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.
The decor was old and service was slow even though we were the only ones there. The red wine was served cold out of the refrigerator. The food was not prepared as ordered and the flies were a PIA. I can’t believe this place has been open for as long as it has been.
It’s an embarrassment to French cafes everywhere.
I will NEVER eat there again.
Jilly’s is an authentic French bistro. Service is excellent, the food is wonderful, the wine list varied and reasonable. A romantic setting and moderately priced. Fantastic!
Really enjoyed the entrees, apps and dessert were average. The place was nearly empty. Didn't really like the location. Busy street, bad parking situation.
We have eaten here about 3 or 4 times over several years. We were attracted by the charm of this small cafe, the quality of the food, and the service. This time, we were disappointed.
It is a small restaurant -- maybe 40'x20' of dining space in a storefront. We were surprised to be seated next to a table of 8 or 9 persons celebrating a birthday. There was also second table of 8 dining in this small restaurant, in addition to several occupied four-tops. This was really too much for the room; too many people, too much noise. And it was more than the staff could easily handle.
You can either be a small restaurant or a big restaurant, but you can't be both.
A cute little restaurant with a big bold flavor. I will be going back.
We went for Mother’s Day. $55.00/person. Food choices were good, one glass of champagne/ rose or mimosa. Coffee and the 2nd glass of champagne ( which was offered) EXTRA. They included a 20% tip on the entire bill. Food was tasteless and service simply adequate.
Great food and service in a small, intimate place, easy for conversation and comfort. Parking was not available on site, but nearby around the corner. Spoke with the relatively new owners who have kept the basic menu, with some personal specials. If you like venison,,, it's a must try on the menu. Nice selection of desserts. Had not been there for many years, but we will be back.
A great place to visit with friends for excellent food and nice atmosphere where it's easy to talk and hear.
This is a lovely little restaurant! We had the mussel appetizer which was delicious and plentiful and the fried goat cheese which was sooo good! The waiter recommended the beet salad which I have been obsessing about since I had it. Tangy, sweet, savory all in one salad. I had regret about my main course, but only because I went for the Steak Frites, which were good and the portion was generous, but I wanted more flavoring...like a sauce or drizzle of something savory. I will have to go back to get the arctic char which they happened to be out of. We ordered two desserts (creme brule and chocolate cake) which were both top notch...sweet, but not cloying. Definitely going back to try some of their other dishes. The service was spot on. The timing with serving the food, perfect.
Jilly's is out of my normal price range, but for a special treat, it had good value.The only disappointment with the service was that the server waited until we were ordering to tell us which entrees on the menu were not available, including one that we intended to order. The food (filet, salmon and skewers of shrimp/scallops) was all very well prepared, appealing to the eye and very tasty. We enjoyed two desserts: creme brulee and carrot cake -- delicious. We will return for another special occasion.
The waiter, Ali was great! I had a seabass which was outstanding. Such a lovely restaurant, quiet, small and perfect for special occasions. Furthermore, the owner was so friendly. We had a good time. We will be back soon!
The food at Jilly's Cafe is excellent, and my friends and I had a wonderful time catching up with each other. Our waiter was attentive and the atmosphere was quiet and surroundings lovely. The only difficulty is the lack of parking near the place. Although street parking is available in Evanston, you have to keep feeding the meters to avoid a ticket, and at the lunch hour there could be a hike to a spot. However, the weather was sunny and nice, so a walk was not a problem. If Jilly's had a parking lot they would probably see more lunch traffic.
We have always found the ambiance, food and service excellent. We've never been disappointed in all the years we've been coming to Jilly's.
Found this lovely place in Evanston. Ali is very nice and we came here for the Friday night dinner and totally enjoyed.
We got the table next to the window. This restraurant is petit but they have every thing well prepared in the detail. The noise level is very low and the background music is nicely played for a conversational dinner.
We had a wonderful birthday celebration. It was quiet, the food tasty and the service outstanding.
Jilly’s has become our “go to” spot when we want to stay in the neighborhood and have an excellent meal. Everything is made to order and arrives hot. We have enjoyed the beef short ribs, sea bass and filet. The pate put on the table is truly delicious. If you want a quiet, lovely dinner this is the spot.
the food not the quality it used to be. we were disappointed.
Lovely, casual neighborhood gem with delicious, rustic French cuisine.
Jilly's is always dependable for food and service. A very good wine list. We like a restaurant where it is quiet enough to carry on a conversation and Jilly's fits that description
They were missing one of the items listed on a dish. They graciously replaced it with something else why asked
One of our favorites was somewhat disappointing this time. The steak special had a steak that was tough and grissley. The venison was not great either. The short ribs, on the other hand were great as usual. Also the soup of the day, mushroom brie, was delicious.
Such a lovely restaurant, small, quiet, intimate, perfect for a birthday dinner such as we enjoyed. The tomato/cucumber/mozzarella salad was especially delicious. However, it's kind of pricey - over $100. for two people, which included one wine and 2 desserts. We would certainly go back for a special occasion. Lunch is a little more reasonable and the menu is great.
Service used to be impeccable, food amazing, music just spot on (Frank Sinatra and oldies). Unfortunately there has been a change in owners. The owner kept the same menu, same decor but does not live up to the same standard. Service was awkward at best, items forgotten and some fast beat techno music suddenly started playing and did not suit the ambience at all. Food was about the worst change. The seafood bouillabaisse was completely over cooked, fish was tough and chewy. Salmon was dry and tasteless. Portions have shrunk considerably. The new owner has run down what used to be a lovely authentic spot. Sadly, we cannot recommend this place.
I’ve been coming here for years. It’s the perfect place to catchup with a friend. There is something on the menu for everyone (always good). Highly recommend their version of an “egg roll” as an appetizer. It’s a small, intimate restaurant with excellent service. I highly recommend.
Spent my birthday at Jilly’s having my favorite smoked salmon lunch.
Wonderful evening great food would come back again and definitely referred Jilly's Cafe to my friends keep up the good work Susan
Jilly's Cafe continues to be a neighborhood gem. On our recent visit, we had the best service ever, and the dinner was very good. Heartily recommend.
Got there early and had a table right by the window. It was warm there, even though it was quite cold outside. The service is good with the right amount of attention to water refill and other needs. The pear shaped chicken was quite tasty. We would go there again.
We love Jilly's and go there for special occasions all the time... was a little shocked to find out there was a price per person already on the menu at $90 per person. Finding this out when we were handed our menu was kind of a buzz kill. On a normal day we could have had everything we wanted and splurged and it would have only been $120. After tea and tip we were over $230 for dinner. We will be back - but not on Valentines day which has been our tradition for years.
very cozy-quiet evening-great food and wine-only thing to keep it from 5 stars -PARKING-there isn't any
This is one of the best restaurants that we go to when in the Evanston area. The quality of the food is high, the preparations are unique and the service is excellent. The room can get a bit noisy on busy nights or if there is a larger group, but most tables are for two-four people. The beet salad remains a favorite and the pate they serve with fresh bread is excellent as well. If you are planning to dine at a popular time, make reservations.
Enjoyed quiet lunch, warm atmosphere, good food and service, mice ambience.
Outstanding dinner definitely recommend
Really a great bistro. Been there a long, long time and they have kept up their excellent standards. Bravo to the chef!
Lovely brunch, will for sure go back and have dinner!
As always, our meal was superb!!
We have been there a number of times, and NEVER been diappointed. Jilly’s should be on everyones dinner list! ❤️
Phenomenal food. Old school, quiet ambiance. One of my favorites!
Jillys is an intimate cafe with excellent food and service. No matter how great of a cook you or a family member are, you cannot make food like this. Excellent for a birthday or special occasion
Well worth the money you will spend!!
Jilly's was delightful. I took my father on December 23rd, 2018. He is 101, uses a walker, and is a little hard of hearing. They helped me with him through the door and guided us to the table I chose for 5 p.m.
We had a lovely table, and the service and food were excellent. Since my father eats very little we split an appetizer, salad, and entree. Dad had a glass of Malbec, and I had two splits of good prosecco.
In spite of splitting everything, except the drinks, the bill without tip, came to about $136. I left a generous tip, but was very surprised. It had seemed reasonable for Thanksgiving when we had prix fixe menu, plus drinks.
Great place for special occasions. Delicious food and attentive service.
Excellent food and very friendly service. Will definitely return.