Lilly's Bistro

4.6
966 reviews
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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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Brighton
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a high quality experience from arrival to departure.

We were greeted warmly and shown to our table promptly. Menus, water, and the offer of more drinks while we pondered was delivered by a friendly and professional waiter.

The menu is quite minimalist, but I think most people will find something to suit their needs.

The relatively small number of options clearly allowed the kitchen to focus on the quality of the food; delicious!

Good range of soft and alcohol.

Service checks were appropriately spaced and there was always a member of staff on the floor.

It's not cheap, but it is really good. I felt like a valued customer, and would return.

I belive this would be suitable for friends, couples and business people.

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BD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Friday lunch! Always a good choice.

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AD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The crane brûlée wasn’t very good. Very pudding-like. Enjoyed our other food.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!!

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BW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeff is one of our favorite servers in town, and Lilly's is one of our favorite places. We had out of town visitors, and none of us were disappointed.

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LG
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was fresh and delicious. The service was stellar. The atmosphere was comfortable and relaxing.

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DW
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This lovely spot was one of our favorite restaurants during our vacation. It had been recommended by a friend and we are glad that we took her recommendation. The food was Lucious, the server Outstanding, the decor Very nice and the location Easy to find=LOVE!

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j
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! What an awesome surprise to find such a wonderful new restaurant to add to my favorites list. This may actually end up being my all time favorite due to the new variety of tastes accompanied with such great personal service. Our waiter, Edward, knew the menu well and made suggestions to help us order our meal. This combination made our visit more than delightful from start to finish!
I would highly recommend !!

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F
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great birthday for my dad! Five star -reminded me of the better restaurants in NOLA.

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OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

In Louisville for work.... best food we eat all week. Excellent blend of flavor and creativity. Excellent experience and don’t forget the dessert.... lemon pie and Carmel Cale are

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NA
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My Caesar salad was sub par for Lilly’s. It was drowned in a mayonnaise type squirted on dressing that was tasteless. It ruined the locally sourced romaine which made the salad.

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KM
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Distinctly outstanding in every way!

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DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

friendly - nice small dining rooms - smart & helpful service - delicious food

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AT
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Attention to detail and helpful with suggestions. Will visit each time we are in town!

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G
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Granddaughter’s favorite restaurant. Food delicious. Service excellent

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OT
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the pork carnitas. The chef / owner came by to make sure all was well.

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NH
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love how accommodating the staff were and the food was amazing.

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JG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

For meat eaters the food choices and quality are excellent, for vegetarians not so much. Only one choice and it has been there for a while.

The service is and has been the best in Louisville. Always an enjoyable evening.

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Love Jeff!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect!

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B
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly paced four course meal for a birthday girl. I will highly recommended this restaurant to anyone.

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BE
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service

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LB
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been a fan of Kathy Cary and Lilly's for many years. I live in Northern Kentucky so don't get as many chances to dine there as I would like. My niece recently moved to Louisville so we took the opportunity to come to town and take her out for her birthday. It was her first time there. Everyone thought EVERYTHING was not just good, it was REALLY DELICIOUS--exceptional! I live in a neighborhood with many great restaurants a short walk around the corner but the meal we had at Lilly's was one of the best I have had in quite a while. Each appetizer, entrée, drinks and dessert were (all) memorable. Makes me want to make the 100-mile drive more often.

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DD
Minneapolis
42 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Just moved back to KY and went back here after 20 years. Still great. Every item and every side was tasty and perfectly seasoned from beet salad, to pot pie to crab cakes. Was a favorite 20 years ago and it is again.

Love the food and service but I respectfully suggest an interior update. Carpet, wiring, drapes and bar all need a face lift to match the high standards and expectations delivered by the chef and wait staff.

Love this place.

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OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The hostess was charming and kind. We arrived early and had a drink at the bar. The bar tender lacked charm and made no conversation with us. The decor was dated, lighting was too bright and no music was apparent. Our appetizers were fine. I had the arugula salad and my husband had the pizza. Our entrees left much to be desired. My husbands duck was cold and my sirloin was chewy and did not look appetizing. We had been to Lilli’s many years ago and the service and food has declined.

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LD
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was exceptional as always. We had a lovely evening despite very slow and inattentive service. We arrived at 6:30 and left at 9:45. Took that long for salad, entree, desert. Three times we had to track down our waiter.

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HC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Things to know. If you're in a rush...not the place to come. Our reservations were at 5pm. They opened the door at exactly 5pm. They weren't exactly prepared. Menus not printed, wait staff not ready. It took about 20 minutes for everyone to be ready. For that reason I did not give 5 stars. Cocktails, bread, appetizers, entrees were great. Everything was brought out with a good amount of time between courses. Great for conversation. For us it was great as it was a late Valentine's dinner. But if you have somewhere to be after...I would check with the restaurant beforehand. We were finished at 7:30

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff make you feel special, and the food is always on point. My visits there have given me smiles every time.

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CR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have gone to Lilly’s on Valentine’s Day for the last 10 years. We always look forward to our dining experience.

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TM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Honest review,
I took my wife here for Valentines Day's and I left feeling quite disappointed. I'm not the biggest foodie but if I pay over $200 for two people on a special occasion like this, I expect everything to be top notch. The ambience was nothing special. After waiting an extra 15 minutes beyond our reservation time, we were seated and tucked away in a corner of their side room which was really lacking in decor. The music and the lighting was okay, but again, nothing special - quite forgettable to be frank. Our service and food was good which pleased us, but again, for the value ($220 for two @ $65/plate) one would expect more than just "good." For this type of money on such an occasion, one would hope and reasonably expect great food and a memorable experience. This was not such an occasion. I would not recommend LB to a friend mainly because it is grossly overpriced.

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JF
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was exquisite. The service attentive. We had a very nice evening and plan to return.

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Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We went on Valentine's Day, and the experience was horrible and cost over $200 for the two of us. We have been going to Lilly's for years and have enjoyed it, but Valentine's was just dreadful. Bad service, bad food! It will be a long time before we go back.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Valentines dinner so the high price was expected. Lobster bisque was great. The prawns appetizer was also great but mislabeled. Should have said prawn, as in one! Mains were sirloin steak, part of which was so chewy as to be not edible. Red snapper was good but not great. Then they left our bill with a mandatory 20% tip for a table of two! That’s about what we’d have left anyway but it really left a sour taste on the evening. $203 total bill! Probably won’t go back.

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j
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fresh, local ingredients uniquely combined to bring new flavors. Food was prepared to order and appearance of food was enticing. Plan to get cozy, as the space is limited.

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CC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent, unfortunately we were elbow to elbow with the people seated on either side of us. Not sure the courses were worth $65 per person. Either a drink or dessert should have been included, in my opinion.

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BG
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Valentine’s

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P
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful as always. Love the ambiance and the food delish!

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Lilly’s before but have not been for small plate Wednesday. The choices were varied and as always the food and service was superb! I think we’ll plan to come more often.

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RS
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

My son and I met there on a Wednesday evening for the "small plate specials." I thought the waiter was slightly distant and arrogant but my son did not think so. We split three of the small plates. The pork tacos were excellent. We also had the duck pate and a shrimp dish with only one large shrimp. These were mediocre at best. I have eaten here before and know this place is capable of excellent results but in my opinion, we did not get these on two of the three small plates. We had a bottle of half price Spanish wine which the waiter said he had consumed before and recommended. It was noticeably acidic which I think he should have mentioned.

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L
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We took advantage of the small plate offering. Interesting variety at great prices. They were well prepared and the perfect sizes. And the service was amazing. Thoughtful, attentive and never made us feel rushed.

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