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Jerry's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cornercooks.com/
  • Email: betsy@cornercooks.com
  • Phone: (847) 441-0134
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, DInner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Larry Smith
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering is offered through Corner Cooks as well as private parties in the Corner Cooks space. Full service catering is offered with a variety of approaches including cocktail party menus, casual buffet to elegant seated dinners. The owner is always open to creating one of a kind menus.
  • Private Party Facilities: The rooms at Corner Cooks include an intimate 28 seat space overlooking the courtyard with a lovely granite fireplace.Perfect for intimate dinners. The open kitchen offers interactive classes and cooking parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Betsy (847) 441-0134

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Elm and Chestnut Street
  • Public Transit: The Metra North line stops at the Winnetka
    stop. A short 2 block walk to the restaurant.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Jerry's
Connected through French doors to its 12 year old catering and private party event space Corner Cooks, Jerry"s offers American cuisine with an eclectic twist. Bridget Burns turns out thoughtful,inventive and fresh dishes with specials introduced every Thursday. Fresh fish is the rule and always offered.Surprises abound. From chicken curry with French influence to the house favorite-seabass in a sweet chili broth to killer fried chicken.Lunch is all about salads (beet salads a must)and the daily trio. The granite tables were built by the owner's husband, a school teacher and craftsman and are particularly beautiful by candlelight. When Corner Cooks is not hosting a party, request seating in the fireplace room which is painted a delicious blue green color with windows overlooking Chestnut Court. A neighborhood favorite, and part of the community, Jerry's is run with care and commitment which shows from kitchen to table.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Great food, beautiful presentation in a upscale setting. . Located in a quaintt own with scenic outdoor dining."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Food is creative and very good. Good appetizers, salads and entrees. Like it"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The restaurant is really two separate areas, with the kitchen between them, but both of them very cute. It almost feels like you're at someone's house. I had the salmon which was very tasty. My husband did not really like the pork tacos he ordered. He said they were hard to eat - probably because you couldn't roll them up as they are served on flat tostadoes. They bring out crusty bread and some spreads which were good too. The wine list is brief, but you're really there for the food and conversation."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I have hosted parties for 50, an intimate 80th birthday party for 20, dinner for 4 couple or 10 girlfriends- it all works. The food is edgy enough but with enough standards to please a range of tastes and the restaurant has several alcoves and levels so they can create a quiet or private group dinner. Sophisticated enough for fussy city diners yet helpful enough for my parents- Jerry's never disappoints."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Pasted it up on Open Table the late few weeks. Very happy we gave Jerry's a chance.... Great Food, Great Service, just a Great Place!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Jerry's food is reliabably delicious; our favorites are the fried chicken, beet salad and chicken curry - but their specials are usually wonderfully prepared as well. Friendly, welcoming atmosphere keeps us coming back."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Great food but you want to sit in fireplace room! The main door room is cluttered and drafty"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We went the night before Valentine's day and were not disappointed. Have to admit I made a reservation because of the JDeal email I received, but we used to go to Jerry's quite often, but some how it had fallen off of our radar. We had an outstanding meal, and the JDeal (glass of wine for Ladies, and a nice appetizer including caviar) was well worth the trip. The peach cobbler dessert was to die for. Kudos to Jerry's. We will return soon."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We were going anyway but a special treat $10 off an entree due to snowstorm! Great marketing on owner Betsy's part! One if my favorite local spots.. Linda Martin"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "the facility is charming and the food very good. The service was a bit lacking. We had a birthday celebration and the presentation of the desert was great!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Consistently good food. It's a real treat to dine here. Service can be spotty at times which is disappointing."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We dine at Jerry's quite often, with it's interesting menu and convenient location. We were disappointed this time in our food, as the chicken was too well done and the other items were not as appealing as usual."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "It's rare that I have a hard time choosing which entree to order at a restaurant, because there are typically only one or two choices that appeal. At Jerry's, it's different. The menu has options that not only sound good, but taste good. Comfort food so incredibly upgraded. Everyone at our table of 6 was immensely happy. I knew I wouldn't be able to consume both the beet salad as an appetizer and my chilean sea bass (the most amazing sauce, btw), so I ordered both knowing that I had just sewn up lunch for the next day. Portions were quite, quite generous. We were tucked up in the corner by the fireplace and it was all simply special. One of my absolute favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Jerry's never disappoints We have been customers for years and will always be customers"
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Lunch with friends that is better both in food quality and originality than just a sandwich or salad is a relaxing treat. Jerry's offers a pretty and quiet haven from holiday craziness, a place to have a good visit with a gourmet touch. Lunch there made us feel special and certainly not rushed. I had dined there before for dinner. Now I have found a great lunch spot."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "Great Martini, great Beet salad and great Branzino! Cannot go wrong. Jerrys is very cozy and comfortable. I have taken many friends to Jerrys and they all love it for everything it has to offer."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Jerry's is the jewel of Winnetka dining. This place never disappoints. My friends and I come here again and again. I love the vegetable curry and I hear people come from miles for the skirt steak. Counting the days until I can return."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "There are 4 of us who celebrate our birthdays on or close to the day. We have done this for 3 years. The birthday honorees are treated very well and receive dessert birthday plates with cookie, sorbet, and candle plus a decorative plate."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Jerry's (he's the owner's father) provides a dinner as you like it: small plates, medium plates, standard entrees. That makes it fun to eat there. The selections are varied, many out of the ordinary, but all delicious. We had individual soups: Brazilian shrimp and mushroom bisque, as different as they can be, but wonderful. We shared salmon sashimi on sesame crackers with creme fraiche which was even better than expected. Our shared entrees were medium plates: trios of burgers and shrimp tacos. They were wonderful, and we could barely finish! Wine coices are limited but sufficeint and moderately priced. Plus if you get on their mailing list you get monthly J-deals for specials!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Nice to have a place in the Suburbs for a nice meal"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Service was very friendly but slow. We had our dessert menus for so long before our server came for the order that we all decided to bag that course and head home. I also was disappointed in my sea bass entree. Our waiter mentioned that it is an ongoing favorite, but to me, it tasted like someone poured a bottle of hoisin sauce over the fish - completely overpowered it. The squash soup was yummy though!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Every visit to Jerry’s is highly anticipated and the food and service have always been great!! Jail Island Salmon is a winner and I think I am now hooked so to speak!! A good time every time. I love this restaurant."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Good food in a small storefront. Really enjoyed the food."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Our dinner was very good. As party of two we were rushed through our meal and seated right in the middle of the room when the entire restaurant was empty at 6:45. Our anniversary dinner was memorable but not for the right reasons. We will try again as we have had good experiences at this restaurant but we were always a party of 4 or more."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Food here is great. Service, however, is exceedingly slow; this was my second visit so I know this is a pattern. We sat down at 6:30 and did not eat anything but bread until 7:10. Our waitress was very lovely but she didn't have anything to bring to us because they were very busy with outside diners and Jerry's doesn't have enough servers."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Jerry's is my kind of restaurant: small, intimate, on the ground floor, gorgeous view of downtown Winnetka, very clever and innovative menu and attentive wait staff. The menu changes frequently so I won't comment on the food but everything our party had was outstanding. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "I have enjoyed several lunches at Jerrys but was a bit disappointed in the food for dinner, both in the menu and quality of the food."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "The food was a wow! Great preparation of all the dishes at our table. The meal was enhanced by the service. Something lacking in so many suburban restaurants. Our waiter new the wine list and menu, made recommendations that were right on the mark, and was attentive without hovering over us. A rewarding dining experience I hope to experience again."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "Dining outdoors at Jerry's in the summer is a treat not to be missed! Delicious, beautiful presentation, great service, fresh local produce - it doesn't get much better."
    Dined on 8/1/2013
  • "Email specials this summer got me to return to Jerry's, and the experience will bring me back, specials or not!! For $25 each, my wife and I got a house salad, appetizer (we chose a wonderful gazpacho) and split triple (hamburger) sliders and triple shrimp tacos (both excellent, but the tacos were the bomb!) A scoop of gelato finished the meal off. We loved it! The sidewalk availabilty would have been an option if not for the sweltering heat. Service was prompt, wines were reasonable, and overall we loved it!!"
    Dined on 7/16/2013
  • "This was our first time at Jerry's, and we went with high hopes. The service was excellent; all the wait staff was courteous, efficient and knowledgeable. The salads we had (I had the beet salad, my date had the mache) were very nicely done. She enjoyed her scallops greatly, but I was disappointed that the veggies in my veggie enchilada entree were burned. I had expected more given the reputation and price point of the restaurant. It will be worth another try, and I will hope for an experience more fitting the restaurant's reputation."
    Dined on 6/30/2013