Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. San Diego
  4. North San Diego
  5. Rancho Santa Fe
Lilian's Restaurant, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Lilian's Restaurant

4.4
4.4
193 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
Welcome to the Lilian's Blog - a culinary diary and a rendezvous with history. Here, we chronicle our adventures in gastronomy, share behind-the-scenes glimpses, and delve deeper into the legacy of Lilian Rice. Whether you're a food aficionado, a history enthusiast, or someone seeking to uncover the stories behind Rancho Santa Fe's best new restaurant, you're in the right place. Dive into our articles and let Lilian's spirit guide your journey through taste and time.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 8:00 am–11:00 am Daily 11:01 am–3:00 pm Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (858) 221-7000
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Moira Hill

What 193 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North San Diego

    Romantic

193 Reviews
  1. MarkK

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Mediocre food. Limited options of deserts. Wine by the glass is also limited

    Is this helpful?

  2. WorkKingMom

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous special occasion location! We celebrated a quiet 22nd Birthday in style! The ambience, drinks, and food were perfect to feel elegant and charmed on this memorable date!

    Is this helpful?

  3. RobertC

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    My wife’s pair salad was good, her entree veal Milanese was marginal, it was salty and dry. My Caesar salad was weird, it came out with 1/4” of grated Parmesan cheese, so it was completely white, you couldn’t even see the lettuce. My entree, the salmon was good. My friend had a tuna tartare appetizer that she sent back because the chilli oil was too spicy, although I tasted it and liked it. The waitress brought out a complimentary desert, which were 5 mini donut type pastries and three dipping sauces, which were very tasty. So overall just ok, nothing horrible but also nothing to compel you to make this a go to spot. The ambiance is nice, retro Rancho Santa Fe from the 1920’s, so that’s nice. Service was attentive, but we were one of only 2 indoor tables on a Sunday night, so hard to say what it would be like on a busy night.

    Is this helpful?

  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Gave this place a couple of chances to make sure the first time wasn’t a fluke. Unfortunately, the second visit was just as disappointing as the first time. Super slow service: inefficient and painfully slow that even the most basic things such as getting our drink orders took half an hour to even get to us. Food is also mediocre and very forgettable. It’s too bad. We were super excited for the renovation and the updates but having a pretty ambience can only get you so far.

    Is this helpful?

  5. Harry

    San Diego

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Since the remodel, we have been to Lillian's about 4 times for dinner. I don't think we will be back. While the new decor and ambience is lovely in the main dining room - the food is just not that great for the price. We each had a ribeye steak - and while it was cooked to the correct temperature, it was smothered with a giant mound of parsley and whipped butter (why?) with no char or flavor. It looks like the steak was done in a sous vide, then put on the grill for 5 seconds just to get a couple grill lines on it. Just bad. For the price, you expect a better steak. On a previous visit, I had tried the veal milanese. It was very oddly prepared - a very thick cut, which made the meat hard to cut and very tough. Every other time I've had veal milanese elsewhere - it is typically prepared as a very thin cutlet. I asked the waitress this time if that is always how the veal is prepared (a very thick steak-like breaded cutlet) and she verified that yes, this is how they serve theirs at Lillian's. Another time we were at Lilian's in the bar area it was taking forever to get a bottle of wine. We were told by the waitress that "only the manager has the key to the wine cellar because one of them had lost the other key - so they have to wait for him to get the bottle". Not sure if that was an excuse or true - but wow what a way to run a business! Too bad because the location is great.

    Is this helpful?

  6. nice

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice atmosphere on patio. Everyone’s food was excellent.

    Is this helpful?

  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant. Amazing creative food. Staff was very helpful and professional

    Is this helpful?

  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place and ambiance. It wasn’t busy. Waited 30 minutes for caviar service and the waiter never apologized or told us the reason when we kept asking.

    Is this helpful?

  9. DerylR

    Sacramento

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the place and will be back. Everything was wonderful except: The kitchen was pretty slow The veal was overcooked.

    Is this helpful?

  10. CynthiaH

    Orange County

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent. We enjoyed the crab and avacado salad, the lobster entree, the salmon entree, and the layered cheesecake/carrot cake. Service was great, meal was well paced, restaurant had a buzz, and felt very intimate, too. I recommend the Manhattan. Cheers!

    Is this helpful?

FAQs

Lilian's Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 193 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Lilian's Restaurant

5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Rancho Santa Fe
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 8:00 am–11:00 am Daily 11:01 am–3:00 pm Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Executive chef
    Moira Hill
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine
OpenTable
  • About Us
  • Blog
  • Careers
  • Press
More
Businesses
  • Restaurant reservation software
  • Industry insights
  • Hospitality resources
  • Marketing resources
  • Operation resources
  • How to open a restaurant
  • For restaurants
  • For restaurant groups
Join us on
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
OpenTable Logo