Cafe Lily

4.6
876 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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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 14, 2019

Ends: January 15, 2118

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

What 876 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

MZ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

WF
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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!!

EB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place has been around forever and the clientele skews on the older side but my husband and I love it more than most pretentious "hip" places that are frequented by those in our age demographic. LOTS of gluten free (and veggie) options and they will alter almost anything you need if you have dietary restrictions. Food is just good and wait staff are friendly, unpretentious and just the right amount of attentive. We both got cocktails and the cold mezze which were good (not amazing/best in town, but solid/would get again). Our entrees were amazing; I had the house specialty lamb dish, husband had chicken. Both were right amount of filing, and starch, meat, veg ratio and not something we would necessarily be able to replicate at home or elsewhere. We only got uncomfortably full because we ordered dessert (which was also gluten free!). Parking can be tricky if all spots are full but that's just Decatur.

RG
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new (creative) menu items plus their standard excellent menu based in middle eastern- French cuisine. Add that to the charming ambience and superb service and you have the recipe for a wonderful evening.

RG
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Sara was an excellent server and the food was excellent. But olive oil mix had way too much pepper, which was compunded by being served burned bread twice before getting it right. Cocktail was soso.

d
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love Cafe Lily...very comfy with wonderful food!

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

Cafe Lily never disappoints. A great brunch option.

g
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I've eaten at Cafe Lily for many years and have always had really good meals and service. The service was excellent, but the meal was subpar. We had the lamb, a dish we have had before and enjoyed. However, this time the lamb was overcooked in a copious amount of oil.

KD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice experience
Comfortable and good food, but not great. Calamari was over cooked. Hummus was exceptional and the special of shrimp on spaghetti squash was fantastic.
Wait staff was nice but not too attentive.

l
Atlanta
59 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had lunch here, and it's a great place to eat, just off the Decatur square. Perfect to meet the girls for lunch, couples lunch etc. We tried butternut squash ravioli ($14), which had great flavor. My friend had the crab cake and it hardly had any filler. I had the one of the house specials, Pinchitos, a chargrilled Spanish-spiced lamb tenderloin, sautéed white sweet potatoes and green beans, picante salsa verde, Manchego cheese. I never had white sweet potatoes, they were great. The dish was very tasty, but at $31, it was at the top of my price point for a lunch entree. I liked that there were some free parking spots for customers out in front of the cafe. The decor and ambiance was hip, the menu offered something for everyone, and I would definitely recommend for lunch.

CL
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attentive service, though the menu, presentation and food were uninspired. This venue has the potential to be excellent with an infusion of inspired leadership.

YF
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My parents and I loved the food !
The service was really good and friendly staff!
We definitely come back!!

E
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

I usually love Cafe Lily for lunch or Dinner. But brunch was a major disappointment. I went with friends to celebrate my 65th birthday. The menu looked wonderful. The food was mediocre and way overpriced. My son had lamb which he requested medium rare but it was over cooked dry and tough with no flavor. And a tiny three bites. He was to have had fluffy scrambled eggs again dry over cooked and bland. The server was not able to compute separate checks and took three attempts to comp a drink on the tab. I see now why the dining area was almost empty.

F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always consistently good. 20 years and always good.

B
Atlanta
69 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Ate dinner here the other night- prefer the terrace as it is much better for conversation than the inside which can get somewhat noisy. Service was a bit slow, probably a reflection of not being heavily staffed for a slow evening.

d
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch! And our server Christian was wonderful. I’ll definitely be back!

D
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Parking is a bit tricky- especially when it’s raining

BD
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Not what I expected. Overpriced for what we received. No value. Wine glasses barely filled with wine yet they charge what you would pay for a bottle at the liquor store. Food was not tasty, very skimpy. Olive Garden would have been better and cheaper.

B
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. My date had the scallops and risotto and his plate was empty when finished. I had a half order of the salmon with the best potatoes ever. Waitress was knowledgeable and didn't rush us. FABULOUS evening.

M
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Happy to celebrate Cafe Lily's 20th anniversary. The entire meal was great. We will be back soon.

TC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café Lily is always great, and that's why they were able to celebrate their 20th year. It seems like the new chef is going to work out well, too, although I don't expect a huge number of changes.

KC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of my favorite places for dinner with out of town company and for a wonderful, relaxing Sunday brunch.

G
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff did a great job giving us a perfect date night. We have never eaten here before but will be back for sure. Next time we will ask for less salt on the food but overall the food was really good, great value, great service and overall a great time.

WF
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

K
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delightful place in the middle of Decatur. It was a good place for conversation on a first date.

JA
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was passing through ATL for a week visiting friends, and I wanted a place near Decatur that fit the bill for a quiet and intimate setting for a date night. Cafe Lily filled the role very well and we were both impressed with the food quality, friendly and knowledgeable but not overbearing service, and walked away very full after a cocktail and entree each, and a shared slice of cake. Would definitely go back if in the area.

d
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have an another lovely meal at Cafe Lily. You can always count on having great food and excellent service every time.

OB
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very nice experience, not the first time at this place. We'll return some time soon.

w
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Lily is always, consistently, wonderful! It's also one of only a few quality restaurants in the area that is open for lunch on Monday!

VH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Delicious, beautifully presented food. Nice ambiance.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe lily is the standard to which other restaurants aspire.
Always excellent service, wonderful ambience, and an excellent varied menu to please any appetite. And the best thing about Decatur is the constant new restaurant openings to draw the
Uninformed away from lily, leaving tables available to us on short notice.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4th of July is also my wife’s birthday, so we really enjoyed being able to eat and then watch the fireworks from the sidewalk!

JS
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lovely. My first time there with out of town guests. They enjoyed very much too.

RS
Atlanta
62 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wow. I was so impressed. Great food.

PH
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to dine. Food was fresh and delicious. Brought my mom. She enjoyed her salmon. I enjoyed my parmesan chicken w oh th noodles

DB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great but way too loud. The 2 of us sat at a table for 2 and struggled to have a conversation. Definitely need sound absorption ceiling mounts.

BD
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic. Service was good.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All nice except it was too loud. Maybe large tables of women should go into the second room. There were two such tables and they were very loud.

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