ilili

4.7
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6039 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Lebanese
Welcome to ilili!

We’re honored to share the cuisine and culture of Lebanon in the heart of New York City. Since 2007, our home in the Flatiron District has introduced the passion and generosity of the Lebanese table to hundreds of thousands of curious diners while comforting native Lebanese guests with a celebration of their homeland and values. Owner and Executive Chef Philippe Massoud expertly crafts a sophisticated blend of modern and traditional Lebanese cuisine drawing influences from the span of the ancient Silk Road trade routes.

Our warm and generous hospitality drives our mission to make every guest and team member feel genuinely welcomed and fundamentally honored.

We are here to share; to pass fresh pita bread and mezze amongst old friends and new; to celebrate life and its delicious bounty. We invite you to experience our old world hospitality, timeless generosity, and tireless dedication to uncovering and sharing the rich traditions of Lebanon and the Levant.
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Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
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4.5
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4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent as was the service. The only thing we didn't like was the Baklava. It was dry and rather tasteless in contrast to the wonderful and savory appetizers that we dinned on. We will definitely recommend ilili to our friends a family and we will be back.

HS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Can't find better Lebanese then here

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious

CS
Miami
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, as always. Look forward to returning.

SH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We love Illili but have to say that the food wasn't as good as usual, more like on the average side, not sure because it's a Sunday and it was different staff.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was excellent. The service was slow and not attentive.

MB
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice of dishes - all of which were very distinct and flavoursome. Lamb dishes cooked to perfection. Good choice for vegetarians as well.
Very busy so would recommend reserving your table if you plan to head there at the weekend.

S
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ilili is our go-to spot when we're planning dinner with friends since it can easily accommodate groups. The service is great, the food is always delicious and the pita bread is truly out-of-this-world.

VS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience, and staff. Thanks, will come again. See you soon.

e
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was fantastic. The service was terrific, very attentive. The ambiance is pretty poor though. It had a nice aesthetic maybe 20 years ago but is in bad need of an update. The leather on the sofas in the waiting lounge are just one giant stain, there are water stains on some of the ceiling panels etc. the prices are also too high. They truly need to come down about 15%. If they did a refresh on the decor and came down just a touch on the price this would easily be a 5 star place.

R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Service was dreadful. Third or fourth time at the restaurant, and the decline is obvious.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was good, not great. Had to wait 25 minutes after reservation time to be seated. It’s very expensive for what it is - $18 for a salty tabouleh salad is a bit crazy.

That being said, the server was nice and the restaurant had a good ambience.

D
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good and interesting. Wine was not so good. Service excellent and friendly.

m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Overpriced loud place. Very tasty food. Service was good, host was a bit gruff, but it was happy hour. I wouldn’t go back. But they are clearly popular.

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant

ilili
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words! We hope to see you again soon!! Best, ilili cares team

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L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Ilili is too pricey for what it is offering.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Overpriced

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Mejorar algunos platos que no son típicos, pero, son muy distintos del original
Ambiente agradable p conocer

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente comida libanesa! Auténtica y muy espléndida

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r
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

From ambience to food, ilili is awesome. But the issue always - and i mean always - is service which prevents it from getting a 5 star review which it deserves otherwise.

The staff is good but it perpetually understaffed so the wait in between things is always frustrating. Not a single time where we don’t have to wave someone down.
tables are always waiting to give orders or get a fill up on drinks, etc. Very frustrating.

Now when we go, I order starters at same time as drinks bc otherwise it will be a long wait.... this is not a one or two time experience. This is after 4-5 visits.

HH
London
25 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent menu and food. Can get pretty loud. Service very good.

k
New England
24 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent!!!

J
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good at ilili. Had the Kibbe Laban and it was authentic and out of this world! Yummy!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A fantastic NYE dinner in a beautiful restaurant!

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I
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy

OT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had never tried Lebanese food until I visited here in September. I was in the city for school, and a student from Lebanon suggested we go. He had never been either and has only been in the states for 4 years. He was elated by the menu options and enjoyed the food very much. He said it was very authentic. I enjoyed it so much that I brought my wife there the other night for her first time.

DT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious dinner!! The octopus was phenomenal and definitely try the duck shawarma it was amazing.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server Alexandre is one of the most talented and knowledgeable in his field. He always takes our dining experience to a new and wonderful level.

ilili
Responded on January 7, 2020

Hello! We are very glad you enjoyed your experience! Please do visit Alex and us again! Have a great week! -ilili cares team

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A
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! You won’t go wrong. Full of locals. 100% recommend

J
Munich
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended, great food and service. Best recommendations by the waiter Lubnah. Can't beat it. We are now big fans.

GP
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food was amazing, place amazing, service very bad. We couldn't enjoy the food because the waiters wanted to go very fast, we weren't done with the appetizers and they had already brought the main course.

DL
New York Area
158 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The decor of ILILI is plain but elegant enough. The food is outstanding, from mezze to dessert; so too is the service--there are many efficient and well-organized servers. Vibes are excellent. ILILI is one of our reliable Occasion Restaurants (this occasion, Christmas Eve, an expensive and rather lush meal...).

ilili
Responded on December 29, 2019

Hello! We are so glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us! We thank you and can't wait to see you again! Best, Melanie Acuña General Manager

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OT
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Out standing

SK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place wonderful service. Great prices !!

T
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Too noisy, too loud, ban children!

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing... exactly what we wanted. Waiter seemed to take advantage of our first visit telling us to order 2-3 dishes per person...and we had three little kids. He insisted. We ordered 10 dishes and it was still too much. Rest of staff was on point.

c
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food a 10, service a 10, ambience a 10... perfect for a special night!!!

WB
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I took my Armenian friend and she was ecstatic about the food. We had the tasting menu,only complaint,too much food,but took a doggy bag to enjoy the next day.

CA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

ilili is a beautiful restaurant. The food, though delicious, is not worth the price for it. The service was great at the start with constant attention to refilling water. Then toward dessert, the staff suddenly was no longer to be found and after 20 minutes of waiting, our waiter informs us that our multiple dish order of baklava would be canceled because they're all out. The explanation and new orders was messy and heavy-handed on their part.

S
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Unique flavors in each bite. Brunch was delightful. Will return again for dinner

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