Silencieux

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French
Silencieux (see-lawn-soo), the French translation for “quiet,” is reserved for those looking for a conversation-friendly meal and mid-level fine dining experience. The luxe, mid-century ambiance evokes a calm energy with services that are discreet and without the bustle.

Featuring dishes including Ragout of Escargot & Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Roquefort-Bordelaise Sauce, Pomme Puree to Roast Breast of Dry Aged Duck, Confit Leg & Fava Bean Ragout, Kumquat Gastrique, Pomme Lyonnaise, guests will experience a three-course prix-fixe menu with choices for first course, main entrée and dessert ($85).

Silencieux is the perfect setting for your next private event. Email our event planner at George3events@gmail.com








Reservations at Silencieux are subject to a $25 per guest non refundable deposit.



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JD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Silencieux is an excellet and approachable fine dining option in Chicagoland. The cuisine of Michael Lachowicz is second to none, and much better than most restaurants. The staff is long-term, so they do it right. This is a restaurant not to be missed.

SB
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Silencieux is the perfect choice if you are looking for something extra special in the suburbs. The restaurant offers a three-course, fixed price menu that allows you to choose from a tempting list of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. The hardest part is picking only one from each category. The portions are substantial, and the food is exquisitely prepared. The cuisine is traditional French, but each dish offers a unique twist the elevates the food beyond the expected. For us, the highlights were the duo of foie gras, which included a torchon with kumquat jam and a seared lobe on an unexpectedly savory bread pudding, and the duck, which featured a perfectly cooked breast on top of shredded confit duck leg and duck-fat roasted potato. The Grand Marnier souffle dessert should not be missed. Chef Michael and his attentive staff have created the perfect retreat from everyday stresses. I cannot wait to go back.

LV
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The food was good, but not exceptional. I expected it to be exceptional.

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

The food was very good, but the poor service we received compared to others around us ruined the experience for my wife and me. After sitting for more than 10 minutes, the waiter dropped off a wine list and rushed off. Can't order wine without knowing what we're eating. Another 10 or 12 minutes later, he returned and we ordered cocktails. He removed the wine list. The cocktails arrived another 10 to 12 minutes after that. Meanwhile, all the tables around us were receiving an amuse bouche, but we did not. All the tables around us received their bread prior to or with their pre dinner drinks. Ours came when we were halfway through our first course. The waiter was ready to run after taking our food orders. I had to call him back and ask to see the wine list again. My wife's main course was served 8 to 9 minutes before mine arrived, although it felt like forever as my wife was sitting there staring at her food getting cold. I had ordered the Dover Sole. It was deboned in the kitchen. Everyone else was properly getting theirs deboned at the table. When I received my cheese plate for dessert, the server dropped it on the table and ran off. A few minutes later, he served a cheese plate to the table next to us and volunteered a description of the cheeses on the plate. My wife had the souffle. The souffle at the table next to us came with a chocolate sauce decoration on the plate, which my wife did not have, and which just reinforced the feeling that we were being treated like second class citizens. When you have a $300 plus tip meal, I think its reasonable to expect a certain level of excellence in the service, and in this case, we were sorely disapointed.

JK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

It was probably one of the loudest dining experiences that I can recall. We specifically planned to dine there because of the restaurant name and theme of silence or quiet. The 3 course prefix meal took 2 1/2 hours to be served - we gave our order complete within 20 minutes of being seated. Absurd. We watched other parties being seated 30 minutes after our party and being served complete before we were served the final course. The butternut squash soup was outstanding. The lobster ravioli was good. The duck was dry and lacked flavor depth or complexity. The pomme lyonnaise was not distinctive.

PD
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Silencieux is a North Shore gem. The food is outstanding. Our server was seriously the best server I ever had. They played Frank Sinatra and the night was dreamy.

l
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My husband and I dined at the previous restaurant Michael several times and loved it. I am feeling a little lukewarm on my feelings for the new Silencieux. We were celebrating our anniversary and I wanted to go somewhere special. When we arrived the dining room had two large parties in it and we were told we would have to wait to be seated. We ended up waiting around 3o min past our reservation time and while we were kept updated on it, it would have been nice to at least been offered a drink at the bar. We waited in the entrance by the other restaurant Aboyer and there is not a lot of room to stand and we kept getting jostled around. The dining room in Silencieux is really not that quiet when you are sitting there. Everytime the door was opened the noise from the other restaurant came in. I liked the ambience better when it was Michael. It seemed that the décor was more fitting for a French bistro. Maybe some tablecloths would help. At one point several of the waiters were having a rather loud discussion regarding something with the larger parties table and I felt this would have been better discussed outside the room since I could hear everything they were saying. I have no complaints about the food as it was excellent French cuisine. The chef even came around and asked us how we liked the food. I did have to ask for coffee with my dessert since it was never offered by our waiter. When I made the reservation I stated we were celebrating our anniversary but nothing was ever mentioned about it. At this level of a restaurant I just feel they are falling short in several areas.

SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

both starter and main were too salty and the soufflé was too sweet. The service was average and ambience pretty normal. Probably because the dining room is plot between the cafe and the restaurant and servers have to pass through the cafe and go back and forth. Overall ok but not value for money

CO
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

After trying for quite a while we finally were able to make a reservation. We always enjoyed dining at Michael and therefor had high expectations. While Aboyer looks pretty inviting, especially the bar area, Silencieux is a pretty basic and plain room. Not to mention the AC was on high and it was pretty chilly. The menu is very similar to Michael with the exception that now there is only a 3 course prix fix option for $85. Slightly overpriced for the value. Wine list is, as it was before, very good. I guess what really ended the evening on a sour note for us was what was printed on the bottom of the receipt. " A 2% surcharge has been added to your bill pre-tax as a supplement for our employee's health insurance benefits. Thank you for your support!" So overall it was an average experience, with so many other options though, I doubt we will go back.

n
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious! Really perfectly executed French food (I'm a French professor, so know what I'm talking about) in perfect quantities- not gigantic portions, which was nice. We'll definitely return! and during the meal started brainstorming about which of our friends we could take there. Honestly one of the best French places I've been to in a while.

M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very similar to the prior ("Michael's") venue. Wonderful food, generous wine selection, attentive service, comfortable environment. Will definitely return.

JP
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Great food and service.

F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

With only half the tables occupied, the noise level was significantly greater than the “intimate & quiet” marketing description portrays. The foie gras & corn soup 1st courses were excellent, as were the Dover sole & pan seared fish. On the desert front, the grand marnier soufflé was wonderful, but the chocolate tarts was dry. Wonderful service and a very nice chocolate truffle birthday desert plate rounded out the evening.

M
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed dinner at Silencieux this past Saturday, and had a wonderful meal. The service was excellent, as were the food and wine. As good as George Trois, but in their own niche. Definitely look forward to returning soon! Highly recommend!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience1

Conversation challenged when room full, excellent food preparation, service good, room needs refinement and softening.

W
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Michael has created a great offering with three restaurants on the same site. Great food and attentive friendly service, as we’ve come to expect.

v
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous anniversary dinner

JM
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to Chef Michael and the team for a special anniversary celebration! Our celebration evening started with a tableside visit and welcome from Chef Michael, a selection from their cocktail menu and a beautiful bread board with 2 different breads, butter and 3 salts. Our 3-courses started with lobster raviolo and the salmon duo. The Chef excels in his sauce-work and the lobster raviolo broth was exceptional - robust, well-seasoned and balanced. Entrees enjoyed were the duck and the beef filet shared with a half-bottle of Bourdeaux. For dessert, their outstanding Grand Marnier souffle with coffee. Plus chocolate truffles to end. Always an exceptional evening with the team and excited to see Aboyer packed as we departed. We make the trek from Downers Grove to Winnetka and can't thank Chef Michael and the team enough for their consistently outstanding food, service and ambiance. We love the 3 restaurant options now under one roof and will see the team back again soon!

MF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner here. Service was very attentive and the food was wonderful.

GP
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great fixed price, three course menu. We started out with very good signature cocktails and ended up with an excellent baked Alaska dessert. Very good wine menu and great service on the selection of wines that went with the meal.

JD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding, as all of Chef Michael's food always is. The ambiance is comfortable and evokes fine dining, but without being stodgy. The staff is attentive without being overbearing, and well trained. There are really no negatives.

JS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to have dinner at Silencieux to host our friends for a special dinner. We were not disappointed. The space at Silencieux is small and intimate, perfect for a dinner to visit with friends. The service was attentive. There were many choices for each course on the prix fix menu: I chose the smoked salmon appetizer, lamb rack for my entree and the berry pavlova for dessert. Portions were ample and presentations meticulous and beautiful. What I especially enjoyed were the sauces - complex, yet not heavy. A very special evening enjoyed by all.

D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Above all, the food is great. Across my party, we ordered most of the items on their menu for that day, and without exception everything tasted excellent. The chef came and personally greeted each of us, which was a great touch as well. The only downer would be the wait staff, unfortunately they were not knowledgeable enough about the menu. When one of my party asked for the flavor profile of a dish that offered a choice between Grand Marnier and Praline, over several repeated queries the waiter could not describe the flavor and would only keep repeating the names. Afterwards, when I asked what the nightly selection of cheeses were, I was told that it's "5 cheeses from our cellar", when I repeated the question, he called over a friend and between the 2 of them, all I managed to get was "some cow cheese, some sheep cheese". Overall it didn't detract too much from the food, which was excellent, but I can't help but feel that the wait staff didn't quite do their menu justice.

JA
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

He food was wonderful! There were 4 of us and we had 4 different 1st and 2nd courses. Nicely presented plates and very tasty food. The service was ok, but not great. They forgot to pour wine for one of us even though it was the person that tasted the wine. They didn’t remember who ordered which dish (this didn’t bother us much since we were sharing), but I expect better. Despite the name, the room was noisier than we would have liked. Regardless, the food was worth going back for another visit.

S
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Having been a fan of Michael’s, and reading diner and critic reviews, we wanted to try and be open minded to our experience. First, the noise level was good. Not as loud as some reviewers stated and not so quiet to make it uncomfortable to talk for fear everyone would hear your conversation. The music was a little bland, Tony Bennett type of vibe, but it didn’t hinder the lively energy of the room. People were dressed smartly and comfortably. Michael made a point of greeting each customer table-side, which is a classy touch he’s kept from his previous restaurant.

The amuse bouche was a yummy, warm, cheesy puff. The bread course was tasty with three different salt selections, butter and two crispy crusted types of bread. Unfortunately, we couldn’t understand our server’s description of the bread because of his accent and mumbling. Our waiter had to keep going back to the kitchen for basic answers to our questions about the menu. He didn’t instill confidence he cared much about the food or that he would remember answers to the questions for the next customer. Having said that, the staff was professional, the restaurant was well staffed and the timing of the courses were on point. We never felt rushed and staff was attentive. Our main courses were above par and the soufflé was one of the best I’ve ever had. The amount of food served was generous, which made it hard to hold back... we left full!

Overall, the chef is outshining the staff but hopefully with time and experience both front and back of house will be in sync and then watch out!
You should definitely give it a try... we will be back!

NC
Chicago
93 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent job of turning a very good (but underused) restaurant into three separate dining areas, with totally different vibes. Silencieux is most like Restaurant Michael used to be; three-course prix-fixe menu featuring many of the standards (foie gras, lobster ravioli, smoked salmon appetizers, Dover Sole, filet of beef, lamb, duck entrees, souffles, tarts, pastries for dessert). Service was excellent; space was very quiet, despite a loud crowd at adjoining Aboyer; atmosphere/dress is business casual. My husband enjoyed his lobster ravioli and I loved my very ample portion of smoked salmon. The filet of beef was reportedly good (though it was a bit rare for 'medium') and I loved the Dover Sole (though it was a bit too salty). Praline souffle was outstanding. We love this restaurant because the food is reliably good, they feature menu items I would not cook at home or find at other nearby establishments, it's not impossible to get a reservation a few days in advance, prices are reasonable, parking is easy and it's in the northern suburbs. We have had it with the traffic traveling downtown - it's just not worth the hassle! If you've not tried Silencieux, George Trois or Aboyer, I highly recommend you do so...I think we need to support our suburban restaurateurs!

w
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

End of summer dinner before kids return. Throughly enjoyable dinner. Loved the course options, quiet space and excellent service.

S
Chicago
98 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our Wedding Anniversary. There was another couple celebrating their’s as well. The food is excellent classic French. Great Dover Sole. Fabulous foil gras. Perfect Grand Marnier soufflé. Quiet but white tablecloths would upgrade the whole experience.

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

dover sole was amazing. entire meal was fantastic. Will go back for sure.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Food and service was perfection.

MR
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. The service was very attentive. The room was very nice for conversation. We will be going back soon!

c
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

food was very good. even the bread service was quite remarkable. only disappointment was the noise level; i thought it would be a bit quieter. the hard ceiling and floor rendered the restaurant quite noisy, which is not what we were looking for.

also, for the price, i would have liked a white tablecloth.

E
Chicago
452 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful meals, wonderful service but not romantic and certainly not “silencieux!” We liked the old Michael restaurant better! But our anniversary was recognized appropriately. The foie gras appetizer was incredible, and the quail entree unique with a spicy sausage stuffing. My wife absolutely loved her lobster ravioli and rack of lamb, and our soufflés were fantastic. Go with proper expectations.

J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We’ve been visiting Restaurant Michael for several years and were always very pleased. Hostess could not find our reservation. Manager walked over and immediately found and seated us. My wife joked they’ve increased the price and taken away the table cloth. The room was chilly and loud elevator music was playing and even with the room half full when we arrived conversation was challenged. Then they filled the 4top next to us . The waiter could not fit between the tables, and all I could hear was the gentleman telling everyone st his table, the staff and wine steward how complex the wine was he brought. Someone must have said something about the temperature as Michael rushed over to adjust the thermostat.
My dinner (beef) was excellent, wife’s fish and sauce were good but was barely warm.
Service was good, but didn’t seem up to Michael standards. I was probably put off because staff didn’t fit between tables and either had to reach over me or slide between our table and the wall. Ask for a table and not booth.
Because of many fond memories we will try again

N
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been a fan of Chef Michael since we discovered Restaurant Michael about 5 years ago. I was saddened when he decided to close Michael and open two new restaurants in it's place. I should not have worried, Silencieux is lovely and the food is delicious. Michael always comes out and talks to the guests which makes the experience much more personal. Have also dined at Aboyer when it first opened. Food was outstanding, service a little off but I believe that has changed and now running more smoothly. I look forward to many more dinners at both establishments. George Trois is on my list in the near future.

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Silencioux is touted as a quiet restaurant. The noise from the next room was infernal and it seeped thru the constantly open door in between to allow service staff to come and go. In addition very music was piped into he room at such such a level that we had to request they lower the volume which they did. Service was slow which we wouldn’t have minded if the place was quiet as advertised.
One of our guests had a mushroom allergy and let the staff know. Somehow she ended up w mushrooms on her plate which were quickly noticed and removed by the staff but it shouldn’t have happened to begin with

OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service was not up to the standards of fine dining that the restaurant is going for. We had to ask several times for our water glasses to be refilled- while paying for the sparking water service. Additionally, our table was not cleared shortly after each course so our empty dishes and crumbs from our courses sat in front of us for quite a long time. The bread service was great with hot piping bread, great butter and several different salts to try with the bread and butter. The Dover Sole entree was very good as was the soufflé dessert but hubby’s steak was not cooked to the temperature he requested- asked for medium rare and it was much too close to medium.

JL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It was very cold in the space. A/C was blowing on our table. It seems like the want to be all things, but I’m not sure the kitchen is ready for that, because our service definitely lagged. However the food wad good and I would return...possibly after they have gooten the bugs out.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful presentation on all courses. Also wine selection had some reasonably priced good wines. Hopefully will become a destination restaurant like Le Francais.

TO
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

First time back since the change, and they are headed in the right direction. Selection of food and wine very solid, and service was nicely done. The room has little personality and needs some refinements.