Jilly's Cafe

4.3
252 reviews
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French

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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SR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening great food would come back again and definitely referred Jilly's Cafe to my friends keep up the good work Susan

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K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Jilly's Cafe continues to be a neighborhood gem. On our recent visit, we had the best service ever, and the dinner was very good. Heartily recommend.

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j
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We love Jilly's and go there for special occasions all the time... was a little shocked to find out there was a price per person already on the menu at $90 per person. Finding this out when we were handed our menu was kind of a buzz kill. On a normal day we could have had everything we wanted and splurged and it would have only been $120. After tea and tip we were over $230 for dinner. We will be back - but not on Valentines day which has been our tradition for years.

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DF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

very cozy-quiet evening-great food and wine-only thing to keep it from 5 stars -PARKING-there isn't any

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FT
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is one of the best restaurants that we go to when in the Evanston area. The quality of the food is high, the preparations are unique and the service is excellent. The room can get a bit noisy on busy nights or if there is a larger group, but most tables are for two-four people. The beet salad remains a favorite and the pate they serve with fresh bread is excellent as well. If you are planning to dine at a popular time, make reservations.

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LE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed quiet lunch, warm atmosphere, good food and service, mice ambience.

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JS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding dinner definitely recommend

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JM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really a great bistro. Been there a long, long time and they have kept up their excellent standards. Bravo to the chef!

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OT
Chicago
248 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely brunch, will for sure go back and have dinner!

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DG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, our meal was superb!!
We have been there a number of times, and NEVER been diappointed. Jilly’s should be on everyones dinner list! ❤️

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OT
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food. Old school, quiet ambiance. One of my favorites!

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WR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jillys is an intimate cafe with excellent food and service. No matter how great of a cook you or a family member are, you cannot make food like this. Excellent for a birthday or special occasion
Well worth the money you will spend!!

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W
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Jilly's was delightful. I took my father on December 23rd, 2018. He is 101, uses a walker, and is a little hard of hearing. They helped me with him through the door and guided us to the table I chose for 5 p.m.

We had a lovely table, and the service and food were excellent. Since my father eats very little we split an appetizer, salad, and entree. Dad had a glass of Malbec, and I had two splits of good prosecco.

In spite of splitting everything, except the drinks, the bill without tip, came to about $136. I left a generous tip, but was very surprised. It had seemed reasonable for Thanksgiving when we had prix fixe menu, plus drinks.

Great place for special occasions. Delicious food and attentive service.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and very friendly service. Will definitely return.

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a
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Large portions at good prices.

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DD
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here many times, and this spot does not disappoint. My friend and I went for our annual Christmas lunch. We started with a glass of Prosecco, followed by the mussels appetizer. They were in a cream sauce that was divine. I had the steak salad which featured a New York strip, tender and cooked a perfect medium. My friend had the salmon over couscous - delicious. We topped everything off with cappucinos, and shared a huge profiterole. Yummy!

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JK
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been a fan of Jillys for years. It never disappoints us.

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P
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good restaurant...food was very good and service was excellent.

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NM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Consistently good. Nice country French ambience, quality food and really good noise level for group conversation.

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BC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true gem! unbelievable food and you feel like your in your own restaurant. Great place.

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AV
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The ambiance is very old world European. We feel like we were back in Europe dining at the local eats.
Service was fantastic and the owner is a ball of hospitality.

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i
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely relaxed dinner. The food (duck, rack of lamb) was quite good, as were the profiteroles and creme brulee.

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NB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice Friday evening dinner, good Midwest interpretation of lassi. French dining. Comfortable dining room, conversation friendly.

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I brought a job candidate to Jilly's and was pleased with the service (attentive but not intrusive). The interviewee commented on how delicious the food was. Mid evening (6:30 Pm approximately on a Saturday) the noise level was mildly distracting, but we were still able to conduct a conversation. Overall, a delicious experience.

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DW
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We enjoy the atmosphere warm, cozy, and personal. The food never disappoints, I ordered the duck confit and poached pear salad, my husband always eats steak. The quality is always top-notch, the French preparation always delightful. Rich sauces, sorbet between courses, classic desserts, this is our go-to for celebratory dinners.

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WB
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Lunch here is still good, nice sandwiches and salads. But it is dimly lit and rather depressing in the evening. The radio didn't elevate the atmosphere, either, and the whole time we were there only two other couples had dinner. Do you really want to listen to commercials while you order a $38 main course?
Dinner recently was average. The bronzino special was good, nice sauce and vegetables with a lightly browned and tasty fish. The goat cheese starter was good too--enough for 2. The tomato soup is somewhat bitter and might be improved with a little cream. The spring roll was not at all good, unrecognizable at first. It looked like a gone-wrong crepe and we thought the wrong dish had been brought to the table. There was too much salad piled on the plate, and the roll itself had no shape. The dish was an indistinguishable pile. We didn't stay for desert. This place is, for the unreliable quality of food and service, relatively expensive, close to $90 for 2, with one glass of wine, no coffee.
The service was friendly but strangely inattentive. How long do two servers have to stare at customers who are not eating before one of them comes to the table? They were more engaged in talking to each other (and were seated, drinking wine, when we entered) than looking after the patrons. One spoke with a heavy accent that was difficult to understand; I gave up trying to figure out if there was a soup of the day.
But we had lunch here not too long ago and thought the foot was all right, at least average. I think this is a place that stays open because somebody likes to cook; customer satisfaction is not much of a consideration.

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just loves this place. The owners were lovely and took the time to get to know us. Food was excellent and so was the wine.

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AV
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Jillys is usually always nice. Too bad we were the only table in the entire restaurant. The lady who waited on us seemed bored and uninterested. Also, we found a hair in the soup. Yuck

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r
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A tasty, reliable French inspired restaurant. Parking is a bit of an issue - around the corner on Central St. or if at night down a narrow alley nearly as narrow as Italy towns.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb - far exceeded expectations - creme brule desert cannot be missed.

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B
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere. Outstanding hilled ham and cheese and soup. Salads are delicious too. Atmosphere is European. It’s a place where you can have a conversation with your table mates. Truly a lovely place.

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BM
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful dinner we had! Everything was fabulous!
The service was attentive, the presentation was beautiful and we will go back there for more!

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S
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

It's difficult to best describe Jilly's Cafe. The fare is French/Italian with generous portions, well done. But that's the best part, location is challenging because it is located on a very busy street with no close parking. If you don't know where it is at, because of the one-way streets it takes a while to find it. They have tried to maximize the space inside almost to a fault. We were only 1 of 3 parties on a Friday night, yet we were all down at one end of the restaurant. The owner handled all the jobs for the evening and when they received calls, it was loud enough for everyone in the restaurant to her the messages.

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We really like Jilly’s for the classic and delicious French food, service and experience. As others say, it is a hidden gem.

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy, warm ambiance with delicious food and wonderful service!

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EC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Unfortunately, Jilly's is tired and is in need of an overall ambiance and menu update.

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RR
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always. First time since new management, and same haute cuisine

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g
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch at Jilly's was a very pleasurable experience. The service was attentive , the ambiance charming, and the food was fabulous. My omelette was cooked to perfection and my wife and daughters' smoked salmon plate was fresh and creative. The prices were very reasonable. A little renovation of the physical space would help bring the restaurant's decor into the 21st century but, really, I have no complaints.

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t
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a wonderful dining experience! They make each diner feel valued and special.

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L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

After looking at the recommendation on OpenTable, I expected better. We had Mussels for an appetizer, which were pretty good. I ordered the "sea bass" on special for an entrée. It was overcooked, and I don't even think it was sea bass. My date ordered a veggie mix for entrée. It came with "corn bread" which, in my opinion, was inedible.

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