ilili

4.6
5684 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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TC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, delicious and great service. Our waiter Dimitrius was a rockstar. We had gluten free and vegan friends among us and he was so accommodating to their allergies. Will be back .

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C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Ilili for dinner for our first wedding anniversary and had a great experience. The food and service was excellent, my husband and I have very different dietary restrictions, but there were plenty of options for both of us to choose from. The mezze/tapas style is nice for trying a lot of different things. Would definitely recommend for an intimate date night or with a group of friends!

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FM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service, great introductory Lebanese wine selection.

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, nice waitress, and fabulous food

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n
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service here was amazing. The falafel and hummus are to die for.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Too expensive for tasteless food. You get the good ambience only if seated in the main room depicted in their photos.

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L
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the duck shawarma, Brussels sprouts, and kibbeh nye. Delicious. I try to go to Ilili every time I come to town.

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AG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

They wanted to seat us up in the third floor when there was plenty of room on the first floor where all the ambiance was. The service was absolutely terrible!!!

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, and great place to share the many delicious dishes. A little noisy, but great atmosphere.

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OT
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is great and really authentic. We actually didn’t order main courses, only appetizers (like you would on any Arab style place) which turned out perfect. Kibbe naye is a must in this place.

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambiance! A great place for a date or going out with a group!

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LW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious..Brussels sprouts, mixed grill, tebouleh, lamb and beef meatballs

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MT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Ilili, and the first time for lunch. The food is consistently wonderful and authentic. The variety of flavors and quality of ingredients made me want to keep eating, even after I was full. Everything I've tried on the menu has been great to outstanding. The range of dishes will satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike. The servers are welcoming, efficient, and knowledgeable. The setting is both relaxed and upscale. It's well worth coming across town for. I highly recommend Ilili to everyone, and I'll definitely be returning.

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CH
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great but very noisy - hard to keep a conversation as there are only hard surfaces - they cd install form under tables as in other restaurants to reduce echo. Value isnt great at 13usd for a small bowl of baba ganoush? Bit much esp for what is essentially simple food, simply prepared with basic ingredients

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OT
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Very expensive for the amount of food, so I recommend for expense accounts only.

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KF
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food really good and it’s worth putting up with the cold hostess cocktail waitress and generally service that’s just ok
Ambience ok noise level very loud

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MS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I always try to dine at Ilili when we are in New York. We love it!

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for father's day brunch! Had a great overall experience. Delicious food, great ambiance, and amazing service! Will definitely go back and again soon.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Father’s Day

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FA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food and service ever. Favorite all the time.

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S
New England
31 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed Ilili. And our server made all the difference. Some of our party were not familiar with Lebanese food so he patiently spent time with us discussing every aspect. He was excellent. It made for a richer experience. The food was delicious and flavourful ... it's a place where you want to try many things. We will go back, for sure!

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Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was incredible. Highly recommend for brunch! Would definitely return.

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RH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious but quite pricy. Should have more chicken options

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B
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best hummus ever. I had it with shrimp. Trout and Brussels sprouts were also excellent. Great place to share small plates with friends.

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ED
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very nice Friday or Saturday night dinner. The waiter didn't offer rice with mixed grill or help with choices so we didn't know that rice wasn't included. Knafeh was better in prior times. Still a lovely place to visit whenever we're in NYC.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food A+
Staff A+

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DL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Lebanese food in a very lively huge 21st century environment. My friend and I were happy with a table upstairs where it was quieter, I’ve also had a good time here with a party of ten.

For two adult women with good appetites, 4 mezze plates is probably enough food - we didn’t finish our 5.

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NJ
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Your food was delicious you Ras kibble was Ali’s nice but a little pepper would have been nice

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Sat upstairs for the first time and there was a large party behind us so the noise level was on 10.
Along with that there didnt seem to be enough staff coverage so our waiter was MIA majority of the evening.

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RG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

A great place for a group of 6+. Spacious round tables allow for easy conversation and sharing delicious mezzes.

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RD
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had the falafel was fresh and super

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H
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Ilili a few times with my husband and absolutely love it. It's definitely pricey, so be sure to check the menu in advance. Appetizers range from about $13-25. We usually get 3 appetizers and 2 entrees but the last 2 times we had 3 appetizers (warm eggplant, hummus + grilled calamari) and shared the fish + vegetable entree for 2 (which is around $75) and all was DELICIOUS! service always great. Perfect for a date night or special occasion.

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EE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite spot in the city!! Love the food and the ambiance.

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

So delicious!! Will definitely be returning here. The apps are amazing. We had the jalapeño hummus, tabouleh, and moussaka with fluffy pita bread to start and everything was fresh and flavorful. I also enjoyed the drink From Beirut with Passion. For my main course I had falafel which were super crispy and dipped them into garlic whip and harissa. Can’t wait to go back!

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w
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is far and beyond tasty . always enjoy every dish they have , the service is awesome even though Alex the waiter refused to come and say hi to my family after we requested him several time . very disappointed . The prices are over priced away over priced .

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SG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first experience at ilili was amazing! Service was phenomenal. I wish I could remember our waitresses' name, but she had THE BEST recommendations and everything she recommended to us was delicious. We had 5 smaller plates in total which were all plated beautifully and the taste was exceptional. Great recommendations by some random strangers we met earlier that day and we cannot be more thankful to them! I was celebrating my birthday and they even sent out a beautiful little plate with fresh fruit and cream. A must do if you are ever in the city!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Alex made our experience extra special as he was extremely attentive, knowledgeable, explaining the menus in so much details w/ much humor and recommending different menus that would work together well which all turned out great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food. Amazing service. Really nice ambience. Great date spot or even for regular dining.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really good food. A great time had by all

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I love Ilili and has been going there since its opening. The service has been going downhill especially over the last year. For what you pay, expectations are for higher level service. Something needs to be done before irreversible damage.

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