Lily Mae's
Lily Mae's

Lily Mae's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lilymaes.ca/
  • Phone: 6045582599
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

    Breakfast: Tuesday - Friday: 7:30 am - 10:30 am
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, French / Canadian, Contemporary European
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: As a restaurant with less than 30 seats, Lily Mae"s is a great place to host private functions. Spread over 2 floors, it offers the combination of an intimate environment but giving people the ability to mingle and move throughout an event. In addition, our mezzanine level offers the feeling of a private room for parties of 10 - 14.
  • Private Party Contact: Armand 6045582599
  • Special Events: Lily Mae's is the perfect size for a party of upwards of 25-30 guests. Or, for something smaller, you can have the mezzanine level all to yourself with parties of ~12 guests. Call 604-558-2599 to discuss options. We are small so we are flexible!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carrall
  • Public Transit: The #50 bus stop is across the street and down 20 metres from Lily Mae's. Service is frequesnt.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is metered parking on all streets throughout Gastown. There is also a parking garage just 2 short blocks from Lily Mae's on Water Street.
A word from Lily Mae's
Lily Mae's is a bistro cafe in the heart of Vancouver's vibrant Gastown area. This cozy, full service restaurant has much of its decor and menu inspired by a European bistro combined with a home-style, rustic approach-ability. With fewer than 30 seats split between an airy, bright main level and a cozy, intimate mezzanine, Lily Mae's strives to make guests feel like they are in someone's home...because they are. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Lily Mae's reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)great for brunch (17)romantic (17)fit for foodies (16)special occasion (9)great for lunch (7)good for groups (5)scenic view (3)late-night find (3)notable wine list (1)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (0)Show More
  • Quaint & Cramped
    MmmGrilledCheese
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Lily Mae's was adorned in mismatched ornaments that suited it well. The seating was not comfortable since both my friend and I were constantly bumped. Whether it was from a drawer opening or from a person passing by. The server did not ask how my friend wanted their meat done which was odd. However, the beef had come out nicely cooked. Whereas the accompanying fries had a ridiculously tiny cup for the dip (possibly a sake cup). My pasta was a bit too stiff but the chicken was juicy. The music was a nice touch but it would have been better if it was not blaring. Overall, the experience did not warrant another visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance and food!
    KobeCakes
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've been to Lily Mae's a few times for both brunch and dinner and I highly recommend it if you enjoy great food and excellent service. Lily Mae's decor is charming, cozy, and very inviting. Armand, the owner, is friendly and attentive with all his diners. For brunch, the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are simply superb. I recently made a reservation for a small group to celebrate a friend's birthday in the mezzanine level. We had a great time! Armand and his staff were very accommodating and made us feel like we were in our own private restaurant. We all loved the Duck Confit, Moules Frites and the Pork Belly. We also tried escargot for the first time - who knew snails could be so tasty! I will definitely keep going back to Lily Mae's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • thehouswifeVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Nice quaint restaurant in Gastown, some great dishes on the menu. The french onion soup was delicious. Service was attentive and was really on top of paying attention to details, such as a handwritten thank you card when the bill came. Most surprisingly, he owner came to greet us in the end as we were leaving with 2 gift cards for a brunch entree (one for each couple). We left as happy guests, will definitely go back to try their brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely brunch spot
    3kg14
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a great Saturday brunch at Lily Mae's. The decor is adorable and the service was excellent. All of our questions were answered, service was prompt and the food was delicious. Topped off with a sweet little card with the bill, thanking us for our visit. I would definitely recommend Lily Mae's as a quaint brunch spot in Gastown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok
    Fiing
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The restaurant is very cute and seemingly popular. I adore the decor, but that is perhaps the only positive thing. My mussels was quite good though, I just wish it would have come with broth to dip bread in. I've never had mussels "dry" before. My boyfriends fish was also ok but the potatoes were a bit cold. Also, we had quite a few fruit flies that bothered us and decided to take a swim in our wine. It's that time of the year, but still a huge turn off. The service was also a little slower than average. For someone that's really interested in trying it out, id say go for it. Otherwise, there are a lot better restaurants in the neighbourhood!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful Setting;Great Service,but
    Francofile
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is the 3rd or 4th time I go to Lily Mae's. I live in the neighbourhood and am delighted to have such a sweet little gem in he hood. But the mains are always served cold. I'll probably keeping going back, but do hope that the mains can get more attention some day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We liked it
    Atsanik
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our first time at this restaurant. Just found it by wandering through OpenTable. The pork belly was very good. The oules and frites were ... OK. The mussels were good and there were a lot of them. Unlike a few places I have been, every mussel had opened. (It is scary when a chef misses dead mussels and serves them.) But, the frites were served on top of the mussels. This is odd: one of the charms of frites is that they are sknny and crisp, but 30 seconds on tops of the steaming mussels and they were just a soggy mass. Service was again ... OK. Not quite attentive enough, but friendly and competent. Undecided if we would go again. Lots of average restaurants to choose from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love that brunch!
    immabruncher
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Extremely tasty brunch. Best eggs benedict I have had here in Vancouver. And I eat a lot of eggs benedict!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • like2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    great place for total dining experience . The service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive . Small but interesting menu . Portions could have been a bit bigger but overall a wonderful experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was ok
    kbpmvVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I was enticed by other reviews to try Lily Mae's. Had mussels and fries which were quite strong but tasty, with yummy mayo. Melon and prosciutto salad was unremarkable. Peach pie for dessert was mostly pastry. Side of carmelized onions was literally two bites worth. Attentive service. Fabulous building in historic Gastown. It was a bit of a meh. Might have to return to give it a second chance.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    SandyRed
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The good was great, ambiance wonderful. Service a bit slow but we are American so we like quick service. Portions were small, but once again, we are American! I really enjoyed the place, would recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a fantastic meal @ Lily Maes
    Gtowner
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We always look forward to a great night a Lily Maes and once again they did not dissapointed. Great menu and service. One of a Gastown's true neighbourhood gems. Thanks!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lily Mae's in Gastown
    foodisfun
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Lily Mae's is a funky, small bistro with great decor and nice energy. The night we were there the service was slow (I think they must have been short handed). We ordered a dozen oysters to start and after waiting about half an hour the owner informed us that they were out of oysters and offered to go down the street and get some. The oysters were slow in coming but very fresh and good. A selection of sauces for dipping would have been nice. I had the calamari entree and my husband had the duck. This food was only average and unfortunately the portions were very small. Would we go back? Maybe. We really enjoyed the ambiance. But next time we'll ask more questions about the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 96 reviews are from the Lily Mae's reviews archive.
  • French inspired gem of gastown
    Sweettooth
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We've been here two Mother's Day in a row now because the food, service and ambiance are so perfect for a special brunch with family. The staff are friendly, the food is always delicious and the French bistro style is cute and quaint. I will definitely be going there more often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day
    SymoneG
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We were very happy with the quick and friendly service for our brunch. The food choices were fantastic and their eggs benny was delicious! They even added a treat for mum on the house which was a really nice touch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice restaurant
    Mmmmmm
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Service was friendly, food was delicious. I'd say food came out a little slow, but it was worth the wait. The whole restaurant is just very well staged. It's a beautiful mix of delicate plates with rustic brick walls.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mom's night out
    Ladiesdine7
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The ambience is very feminine and perfect for a ladies night. Drink list was unique and a hit. Appetizers were delicious but no one was that impressed with their main dish. Server wasn't friendly and didn't know anything about the menu. A friendlier server would have made a huge difference. Possibly she was just helping out for the night. Manager was nice and came by our table. Brunch would probably be a better option for this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lily Mae's is making great food
    immabruncher
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I am a foodie and an ex-chef and not often surprised. Lily Mae's food quality was of a level I haven't seen in many restaurants lately. We had an amazing meal and great service. I am looking forward to return for a lunch or dinner and see if they can continue the good work. FYI their hollandaise is the best in Vancouver (and I would know!) and their brunch put all the restaurants in Yaletown to shame. Great job!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good except...
    Benboo
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The ambience was beautiful, the beef bourguignon was amazing. Our server was super nice and really took good care of us. The only bad thing was that the food took a really long time to serve. I understand food is not served in microwave speed but it took at least one hour for the food to be served to us. And we were there at 5:45pm, early specifically because we wanted to avoid the rush hour. Don't order the snapper as my friends thought it didn't really taste amazing. I would give it another shot maybe they just had a bad day.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Go to Lily Mae's!
    libramoon1
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    it's adorable and delicious, and the ambience and service are lovely.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best service ever
    taylormade
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My daughter and I were out for dinner to celebrate her recent engagement. The restaurant is very pretty and busy in a good way. The waitress was attentive and provided just the right service. Her enthusiasm and professionalism was just the right mix to make the dining experience perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    Foodiep
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This place has the best egg benny and french toast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Real Charmer!
    KoalabearVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Because of widely differing reviews we weren't sure what to expect and we were delighted with the whole experience.We dined early before going to the Firehall Theatre a short walk away,so it was very quiet but I believe our fantastic server(Meaghan perhaps?) would have done as well in a busy setting.She was professional,friendly and funny.My friend had the Blackened Cod which was perfect,while I had the excellent chicken.The servings were generous,with plentiful vegetables.The wine suggestion(tasting offered) was just right,and the chef came by for a chat-always a good sign.The ambience is charming and we had no problem relaxing for over 2 hours.The appetizer and desert menu looked very appealing so a return is warranted very soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had a lovely meal and our waitress was super friendly and nice. Only complaint was the slow service. I believe there was a reason for it but there was no gesture to apologise which would have been appreciated. We will try it again to see if the service improves but sadly it has prevented me from an outright recommendation to friends. Really loved the decor and general vibe.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service is perfect
    HainesyVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I've always liked Lily Mae's food. Top notch, original and consistent. But the reason I go back is the incredible service. One of my favourite places in the city. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Book club
    Bluey
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Five of us met at Lilyy Mae's for our book club brunch. The food and service were great, we could hear each other talk and it was a central location for all of us coming from different parts of the city. Have been there before and would definately recommend it to friends who like a small and funky cafe! Thanks again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting Place
    Tones
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    To sum it up: great environment, okay food, and family like service. The indoor decoration fits Gastown so well. The aged cabinet, the glassware that accents the decorative patterns on them, the small tables that only fit so much, but so 'cute' as how my SO would call it. Everything makes sense from the stair case to the the mirrors upstairs (yes, it has an upstairs), is expressing a sense of yout grandma's home in a small French or Italian town. The place is tiny though. In my opinion, your grandma deserves a bigger place. Food is alright. A bit pricey, but it was Valentine's day when we went. Steak was cooked medium well, but it's still impossible to chew. The tuna was good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem in Gastown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    What a great value the $28 tasting menu was tonight. The scallops just melted in the mouth. Both the mussels and bison were perfect and desserts outstanding. This was our second visit and is becoming a favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    Maureen
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    I just had my first visit to Lily Mae's. It was a friend's birthday. There were 7 of us and we all had a fabulous time. The decor is wonderful and authentic. The food was excellent. Something for everyone. There were also quite accommodating with the various dietary restrictions. The owner came by to say hello which was a nice touch. Can't comment on the noise level as we were there on a relatively quiet night. We all agreed that we would come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice little place in Gastown.
    cjd75
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Nice little place in Gastown. Good Food, efficient service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We went during dine out, first of all we went since it was not on the dine out website and thought we could order off the regular menu, when we arrived we had no choice but the set menu. We ordered soup then beef bourguignon, it was basically the same thing but the 2nd with meat, I thought you couldn't go wrong with desert, I left it. Not impressed, this was our 3rd time here, the times before were good, I don't understand why it was such a bad experience, maybe the chef was on vacation?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sometimes size doesn't matter!
    Derrill
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    This quaint little restaurant on the edge of Gastown had a three course fixed price menu that was perfect in all regards The French onion soup was all about the flavor, and not just gobs of cheese over some broth. The bison bourguignon was very tasty, and the bread accompaniment was perfect. As for dessert, well we ended up trying all three on the menu, each of which was sublime. Bottom line, this quaint place will definitely be on our list of restaurants to return to again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just what we had hoped for
    JustMyStyle
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    We wanted to try a new place for our family's annual post-holiday "Back to School Brunch" and Lily Mae's was just perfect! Our party of 6 was seated upstairs (as we requested) and we basked in the decor and the feeling of being "out" in a relaxing atmosphere.. The sound level was just right - we enjoyed the music, could hear everyone at our table, and didn't even notice conversations at other tables. I don't think this is the venue for young children, but our kids (11, 13, 18) are experienced restaurant diners and they appreciated the food, the environment - even the artsy dishes and presentations. Finally, that food was DELICIOUS: Peppercorn maple bacon under a perfectly poached egg - it's already calling me back. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Islander
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    The reviews were misleading. The service was very disjointed as we were asked by same questions by both servers constantly, obviously poor communication a,ongst staff. One server had no sense of humor and found him cold, he was more concerned with closing down for the next five days than being in the moment. The French onion soup was more like onion with a little broth. The mussels in red wine had little flavor and most were unopened. In all the entire group was underwhelmed and will not return or recommend. Too bad as the location is great and the space is lovely.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The desserts were amazing
    AbbyVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    The desserts were amazing and the food was good. It was a cute little restaurant and super cozy. I sat upstairs so it was comfy but I think the people downstairs might have been bothered by the door being opened and the cold coming in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gastown Classic
    NikkiVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Amazing food - can't believe I waited so long to try this place out. A good portion of the menu changes daily, which is great for repeat customers. Had the arancini (daily special), the baked brie, the chicken roulade, the eggplant parmesan, and duck confit quesadilla (daily special) - shared between 3 people - and it was the perfect amount of food. The owner, Armand, was welcoming and visited our table when he could. There was a social event in the main area but the kitchen was quick! Definitely recommend making reservations as the restaurant is cozy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint little place with good food
    vsbyVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Came in mostly to enjoy the atmosphere and hoping food was at least decent. It was good experience. Service could have been better, though understandable coz there was a big group next to us. Food was good. Very nice place for girls' get together brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for a leisurely brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Lovely, quaint and cozy. We were seated upstairs, which can accommodate a group. Delicious food. Had the salmon eggs benedict and the orange & cranberry french toast. The poached egg was done perfectly. Just a heads up, as the place was packed when we were there, it did take a lil over 45 minutes from when we were seated to get food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd visit at my new fave restaurant
    Karen
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Lily Mae's is prettier with the holiday decorations up. The food is amazing as usual and Armand is as lovely as ever. I can always rely on their team for a wonderful dining experience. Arancini to start, mussels and frites all around, and a chocolate guinnesse cake with ice cream to share. All delicious and just what the doctor ordered at the end of a cold winter day. My third visit to Lily Mae's and many more to come. Thank you to Armand and the team for always being dependably magnificent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very much a Gastown Gem!
    Wazcal
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    This is a favorite spot of ours and the menu has only gotten better over time. Great selection of well priced wines makes a enjoying your delicious meal just that much more enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.