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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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3
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (31)
Romantic (24)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
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Good for a Date (21)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Cozy (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Worth the Drive (10)
Authentic (9)
Business Meals (7)
Live Music (7)
Fun (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Seasonal (6)
Bar Seating (4)
Healthy (4)
Comfort Food (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined a day ago

Always exquisite. Service and food always top-notch.

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 (Dallas)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent service an dining experience. All four of us thought our menu choices were very good. We would all return on our next visit to Palm Desert.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Beautiful with wonderful service and food.

Brevity is the soul of wit.

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I had lobster bisque and the full lobster salad. I’m from Boston originally, I know lobster. This was over cooked, tough and salad underneath was drenched in dressing. Lobster bisque was warm not hot. Disappointing since I was taking my girfriend for her birthday.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food, Great Service and wonderful environment. You do pay for it but we will be back.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This was our first time at Jillian’s & we had very high expectations. Unfortunately the restaurant did not live up to the hype. Roman, our waiter, was less than attentive. The food was very average for the price. And they seated a large family next to us with a crying child & very large dog that kept coming over to our table! Very disappointing evening when we were there to celebrate a birthday.

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

WE celebrated our anniversary and husbands birthday. Our grand-daughter joined us in the festivities for the night. Every detail was covered and a cakee was made especially for the occasion. Service professionally executed a rare find these days. Piano was particularly enjoyable--- background music--- terrific tunes all evening. We enjoyed every minute -- and will be in our memories for a long time. Thank-you, Jillian's/ Palm Desert. Contessa Claire P

Tags: Live Music, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went for New Years Eve dinner, fixed menu sith choices. Although $110 is high per person, it was worth it and we had a lovely evening. Great food and service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service, great food, nice resentation
Little noisey

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My husband struggled over the pricey lamb chops, which he ordered, and his rare temperature came out almost well done. He didn’t send them back, but decided never to return. The veggies were good, the room is beautiful, but his disappointment with his meat spoiled my birthday dinner. His feeling is that if you charge really high prices, then the food should be exceptional not just average.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Overrated, front house staff uninterested, boarding on rude
Food just ok but abundant portions

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 28, 2017

My second time enjoying Jillian's. My partner and I both had salads to start... he had the Casa Salad and I had a special that was a lobster salad with a vinaigrette. We both agreed that the vinaigrettes on both salads were very bland...needed more acidity. Rather than waiting to ask the waiter to bring us some vinegar, we pulled the limes out of our drinking water and gave our salads a bit of a squeeze of lime juice. Bam! The salads tasted so much better.

We both loved our main meals... He had rack of lamb... perfectly cooked and beautifully seasoned. I had a special.. a osso bucco made of lamb. Delicious!

We had no room for dessert, although we were so temped.

I was disappointed that the men's room was so in need to improvement. Not so much in the room itself, but in appointments. It is VERY dark in there, being illuminated only by a single table lamp sitting on the sink counter. No tissues. No hand towels except for a dispenser on the wall. The door on the stall doesn't lock properly. I would expect a fine dining restaurant, particularly one at this price point, would make sure the restrooms match the level of service received in the dining rooms.

Tags: Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Lovely ambience with a great staff and great food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Our waiter was excellent. He was the only highlight of the evening. The staff in the dining room were all very polite, engaging and professional. However, The two women when we checked in were rude and engaged in their own conversation with one another and over some problem? Not the best welcome the Restaurant could present. The restaurant was not very busy so that was surprising as it used to be very popular? The food was so so. The scallops used to be to die for. Salads were nothing spectacular. Kind of an okay dinner so a bit disappointing since it was a birthday.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 20, 2017

It was several years since we last at Jillian’s for noreason other than there are so many good restaurants in our area..
We were more than pleasantly satisfied with our experience to the extent JILLIAN’s is on top of our list to go back more often!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

My favorite desert restaurant...really didn't like the table we got, it was in a busy passageway, the room had a number of loud people ...next time I'll ask for the piano or fireplace room...but it was still nice👍🏼

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Jillian’s is always top rate! Their white fish special is the best! Service is excellent!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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 on December 14, 2017

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 on December 14, 2017

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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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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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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 (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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