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Aboyer, Winnetka, IL

Aboyer

4.4
4.4
160 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
Aboyer (ab-wah-yay), meaning, “to bark,” is an French-American brasserie as imagined by Chef Michael Lachowicz. Aboyer wakes up the senses with a sexy, energetic vibe. Refined French pub-grub served alongside craft cocktails & wine in the contemporary space exudes a nouveau-bistro style.

Located in the heart of Chicago's North Shore, the menu features starters such as Potato & Truffle Soup, Charcuterie, and Rabbit & Sage Sausage to main courses including Coq au Vin, Cassoulet, Faroe Island Salmon and more.

Reservations are recommended; walk-ins are welcome. Aboyer requires a credit card to secure all reservations. Please note that reservations cancelled within 24 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.

For private dining email events@georgetroisgroup.com

Aboyer is conveniently located across from the Indian Hill Metra.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Bistro, French

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (847) 441-3100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Lachowicz

  • Private party facilities

    Aboyer is available for private events for up to 50 seated guests or 80 when combined with Silencieux. Custom brunch, lunch, dinner, and cocktail reception menus are available. For additional details visit https://georgetroisgroup.com/privatedining or email events@georgetroisgroup.com

  • Neighborhood

    Winnetka

  • Cross street

    Winnetka Avenue/Green Bay Road

  • Parking details

    Valet Service Wednesday through Sunday for $8. Street Parking is available on Green Bay Road or in the commuter lot.

  • Public transit

    Indian Hill Metra

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 160 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. PK

    PKFoodie

    Denver

    99 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Once again enjoyed the excellent cuisine at Aboyer. Dining with good friends, we enjoyed the Gougeres (cheese puffs) and Agnolotti (escargot) with the bread service. Wow. For entree’s we had the Loup de Mer, the Lamb chop, the Berkshire pork, and the cassoulet (duck, lamb, beans). The cassoulet was a bit dry, but very tasty, and the other entrees were excellent. Both couples shared the delicious Dark Chocolate Gateau for dessert. A Noth Shore gem. Try it! We’ll be back for sure.
  2. JQ

    JeanQ

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Michael has always has a propensity to oversalt; my duck confit (day's special) was no exception. As I often bring out-of-town visitors to both Aboyer and Silencieux (and, previously, Restaurant Michael), I was disappointed--especially as one of my three guests' hangar steak was not done to her expressed level.
  3. CE

    CriticalEvanstonian

    Chicago

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Attentive service, creative high quality food in a comfortable. Environment makes. A wonderful combination!
  4. S

    Spot

    Chicago

    125 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant continues to come up with specials that are over the top and delicious. I so look forward to Michael’s emails with announcements of what is coming. The best!!!
  5. TB

    ToddB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Terrific food. Average atmosphere.
  6. R

    Rkha

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for Valentine's Day dinner. The food was amazing, and so was the service.
  7. S

    Seasaidh

    Chicago

    223 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    223 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The rabbit and sage sausage starter was outstanding! And I would say the same for my coq au vin. . My favorite chicken is still Daniel Humm's in New York, but this is absolutely my second favorite! My husband had the bass and he raved about that also. We shared the flan dessert and it was lovely. I can't wait to go back - there were so many things on the menu I want to try. One critic said it was very loud but we didn't find it loud at all -- very easy to have a conversation. The tables were a little too close together we thought -- the ones along the back wall, that is. This is my new go to restaurant in the burbs. I have to say it wasn't cheap - with a bottle of wine and a couple cocktails, it was over $200. But I would say it was worth it, absolutely! Now I also want to try Silencieux.
  8. MP

    MonsieurPaul

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Small intimate place with good food and a nice by the glass wine selection which is good for those married to non-drinkers. Food is visually appealing and tastes great. Staff are formal and friendly. Chef is personable and visits customers at their tables.
  9. A

    Anjy

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    This being the old site of Michael Restaurant the location is good (across and south the Metro Station Indian Hill). The interiors quite stark cold grey (floor and wall finishes) . The coat closet (with sliding doors) with graphic chevron grey on grey can be seen in the main dining.( not desirable as it was also storage for chairs etc.) This could have been located in the ancillary corridor providing a nice blank wall for ART to warm up the spatial environment. The waiter should not be standing next to the host podium ( almost adjacent to the next table luckily was empty) to wait on service. The waiter can stand at the end of the dining by the bar for visual management as the space is not expansive but quite intimate. American French Bistro Food: Very Good Service: A birthday event that I requested on line did not occur and I had to remind the waiter of my request. There was no offer for coffee/tea service either. The waiter did not know a certain food question.( gooseberry ) topped on the creme brûlée. The host then came to tell us about the gooseberry . Recommendation: Aboyer yet has to arrive at a seamless service style that is equitable to their reservation of charging credit cards and penalties. Question: My decision to make the reservation is based on where the chef/owners restaurant past profiles Michael, GT Fish...........all of which I have dined before. Should I return ? Maybe in due time. Thank you.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great atmosphere. We had a great time and will go back.
  11. D

    Dondos60091

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was great although price was a bit on the high side, seating was cramped and the music was also a bit loud. We would got back as the service and food made up for any issues we had.
  12. AK

    AnneK

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Enjoyed restaurant week with my son. Newer waiter didn’t know answers but gamely procured them. Food was excellent and maitre d very helpful.
  13. SY

    ShirleyY

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food and drinks were very good. The music selection was interesting, did not expect to be listening to alternative music on the restaurant.
  14. K

    Ksimps

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    As a pregnant woman, I love a place with mocktails! But the food was even better than my drink! The goat cheese was outstanding and the rabbit sage sausage was to die for! The steak frites and cassoulet were equally good. The cheese puff to start the meal was delectable! Can’t wait to go back!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Service was bad tonight. It was our first and last time. We waited over 45 minutes for bread to arrive and then only after we said something. The sausage starter was over salted-not edible. The steak that was ordered medium was raw. Everyone around us had similar poor experiences. Nothing was comped but offered $25 to return. No thank you.
  16. ML

    MichaelL

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined for Restaurant Week. Food was delicious, and service was attentive and friendly. Server was knowledgeable about ingredients to discuss allergies. Would definitely dine here again.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best!!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Really fine experience. Food was delicious as was the wine. The only downer was our table was a bit too close to our adjacent diners. We seemed to be part their conversation, and we literally had to move our table to let them leave. Not a big deal (we joked about it with the neighboring party) but it would be a little nicer to have a little more space between the tables. We’ll be back!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent from start to finish-every course was perfect!
  21. M

    Muffiemaya

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Yes, I would recommend this restaurant. However, you need to know that the tables are very closely spaced and you can hear neighboring conversations. We thought that the food quality was very good and the wine list was nicely selected. They have made a good attempt to mute the noise, but that is pretty hard to do in a small space with the tables so close together We would go back because we love Chef Michael's cooking.
  22. MD

    MimiD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect table, felt welcomed, good service, amazingly delicious food!!
  23. w

    waynorthsider

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food was ok, not great. The chocolate cake on the restaurant week menu turned out to be nothing more than a chocolate brownie. The Vouvray was not quite chilled enough. The food was serviceable rather than amazing. Certainly nothing like that served at Michel’s, the previous incarnation of this place, where we had eaten many times over many years. And truly ridiculous was the charge of $2.96 on the menu to provide staff with healthcare. Very glad their staff gets healthcare - everyone should. But a line item charge for it? What’s next? An itemized list of ingredients with corresponding charges? Bread, butter, onions, salmon, pepper......Come on!
  24. g

    gourmet2

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We made reservations before realizing that it was also restaurant week. We ended up choosing the restaurant week menu since it offered som of the items we would have ordered anyway. Everything from the bread till dessert was very well executed and the quality was never compromised. We will definitely be back.
  25. M

    Marissa

    Chicago

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The prefix restaurant week menu was absolutely delicious! We loved the bread with a medley of salts as a starter. The different breads were all very tasty. The charcuterie board was huge for one person - the chicken liver spread was to die for and the mushroom cheese was amazing; very surprised at how much we liked those twos. The salmon with bok Choy dinner was outstanding. The cou qu vin was good and was a large portion but was over shadowed by the salmon. The desserts weren’t our favorites but I think we were so full it didn’t bother us that they weren’t amazing. The service was a bit slow but the restaurant was packed, so a bit understandable.
  26. TF

    TomF

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Finished dinner and had to sit there for an hour waiting for the desert we regrettably ordered while thirst and sobriety took us to the edge of death before chasing down the snooty manager and begging for a life savings glass of water.
  27. D

    Drjay

    Chicago

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    2 bdays but only recognized one Had a vest with my coat and never gave it to me- had to call about it.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food delicious and menu was great.
  29. RK

    RonaldK

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food was above average and modestly priced. The wine and liquor is overpriced. Service was adeqwuate, but not bin keerping with the restaurant.
  30. DP

    DeborahP

    N. Ireland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each dish was wonderful. Complex, intense flavors. Loved it.
  31. R

    Richard

    Chicago

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a class act from start to finish. The service from when we were greeted at the front door throughout the evening and when we were finished and leaving was truly impeccable. From the people who ran the food to the owners & chef, we felt like not only welcomed guests, but family as well. But the bottom line is the food is utterly fantastic. There was nothing anyone of us dined on that wasn't incredibility delirious or perfectly presented. What a way to ring in the New Year!! But we won't wait until next year to come back, I'm betting we don't even wait until next week. Bravo Michael, Sergio and everyone at Aboyer. See you soon!
  32. MC

    MikeC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very friendly, attentive and professional service, especially for a busy New Year's Eve. Excellent food, well prepared and in nice proportions. Good wine selection by the glass. Overall, very good in every aspect.
  33. DJ

    DanJ

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is always impeccable. I had the venison and stuffed quail. The venison was a perfect medium rare and the venison was sweet and moist. The appetizer of shrimp and gratin scallops in a saffron sauce was tender with a light sauce that did not overpower the seafood.
  34. DD

    DeeDee

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food here is always fabulous, but you have to wait for it. It's noisy, too, and sometimes you're a little too close to your neighbors. My Christmas Eve order was scallop and crab, and dinner entree was Dover sole and lobster with all the fancy French names and sauces. Just so wonderfully good. We also went there for Thanksgiving. Then, I liked that they gave you appetizer AND salad, and two entree specials. I'd say this dinner was a little skimpy for the price. But very, very good.
  35. TO

    TOBYE

    Portland

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was superb, starting with the smoked salmon, then a superb venison and the soufflé. The biggest issue was the disconnect between the kitchen and service. No dish was served timely. I will return but will expect an uptick in service quality.
  36. M

    Mike

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall2food5service3ambience1
    For years, we enjoyed many special meals at the previous restaurant concept Michael. We made reservations for Christmas Eve about a month ago and paid a $30 deposit. Having arrived a few minutes before our scheduled 6 PM reservation, we were assigned a miserable table consisting of 2 small tables crammed together right at the front door entrance and host’s podium; we asked to be seated at another 4 top table further from the door that was available, but for no reason our request was denied. 3 people arrived about 15 minutes after us and yet were given that table? At this point, we probably should have left, but had an out-of-town guest with us, had paid a deposit and feared we could not get into another restaurant on Christmas Eve. We understood when making reservations that the only menu offered was a simple 3 course prix-fixe, yet it took over 2 hours to serve us- and we didn’t even have any drink orders! We might have enjoyed lingering over our meal, but for most of the two hours we were surrounded with: people bumping into us, brushing us when removing or putting on their coats, knocking us with their purses, staring at our meals while we ate, etc. It is very unfortunate that this restaurant has a great product - it’s food is delicious - but failed to deliver a pleasant and comfortable dining experience. It fell far short of what I expect for a $300 meal for three people (with no alcoholic drinks).
  37. m

    maconmac

    West Sussex

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    What to say about Aboyer! For years I enjoyed the previous restaurant at this location-Michael. It was elegant and classy, bustling but conversation friendly, with the best French gourmet food on Chicago's North Shore. Definitely, my go to special occasion restaurant. After the holiday season last year, the restaurant was closed to be remodeled with a new concept. It reopened in the Fall as 2 restaurants-Aboyer and Silencieux-the previous ultra gormet restaurant called Georges Trois remained. This serves a 12 course meal reputedly cooked directly by the chef-Michael L. It is pris fixe and costs about $150 per person. I haven't eaten there. Aboyer is a bistro style place. No more white tablecloths and now a bar in the room. It is noisy and crowded without any of the ambience of the the previous space. The food is as good as it ever was and the prices are about the same. The service, however, has deteriorated and waits can be long. On Christmas Eve the wait for food was close to unacceptable. Admittedly, it was very busy. We had a reservation and were seated immediately. We did not have a similar problem with service on Thanksgiving, but they were serving a far less complex menu. Silencieux is in a room that can be separated from Aboyer by a sliding door. It has a different menu and is reputedly quieter. I have not eaten there. On Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve the restaurants were combined and they were serving a pris fixe menu similar to Aboyer. All in all, I feel that the new concept has destroyed a uniquely elegant restaurant, and replaced it with something mundane, though the food is as good as ever. I have mixed feelings about going there. I dislike the ambience and it is expensive, but the food is so good that I probably won't stay away.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2019

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Service sporadic and poor. Frustrating!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The decor and ambiance was very nice! Unfortunately the remainder of the evening wasn’t very good. There were only 3 tables dining that evening. They sat us near the door going into the other restaurant and by the front door. If the place was packed I could have understood but not this time. The server came only after 10 min of waiting and after we asked the host to order cocktails. I had the chicken over the white beans and it was very salty to the point I could not finish it. The pears dessert was amazing but the ice cream soufflé was frozen that we needed 2 utensils each to dig into it. I wish them well because we need more fine dining in the North Shore.
  40. BS

    BrianSlu

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always a great experience at Aboyer! We can't wait to go again. Love the atmosphere and staff. B

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Winnetka Avenue/Green Bay Road

  • Neighborhood

    Winnetka

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Bistro, French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet Service Wednesday through Sunday for $8. Street Parking is available on Green Bay Road or in the commuter lot.

  • Public transit

    Indian Hill Metra

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Lachowicz

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (847) 441-3100

  • Private party facilities

    Aboyer is available for private events for up to 50 seated guests or 80 when combined with Silencieux. Custom brunch, lunch, dinner, and cocktail reception menus are available. For additional details visit https://georgetroisgroup.com/privatedining or email events@georgetroisgroup.com

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