Lilac

4.7
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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4.7based on all time ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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JD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food and comfortable atmosphere

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L
Montana
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food

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C
Montana
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Montana
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Great food, reasonable price

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Montana
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

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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c
Montana
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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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G
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent food and drinks. The best in Billings.

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PM
Montana
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the special burger! Everything was delicious.

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Montana
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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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Minneapolis
45 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Montana
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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PM
Montana
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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S
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Montana
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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Fargo
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Fargo
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Montana
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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Montana
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Montana
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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Minneapolis
45 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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J
Montana
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Mobile
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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TT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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Montana
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Montana
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Original, expertly prepared food, great service and nice atmosphere

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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k
Jackson Hole
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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JJ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BJ
Las Vegas
71 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and wonderful atmosphere as always!!!

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G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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Montana
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

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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Montana
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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

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RI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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