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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
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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
  • French first
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The food was excellent, the service was superb, and the restaurant was quiet enough to have a conversation with table mates without shouting. Wonderful experience!

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Decatur, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Consistently wonderful! The lamb burger is always my favorite. If possible, try to sit outside. Nice wine list and close to Emory University.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Great food.. Love the clams, lamb burger, gyro, salad.. pretty much everything. Very courteous staff and great service.

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Stuck in MA
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172 reviews 172 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

My 2nd dinner in Decatur and I'm looking forward to some more if this restaurant is any example of the quality of food here. You can expect Mediterranean flavors but they have so many tricks up their sleeves. The falafel was tasty but the batter was much smoother than I am used to, great with their think but not as... More

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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

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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

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

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
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 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

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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