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About Jilly's Cafe


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.

2614 Green Bay Rd
Evanston, IL 60201
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, American

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm.
Dinner: Tueday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm - 8:00pm.
Brunch: Sunday 10:30am - 2:00pm.


Cross Street:
Central St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 869-7636

Website:
http://www.jillyscafe.com/

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 Duxler Carshop parking lot located adjacent to the North on Greenbay Road. Please do not park outside those time at the Duxler 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.

Executive Chef:
Nicolae Marian

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Private Dining

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!

Jilly's Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (19)
Good for a Date (18)
Special Occasion (18)
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Neighborhood Gem (18)
Cozy (14)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Romantic (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Authentic (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Worth the Drive (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Seasonal (4)
Business Meals (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Casual (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Organic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Charming atmosphere. Delicious food. Attentive but not intrusive service. Go.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

One of our favorite places--and it just seems to get better each time. Save room for the creme brulee--it's incredible!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Great meal.
Scented votives were not conducive to eating. Too overwhelming and made u wonder what they might be trying to cover up.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

It was too warm, but other than that fantastic!!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

This is a nice place for dining. The people working there are very friendly and helpful. The food is very good. My lamb chops were cooked perfectly. I wish the place had a full bar, but their wine list is quite good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

One of our favorites. Food is ALWAYS outstanding. Last time we had a coule small issues with the service, but it was perfect this time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had not been here in years and experience a delightful meal and evening. We’ll be back again soon.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We enjoyed our Christmas Eve dinner here. It was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Seasonal, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

This is the latest of many visits to Jilly's, and may have been the most satisfying. As usual, the genuine French bistro atmosphere is both warm and romantic. The menu seems not to change, but is diverse enough to last months. The wine list is one of the most reasonably priced in Chicagoland. The service is always friendly, efficient and reassuring. The food is the reason we come back: fresh ingredients, great preparation, and generous portions at good prices. On this occasion, my wife had an excellent Caesar salad followed by an entree of duck breast, which she loved! There was enough leftover to feed our Bichon. I opened with escargot with a puff pastry covering, and these delicious morsels were excellent. I then stayed in the ocean with shrimp and scallop risotto (a special) which was out of this world. The shrimp were tasty and the diver scallops as sweet as they come. A creme brulee topped off the feast, and made the evening perfect. Fantastic!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Jilly’s was perfect. We had a party of four for a special birthday. Food, service as well as ambiance were all excellent . We all fully enjoyed our meals. The setting was just right for a small get together. I was here once before and loved it - I will definitely be back again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very friendly atmosphere and authentic French cuisine! Felt like a real bistro. Good selection of reasonably priced wines.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

I took a friend for her birthday and we had a great time in the quiet, cosy restaurant. Although French, they have a range of Mexican-inspired options as well. We did miss the French Onion soup we thought would be a staple at a French restaurant, but were delighted with the tomato soup, mussels and steak sandwich options. The host, in finding out we were celebrating a birthday, treated us to dessert, bringing over samples of the choices which made it impossible not to indulge. The tab was lower than it would be at any other French restaurant and included a bottle of wine. I would definitely go back again, but will have to find another place for French Onion soup.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

If you are looking for the ideal place to enjoy food fit for foodies, an intimate ambience, superb service that is attentive but never intrusive, totally separate lunch and dinner menus at affordable prices and conversation-permitting noise levels, look no further than Jilly's Cafe. After many thoroughly enjoyable meals, it remains a favorite haunt.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We'd previously had a fabulous lunch at Jilly's, so this time we brought our friends for a birthday dinner. Once again we were thrilled with the entire experience. From the complimentary escargot down to the surprise birthday desserts, new owners Ida and her husband were hosts par excellence. Each of us had a different entree, but the lamb and short ribs were a special hit with the men. The ladies thoroughly enjoyed the pear chicken and mussels, and everyone ate twice as much as they usually consumed in a typical restaurant meal. Our friends are confirmed "foodies" and world travelers, but they said Jilly's was the best dinner they'd had in years and promised they'd return--all this for a restaurant that's a 45 minute drive from our homes in lake Forest! Thank you to Ida. This is now our favorite restaurant on Chicago's North Shore!

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Chicken pate served with fresh bread ❤️
Artic Char❤️
Shrimp, Scallops, Asparagus on skewers❤️
Your chef is amazing!
Great service, cozy setting

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The three of us each enjoyed our dinner at Jilly's. This visit also had a solo violinist providing music during the meal.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We have been to Jilly's many times. The new owner is terrific and friendly while the rest of the staff is tried and true. We always enjoy the food and atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

My friend and I enjoyed a simple lunch. We were he only patrons for almost 1/2 hour. We both had salmon, she the entree and I the sandwich. Hers was better. The desserts were divine.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great food, service and welcoming friendly atmosphere. Great for unhurried meal and conversation in a cozy environment. Great neighborhood gem!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We have eaten here many times and the it is one of our favorite places. This time we were a little disappointed with the service. We ordered wine, which didn't come and we had to remind our waiter. We were never served bread or given the sorbet between appetizer and main course, which all the other tables around us did get both of these. This will not keep us from dining here - maybe it was just an off night for the waiter.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

This spot is a favorite of ours. We had company for the Thanksgiving weekend, and wanted to take them to a place that had unfailingly delicious food every time we've been there. With a French flair, the sauces here are just wonderful. The shrimp, scallops and asparagus skewers with a fabulous sauce were to die for. Short ribs - delicious. Seafood pasta was loaded with seafood, almost like bouillabase. We also liked the quiet atmosphere. It's a small intimate place that's good for conversation.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Like the food and ambiance. Sat near window so was cold. Ordered halibut which was expensive, but good. It was the special. Courteous staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Exceptional experience and we and our guests loved it. Salads, entrees, desserts and wine were nicely presented and delicious. We look forward to our next occasion to celebrate there.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Was there with 5 people, everyone enjoyed their meals. Able to enjoy the conversation as well since it was quiet. Good variety on the menu and well prepared.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Ownership changed 6 months ago...no longer a true French Bistro. The food is not delicate. Service was average.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

A very lovely place to have a delicious dinner. It is small, intimate and very much like a European restaurant. The food is consistently delicious, beautifully presented and fairly priced. Parking is easy after 6pm in the lot just north of the restaurant. A little gem.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went for a Saturday evening dinner date. The food was excellent, very tasty, nice serving sizes, good value, white table clothes, intimate, romantic setting, it was a great experience. I would definitely stop again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by how delicious the food was. Great menu, lots of daily specials. We’ll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent menu. Great wine list with number of reasonably priced very good bottles. Seating is a bit cramped but acceptable. Will go again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Dinner was fresh with light but complex flavors. Only bad thing is they charge $18 for plain pasta for our child.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Fabulous evening. My boyfriend and I went out for a date in hopes of having a nice dinner at a new location, and were beyond ecstatic with our experience. The food was incredible! I had the bouillabaisse and he had the venison. Great atmosphere, fantastic employees, and magnificent recipes. Will most certainly be returning.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

What a charming spot! I'd been here years ago and liked it, took my husband for his birthday and the food is still fabulous. Just recently switched to new, young owners who plan of keeping what works and continuing to do some updates. The creme brulee is the new owner's own recipe and EASILY the best creme brulee I've ever had. Pork tenderloin also very delicious. Great wine selection. We'll be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 25, 2017

What a wonderful meal. I would highly recommend this place. Looking forward to returning there soon again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

This old favorite haunt is now under new management, but the chef, kitchen staff, menus and ambiance remain unchanged. The new owner was our gracious host and waitperson, and she was welcoming, informative and warm-hearted. As the menu and preparation were familiar from many past visits, there were no surprises and no disappointments. The wine list is being revamped and, accordingly the printed list is no longer accurate. We will hope that a good selection of reasonably priced French wines will be retained. There are plans to alter the decor, but we trust that the intimate French bistro atmosphere will stay the same. We highly recommend that patrons already familiar with Jilly's will hurry back for another visit and that those who love fine dining will flock there to share a delightful experience.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Jillys is around the corner from me and it's a great ladies lunch spot. A dear friend told me he'd never been there so I treated for his birthday. We had a great evening Dinner specials were varied as was the regular menu. We had mussels appetizer which was very good. Both had the spare rib special. Very well prepared and eye pleasing presentation. Desserts were fabulous. A decadent chocolate cake and one of the best creme brûlée s I've tasted.
Very extensive wine selection.
It's a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great place to go for dinner or lunch. The lunch menu was a great value.

Tags: Fun, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Try this gem for lunch and continue shopping on Central street for great boutiques. Loved the Mediterranean salad, crab cakes, amazing profiteroles and creme brulé. Dinner lovely too.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

My husband and I celebrated our 30-year wedding anniversary at Jilly's and had a beautiful experience. The food, ambience and service were excellent. The (new) owners waited on us and were so personable. We even learned that Jilly's is celebrating 30 years too!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Congrats to the new owner! Best French cuisine we've had in ages plus excellent service made a simple Friday lunch a true celebration! We'll return and bring our friends asap!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was funtastic, full of flavor , the wine and desserts out of the world. The waitress/owner made the evening pleasurable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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