ilili

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Lebanese
Tradition meets sophistication at ilili, New York City's premier contemporary Lebanese restaurant offering inspired Mediterranean cuisine. ilili's menu mixes authentic dishes with modern Mediterranean influences to create a culinary journey for the palate and senses. Complimenting the international cuisine, ilili offers an impressive wine list that includes wines from all over the world and features favorites from Lebanon and the Mediterranean.

The restaurant's decor echoes the diverse menu, combining the architectural richness of Old Lebanon with an attitude and style that is unmistakeably New York. A DJ sets the mood with music from around the globe and soft, amber lighting punctuated by candles create a sexy, sophisticated atmosphere in which to enjoy a relaxed meal. The cuisine, decor and ambiance come together to create a new world for your senses to explore, whispering gently in your ear, ilili.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Ilili. We were seated promptly for our reservation, service was attentive and friendly, food arrived quickly, everything was delicious. We sat outside, which I much preferred to the indoor area since it was quite loud there. It’s definitely on our list of places to return to, and I’d bring a bigger group next time so we can try a wider variety of dishes.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Friend reunion

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RT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and you get very large portions for a good price!

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely delicious!! Staffs are very professional !!!!

n
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

But the Girl with the short Black curly hair at the door is very arrogantly

c
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Usually visit Ilili for a girls’ night, but this time went on a date with my boyfriend. The atmosphere is a big part of the dining experience and I was very disappointed that they put us upstairs in another room that’s secluded and minimal (totally different than the main dining room’s vibe. It felt like we were in a totally different restaurant - the walls are covered in white fabric (almost seems ghetto) and the service is bare minimum. The waitress let us sit for awhile between courses and before ordering drinks and getting the check. The bus boys kept mixing up my still water with my boyfriend’s sparkling water and it took awhile for them to notice that our glasses were empty. Thankfully, the food was AMAZING and that helped make up for it. This was my worst experience at Ilili, other times dining downstairs have been so much more enjoyable.

f
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

great service, good food, great ambience. Not as inventive as it was hyped to be, but would return

KE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food. Nice service. Too noisy for business.

TB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

It was way too noisy. We were upstairs, but walked through the downstairs are that was very noisy as well. Upstairs, there was a large group celebrating something behind us. Guests left and right from us left as soon as they finished eating.

ilili
Responded 3 days ago

Good afternoon! Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. I'm sorry it did not live up to expectations. Would you be willing to go into further detail regarding the ambience? We're always looking to improve and never want to leave our guests unsatisfied. Please email me directly if you would be so kind as to share your thoughts: macuna@ililinyc. I hope to hear from you soon. All best, Melanie Acuña Director of Service

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, food was amazing!

CL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, fantastic wait staff, would recommend to anyone considering going, well worth it. The Lamb shanks and the brussel sprouts were amazing.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

wasn’t as impressed by the food as i thought i would be

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ilili is always great and our latest visit went above and beyond thanks to our server Jon. Jon was attentive and cordial. It’s always great when manager Billy is there too!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Don’t like sitting upstairs. But it was a great experience regardless.

SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated upstairs which had a more cozy vibe than the first floor. The food was delicious and our waiter very attentive.

RP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Lebalnese restaurant this side of Beirut. Always great food, wine and service.

ilili
Responded 5 days ago

Good afternoon Richard! Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent visit. We're thrilled you enjoyed the experience so much. We are always looking to improve. If you ever have any additional feedback you'd like to share, please email us at ililicares@ililinyc All best, Melanie Acuña Director of Service

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here and it was a fantastic experience! Can’t wait to come back for our next trip into the city. Our server was very courteous and coursed our plates perfectly. Hummus was excellent considering we have been dissatisfied at other restaurants and knew ilili wouldn’t disappoint! The smoke & sand was on point as well.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very beautiful experience had a complimentary champagne toast and a delicious dinner

OT
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food great service very poor

PK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic delicious entertaining and would fly back to New York to eat there.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a group of 7 on a Friday night! I found the place on open table when typing in my reservation requirements / reading about restaurants that are good for larger groups. Really what made choose this place was the simple fact there were round tables. Then when I saw the website / read the menu I knew this was the place for us! The food was outstanding! We shared a bunch of small plates and 1 main entree, we enjoyed every single thing! Especially the Brussel sprouts and the mixed grill platter. The service was friendly and efficient. We had a wonderful time, I can’t want to take more people here!

ilili
Responded on September 4, 2019

Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent visit with us! We're thrilled you enjoyed your experience! We're always looking to improve. If you ever have any feedback you'd like to share, please let us know. We look forward to having you again! Best, Melanie Acuña

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was Great - Food was FANTASTIC! Highly recommend if you like Lebanese cuisine!

AR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The shaorma and meatball hot mezes were very good. So was the lamb and branzino. Did not care for red Lebanese wine. Had residues.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Loudna made our dining experience fantastic! She was so attentive, knowledgeable, courteous and helpful, especially with knowing and keeping track of our dietary restrictions/allergies. We couldn't have asked for a better waitress! She deserves equity in the restaurant!

AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Modern and authentic Lebanese food that's always fresh and delicious with superb service.

ilili
Responded on August 31, 2019

Hi Ashley! We're so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us! Thank you so much and we hope to see you soon! -The ilili cares team

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DB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place and service!! Food was amazing and the wine was impecable

ilili
Responded on August 31, 2019

Good Evening! Thank you for reviewing your recent visit at ilili. I am thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always looking to improve. If you have any additional feedback or anything you'd like to share, we would appreciate hearing it. Please use the contact page at ililinyc.co m. Thank you so much and we hope to see you again soon.  -The ilili Cares Team  

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ED
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious abd fresh. Very professional and friendly service. Nice atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Arab/Mediterranean food I’ve ever had! Pricey, though.

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

Great food, very good service, will definitely come back.

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

We arrived at 6pm. I had a reservation.
Main dining room was 90% empty.
It was my friend’s birthday so I asked if we could sit in the main dining room. Answer- no.

So- my view was mold on the ceiling of the side room. (Yes check it out).

We noticed that tables of 2 were seated in the main dining room after us. Why? Perhaps we were not hip enough ? Dressed right?

Food was delicious but really bad service experience.

Yeah. For $215.

A
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Portions were small considering the price, with higher end prices I expected them to taste a lot better than they did- they were mediocre. The Kibbeh was cold, the mixed grill was dry, the beef shawerma wraps were in tortilla which was dry and didn't complement the flavour of the beef, i was disappointing by the food to be honest but service was great.

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really amazing Lebanese food. Outstanding service. A very wonderful multi hour dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t wait to go back!

AB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Loved the mood lighting and decor, and how big it was. Our server was Lebanese and very knowledgeable. The food was lovely but the portion sizes could be bigger.

OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Came with a group of friends.
Appetizers we had were all amazing.
Main dishes - salmon, scallops ok but nothing special. Pricey for what they were.
Wine list a bit disappointing - huge markup on wines.
Service was very good.
Would go back but only eat appetizers.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lebanese food, all dishes were delicious. Service was impeccable. It is rather overpriced, charging the same level of cost as any Michelin star restaurant.

AG
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really amazing! The decor was lacking in a few areas (basically some sheets hung over walls) and our server disappeared for a little while, but aside from that, it was amazing!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Guests in town.

BN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Prices are high for lunch

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