Silencieux

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French

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Silencieux (see-lawn-soo), the French translation for “quiet,” is reserved for those looking for a conversation-friendly meal & 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 Dover Sole, Ragout of Escargot, and Roast Breast of Dry Aged Duck guests will experience a three-course prix-fixe menu allowing choices for each course. Dessert offerings include a chocolate tart, souffles, a selection of cheeses and more.

Reservations are strongly encouraged. Silencieux requires a credit card to secure all reservations. Please note that reservations cancelled within 48 hours of the scheduled booking will incur a $25 per guest cancellation fee & no-shows will be billed at a rate of $50 per guest.

Silencieux offers private dining options for brunch, lunch, dinner, and receptions. Email events@georgetroisgroup.com for details.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
197 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

This little room off-shoot of Aboyer is insanely wonderful! Traditional French food done perfectly. The 3 course pre-fixe will leave you with a severe case of FOMO. It really is hard to pick just one from each category. And the bread service (with 3 salts no less!) further takes you back to France. Everything we had (fois gras 2 ways, escargot with black trumpet mushrooms, venison, stuffed quail, souffle, poached pear) was exquisite. Nice wine selections, knowledgeable service. Not that far of a drive if you live northside and worth the drive from wherever you need to come from. Looking forward to visiting again. I book marked it to make sure I don't forget!

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vipWendyf
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just loved our anniversary celebration!

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vipDianeP
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner at Silencieux for my husband’s birthday. The food was delicious with quite a few course choices within the prix fixe menu. It was a peaceful setting and easy to talk over dinner. Can’t wait to go again.

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vipdinner4four
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent service and great food in a relaxed environment

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JamesD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent dining — surprising array of choices on prix fixe menu, including excellent torchon and foie gras, and Dover sole boned tableside. Only issue was ambiance — it was a quiet weeknight, a fairly empty dining room, and the lighting was very bright — it felt like dining onstage.

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CherianJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this restaurant when it was Michael's. The new restaurant has only gotten better. The food is wonderful and sticks to classic French roots. A must try for anyone that loves great food.

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JavierA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Love the restaurant feel and service was superb! Chef Michael never disappoints, have recommended this restaurant to all my friends!

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SHS1
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an advance reservation for 8pm but had to change at the last moment to 5:30 and not only was the restaurant accommodating but also they made it possible for us to get in and out without feeling rushed in an hour. Food is divine, especially the grand mariner soufflé's!!

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CharieM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Reminded me of many delicious meals in France. Thank you.

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HPGirl
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING food and service and wine list and attention to detail. Truly a great experience, I will for sure return, and try Aboyer as well (menu looked great), Great find in the Northshore!

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Craig
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was quite good. Service was only average. Our waiter was being asked to cover too many tables at once.

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Michellep
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service! Can't wait to go back!

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vipMelissa
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was amazing and we thought it was a great value for the exceptional quality. The Japanese Black Cod was the most perfectly cooked piece of fish I've ever had. Seriously. My husband and I enjoyed every bite of this beautiful meal. However, it was not quiet or intimate as described - which is what we desperately needed for a long overdue date night away from our toddler. The tables are close and the room is finished in hard surfaces. It was one of the louder restaurants I've dined in. Please add some sound absorbing materials and we will be back in a heartbeat!

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vipGalani
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Chef Michael is an undeniable master of French cuisine and the quality and value offered at Silencieux is unrivaled. Loved it!

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vipJulioG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Silencxiu is perfect for a fade or anniversary or a good conversation

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vipEm9876
London
32 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love Silencieux. Some guests, however, are very loud and it totally changes the nature of the restaurant and it becomes difficult to hear one another.

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Liz1955
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service from our two servers. They paced the courses well. One could quibble that the torching starter was too salty but overall the cuisine was superb.

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vipgoodeats
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Server did not understand instructions or questions. He could not answer questions. We asked a few questions of the kitchen and got non responsive answers. Then we asked the server to send back quail, because it was undercooked. It came back still pink, so we did not eat it. When another employee saw that we did not eat it, she told us, after it was taken away, that it was sous vide and would have been safe to eat. Too late!
The room was quiet and the other food was pretty good. Not a pleasant experience and way overpriced.

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vipJohnD
Chicago
12 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.

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StephanieB
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.

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LauraV
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

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

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MitchM
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.

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JoelK
Chicago
12 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.

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vipPamelaD
Chicago
40 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.

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vipluvtodine
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.

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vipSaurabhB
Chicago
2 reviews
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

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vipCentralOtago4
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.

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vipMarcello
Chicago
8 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.

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vipnoara
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.

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vipJJR1
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Great food and service.

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Foodie2
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.

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vipMary
Chicago
43 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience1

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

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Wildcat
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.

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vipvalentinesday
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous anniversary dinner

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vipJennMcd
Chicago
22 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!

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MarleneF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipGaryP
Chicago
16 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.

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vipJohnD
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.

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vipJudyS
Chicago
5 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.

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Silencieux is rated 4.5 stars by 72 OpenTable diners.