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About 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

74155 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
International, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Dress Code Observed, Business Casual but No Shorts for Gentlemen Please
Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm (times change seasonally)


Cross Street:
Portola

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 776-8242

Website:
http://jilliansfinedining.com/

Entertainment:
Live piano music in the lounge nightly.

Executive Chef:
Jay G. Trubee

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Thanksgiving open at 3:00 PM with special menu
Christmas Eve open at 5:00 PM with Holiday Additions to the menu.
New Years Eve 5:30, 6:00 PM and 9:00, 9:30 PM seating's
Valentine's Day open at 5:00 PM with special menu
Open Mother's Day

Jillian's Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (17)
Romantic (16)
Good for a Date (14)
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Good for Anniversaries (14)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Cozy (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Authentic (6)
Business Meals (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Live Music (4)
Seasonal (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Fun (3)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 2 days ago

We go to this restaurant 5 times during our season. We made a reservation 2 weeks in advance and told them we were celebrating a birthday and 5th wedding anniversary. When we arrived we were seated in a side room in the back corner. We expected the main dining room that was nicely decorated and featured music. When we arrived we were not informed that a friend had bought us a bottle of wine. It took the waiter over 20 minutes to inform us. We would have just had the wine and not the cocktails we had ordered. It was over 30 minutes before the waiter brought us menus. We expected exceptional service but were disappointed all night. Thankfully the food was as good as we expected. If this would have been our first visit to this restaurant we probably would not return based on this experience.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Best restaurant in town - possibly anywhere in the world!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 3 days ago

Service - great!; food - succulent!; ambiance - super!; attention from the chef - very special.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

First time there.
Relaxing
Lovely music.
Great service.

Tags: Live Music, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date
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food4
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Every time is a special occasion!

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

As always the best in the desert!! We will return asap

Tags: Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fun
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very nice birthday celebration (mine). Good food and good service. Love the decor of the restaurant. Glad that we had a 6pm reservation because as we were living, we noticed that it was getting more crowded and more noisy.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Live Music
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was just ok - service was horrible.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Jay was welcoming and friendly. James at the bar was conversational an attentive.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We are from Tulsa but visit the Palm Desert / Indian Wells several times a year. We NEVER miss a date night at Jillian’s each time we are in town. Everything from top to bottom is excellent but we especially love the crab tower, the Spicy corn chowder, the pork chop and the top two desserts of all time are the decadent date and the apple dumpling. Wine list is phenomenal and the service is top notch. I couldn’t decide which soup to get so they brought me the other as a sample after at no charge. My pork chop was a little undercooked and I had to sent it back. They quickly made it right and took my dresser off the bill. If you are in the area and don’t go here you are really missing out!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Jillian's is a very special dining experience which starts the moment you walk through the gate leading to the front door. Beautiful restaurant. Great food. Excellent service. Always a treat!

Tags: Romantic, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always love Jillian’s! Was a little taken back that they had relaxed their dress code for men but I guess you need to do what needs to happen to keep up with a new clientele and economy. Our server Ramon was, as always, the best. And Jorge had our car waiting before we exited the building

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Seasonal
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 17, 2017

we have dined at Jullians for years. this was our first visit 2017. although in the past would have rated it 5 stars for every thing, but this year we both had the crab tower and white fish
we have been enjoying all those years. we both commented something was off. neither entree tasted the same.......was not as good.....new cook in the kitchen???.....cutting back somewhere???....do not know. my husbands favorite decadent date desert also did not seem to be as tasty and for the first time I had what was described as flaky pastry apple dumpling. however, there was nothing flaky......it was so hard could not cut thru it with a fork/knife......quite surprised and the rest was not very good, so after a few bites was not interested. i hope whatever might have changed will just be temporary and the dishes we have enjoyed for a decade will return. the place itself is wonderful in many ways.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Waiters were very attentive and even changed my napkin to a black one since I was wearing black pants. Food portions were large. Food was very good. The room we were in had a bit of a funky smell which was a turn off. They gave us a complimentary dish of small cookies, dates and such which was a nice touch.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We enjoy Jillians for special occasions. We had a great veal chop. Nice atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was a great dining choice for my wife's birthday. I asked for a romantic table and got one in a corner - apparently Gerald Ford used to sit there. The food was excellent, but not on par with the best of French restaurants - but the best I found in the desert. Service was also very good and not presumptuous. Great wine selection.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

A wonderful evening as always. Seating in the courtyard is a must since it adds to the overall dining experience. We always make Jillians a go-to restaurant whenever we visit Palm Desert.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Fabulous meal. Fabulous service. Beautiful outdoor seating atmosphere. Very special place and very consistently delicious.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Outstanding, as It has been for each of our visits.

Melita and Stuart Riddle

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This was not our first visit, and each time we return we enjoy the experience all the more. Wonderful food in a lovely setting, with professional and courteous staff make this a special restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had a great dinner. Food was superb. Service was excellent. Great wine list. We highly recommend Jillian's for a memorable dinner experience. We will be back

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Our host made us a sampler of the menu. Without a doubt, it was the finest meal I have ever experienced. I have eaten at some of the best restaurants in the world and this meal would be equal to any one I had at any Michelin Five star.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We loved everything about this! Beautiful piano music, amazing food, great ambience and service! We will be back next time in the area! Thanks for making my 50th birthday special!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Fabulous meal and ambience as always. Crab tower is excellent and presentation is beautiful.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It's a special place with excellent food. We had the best bread ever to begin followed by terrific salads, fantastic entree's and outstanding desserts. Love this restaurant but keep it for special occasions.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants ever!! We were there on 11/2, everything was perfect from start to finish. We've had the pleasure of dining here many times on our yearly visits and the staff never fails to make it a pleasant experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

As always each entree was delicious and well prepared. We had the veal special (very tender), halibut special ( substituted for their normal white fish which they could not get) and lamb. All were perfection. Service as always was spot on and not intrusive. Love the place!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Lobster salad was good, Swordfish was good, filet was great,
Salmon that was recommened over the Swordfish was not good.
Initial taste was fine but white topping became COLD and RUINED
THE SALMON. I REQUESTED OUR SERVER TO PROVIDE MY
FEEDBACK TO THE CHEF, BUT I received NO assurance that
Anything would change.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 27, 2017

It was their last night before closing. Service was a little slow, but food was good. Wanted a pork chop that everyone raves about, but they didn't have.
It was my wife's 70th and they had a card for her on the table wishing her a happy birthday. When it came time for dessert, I ordered The Hawaiian cheese cake. However they brought nothing special for my wife. They did bring a plate with figs, dates and chocolate covered strawberries, but they brought that out to every table.
If I knew it was their last night, we would have not come.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 27, 2017

A great experience and dinner. Rack of lamb was excellent and not the typical preparation. Special of veal medallions was supremely tender and delicious.

Service was perfect and not overpowering.

Special note for our anniversary was a very nice touch.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Jillian's is amazing in every way. We had the best time!!! It is a perfect dining experience.

Tags: Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 26, 2017

This was our first visit to Jillian's. It's a lovely restaurant with excellent food. The outside patio is charming and inside seating is nice too. We'll be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Jillian's is a special restaurant with fine food and service. They work hard to make dining there feel special and it is my go place when I want my guests to feel they are being especially well treated.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Beautiful atmosphere with terrific service, however the food was just ok.
It may be the highest rated restaurant in the valley, but not worth the price.
My wife had the filet which was cooked right but with little taste. I had the pork chop which was also cooked correctly but was bland.
Great service and atmosphere is just not enough, if the food is just acceptable.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2017

By far, one of the best dining experiences in Palm Desert. It has the feel of being in someone's home. Food and wine is great; staff makes you feel welcome and is highly attentive. Can't wait to go back on our next visit to the desert.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Dinner for four was excellent.... the food, wine, service and ambiance was just as we expected. No surprises!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Wonderful venue, wonderful food, and wonderful service.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 18, 2017

If you want first class treatment and A class service come to Jillian's .We go to other places but continue to to come to Jillian's. The veal chop is plump and tender. Tim get's the Bolonese(spelling) regularly. We take a deep breath and enjoy the mood of the place! If you have not been to Jillian's come with your long pants on......

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Having eaten here every time we visit Palm Springs I was a little disappointed in the food. I tried the Veal Valdonstana it was ok. Very salty from the capers. Otherwise food was very good. Ambiance and quality of service is excellent

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Beautiful dinner...Roman and his wait-staff were impeccable in their service and wine recommendations. James in the bar served magnificently civilized cocktails and conversation. Lovely atmosphere and perfectly low noise level. Bravissimo!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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