.

Aboyer wakes up the senses with a sexy, energetic vibe. Refined French pub grub mixed with classic, mod-fusion craft cocktails the contemporary space exudes a nouveau brasserie-style.

Walk in guests are welcome. Guests requiring reservations with parties of 5 or more are subject to a non-refundable reservation fee of $15 per guest.

Private Events and Holiday Parties available.

Aboyer is part of The George Trois Group, offering three distinct restaurants at one address: Aboyer, Silencieux and George Trois.
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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

The food was superb! It was delicious and elegantly presented. The service was also excellent. Definitely a five star event.
The noise level however, was out of control.
It became distracting and extremely annoying as the evening progressed and the restaurant became busier. Finally, it was impossible to talk with the people across the table with any continuity. This problem should be addressed immediately.

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MB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Overall Aboyer was extremely loud, we had to move tables because two of us kept on getting bumped everytime any wait staff walked by, food was ok and it took over an hour to get our bill. We also had to ask for menus and the bartender for a drink as our waiter did not offer. Service needs alot of work in all facets.

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DM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food incl the chicken and quail was superb—the servers were excellent and prompt— we
love this place!

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SG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food in a lovely atmosphere at a good value. Not to be missed.

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SD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is expertly prepared and tastes great!

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JA
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden gem! It was wonderful. Can't wait to go back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good. The portions were very small while the prices were high

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AF
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an excellent experience. Great food, atmosphere and service.

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SC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there for brunch and it was fabulous. Soft shell crab appetizer followed by lobster eggs Benedict was over the top. Will be back over and over again. The best!!!

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KL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday date night

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LK
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We LOVED Restaurant Michael and were excited to give Aboyer a chance. Unfortunately, Aboyer can't even compare to Restaurant Michael. We waited 50 minutes for an appetizer to show up...no one came by to let us know what the wait was about. My quail was incredible, but my husband's rabbit sausage was nothing special. Dinner (steak for me and lamb for my husband) was good, but our server never came to check on us until he took our plates away. I would have ordered another good of wine.

I miss the cheese puffs. I miss the spoonful of whipped potatoes. I miss having basic bread on the table. I miss a highly attentive wait staff and quiet ambiance. In short, I miss Restaurant Michael.

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D
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wow! This food is the real deal. Exquisite bistro preps with a creative twist. Can’t wait to go back.

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TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to go back. Wish it was a bit quieter. Very loud. Seating could be more comfortable, cozier

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S
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food here was very uneven. Fish was overcooked, while vegetables sides were plentiful and tasty. Spring salad had wilted lettuce and the dressing was hard to discern. Be prepared for a noisy room, but they tell you that on their website so that should be no surprise. People are friendly, but quality control needs improvement.

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LH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and variety were nice and prices reasonable. Owner came by table and was making rounds of diners kind of a nice touch. Staff friendly and attentive.

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LT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For outstanding food and service that’s beyond, and is still very affordable, do not miss out on trying these three restaurants! Can’t wait to go back again!

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OT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a lovely meal. The food was great, service was attentive, and it is always nice to be greeted by the chef/owner of an establishment. Our only drawback would be on the timing of our meal. It seemed to take a long time for the cheese board we ordered to arrive, and before we could finish, our entrees arrived. It did not ruin our overall experience and we will definitely return.

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a
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service were very good - innovative. The restaurant is well lit. However, it is loud, as it was designed to be. We found conversation to be possible, though difficult.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

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W
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had brunch there on Sunday and it was the best brunch I have ever had. Everything was terrific from beginning to end. The Hollandaise with truffle oil was genius and the poached lobster medallions perfectly prepared. Chef Michael was his usual friendly and gregarious self, visiting with the diners. I will go back in a heartbeat.

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CB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience and innovative concept - 3 separate restaurant formats are housed in one small building. This is the Bistro but we looked at the menus for the fine dining and tasting menu formats and were equally impressed.

The food is Bitro+ - some really inspired small plates following a French theme - escargot with goats cheese ravioli for example.

I’d be happy revisiting for a casual lunch or dinner as well as for a special occasion. It’s early days so craft cocktails weren’t available yet but they ran a full bar with some nice selections.

A very welcome addition to the North Shore selection - deserves to be very successful!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nothing was particularly tasty. The bread was amazing, the fries were interesting but the other things we tried were not memorable. Wish there was a burger on the menu also!

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OT
Chicago
154 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

1st time here. This ends up being expensive for a brasserie. Excellent pea soup. Escargot appetizer
excellent. Faroe Island salmon - outstanding. Once you pay for bread and water, it starts to add up.
Pellegrino instead of French Badoit. Waitress was just learning. They do handle dietary issues professionally. May need to work on increasing seasoning and flavor, compared to past visits.
Dessert: small amount of rhubarb and strawberry. Meringue. Recommend they start to carry French cider.
May need to carry more dessert wines. Food is excellent. Will need to think twice because the cost is
significant. This is an expensive brasserie. This is also the least costly option of three.
This location is evolving. Chef Michael came out and greeted everyone, so that is special.

Aboyer
Responded on June 10, 2019

I'm happy that you enjoyed the evening! Thank you for joining us. I am however confused about the "expensive" notation. Bottled water is charged for in every restaurant at which you would dine. Tap water is free. As for bread service, It's $4. Entrees range from $19-$27 and appetizers and desserts range from $8- $15. More could actually be spent on a fast food. Please help me understand how I can make this more affordable and I will be happy to try. Thanks, Michael

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

The noise level was more than energetic, it was most unpleasant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Michael has done it again! Fantastic experience all around. Great Job!

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FP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Michael Lachowitz has done it again. Reinvented his great Winnetka space into 3 wonderful restaurants. Aboyer is so unexpected ... exactly what Wilmette-Winnetka needs. A chic downtown vibe, Michelin starred chef, and very good food. The bread service: a real French baguette, superior butter and ... 3 exotic salts to sprinkle. That's the Michael Lachowitz touch. Green pea soup: merely perfect (loved the kiss of garlic), though I wish the tiny slice of taleggio grilled cheese was a tad larger. Still, this wittily reminds of soup and grilled cheese we had as kids ... all grown up. The spring salad of gem and Bibb lettuce was fresh and excellent. Entrees? The legume de jour was star of the evening, a light silky pesto sauce adding a sparkle to gnocchi and the freshest vegetables. Suffolk lamb is a fist size knob, well grilled and perfectly matched with a sun choke puree. The place was jammed so a little more help (at tables or behind the bar) would be nice. But still, an inventive menu and we can't wait to return.

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a
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

It took over30 minutes to get a drink in spite of the fact that there were three "managers" walking around who seemed to not be doing much. There was only one bartender, however the space was half full. It looks like only two of the three dining spaces are currently open. By the time we got our food, we had been there almost 2 hours. The food was terrific. They were kind and comped our first round of drinks and a dessert, however there is no reason for the service to have been that bad given the amount of staff on hand.
I would wait until they iron out the kinks on the service.

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b
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

limited by the glass wine selection.
gnocchi was ughhh, veggies were good
lamb, one large bone in tenderloin was ok.
soft shelled crabs were excellent as was the beets salad.

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JF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed it. The team has created a nice space from the old Michael’s and the food quality and choice was excellent.

While they are still getting their new routine honed, we can easily imagine many future visits.

Front of house needs some honing; we had an Open Table reservation and were nearly turned away due to taking too many other reservations by phone. We were accommodated nicely, though, in the end.

Impressive!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new concept from Chef Michael. An easily accessible menu. Great drinks and nice wines, at great prices. With the best tasting food on the North Shore. This is a place you can go on the regular.

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RG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The room was very loud, making conversation difficult. The ambiance had the feel of “small, overcrowded”, poor acoustics and lighting. The food and service made up for it, but I would not recommend it for a date.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

The restaurant could be amazing if they put a little money and effort into the decor

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

High expectations based on Michaels but very disappointed. Small helpings, inferior quality, poor wines by the glass. They will be out of business shortly unless a major change.

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L
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW! We were so pleased with Chef Michael Lachowicz’s new creation. What a creative menu and lovely ambiance. Service by our server Liz was outstanding. Every bite was heavenly and prepared perfectly.
This is “the place” to meet for a drink and a bite or stay for dinner. I just wish we lived closer.
This would be my place “ where everyone knows your name” CHEERS!

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g
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We had high hopes for Aboyer, but sadly left feeling disappointed. The food was well done overall, but the steak needs improvement, and the noise level made it so challenging to hold a conversation. I think I’d go back for a quick dinner and drink at the bar, but it’s not the place for a romantic or relaxing evening out.

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BS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High energy, creative food and cocktails. Fantastic attentive staff!

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JL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Outstanding food, service was fine but it was clear the crew is new. If you don't like noise go to one of the other two restaurants in the building.

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M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Chef Michael’s food is top-notch! Service outstanding! The new bar is beautiful and sure to be enjoyed...by those who drink alcoholic beverages.

I very much miss the previous ambiance/space.

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j
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Really disappointing experience. We went there in remembrance of Michael's which once used to be a nice French restaurant. This place is nothing but. It is an overcrowded, very noisy eatery, where tables almost touch each other with very small portions of unappealing food (escargot appetizer was clearly made without the shells out of frozen package and tasted like rubber, my husband's fried calamari were four (!) overdried pieces) and even worse service. Won't be back.

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N
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Dined Mothers Day, as always food was very good. We have been dining at Michaels for years always love This was the first time after renovation. First impression feel the wall color is very dark and walls plain. It grew on me after awhile. Servers are new, and new in the industry. For the cost of meals feel the service needs to be attentive. One of our largest disappointments was that Michael did not welcome us, he spoke to other tables but passed us up.

I would return and give it one more try, probably reserve a table at Silencieux.

Thank you!

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