Cafe Lily

4.7
818 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
Ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful brunch!!!

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WB
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff was friendly, the food is great and very reasonably priced for the high quality.
This my go-to spot in Decatur.

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RF
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Love Cafe Lily. Consistently good food, professional service, great location.

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YE
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was delicious! Expensive but worth it for a nice celebration.

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m
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great meal. Attended with 3 family members and we all ordered the price fix menu of the evening. Different entrees among us and all parties were very pleased. Paired the meal with a bottle of Cabernet and we all eventually left full and happy. Lemon custard dessert was very nice end to the meal too.

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FH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance, food and service were outstanding. We enjoyed celebrating two of our friends birthdays. Loved the sparklers on the dessert.

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SB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

This is a local restaurant for us and have been many times. There have been recent price increases that are somewhat understandable, but on the most recent visit, the tab for one person was $65 for 3 courses. At that price, the food should be excellent, not just OK. For example, $9 for a beet salad using CANNED beets is a bit much. The wait staff is pleasant, but should not have to be reminded to bring items.

Cafe Lily
Responded 4 days ago

We're sorry you feel that price increases are exorbitant, but we appreciate your understanding that they are necessary. However, not once in our twenty years of business have we ever used canned beets for our Orange Blossom Salad or anything else. If you find that hard to believe, upon your next visit, we will be happy to show you the fresh beets that we use for that dish. Thank you for choosing Café Lily, and we hope to see you in again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Went for Mother's Day as was looking for a nice and different place to go. Service was good as we were seated before our reservation time, and the waitstaff was attentive being that it was a busy day. The ambience is okay, but not fully what I was expecting. The food was ok. My wife enjoyed her shrimp and polenta and my lamb and eggs were okay. I was looking for a memorable experience, but I guess I chose the wrong place. My son topped it off by saying "you could have made this stuff at home".

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f
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great place for Mothers Day Brunch! Excellent wine list! Friendly, attentive wait staff.

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PE
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great Mother's Day brunch at Cafe Lily. The menu choices were terrific, the food was excellent, and the service was superb. Enjoyed our meal very much! We will be coming back for sure.

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p
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

The staff made it clear it was mother's Day and busy. Very matter of fact place. Food average

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L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Service was great! The food was just OK. The portion sizes were small and the food was not hot. Also I feel like the descriptions in the menu sounded much better than what was presented on the plate. Parking is difficult, especially if you have someone in your party who has mobility difficulties.

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C
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious, great service. Felt a bit rushed because of Mother’s Day. Were there only about 1 hour.

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D
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Pre Mother’s Day Dinner

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SN
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, our evening at Cafe Lily was full of great ambience and delicious food. Angelo's legacy continues, with summer-themed mixed drinks at the bar and some delicious and surprising takes on short ribs. A salad and a tapas were enough for a good meal as well. And the Zinfandels! Extraordinary.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cafe Lily always provides an amazing dining experience.

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RS
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Frankly, Cafe Lily surprised us in a wonderful way. We were expecting a good dinner, but what we did not expect was to be wowed. Everything was outstanding: The service, the food, the warm welcome, the ambiance. Our waitstaff person was delightful and competent, and the food was well presented and delicious. The deserts were excellent, too. The experience we had assures that we will return.

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NW
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our very favorite restaurants in and around Atlanta area. Always consistent, always a pleasure to visit. Food is outstanding, service is wonderful. Can't ask for a nicer place to go for a lovely meal.

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JA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Café Lily is a one of my favorite spots to dine. We always have experienced delicious food and exceptional service. The only thing I wish you would change is the bread. It is really terrible, the concept of grill burns on white bread-YUCK

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MS
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our food was abundant and delicious. Loved the salmon and small portion was quite enough. Food is really special here!

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u
Atlanta
110 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very pleasant cafe with good food and excellent service

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B
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The red snapper with spinach and mushrooms was a special and it was excellent. Prepared perfectly with a light butter wine sauce. The fresh beets tapas with blue cheese was also very good. The only disappointment was the tiramisu. Since it said house made, we opted for that. Such a disappointment. Not good at all. Heavy, thick and odd taste to it. In retrospect I should have said something. But since it was my birthday, I decided not to Next time I will try the coconut cream pie. I still gave it a five star because otherwise food and service was perfect.

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Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Noisy tuxedo-and-gown clad foursome at next table spoiled the atmosphere for us. They made sure all nearby knew they were going to the opera and had expensive seats...and were opera connoisseurs!

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ED
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Cafe Lily is truly a Decatur institution, and this reputation is well-earned. Food is consistently delicious, and the menu emphasizes traditional favorites with a unique twist. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The venue itself is beautifully decorated and Cafe Lily is a lovely spot for everything from an informal dinner with friends to an intimate formal evening.

The only real issue is that parking can be difficult to secure, although Cafe Lily's website offers excellent suggestions, and the restaurant can get a little noisy.

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C
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Extremely well run restaurant, with friendly and efficient staff, a very active expediter, and delicious food. Noise level high, but not a major detriment.

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DR
Charlotte
149 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My wife and I always enjoy Cafe Lily. This most recent visit was on Easter Sunday and despite an apparently large brunch the waitress was still energetic and pleasant. We generally enjoy a charcuterie of cheeses and this was no exception - the choices were delicious and served with various garnishes! I had the special lamb chops cooked to ideal. My wife had her usual pasta gemelli which she truly enjoyed and I enjoyed have of it for lunch the following day! Being Easter, we enjoyed desserts: bread pudding and vanilla bean ice cream with Bailey's! Nice place to dine. Just wish the parking were better!

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A
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, the food and service was excellent at Cafe Lily. My mom and I had both the Easter specials. Been dining here for nearly 20 years and consider it our family restaurant as the Pitillos, who own it treat everyone like family.

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AJ
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A group of 6 of us gathered for Easter brunch. Overall, we had a wonderful time. The noise level was just a little high for our conversations, but at least we could have them. One patron at a neighboring table was very loud briefly, but he soon left. Food was really good as usual, except for one dish. I called to complain the next day, and the manager was very receptive and understanding of the issue. We really enjoy coming to Cafe Lily.

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L
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Cafe Lily provides good food, service and selections at reasonable prices. There is plenty of free parking in the neighborhood. The restaurant is not loud so there is no problem speaking with people at your table.

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LH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The calamari app and marinated grilled lamb with sweet potato hash are long time favorites.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I adore Cafe Lily! It is my favorite place to go. I have been going since she opened. I think of Cafe Lily as my kitchen, my therapy after a hard days work, and my play pen and sand box for having fun and gathering with friends. May she live forever! May her Owners and staff all live long and Prosper. With love and a big thank you, Rich Shivers

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J
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was wonderful. Food was good, but the soup was barely warm and the grilled vegetable sandwich was actually cold. The french fries were the best I have had in a long time.

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T
Atlanta
41 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The finest in Decatur.
Their menu is always filled with a variety of foods for all appetites.
Eat a large meal or small and enjoy.
some favorites are the Lamburger, Calamari and gigantic Bean salad.

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HJ
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Even though Cafe Lily was super busy and they were short-staffed, our waitress was awesome. Food was outstanding!!!! It's expensive for brunch, but well worth it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food & quick service! Definitely will return!

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t
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had a nice surprise visit today from my brother-in-law and an old friend, both from Pennsylvania. We decided to go to brunch at Cafe Lily. I've loved and patronized this restaurant since it opened many years ago, but have never gone to brunch there. It was absolutely delicious! We had their take on Eggs Benedict, the Frittata Funghi and the Uovo D'Antonia (toast with poached eggs, creamed spinach and their rum-cured salmon). That was my entree and clearly (in my mind), the winner! Lovely wait staff, quick, non-hurried service and just another delightful experience.

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J
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food and reasonably priced! We tried a couple of tapas and the 1/2 portions of an entree. It was so nice to combine the two and we got a chance to try several dishes.

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GM
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and ezcellent food....our birthday group meets in the Lily Room almost monthly!!

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t
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Quaint restaurant in Downtown Decatur. Great service and place to meet friends or have a date. Low noise level so you can actually have a conversation.

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EM
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Unfortunately one of our guests had to send her meal back twice. Once because it was overcooked and the second time because the kitchen had run out of shrimp and no one had told her this information before she ordered.

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