LiLLiES Italian Restaurant & Bar

4.5
367 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Just steps from the Smithsonian National Zoo, Marriott Wardman-Park and Omni Shoreham, LiLLiES Restaurant & Bar is a family-owned restaurant which serves a mix of traditional Italian and Mediterranean cuisine with a contemporary edge.

When the weather is warm, diners can relax around mosaic tables on the terrace patio. On cooler days, the hardwood floors, candlelight and exposed brick inside make for a snug retreat. Brunch is served on both Saturdays and Sundays, and offers options for health-conscious patrons, such as a Greek yogurt parfait, and for those looking to indulge—say, in the Nutella-smothered French toast.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 367 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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vipJoshuaC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Loved this place. Can’t wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic brunch yesterday. We had a party of 12 people and the staff accommodated us as I added more diners! The patio was wonderful, had a heater, and almost felt like we were brunching in Europe.

The plates are affordable and tasty. I loved the option of bottomless, which normally just includes Bloody Mary or mimosa, but they offered to do bottomless for their other drinks like bellinis.

The establishment was clean and covid-conscious. We also had a 10% off coupon which they honored, and were upfront about the gratuity pre-added to the bill.

It was a wonderful day out, and we all had a great time. Special thanks for the panda pancakes :)

We will be back!

PC
vipPCYinDC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot with super yummy food and great service. Also a great value! Our server Nourah was outstanding!

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KimS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My experience was not good. I made a reservation on Open table for Sunday at 9:15 - we got to the restaurant and they didn’t open until 10 am. So we drove around to find somewhere else.
Not sure if this is Lillies fault or open table but it was quite inconvenient.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for a friend and everything was amazing! Service, food and ambiance! Would definitely recommend for a quit evening of good food and quality people

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Nana
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite comfortable. We sat outside in clear tent-like setting with some heat system. Meat eaters loved The New Yorker and the clam linguini was light and delicious. Nice staff and service.
Recommend!!

C
Christine
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience2

The food and staff were great but there was a party on the patio that was not following Covid protocol (large group, standing and moving around without masks, yelling without masks) and no one felt the need to tell them to stop. Would want to go again but not until Covid is over.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Service was great and the food was fresh and very good!! We will be back especially to try the brunch.

RC
RC2463
Key West
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, service very attentive but never felt rushed. Thank you!! Definitely recommend,

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John
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only thing that detracted from the evening was the loud street noise from automobiles and pedestrians but considering we were eating outside in respect of COVID19 precautions, the restaurant should not be blamed for this.

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vipSharonH
New York Area
404 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Outdoor dining was pleasant. Service and food very good.
Would return.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous lunch after a trip to the zoo. Cocktails were generous and crisped croissant turkey sandwich was delicious

DT
vipDebaraT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate on the covered patio. Lovely setting and food and service were excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great quiet location and good food!

CM
ConnorM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't feel like writing a review but the service and food were stellar

BG
vipBGBCG
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Popular neighborhood eatery on Conn Ave a few blocks from National Zoo never fails to please. While not flashy, food is always tasty and well-prepared, friendly service, lots of choices from salads to Italian pastas, as well as burgers and fries. Casual, friendly, with good food.

MB
MukeshB
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Atmosphere very nice.
Food choices for vegetarians excellent. Flavors were overall lacking from the 6 different dishes our table ordered.
Service was excellent.
Wine was nice.
Nice neighborhood joint but very expensive for the quality of food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food. Pleasant atmosphere. Excellent service.

DC
vipDCdiner
Washington DC
201 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood restaurant with a fabulous staff. Love going there.

CZ
vipChrisZ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very special neighborhood gem! I had a quiet dinner with my daughter a few steps from where she lives. Food and service was outstanding!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was just so so. Not worth going again. Service was good.

J
vipJoey
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friends and I had a nice quiet dinner. We made reservations not realizing closing was early on a Sunday. We all enjoyed our dinner. And we loved the dessert. The staff were friendly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food. We didn’t know we’d be limited to brunch so we were limited in choices, but the food we did get was very good and the staff were nice.

DS
DanS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a charming, country inn located on one of Washington's major through streets. The couple who owns it knows how to make patrons feel embraced the minute they walk in. The wait staff is professional and personable. The food is very good and moderately priced.

It's a joy to go there.

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vipHorseradish
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had good, friendly service and good food. The rack of lamb was especially delicious.

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AshleyD
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped by here as it was the closest breakfast spot to the zoo, with no expectations. And we could not have been happier with our choice. Our breakfast was phenomenal!

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vipBeendle
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The price for my date salad was very high for the quality of the ingredients and the presentation. Goat cheese tasted more like whipped cream cheese, berries and dates quite hard and the viniagrette not at all tasty. Disappointing all the way around although the service was quite good.

RW
RestaurantWeekEnthusiast
Naples
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had a good experience at Lillie’s. The drestaurant was not crowded on Labor Day. Food was really tasty. I had the Tuscan pappardelle and a lemon tart and whites chocolate cake for dessert. Service was also great!

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mindyr
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this restaurant. The staff is so pleasant and with picky restrictive diets in my family the chef always accommodates.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Very good experience

RP
RoseP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed this restaurant. The ambiance was wonderful; quiet and cozy but a welcoming atmosphere. Serving staff was great! Attentive but not intrusive. The food was fresh and delicious . We started with the avocado freti and had the tour of Italy and branzino. Definitely a new fave

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GeorgeS
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service where excellent. Only issue was the noise from a tree removal behind the restrurant while we ate. Would go back again in a minute next time in town!

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viptomV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a really nice neighborhood restaurant great location. They have a great patio and front for dining and a friendly staff with very good food. It’s not fancy but it has an extensive menu and it’s well priced

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The food was not great. We got the Eggs Benedict and Brioche French Toast with a side of fruit. A lot of the food tasted as if it were frozen and reheated. The food was also very bland. The fruits had a refrigerated taste, some of the blue berries were not edible. Presentation wise, the food looked good. And the restaurant itself featured a cozy ambiance. But the food was disappointing.

JW
JacquelinW
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We are lunch after the zoo and it was, well, meh - they have kids meals but, even at lunchtime, it was $12 for plain noodles (seriously?). Oh well.

SW
SharonW
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not the best experience. We had a large party, paid a lot of money, but it was only a mediocre experience.

NB
NikkiyB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent client dinner. The private event space is worth it. Our guests felt special and the waiter Larry was fantastic! Thank you LiLLiES for an amazing event!

AS
AllisonS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this quaint, neighborhood restaurant near our hotel (Omni Shoreham). The food was delicious and server was very knowledgeable regarding the food/wine. Don’t miss the lemon/marscapone cake for dessert! Delicious and a good value for DC!

SE
SarahE
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on their lovely (covered!) patio and had a great brunch! Food was tasty, and it wasn't very crowded- unusual for the area!

CM
vipCMLP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Honestly, I’ve not been so disappointed in a dc restaurant lately. The food was edible at best and way overpriced. The bread was stale and food was clearly from frozen. We decided to try a new random place in the neighborhood and now I know better.

FAQs

LiLLiES Italian Restaurant & Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. LiLLiES Italian Restaurant & Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 450-4824.

LiLLiES Italian Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 367 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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