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Lily Mae's
Lily Mae's

Lily Mae's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lilymaes.ca
  • Email: lily@lilymaes.ca
  • Phone: (604) 558-2599
  • 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 (604) 558-2599
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "This place has the best egg benny and french toast."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Nice little place in Gastown. Good Food, efficient service."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Love this place - been twice and awaiting a third visit."
    Dined on 9/10/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "We have been to Lily Mae's a few times now and I have to stay that every time I go back I love it even more. It's a small cozy shabby chic place and the food is FANTASTIC!!! My compliments to the chef. The owner is great will do anything for you. In my opinion one of the best restaurants in Gastown."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "I loved the decor! Food was very good, we had brunch. My friends had bennies which they both enjoyed. I had the European Goulash. The food was tasty but not heavy."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Wonderful ambience. We loved the look and styling - reminded us of Paris and country with a twist. Really great service - they o the extra mile. Not sure why there's not more people going! The food is to die for and they have an excellent food list - especially tough for me as vegetarian in gas town when maybe places are not only meat heavy but meat exclusive. Highly recommend d"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Excellent brunch. Service was great. Never felt rushed eventhough they needed the table back by 11:30. Would definately go back for brunch."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "We absolutely loved this little gem in Gastown. It fits beautifully into the neighbourhood and is warm and welcoming inside with a lovely decor and exposed brick walls. We were a little surprised to find that it wasn't very busy on a Friday night but the owners made us feel welcome and comfortable right away. The service was friendly and helpful without being overbearing. The food was spot on......beautiful, huge fresh mussels to start followed by moist, delicious salmon for myself and the specialty chicken for my friend. We ended with a rich, decadent chocolate dessert. Everything was beautifully prepared and presented and we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Friends of mine have been here for brunch and said it was amazing so thought we'd try it out for dinner. The food was mediocore if you compare it to other West Coast restaurants and it was empty for a Saturday night so lacked vibrancy. The service was great, very friendly and prompt. I'll definitely try it for brunch, but won't be back for dinner."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We had dinner on a Saturday night for a birthday celebration. We had initially a group of four and they were able to accommodate us adding two more guests a few hours before. The inside is decorated beautifully. It's a small bistro but the location is perfect for people watching in gastown. We all took pictures of our entrees when they arrived which I NEVER do but it looked so amazing and it tasted even better then I could imagine, dessert was of course amazing everything is made in house. Even the coffee was delicious. I really can't say enough wonderful things about this place. It's a gem in Vancouver and I can't wait to go back again and again. Thank you Lily Mae's you made my birthday dinner a night I will always remember :)"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Always a great dining experience at Lily Mae's! A true Gastown gem ;)"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "- Very pretty restaurant. - Place was empty but were moved as it 'as going to be busy'(after ordering mains and only two others in restaurant) - Ordered snapper and given dry, rubbery grey portions with sweet potato mash (cold) and mine had lumps of white (which I assumed was unmashed potato as that is what the lump I tried tasted like). When we told our server about our dishes he told us (after taking the unfinished plates to the kitchen) that the white lump was squash! The owner did come and speak to us and told us snapper can often be like that (well, perhaps if making it at home on a bad day, but not served up at a restaurant!) and was very good about trying to make things right. But chipped plate and glass didn't help impressions."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "This restaurant had tasty food with quality ingredients. The greens were fresh and clearly not prepackaged. Small portions though. Great atmosphere and friendly wait staff. Clearly food made with love. Came her once for tea and dessert and once for dinner. The pizza was great. Salad was fresh and simple but a little light, want more!"
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Shared the French Onion soup, mussels & duck. The soup was very good, not salty as is the usual case with french onion soup. The mussels was done in a red wine/marinara broth. Huge mussels, the broth was delicious. Duck was cooked perfection, moist."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "Sweet room, appealing menu, nice owner... I was eager to try this restaurant and brought friends. Sadly, the sweet room was freezing; we huddled in our jackets throughout. Our entrees disappointed: tough duck, skimpy-beef goulash, and too-small salmon. No starch option for those who can't eat dairy. No good tea (important to chilled diners). Looks like a neighbourhood gem, felt to us like a missed opportunity."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Great little gem in Gastown. Great food and outstanding service. Love the decor and ambiance"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "I bought my girlfriend for her birthday dinner. I only glanced at the menu prior to making the reservation and I saw an eggplant dish. I figured there would be additional vegetarian options like a special or something. Once we got there and heard the specials, I realized that my GF only had one entree option: the eggplant dish. I ordered the chicken and it was delightful. The eggplant was undercooked but she didn't want to send it back because she was so hungry. I mentioned something to the server at the end of the meal. She was apologetic. I didn't pay attention when I paid the bill but I don't think anything was deducted for the disappointing eggplant. I've heard good things about their brunches but I would be hard-pressed to go back."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "All decor, flatware and dish ware was in theme Cute and dainty atmosphere Cardamom orange french toast truly did have orange flavour and cardamom after taste The chocolate sauce was the perfect compliment Thoughtful and courteous service Downstairs or upstairs, there isn't a bad seat Will be going back to try the rest of the menu"
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "Lily Mae's was a great find! It's a cute little spot in Gastown with a wonderful comfortable atmosphere. Our waitress was very friendly and the food was delicious. We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/17/2013