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About Lilac

Lilac offers fine dining in a casual setting in the historical downtown Billings area. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday evenings from 5pm to close. Our small seasonal menu changes frequently, with everything made fresh in house.

2515 Montana Ave
Billings, MT 59101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
25th. St N

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(406) 969-4959

Website:
http://www.lilacmt.com/

Executive Chef:
Jeremy Engebretson

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Lilac Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (19)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Special Occasion (14)
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Romantic (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for a Date (12)
Cozy (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Business Meals (10)
Casual (10)
Healthy (10)
Authentic (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Seasonal (8)
Tapas (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Fun (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Great Beer (4)
Spicy (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

The food and service were very good. However, the room is an echo chamber with very little to dampen the noise. We were seated near a noisy table, and my hearing is not great, so it was difficult to hear what others at our table were saying. Something to dampen the sound would make dining here even more enjoyable.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 7 days ago

Love Lilac and return nearly every time I’m in Billings.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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food5
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Exceptional food, creative menu, great wine list, our favorite

Tags: Spicy, Disabled Access, Casual, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer
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food5
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 (Montana)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Lilac has a great variety of options for brunch!
Nice mimosas!

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food5
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful brunch. I’d been there for dinner, but first time to try brunch. My friend and I each had the special of the day-so delicious. We had the house mimosas too. Great service.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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food5
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food and service were excellent. Best dining experience I've had in Montana in twenty years of trying the hotspots all over the state.

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Healthy, Seasonal, Authentic, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Tapas, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Original , unique food of fantastic quality! The staff was very friendly

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic
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food5
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 (Fargo)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Absolutely amazing food and combinations. The pork chop was really good but I wasn't a fan of the cornbread side, the halibut was really good. However the rhubarb with mint sauce side was out of this world..don't miss that!

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food5
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 (Fargo)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Didn’t know what to expect. The value definitely exceeded the price. The flavor was tremendous.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Montana)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great experience and I will be back. Server was very professional and knowledgeable about menu choices. It was refreshing from the usual "order taker" style. Food was wonderful. It did take a bit to arrive but we had a larger group so that is to be expected. It was a bit noisy for my taste but not a deal breaker. I would prefer not to have to raise my voice so much to talk to others in my party. Thanks!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Seasonal, Tapas, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I had one of the best and most memorable meals of my life! The food combinations were amazing, beautifully presented, and the portion sizes were perfect. My server was friendly, offered suggestions on wine and beer, and was attentive but not intrusive. I woke up the next day wanting the same meal again!

Tags: Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Cozy
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our food was excellent! The service was very good as well. Thanks!

Tags: Casual, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This restaurant never ceases to amaze me. A menu that often changes with seasonal specialties and standby favorites such as the short rib of beef and the amazing fries.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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 (Montana)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Another fantastic meal at lilac. The pastrami smoked pork belly should not be missed. Lovely friendly people working and eating.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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food5
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Always a fantastic experience here. LOVE the food! Never disappointed. The staff is always friendly and very helpful. The Chef has an amazing talent for pairing different foods and flavors! We love it!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Romantic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

We stopped here for brunch while traveling through and were not disappointed. The food was excellent and I was surprised that it was not more expensive. The owner was very personable. I would be excited to try dinner here as well. Overall, it was a great experience and I may well change my travel plans to be able to try dinner next time I am passing through.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Montana)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food is always wonderful. Lilac has interesting choices on the menu. The service is superb!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Great for Brunch
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food5
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Original, expertly prepared food, great service and nice atmosphere

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Everything was just perfect, I love the Lilac!
The service was excellent, always friendly staff!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Carol and I shared two salads and the exquisite Clam creation which was one of the tastiest dishes ever prepared in Billings-broth was perfect and the combo of bits of Andouille sausage and spices/herbs was award worthy-each side of each Clam was filled with yumminess. Slurped with the chilled CHABLIS made our evening!"LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER!"

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Hot Spot, Casual, Business Meals, Vegan, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The short rib gnocchi was dynamite. The service incredible. Friendly, quaint space and staff. We will return to try again!

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food5
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Always great food. Friendly waitstaff. Interesting and varied menu. Love the place.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Casual
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food5
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Totally outdid themselves. Been here many times & this time around, it was fantastic.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Seasonal
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Awesome food and wonderful atmosphere as always!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Food is always creative and excellent. Wish they would put in some acoustic controls. One loud party makes everyone else get louder.

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

i love lilac...food is always spectatular...service is sketchy not because they don't try but there does not seem to be a system in place...a very knowledgeable front end manager would make the place perfecto...

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

The sole reason why we gave Lilac a 4 on the category "food" instead of a 5 was because the gnocci on the lamb shank was hard on the outside and dried out on the inside. Otherwise, great food!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

The menu was very different and we were excited to try the food but the food was very salty.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Best dinner in Billings! We had the salmon special and beef, every bite was amazing. As was the sticky toffee pudding and earl grey ice cream!! I will be back every time I visit!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Made reservation at Lilac on a friend's recommendation. Awesome place for brunch on a Sunday morning. The Poutine special was phenomenal. My wife had the cinnamon babka french toast. She enjoyed it quite a bit. I highly recommend this little gem for a romantic brunch.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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food5
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Went to Lilac on a Saturday night, again the food was superb, service was perfect, it is always a great lively environment, and great local artwork on the walls. Chef Jeremy personally came to talk to us about his local garden and tonight's creations. Wine list is very well-stocked, so ask for recommendations!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Montana)·Dined on June 28, 2017

The food was great and inventive as always, but the server, though friendly, was inattentive and led a very slow experience full of heads looking for a possible visit to the table.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 25, 2017

I wanted to take my sister and her daughter to a really nice place for brunch. Someone had suggested Lilac and I am so glad they did. From the time we arrived we were spoiled with great service, mimosa's and wonderful food. We will be back again!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Our first visit to Lilac after a recommendation from a neighbor. Quaint restaurant, with good lighting and acoustics. Service was excellent and timely.
We shared a garden salad that had fresh ingredients. It tasted as if everything was just picked before serving.
I had the special; swordfish, which was prepared with a tasty sauce, but didn't overwhelm the dish. She had their signature braised short ribs. A flavor that's hard to describe (I ate half). The ribs made their own sauce in a dish with gnocchi. One of the best dishes we've ever tasted. Highly recommend.
And affordable pricing, with only the special reaching $30.
We will be back!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Montana)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Fantastic food - annoying server, disrupted our conversations way too often just to make small talk.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 21, 2017

We were visiting Billings for the night on a cross country road trip. We were so happy to find Lilac. Food was wonderful, atmosphere was fantastic, and our server Christie was superb... nicest server we've had in a long time!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Montana)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The food is exquisite and beautifully prepared. The service was also top notch. We live out of town and Lilac is well worth the road trip for a romantic meal!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Montana)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Fabulous dinner. You must try the jicama tacos as an appetizer, then the pork belly with Brussels sprouts. Thanks again Jeremy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 2, 2017

On our way from Denver to Whitefish, we're happy to know that Lilac is in Billings, always our half-way stop. The food is delicious, and the service is gracious, welcoming. Sitting at the bar so that we could split dishes, we started with bubbles and the bone marrow custard. It was rich and a perfect complement to the wine. Then we had the endive and roasted beet salad with supremes of mandarin citrus, a great blend of sweet, salt, acid and crunch that was a nice contrast to the richness of the custard. We finished with halibut served on a bed of Montana lentils with sautéed sprouts paired with Pinot Noir. Dandelion is proud of sourcing local products, and its kitchen is not only skillful but also inventive. We will be back for both food and hospitality. Thank you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Montana)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We love having Sunday brunch at Lilac. Took a friend and her husband to celebrate her 50th birthday. Was a fabulous meal and a fun celebration with friends. Highly recommend!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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