Jilly's Cafe

4.6
369 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 369 people are saying
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4.6
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vipKimberlym
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing. The venison was cooked to perfection and a very good wine selection. Will definitely be back!

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EricM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, attentive service! Restaurant nicely decorated.

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vipJohnS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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”.

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vippatf
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Not what we expected based on our past dining at Jilly's. Everything seems to have gone downhill.

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vipDancer
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff excellent food

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Penran
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

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.

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vipMarilynP
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spotless environment, quiet, soothing music, spectacular food, delicious wines!

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vipEmbryo49
Chicago
500 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience3

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.

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vipAlexG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipbam1
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great meal and cute spot. Dishes were all well made and ingredients tastes fresh. Will definitely be returning!

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vipEmbryo49
Chicago
500 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipSethW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great dinner. Would recommend to anyone in Evanston!

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viphowcar715
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

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.

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IdeC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthdays
Everything was delicious for breakfast. Coffee was good. I’ll be back.

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vippcsk8
Chicago
265 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our vegetarian granddaughter thoroughly enjoyed her risotto, my husband his steak sandwich, and I my shrimp with noodles.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Nice, comfortable environment

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vipMarilynW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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SharonP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely bistro for fine dining at a reasonable price. The only drawback is no parking for lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Niskydad
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent menu--Rack of venison was outstanding. Every dish was excellent. Seating is a bit tight, but acceptable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ali was great! Food was great!

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KarlC
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.

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vip1diner
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.

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vipevanstondiner
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Generally good experience. Attentive server. Food quite satisfactory.

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vipNHDiner65
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.

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JamesE
Chicago
2 reviews
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.

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vipLizF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious!

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vipGreateveninh
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipTerriB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipFoodhound
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipjudy
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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tttt
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.

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vipDebbieK
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.

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BigMac
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.

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vipRalphZ
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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.

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vipBobbob
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A successful family gathering.

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 4.6 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.