Chrissoulas

3.9
30 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
Chrissoulas is a modern Greek and Mediterranean inspired restaurant located in the heart of Libertyville’s downtown restaurant row. Our focus is bringing you the freshest and most unique seafood dishes you'll find in the North Shore area. Join us as we introduce a new twist on your favorite Greek and Mediterranean dishes using fresh, seasonally available and locally sourced ingredients in new and curious arrangements.

Chrissoulas is named after and for our Yiayia, and has been a dream in the making since 2008
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Greek, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu 3:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(847) 549-3046
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Theo Dimitriou
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Cross street
School Street, across from Starbucks
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Public transit
Libertyville Metra station is only two short blocks away.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 30 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.2
service
3.7
ambience
3.4
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Noise · Moderate
69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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d
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place, exceptionally nice staff, and good food. Maybe a tad expensive but worth it. What more could a person want?

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LH
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful menu and fantastic service. Great authentic Greek food with a special style by the chef/s. A bit noisy for quiet conversation, but the food and Ouzo selection (get the plomari ouzo) is worth it.

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m
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Had the souvlaki. The Chicken was a little burned and tough. The rice pudding had a lot of creative ingredients but was not of good taste as a desert.
The waiter did not take time to go over the specials

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K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service

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GC
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic Greek cuisine. The service was attentive and informative. One of our guests was raised on Greek cooking and he was most impressed.

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EW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were rushed to a table by a server station, our server was a total flake, the busser was cleaning our table constantly while we were eating and refilling water so feverishly that she spilled water on my new iPhone. We were really disappointed by our appetizers but the server never came by to check on us so we just ate them. When she finally got around to our table and asked if we wanted to order entrees we were ready to go and declined to order anything else, also the busser was making it clear that this was a turn and burn situation and we felt very unwelcome. By the time we were able to pay (our server was gone for a while as we waited for the bill) we put cash in, left a really unfortunate tip, and walked out. The most acknowledgement of our presence that we had the entire evening was a gentleman saying thank you as we walked out, we didn’t bother turning around and just left. By the way, your saganaki as really bad, the outer crust is too much like a chicken nugget. Anyway, we will not be back, we want our $100 and 45 minutes back but will opt for finding a new place for date night instead.

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WR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was generally excellent. I did fine the Dolmades a little mushy and lacking in texture, but still very flavorful. Seafood options were excellent and very fresh. My main gripes were with the noise level (very loud) thanks to the concrete floor and tightly packed tables, and the overly chatty server, who was attentive to a fault: constantly chatting us up everytime he came by. On the plus side, it's nice to have a Greek option that feels more understated and doesn't have that party vibe.

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JB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food! The saganaki was great! Very small but cute place. Will go back :)

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AJ
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Overall nice experience. Food was good. Service was great. Tables too close together and noisy.
Fun atmosphere, but could be more spread out. Still feels like a new place getting its sea legs. Will come back in a few more weeks.

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AO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service
Food was a little salty
Great ambiance

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A
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This wa our first time here and we will be back. We both had the branzino and it was delicious as were the roasted potatoes. Parking can be a bit tricky.

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PE
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went here late afternoon Saturday. I liked the blue & white decor. The food was excellent and service was good. We had the hummus dip plate and the mixed fried seafood plate for the appetizers. We both had the souvlaki for the main, her's was the shrimp and mine was the pork belly. We split the pistachio olive oil cake for dessert. One issue was the pita for my souvlaki was over-charred. It gave the pita a bland, bitter taste and a texture that made me think I was biting the wrapper. Seasoning on the fried items was a tad strong when eaten alone but worked with a sauce. We didn't know about the specials until after we had ordered and overheard the bartender telling a couple seated at the bar behind us. The location of the men's room needs to be called out more as you think you are entering the kitchen to get to it.

Let's talk about the noise, what OpenTable generously calls 'energetic'. While this was our first time eating at Chrissoulas it was not our first time going there. We went at 8:30pm on a Friday and walked out. The decor is hard woods and hard surfaces so there is nothing to break up the sound. It was so loud people were literally yelling. We walked out. Saturday when we actually stayed the noise was steadily going up as we ate and more people arrived. When we left the dining room was about 30-35% filled and you already had to raise your voice to have a conversation.

Regarding the cold/front door. Chrissoulas now has a double door plus a heavy curtain to prevent the cold blasts going into the restaurant so clearly they are listening to the complaints.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The dolomades ok bit the lemon sorbet was very disappointing (my wife likened it to battery acid). Moussaka was ok, but the 3 roasted Greek potatoes that came as a side dish had no flavor. The spanakopita was very good but over priced for such a small piece. Very unfortunate as we were so excited to finally have a good Greek restaurant that did something more than an American gyro. Not sure if I would visit again.

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l
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was not that good. Did not like that the gyros meat was one piece and in a sausage link shape and a little pink inside. The other guests in my party had chicken and shrimp and said it was not very flavorful. The one thing I did like was the baklava. Very delicious

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p
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

terrific food, fine greek tradition, fresh ingredients

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CI
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Not a good experience. Table was shoe horned in which caused my wife to get hit by people multiple times. When check came couldn’t believe the cost. The food to me was not authentic Greek food. The gyros and chicken slouvaki was in a sausage and not like we thought it should have been.

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CP
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great made on site food. Excellent octopus appetizer.

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F
Des Moines
94 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

While not your typical or classic Greek food as you would see in Greek Town for example, the chef has taken Greek food to a different level. Everything we ordered had a great flavor. Plenty of Greek specialties on the beverage lists as well. The value proposition here will be interesting to see over time.

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L
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Two of us Went there on Saturday night .
Our table was by the front door and every time the door opened it was very cold.
Parking was a challenge.
The food and service were excellent
All was well explained and very authentic
The gyro was excellent
Shrimp souvlaki was Very good.
Tried three delicious appetizers.
Food was brought out way too fast
Salad served right after appetizers and main course was served right after salad arrived so we had to eat both together.
Need to work on timing.
Will definitely back to try again.

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t
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Really was pulling for this place to be good... uh no!! Food is mediocre at best, atmosphere is terrible, cold when door opens and overly loud, and entree size/ value is a joke!

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DB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had the bream special and it was excellent. The saganaki was good - not exactly notable. My husband was warned that the gyro would be like a sausage - not the flavor he thought it was going to be so was disappointed. The French fries were excellent as was the aioli sauce. We will definitily be going back. Oh, one other thing - a lot of cold air comes through the door but the hostesss said that they were going to address that issue.

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J
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We arrived early for our dinner reservations and waited for someone to wait on our table for about 15 minutes. I thought the food was good but my wife didn't. "It was too salty and lemony, and she doesn't remember Greek food being like that." I doubt if we will return.

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LC
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the traditional Greek dishes done to perfection, but with small twists that show creative culinary skills and imagination, like the seafood hush puppies and some of the best hummus I've ever had. Loved the shrimp souvlaki and the saganaki was spot on.

Would love to see Greek coffee on the menu, as well as gigantes Greek style and a vegetarian moussaka.

Appreciated seeing one of the owners come around to ask how we liked our meal. Our server was perfect, and the other staff kept our excellent glasses of iced tea full without ever having to be asked. So glad this place has moved into Libertyville!

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5
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our diner on a Sat night, the octopus appitizer was fantastic - the Bronzino and Greek Lasagna was very good and will be reordered in the future.

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RB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Went here for dinner with friends. Started with a personal greeting from the server and immediate seating.
The service level was outstanding. Our server, Matt, was attentive, funny, and efficient. The support staff was excellent, especially the bussing staff.
The food on the whole was good, appetizers and desserts were better than the main courses. They seem to still be working out some details, since this is a new restaurant. There were menu changes our server was unaware of, and one of the specials had to be returned as it was over seasoned. They handled the issue really well, and the manager came over to apologize.
I will definitely try this again, interested in sampling other menu items and seeing how this evolves.

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F
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious Greek food, traditional appetizers and entrees, good salads, great service, ample portions-a little pricey, but will definitely go back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

For a town with so many families, having no concessions for kids - no kids menu, no crayons, etc. - makes it a tough sell. The food wasn’t good enough for an “adults/special occasion only” place and our server knew absolutely nothing about the wines.

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SS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Although our server was great the food and ambience are very average at best.

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s
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I had high expectations for this new restaurant. In reading their description, they talked about how they were a seafood restaurant, yet the seafood options are pretty limited. What I did have was OK, but it didn’t wow me. For the price point I expect more

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BK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The one issue they must address is the temp in the restaurant. The door opens and the entire place drops 20 degrees. They have to have a double door. No brainer.

I wore my coat thru my dinner.

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