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 928 People Are Saying
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u
Atlanta
129 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT FOOD GREAT PLACE TO HAVE DINNER FRIENDLY SERVICE

r
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guests in town—a very nice place to go

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
84 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
4 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
3 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
65 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
26 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!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BH
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

SR
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.