Lilly's Bistro

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$31 to $50
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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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MP
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a perfect meal

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh and delicious. Service was fast friendly.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MH
Edinburgh
74 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always

HO
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unsurpassed quality of ingredients, extraordinary chef

DK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch experience! I will go again and recommend to my firends

m
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and service. Great Kentucky and international cuisine with a twist!

F
Louisville
77 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, drinks and food!

MP
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kathy Cary and staff at Lilly’s are a treasure in the Louisville restaurant scene. Pleasant setting, attentive service from our server, Edward ... and great food. The octopus appetizer, in particular, is not to be missed! Dinner with friends at Lilly’s is always a treat.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect from entry to exit!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the second time at Lilly’s and the food was great. The lunch special was awesome. Gazpacho, Salmon over linguine and peach cobbler. Food is always wonderful. I’ll try their carry out next.

RK
Louisville
121 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Great menu variety and fair prices for lunch. Nice place for a quiet business meeting too. Chef Carey stopped by after lunch to check on our satisfaction. We’ll be back. Don’t skip the frites!

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Our server was very rude and disrespectful to everyone at our table. He spoke to us in a condescending way and told us “to hurry up with ordering because he was behind”. The bottle of white wine was also at room temperature and he told us “so? Drink it that way because that’s all I have.”

JM
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time! Excellent food.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh food, excellent service!

F
Little Rock
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant

OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent - freshly prepared with great seasonal ingredients. Service was good and not overly attentive.

JJ
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Entrees were ok, but did not compare with other restaurants in the immediate area. There are several other nearby competitors that I would recommend over Lilly's.

DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband to Lilly’s for lunch to celebrate his birthday. It was his first time there and he absolutely loved the entire experience! We’ll definitely be visiting again for a date night. Our Waiter was professional, knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating. We asked him to take a photo of us and he went the extra mile to take the best photo he could. We appreciated that special touch!

DA
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I've heard about Lily's for years and looked forward to eating there. I wasn't wowed by the octopus. It was cooked perfectly but was in a sauce that I'd compare to a BBQ sauce that overwhelmed the seafood. It came with an artichoke salad, which was fine, and an olive tapenade with toast points. The 3 strong flavors on the plate (the sauce, pickled artichokes, and olives) were too strong to go together well. My fried oysters were fine and not 'fishy'. My companion had the cauliflower steak, which she liked. I ordered the frozen lemon pie for dessert, and it was just average. Our server was excellent. I'd try it again, maybe I just ordered the wrong things.

AT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, Lilly’s never disappoints! Gimlets might be the best in town...yum! The summer salad...a lovely take-off on the venerable Caprese salad was delicious, cool, and pleasing to the discerning eye. Halibut being our favorite seafood, we couldn’t resist the special that night and again, it is hard to imagine better flavor and presentation. Finished up with the chocolate thingy...her, and carrot cake for him. Simply dee-vine! And Kathy Cary was her normal, personable self...wait staff are present when you need them and quick to respond. Do yourself a favor and go...especially if you haven’t been in a while.

DP
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great location recommended by local family. Only issue was the special of the night was halibut that was overcooked, dry. Good flavor but not moist - possibly due to the smaller size of portion! Loved the location, ambiance, noise level and service! Thank you!

KG
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Lilly's delivers. This was a birthday celebration and the food, atmosphere and service were fabulous. The only drawback was the guy at the bar having a very loud conversation on his phone. Not sure how you deal with loud patrons.

k
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a lovely meal. Great wine and good food. Wonderful

RM
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Outstanding service from Edward. Food great.

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

The food was delicious, as always. I had the octopus with smoked paprika appetizer - yum! Halibut special and duck main were beautifully cooked and inventive. Because I ate very little of the duck due to exhaustion, the waiter comped the dish - totally unnecessary as the food was exactly as described and delicious - but just shows you why Lilly's is a Louisville treasure.

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The dining rooms are quiet, attractively decorated, and intimate. Conversation is actually possible without shouting. The menu could stand to be changed more often but the food is always good.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my sisters birthday with my daughter. We had cocktails, an appetizer, main course and dessert and coffee. Everything was great. Service was friendly and the owner stopped by the table twice. Note: this is not a stuffy restaurant as you might think and the food is outstanding.

TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kathy Carey and her team at Lilly's continue to provide a tremendous dining experience. The food and service are excellent; my wife and I celebrated her birthday at Lilly's; exceptional choice!!
I highly recommend Lilly's.

OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service from kitchen ridiculously slow

JS
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quiet, neighborhood restaurant. Good menu, high quality food. Time from order to serving was a bit long, but I think it is because the food is prepared fresh. Owners and most of patrons seemed to know each other.

ZS
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small plate Wednesday is such a Terrific value and the Best secret in Town. Kathy Cary continues to impress me in my golden years as she did when I was a student in undergrad. I now get to enjoy her Greeting me at dinner. Soon after we sat down, we received complimentary fries with Green Goddess sauce! (Hint,hint Royals Chicken.) Nice touch! We thoroughly enjoyed the mussels, the chicken kabobs, split a Tijuana Caesar salad, always enjoy the fried oysters, and fried green tomatoes. We also had fruity mocktails which were absolutely delicious! Had enough room for the Heavenly carrot cake and then got it packed to go. Loved our server. He knew when to stop me from ordering too much. Now that is an Expert! (Plus he made me laugh.) Still had leftovers for a nice lunch and lots of dessert.

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

ME
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a lovely time at Lilly’s. Great food, impeccable service and a true neighborhood gem.

JS
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great drinks and food, and also great service! A perfect evening for our anniversary night out!

MT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lilly's always delivers a great dining experience.

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