Jilly's Cafe
Jilly's Cafe

Jilly's Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jillyscafe.com/
  • Phone: 8478697636
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm.
    Dinner: Tueday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm - 8:00pm.
    Brunch: Sunday 10:30am - 2:00pm.
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Executive Chef: Nicolae Marian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Central St
  • Public Transit: Walking distance to "Evanston Central Street" stop on the Metra line (UP-N to Kenosha). Ten minute walk to the CTA Purple line: "Central" stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking on Central Street for lunch or anytime. For dinner during weekdays after 6:00 PM, Saturdays after 12:00 PM and Sunday anytime, parking is available at the Duxler Carshop parking lot located adjacent to the North on Greenbay Road. Please do not park outside those time at the Duxler parking lot. Thank you.
A word from Jilly's Cafe
Located just outside the city of Chicago, Jilly's Café has been called a "North Shore Treasure" by Zagat's 2002 restaurant survey. Our French Countryside decor, handpicked flowers, and friendly wait staff make for an intimate and cozy atmosphere suitable for all kinds of occasions. Here authentic French food is served with an American twist making for enough dishes to keep our specials changing daily. We offer a Sunday brunch that carefully combines a traditional American brunch with French flavors, while champagne effortlessly flows throughout the course of the meal. Jilly's is available for private parties, and reservations are strongly recommended.
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Jilly's Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
12 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelQuiet
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (10)special occasion (9)fit for foodies (6)romantic (5)notable wine list (3)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • not worthy
    greatfood
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The restaurant was probably good 5-10 years ago, but now the food is bad, and btw is not french at all.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Thanks Jilly's Cafe for joining Open Table. We absolutely loved the muscles and escargot. The rack of lamb was excellent. The wait staff was very responsive and the restaurant (although small) has a very intimate and warm/friendly feel. We'll be returning soon, thanks for the great food and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightfully Authentic
    salcornVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Jilly's is a true Parisian Bistro, with all the offerings you'd expect, extremely well executed. Service is friendly and efficient, and the cozy, romantic atmosphere is great for lunch or dinner. Very reasonable prices for the quality, especially at lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place!
    Hoodrat
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We have been going here for years. Our visits are infrequent due to a long list of food restrictions, but when I am able to eat a meal "out", this is on the very short list of OK places. Favorites are the pork tenderloin, salmon, steak frites, and venison. And the desserts! When I really go off the deep end and am going to have a dessert, this is where I go. The chocolate genache cake (among others) can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice But Somewhat Outdated
    RockVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Jilly's has a traditional French menu that hasn't changed much over the years except for the prices. The food is good but it's expensive and not very innovative by today's Chicago standards.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Holding strong
    QuackerDelux
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The restaurant is under new management. The food, preparation, and service are noteworthy. The ambience is quite French. My daughter loved the sorbet between plates. I would easily return. The price is modest and appropriate.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
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