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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$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

What 988 People Are Saying
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LM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Changed chef, possibly owner too. Food quality and taste plummeted.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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LB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

They changed the menu for Valentine's Day and took away the half servings and also required an entree for everyone. I would have been happy with a couple of yummy appetizers but... The food was - ok - but not worth the inflated prices. It was also strange to me that other diners were offered bread but we were not until mid-way through the main course. Kind of late then.

Also, when they called a couple of days before to confirm our dinner plans I was told basically that they expect us to be done with our dinner in 90 minutes so that they can seat other diners. OK, I get it, but really?

We've been here before and have always come away happy. That's why we reserved a table there again. But I doubt we'll be back.

NH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We eat at Cafe Lily for many special occasions. The food is always good and the service is excellent.

j
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot with nice ambiance.

s
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite places. Our server, Shea, was awesome!

OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Cafe Lily! We usually celebrate our wedding anniversary and Valentine's day there for the last 14 years or so. Wonderful food, great service, in a Romantic setting near our home in Kirkwood. I chose the seafood with linguine while my husband chose the house special lamb dinner.

MM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my four favorite restaurants in the Atlanta area--and one of the two in Decatur. I try to eat at each once a month,. The cuisine and service at Café Lily is consistently among the best and, once again, ensured that I will return next month. We are fortunate to have such an exceptional restaurant here in Decatur.

t
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch for 4 friends. Had a very nice experience. Food was good, service excellent. Very comfortable space!

O
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable dinner. The Salade Nicoise was quite good and my friend said her salmon was among the best she has had (and she lives on salmon). A minor annoyance was the bare concrete floors, noisy and a bit chilly for this time of year.

J
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We dined the last two Saturday nights at Café Lily. Both times everything was great. I had salmon both visits. The first time was probably the best ever. The second time was very good, but maybe a little over grilled.
Otherwise, meal was perfect.

d
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We love Cafe Lily. We think of it as unpretentious fine dining. We feel so comfortable there, the service is always excellent, and the food is fantastic. It's a joy to have it in downtown Decatur.

LC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was just ok! The waiter interrupted us every five minutes and then rushed us to pay the bill. It was not relaxing at all.

B
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a marvelous dinner last Sat. night at Cafe Lily. Our waiter, Chris, was superb. Knowledgeable but not pushy and a super smile that was authentic. Have been there several times but not recently until last Sat. We both ordered and loved the great Mediterranean lamb dish for our entree. as well. All around great.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beloved Decatur classic. Impeccable service and tasty food; the wine service is great and the cocktail options are expanding.

DM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

My previous experience had been great. This experience with the grilled trout was not good. Imagine sweet fish... yuck. The appetizer pate and bottle of wine Carmel Road were wonderful as was the cheese cake. When I spend this much money I want to leave with a good feeling— I didn’t. The server was also at her best. My entree left too much to be desired and my guest felt the same about her meal—a seafood pasta dish. Won’t come back or recommend anytime soon.

OT
Atlanta
90 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Wes created a delicious trout amandine special that was so delicious. And the Ragu bolognese was also great. We’re going to keep hoping those specials come back around soon. 😋

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was a birthday celebration

s
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I took a friend out for a belated birthday dinner. We both had a drink, an appetizer, half an entree and a dessert. Everything was very good except my shrimp appetizer was a little over cooked and when the server brought it to me he immediately squeezed a lot of lemon on it. I think that he should have asked me first. The very good items we had were the salmon appetizer, the pasta entrees (one with butternut squash and the other with goat cheese), the chocolate dessert and the lemon dessert. Service was good although they were so quick with the entrees we had to ask them to hold the entrees until my friend finished her appetizer. Both of us said that we would return here.

F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting with friends

a
Atlanta
72 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Poor service, bad food. Very disappointing.

A
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent as were the specials

OT
Atlanta
91 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

B
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with granddaughter

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
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
10 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
23 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
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of town family get together

JT
Atlanta
4 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!