Jilly's Cafe

4.5
418 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 418 people are saying
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vipRick
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was quite good. Unfortunately, our party of 3 was seated right between a party of 12 and another party of 8, both of which arrived shortly before we did. As a result, it was noisy and thus difficult to converse. We should have asked to move to a different table.

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Jem2228
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Lights too bright. Not the greatest service. Food wonderful. Ambiance winderful

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vipAndreak
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner. Our server was wonderful. Very nice evening. The restaurant was packed.

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Justanormalcouple
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food with a good selection.

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SusanB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great experience!

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wpar
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

wonderful place, great food, service and ambiance.

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BenE
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! My duck dish was absolutely delicious.

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vipEmbryo49
Chicago
512 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jolly’s consistently provides a high quality dining experience not unlike a true local Parisian restaurant. Their one-man service operation is efficient and friendly. The food is excellent and despite a varied menu, they introduce specials
that enhance the choices every visit. We shared a plate of excellent fried oysters, definitely enough for the two of us. My wife had a great short rib dish, with plenty left for our dog. My seafood risotto was terrific, with many more shrimp and scallops than expected. The wine list is varied and so are the prices. The atmosphere can’t be beat. Easy to return!

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DebbieW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. It's pricey and we only go for special occasions. This was the first time since covid began, I think the tight space spooked us. We really enjoyed it last night. The food was terrific, the one man act who welcomes you in, serves, mixes drinks, clears tables and is warm and friendly makes you feel li,e you're in his home and he wants you to enjoy your stay.

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vipmichaelp
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent

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TomW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I think the owner needs some help in serving, if the restaurant was really busy service would be a problem!!!!

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Claudia
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was amazing, the only thing was that maybe the restaurant was a little bit war for me.

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CHFoodLover
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Jilly’s is quiet and friendly. I think everyone enjoyed the food and the evening. The portions were reasonable, but the rack of lamb was really a half rack so dessert became a “necessity.”

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JohnH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastically delicious dinner. A perfect place to celebrate our 60 anniversary. Will definitely be visiting them again in the near future.

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vipBillW
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious brunch at Jilly's. The service was attentive, but not obtrusive - our server was knowledgeable and prompt with each course. We had an assortment of appetizers and entrees, including the beet salad and the lorraine omelet, and each was cooked to perfection. The eclectic background music added further to our enjoyment. Jilly's survived Covid and deserves your patronage - it is a jewel.

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viknd
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Dinner, Lovely Setting
The reviews are accurate: quaint and quiet setting on a Friday night, OUTSTANDING food, prepared with tremendous care and freshest ingredients. The menu was off the charts exc, there were 8 main entrees that looked delectable. Of particular note was the Foie Gras, Caesar Salad, Smoked Salmon appetizer, Chilean Seabass, Venison, and Chicken Paillard. Creme Brulee dessert also not to be missed.

A +. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We asked for mussels for an appetizer and they never came. The arugula salad was good. The steak frites was below average compared to other French restaurants in Chicago. The creme brûlée was good and warm throughout which you don’t often find. Overall it was an average meal but didn’t meet my expectations for a French restaurant.

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vipBMac
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply lovely Sunday brunch. I felt like I was back in Paris with the the white tablecloths, French music playing in the background, all of the bistro favorites on the menu, and the very attentive service. My coffee at the end of the meal was that deeply rich coffee I have only had in Paris. If you want a truly elegant experience, go to Jilly’s. The food was fantastic as well. I will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had my first anniversary here, I had driven by this place countless times. But it’s a can’t miss place. Great food my wife loves it. I want to come back every year for my anniversary. This reminds of this French restaurant I enjoy a few years back in London.

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vipJoseph
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had brunch on Sunday. It was good. Dining room is charming.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jilly’s is always top notch in every category. This was our first time for brunch. It will not be our last!

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vipDrbeatrice
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jilly’s is a tiny place, blink as you’re driving by and you will miss it! When I saw them on Open Table for a Sunday breakfast with my daughter, I decided to give it a try. What a charming place! Excellent food and service. The breakfast menu is simple: classics like omelette, Benedict, French toast, but everything was prepared with such precision and elegance, it felt decadent. A real gem. I can’t wait to come back for dinner!

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal and service. Hadn’t been there in a few years because we no longer are in the area often, but very glad we went back!

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vipJoelD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood gem for decades, intimate, quaint, warm and friendly. We enjoyed a dinner of spare ribs, mussels, and steak. Everything is priced reasonably for a good French restaurant, and the wine selection is very nice. You may feel comfortable in business casual or with a sport coat, patrons are dressed both ways. The owner and a server provide excellent service. We have eaten there maybe ten times through the years and will return most definitely.

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Daneel
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

An excellent time for a birthday dinner. The food was great and the staff were helpful, engaged and knowledgeable. Ali, our waiter, was wonderful - he made us feel welcome. Living nearby, have always wanted to come to Jilly's and it did not disappoint. It is a small space, about 10 tables, which was perfect for a cozy dinner.

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vipEmbryo49
Chicago
512 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Jilly’s! We were celebrating the 55th anniversary of our meeting and were rewarded with a fantastic meal. I had the tomato fennel soup and we shared one of the best Caesar salads anywhere. My wife had a special preparation of steak with Swiss cheese and caramelized onions that was enough for three people! I had venison which was out of this world. Our server, Alfonso was wonderful. He was efficient, professional, and we had excellent conversation with him about his family and the world. The prices were quite moderate and well worth it. We have been coming to Jilly’s since it opened years ago will continue to be regular diners here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, delicious coffee, great service. The food was fresh and plentiful. It reminded me of a time where dining was peaceful and enjoyable. I pretended I was dining near the Seine river. You must go and enjoy it.

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vipLarryS
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderfully prepared food coupled with excellent service.

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vipMark
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 20th 1st-date-aversary. And quality and ambience was as great as in 2001.

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AlbertP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is wonderful. The service was great. The food was delicious and for a low price. I honestly can't believe I've never seen this place before, but I am glad that I had a chance to try this place. Definitely going to go back again soon!

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Sophie
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food is interesting and tasted good but the service is slow and extremely inexperienced for the price point this is at. The place is freezing cold. Bring a wrap!

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GaryS
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service looking forward to returning to the wonderful food absolutely delicious!

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DouglasC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall the experience was very good. The cafe is on the northern side of Evanston, in a very unimpressive part of town. My wife and I were very pleased that parking was available. We both had a cocktail (vodka tonic, french martini) which were quite good. They had a rather lengthy wine list for such a small cafe. No beer. As a starter, I had escargot, which were fantastic, possibly the best I've every had, and I've had a lot. My main was venison and it too was very good. Perfectly cooked. The sides were, well, hmm. It came with green beans and squash puree with a cherry demi-glace. The menu stated the side as haricots vert but they were clearly not french green beans. Also, they were par-boiled - way too underdone. The squash was strangely sweet and the portion was far too big. My wife had the Feullette and it was very good. However, the portion was far too big for a starter. As a main, my wife had the sea bass which was a special that evening. It too was very good. But as the feullette was so large she couldn't finish the main. She opted prior to the main to finish the feullette rather than have it boxed as scallops and shrimp do not lend themselves to be simply warmed up the next day. The space is rather small - about ten tables, minimally but tastefully decorated. However, the waiter station should be renovated posthaste. The bill was quite reasonable for fine-dining. We liked the place and were impressed enough to intend to return.

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EmilyW
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The mussles were clearly frozen. My food was all clearly frozen. It was expensive and awful. Sorry Jilly Cafe - total miss.

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vipJGMS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This is a good place for an intimate dinner, very conversation friendly due to nice background music but little noise. Prices are fine. Food was ok, some things better than others. Only one waitstaff, so service is slow. So it's not great, but if you want a comfortable and quiet place to have a nice dinner, this would be a good option. The paté served with the bread and butter was particularly good.

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RayM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Overall, a very pleasant dinner.

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mtgk
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Small place and not a chain, which is so nice.

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KMos
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jillys is a gem, food was delicious and staff was so attentive! It was our first time and we will be back !

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Lamb chops cooked to perfection and melt in your mouth short ribs. Only complaint at all is that cocktails were way overpriced. Cost more than a nice downtown restaurant! On other hand, when a wine on list was unavailable we were offered one mgr felt was similar in taste but cost more for same price. Lovely lava cake w berries just perfect size for sharing.

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vipNUFAN
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed and plan to return regularly---supporting our local restaurants.

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 4.5 stars by 418 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.