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Jillian's Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://jilliansfinedining.com
  • Email: jilliansdining@aol.com
  • Phone: (760) 776-8242
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner
    Dress Code Observed, No Shorts for Gentlemen Please
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Jay G. Trubee
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Jillian's guests will experience a masterful Eclectic cuisine in a style of dining where the traditions of southern Italy and regional American cuisine are paired with elegant wines. We will gladly customize a menu to complement and enhance your event.
  • Private Party Contact: June Trubee (877) 649-1573
  • Entertainment: Live Piano music in the Lounge nightly by Jim Blaine.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Christmas Eve open at 5:00 PM with Holiday Additions to the menu.
    New Years Eve 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM seating's

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Portola
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Jillian's
Romantic. Inviting. Original. Uncompromising quality. Superb cuisine graciously served in an extraordinary atmosphere, is the unique inspiration of proprietors Jay and June Trubee
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Made a reservation to celebrate my husbands big bday. We waited nearly 30 min for a menu and a conversation with our waiter. After a strong recommendation to order the Caesar salad, it was a major disappointment. The dark green wilted outer leaves were what made up most of the plate, far from "crisp"as described. Ordered the white fish special, very good but what were the small vegetables on the side? A tablespoon of corn, beets and ??? The waiter never reappeared so he had no idea about the lousy salad and after the entree was served, he was too busy taking of other tables to ever check on us. We then waited 20 min after our table was cleared, for our check, very poor service, so disappointing. Ruined the special evening!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Chef Jay once again delivers an amazing meal along with the staff and our waiter doing an outstanding job!!!! Thank you Jillian's for another great evening."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We have been coming every March for many years, and we finally met Jillian. She was delightful and we wish her much luck in Boston (where we live) or NYC."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Thursday evening at 8 .....everything was exceptional....sat inside bar area, remarkably comfortable will definitely return"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I took my husband to Jillian's for his birthday and we were treated like royalty from the moment we entered the restaurant. From the hostess to the wait staff the service was impeccable. A varied menu with two specials made choice difficult but after finally deciding, we were not disappointed with the excellent appetizers, entrees, and deserts. If we lived here year round, we would come here on regular basis as we know that this is a quality restaurant well worth the expense."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Excellent in every way! Food was delicious. Outdoor patio beautiful. James was our waiter and he was knowledgeable, attentive, great!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This is not a place for "squat an gobble" diners. If you appreciate fine dining in a great atmosphere this is the place."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We met our friends, the Sheya's, and decided to go to Jillian's for cocktails. Upon arrival June, one of the proprietors, advised us that they just had a cancellation, so we decided to not only have cocktails but stay for dinner. We had a wonderful server, Christin, who provided to us some very wonderful recommendations for the evening. Nobody in our group was disappointed with her recommendations. June and her staff made for a very wonderful dining experience for the four of us. My wife and I are OpenTable diners 3 to 5 times a week and we found this was one of the best restaurants we've been to. When we return to the desert we certainly will put Jillian's on our list. Regards, Carl Schleicher"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Go here every time I'm in Palm Desert and never disappointed."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Always a great meal, with great service and wine. I highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We all had a wonderful meal. Our server made some great recommendations. I enjoyed the Nantucket scallops served over sweet corn risotto. My wife really enjoyed the the Gazpacho soup."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Walking into the beautiful courtyard they had us! We dined here last year and had a wonderful meal, we were here a year later and the experience was just as great. I had the White fish special and husband had the Salmon in parchment, daughter had the Filet and her friend had the Salmon special all were excellent. The service is attentive without being hovering, it was perfect. Can't wait to go back next year."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "All good except the noise from a group a few tables away"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We have come to Jillian's many times and have never been disappointed. The quality and presentation of food is something to marvel over, while the service is impeccable. It is a good idea to make reservations, but getting there early gives you the opportunity to sit at the bar and enjoy the piano bar music. I would highly reccomend requesting the patio courtyard for seating especially for special occasions."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "My husband and brought another couple to Jillian's to celebrate two birthdays. The food, as always was outstanding. When we arrived at our table, there was a lovely note for the "birthday girls". The service was impeccable and the room was quiet enough for conversation, while still having the warm and vibrant buzz of a great restaurant . Our guests had never been and can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I took 5 guests from out of town and called the day before to specifically ask for outdoor seating. I was told there was one 6 person table available and it was saved fro us When we arrived we escorted to the back of the restaurant, where it was quite crowded.. when I mentioned we had a reserved table, we were told none was available .. if knowing that it advance I would have gone to another restaurant. When a great restaurant makes those kind of mistakes , often they will offer a free drink or desert to apologize.. but my feeling was they didn't much care.. so overall very unhappy with the experience"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "a great cullianary experience. vibrant and fun in the bar."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was wonderful, starting with the bread, working through Caesar salads, the liver and chicken entrees and the lemon tart dessert. I will be back to Jillian's the next time I'm in Palm Desert."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Delicious meal in a beautiful and elegant environment. Truly a special place."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I had heard that this was a great restaurant and saw how difficult it was to get in so we were looking forward to a memorable evening. We arrived at 5:30 and requested an outdoor table but were told they were fully booked. The area was still empty at that point and did look very pretty. We were seated in a room in the rear that was very old and tired looking. It quickly became very noisy. Service was competent but not particularly warm. Our food was good but overpriced. Really it was the ambience that felt old, tired and stuffy. The patio was hopping when we left and had music. That may have been a completely different experience. If you go, make sure to get a reservation outside."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "JIllian's is our favorite restaurant in the Coachella Valley, with the perfect combination of great ambience, impeccable service, and incredibly good food that always arrives hot and fresh and is served by a team of waiters all at the same time, so there is never someone at your table waiting for their food after everyone else already received theirs."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "The food was incredible - we had the Salmon in Parchment Paper. Just writing about it makes my mouth water as I can still remember the scrumptious taste."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "We were given a very special table next to the fireplace in which we requested. WE were very pleased with the service and the atmosphere. Our 4th visit;"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "We go to Palm Desert once a year and always go to Jillian's. It is our special place and we love it. The food is exquisite, the service is impeccable and the ambiance is beautifully romantic on the gorgeous patio. We ate inside once and it was very lovely but we love the setting on the patio where they have plenty of heat lamps. You will not be disappointed in this restaurant. We can't wait to go back next year. We think we'll go the first and last nights we're there next year!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "glad we finally went. excellent food and everything first class. will definitely return"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Exceeded expectations. Welcoming,comfortable ambience...great cuisine...highly recommended."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My wife's birthday was presented in the most excellent manner!!!!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My husband and I always seek out this marvelous spot when we are visiting Palm Springs. It is more beautiful than ever with a warm and inviting patio to enjoy a glass of wine while you are waiting for a table. The restaurant was very accomodating since we arrived an hour early forgetting to turn out watches from Arizona time to California time and our wait was pleasant and not too long. The food was delicious and dessert, a date confection was out of this world. ."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Jillian's is a beautiful little restaurant with comfortable seating; the food and service, however, leave much to be desired. And BEWARE: it's VERY expensive (aka my $17 glass of chardonnay from a bottle that we typically buy for $40) & crowd is 70yrs+. We were especially disappointed with the caesar salad, bolognese spaghetti, steak w/peppercorn sauce & chocolate cake dessert. The waiter didn't check on us once the food was delivered so we ended up stuck w/unsatisfying dishes. I would not return to Jillian's."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "They were not welcoming or accommodating. They told us they would not have a table on the patio until 8:30 but when we arrived there were tables available. Other tables were served before us even though we sat down before. I asked for our waiter and 30 minutes later we walked out. I would never go back and or recommend them. Lavendar is a far superior restaurant. They welcomed us and the service was superior."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We have been here a few times many years ago and it was still as wonderful as before. Service was impeccable and the food was great. We sat outside under the lite trees it was very Romantic. Hubby had lobster salad and rack of lamb and I had the superior whitefish. The fish was moist and flakey hubby's lamb perfectly done. It was wonderful way to spend our anniversary!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Our only complaint was regarding the service. It was spotty as our waiter was VERY busy! It took over a half an hour to be served our entrees, after we had had our soup."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We, a party of six of our good friends, dined at Jillian's recently. One couple in our party from Texas were over the top in praise for the service, the "best rack of Lamb" ever, and of course the surrounding environment. Kudos to Jillian's, staff, Chef and wait service."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time --- The outside and inside ambiance is terriffic ---- The food and the service was outstanding !!! We will be sure to experience Jillian's many times ----"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Some food was excellent but some was less so. Service was fine and wine list good."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Food was disappointing for price. Lobster bisque too salty and not that tasty. Scampi with red sauce was strange. Capaccino was watery and bitter."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Jillian's was fantastic. The food, the service, the atmosphere. My husband had the clam chowder, it was creamy, but light and really, really good. I had the shady lady salad to start, sort of like a caprese, with a balsamic reduction dressing, most certainly would order it again. We shared the seafood linguine. The serving was very generous for two, house made pasta and an amazingly generous amount of fresh seafood. We are spending five nights in the dessert and planned to try a different restaurant each night, but we must go back to Jillian's again before we head back to chilly Minnesota! I wish I could remember our server's name, he was attentive but not intrusive and made us feel as valued guests. Thanks Jillian's!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "There are many excellant restaurants in the graeter Palm Springs area and I believe we have been to all of them at one time or another. However, Jillians has been our special occasion go to restaurant for quite some time. Try it, you'll like it!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Great food, very good service and perfect ambience! Undoubtably one of the best restaurants in the area. They handled a birthday very well!"
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "I could go on and on to detail the meal we had simply put-the veal chop was the best I have had in years. To chef came by and I ask for a pasta made without tomatoes and he made it beautifully. My husband and I cleaned our plates. We usually take home food from most places. Our server gets a big hand too. We recommend our favorite place AGAIN."
    Dined on 1/4/2014