LiLLiES Italian Restaurant & Bar

4.2
399 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.

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 399 people are saying
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NatetheSortaGreat
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Had Sunday brunch. The Lillie's benedict was delicious. Wonderful salmon and avocado.

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ReneeH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent service. Highly recommend !!!

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Rosa26
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

The mosquitos were so bad on the patio that even spraying with OFF (7% deet) we were still eaten alive. Booked this restaurant specifically because we are not comfortable eating inside yet--it was nearly the only place I could find with outdoor space for 6 on the weekend. We decided to just order and eat quickly and get out of there...but the food (standard brunch fare) took about an hour to arrive.
Regarding food, could have been due to attempting to serve a party of 6 at once, but in both Benedicts, the poached eggs came out hard and cold, my 9 year old said they must have over mixed the batter as her panda pancakes were sooo dense and dry. Burger, fries, omelet and french toast received no complaints.

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Boody2
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had the Vegetable Lasagna and the Spinach Ravioli paired Malbec wine. The meal was nicely prepared in an authentic manner. Both dishes tended toward the rich/heavy side due to cheeses and cream sauces, but were tasty and satisfying. The portions were perfect.

Our server was prompt and efficient.

Regrettably, parking nearby was an issue, though we had been told that there was ample street parking. We parked in front of the restaurant in a zone that was unclearly marked. We asked our server for advice regarding where we had parked and she told us that it would no problem. Unfortunately, as we were paying our bill, our car was ticketed and we were fined $100 for parking in that location during a rush hour period.

We'd suggest LiLLiES for authentic and reasonably priced Italian fare served in a quiet and cozy environment.

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vipDCdiner
Washington DC
207 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

They know us there and treat us wonderfully. Great food and lovely neighborhood restaurant.

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EmilyT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening. The food was rest- Veggie lasagna was delicious and chicken Marsala was divine. The desserts were heavenly as we split the flan, the cheesecake and chocolate brownie.brownie was amazing as it was heated and acompañéis with ice cream!
Our table server was really nice and helpful and efficient lady . The supporting staff was warm and friendly as well. Atmosphere was quiet indoors with plenty of ventilation. And there is a fabulous black and white panda outside

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You emailed me saying we had not been seated at LILLIES. We were there and we will be back.
Ross Grantham

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vipKrisW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved it here! I had a delicious, fresh and hot pasta; my friend had a Reuben sandwich. Everything was fresh and fast. Dessert was equally if not more delicious — cannoli and ice cream that was out of this world. Friend liked her espresso too. It was busy so a little hard to get the attention of servers but I would not hesitate to return. Nice that it is close to the zoo, as well. We ate inside but there were a few tables outside under the tent enclosure out front. Until next time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lillies was a great place to eat after the zoo. The service was very good and the food came out perfect and hot~ I had eggs Benedict and it was very good. I highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped by on the way back from the National Zoo to the hotel. We were so pleased to have a wonderful lunch at Lillies. We had fried mozzarella sticks and fish and chips. They were delicious. After the meal, we decided to treat ourselves with desserts: Licomenlla Torte and Cheesecake. Both were outstanding. We were so pleased to dine at a fine restaurant in DC.

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vipDCdiner
Washington DC
207 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely place with outdoor dining right down the street from the National Zoo. Very nice food and wonderful service.

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JaneA
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

No one in the place and service was still not great. Food was meh. Won’t go back

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was good and nicely presented.
At the end there was a misunderstanding with the tip that was confusing.

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vipSkidder
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I was not impressed with the food. I asked for the chicken picatta sandwich- it was deep fried, and had ketchup on the sandwich. I asked for Mayo that never came.
On the other hand, the creme caramel was delicious.
My friend was late, and as they filed up the restaurant, there was no criticism of me sitting and waiting. Just disappointed with the food.

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vipBGBCG
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friendly and welcoming neighborhood bistro near National Zoo in Woodley Park. Top entrees are the chicken schnitzel, eggplant, veal parmigiana, and risotto. Appetizers are good also, enjoyed the bruschetta. The burgers for lunch also very good. Great place to get together with friends.

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Drex
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem (even though right on Connecticut Ave & close to the zoo). Wonderful staff, neighborhood vibe, outdoor seating too.

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KimM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable and delicious brunch! Would definitely recommend

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DavidJ
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice location with patio. Delicious food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They called to let us know deck was being used by private event 😕….but at least they called ahead

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cozy and nice place for dinner with friends or family.

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DCFoodie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved LiLLiES! We went for a birthday brunch and couldn't have been more pleased with our decision to try somewhere new. The staff was extremely helpful, friendly and attentive. Once we ordered the food came out quickly and was enjoyed by everyone. The menu has a nice variety to fit whatever you might be craving. The breakfast panini was the overall favorite. Highly recommend checking this place out.

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MattC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

They seemed a little short-staffed but the food was great.

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vipCaptainHook
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great date night.

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vipQueenLove
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Went for brunch and the food was really good. Service was a bit slow in the beginning but then picked up on attentiveness. Bottomless mimosas were a hit as well!

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vipcherih
New England
12 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Ambiance was very nice. Good was not very good and pretty small portions. Cocktails very small and also just ok. I don’t think I would return. The outside seating was lovely

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vip143sfo
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dined here Mother's Day evening. The 8 of us were thrilled they had availability as we were remiss in thinking ahead since everyone's focus was on our nephew's graduation from American University.
The service was ideal, the gentleman handling everything from the orders to the drinks to the delivery---who knows, he may have cooked everything as well!!!
Chicken parm, the fresh salmon, the linguine, everything was delicious. Tiramisu & the cannoli also hit the spot!
Will hopefully be able to return in 3 years after the nephew's law school graduation. Since we live in San Francisco, unfortuneately we can't return before then!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved being in a space where I could spend a good time with my family.

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AmyB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice Mother's Day brunch! Tasty food and a good value.

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2112nik
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service, excellent food, and overall a faultless experience. I recommend it and wouldn't hesitate to eat at LiLLiES again.

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JenniferB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The meal, service and table location were all very good. The entrée was excellent, but the Caesar salad was NOT GOOD AT ALL. The greens were not fresh.

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DavidA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lillie's is a quaint and friendly neighborhood restaurant with beautiful outdoor dining options and a really great Happy Hour with both food and drink options.

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vipSpaniard2639
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bruschetta, vegetable lasagna, and lemon mascarpone torte were all simple, and delicious. Great comfort food.

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vipJoshuaC
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Loved this place. Can’t wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
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!

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PCYinDC
Washington DC
15 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 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!!

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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.

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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.

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 4.2 stars by 399 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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