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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 311 restaurants in Decatur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
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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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  • English first
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English first
knoxville, tn
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Went with 4 others to this restaurant last weekend and really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Above average wine list. It is in "downtown" Decatur near Emory University. But be ready for an add on 20% gratuity for parties of 5 or more.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

From appetizers to dessert, this was a fantastic dinner. Our party of four had pasta, fish, and salads - all were exceptional. The mix of Italian and Greek dishes is fantastic. The pickled eggplant in the appetizer we had was just like my Sicilian grandmothers - it made me feel at home. The service was excellent, and the atmosphere is... More

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Decatur, Georgia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is a dark and gloomy restaurant that serves a broad range of frenchish dishes. I am not a fan. My elderly parents love this place, and I think that I'm just not the right demographic. The food is ok, and parking is a challenge-but hey, it's Decatur, so what else is new?

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We stopped by Cafe Lily while we were staying in Decatur. The service was fantastic and the food was a variety of interesting a tasty choices.

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Atlanta
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93 reviews 93 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

This resturant is simply one of the best and most enjoyable in Atlanta. Four of us had dinner last night... Perfect! We each tried one of their crafted cocktails, cold Greek app platter, then four seafood entries... And finally their lemon custard cake! Pure joy! Great attentive service with excellent recommendations.

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Statham, Georgia, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

I dragged my husband out to Decatur to pick up some fabric that I'd bought on Craigslist with the promise that we'd eat somewhere new if he drove (he grew up in that area and I grew up on the side of a ridge in North Georgia, so I'm a little skittish in traffic). Every review I read placed Cafe... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

Fantastic food and atmosphere. Everyone has their favorite here but try to explore new dishes each time you go. Chef and owners are wonderful and welcoming. Many appetizers and entrees can also be ordered in tapa sizes so you don't over eat (it is not possible to leave anything on the plate. Always a few specials offered as well. Service... More

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Decatur, Georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Cafe Lily has been in Decatur for years, and it used to be good. My family recently went fro Mother's Day brunch and we were disappointed with what it has become. The once famous coconut cream pie was a gray mess. No longer are mini-muffins and breads brought to the table. The food itself was just "ok," as was the... More

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Port Republic
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We stopped in Decatur just overnight on our way home to Maryland and decided to have dinner at Cafe Lily. It's a lovely, trendy restaurant with a Mediterranean/Italian emphasis on the menu and impeccable, friendly, attentive service. It's obviously very popular with locals and we were there on a Saturday night, so it was a bit noisy which is why... More

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Basehor, Kansas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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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