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Map74155 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260-4103
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The Romance Continues

Romantic. Inviting. Original. Uncompromising quality. Superb cuisine graciously served in an extraordinary atmosphere, is the unique inspiration of proprietors Jay and June Trubee. The Trubees’ winning combination has earned Jillian’s many accolades including a feature in Gourmet Magazine and the Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” since 1994. They attribute much of their success to their loyal staff, with most having been with them since 1986.

Jay’s Culinary Institute of America training and travels in Europe and the United States has inspired his imaginative, eclectic cuisine. All pastas, breads, and desserts are made fresh in-house daily. During the fishing season in Nantucket, chef Trubee prepares Nantucket scallops flown in overnight. He is also responsible for their extensive wine list. His love of the art of cooking paired with fine wine and the desire to continually strive for perfection distinguishes Jillian’s.

Delving into the history of their charming circa 1948 hacienda has deepened the Trubees’ appreciation of their building and its historical value within the community. Preserving its original charm, it is with impeccable taste and style that June has created a warm and inviting atmosphere. The four intimate dining rooms are exquisitely decorated with fine antiques, fresh flowers, and a superb art collection. Each room connects into a charming courtyard, magically lit in the evening for romantic outdoor dining.

Upon arriving, guests enter through magnificent wrought-iron gates into an enchanting garden filled with vibrantly colored flowers. This is the perfect place to relax listening to live music while enjoying a drink under a star-lit sky. Each summer the Trubees, with daughters Jillian and Mackenzie, travel to Nantucket, always in search of new ideas to keep their restaurant fresh and interesting for their loyal following of local and celebrity clientele.

Serving dinner with live entertainment Monday through Saturday from 6 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended. Seating up to 200, Jillian’s is available for private parties, weddings, and corporate events.

“Jay Trubee’s imaginative eclectic cuisine paired with June’s Scottish charm make Jillian’s a most unique experience.”

By Pamela Bieri

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