Lilac
Lilac

Lilac

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lilacmt.com/
  • Phone: (406) 969-4959
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Jeremy Engebretson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 25th. St N
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Lilac
Lilac offers fine dining in a casual setting in the historical downtown Billings area. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday evenings from 5pm to close. Our small seasonal menu changes frequently, with everything made fresh in house.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Lilac reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (65)special occasion (52)neighborhood gem (36)romantic (29)great for brunch (28)notable wine list (20)hot spot (11)good for groups (10)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    NOISE LEVEL IS IMPORTANT CRITERIA FOR ME AND I WOULD HAVE RATED LILAC BETTER HAD THEY NOT HAD THE MUSIC UP A BIT LOUD. FOOD AND SERVICE EXCELLENT, PRICES FAIR. BELOW ZERO NIGHT CAUSED FRIGID DRAFTS ON TABLES WHEN DOOR WAS OPEN, BUT THAT IS PART OF THE BLESSING OF WINTER IN MONTANA. IN ALL, KEEP IT UP, YOU DO GOOD JOB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gottaluvgriz
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Always enjoy dining at lilac, food is always good and is something you don't get everywhere else.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious seasonal brunch
    FooDash
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Met up with a friend for brunch and had the carrot cake french toast. The food was decadent! The service exceed far beyond my expectations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great little place
    finefoodmusthave
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The overall experience was great! The food was very fresh and well prepared and the service was fast. I would decently go back for a nice date night or an escape from the same old food I eat daily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Spectacular Food
    Eat4radiance
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food was a real treat, different and delectable. The service was very friendly. The room was chilly and noise level loud with not many people in it. We will be back!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!!!!
    TillyTurbo
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We decided to give Lilac a try for dinner and it was fantastic!! We had the sweet potato soup it was really good then I had the Halibut with a cherry cream sauce and mashed potato it was cooked perfect and was just outstanding!!!! !My friend had the lamb cooked in hay it was butter tender and very good!! We had a great wine that our server recommended I will with out a doubt be dining at Lilac again!!!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Disappointed
    luvrealfood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had two different meals, one salty and the other needed salt. Portions were large and overwhelming.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply amazing
    Dine406
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I was blown away! Staff was WONDERFUL, and the food .. Well you must try.. My taste buds will never be the same again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect night
    mbb2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our food. He had lamb and I had the fish special. The wine special was excellent. Service was fun, chatty but all in a good way. We will definitely recommend and will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Only OK
    bwicbVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Two of the party of three ordered the same item. Individually, we agreed it would be fine if we never returned. The food was truly nothing special. The menu boasts some unusual items and a bit of "fancy" prep but truly nothing to "write home about". A disappointment :-(
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Occasion
    IndulgenceOfLife
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I wined and dined at the Lilac for my 2 year anniversary. Best food I have had in Billings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    lovesexyfood
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My wife and I love this place!! From the friendly staff , to the amazing food. Lilac never disappoints
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Small but diverse menu. Excellent, wonderful dining experience. Peanut Butter parfait dessert was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Dave
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Lilac has become our go to eatery!! The food is always great backed by a great staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and creative!
    fromage123
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our first time with friends dining at Lilac. Very pleased with the meal. We shared three excellent appetizers: a creamy corn dish with mushrooms that was fabulous, very fine clams in a light broth, and a shrimp plate with meaty and tasty shrimp. The mains were excellent, too: gnocchi with a short ribs sauce and herb crusted lamb with sautéed apples. Finally, the dessert with sticky pudding and Earl Grey ice cream was as special as others described. Only complaint is Where were the vegetables??? Only one salad among the appetizer choices and not one vegetable on the mains. For a restaurant with a chef who clearly focuses on healthy foods and fresh ingredients, I felt our dining experience lacked balance.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food!
    Dinediggity
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Everything we ate was delicious! Clams, Sword fish special with rice noodles & Miso sauce, skirt steak with potatoes and corn bread ice cream for dessert. AMAZING!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    charlestonfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    In Billings on our way west as a stopover. Knew nothing about the town or its restaurants. Found Lilac on line and then read reviews in Open Table and Trip Advisor. Huge majority positive so gave it a try. Oh my goodness...what a find. We live in Charleston, SC which is the foodiest place I know and Lilac could rival any restaurant there for inventiveness, taste, and sophistication. Staff was great as well. Rarely ask to speak to a chef but did here because we had to let him know our delight. If you're going by Billings, live there, or have reason to be near by, go to Lilac. As the Michelin Guide woud say, "worth a detour."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food in Billings.
    Jhebz
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Started with a delicious curried shrimp and rice pancake...creative. My halibut was delicious. The chef's preparation really complimented the fish. The duck breast with chanterelles was delicious and beautifully prepared also. All in all a wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUMMY2
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great meal and fun atmosphere! Celebrated a special occasion at this amazing place. Thanks for making it even more special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special day made perfect!
    Foodieintraining
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Reminded me of my five star experiences in metropolitan establishments! My sons birthday celebration was made even more awesome by the management. The food was perfect! The presentation spot on and the service was great! We've already recommended Lilac to several friends and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Urban & Hip in Billings, MT
    lilacewd
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great food and very friendly and helpful service! The desserts are wonderful The noise level however from other quests is too loud.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    Jeff
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Lilac is one of our first choices for a dinner out. The menu always has something new and exciting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    Forresters
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We love lilac! Every time we go we have had an amazing experience. Fantastic menu and great staff!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dandtc
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food and service are always exceptional. One of our favorite places!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place to eat in Billings
    PepperP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We visited Lilac on Saturday night Sept 6th. We flew into Billings to start our trip down Beartooth Highway to Yellowstone. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable and the atmosphere was warm and welcoming. My husband and I split a salad. I had the stuffed eggplant and he had the pork chop with an egg on top accompanied by perfectly roasted brussel sprouts. Both of our meals were fresh, lively and very flavorful. My husband sometimes does not recognize subtle differences in food or in its presentation, but this meal delighted him completely as it did me. The wine menu was thoughtful and complemented the food offered. I will visit again on our next trip to Billings
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    Twix24
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Had a tasty dinner. Dessert with the .fresh peaches was divine. Love being able to sit and be well taken care of. We did not feel rushed at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in Billings
    eveynlou
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Amazing service, great specials, wonderful plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great small restaurant with a very interesting menu. The sweet corn appetizers and halibut special were amazing.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot
    Eddie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Inventive chef. Great service. Changing menu. Fair to good wine list. Comfortable casual ambience.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely stunning
    LoveGoodFood
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The hubs and I went on the spur of the moment. I had a tomato soup with lobster that was like dining in a garden. It was so fresh and yummy! Then I had the eggplant stuffed with tofu served over pickled cabbage. The ginger. The garlic. Even my husband loved it and he isn't a fan of "toe-food." His lamb was divine. Brad and Kevin were ever the gracious server and host. It was a PHENOMENAL meal. You are missing something special if you don't try Lilac!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Impressed
    justruit
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Every time I go to Lilac there's something new and good on the menu! Brunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AlandJean
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a great night at Lilac. We had not been in during the summer but were greeted warmly and welcomed back. Kylie (sp?) was our server. She recommended a great wine that we had not tried previously. She was attentive at just the right level. We were well taken care of but never pestered or hurried.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie alert
    jules2190
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were in from Chicago where we have thousands of Resturants to choose from. If we lived in Billings we would be regulars for sure. The menu was different then what open table displayed however we had a fabulous meal. Curried shrimp app. BBQ pork chop & short rib all delicious!!! Dessert to die for stickey pudding with earl grey ice cream...Yum!!!check they're website as menu is seasonal & always changing.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kk4goodeats
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The striped bass was very good! My husband said his short ribs had wonderful flavor but not enough meat for him and too many potatoes. The parfait was yummy. Will be back to try something different. Thanks!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Brunch
    lovesexyfood
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner the previous night so my wife took me to brunch after looking at the menu on line. The staff told us the brunch was great. We had specialty mimosas, and corque madame and huckleberry blintz. Both were delicious and wonderful. The staff remembered us and were very pleasant. We saw a few children dining and they were welcomed by the staff and seemed to enjoy their meals also. We will definitely be back.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Classy and delicious
    lovesexyfood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had been wanting to go to Lilac for a while. We booked a reservation easily on line and received the time we wanted. We were greeted by a host, seated promptly, although we were early. Had drinks and menus promptly. Our food was served by the chef / proprietor. The food was beautifully prepared and exceeded our expectations. It was romantic, the staff had a great knowledge of the wines and took time to personalize our visit. We loved it so much we went back for brunch the following day. Which also exceeded our expectations. The brunch was delicious and presentation and mimosas were amazing. Can't wait to go back!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lilac
    MrInternational
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Its a small quaint restaurtant with a hometown feel. Service was excellent. I ordered the stuffed lamb, it was good. The menu is small but they know what their focus is.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy anniversary
    Twix24
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It was the perfect place to celebrate 34 years! The service was genuinely personal. I appreciate being able to try a wine before having to commit. Our food was tasty. Love the sticky toffee dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I ordered all 3 Desserts
    foodlover810
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    No matter how many time I go to the Lilac I'm wonderfully surprised every time. They are masters at artfully combining unique flavor combinations that are unexpected but by fare the best food I have ever ate. I recommend this restaurant to all my friends and family. The earl gray ice cream is so good I almost licked my plate. Keep up the good work Jeremy and staff you are doing a amazing job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Three times a charm.
    Leadre
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had friends arriving late and made reservations. This was our third visit recently and it has been perfect every time. The food is on par with the finest restaurants in town, the desserts better than many of the rest. It's a small, intimate restaurant with excellent and attentive service. As the crowd was winding down, we finally had the opportunity to meet the chef/owner; a young man with great modesty and humility. It's apparent that he serves what he loves and loves what he does. Well worth you time and at a price well under comperable restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.