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Jilly's Cafe, Evanston, IL

Jilly's Cafe

4.6
4.6
636 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
  • Neighborhood gem
  • Good for special occasions
  • Charming

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.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 5 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (847) 869-7636
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Marcos Sanchez.
  • Private party facilities
    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!
  • Private party contact
    Ethan Carter: (847) 869-7636
  • Neighborhood
    Evanston
  • Cross street
    Central St
  • 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 HEART AutoCare parking lot located adjacent to the North on Greenbay Road. Please do not park outside those time at the HEART 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.
  • Additional
    Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

What 636 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    French

636 Reviews
  1. Penran

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My foie gras was delicious. I had the mushroom risotto which was well made and as described but I did not love it. The seasoning was not as subtle as one expects in French cuisine. (It is an Italian dish so what did I expect?) I still ate it all. Katie our server was gracious and attentive without being intrusive. The place was fairly empty… I home it stays open.

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  2. Kloz

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had been wanting to dine at Jilly's for years; last night was our first time and my impressions are decidedly mixed. The restaurant is cute--and very small. While it is Bastille Day weekend, I'd arge that in general Jilly's needs 3-4 fewer tables, both for customer comfort and for the restaurant's ability to adequately several them. If you don't like eating packed like a sardine, I suggest going on a weeknight. Our server was polite and as attentive as he could he for how busy the place was. Other tabes I know (because I could hear them talking) were not so lucky. In general service is a bit hurried, a lot harried, and generally too herky-jerky for a $30+/plate restaurant. Lobster Risotto and Bouillabaisse w. Lobsterre generously portioned, perfectly hot, and competently prepared. That said the sauce on the lobster in both dishes was excessive (too much) and aggressive (unnecessary). Both dishes are broth based--zero need to add another, heavy sauce and different (clashing) flavor to the mix. In short, there's work to be done at this restaurant that appear to me to be simple management fixes. Doing so would turn a hit or miss experience into a great one... if only the owner would consider a few choices (cut some tables, better stagger reservations, better train staff, let the food, not a saucy cover-up, sing) that might trim revenue but increase customer satisfaction and loyalty. Last comment: patrons were, on this night at least, almost all very late middle-age to geriatric (trending to the latter).

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  3. RobertG

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What I wrote on Facebook: For my wife's birthday, we had an especially fine dinner at Jilly's Cafe, quietly serving exceptional French cuisine here in Evanston since 1986. Less than ten minutes from our home, it's a shame we had not been there before tonight. The menu was delightful, and our choices were perfectly prepared, elegantly plated, and expertly served in a quiet, tastefully appointed, and entirely unpretentious storefront with only about ten tables. She had grilled seafood skewers with shrimp, scallops, asparagus and orzo pasta in a light citrus sauce. I had barbeque glazed beef short ribs over horseradish whipped potato and a red wine demi-glace. She chose the chocolate mousse chocolate layer cake, which arrived with an unexpected second dessert; a moist and complex carrot cake over a clearly homemade caramel sauce, with a candle to quietly note her birthday.

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  4. ArloG

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jilly's is an old-school French bistro, but it's always a solid meal! I go at least once per year and should really go more often than I do.

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  5. SusieC

    New York City

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food in a very welcoming atmosphere. Large portions and very reasonable price point. It’s an adorable small restaurant and a great find! Would definitely recommend 😊

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  6. Les922

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful brunch. It was elegant and quiet . How wonderful to be able to have a conversation without screaming. The scones and muffins when you sit down were a bonus. My only negative was they need larger cups for for coffee atbrunch.

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  7. djrose1

    Chicago

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We visited Jilly’s for the first time recently to celebrate our anniversary. Our experience was fantastic! We started with wonderful cocktails. We shared a bottle of wine and had trout and steak frites. We finished with two delicious desserts. Our server did a great job taking care of us. Everything was fantastic. We look forward to returning!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, good and fast service. Angie was very sincere sweet with us. Would recommend venison!

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  9. stlaj

    St. Louis

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good but not as good as I would have expected for the price.

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  10. partyof8

    Yorkshire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to celebrate our 56th wedding anniversary with our family whilst staying with them in Evanston from the UK. Easy to book through open table and had a lovely time celebrating. The food was very good as was the service. What more could we ask for. Thank you.

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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 4.6 stars by 636 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Jilly's Cafe

2614 Green Bay Rd, Evanston, IL 60201

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Central St
  • Neighborhood
    Evanston
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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 HEART AutoCare parking lot located adjacent to the North on Greenbay Road. Please do not park outside those time at the HEART 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Marcos Sanchez.
  • Additional
    Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
  • Phone number
    (847) 869-7636
  • Private party facilities
    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!
  • Private party contact
    Ethan Carter: (847) 869-7636
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