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Cafe Lily

308 W Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030-2435
+1 404-371-9119
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Ranked #1 of 307 restaurants in Decatur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: French, Greek, Italian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Spanish
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Cafe 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, Cafe Lily remains the quintessential Decatur restaurant, whether you're looking for a nice, romantic dinner, a celebration party, a large event, to entertain clients, or just some small plates and a nice glass of wine!
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Basehor, Kansas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

I came because of the rating on TripAdvisor and was not disappointed. Quiet tranquil setting, knowledgeable and friendly staff and the food hit the mark at every level. This is a must try spot.

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Sarasota, Florida
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80 reviews 80 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

The gigantes beans salad (tapas size)) and talapia with red pepper sauce was excellent. Three of my companions also enjoyed their entrees of the same. For desert, I tried the blood orange sorbet, but widh I had not been talked into having fruit with with for an addtional charge. Not a good suggestion,and did not complement the blood orange sorbet.... More

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

We shared several appetizers - each amazing. My favorite was Chef Anthony's take on Calamari. It ruined me for all others, it's that garlicky & great! Five of us ordered four different entrees and loved them all. One of the night's specials, the meatballs, were flavorful & tender. Tilapia with Red Pepper Sauce had complex flavors but never overpowered the... More

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Decatur, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Cafe Lily features a great but in-scale menu, with marvelous surprise specials; one of the best Zinfandel lists in the country (recognized by Wine Spectator), an excellent mixologist; and superior server staff. My far-flung children demand to be taken there when they are home from Chicago, England, St. Simons, and elsewhere. Great chef and great cooks. We've traveled a lot... More

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Conyers, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

They have the best french toast, hands down! Overall the food is good but it's the french toast that keeps me coming back.

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Katy, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Fun, comfortable restaurant with great service and yummy food. If you like calamari try this one! Its unbelievable!

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Southeast USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Decatur is full of restaurants for the hipster crowd - some with great food, but also crowded, hot, and with open ceilings that reverberate the noise of 20- and 30-somethings yelling at each other. Cafe Lily is a respite from those places. They have good service, a comparatively laid back and convivial clientele, and comfortable seats with plenty of room.... More

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Tucker, GA
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4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Very cozy and relaxed atmosphere. Super nice without being pretentious. The food is amazing. This one if mt favorite date night spots with my hubby.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I have been a regular customer at Cafe Lily for many years. Chef Ant is a health conscious person who takes the saying "food is your pharmacy" to heart and it translates to his menu. You can request several types of specific diets that they happily accommodate. From Paleo, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian...etc. They have a special interest in providing... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This real European-like restaurant offers good food, great wines - and specials - and space. Whether for a date, a women's night out or a business meeting, this is a spot not to miss. The tapas sizes alternative of many menu items makes it perfect for different occasions and appetites. Service always cordial. What else? Try the gambas al ajillo.... More

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