Winnetka North Shore IL Restaurant Guide

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Real Estate Agent with Baird & Warner Real Estate

 

Winnetka North Shore Restaurant Guide

 

The city Chicago is one of the finest dining destinations in the country. In 2019, 25 of the city’s restaurants received Michelin stars with one receiving 3 stars, three getting 2 stars, and 21 being awarded 1-star. 

 

But wait - the North Shore has a fine selection of dining options! No Michelin stars - yet - however the choices are across the board with more opening every year.

 

Check out the ever expanding list of restaurants in Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth (its first restaurant opened in 2019,) Glencoe, Northfield, and Highland Park.

 

WINNETKA

 

Avli - 566 Chestnut, 847-446-9300. (Laundry mall)

Traditional Greek fare served in a cool space with brick walls, high ceilings, and a lively outdoor patio

 

Cafe Aroma - 749 Elm, 847-881-2601

Charming European spot on a prime Winnetka corner. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on certain nights

 

Capt’n Nemo’s - 38 Green Bay, 847-446-6406.

Quick soups and sandwiches

 

Cafe Buongiorno- 566 Chestnut, 847-784-8899 (Laundry mall)

Made from scratch breakfast and lunch

 

Fred's Garage Winnetka ILFred’s Garage - 574 Green Bay, 847-496-3733.

Named after the old gas station in this location, Fred’s serves contemporary American food at lunch and dinner (left photo)

 

 

 

 

 

Green Bay Cafe - 568 Green Bay, 847-446-7698

Snug and cute, the cafe offers breakfast and lunch

 

George Trois - 64 Green Bay Rd.m 847-441-3100

Made up of three French restaurants under one roof:

George Trois - finest traditional French dining experience in a small private room.

Silencieux  - intimate and calm space for modern French fare

Aboyer - a brasserie with American and French food

 

Kyoto Restaurant Winnetka ILKyoto - 1062 Gage, 847-784-9388 

Dine in or take out fresh sushi and Japanese food 

 

Little Lan’s - 544 Chestnut, 847-446-9988

Eat-in or take out Chinese food

 

Little Ricky’s - 540 Lincoln, 847-784-1444

Casual ribs, burgers, salads, and sandwiches. Great bar!

 

Marco Roma Pizzeria - 14 Green Bay Rd., 847-501-3333

Pasta, sandwiches, and great pizzas

 

McDonald’s - 858 Green Bay, 847-446-0180

The first and only one on the North Shore.

 

Mino’s Italian - 985 Green Bay Rd., 847-386-6053

Italian restaurant in an old mechanic’s shop! Beautiful bar as well

 

Mirani’s at Home - 967B Lincoln, 847-446-4646

Gourmet take-out Italian and Persian food

 

Once Upon a Bagel - 1050 Gage St., 847-784-1411

Great Jewish deli with the best bagels around

 

Spirit Elephant - 924 Green Bay Rd., 847-348-9000

Opened in 2020, Spirit Elephant is a full vegan restaurant promoting healthy plant-based foods. Full bar.

 

Stacked and Folded - 551 Lincoln, 847-386-9100

Sandwiches, fusion tacos, and salads

 

Tocco - 507 Chestnut St., 847-386-6955

Authentic Italian cuisine prepared by an authentic Italian chef.

 

Trueman Catering - 745 Elm St., 847-386-6240

While primarily a catering company, Trueman has a small retail store in front with terrific take-out prepared meals

 

 

 

KENILWORTH

 

 

Great Coast Commons, Kenilworth ILGreat Coast Commons - 414 Green Bay Rd., 847-728-0101

Cutting edge American cuisine and fabulous fries!

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

WILMETTE

 Sushi

Akai Hana - 3223 Lake Ave., 847-251-0384

Sushi and Japanese cuisine in business since 1992

 

Akira - 143 Skokie Blvd, 847-920-5332

Traditional and trendy sushi, poke bowls, ramen, and salads

 

AO Sushi - 3217 Lake Ave., 847-256-4404

Sushi and Japanese food

 

Big Tomato - 1109 Central, 847-256-1800

Pizza, Italian specialties, sandwiches, salads

 

Chuck Wagon - 1120 Central, 847-256-0120

Gyros, burgers, sausages, and grilled cheese

 

Convito Cafe and Market - 1515 Sheridan, 847-251-3654

Located in Plaza del Lago, Convito offers a regional French and Italian menu plus a food and wine market

 

Corner Bakery - 3232 Lake Ave., 847-251-2547

Located in Eden’s Plaza, you’ll get pasta, sandwiches, soups, and salads hereDepot Nuevo Restaurant Wilmette IL

 

Depot Nuevo - 1139 Wilmette Ave., 847-251-3111

Latin-American inspired cuisine in a historic rail car

 

Dowize Thai Bistro - 1170 Central, 847-920-5317

Thai and sushi

 

Firefly - 111 Green Bay Rd., 224-408-2494

Weeknight dinners and Friday-Sunday brunch.

Seafood, steaks, salads, risotto, and brunch items

 

Five Guys Burgers - 3232 Lake Ave., 847-256-2910

Burgers and fries

 

Fuel - 1222 Washington Ct, 847-251-3835

Locally-sourced American food - farm to table

 

Homer’s - 1237 Green Bay, 847-251-0477

Long-time spot for ice cream, burgers, sandwiches, fries. Kids love it!

 

Hotcakes - 1195 Wilmette Ave., 847-256-2099.

Home style breakfast diner

 

House of Chan -627 Green Bay, 847-251-6200

Fast casual Chinese food

 

Irving’s for Red Hot Lovers - 3207 Lake Ave., 847-251-6300

Hot dogs and sausages

 

JP’s Pizza and Grill - 509 4th St., 847-853-9999

Pizza and casual dining in east Wilmette near the “L” station

 

KamaKura Sushi House - 1116 Central, 847-256-6783

Traditional Japanese food and sushi

 

Koya Sushi - 1116 Central, 847-256-6783

Sushi and traditional Japanese foods

 

Lou Malnati's Pizza

Lou Malnati’s - 3223 Lake Ave., 847-256-5780 

The best North Shore pizza! Take-out only

 

Mei Lin House - 3207 Lake Ave., 847-251-8881

Chinese food 

 

Napolita Pizzeria and Wine Bar - 1126 Central, 224-215-0305Napolita Wilmette IL

Delicious speciality pizza and pasta

 

Nick’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill - 1168 Wilmette, 847-251-3262

American, gastropub-style cuisine. 

 

Noodle Cafe - 1156 Central, 847-251-1133

American Italian in a cute cafe

 

Panda Express - 3232 Lake, 847-853-1195

Fast Chinese food

 

Panera Bread - 1199 Wilmette 847-853-8170

Chain serving bagels, sandwiches, soups, and salads

 

Pescadero Wilmette ILPescadero - 1167 Wilmette, 224-215-3011

Seafood and oyster bar in downtown Wilmette

 

 

Ridgeview Grill - 827 Ridge Rd., 847-251-2770

American comfort food favorites

 

Sophia - 1146 Wilmette

Steakhouse to open in March 2020

 

TB Asian Cuisine - 339 Ridge Rd., 847-251-2666

Asian cuisine

 

Thai Inbox - 122 Skokie Blvd., 847-853-9898

Variety of Thai specialties

 

Torino Ramen - 1161 Wilmette, 847-920-5075

Japanese spot serving noodle bowls and other classic fare

 

Trendy Taco - 1195 Wilmette, 847-906-4041

Casual and fast taqueria in downtown Wilmette

 

Tsing Tao - 537 Green Bay Rd., 847-251-7660

Long-time Mandarin Chinese staple

 

Walker Bros. Pancake House - 153 Green Bay, 847-251-6000

Popular pancake house - line is out the door on weekend mornings!

 

Valley Lodge Tavern - 1141 Central, 847-920-5675

Comfortable homey atmosphere serving burgers, soups, salads, and sandwiches



NORTHFIELD

 

Happ Bar & Grill - 305 Happ Rd., 847-784-9200Happ Inn Northfield IL

American continental cuisine with a dining room and large open bar area

 

Northfield Restaurant - 391 Central, 847-446-3808

Popular breakfast and lunch spot

 

PNS Noodle Shop - 320 Happ Rd., 847-446-4747

Americanized Thai food

 

Stormy’s Tavern & Grill - 1735 Orchard Ln, 847-441-8290

Tavern American food with lots of televisions

 

Taco Nano - 1743 Orchard Ln, 847-386-7159

Tiny taqueria with a great selection of tacos

 

Tapas Gitana - 310 Happ Rd., 847-784-9300

Spanish tapas

 

Three Tarts Bakery & Cafe - 301 Happ Rd., 847-446-5444

Gorgeous cakes, tarts, and freshly made artisan sandwiches




GLENCOE

 

Valor - 667 Vernon, 847-786-4556

French-American bistro

 

Frank & Betsie’s - 51 Green Bay Rd., 847-446-0404

European and American dishes in a casual yet sophisticated space

 

Guanajuato - 73 Green Bay Rd., 847-242-8051

Delicious fresh Mexican specialties with a great bar

 

Guildhall - 694 Vernon, 847-835-8100Guildhall Restaurant, Glencoe, IL

American bistro with European influences

 

Little Red Hen - 653 Vernon, 847-835-4900

Casual spot for chicken, pizza, sandwiches

 

Meg’s Cafe - 317 Park, 847-835-2620

Homestyle American entrees shine in this catering shop with a small cafe



 

Some of our neighbors, Evanston to the south and Highland Park to the north have far too many great restaurants to list. Here are some of the favorites:

 

EVANSTON

 

Campagnola - 815 Chicago Ave., 847-475-6100

Serving simply prepared Italian dishes using local ingredients

 

 

Edzo’s Burger Shop - 1571 Sherman, 847-864-3396

Bustling burger joint with creative toppings

 

 

Farmhouse - 703 Church, 847-492-9700

Comfy farm-to-table spot with local brews

 

 

Found Restaurant, Evanston ILFound - 1631 Chicago Ave., 847-868-8945

Seasonal foods with quirky sofas and chairs for a relaxed dining experienc

 

 

Joy Yee Noodle - 521 Davis, 847-733-1900

BYOB eatery offering an extensive menu of Pan-Asian offerings

 

Lao Sze Chuan - 1633 Orrington, 847-868-8989

Authentic Sichuan cuisine with high quality ingredients

 

 

Lucky Platter - 514 Main. St., 847-869-4064

Casual spot for globally inspired comfort food

 

 

Stained Glass - 1735 Benson, 847-864-8600

American cuisine and an extensive wine list

 

 

Terra & Vine - 1701 Maple, 847-563-4333

Alpana Singh of Check Please serves Italian Mediterranean dishes

 

 

Union Pizzeria - 1245 Chicago Ave., 847-475-2400

Detroit style pizza in a lively spot with a beer garden

 

 

Read about more top Evanston restaurants at the Eater

 

 

 

HIGHLAND PARK

 

Abigail’s American Bistro - 493 Roger Williams, 847-849-1009

Acclaimed neighborhood restaurant with regional fare

 

Bella Via - 1899 Second St., 847-681-8300

Classic Italian cuisine

 

Chez Benoit - 455 Central, 847-266-7878

Traditional French restaurant

 

La Casa de Isaac - 431 Temple, 847-433-5550

Mexican food with a flair 

 

Tamales - 493 Central, 847-433-4070

A great Mexican joint with more than tamales

 

 

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Margaret Goss is a full-time real estate broker since 1998 working in the North Shore communities of Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, Northfield, Glenview, and Evanston.

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