Lilly's Bistro

4.7
1001 reviews
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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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Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service from kitchen ridiculously slow

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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.

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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.

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

Great food

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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.

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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!

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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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OT
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place.. My wife and I enjoyed the appetizers, the entre's and the service was fantastic. Even the music was perfect.

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Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebrations are always special at Lily’s. The food was amazing, the wait staff genuine and knowledgeable including a phenomenal wine recommendation, and the atmosphere was cozy and intimate. I look forward to any excuse to celebrate at Lily’s.

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SE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The squash soup was to die for! Interesting selection of entrees and uniquely prepared. Since they were not crowded, we had excellent service.

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CW
Baton Rouge
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, had the flat iron steak. It was perfect. Wifey had scallops l, also excellent.

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KW
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed dinner at Lilly's before seeing Hamilton. What a great evening! The fish was cooked to perfection. I love the bits of fresh green vegetables. The kale was a nice touch. Our service was friendly and answered questions thoroughly.

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LR
Louisville
67 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lunch with a friend I had not seen in a long time, and we both like dining that’s on the upscale side. Lily’s is a beautiful restaurant that leaves you feeling that you haven’t even been in Louisville. Our food was stellar, and our waiter had the perfect balance of attentiveness and professionalism.

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m
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lilly's is mine and my husband's go to date spot. It's pricey so we only go for special occasions but we're never disappointed in service or food quality. So delicious!

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M
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was very good and the server was attentive. I had the soup and a salad. As a vegetarian, I did not have many options to choose from. The one thing that stood out was the choice of music. As much as I love 80's music, it just seemed out of place and altered the fine dining experience I was expecting. I would have preferred something a little more calm and soothing. Hearing Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" while experiencing a bottle of wine and delicious bread was kind of strange.

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SG
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate our Daughter's HS graduation. Extremely nice atmosphere and true fine dining. Enjoyed it very much!

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S
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We grew up in Louisville, and now live in Florida. We visit for a week every year and always make Lilly’s one of our choices. It is always excellent....cozy environment, creative, wonderful food, and great service. See you next year!

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OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. This small place was very charming.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. The special was amazing and unlike anything I've ever tasted.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience!

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TM
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kathy was there when I arrived with a cat bide wound and it helped . everyone did. We did miss Edward but hope he's recovering.

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RB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love going to Lilly's. Excellent food and awesome staff. Couldn't ask for a nicer dining experience.

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i
Indiana
38 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I used to live behind Lilly's and it became my favorite restaurant and still is. My meal was delicious and my server Shane was excellent, ever helpful and present but not overbearing. I felt special and had such a great time. Thank you Shane, Thank you Cathy and Thank you Lilly's staff!

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DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

really great meal, albeit a bit expensive. but that might be the price to pay for a 'really great meal'.
two-tops were REALLY close together - as in too close - i mean, we're not in Manhattan. it kind of ruined it for us. but the food was superb, and the service was special.

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JR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My wife and I had a wonderful experience at Lilly's! We lived in Louisville in the early 1990's and had dinner at Lilly's on our 3rd Anniversary in 1993. While visiting Louisville this past weekend we were thrilled to see it was still open in the same location. The food was outstanding, service terrific, just as we remember from all those years ago. Thank you Lilly's for being there and for providing us with another memorable dining experience!!

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LF
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for dinner for her birthday, the food is outstanding

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CE
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband calls Kathy Carey our national treasure. He's right!

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

We have always had very good meals at Lily’s. But tonight it was truly exceptional. Fried Oysters, Bibb Salad, Pork Carnitas, Lamb 3-ways...wow

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fabulous post-Derby dinner at Lilley’s, The staff we’re fantastic!

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SR
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though we were an hour late, due to the Kentucky Derby, they still were able to accommodate us! It was a 4 course dinner and everything was delicious!

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C
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

We were charged a $100 per person fee due to the busy weekend and an automatic 20% tip which was also added onto the $100 fee. The service was well worth the 20% but it was egregious to add it to the fee.

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TB
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our birthdays (one day apart) at Lilly’s for lunch. Food was great and the service was excellent. There is parking available, which is huge for the Highlands. Lilly’s is one of our favorite restaurants.

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DC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, outstanding service!

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OT
Atlantic City
25 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! Loved the Prawns and Grits

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MN
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful again! We come for our anniversary 15 of the past 18 years. We love this place and it is ALWAYS wonderful!

Thanks.

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Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
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 on April 19, 2019
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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L
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!!

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BW
Chicago
7 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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