ilili

4.6
5809 reviews
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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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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

Great food

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

Prices are high for lunch

R
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food is amazing. Service needs work. Very noisy. But the food is the reason why you go!

e
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s one of a few restaurants that gets EVERYTHING right. The ingredients are fresh and top-tier and beautifully assembled. The prices are fair. The place is perfectly and interestingly designed and immaculate. If you go in prime time, know it’s a big space and can be noisy. Ah, Lebanon!

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

Unbelievable food, ambiance and service. Can’t wait to go back!

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

The Food and The Service were Both Amazing! Fantastic Dinner and Experience!!!! Ilili never disappoints!

G
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellently prepared meals ; wonderful moussaka and lamb burger ! Great experience . Will be back

B
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love 99% of Ilili — food is spectacular, design and feel of the restaurant brilliant, and the wait staff charming. But it is almost always too loud, as I tend to dine with people i like to talk and...hear. Wish they could dial back the noise — both the din of diners and musics — 30%.

AE
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect place to have a romantic dinner. ILILI made the experience special. The food was exquisite. Would definitely go there again!

S
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pricy. Brussel sprouts were too sweet. Mixed grill was OK. Hummus and falafel were good. Not a memorable dinner considering how much I paid.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great time! We went for restaurant week, food was very good nice portion, tasted amazing.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent experience

OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond incredible meal!

AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The noise level in the side room was terrible.....maybe at another time or in the main room it would be better, but unfortunately it was delicious food that was marred by the noise.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon is the best ever.

SM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive service and the best middle eastern food I've had in a long time.

VT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We went during the restaurant week. All the dishes were excellent. The waiter forgot my drink and didn’t come to check on us at all so the service was ok. He was knowledgeable with the food. I had dishes from the prefixed and my friend ordered something else from the menu. I feel like the waiter was trying to get us to order something that not from the pre fixed menu. Overall, I would go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Perfect and friendly staff, appetizers was perfect 10/10 !!
Food was 7/10
Not a quiet restaurant at all

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food!!!!

H
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The foof is delicious but the portion size has become ridiculously small.

DK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

in terms of ordering, the more Lebanese, the better. candy bar for dessert was off the charts delicious. gnocchi was rather bland and doughy. overall, very good.

FM
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here ( me and my 2 sons) for Restaurant Week and I’m so glad we did. The space is large,quiet and in a lovely modern style. The server is outstanding- she explained many menu details to us as this cuisine is foreign to us. The food was so delicious- the best lamb burger I’ve ever had. It came with exotic pickled vegetables that were scrumptious. So glad we came!

FB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

ilili is a really interesting restaurant. On its menu you can find traditional Lebanese food, but with a fascinating and creative twist.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was amazing! We went during restaurant week to try it out. The food was very good. Would definitely go again.

C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Prices are high for the cuisine. We each got the restaurant week menu, which was a good deal because we got to sample a big variety of the mezzes, but the regular menu is super expensive for what you get. Also, the mezzes were outstanding, especially the fattoush, the lebneh and the red pepper dip, but the salmon entree was just average. It seemed like something I could get at any restaurant. If I go back, I'll just get a variety of the mezzes and not bother with the entrees.

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Took advantage of restaurant week to explore a new restaurant, and this one is a KEEPER! The service was very good, the setting was nice, and the food was beautifully presented and delicious!!

MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently excellent food, ambiance and service.

G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Second time here and the food is fabulous but the service is miserable! You're treated as if they're doing a favor serving you. Cocktail glasses sat empty for 45 minutes no one bothered asking if we want another round. Asked for dessert menus after dinner, never got them. Finally got fed up and asked for the check and left. This also happened the last time we were there thought it was a coincidence but apparently not. Our check could've been atleast another $80 between 3 cocktails and dessert but no one seemed to care. The server was consistently missing throughout the evening. Very inhospitable restaurant, which is sad because the food is delicious.

T
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Service was terrific and helped guide us towards our menu selection. Perfect all around.

JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

We were six people and were seated at a very small round table. The table wasn't big enough for our shared appetizers. There was no possibility to move to a larger table. We were very disappointed with our table.

PM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. The service was warm and efficient, the ambiance was lively and energetic and the food was sublime. The only disappointment was the heirloom tomato salad...the tomatoes were hard and flavorless.

LB
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The venue was the best part of the experience. Very few vegetarian options

RF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Gorgeous place and delicious food. Wine list a little pricey

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to share food! Everything is delicious!

ON
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Ilili during Restaurant Week for s birthday celebrations. The food was excellent and service spotless. From the looks of it, the restaurant seems popular for group dining. This, along with the architecture of the rest contributes to making the noise level somewhat of a conversation killer if you have a large table.

AF
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to Ilili for restaurant week and it did not disappoint! The appetizers were out of this world from the hummus to the moussaka - each item was a treat! The cream dessert and the chocolate candy bar were also a delight.

ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exquisite, and the drinks were just perfect! will definitely go back

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