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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (13)
Cozy (11)
Good for a Date (10)
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Special Occasion (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Romantic (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Authentic (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Casual (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Business Meals (1)
Seasonal (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
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Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Very nice little place. Food was great service was great. All in all a great dining experience.

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Jilly's Cafe was lovely. It was like stepping into an old world European cafe. The food was outstanding. We started with the Mussels which were amazing and exactly how mussels should be prepared. For my entree I had the mushroom omelet and it was not only beautiful but absolutely perfect in every way. The mushrooms were sauted and seasoned perfectly with just the right amount of swiss cheese and herbs and rolled into the perfect omelet. Perhaps one of the best omelets I've ever had. My friend had the crab cakes and they were exactly as a crab cake should be. The coffee was very good too! I just LOVE this little place and look forward to another visit as there were so many other things on the menu I would love to try.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

If you're looking for typical brunch fare, like eggs, pancakes, waffles, etc. you will be disappointed. There are pancakes and eggs on the menu, but not much of a selection, and the rest is main-course entrees, like roast pork tenderloin and salmon fillet. The three brunch items did not appeal to me, so I had the pork tenderloin. It was good, but not what I would expect to eat for brunch. I think it would be better to go here for regular lunch or dinner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Jilly's a neighborhood gem. It's relatively quiet and the food is French and very good. The demographic is on the older side, which suits us well. As a middle-aged couple, we are often searching for places to meet friends that are both good for foodies and still quiet enough for us to be able to talk. There are not many places that fit that description, so we appreciate Jilly's and will return again for many more dinners.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We dine at Jilly's every couple of months, and we have never been disappointed with the service or atmosphere, which really duplicates a small European bistro. The food tends to be fresh and well prepared and our entrees certainly were: an excellent pork tenderloin, and delicious breast of duck. My wife's Caesar salad was a B+ , but my spring roll (which was a traditional crispy presentation last time) was a confusing pocket of soft dough with filling. While the wine list is notable for well-priced choices, my first two were unavailable!! I was offered a 3rd wine at a lower price, which I accepted. (I was charged the higher price, nonetheless.) Also, we were celebrating my birthday, and Jilly's was told as much, but I didn't even get a greeting, much less a comped dessert. Lastly, they don't have an espresso machine!! How can a French bistro not serve espresso?? We might stretch out the next interval before returning.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Jilly's Cafe is a small French restaurant with white table cloths, excellent food and service. It is not a busy restaurant so it is great to get together with friends and experience laid back dining.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Went for Father's Day Brunch. Lovely choices for 3 course meal. Great service,
delicious food and a quiet atmosphere.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 13, 2017

My wife and I lunched at Jilly's for her birthday. We both liked our entrees very much, and a very different sweet spring role as an appetizer.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The food is very good. And fairly priced. And they do not hose you on the price of wine by the glass. The crowd is older. And quiet. So it does not have much of a vibe. But that is just fine. Especially if you want to have a nice meal and conversation. For a Saturday night, the diners were gone around 9:30 pm. Probably a reflection of the older clientele. But again, I didn't go there for the "scene".

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Great meal and great service. We always enjoy going to Jilly's for special occasions, but also just for a nice meal. Free parking next door.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Small restaurant that has been in the same spot for a lot of years. Nothing has changed in all that time. It was very noisy and crowded. The "French/American" food was tasty and creative. The owners and staff were polite and attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Lovely and delicious afternoon! We will definitely return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 27, 2017

After not going to Jilly's for quite a long time, we went with another couple and we all thought the food was excellent, as was the service. We'll be going back for the next special occasion (birthday or anniversary).

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Excellent food, service, and warm atmosphere. Goal seems to be to please any appetite.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We had brunch here for the first time in several years, and it was just as we had left it. Definitely a hidden gem for Evanston.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Very good food. Friendly service. Very attentive.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 29, 2017

This is a cute place that will, within minutes, charm you. The pate is delish. Service is attentive without being intrusive. Food was outstanding. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on April 16, 2017

My family and I went to Jilly's for Easter brunch. Both the food and the service were outstanding. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Nikolai greeted us for our reservation and we were seated at a "reserved" table. We have eaten here many times, but it has been several years since our last visit. Staff has changed, but the food maintains the high quality in preparation and plating of the past. The beet salad was very big, delicious and a must at this restaurant. The triple chocolate dessert was awesome.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Loved the beet salad. Short ribs were excellent, pear shaped chicken was good for blander palates. Outstandind desserts.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 25, 2017

We always have a delicious meal at Jilly's. My tomato and mozzerella salad as well as the lamb were terrific. My husband ordered char, which he thought was excellent. He was raving about it.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Food is well prepared and presented. Our waiter, a long-time employee, was attentive, but subtle. He gave us good advice on wine and a perfect recommendation for dessert. We love the ambience of this small but outstanding gem in Evanston. Definitely worth a visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Jilly's Cafe is so welcoming -- makes you feel like a treasured friend. Food is wonderful, and they are very gracious about adapting menu items for dietary preferences,allergies, etc. We had seafood that was excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 18, 2017

We love this friendly, north Evanston restaurant where the quality of the food & wine exceeds downtown dining for the price. Desserts are amazing!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The short ribs were the best I've ever had, and I'v had them very often. Good crabcake. Great waiter.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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