Cafe Lily

4.6
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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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$15 Bottomless Mimosas

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

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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

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Come join us for NYE! Complimentary champagne toast at midnight! We are just 2 blocks off Decatur Square.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 939 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.8
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4.5
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DR
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
86 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
7 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
34 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
22 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
28 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
14 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

r
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guests in town—a very nice place to go

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service! Great care was taken in regards to my food allergy. Knowledgeable and friendly wait staff! Thank you to the manager for calling the day before our reservation to ask clarifying questions regarding my food allergy.

l
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to this lovely restaurant. We were celebrating my birthday. As it was before, the food and service were amazing. We started with their craft cocktails and the calamari...excellent start! For the entrees, my husband had their signature lamb dish and I had the seafood soup dish...excellent explosion of flavors! And, to finish, we had the delightful tiramisu. We look forward to another visit :-)

OT
Atlanta
87 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both had the red snapper special. It was delicious. A big portion of perfectly cooked fish with tomatoes, onions and olives over very tasty sliced zucchini. Great attentive service by friendly staff. We’ll be going back soon!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and good food.
There was no wait and the brunch was great options

CM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our experience was terrific for just going to a restaurant based on reviews and menu.
Service was excellent as well as all 4 guests food preparation and taste.
Life the fact that they have 1/2 portions- allowing more appetizers and tastes.

DW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a party of 7 and we were very well taken care of

l
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!! Such a beautiful neighborhood gem. The food is always amazing!!! The staff are very friendly and helpful.

DH
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid go to restaurant.

E
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of 8 had a wonderful time. Food was delicious and service attentive. Thank you!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delighted all at the table in all aspects.

u
Atlanta
130 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A favorite bistro that we often frequent for a congenial and tasty meal

OT
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My daughter and I were in Atlanta for a show at the Fox and I had been to Cafe Lily several times before but never had their brunch menu. Portion sizes were perfect and the fruit was perfectly ripe. My daughter had the half portion of french toast and fruit and I had grilled chicken Caesar salad. Everything was wonderful!

EM
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was good until the waiter/clean staff threw out leftovers that i had asked him to pack up to take home. The staff however was agreeable to make another dish for us which we took home.
The food is well priced and a good value and a nice change from Buckhead

p
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable and relaxed.

WF
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with friends.

RD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall2food2service4ambience4

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
66 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

WB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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
27 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

t
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FB
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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