Cafe Lily

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968 Reviews
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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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Specials

$15 Bottomless Mimosas

$15 Bottomless Mimosas & $5 Glasses of Sangria
***11:00 AM to 2:30 PM
***Entree Purchase Required

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 7, 2019

Ends: December 8, 2118

Availability: Sun 11:00AM-2:30PM

1/2 Priced Bottles Of Wine Monday (Under $40)

Enjoy 1/2 Priced Bottles of Wine on Mondays (Under $40)

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 14, 2019

Ends: January 15, 2118

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

What 968 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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a
Atlanta
71 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Poor service, bad food. Very disappointing.

A
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and service for our large party was fantastic! High recommend!

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent as were the specials

OT
Atlanta
90 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Wes’s red snapper special was amazing! Mushroom cream sauce and delicious buttery spaghetti squash. Fabulous.

B
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with granddaughter

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was outstanding

BA
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Everyone enjoyed it.
Service was great! Love that it is a smaller restaurant as that cuts down on the noise level. Will definitely go back!!

ON
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual, Cafe Lily was up to snuff - and it is a pretty high snuff at that. I have gone there for ten or fifteen years and I have yet to be disappointed. My lobster ravioli had a delicate flavor, the mussels in a spicy broth were mildly spiced, and the Sancerre was just lively enough to keep up with the mussels. (I would have gotten the French Chardonnay if they hadn’t run out of the rum-cured salmon for an app. A group had already eaten up a ton of it the night before. It’s hard to blame them.) Karen enjoyed her pinchitos which is great because she does not like spicy food. Whew! It was another wonderful meal at Cafe Lily. Please try it if you haven’t already.

C
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time dining here with my family. Both times have been memorable and delicious! The food, service and ambiance are different than what other restaurants in the area are offering. Will return!

PH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cafe Lily, not only is the food exquisite in both taste and presentation, and the staff friendly and treats You special, but it’s a local. A++ in everything

TC
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined at Café Lily on New Year's Eve with my husband, children, and parents. Our servers were so helpful and helped my kids pick menu items, as well as my mother, who is older and was having trouble choosing something. Our food was really good, and everyone was happy at the end of the night. Thank you!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Early New Year’s Eve dinner

P
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was pleasant enough but rushed,- probably because it was New Years Eve.

TJ
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Brittany was an excellent server, engaging and friendly. The ambience was low key and enjoyable. We did move tables to accommodate a larger party but that was not a big deal. The two of us were able to relax and enjoy the food and the atmosphere. Will definitely come again and have recommended to a few people already.

OT
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is rather expensive but so worth it. Good for a special occasion or date night. We’ve been here several times and always have a wonderful experience! We love the crafted cocktails and the food is always delicious! I had the stuffed filet with garlic mashed potatoes, it was delicious! My husband had the char grilled salmon and he loved it. We tried the dark chocolate fudge cake and the lemon-sponge custard for dessert, amazing! We will be returning in the future.

MS
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome!

B
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent as usual! The service was just a little under but we usually experience, but we had a new waiter. I highly recommend!

JJ
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

35th Wedding Anniversary - Very special evening!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of town family get together

JT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood gem, and it should get more attention and acclaim. Fantastic meal. Fantastic service. Will definitely visit again soon!

BH
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

I have eaten here many times. My hanger steak was bad. Very bad. I had a couple of bites that I only ate because there was nowhere to discreetly put the meat. The rest came home to the animals. The issue was toughness of the meat. I LOVE hanger steak and in my experience as well as my personal cooking, it needs to be marinated to give the meat it's well known flavor and tenderize it a bit. Neither one of these things had happened.

RH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wine and service. Highly recommended.

p
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Our family has enjoyed Cafe Lily for many years and the food quality has always been exceptional. We were very disappointed in the quality of the food this week. Two of the five patrons did not enjoy their meals at all. I would still recommend your restaurant, since the chef might just have had a bad day.

AB
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Café Lily is one of my favorite restaurants in the east Atlanta/Decatur area. It has good food and good service. I especially like half price wine Mondays!

GH
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for night to get away from everything. Great atmosphere.

N
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Cancer free!

CS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint dining with impeccable service and fare. One of our favorite date night places to dine

DR
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

This was my first dinner experience there, having had lunch there a couple of times. While the dinner menu was varied and interesting, the flavors missed the mark some in my opinion. The cocktail, an old fashioned with cardamom, was quite bitter and masked the flavor of the bourbon. My main course, the celebrated lamb on their menu as a “ favorite” was heavily salted and very lemony, and the flavors just did not blend well enough to be delicious. The lamb was cooked well and juicy though. My son had the pasta with the beef/pork ragout and it was somewhat bland. Pasta had no flavor and the sauce just was not that well seasoned.
Again, nothing was bad, just not that good for a place of this reputation.

OT
Atlanta
90 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The weekend special Ragu Bolognese sauce was delicious over zucchini noodles! Rich, complex and hearty. The artichoke hearts wrapped in Serrano ham were excellent.

JM
Western NC
24 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Lily is consistently the best choice for dinner in downtown Decatur. The lamb pinchitos are a favorite as is the lemon sponge custard and scallops with asparagus and risotto. Sound level makes conversation possible.

OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our first visit to Cafe Lily and we will definitely be back! From the appetizer to the dessert, the food was fabulous. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food as always!

SD
Atlanta
36 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Brunch menu is inventive but a bit pricey. Service and ambience is very nice for a Sunday brunch setting.

k
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

August was a fabulous server! Food and cocktails were wonderful.

PL
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christian was our waiter, he was excellent. Great service, no hovering, met our needs and requests.
Also the female manager, whose name we did not get, was very helpful and had a lovely manner.
Only disappointment - no complimentary dessert for the birthday girl.

PL
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the food to the service, Cafe Lily never disappoints. I enjoyed the clam and vegetable soup appetizer and the grilled bread and EVOO dipping oil was quite nice.

The Mahi Mahi entree special was tender and very tasty with it's Kalamata olive and lemon topping. My wife really liked her Salmon.

I even took some Kibbeh home for layer enjoyment.

As always, the LaVazza coffee was an excellent flavor.

DK
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and always interesting and delicious menu options.

u
Atlanta
129 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite local bistro to meet with friends and have good food

OT
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The stuffed filet mignon was cooked perfectly. Goat cheese stuffed ravioli was very good. I didn’t care for the falafel but the hummus was good.

CH
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT FOOD GREAT PLACE TO HAVE DINNER FRIENDLY SERVICE