Jilly's Cafe

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$31 to $50
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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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KC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Friday for lunch & we were the only people in the place (which was fine). Food was reasonable and selection was good. Our food was well prepared, tasty and good portions. The server was a little inattentive despite us being the only customers but not terrible. We enjoyed it quite a bit and would return & recommend. The one true downside is that there is no easy parking nearby.

1
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the most wonderful place for a family or friend get-together. Great food, and great value.

e
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Generally good experience. Attentive server. Food quite satisfactory.

NH
New England
65 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants in the area. Lovely small European style. Great food, service and quiet enough to talk.

JE
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food choices, great taste from all six dinners. Service has been very good all three times we have been to Jilly's. Only complaint is the music seemed a little loud at times.

LF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious!

G
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great find! Perfect for a girls lunch and I will return

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous-it was a very cold Sunday night with competing football games so by the time we were into our meal we had a private seating. The food was wonderful and the staff couldn’t have been nicer.

TB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & great service make for a winning combination! We will be back!

F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service by Ali in a friendly, moderately quiet setting.

j
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very good food was excellent am looking forward to returning

t
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu had many appealing options.
Our waiter Ali was very knowledgeable and attentive.
We loved the ambiance.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.

DK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

After wanting to try Jilly's Cafe for many years, I was disappointed. It started with a large crack in one of our water glasses. The waiter while attentive, did not provide any personality or atmosphere for our party of 6. He appeared to be in a hurry to take our order immediately after serving the drinks and appetizers. He came back several times wanting to know if we were ready to order. The restaurant was not crowded so the rush was not to turn over the table. The food was average tasting at most and very expensive. The steaks were tough. We expected an upscale experience for the price. I do not anticipate returning or recommended this restaurant.

BM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

This was our second visit whch was not as good as the first. It was New Year's Eve and it was a fixed price menu. We had appetizers, soup or salad which were good, 'for the main course we chose beef which I found to be not very tender. Presentation was very nice. Desert was excellent as were the two included glasses of chanpagne. Service was very attentive. We will go again but I thougt the price was qute high for what we had.

B
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A successful family gathering.

SL
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

I understand it was a New Years eve dinner and prices are a bit more expensive but the quality and pricing of the food was poor and expensive for what we received. They also rushed us through our dinner. They were not up to their regular standard.

RM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening. Food delivers again - seafood risotto (with risotto done “right” and beef & foie gras in a class of its own) and service to match (thanks to our server Ali who anticipated our needs and made the evening special).

Thanks and

Highly recommended.

E
Chicago
466 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I love Jilly’s, and we’ve been dining there for years. They finally have a full bar! Hallelujah! The wine list is extensive and moderately priced. My wife had a really good Caesar salad and I had an excellent cup of baked French onion soup. Her veal chop entree was terrific, and my seafood risotto was delicious and was loaded with more scallops and shrimp than expected! They still serve an intermezzo of Pinot noir ice, and the sweet pate spread for the bread are both special. Great service, an atmosphere very much truly Parisian, and fitting prices. Wonderful!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My three friends and I had a pre-Christmas lunch today at Jilly’s. We have all had dinner there on several occasions but seldom lunch. The food was delicious and our waiter Ali was very charming and helpful in accommodating our dietary preferences. What a wonderful way to kick off the holidays!

SN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Jilly's has been in business for 40 years, but a few owners, the latest owners painted the outside a challenging red. Inside it's as charming as ever, the menu was good and had something each of enjoyed.
The bathroom was freezing that night. I might just be having a difficult time raving about it, because I have such fond memories, but they are over 20 years old now.

MN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to dinner for my friends 50 something birthday and had a perfect evening. The music was nice but not too loud. Most of the tables were filled but not crazy busy. Ali- the waiter- was excellent. Everyone loved their food ! We had the steak su fe gras , branzino and lamb chops. Delicious!

G
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Four of us came here tonight to celebrate one of our birthdays. The food was VERY fair, it was incredibly noisey and the service was dreadful!!!! We would have appreciated having our waters refilled (even once), our ice tea refilled without asking and reaching across the table, in front of our faces to clear every dish (instead of to our side). We waited at least 15 minutes for our credit cards to be processed when tables around us were being tended to in a much more timely manner.
Overall, an extremely disappointing experience-food and service! We would never come back nor recommend!!

EG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been to Jilly's Cafe in a long time, but I'm now putting it on my "go to" list. Food was delicious, generous portions, service was excellent. Lovely little restaurant. Some people tell me they don't go because of the difficulty with parking, but there is free parking after 6 PM and all day Saturday and Sunday right next door to the north at the Heart Auto Repair Center.

VS
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely cozy place with good food. Excellent for conversation. Attentive service.

OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Jilly’s dependable fine food is diminished by the poor ambiance. This is a French restaurant for goodness sakes.

The server/owner is dressed very casually (flannel looking shirt and jeans) instead of the “French look” black pants and crisp white shirt. Background music has no French tunes, no Edith Piaf, and even has a few Hispanic songs.

This lack of attention to these details will, or already is, costing Jilly’s some of its most loyal clientele.

JK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a wonderful meal. The food delish. All four dinners were excellent. The desserts wonderful too.

SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Thanksgiving Day! Food was traditional but with a French flair. Leftovers were also very good the following day.

MS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful for brunch, always delicious. Great omelets, tomato fennel bisque was outstanding, and the very best scones anywhere.

VI
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had not visited Jilly's in quite a while and was pleasantly surprised. I was wondering if it
is under new ownership. The staff was welcoming and the choice of dinner dishes was
very nice. Service was excellent.

JC
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Excellent brunch selections prepared well. Building is old but charming and clean

DW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is probably reasonably priced, but for us it's a special occasion treat. It always lives up to our expectations. I love the boulliabaise, the pear salad, the foie gras, and the chocolate mousse cake. This time I had creme brulee as a birthday dessert from the restaurant, silly me, I thought I didn't like creme brulee, I was mistaken. Capped off a delightful dinner!

NI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Jilly's is always lovely. I have been there a number of times. The food is always outstanding. It is an intimate little place, unexpectedly charming.

p
Chicago
236 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

My husband’s lamb and our desserts were excellent. My squash soup was tasteless as was my trout almandine.

PL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always love coming here for special occasions and have done so for many years, Great atmosphere and food, although I didn't like my gnocci as much as my husband enjoyed his entree. Would be nice to offer another vegetarian option. The butternut squash soup was superb and the hot lava cake was outstanding. It would have been nice if it was complementary, as I noted it was our 35th wedding anniversary. It came as a surprise from our children and did have a candle in it though.

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent value. Friendly service. Nice selection of foods. Pretty presentations. Feeling of a small, French bistro

RC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely little place. Great service. Certainly an older crowd - but that didn’t bother us at all. Food was delicious.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful
Fabulous food and service and wines

PT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We were a party of six. The atmosphere of the small dining room was pleasant and quiet. Being this is a “French Bistro” two of us ordered Croque Messeur I.e ham/cheese dipped in egg and crumbs and sautéed. What was served was An ordinary sandwich made with dried toast, no condiments, not even
French mustard offered. The other entries ordered were not appetizing or appealing to look at. All in all the eating experience was not good.

n
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

An all around pleasant place. It’s been there a long time and serves French influences cuisine. It’s simple and well prepared. Good value for the money

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience1

We were the only 2 people in the restaurant. Odd and uncomfortable. Service nice and food ok. We kept laughing as we wondered how they stayed open. As soon as we left, lights turned off and restaurant closed. Sad to us and probably last time going.