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
33 reviews
Dined a day 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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Father’s Day

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FA
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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OT
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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B
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food A+
Staff A+

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DL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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NG
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

we loved this place. the food was fantastic without exception, wine list was perfect, ambiance and noise-level were ideal, and staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. our server was very busy, and disappeared at the end of our meal for a bit, but was very professional and attentive otherwise. thank you!

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MC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was simply delicious. We made our reservation and arrived on time, waited about 5 minutes or less and we were seated.

Our waiter was very professional and patienced, as we took some time to decide our our dishes. We ordered everything from the starters, and repeated some.

Overall great experience. Its a bit pricey for mostly all produce and vegetable based dishes, but everything was delicious, so it was well worth it.

We recommend it and will visit again.

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G
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. Both sexy and comfortable, it's a great place for dates or to meet friends. They offer a wide range of classic as well as unusual tapas and entrees, and excellent cocktails. I never hesitate to bring people here.

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ML
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food in a slightly hectic but well-managed setting. Wonderful assortment of Lebanese specialties. Definitely will return!

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AC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great restaurant, great food, and great service. We took the servers suggestion for food and were all very happy we did. Will be back

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful meal and incredible service. The food is authentic with classic dishes and some modern takes. I’ve both recommended this restaurant already and will absolutely be returning. The vibe, the service, the ambiance - everything was outstanding.

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JS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Really great ambiance with lots of space around the table, which is unusual for New York.

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HQ
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good portion for brunch. Like the hummus.

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Z
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a nice table combined with great service and amazing food. Last time I went the fattouche was dry and wilted so I avoided it this time and ordered shankleesh instead. Tasty but could use more tomato. Everything else was stellar as usual but I just wish ilili would improve upon their salads. Service was perfect and it was such a fun night. The place was packed as usual - I. D.o.n.t think I’ve ever seen it not packed. See you again soon!

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HD
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice location, quaint place. Was VERY noisy due to loud group next to us, but better after they left. Excellent bar, drinks, liquor selection. Excellent service, wonderful menu. Food was amazing, except for the duck shawarma, which was so so.

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SF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was with a large group of people and we had to split into two tables but they were so sweet about people moving between them or more people arriving late. The space is really nice and never felt

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Alex made the whole dining experience wonderful. He explained every detail of the menu and his suggestions were excellent. He knows the true meaning of customer service.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had such good Lebanese food, trust me I’m Lebanese .
The place is very chic
People very nice and professional

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Was my anniversary and I noted it on my reservation as I always do (even with business lunches) and they came out with additional food, champagne and our dessert with “happy anniversary” written on it. Really great touch. Only amazing things to say about this dining experience.

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