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Lilly's Bistro

798 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Southern, French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(502) 451-0447
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kathy Cary
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Private party contact
Jeff Ekberg: (502) 451-0447
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Call us on your catering needs.
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Cross street
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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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 798 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

I highly recommend Lilly’s Bistro for fabulous every day dining right on up to a special life occasions. Simply the best. Enjoy!

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Lilly's has always been one of our favorite restaurants in Louisville. Despite the many available options, we've been there more often than any other restaurant in town and had never been disappointed until Friday night. Our server didn't visit our table until we'd been sitting there for about 15 minutes, when he took our drink orders. Our drinks were delivered by other waitstaff, and the margaritas we ordered on the rocks with salt were missing the salt. Our server didn't reappear for another 30 minutes. (We had a 7:00 reservation and didn't order food until about 7:45.) We ordered our appetizers, salads, soups, and entrees at the same time because we weren't sure when he'd show up again. One of our friends is a chef and reported that his pork loin was overcooked. The short ribs someone else ordered required a knife to cut, which is surprising considering they usually fall apart. On top of all that, when we were ready to get our check (close to 10:00), we informed our server how to split it up (usually something that is asked up front), and he seemed like he'd "try" to remember who ordered what. When our checks showed up, items weren't divvied up appropriately. We were further surprised to discover that a 20% gratuity had been added to them. We were a party of six and didn't see anywhere that a mandatory gratuity would be added for a party of that size. So, maybe that explains the poor service, but I certainly expect more of Lilly's and hope this was an isolated incident.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Great selection of flavours on Valentine's Day Fixed Menu. Great Hospitality, and delightful atmosphere.

vipBecky (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent food. Great sever. It was Valentines and every effort was made to be sure that things went smoothly despite the large crowd.

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was great, but be prepared because it is extremely pricey.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We felt like we were rushed throughout our meal. We were told by our waiter that the food was served “as fast as we ate”. They were not able to substitute one vegetable for a different one they were serving that night because they were told not to do this by management. The lobster bisque was excellent, the crap ceviche was lackluster. The Kobe beef tournados were not good . The cut of meat was not very tender or flavorful.

I almost always tip 20%. However, I had no choice on this occasion as this amount was automatically added to our bill. We have always enjoyed our dining experience at Lillys but are now hesitant to return.

AllisonR (Louisville)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I have always really enjoyed Lillys and have considered it one of the better restaurants to eat at in Louisville. My husband and I had a reservation on Valentines Day and had less than exceptional service. Even on a busy night like that, for the expense of the meal, one expects service. We had to ask twice about a drink my husband ordered and no one ever came to check on us to see if we needed anything else. The food tasted overly salty and my tournedos of beef were incredibly tough. Even the couple who sat next us left upset because the service was less than par.

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We have a long great history with Lilly's. Food was amazing. Service 'OK'. We were disappointed that there was an additional charge for dessert on Valentines Day as the price was for a "four course" dinner. We skipped dessert with a $200.00 check.
Our food was wonderful.

Townes (Louisville)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

We had high expectations for our dinner. The menu was not too exciting with limited choices. Veal with pasta was good but not special. Dinner was good but not enough to be memorable.
Service was slow and ambiance was not cozy (tables very close and bright lites)

vipOpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

One of the best restaurants in Louisville! Always excellent!
You cannot go wrong eating here. Never!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Never disappoints Food is always good and service one of the best!

vipGeorgeN (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent restaurant as usual. Cathy is a great chef and hostess

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Kathy was so kind to come to our table of 12 to check on us twice. The visitors from San Fran were very impressed with everything about Lilly's. Great selection of food and wine to please everyone.

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Enjoyed scallops and kale salad!
Would would like to see a low calorie meal on menu.

vipMarkH (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Lovely night out with the wife,