Jilly's Bistro

3.7
18 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Jilly’s Bistro is a family owned restaurant serving brunch, lunch, and dinner six days a week.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Fri 10:00 am–2:30 pm
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(847) 859-2647
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Raunel Lopez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grove
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Public transit
Dempster
Additional
Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch
What 18 People Are Saying
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3.7based on recent ratings
3.9
food
3.6
service
3.7
ambience
3.6
value
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The restaurant is very small.We had a group of 7. It was very crowded and uncomfortable at the table.The restaurant smelled like burnt toast. There was only 1 server. We asked for coffee right away and it didn’t come until after our food arrived. It took about 15 minutes before the server came to take our order. We The food was good, but the atmosphere and service will keep us from returning.

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c
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Now open for dinner, this Jilly's Cafe spinoff does a nice job with French country comfort food at reasonable prices and nice wines that won't break the bank. I'd say the food is on par with the other Jilly's on Green Bay, but not as expensive with more generous portions. Everyone in our party enjoyed what they had - which included rack of lamb, steak frites, short ribs and duck - and since it's only been serving dinner a short time, the word must not be out yet. We were the only party in the restaurant. I hope they make a go of it serving dinner, because we'd certainly return.

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H
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Disapppointed: Our visit last week didn't produce the same experience we had expected from previous visits to the original Jilly's Cafe on GreenBay. While the coq au vin at Jillyt's Bistro had a good flavor, the chicken itself didn't taste like it was freshly cooked. The risotto was mushy and bland. Fortunately, the chocolate lava cake was very good, but for the profiteroles, the pastry tasted old. I hope this was just an "off" night for the restaurant because we want its quality to match what we remembered that of their other restaurant.

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R
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

They apparently were unusually busy hence the markdown on the ratings

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Good service and nice ambience, but not exactly French cuisine. The meal started off well. The salads were well done, especially the Roquefort, walnut, and pear. The pinot noir sorbet was a bit sweet for a palate cleanser. The real issue was with the Short Ribs Bourguignon. They are described in the menu as being served with a red wine demi-glace and horseradish whipped potatoes. No mention is made of the BBQ sauce on top. A well executed red wine demi-glace would have been great, so they should have either stuck with the classic treatment or mentioned the BBQ sauce on the menu.

To be fair, the waiter was great. After I questioned the BBQ sauce, he was quite apologetic and credited me with my glass of wine.

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RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

It was a very busy sunday brunch crowd......there was one person waiting on the entire restaurant.
He kept seating new people as they came in and not servicing the people at the tables. 3 tables that came in after us, had their meals and we had not even ordered yet. I noted that we had a birthday in the group and no recognition was made of it. Very disappointing

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A
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We had a delightful meal at Jilly’s. The salmon and steak frites were excellent! The service was quite slow. They need additional severs.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time having brunch at Jilly’s Bistro. The food was so delicious. I wish I could of ordered one of everything on the menu after watching other diners food come out. I’d be surprised if anyone was disappointed. I ordered the Florentine Skillet and my boyfriend had the prosciutto Benedict. I highly recommend trying this place out.

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P
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Jilly's Bistro is a relative of Jilly's Cafe. The Cafe is always good. Unfortunately, a server had called in with an emergency and the owner was doing two jobs. It made the experience slow . That took much away from the overall experience. I think it would be excellent with faster service. We all enjoyed our food. The desserts could have been a bit more interesting.

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R
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Jilly's Bistro when they opened and couldn't wait to come back. The food and wine were all wonderful, it was a shame that people don't know about this neighborhood gem, as the restaurant had very few customers. Please get the word out and try Jilly's Bistro, you won't be disappointed

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JO
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Horrible. Chef has no idea how to cook. Never going back. Horrible.

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JG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This is the new twin of Jilly’sCafe with an almost identical menu. It has outdoor seating which is nice and a nice interior decor. The salad was ok and the sorbet between courses was delightful, But the duck was dry and overcooked. Service ok, it surprisingly they gave us the bill without even asking if we wanted dessert or coffee. All in all, the café is still preferable to the new bistro (which doesn’t accept the WBEZ membership dining card) and thus is costlier.

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We dined here based on previous reviews. The fact that that restaurant was practically empty on a Saturday night should have been a clue. The waiter was on his own as the owner was called away. He did the best job he could and was very attentive. The food however it was another matter. I ordered the Cesar salad as an appetizer and for the price of $8 I received iceberg lettuce chopped up on a small plate with Caesar dressing and 4 croutons. Ridiculous to charge that much for so little. My companion ordered the Baked onion soup which was very good and at $5 a much better deal. For entree I ordered the duck off the menu which was tough and very fatty. There was a promise of orange sauce but I tasted none. In fact the entire entrée was rather tasteless. I should’ve sent it back but our poor waiter was working so hard I didn’t want to make his life any more difficult. However the ownership of this restaurant should consider that $26 for this entrée in Evanston is a bit excessive. My friend ordered the salmon which seem better but at $24 is also overpriced We will not return.

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J
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I finished everything on my plate and that doesn’t happen usually because I get bored with the flavor. I can say everything I’ve had was interesting both the flavor and texture which I love. You will not be disappointed in the food or service. Thank you for making us feel so welcomed 😘

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SJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service. AC not working properly- really impairs the comfort level. Good food with the exception of the bread served, and the Caesar salad; those were disappointing.
Otherwise good food. Loved how quiet it is!

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SC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond delicious for brunch and wonderful service. An excellent addition to the Evanston dining scene!!

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R
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's rare that I entirely enjoy everything about a dining experience, but Jilly's Bistro did just that. From our greeting, ambiance, table setting, wine, all our menu choices, desserts and ambiance there was nothing the 4 of us didn't thoroughly enjoy. I could go on and on, but here's something I haven't said in along time...I can't wait to go back! Thanks for a great experience Jill's Bistro.

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J
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so happy to dine at this much-needed Restaurant in Evanston, Not to be confused with Jilly’s café on Green Bay Rd.
This restaurant is family dining during the day and transitions to romantic date night by the evening. We enjoyed excellent food with spectacular service by Tyler he was very attentive and informative. We found the menu to be the perfect size as well as the portions of food.
This is one of those gems that once everyone finds out about it, it will be hard to get into and you will wait to dine there and I will say it is well worth the wait.
Bon appétit and bravo

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