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Lilac

4.5
545 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(406) 969-4959
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jeremy Engebretson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
25th. St N
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.3
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

One of our favorites in Billings even though they are consistently out of our first choices.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Good food and comfortable atmosphere

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing food

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Such good food! “best cheeseburger EVER! " Tuna Tartar had impeccable seasoning!

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Last brunch advertised- am gad I went- have only had dinner there, to date

Great food, reasonable price

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing as always. Tuna tartare was one of the best things I have ever eaten.

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1.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We chose to go to Lilac after having good experiences in the past. We were extremely disappointed and unfortunately, will not be back. The service was horrible. Our salad came out with our main course, the wine was overpriced and not good, and the desert menu had little variety. When we asked for bread, we were told they didn't have bread but our friends that were also there were eating bread when we left. There was no dining experience. We love to support local chefs and restaurants but this is off our list.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2017

We came out for a birthday on a very cold and snowy night. This little restaurant had great service and we enjoyed the food with our "foodie" group. We were seated with our backs up to a large window and that was cold, and we had to keep our jackets over our backs. It was on the expensive side with a bill of over $350 for 5 of us (with wine and tip).

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent food. The restaurant was cold-- it was a wintry night and every time the door opened, a gust of cold air blew in. The waitstaff is good, the prices are great, and the food is wonderful. I come from Seattle, where great food is commonplace, so I was excited to find Lilac. It's comparable to the Dahlia in downtown Seattle, which is in my top ten favorite restaurants list. Will definitely be back when I'm in MT again.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Consistently excellent food and drinks. The best in Billings.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

We loved the special burger! Everything was delicious.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 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.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 21, 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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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 12, 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 28, 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.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 13, 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on August 30, 2017

Original, expertly prepared food, great service and nice atmosphere

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 25, 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!"

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4.0Dined on August 24, 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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5.0Dined on August 23, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

Awesome food and wonderful atmosphere as always!!!

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5.0Dined on August 10, 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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3.0Dined 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...

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5.0Dined on August 3, 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!

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 22, 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!!

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