Lillies
Lillies

Lillies

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lilliesrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2024504824x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 7:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Fuentes
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: LilliEs Restaurant and Bar cater your next office or social event! Our lunch and dinner menus can be simply dropped off, picked up or served by our staff. For inquiries, please contact us at (202) 629.6741 or email us at andy@lilliesrestaurant.com
  • Entertainment: Special Events & Holidays Life Music
  • Special Events: Happy Hour Monday - Friday 5-7 PM
    Weekends Brunch at 9:00 AM
    Private Events
    Catering
    Rehearsal
    Birthday Events
    Corporate Events
    Reception Lunch/Brunch/Dinner
    All Events Needs

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cathedral Ave Nw
  • Public Transit: Walking directions to 2915 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20008.
    Head northwest on Connecticut Ave NW toward Woodley Rd NW
    Destination will be on the right
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Street Parking on Connecticut Ave or Cathedral Ave after 6 PM. Accessible
A word from Lillies
LiLLiES offers a Italian- Mediterranean menu, with a dash of Modern Cuisine. All the dishes are prepared from fresh ingredients which arrive in the kitchen on a daily basis. The menu changes according to the time of day and offers lunch and a more elaborate dinner, based on the concept of dishes of various sizes. Join us for Lunch, Dinner or Brunch
LiLLiES is a family owned and operated restaurant located in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington,DC. Whether you're in the mood for a healthy treat or a more traditional meal you'll see it was worth stopping by. Our Chefs prepare each meal from scratch and use only the finest ingredients. In addition we offer multi-grain and gluten free options for a majority of the items on our menu.
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Lillies reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (12)great for outdoor dining (7)romantic (6)fit for foodies (5)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (4)special occasion (2)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)good for groups (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • a gem
    lkbethesda
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Located inconspicuously on Connecticut Avenue north of the restaurant-dense stretch near Calvert Street, a delightful and low-key place with excellent food, friendly and helpful service, and a terrific menu. We discovered it accidentally, but will definitely go back.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Food was great- service was eh.
    foodie1990
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food and ambiance here is amazing. I could have done with out our server though. We waited about 10 minuets before our server even came to our table. Not to mention he barely greeted us or said hi- he merely just said "what can I get you to drink?". Bad service can ruin the whole dining experience. Like I said I loved the food here and it is worth the visit. That waiter just needs to work on his skills with greeting and speaking with guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Lillie's is a must!
    FoodReview
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great service great food great environment. Never judge a book by its cover, this place is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed bag
    paokansasVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    It's in an unassuming place, but very convenient area w on street parking. Service was spotty b/c waitress appeared indifferent, but the manager/owner was lovely and sent us a complementary dessert. The food was good, especially the soup, and plenty of it. I would return for the manager alone. She was a gem.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Experience
    GabmanVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I've been to Lillie's for dinner in the past & had a pleasant experience in regard to service & food quality. Unfortunately, my visit for brunch proved to be an average or slightly below average experience. The food was served at lukewarm temperature. The waitress was slow to respond to our needs, water refill, etc... The hostess was very friendly & tried to assist, but we were short on time, so just dealt with the cold food. Maybe brunch just isn't their thing.
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  • Katherine
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Food is very average, and overpriced for what it is. Decor is pretty tacky! There was noone else in there at the time which was kind of worrying when we arrived.
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  • Good experience, great service
    foodieinpaVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I wanted to meet some friends for lunch after they toured the National Zoo and this was the perfect spot. I was concerned about parking but there was easily accessible street parking. The restaurant was bright and sunny and we had a wonderful waitress. I was a little nervous as we came in as there were only 3 people at the bar. But soon after we arrived, two more families came in and a few couples. The food was good, presentation was very nice and the desserts were very good. The variety on the menu ranges from sandwiches to pastas. While it won't win any James Beard awards, it was a very convenient place to meet, not crowded, clean, the food was good, and the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our 2nd visit
    neighborVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We really liked it. The wait for our food was a little longer than I would have liked, but the outside patio was pretty full. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 82 reviews are from the Lillies reviews archive.
  • Great for a trip to the Zoo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This location is ideal if you are visiting the zoo and looking for something good to eat. Very friendly, just not very attentive. Had to wait awhile for several requests. Great mimosas.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous!
    byekye
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Walked in, and felt right at home in this adorably romantic spot. The service was personable and great. Cheese plate was good, vegetarian lasagna was fabulous. Quiet, great choice of music playing softy in the background, reasonable prices! Knowledgeable on wine, and owners check up on you often and make conversation! Loved it. Will be back for sure. Had a lovely display of flowers everywhere, and I commented on it, and the owner gave me a couple! So sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with a view ...
    JB22VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Wonderful mid-week lunch just down up the street from the GIANT Marriott we were staying for a convention. It was time to get out of the hotel and this was the place that appeared closest with outdoor seating for lunch on a gorgeous spring day. We sampled the Spinach Salad with Shrimp and the buffalo chicken wrap. We also split a quesidilla and was pleasantly surprised that the side offering for the buffalo chicken included the option of fresh fruit versus fries. We split the fruit as a dessert! The two stars on ambiance aren't the restaurants fault - but apparently, unlike Philadelphia - you can smoke outside at restaurants in DC.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, confusing reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I made a reservation through OpenTable for 7pm and when we got there they told us that they closed at 7pm, but then agreed to stay open later to accommodate us. It was very nice of them to do this and the food and atmosphere were very good. Not sure why they allowed me to make a reservation for a time when they are closed, but I would recommend making a reservation by phone to avoid this confusion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • WillVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I had a great experience Saturday evening. Excellent dinner/drinks, I will definitely be returning in the future.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Ambience was good - nice neighborhood spot. Food was decent. Service was slow - took more than 5 minutes to get menus and water, and we had to ask for refills of water. However, I think they were short-staffed because I've been here before and the service was great. Even when slow, the service was very polite and warm.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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  • most enjoyable get-together
    Hanns
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We visited Lillies - my wife and doughter in law and I - on our way to a friend and had an outstanding luncheon experience. Sam, the host, took care of us and provided us with an excellent specially created food selection of top quality and flavor. I wish we would live closer as I would want to visit this relaxing and charming place more often.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Find Near Wardman Marriott
    NCbeachgirl11
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Easy walk from the hotel. Great specials. Welcoming atmosphere and good food. The eggplant dishes were excellent and the Fume Blanc from Argentina was wonderful! The Calamari appetizer was well prepared but not really enough for 3 to share. The noise level is very quiet and the atmosphere is cozy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet and small
    cm0013aVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We liked the atmosphere at Lillies and the food was delicious, though not the best Italian food around.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the former Mrs. Simpsons
    Ox4dinerVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    This was our first dining experience for our party of 3. The farm-to-table description of Lillies' menu created higher expectations than what we realized. The lunch menu appears too varied, too ambitious ... other than the tomato/basil soup, which tasted great and I'd highly recommend, our lunch entrees were mediocre at best (beets in my beet salad were fresh out of a can). Would like to see fewer choices done well than. Might try it again for brunch. Location in Cleveland Park is great and offers convenience for those visiting the National ZOO.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Close to the zoo, the place
    Scott
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Close to the zoo, the place is a great choice to eat brunch, lunch or dinner. it has some very good daily specials at dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Bad, however Not Great
    AverageJoe
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was the first time I had eaten at Lillie's (dinner). All in all, I would describe the experience as pretty average, however it was not disappointing by any means. I have heard good things about brunch at Lillie's, so I imagine I'll return at some point to give this little place a second try.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atmosphere, yes; entree no!
    Cat20
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our first visit here, on Valentines Day. Lovely atmosphere-elegant, not stuffy. Waiters were good. But the steak was awful, twice. First, overdone and tough, then practically raw. I gave up. Tiramasu was good.
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  • average food and service
    cherbearVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The breakfast panini was not worth the calories. The eggs were so overcooked and I can make better French toast myself at home. Both my friend and I didn't eat the home fries and wish we had ordered the fruit for some flavor instead. At least my friend had a nice breakfast with the LiLLiES Benedict. The espresso machine wasn't working and the service was painfully slow even though the two of us were one of two tables of patrons at the time. All of this is unfortunate; the restaurant definitely has potential to be a cute & quiet little coffee shop.
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  • Quaint and warm atmosphere
    LooLoo
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Quaint and warm atmosphere -- great for meeting a friend over lunch or brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebratory Brunch
    Danetal
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    This small restaurant was perfect for my Grandson to give his Fiancee her engagement ring.
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    neighborhood gem, great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Adequate Service
    NickN
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    The food was incredible. We had a group of four for brunch and everyone thought their dish's were excellent. There were only two issues with the experience at all. One, the server was just okay. It was almost as if she were too shy to speak up and talk to the table. The place wasn't loud at all and she was still getting drowned out by normal to quiet restaurant noises. Two, the owner is incredibly strange. The restaurant isn't very big, and she would just stand around creepily looking at guests. She wasn't trying to help server plates, or make drinks, or even bring tables water. She would just pace from one end of the restaurant to the other and watch patrons. It wasn't packed either so she wasn't trying to turn tables over. Very strange.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this little gem! Just
    NoVADinerVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Love this little gem! Just a lovely evening with a friend - relaxed with great wine and very good quality of food that evening. Bistro-like in atmosphere.. felt more like I was in Europe somewhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do Not Go Here
    Mary
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    We went to Lillies on a Monday night and it was quite crowded but it turns out that was because it was happy hour. When our party of four was seated, there were only three chairs and we needed to wait for the waiter to return to request a chair. Our appetizers came sporadically, even though we asked they be served together. We waited so long for the entrees that someone came up and asked if we were ready for dessert, thinking we had had our dinner. When the entrees came they were absolutely terrible. One dish was completely inedible. My husband and I each ordered a different glass of wine and both types were unavailable. There was one waiter for the entire dining room and, we were told, only one cook. I will never return to Lillies.
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  • Good lunch near the zoo
    NJgrandmaVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Met friends for lunch here. Very few tables taken so we were able to sit and talk well beyond the time it took us to eat. The food was very good, nice size portions and reasonably priced. It is right near the zoo and only a short walk from the Woodley Park Metro station.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance and gluten free menu
    alissa
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    This restaurant was the perfect setting for dinner with friends. We wanted a place to go with gluten-free options because someone in our party has Celiacs. We were all coming from different locations and meeting at the zoo to see Christmas lights. Lillies was super close to the Woodley Park Metro and the zoo! The menu was very accommodating and everything we ate was delicious! The gluten free cake was more like fudge, but I'm not complaining :)
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • woodley area hide out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    I found this restaurant through a voucher deal which I signed up. The food is good. The dessert is great. The drinks are not economical. I recommend this place for a date night.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Oldmarrieds
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Lillies is less than a half mile from the Woodley Park-Zoo Metro station and the Omni Shoreham which is a nice walk and a nice experience once you arrive. Both my husband and I enjoyed it and we would go again.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went here for dinner last
    Stacy441VIP
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    We went here for dinner last night. It is very nicely excoriated inside. I had a couple of questions about the menu but the waiter had no idea how to answer. He didn't know the difference between a cream sauce and a marinara sauce. He went to ask the chef and still came back with the wrong answer. On a positive note, the food was pretty good although not "that" good for the price they were charging.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food disappointing; service helpful
    woodleyparkite
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Unfortunately, I can't highly recommend the food experience. It's in our neighborhood so we wanted to give it another chance after one or two previous so-so meals. The beef in the Steak Diane seemed mediocre at best - too chewy and grisly. A friend liked her tilapia - to me it seemed drowning in the sauce. The house salad was very small. The carrot cake did not taste enough like carrot - it was unusually dense and not unpleasant - but not like carrot cakes we've had before. The service was attentive and friendly. The atmosphere, while not special, is pleasant with nice lighting. The sound level was very good and conducive to conversation - a definite plus.
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  • Meh.
    foodreview
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Very mediocre. Meh. Service was well-timed and friendly.
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  • Nice spot to meet friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Nice spot to meet friends for a relaxed meal. Outstanding tiramisu!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A most enjoyable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    I was welcomed most courteously, service throughout was excellent. Not too much, not too little attention - just right. I had seafood on risotto. The shrimp were perfect, at their most tender. The risotto was a most pleasant surprise, perfectly done, not soupy as often the case. I'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Had a nice brunch with the family on Sunday morning. Nicely prepared fruit and egg dishes. Good service.
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Rose for Lillie's
    Outtolunch
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Excellent service. Menu featured a nice variety. Our family of four each had something different and no one was disappointed. Would definitely visit again on our next trip to DC!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous dining experience
    Jala
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    I took a friend visiting D.C. on a business trip to Lillies for dinner. There were great choices on the menu across the board. We both had to decide on at least 5 appealing choices for entrees. In addition, the restaurant is gluten-free friendly. From start to finish the experience was wonderful. The food was outstanding, the wait staff hit the correct pace and attentiveness. Overall, it was a 5 star dining experience. Kudos across the board.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    Connie
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    .I had the stuffed salmon. It was delicious. And the vegetable dish was outstanding.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.