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Jilly's Cafe

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2614 Green Bay Rd, Evanston, IL 60201-1422
+1 847-869-7636
10:30 - 20:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 10:30 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Have been to Jilly's Cafe several times since it has opened. This past weekend we were in the Evanston area and decided that this was a great place for brunch. Jilly's has two alternatives: first is to just order individual items from the menu which i have found to be fine if you do not want to overload yourself second... More 

Thank Michael B
Bethesda, Maryland
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My son is in school in Evanston. We found Jilly's during our first weekend visit in 2014. We have gone back for brunch or dinner every trip. We have taken friends and met friends there. Given all the restaurants in Evanston, it has the advantage of being off the beaten track and unusual and it gets you out of the... More 

Thank Lisa H
Pennington, New Jersey, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had high hopes for this place, based on what we had read. And it's a very nice place -- excellent service and pleasant ambience. The food was fine, but nothing really out of the ordinary. I had a very good tomato and mozzarella salad to start but my main course -- skewers of shrimp and scallops -- lacked pizzazz... More 

Thank gbsand59
Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Lunch or dinner at Jilly's is much like a quick jaunt to a Parisian cafe. The atmosphere takes me to well remembered cafes. The food is decidedly French, well presented and tasty.

Thank N D
Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I was unsure about dining here because the last time I was in a French restaurant the portions were very small but the meal was expensive. Jilly's Cafe truly made it worth while that I cannot believe I would return (I am not a big fan of French Food). The portions were decent and my husband and our teenage son... More 

Thank graceamante64
Evanston, Illinois
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72 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

This small French restaurant has been around forever, which says it all about its fine quality. It is located at the busy corner of Central Street and Green Bay Road in north Evanston. For dinner, you can park in the auto service center next door. The bouillabaisse is excellent. Their prices are reasonable.

Thank Ronald T
Winnetka, Illinois
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58 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Jilly's is a wonderful, warm, friendly restaurant that provides excellent food at moderate prices. There is a wide array of choices, both on the fixed menu and with specials. Wines are diverse and affordable. The ducks and venison are always excellent, but there is no bad selection.

Thank embryo1949
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

This is a cozy, friendly, off-the-beaten track place that has a loyal following. Delicious, classic French cuisine and very friendly service. Extensive wine list and good selection by the glass. Always reliable, with ample portions. The lamb, duck and arctic char are perfectly prepared, with tasty accompaniments.

Thank Marianne K
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

After a nearby Fuelfed car show we stopped by this Elegant and lovely cozy Bistro. Immaculate.Wonderful service. Had the three course champagne brunch. Smoked salmon,poached salmon and sorbet besides the glass of good champagne .wife had frittata. All outstanding! Almost worth the 160 mile round trip by itself.

Thank James G
Mount Prospect, Illinois
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268 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

At 5 on a Friday evening, we were the only patrons although another couple showed up at 6. We were seated just by the entrance since all the other tables were reserved. The place looks fine on the inside but the view out the window is of busy Green Bay road with the Metra tracks (and trains) in the background.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
French, Fusion
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2614 Green Bay Rd, Evanston, IL 60201-1422
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Evanston
  • Phone Number: +1 847-869-7636

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?