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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.
Evanston, IL 60201
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.
$31 to $50
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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.
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.
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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