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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, French

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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, 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
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (23)
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Good for Anniversaries (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Good for a Date (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Romantic (14)
Cozy (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Casual (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Business Meals (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Fun (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Authentic (6)
Seasonal (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Healthy (4)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (Louisville)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined 4 days ago

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)

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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

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 (Louisville)·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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Lovely night out with the wife,

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Visited Lilly's based on other reviews. As expected, it is a chef-driven, fresh ingredient, well prepared and presented meal of great ingredients and taste combinations. A slow night (Thursday) but the staff was very attentive and the ambience pleasant and relaxing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Wonderful food. Service noteworthy. Exceptional dining experience that would be very hard to beat in any town.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Was delighted that service and food had returned to previous excellent level. Last disappointing visit must have been an anomaly, Glad to have it back normal level.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great drink selection, wonderful food and gracious staff...be back often.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Nice, quite and cozy with great service. The food was good but I would say not exceptional.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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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 (Louisville)·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 5, 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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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 4, 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 29, 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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 (Louisville)·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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 (Louisville)·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 1, 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 29, 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 24, 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 22, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 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 17, 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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