Cafe Lily

4.7
769 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Café Lily is a venerable neighborhood bistro offering an eclectic variety of cuisines from around the Mediterranean Sea: Italy, France, Greece, Spain, North Africa, and the Middle East. Established in 1999, Café Lily remains the quintessential Decatur restaurant, whether you're looking for a nice, romantic dinner, a celebration party, a large event, or just some small plates and a nice glass of wine!

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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Centered in Historic Downtown Decatur, Cafe Lily remains the quintessential choice for special occasion dining. We hope you will join us for Easter Sunday!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 769 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.5
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this restaurant and we go as often as we can. Happy it’s in Decatur where we also live!

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P
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are so fortunate to have many good restaurants in Decatur but Cafe Lily is absolutely among the top. Food is consistently delicious and presented beautifully. Lovely atmosphere and wonderful staff. We have been enjoying their place for many years and have never been disappointed.

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H
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

No special comments

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KF
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time we have dined here and we very much enjoyed the small plate items. Very personable, informed and attentive, but not overbearing service. Dessert and coffee were excellent too!

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R
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Appetizers, entrees, drinks, service and atmosphere was very good.
BUT, your coconut crepe pie is, by far, the worst I have ever eaten. It’s like it was never baked as the crust is raw and the filling has the consistency of drywall paste. I ordered it again after being disappointed 6 months ago, and it has not changed. Yech!!!!

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SR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as always. Great menu, wines and cocktails. Cafe Lily is a longtime staple in the Decatur restaurant scene. Family owned and managed by Chef Anthony.

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y
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Café Lily is one of my favorites in Decatur as it consistently delivers delicious food in a quiet setting with absolutely great service. I have no idea how they make their salmon so perfect every time and it is a steak cut which is hard to find in restaurants anymore, but it is a tastier cut then a filet. They must have an excellent quality control, because every night I go, each time, that salmon is cooked perfectly. Service is respectful and attentive.

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RM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cafe Lily is one of my favorite restaurants. I especially like to go their for brunch. The food is excellent at a very reasonable price. I like their brunch choices and my ability to make a reservation in advance on a Sunday morning. I highly recommend Cafe Lily.

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L
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

This is my favorite restaurant for several reasons. The consistency is amazing, if you order a regular menu item it will be the same every-time! The prices are fair, the ambiance is cozy and the wait staff efficient and pleasant. This is my go-to place to have a quiet conversation and a nice meal.

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JW
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Inventive Mediterranean cuisine cooked to perfection with the best zinfandel selection in Georgia. A favorite that never disappoints.

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J
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

John, our server was awesome!!!!!

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MS
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner with friend was outstanding. Loved the shrimp appetizer. And the salmon entree was so yummy! The smaller portion was perfect and generous. Loved our server Pamela. Great experience!!

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RC
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was very good; attentive service; I cannot
comment on our wait staff person by name because I did
not get here name but she was excellent.

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Snapper was superb. Service and ambience excellent as usual

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PL
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We both had the Red Snapper special. My wife declared it the best meal she'd had. A lightly crispy skin with perfectly cooked flesh, with a wonderful sauce. We both also enjoyed the Cremini Mushroom soup special. Café Lily is one of our favorite places to dine.

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B
Atlanta
51 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, it was a lovely dinner. We LOVE Cafe Lily!
The only item that was a little disappointing with the starter salad. Too much dressing. I’ll just ask next time for it to be on the side. Thanks!

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RH
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and ambiance. We love this place. The food is always fresh, appealing, the right temperature and oh so delicious.

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T
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Pleasant dinner with friends
Service timely
Food awesome
Reasonable wine prices

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OT
Atlanta
72 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Busy, lively night at Cafe Lily! The kitchen, dining room staff and bartenders did an awesome job. Moroccan jerk chicken was fantastic. Bronzino fish special was delicious.

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CG
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brought ten friends to dinner and the staff was so gracious. One hesitates to recommend a restaurant to friends who have never been there. Especially ten friends, but everyone loved the food and the service. Thank you for making the night so special.

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BR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I Can always rely on Café Lily for a lovely dinner where we can talk and enjoy the evening.

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Cafe Lily is one of the go-to places I really enjoy. I usually go for dinner, but lunch was great, too.

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B
Atlanta
113 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Took a friend to celebrate her birthday, and, unlike previous times, no free dessert.....
Thought the lemon custard was good, but too expensive...
Had the Mediterranean chicken sandwich, which was very dry, as was the bread it was on.

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M
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious!

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j
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! I would definitely recommend Café Lily to others. Thank you so much!

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BB
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good food & service. Little too loud.

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M
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Service was much slower than usual from beginning to end. Our waiter was much less attentive than we are used to at cafe Lily. Otherwise fabulous food as always

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CO
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Would recommend to friends and acquaintances

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a top rated restaurant for good reason. The food and service is ALWAYS great. It's relaxing and service us excellent. I have never gotten a dish that was less thay perfection. Get the muscles in white wine sause.

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OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

We were confirmed SEVERAL times and told to keep our dinning experience to an hour and a half. Very tacky!

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RP
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Other than the under seasoned Crab Bisque, it was a wonderful Valentines Day dinner.

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f
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Valentines Day

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice all the way around. Very enjoyable.

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SO
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding ravioli with squash and butter sauce. We also shared the fish stew - wonderful!

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b
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food , great prices and best of all the service was fantastic. Cafe Lily knocked it out of the park .

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l
Western NC
21 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service here is impeccable! Our waitress was incredibly friendly, down-to-earth and just lovely. The hummus is some of the best I've had in a long time. The others in my party said the Tiramisu is the best they've ever had, and I thought the bread pudding was unbelievable.

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E
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The service is wonderful. They greet you at the door like they know you. The wait staff are all knowledgeable and attentive.
Menu is varied - there is something for the vegetarians and meat lovers. Furnishings and paint are a little dated - hint, hint. But overall it is a nice dining experience.

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B
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Nice and intimate in the Lily room. We’re definitely coming back.

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T
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always good.
had Lamburger with the gigantic beans and wine at half price.
How can you go wrong?\
Good service and a pleasant Monday evening

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My sisters and I wanted a special meal together to celebrate a birthday. Our meals were over the top delicious and my sister was given a free dessert with a sparkler for her birthday. Lovely ambiance. Will go again for a special meal.

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