Winnetka North Shore IL Restaurant Guide

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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.




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







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

Cutting edge American cuisine and fabulous fries!











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



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



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:




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






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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