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About Restaurant 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, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Tue - Thu 5:30PM - 6:15PM 7:30PM - 10:00PM

Restaurant Michael Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (20)
Special Occasion (18)
Quiet Conversation (15)
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Fit for Foodies (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Romantic (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Authentic (4)
Cozy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Casual (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Vegan (1)
Business Meals (1)
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 (Birmingham)·Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Rrstaurant .Thank you,Michael.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I had been to Michael’s several times previously but not in recent months. It was my birthday and my wife apprised the restaurant but there was no acknowledgement whatsoever. More glaring was the mistake with my wife’s order. After we enjoyed the salmon tartare and a salad, our entrees arrived—rabbit for me, but the totally wrong entree for my wife (she had ordered the vegetarian special but was brought salmon). No apologies. By the time they brought the correct entree 20 minutes later, I was almost finished with mine. We then enjoyed a delicious dessert-chocolate soufflé with butterscotch gelato.

We loved the food as usual, but were quite upset at the way the staff handled or failed to handle the mistake. In addition, we were puzzled by the lack of an apology and the failure to recognize my birthday.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Wonderful restaurant, great food, professional but friendly service. Always a treat!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Chef Lachowicz and team never fail to deliver a memorable experience.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent food & service. Great value for the quality of food. You likely haven’t had these dishes before. Chef “chats you up” now & again; if a foodie he’s an interesting guy with a personality. Would love to see more “30 & 40 somethings” in the place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything top to bottom at this restaurant is excellent. The food is 5 star without being pretentious. Certainly curious about their higher end restaurant George Trois within the same building.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Restaurant Michael is my favorite restaurant. It's always perfect and is only of the only places in the suburbs to get venison or rabbit.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Another great meal at Restaurant Michael. The service and food are always top notch. The chef
just happened to at the host and he seated us himself. Were else does that happen? We had venison and Osso Buco as entrees and they could not have been prepared better. Thanks for another great dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This is a truly outstanding restaurant. I would highly recommend to anyone for a nice evening out or a special occasion. The food and service are outstanding and you will have a wonderful evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We were there for our anniversary, great experience, great food and good service. We felt a little underaged, but highly recommend it.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 13, 2018

What can I say. Michael is simply the best. Food is always outstanding and service is the best you will find anywhere. Love the Sweetbreads and the Foie Gras preps are excellent. Chef Michael has gathered together the best staff of any restaurant I have ever been too. Can't recommend this restaurant any higher. If you love food you must go to Michael.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Outstanding, creative and delicious food. Beautifully presented. Michael is a warm and welcoming host

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Unfortunately it was our first visit to Restaurant Michael! it was so good, service was very attentive and the food (Duck a l'orange and osso buco) was delicious. How had we never heard about it?! we will be back again. Also met the chef, Michael who was charming - welcoming, friendly. Enjoyed our evening very much.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Went for a special dinner for my Mom's 75th birthday. All in all a great evening. There was a minor snafu at the beginning, in that I parked adjacent to the restaurant, but on entering was asked where I parked and then told to move my car. The adjacent spaces are apparently reserved for the more exclusive and co located Trois George's. It would be better if they would mark the spots accordingly. The booths where we were first seated are suitable for 2 persons only. We were reseated much more comfortably at a table. Food was amazing. The Loup de Mere and duck dishes highly recommended, and the deserts especially the Grand Marnier Creme Brûlée a masterpiece. I met Chef Michael on the way out, and he was very friendly and gracious

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went for the Christmas special menu. We were disappointed. We expected a festive atmosphere. There were not holiday decorations, the place was rather somber. We were seated in an “overflow area” not in the main dining room. It seems that they were short of staff and the staff were rather harried. The food was excellent, as usual, but the ambiance and service were rather disappointing.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

It was great food excellent best Duck I have had in years

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Michael never disappoints. The food is always excellent, and creative without being trendy. It is just really wonderful, classic, mostly french style cuisine. This is a great place.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We went at 6:30 on a Sunday evening and restaurant was full. Food was outstanding and ambience very good but service was slow even for a leisurely fine dinner. Brought our own wine and no corkage fee was a Sunday draw. Will go back but hope for faster service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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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vip
 (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

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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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 (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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 (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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