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Jilly's Cafe, Evanston, IL

Jilly's Cafe

4.4
4.4
619 Reviews
$31 to $50
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(NOW PATIO AVAILABLE,ASK FOR HOURS). 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (847) 869-7636
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Marcos Sanchez.
  • Private party facilities
    Our French Countryside decor, handpicked flowers, and friendly wait staff make for an intimate and cozy atmosphere suitable for all kinds of occasions. Please contact us for more information about reserving our private dining room!
  • Private party contact
    Ethan Carter: (847) 869-7636
  • Neighborhood
    Evanston
  • Cross street
    Central St
  • 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 HEART AutoCare parking lot located adjacent to the North on Greenbay Road. Please do not park outside those time at the HEART parking lot.Thank you
  • 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.
  • Additional
    Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

What 619 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    French

  • North Suburbs

    Romantic

619 Reviews
  1. Morgan

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Unfortunately we were disappointed by our experience here. We made a reservation for a celebration and upon arrival it was so dark and empty we thought it was closed. There was still Christmas and Easter decor up in late May and the service was sub-par. The food was not great. Steak was super fatty and the crab was not good. I hope they can make some updates to improve their service and experience.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Quiet atmosphere and perfect place for relaxing dinner.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meal for Mother’s Day. Angie took great care of us!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and amazing food! Angie was welcoming and thorough, ensuring was perfect. The crab cakes, frittata, and chocolate lava cake were all exceptional. This place is a must-visit!

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  5. Helene

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jilly’s excels at traditional French food. We were there for Mother’s Day brunch. The escargot, mussels, steak frites and all of the desserts were outstanding. Our server, Angie, was so pleasant, and all of the service was attentive. The noise level was perfect for conversation. We had a wonderful time.

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  6. RachelP

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely Mother’s Day lunch! The crab cake, seafood fritatta, and creme brûlée I chose from the prix fixe menu were delicious, and the jam and zucchini bread too. Our waitress was very sweet (from Turkey, don’t recall her name apologies) as well as the young man who refilled my water glass several times. A very nice splurge! We don’t go often but when we do it is always a treat.

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  7. PatL

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We hadn't been to Jilly's in many years, and this visit made us wonder why we waited so long. The menu is extensive, and the wine variety is excellent. The food itself was outstanding and beautifully presented. Our server was very friendly and efficient. It was a great night out for our friends and ourselves.

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  8. Beenaroundplenty

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really sweet, atmospheric little spot, classy vibe, engaging menu. Servers were very attentive, friendly, and focused on the customers. Delicious food, especially the pate that came with the wonderful small bread slices before the meal. Other offerings were tasty, as well. We would go back in a heartbeat.

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  9. Wobodoc

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a French bistro should be. The server was very helpful with finding gluten free options that were also delicious.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Overall a disappointing experience. Did not feel like a French cafe. Bouillabaisse was not fresh.

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FAQs

Jilly's Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Jilly's Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 869-7636.

Jilly's Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 619 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Jilly's Cafe

2614 Green Bay Rd, Evanston, IL 60201

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Central St
  • Neighborhood
    Evanston
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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 HEART AutoCare parking lot located adjacent to the North on Greenbay Road. Please do not park outside those time at the HEART parking lot.Thank you
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Marcos Sanchez.
  • Additional
    Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
  • Phone number
    (847) 869-7636
  • Private party facilities
    Our French Countryside decor, handpicked flowers, and friendly wait staff make for an intimate and cozy atmosphere suitable for all kinds of occasions. Please contact us for more information about reserving our private dining room!
  • Private party contact
    Ethan Carter: (847) 869-7636
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