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Cafe Lily

4.5
4.5
1277 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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 are 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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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

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Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean, French
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (404) 371-9119
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ, South Asian, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Anthony Pitillo
  • Private party facilities
    A Decatur institution for over 20 years, Cafe Lily is a warm, neighborhood bistro that features rustic cooking which emphasizes fresh quality ingredients and bold but balanced flavors from the many countries around the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Private party contact
    Our Private Event Coordinator: (404) 371-9119
  • Neighbourhood
    Decatur
  • Cross Street
    Ponce de Leon Place
  • Parking Details
    Private parking spaces surround the building and the metered spots in close vicinity to the restaurant are free after 6 pm and all day Sunday. Do NOT park at CVS or at the bank behind Pho King, as they will boot.
  • Public Transit
    The Decatur Marta Station is one block away at the intersection of Commerce and Swanton Way, and there is a Marta Bus Stop directly in front of the restaurant on West Ponce de Leon Ave.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Lobster Night

    US$97.20 per person

    May 30, 2024 only
    Lobster night $75 per lobster comes with one side of choice. The total is $97.20 (Price includes Tax and Gratuity)

Offers

  • Gin/Vodka $5 Tuesday Cocktails

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
    $5 House Gin/Vodka Tuesdays

    Gin/Vodka $5 Tuesday Cocktails photo
  • Whiskey Wednesday

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
    $5 House Whiskey Cocktails!

    Whiskey Wednesday photo
  • Thursday Half Priced Wine

    Multiple dates available
    Thu - 11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
    Thursday Half Priced Wine Any bottle of wine priced $50or less is half-off

    Thursday Half Priced Wine photo

What 1,277 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • DeKalb

    Healthy

1,277 Reviews
  1. Tarby

    Atlanta Metro

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Just awesome! Fresh Calamari sauteed, tender, tasty. Ravioli big enough to split. Very special desserts. Great service, friendly management. We are return customers....From Phoenix

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  2. JaneM

    Atlanta Metro

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love going to Cafe Lily! Disappointed that the falafel was spicy unlike I have ever had in the past. Put the Zuppa di Mare back on regular menu!! It was delicious!

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  3. PaulW

    Atlanta Metro

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pinchitos was delicious! Chad is a great server! Thanks!

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  4. Julie

    Atlanta Metro

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent. Everything was great. LOVE the Pinchitos.

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  5. CatAdvocate

    Atlanta Metro

    36 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Mother's Day dinner, and the place just wasn't ready to handle the volume. After an hour-and-a-half, entrees came out and mine was both cold and under-cooked, which is kind of a double layer of incompetence: not preparing it properly, and then leaving it to languish on the counter for who-knows-how-long. I declined to have them "fix" it, as they've pretty much put themselves on my spit-list. For an upscale, full-of-itself venue, one would expect a lot better.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waitress was very nice but we were underwhelmed by the pace of the kitchen. I understand it was mother's day evening but we made an early reservation to avoid the crowd. It took an hour to get our meal and by then our toddler was losing control and we asked for our meals to go. I've only ever been to Cafe Lily after the lunch rush so maybe that's what I need to stick to.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here for Mother’s Day with a party of 10. They sat us early and the food was good. Service to get the food was a little longer than desired but nothing egregious. Nice brunch spot I would come back.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I chose the lamb gyro; it tasted more like dry steak, not tender at all on pita bread. Brunch was served, was looking for a better meal. Food was not seasoned, so I sent my first order back and got the salmon which was undercooked (raw half way through)…..not a good experience on Mother’s Day…..

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food and atmosphere, as always. A family favorite.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent. Never had a bad meal there! Wonderful server.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve eaten at the Lily for years and are amazed at the consistent quality of both the food and the service. Last night, the night before Mother’s Day it was booked all night but the food was perfectly prepared and the service was attentive. Well done!

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  12. KristyD

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Took my parents for dinner!!! Everything was amazing from beginning to end! Can't wait to go back!!!!!

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  13. Ogieann

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I have eaten here many times, mostly lunch. 2 of us ordered the beet and walnut salad and 2 ordered the Caesar salad. Neither had much dressing. You certainly couldn’t see any. The presentation wasn’t impressive either. I did order the single crab cake as my meal. Crab cake was very good. All crab. Both men ordered the full size of the shrimp appetizer. 2 bowls each with only 3 shrimp . Lots of oil. Maybe it would have gone further with a loaf of bread but it was never suggested nor was bread served. It came as an afterthought on my part. One person ordered the butternut squash ravioli and at least it was filling and looked good. Disappointed in the amount of food for the price. Think I will stick to lunch in the future.

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  14. Maria

    Atlanta Metro

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Michael provided excellent customer service. Food was superb! Had a wonderful celebration ‼️

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and customer service was wonderful. Would recommend for a quiet brunch

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful breakfast spot. Would go back. Great service.

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  17. NoelO

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great meal at Cafe Lily and our server Axel was fantastic!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Axel was an outstanding waitress. Her dinner and dessert recommendations were great.

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  19. GeoffreyC

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and ambience! Leave room for dessert!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was so bland and service was incredibly slow.

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  21. EmilyB

    Atlanta Metro

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a pleasure to eat with the stellar team at Cafe Lily. We were there for a quick meal prior to the theatre so we rushed it a bit but our server was awesome and the food was fantastic as always!

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  22. dougm

    Atlanta Metro

    99 reviews

    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Another great experience, food and drinks were excellent.

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  23. ATLGuy

    Atlanta Metro

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The staff and desserts were great! The food wasn't up to expectations and left us all feeling disappointed. The butternut ravioli was drowning in the olive oil/butter sauce. The Lamb dish was leaking flavors other than some spice. The signature seafood dish was bland, and the scallops could have been seared more.

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  24. soibean

    Atlanta Metro

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been coming here for years, and they never disappoint. The food, service and ambience are always very good, and the menu variations make it interesting.

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  25. AnnB

    Atlanta Metro

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cafe Lily is excellent. They have an interesting cocktail menu, very good food and service.

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  26. TRex

    Atlanta Metro

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Elegant dining with great food. They take great care of their customers.

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  27. OTdinerATL

    Atlanta Metro

    104 reviews

    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The halibut special was delicious. Service was spot on, even though the restaurant was super busy. The bartender did a great job with the Old Fashioned. One of the owners stopped by to check on us. Everything was great! We will go back soon.

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  28. shellms

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I were at Cafe Lily for the first time. It is a lovely cafe surrounded by windows at street level. When we arrived there were just a few people there, but every table was taken by the time we left. There was no issue with noise at all. The food was excellent and our waiter, Chad, was personable and helpful. I would highly recommend Cafe Lily.

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  29. NeilK

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated promptly (with reservation) and received excellent service from Axel. Food was delicious!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere and customer service was wonderful! Went for Easter. Loved our waiter. However, the food wasn’t very good. We were disappointed in the lack of quality of our omelets and the side orders of sausage and bacon. $7 each!!! The Greek omelets hardly had any stuffings or cheese inside. Wouldn’t go back for breakfast.

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  31. KenK

    Atlanta Metro

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent from the host to dessert!

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  32. Bryan

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Really fun place. Great food and drinks. Kitchen was very slow otherwise our service was great.

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  33. MaleiaW

    Atlanta Metro

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food came to the table cold. The lamb was rare instead of medium and the potatoes were cold.

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  34. PamelaG

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our go to places. Service was outstanding. The manager covered our check for our willingness to change tables to accommodate a large group and the resulting slower service. Did not expect this, but what a nice thing to do!

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  35. Jekk

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely lunch at Cafe Lily. We ordered three different sandwiches, and all were excellent. Loved the tomato basil soup. They were not serving bread pudding but that just gives us a reason to go back.

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  36. StanK

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice restaurant. Good food although not exquisite. Wines are quite expensive.

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  37. DannyL

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Chad was our server. Very attentive.

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  38. MartinT

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seated too close to the entrance. It became quite crowded with guests waiting to be seated. People were standing very close to us. It’s not a very comfortable feeling.

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  39. SmitaS

    Atlanta Metro

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great drinks & food! Small cozy place and I liked the vibe around.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We mentioned we were celebrating a birthday when we made our OpenTable reservation for seven people. When we arrived, we found we have been given a small private room off of the main dining room, and it was perfect! Fatima, our server, was wonderful! She took very good care of us, and gave us guidance about our menu choices. All in all, a lovely celebration with excellent food and service and atmosphere. 

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Lily using the Order Online button. Cafe Lily also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (404) 371-9119.

Cafe Lily is rated 4.5 stars by 1277 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cafe Lily

308 W Ponce De Leon Ave, Suite B, Decatur, GA 30030

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Ponce de Leon Place
  • Neighbourhood
    Decatur
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean, French
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Private parking spaces surround the building and the metered spots in close vicinity to the restaurant are free after 6 pm and all day Sunday. Do NOT park at CVS or at the bank behind Pho King, as they will boot.
  • Public Transit
    The Decatur Marta Station is one block away at the intersection of Commerce and Swanton Way, and there is a Marta Bus Stop directly in front of the restaurant on West Ponce de Leon Ave.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ, South Asian, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Anthony Pitillo
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (404) 371-9119
  • Private party facilities
    A Decatur institution for over 20 years, Cafe Lily is a warm, neighborhood bistro that features rustic cooking which emphasizes fresh quality ingredients and bold but balanced flavors from the many countries around the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Private party contact
    Our Private Event Coordinator: (404) 371-9119
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