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About Lilly's Bistro

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.

1147 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Patterson

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(502) 451-0447

Website:
http://www.lillyslapeche.com/

Catering:
Call us on your catering needs.

Executive Chef:
Kathy Cary

Private Party Contact:
Jeff Ekberg: (502) 451-0447

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please check our website for upcoming events. December 31, 2016
Dinner hours 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm 3-course Meal
Carly Johnson will be performing

Lilly's Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (24)
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Good for Anniversaries (19)
Good for a Date (19)
Local Ingredients (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Cozy (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Romantic (14)
Business Meals (11)
Fun (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Casual (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Seasonal (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Authentic (5)
Healthy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined 3 days ago

Kathy Carey continues to shine with her creative and delicious dishes! The evening was exceptional from the great service and outstanding cuisine to the delectable wines!

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Healthy, Hot Spot
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

I was expecting more based on all the reviews I read. The salad had too much dressing and the entree was too salty. I will probably not return.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Lilly's Bistro is consistently providing excellent service and great meals. Having lunch at Lilly's is always a treat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Really good food! Environment was great! Chef was extremely professional and even came out and greeted all the guests individually! Highly recommend!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Lilly's Bistro is one of the best restaurants in Louisville, KY. Kathy Carey is amazing in her ability to bring the best local meat and produce to her tables with incredible taste and presentation. Don't miss Lilly's when you are in Louisville.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

JUST WOW!!! I am writing this review after my wife and I have visited Lilly's for lunch and dinner. The cost would be considered on the higher side however in this case you do get what you pay for. The first time we went we had no idea they did reservations but they seated us with no problem. The second time we did make a reservation for our anniversary dinner. It is a nice a quite place. My wife started each meal with the soup of the day and still raves about how delicious it was. You can taste the freshness. You can tell with each dish that this is the real deal. We also did not just have a waiter for our dinner, we had a whole waiting staff. 3 gentleman made sure we had bread on the table, drinks full and pre bussed through out the meal. As we were leaving we were thanked by the owners for coming out on such a cold night. I over all am very impressed by Lilly's. Great food, great environment and great service. My expectations have been exceeded two times.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Disappointing evening. We have gone to Lilly's on several occasions in the past and all were good. But Thursday night was mediocre. Two of the four in our party left disappointed. My red snapper special was not special; the dish was a mess with conflicting flavors that did not work together. My wife had a similar complaint with her scallops entre. (Two others, however, enjoyed their pork dinners). After dinner we even speculated whether the restaurant's chef had gone on vacation after the holidays and has a less qualified substitute take over. Unfortunately, this experience won't motivate us to return soon.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Really enjoyed it. The food was delicious and I will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Excellent! We had a fabulous dinner at Lilly’s, all four of us enjoyed each course.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Fabulous as always! Excellent lunch fare and wonderful wine list!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Been going here for 20 years or more and hope to for another 20. Kathy Cary is one of Louisville's best chefs. Highly recommended.

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 15, 2017

One of my favorite places to dine!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Always very pleasant, professional service.
Always high quality food . I’ve never had anything at Lilly’s which I didn’t find to be delicious.
This is also a good place to catch up and have a quiet conversation with a friend since there’s no intrusive background music or high volume chatter.
Excellent value.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Had Veal Scaloppini. Outstanding. Also very nice Arugula salad. Wife had scallops. Happy with also. 🙂

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We ate at Lilly's to celebrate our anniversary. It had been quite awhile since we had been there. We made the reservation several weeks ahead. In spite of that and many empty tables when we arrived, we were seated at the least desirable back corner table, with a noisy trio next to us. We asked about a better table and were told there were none available. In spite of that, food was very good, as usual and service was good. I had the veal and pasta piccata, and it was excellent. My spouse had the tile fish special, and declared it under-seasoned and bland. Salad and appetizer were both delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food was great. Our server was great. The entire staff really tries to make people enjoy the entire atmosphere. I️

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Always great. Was not particularly happy with the seafood special (tile?).

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wonderful! Always great experience and superb menu,

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Always consistent and wonderful!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Lilly's is a fabulous upscale restaurant on Bardstown Road and we had a great experience there. The food & service are both excellent, the atmosphere pleasant, and the noise level was moderate. We were visiting Louisville for Thanksgiving so this is not a place we can frequent but, if we lived locally, Lilly's would definitely be in our rotation of good restaurants to frequent. We were at Lilly's for lunch two years ago and our experience was also very positive. We would recommend Lilly's to anyone interested in fine dining.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Cozy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent food with good service. It still upholds it’s reputation as one of Louisville’s best restaurants.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Really enjoyed eating at Lilly’s for the first time. Ambience, cocktails and food was all very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food is ALWAYS excellent...and the special vegan meals prepared for us are always creative and delicious. Service is excptional.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We ate there to support the Louisville Planetarium. The food was great, especially the burgers. I also had a salad and we share an appetizer board which was delicious. The service was good, especially the person filling the water glass! In all, a very pleasant meal for a good cause.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Shrimp PoBoy....was great...homemade remoulade, perfectly cookly lightly breaded tailess shrimp....slaw on top ...rosmary baguette. Excellent Greek Salad to start and delectbable pumpkin cheesecake for dessert....wonderful lunch on a cold Saturday.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Authentic
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Lilly's has been a Louisville fixture for a long, long time. That's because an extremely high level of quality of food and service has been maintained over the years. And, with Kathy Cary, the owner and an award winning chef, every visit is a wonderful culinary adventure. If you're in Louisville and you don't stop at Lilly's, you're missing a wonderful treat!

Take a look at the details on Kathy here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathy_Cary

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was our first time at Lily’s. The ambiance was eclectic, service was attentive and food was good. My only issue is that one of their specials of the evening was lobster bisque - one of my favorites. Although the bisque had a great flavor, it failed to have any lobster pieces. Instead there were several shrimp. I brought this to the waiter’s attention and he assured me this was simply a garnish. I chose to see it as a substitute as I had 6 in my soup and no lobster meat. Despite this the soup was good but I think it is more fair to call this a seafood bisque. Overall a fun place. The caramel cake was delicious!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We have loved Lilly's ever since it opened and are loyal customers. It's one of the most quiet dining options in Louisville which is fabulous. And it is so close to our house we can walk.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Everything was amazing and our service was fantastic!

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I really like Lilly’s. It is a special restaurant, for me, as it was the first restaurant I ever went to, in Louisville. And, the first time I ever had a Bourbon flight. The food is very good. The service has always been great here, but not tonight, unfortunately. We sat at the bar, while waiting, for our table, which we had a reservation for. The (1) bartender was tending, to a couple who were eating, at the bar.
You would have thought he would have given us a cocktail menu, while he spent so much time, with them. No..., he served their wine, waited, for their reaction, fixed drinks, for servers, and then, got to us. Our table was ready, before we got our drinks. We had hoped, to have a drink, at the bar, before going to our table; there really was time. We took our drinks to our table...
The host was very pleasant, I should point out.
Zach, who filled our water glasses and gave us bread, that we indulged in, more than we should have, was great. I really want to acknowledge that he was a pleasure.
Our waiter was good and maybe a little over-busy. He recommended a really nice wine, to go with our meal.
Do you look over your bill, before paying it? We highly recommend it. It is not something we have always done, but you’d be surprised how often you are charged for items you did not order... We had a $70 bottle of wine, on our bill, that we did not order. I thought it was good that we checked our bill, and questioned it, but what if you didn’t? The waiter did have it removed. But, what if we hadn’t caught it? Who is responsible, for this?
In summary, the food was good; complimentary bread, the fried oysters, the short ribs... the bourbon ice cream and cookie dessert. I have usually gotten the special, so ordering off the menu was a new experience. They do have good options. The service was OK, host and bus boy were great, bartender not great, waiter OK.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Absolutely superb farm to table menu options. The food, ambiance and service was second to none.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

apparently recent changes to menu items and food pairings waiter was not familiar with. Menu descriptions were good but not everyone is familiar with culinary terms. reviews raved about filet mignon. not on the menu. Scallops and beef short ribs were very good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Service was great, and drinks were yummy!

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We were a party of five having dinner for a business meeting. This evening was everyone's first time there and overall we had a good experience. Lilly's offers very good food and a nice wine selection and a very nice atmosphere, but our service experience was less than would be expected at such a nice establishment like this.

Perhaps you'll have better service when you dine here, maybe someone that is more personable, warm and friendly. I do recommend it for a business dinner meeting, good food for a good value.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Our table was ready on arrival. Our server was friendly and helped with our dining and drinking selections. The Cornmeal fried oysters, Grilled Octopus, and the Shrimp stuffed Wantons were a great start to our dining experience. For our entrees, we enjoyed the Saratoga Ribeye Steak, Braised Beef Short Ribs, and Veal Scallopini. All cooked and seasoned to perfection.
Lillie's will not disappoint any pallet, and when I return to Louisville, I will be back.

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had not eaten here in a few years due mainly to where we live now. Met some friends here partly due to it being about half way between us. I forgot how wonderful the food is. Will definitely be back soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

I went for my belated birthday lunch with a friend and I had a lovely time. The atmosphere is quite charming, excellent service and delicious food. I had the Waldorf Salad and my friend had the burger and both were quite good. Love the bread service. Highly recommend the Creme Brulee for dessert. Thank you to our server, Edward, (I hope I'm remembering that correctly), for making the occasion so special.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Love it here! Food was wonderful. Service was great!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

We were in louisville for the weekend and found Lilly's through Google. It was a wonderful find and worth the short drive from our hotel. My boyfriend had the red snapper, which was the special Saturday night, and ate every bite. I had the lamb meatballs and couldn't put my fork down. The wine selection was also great. If we're ever back in town we'll be back for more!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Lilly's has been around a long time, but never fails to surprise and delight with new twists on fresh ingredients. The bibb salad has the crisp buttery feel and taste that one hopes for when ordering bibb. The peaches, sweet toasted pecans, and blue cheese blended beautifully with the dressing. For an entre' we had the Grilled Octopus which was beautifully prepared as were the sides of marianated artichoke hearts and a wonderful tapenade. The grilled bread was an extra nice touch. Having said all that, dessert of the caramel cake with caramel sauce was the best ever, making a perfect ending to an already outstanding meal.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Healthy, Quick Bite, Organic
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