Jilly's Cafe
Jilly's Cafe

Jilly's Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jillyscafe.com/
  • Phone: (847) 869-7636
  • 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, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, 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

November 12 & 13 Jilly's is offering a special wine dinner at 6:30 with a 5 course wine dinner with 5 special wines to accompany your food. Please contact us for details


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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Jilly's Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelQuiet
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)special occasion (14)fit for foodies (14)romantic (10)great for brunch (6)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (4)good for groups (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Superb
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Really excellent. Intimate. Highly recommended. Genial service. Excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place
    Hoodrat
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We have been dining at Jillys for decades. It remains a favorite and never fails to please. Desserts are especially good, but so is everything else we have ever tried-- duck, chicken, salmon, steak, pork, appetizers and salads. Service occasionally is slow and when busy the noise level escalates, but since We go for the food those don't deter is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We are here at list once a month. We like food and service. Each time we are visiting we invite some our friend to join. All our friends visited Jili's again after fist visit. B&B
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    paletteandeyes4beautyVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Reliable classic bistro fare at reasonable prices. Especially approachable are the wine markups whose appeal made a step from two glasses to one bottle doable. Go there at least quarterly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jilly's Cafe in Evanston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My friend and I were celebrating a birthday lunch on a Sunday. There was a special brunch price which was a great bargain, allowing you to select one appetizer, one main course, and one dessert, as well as two refills each of champagne! I had a delicious, fresh beet salad and a sauteed salmon filet. Both selections were superb, as good as can be found at any of the high end restaurants in Chicago. My friend had a large, moist crab cake for an appetizer and roast pork loin with haricot verte. Our desserts were equally delicious. Chocolate mousse and a moist brownie with chocolate sauce and ice cream. All the portions were very generous, considering this was lunch. I highly recommend Jilly's for any occasion. This is haute cuisine Evanston!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood Gem Again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was our second time to Jilly's in the last two weeks. Again, the service, the food, the atmosphere just shouts that this is a great neighborhood gem. Very friendly service, excellent food and a good wine list. The rack of lamb is great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Hidden Gem
    FooddocVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I had been asking the proprietor at Jilly's to get on Open Table for some time. It is the consummate French bistro, and with moderate food prices and reasonable wine selections, it is a favorite. One does not miss the lack of hard liquor. It is a small, intimate room that is perfect for conversation and relaxation. Service is very personal and attentive. The food is magnificent, prepared carefully and thoughtfully. There is a standard menu and numerous specials to suit everyone. EVerything we have every ordered has been high quality and delicious. We plan to return often.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 2 reviews are from the Jilly's Cafe reviews archive.
  • 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.