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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Butternut Squash Puree, Haricots Verts, and Door County Cherry Demi-glace
Feullette of California Bay Scallops and Shrimp
Mushrooms, Spinach, and Lemon-Thyme Sauce
Seared Foie Gras
Caramelized Granny Smith Apples and Raspberry Ale Reduction
Food was amazing. The venison was cooked to perfection and a very good wine selection. Will definitely be back!
Excellent food, attentive service! Restaurant nicely decorated.
Jilly’s continues to prepare a wonderful menu which reminds us of being in Paris with every visit. The cuisine and service are alway top notch and we always leave thinking “we need to be back soon”.
Not what we expected based on our past dining at Jilly's. Everything seems to have gone downhill.
Wonderful staff excellent food
Our seared foie gras was delicious. The salad was fresh but overdressed for my tastes. The shrimp and scallop dish was tasty. I was not fond of the risotto with tomato. I was expecting fresh tomato and it was a tomato sauce. Our server was very attentive and pleasant. We wanted to order wine and the first two we chose were out of stock. I am going to give them another shot as we are all getting out for the first time since the shut down and they need time to hit their stride again.
Spotless environment, quiet, soothing music, spectacular food, delicious wines!
The Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu was great. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the full experience, from the intimate European atmosphere, to the impeccable service, and of course the excellent meal. We’ve been coming to Jilly’s for many many years and it never fails to reward us. The goat cheese appetizer was unique and the duck, as always, was fabulous. I also loved my creme brûlée. Wines are moderately priced and of a great selection. So glad they are open again!.
Felt ripped off. I spent $500 for 5 people no alcohol because I was with my kids. The restaurant was freezing and I am a hot sweaty dude. The food was subsequently ice cold within minutes. Yummy cold fish stew and fatty duck. The food was not eaten and was poorly prepared and should not have left the kitchen let alone escaped the servers attention. When you see this quality control in a restaurant, the days are numbered.
Service and food was exceptional!!! Asked the chef to do me a favor and make steak tartare which was not on the menu, and it was done. Highly recommend Jillys.
Excellent experience with Jilly's in the past so going to chalk this visit up on being low on staff. Bartender was not there and service was very slow with waiter mixing drinks, bussing tables, and generally without help.
Escargot and Octopus appetizers were excellent.
Bouillabaisse and Branzino fish main course were ok and hot but not up to what i expected.
Would go again, just hope they get their staffing issues in order.
Such a great meal and cute spot. Dishes were all well made and ingredients tastes fresh. Will definitely be returning!
We have been to Jilly’s many times over the years, but this was our first visit since the pandemic. We felt very safe and comfortable with the spacing and care of the staff. Our server was excellent. My escargot Bourguignone was fantastic; my wife’s Caesar salad was second to none, and enough to share. Her entree, seafood pasta was huge with tons of shrimp and scallops and tasted great. My duck entree was prepared perfectly with wonderful flavor. The wine list is extensive with many reasonably priced selections. We topped it all off with fantastic desserts: chocolate lava cage and creme brûlée, both perfect. They do such a great job; I hope more diners take advantage of the top experience they offer.
We were the only ones in the restaurant so we had the undivided attention of the manager and the chef. Portions were quite large and prices were amazing for the quality and quantity of the food. Tomato fennel soup and pear/blue cheese salad were excellent, as was the branzino with patty pan squash and melted butter. We finished with traditional profiteroles and crème brûlée, very generous portions that we couldn’t finish. A delicious evening!
Great food. Great service. Great dinner. Would recommend to anyone in Evanston!
We were the only customers in the restaurant for over an hour on a Sunday afternoon. We feel that the restaurant will be bankrupt within the next month. I believe the server did not understand we ordered 2 brunches and my husband was served an appetizer and dessert without any entree.The menu was greatly reduced with neither crepes nor most sandwiches available. They do have parking next door but no outdoor dining just dine-in with social distancing and delivery.
Everything was delicious for breakfast. Coffee was good. I’ll be back.
Our vegetarian granddaughter thoroughly enjoyed her risotto, my husband his steak sandwich, and I my shrimp with noodles.
Nice, comfortable environment
The food as always was great. Ali was our server and he was excellent. The service was spot on. Definitely one our go to places for dinner in Evanston.
A lovely bistro for fine dining at a reasonable price. The only drawback is no parking for lunch.
We were in a rut spending years at the usual well advertised, although adequate, French bistros in and around Chicago. And then I appropriated a recent issue of North Shore magazine, featuring restaurant reviews, from the service department waiting area at my Ford dealer I was amazed at the volume of French restaurants I discovered-new to me-including Jilly’s. Two days later our party of three was seated without wait at 7:00 pm on a Saturday. This quaint little storefront bistro did not miss a beat from its reasonably priced wines to the ample portion of seared foie gras to the steak frites, rack of venison, and pillard with potato hemispheres with citrus butter sauce. We all agreed our meals were simply the best-and we’ve experienced the best both here and in Paris. How I overlooked this little gem escapes me but while I once was lost now I’m saved. Jilly’s. Go there now.
Excellent menu--Rack of venison was outstanding. Every dish was excellent. Seating is a bit tight, but acceptable.
Ali was great! Food was great!
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.
This is the most wonderful place for a family or friend get-together. Great food, and great value.
Generally good experience. Attentive server. Food quite satisfactory.
One of our favorite restaurants in the area. Lovely small European style. Great food, service and quiet enough to talk.
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.
Everything was delicious!
Great find! Perfect for a girls lunch and I will return
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.
Great food & great service make for a winning combination! We will be back!
Great food, great service by Ali in a friendly, moderately quiet setting.
The service was very good food was excellent am looking forward to returning
The menu had many appealing options.
Our waiter Ali was very knowledgeable and attentive.
We loved the ambiance.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.
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.
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.
We were less than Statford with Jilly’s. Inasmuch as we’ve fined there before we found the service and quality lacking this evening. When chatting with the person who
Identified herself as the new owner we found her rude.
A successful family gathering.
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 4.6 stars by 369 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.