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Tue, 2/20
8:00 PM
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220 reviews
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$30 and under
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Just steps from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, LiLLiES Restaurant & Bar is a cozy spot to grab a bite with family and friends. Family-owned itself, LiLLiES serves a mix of traditional Italian and Mediterranean cuisine with a contemporary edge. Ingredients for such dishes as beet salad, chicken paillard and grilled salmon are brought in daily to ensure every plate is fresh. 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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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 3:00 pm–6:30 pm
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Phone number
(202) 450-4824
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Carlos Fuentes
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LilliEs Restaurant and Bar cater your next office or social event! Our lunch and dinner menus can be simply dropped off, picked up or served by our staff. For inquiries, please contact us at (202) 258 - 7319 or email us at
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Cross street
Cathedral Ave Nw
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Parking details
Free Street Parking on Connecticut Ave or Cathedral Ave after 6 PM. Accessible
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Walking directions to 2915 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20008.
Head northwest on Connecticut Ave NW toward Woodley Rd NW
Destination will be on the right
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour Monday - Friday 5-7 PM
Weekends Brunch at 9:00 AM
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Let us assist with your special event at LiLLiES Restaurant and Bar. It will be our pleasure to help you coordinate all of the essential elements to create an unforgettable event. LiLLiES can accommodate up to 150 guests and offers both indoor and outdoor seating,

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What 220 People Are Saying
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68% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

It was perfect for a birthday brunch for our friend who lives nearby.

Gail (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was excellent. My party came for Sunday brunch. Two members had the Lillie’s eggs Benedict which was excellent. Service was great, ambiance lovely. We will go back.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, sizable portions, good variety on the menu.

NotImpressed (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This restaurant had a nice ambiance but the food was bland and unimpressive

Luca (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Nice little bistro. Decor is good, service very good( but we were 1 of 2 or 3 tables being served). The entree was average to good, nothing special. We had chicken piccata and chicken Marsala. Portions were good size. The linguine side was so so. The calamari appetizer was very good however. We made it for Friday happy hour and the pricing for wine was fantastic.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was good, however, it seemed over priced for the quality of food (probably because of location).

ChefClif (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

Great food, wonderful attentive staff, and a nice quiet and cozy atmosphere. And perfectly located next to the National Zoo - it was perfect for dinner before going it to see Zoo Lights!

vipTimT (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

Slow service due to busy night. We will be back.

vipnonickname (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Overall, the experience at Lillie's was good. Great location, nice ambiance, good service, good menu, great wine and Tiramisu, but the entrees were fine, not impressive. I would want to try something different to see if they have other entrees that are great.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

Food was mediocre. Edible but nothing special, definitely not worth mid twenties per entree. I could get over that part but the kids meals...Mac and cheese...clearly from a box. Hummus app was not fresh, may have been bad. Close to zoo, nice enough setting but won’t be going back. Would rather eat at the zoo cafes.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Very nice little place right outside the National Zoo. The service was wonderful and food even better. Will definetly visit again.

Kaylo (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner here was excellent and generous.

vipEmpi (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Went there for thanksgiving dinner. It was a prix fixe menu, and the food was actually good but they were out of dessert before 5pm (strange for a prix fixe menu). The service was substandard : from finding a table for us even though the restaurant was half empty, to the hurried and careless way in which the food was served. We decided to finish eating quickly and leave. Basically, rather than dining out, we decided to take in calories and go do something else. I wouldn't mind going back if I have to but why if there are so many better restaurants within walking distance?

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

We were meeting some out-of-town relatives for dinner and chose Lillie’s because it was near their hotel. The ambiance of the restaurant was perfect for the occasion, quiet enough for us to talk and for everyone to hear. The food was decent — nothing outstanding, but reasonable. The service was very attentive and friendly. Everyone had a nice time.

Mel4 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

Very good food and service! We had a table of 10 for brunch, which can be hectic. But as we trickled in, we were all offered drinks and served right away. Our meals were delicious and all came out at the same time. Very gracious and attentive staff. Well done!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Reliable Italian classics and intimate dining experience.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on September 25, 2017

Very friendly staff, very accommodating. Nice wine by glass selection and varied menu- something for everyone if group has different needs/ tastes.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

Our overall experience with Lillies was great! We had a long catch-up meal with friends and they didn't try to rush us - let us stay for quite a while and refilled our drinks very fast.We went for brunch and there was plenty of seating and vegetarian options. Will certainly be back!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

Steak and veal parmigiana good. Cocktails very good. Service good but uneven as there were two large parties there and the small staff was consumed with handling about 6 people at 2 long tables and could not pay attention to the small side tables. Noise with the large groups was fairly raucous.

Soozeequeue (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on September 10, 2017

Lillies was great about accommodating our large group and had the table set up prior to our arrival. For a restaurant with children's menus that include a coloring portion, they were odd about giving out crayons (gave each child 1 crayon and asked them to share colors). This is not a big deal as I always bring our own, but still kind of silly. The service was decent, especially with checking the kids for drink refills and bringing their food first - always a plus! My veggie burrito was delicious and the portion was ample. Would certainly return here for brunch again. Very convenient location to the zoo.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Fantastic restaurant 10/10! Will recommend to all my friends.

Frank (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

My third or fourth time at Lillies, formerly Mrs. Simpson's. Food generally very good. Priced a bit high for what you get. Our service Saturday night was slow. Two of the four people were served right away. The other two had to wait for their appetizer which I know took some time to put together. There was a misunderstanding about the $30.00 discount coupon, but we worked it out. Always helps to read the fine print. My drink ws $10.00 and I thought it was high for what it was. When we arrived there was a very noisy group (probably tourists) in a corner making a lot of noise. Almost caused us to eat outside. In fact, one couple did just that because of the noise. Couldn't converse. Waiter mentioned this to them and they seemed to have gotten the message. There is such a thing as restaurant etiquette.

Fitzwilliam (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

Overall very good food that is mostly Italian rather than widely Mediterranean. Ambiance was charming and cozy. A bit overpriced, but the food quality does not disappoint.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on July 30, 2017

We went there for brunch. Ordered eggs Benedict with fries on the side. The fries came half boiled and too hard and bad tasting to chew. We were served by three different staff members and then in the end had to wait half an hour for our bill and credit card!!!!

Jeffreddig (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Lillie's is a great place for brunch a short walk from the Woodley Park Metro and the National Zoo. Unlike most restaurants these days, it is relatively quiet and you can talk to one another without raising your voice. The food is very good and reasonably priced. There is an extensive menu that includes all the usual brunch standbys, along with several other options. By far the best dining option within walking distance of the zoo.

vipAmateurConnoisseur (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on July 7, 2017

This place is certainly the depiction of a tourist trap. Food is okay but well below its price tag. My meal was brought separately from my date's and basically was no longer appetizing by time the second meal came out (Mostly because we had to ask if it will be coming at all).

Maybe it was an off night for them. But I'm still not willing to spend half as much as I did at a place like this. Even the specials on the Happy hour menu had the same prices as the regular menu. That was crazy to me.

Oh well, we live and learn.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 4, 2017

I called the night before to make sure Lillie's was open on the 4th of July. When I arrived an hour after the time they told me, they were not yet open. Food was good, overall service was fine.

dausyandtheo (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 16, 2017

Cute little restaurant with a great lunch offerings.

vipFoodie1 (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on June 12, 2017

Reunion with first biyfriend

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

The food was very tasty. The service was good. I nice find.