Cafe Lily

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Café Lily is a venerable neighborhood bistro offering an eclectic variety of cuisines from around the Mediterranean Sea: Italy, France, Greece, Spain, North Africa, and the Middle East. Established in 1999, Café Lily remains the quintessential Decatur restaurant, whether you are looking for a nice, romantic dinner, a celebration party, a large event, or just some small plates and a nice glass of wine!
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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 14, 2019

Ends: January 15, 2118

Availability: Mon 5:30PM-7:30PM

What 912 People Are Saying
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p
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable and relaxed.

WF
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner with friends.

RD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food with very professional and attentive service. The calamari and ravioli were excellent. Thanks to Brittany for those suggestions. Cafe Lily would be a regular stop if we were not just passing through Decatur.

PT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

had to wait over an our for our lunch becausethey had to first fill 25 take out orders.The waitress and manager were very nice but the wait was terrible, the toast was burnt.overall not a very good experience. they should really come up with a way to handle that volume of takeout out orders.

M
Atlanta
65 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This is a lovely place and amenable to conversation -- unlike many restaurants in Atlanta. Other than the ambiance, the three of us were disappointed in the food.

S
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was very good. Menu is big with a nice variety. Prices are reasonable. Decent wine list. We will be going back!

WB
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I did not care for the fact that the waitress spoke to the young children in our group telling them to be quiet. Those children are 7,4 and <2. Perfectly fine (and should have) to have spoken with the adults, but why would you presume you should scold someone else's children? Very poor. We had a large party celebrating my daughter's White Coat Ceremony @ Emory School of Medicine. Cafe Lily was, I thought a perfect spot because of its warm intimacy... but I don't believe I will celebrate there again.

Cafe Lily
Responded on October 8, 2019

Your children screamed loudly and unabated for more than an hour and were disrupting the "warm intimacy" of everyone's dining experience. Many customers complained, and it was our job to ensure that every guest enjoyed themselves. And since you were unsuccessful at stopping them yourselves, we felt a quiet, "shh" (no scolding) wouldn't be inappropriate. We would love to host another celebration with you, but perhaps next time in our private room where you could be more comfortable.

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BP
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our daughter's arts performance with extended family and enjoyed a leisurely meal in their private room. The food and service were well paced and delightful. The Pompano fish special was a hit at the table. Bravo!
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TP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing amazing amazing! One of Atlanta's best little secrets!

t
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

John was great. Helpful. Food was very good. Wine excellent.

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! The food was fabulous and the service was friendly. Would definitely go back.

FB
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been coming to Cafe Lily for 20 years and it is just as amazing now as it was then. Our entrees were fresh and flavorful and the service was fantastic. We will keep coming back!

SS
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Cafe Lily! It's so consistent!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greek Night is very fun. Different entrees to try that we’re very tasty!

DL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We discovered Cafe Lily on a long road trip home to Maryland. This is our third visit (our son lives in Atlanta now) and it never disappoints. Last Sunday we went for brunch and everything was delicious. My husband had the French toast and I had Uova d’Antonio (ciabatta toast topped with poached eggs and creamed spinach served with in-house rum-cured salmon and diced fresh Roma tomatoes) washed down with sangria and mimosas. Dessert was raspberry sorbet and torta ciocolatta with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum!! A special shout out to the perfect service by Chris, who was friendly and efficient. If we lived in town we would probably eat there all the time.

MN
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful dinner at Cafe Lily. The food was lovely and as an added bonus, we could hear each others conversation! I grow so weary of loud restaurants where you are not even able to hear your tablemates.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fabulous. We ordered from the Prix Fix menu. Everything was yummy. Salmon and Jerk chicken were ordered.

BH
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service!

SR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Lily is always excellent. A neighborhood go to with reliable service and great food.

MM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Lily is Decatur's best place for meeting special friends for a memorable meal. The place is delightful, the service is exceptional, and the food is excellent.

ED
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Lily always delivers. We have eaten here several times many years ago. We were actually regulars. We eat out often and still can’t figure out why it took us so long to get back. However, we plan to add them in a monthly rotation going forward. Thanks for the good food and wonderful service. Oh for the chocolate lovers.... please order you a slice of their warm dark chocolate fudge cake with ice cream. It won’t disappoint.

T
Atlanta
45 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Always good.
Try their Calamari which is not breaded and fresh.
Their Gigantic beans are also very good. Both fun to share.
We never have had a bad meal and we are regular Decatur diners.

T
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We love Cafe Lily. It is a charming and comfortable place to gather for a delicious lunch. We probably gather here 4 or more times a year but always at lunch. I have not been at dinner but it is a very pleasant restaurant with a varied menu and decent wine and beer selections as well as cocktails.

DK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amelie was a great server. They are all very helpful at this wonderful restaurant.

CB
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, we enjoyed our dinner at Cafe Lily. The food was delicious and our server, Justin, was excellent and helped make it memorable.

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always!!!

JS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good. The appetizer platter we had was very good and we all enjoyed a taste of something new. Our server, though new, was also good. I would have liked to be a different table as the corner we were seated was dark and the only place without windows.

I would go back.

l
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I ordered the meat ball special and was surprised that it was two really, really large meat balls. I would have preferred much many smaller meat balls.

CL
Atlanta
50 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Hostess tried to seat us at the table just inside the front door and immediately behind the hostess station, a terrible place to dine!
Service was not as crisp and consistent and 'invisible" as we'd have preferred, and received in the past.

W
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time diners and we were not disappointed. Loved everything especially calamari and beet appetizers and hangar steak special. Serviceable wine list, too.

D
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food and service. Enjoyed a great dinner.

O
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu is perfect

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CB
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, August, was wonderful in that she was very attentive, knowledgeable about the menus, and very pleasant. The menu was great and our food delicious. We would recommend Cafe Lily to our friends and we would love to return soon.

PK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was excellent! Food was very good also! I haven’t been there in years and was glad to c that the standards were high! Thanks!

OT
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a treasure. The food is always outstanding, and the service is great. Love the vibe.

BJ
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to dinner numerous times, this was my First time for lunch @ Cafe Lily..
The restaurant has to be outstanding or else no one would go to all the trouble of finding a parking space.

s
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never have had a bad experience here. Quaint atmosphere, wonderful food and great service.

MZ
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant. Wonderful food. Owners give personal touch to diners.

WF
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner with another couple. The food was excellent and the young woman who waited on us was superb.

l
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a first visit. Our waitress was outstanding and knowledgeable of the food items on the menu. The calamari and mussels were amazing, as well as the main entrees: scallops and lamb...such flavorful dishes. Equally, the in house desserts were amazing. Your palate will not be disappointed. The Chef came to our table twice and provided a lovely treat for dessert, which was unexpected and much appreciated. My friends and I will definitely continue to return to try the many other dilectible dishes offered on their menu. This gem of a restaurant is highly recommended!!

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