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Lilly's Bistro
Lilly's Bistro

Lilly's Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lillyslapeche.com
  • Phone: (502) 451-0447
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Kathy Cary
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Call us on your catering needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Mytch Law (502) 451-0447
  • Special Events & Promotions: Check our website for upcoming events

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Patterson
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Lilly's Bistro
For a casual yet upscale dining experience, Lilly’s Bistro in the historic Highland Neighborhood exudes warmth and style. Fresh and seasonal ingredients inspire our New American Cuisine with an international flair from our local farmers. As a neighborhood bistro we encourage guests to enjoy a variety of small and large plates from our sustainable-farmed menu. Our award wining wine list is the perfect compliment to the food.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "One of the most memorable dining experience we've had! Everything starting with the service to the most delicious food was amazing. We will definitely return the next time we are in Louisville!!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Service was good but food was just average. Was looking forward to a very nice 45 th anniversary dinner based on history of restaurant. Crab cakes were a little to fishy, veal was rather bland and peach pie did not have much flavor. My wife's pork was very good though. When I made the reservation I indicated it was our anniversary but no one ever mentioned our celebration. Disappointing evening. We wil not go back."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "When we visit Louisville, this is our "go to" spot. I was happy to see that their high standards have been maintained."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Excellent service. My wife and I were checked on numerous times throughout the meal by many different staff members and made to feel very welcome. The food was also very good, with some very inventive small dishes on the night we went. The desserts were exceptional too, so save room for those. We will definitely go back, and I highly recommend."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal. The Chef -Owner even check on us during the evening."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Cathy Carey, owner and chef , uses local fresh ingredients and turns them into a masterpiece. Because of the Groupon , we had to choose from a different menu but that was fine. I will definitely go back . Pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Had friend in from Ohio and we had a marvelous experience. Nice people at all levels."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "A reliable choice for fresh, creatively prepared food in an eclectic downtown neighborhood. Classy adult atmosphere. Not a good place for children. Small, intimate bar. Our server was professional, my vegetarian pasta was excellent (and was a special request to omit the meat from a menu entree.) The accommodation was greatly appreciated. My dinner companion's meal was excellent as well. The fried oyster appetizer was some of the best had. Ceasar salad was traditionally prepared and good. The signature cream brûlée was not up to par or as remembered. One is plenty to share or order the petite size. A couple of sidewalk tables for out door dining. Traffic is congested during rush hour. Reservations recommended."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "delightful restaurant! enthuastic staff, quality, locally grown ingredients and creative culinary talent makes for the perfect dinning experience. John Lawrence"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We were there for a 50th birthday occasion and utilized a Groupon for this meal. The options were well rounded and we also ordered off the main a la carte menu. Being that this was a Groupon, we were afraid we would feel "less than", but everyone from the owner to the hostess made us feel welcome and just as if we were paying full price. We enjoyed our meal from start to finish, and never felt rushed. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We heard the bartender mixes a great martini and he does indeed. The chicken fried oysters were wonderful and tasty, not greasy, seasoned well. The Snapper entree was prepared to perfection and we splurged on a lemon pie dessert. Amazing Meal! Thanks Lilly's!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food and service was excellent, but our table was in the middle of their traffic pattern. So people were bumping us trying to get past throughout the meal. Other than that, it was good."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I enjoy Lilly's quiet atmosphere. The menu is simple and delicious. Highly recommended for lunch with friends or business associates."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This is the third time I go to the restaurant. The food is excellent and consistent every visit!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Just overall excellent! Would recommend for anyone! Food preparation exceptionally good!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our table was ready when we arrived. We were seated exactly as planned. Super great service. Our server was one of the best we have ever had. She was always right there when needed, but nothing was overdone. Would like to take her everywhere we go. Very nice meal. I had a steak which was cooked perfectly. It was very tasty as well. It was very easy to carry on a conversation. We could actually hear each other. Will be happy to return on our next visit to Louisville."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "First time at Lilly's for all 4 of us. Service was good with lots of special attention by multiple staff and owner. Cocktails exceptional. Our fellow dinners pronounced the oysters the best they have ever eaten. Everyone enjoyed their entrees. The artwork was eclectic and interesting adding to a good ambience. We would all make a point of eating here again."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I hadn't been to Lilly's in about 10 years, and it had been 15 or so for the person with whom I dined. We left wondering why. It was a fabulous experience from start to finish, with great food, and attentive service. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • " We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. Great way to celebrate a birthday."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Wonderful food - great service - pleasant ambiance."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Lilly's is terrific - yes, superior food, brilliantly prepared - but without a stuffy attitude, and without the sky high prices one could associate with a top rated destination spot."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The arugula beet salad could have used some more beets! Chicken was excellent. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Service was attentive with flair. First time at restaurant through use of a Groupon, and happy to say I will be returning regularly. The food was flavorful and cooked perfecting. Strawberry salad was perfect!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My date found her food exceptionally good. I was disappointed in the short range of beef and fish. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "In our estimation, Lilly's is the gold standard for fine dining in Louisvile and our choice for those special occasions."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "As visitors to Louisville for the Derby, we were not sure where to dine. Local friends suggested Lilly's, and they were right. About 10 minutes from downtown, Lilly's reads as a place that is genuine, personal, and sophisticated. The menu is local, fresh, and original: the best we had in Louisville. The food filled with flavors and textures; delicious. The chef/owner, Kathy Cary, a James Beard regional finalist, spent at least 10 minutes chatting and discussing food with us. Bartender/waiter mixed a great Manhattan. We would absolutely recommend this spot."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The food is always good but sitting so close to bar and entry was a bit claustrophobic and noisy "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This was the least enjoyable of the last half-dozen James Beard award winning restaurants that we have visited in the last 2-months. The food was bland, and although better than the average restaurant, not up the the standards of what we have grown to expect from James Beard winners. The salmon special of the evening could have been confused with any number of white fish recipes for its lack of any distinctive flavor. The pork dish was over done. The caramel cake was dry. Needless to say, on our next visit to Louisville; Lilly's will not be on our list."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I always enjoy this place. Delicious food, quiet enviorment, attentive smiling servers. Lemon souflee with strawberries to die for!!!! Hostess though needs to dress more respectful for such a lovely place."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We had an outstanding dinner and evening there. We would recommend it highly."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Previous visits were more positive, in terms of quality of the food and the noise level. The service was outstanding. The waitress had asked (before the loud quests had arrived) if we would like to move to avoid noisiness. Little did we know that we should have accepted the recommendation. The veal piccatta that we ordered was the biggest disappointment. There was too much creamy sauce, insufficient lemon flavor, the veal was dry, and the pasta was overcooked."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Lilly's has become our "go-to" place for special occasions. We were celebrating our daughter's 21st birthday last weekend. The food was amazing, as always. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine. We have been to Lilly's many times, and have never been disappointed!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I am torn writing this review because it wanted to love this place, the food was great, the setting was beautiful, but i waited and waited at every point of the meal. Even when the restaurant cleared out at 9:45 the attentiveness of the staff was elsewhere. My date commented multiple times that there must be someone important at the table across the restaurant receiving the attention. We may give it another shot but not for a while."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "As always, Lilly's was a superb dining experience. The flavor combinations and textures perfectly complimented each other to the smallest and most subtle of flavors. Whenever I travel through Louisville, I always make it a point to done there and have never been disappointed. The consistency of the experience is greatly appreciated."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Took my mother in law for a birthday lunch, and every dish was perfect, Suculent lamb, veggies perfectly prepared. Thanks for a lovely day"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My boss of 20+ years finally made it to Louisville and it was a pleasure to bring him to Lilly's. Not only was the food and serivce terrific but the location is distinctly "Louisville"."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This was an incredible culinary experience! The food was amazing and delectable. No disappointments here!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Food was good but not memorable. Staff was very attentive, efficient and helpful. Peach Pear martini was very good!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We booked a table at Lilly's while planning a weekend getaway to Louisville. The menu was intriguing so we thought we would give it a try - it was all we had hoped for! The food was creative and delicious, and the bourbon menu was mind-boggling. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable, ambiance was perfect for a romantic dinner for 2. We would definitely go there again."
    Dined on 3/8/2014