Lilly's Bistro

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$31 to $50
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American
For a casual yet upscale dining experience, Lilly’s Bistro in the historic Highland Neighborhood exudes warmth and style. Fresh and seasonal ingredients inspire our New American Cuisine with an international flair from our local farmers. As a neighborhood bistro we encourage guests to enjoy a variety of small and large plates from our sustainable-farmed menu. Our award wining wine list is the perfect compliment to the food.
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MC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time at Lilly's and came recommended by my niece. Took my 88 year old mother there for a wonderful dinner on a busy Saturday night. The food and service was fantastic - beautiful plates, great food and when we said we were first timers, our server gave us a very enthusiastic tour through the menu and the restaurant's history. Then about halfway through our meal, the owner stopped by to say hi and give us a few more personal anecdotes to add to our experience. Lastly, the restaurant was full for most of our meal but my two hearing aid mom could still hear just fine.

I can't recommend Lilly's more.

K
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lilly's is the best Saturday lunch in Louisville, and one of the best meals in the city any time of the week. It's been around a long time for a reason, and gets the food and service right every time. It's also located at a great part of Bardstown Road, near other restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and boutique stores.

NP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lilly’s is a wonderful restaurant with an amazing staff. Loved the food we had (the pimento cheese wontons are to die for). Perfect place for a date night or any special occasion or if you just want to have a great meal.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food was tasty but my entree was not hot; it was actually cold in the middle. Service was inattentive and slow - not elegantly paced, but slow. The owner came to chat, which was nice. It just wasn’t up to the standard that I recall from earlier times.

OT
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a delightful meal

JM
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in Louisville. Expensive but worth every penny.

IA
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and good service. Read a review that said if Lily’s is not listed as one of the best Resturants in Louisville the article holds no validity. I haven’t experienced enough of Louisville to agree but what I can say the food was fantastic. I made reservations with Opentable indicating it was for a birthday. Birthday was never acknowledged until we were walking out the door by hostess.

JH
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Lilly's Bistro. Always on our list for celebrating special occasions. Excellent cocktails, great vale wine list and excellent, delicious food.

DA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food with a wonderful ambience and great wait staff

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent as always

S
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have not been to Lilly's in decades, but we decided to go to celebrate a family birthday and we were not disappointed. It is difficult to find a restaurant where my 90+ year old parents can hear and carry on a conversation and Lilly's was a perfect place for all of us. The food was fantastic: exquisitely prepared and presented. Two of us had the halibut special and two had the veal scallopini and we shared the fried green tomato appetizer. The food was all fresh and seasonal and delicious. The service was attentive without being intrusive. All in all, a lovely evening.

DH
Montreal
13 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The three times I have been here, it has been for business, everyone is always impressed with this excellent restaurant.

DH
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great local place.

CR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing flavorful dishes and great service! We had the carnitas and lamb meatballs. Both were fantastic!!

OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly among the very best in Louisville. Daddy-Daughter date night was a hit with my 9 year old.

OT
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All 8 people in our party loved their food. Great service. We were in an area with just our table... we quiet.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was phenomenal and our waiter was fantastic: unfortunately I cannot say the same for the hostess. Without going into detail, I’m sure we were not to only customers who noticed the unpleasant personality of the young lady.

k
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and consistent!

KJ
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the visit to Lily’s was delightful. The food was excellent as was the service.

DF
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food ~ great atmosphere. Great restaurant for any occasion.

JW
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Food is fabulous -they really need to facelift the decor
Nothing has been done for 20 years and we had our adult children with us and they all felt it looked and felt “old fashioned “

p
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wait staff was very attentive. Food was great as it always is. Drinks were a little pricey.

RH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Friendly and prompt service. Will return again. I had their brunch special, My husband burger, and wonderful ice cream for dessert.

MT
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience in Louisville. Food is spect, waitstaff is friendly and helpful.

ME
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our dinners at Lilly’s, particularly the special events. Mrs. Cary and her team put a lot of thought and care into the pairings and it always impresses. And of course, Jeff and the warm staff are consummate professionals. So happy to have this neighborhood bistro right in our backyard.

KS
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was ok, but not stellar (server could have been more attentive). Food was good, but disappointing... for the price I expected better.

JN
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great again!!

a
Toronto
59 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lilly's is one of my favourite Louisville Restaurants and our meal with a friend last night did not disappoint. My grilled octopus was beautifully presented and the taste equaled the presentation. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening thanks to our gracious waiter, Jeff. I highly recommend Lilly's.

RK
Louisville
122 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best place in Louisville for a delicious lunch and small business meeting. The atmosphere is both refined and relaxed. The menu is creative, fairly priced, and portions are appropriate for lunch. Service is meticulous. It’s also a wonderful representation of Louisville.

JN
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dining experience at Lilly’s. Service was impeccable and food was extraordinary. Seats are comfy, too!

MP
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Lilly’s is a pleasure — the menu, the drinks, the outstanding food and the service were great, as always. But the real secret of Lilly’s Bistro’s decades long success is its ever-present Owner/Chef, Kathy Cary, and her husband Will, circulating through the restaurant making sure all guests are well taken care of.

ED
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent mix of flavors! Would like to see more wine by the glass, however the wine options offered by the bottle were unique and very good.

c
Louisville
49 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a perfect meal

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious. Service was fast friendly.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carnitas were amazing. Excellent service. Classy place. No complaints.

MH
Edinburgh
74 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome as always

HO
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had guests in from out of town and they could not have been more impressed with their food, the selections and the entire experience. While the locals appreciate what a gem Lilly's is, it is always good to hear that opinion confirmed by others whose experience extends beyond our city.

JM
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lilly’s is always our go-to favorite and has been for nearly a quarter of a century! it NEVER disappoints. We only come to Louisville a handful of times each year, but Lilly’s is a must, and with plenty of competition that speaks highly of Kathy Cary and get team. (Ok, I’ll admit to having a fan-girl moment each visit when Kathy makes her rounds to visit each table!)

J
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unsurpassed quality of ingredients, extraordinary chef

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