We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
2515 Montana Avenue, Billings, MT 59102 (25th. St N)
Improve this listing
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 107 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 72
  • 23
    Very good
  • 10
  • 2
  • 0
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Superb meal, great ambiance...

This was a wonderful find in downtown Billings. We were a fairly large group who didn't all arrive at once but the staff were very accommodating. I ordered the sausage and mushroom dish and it was wonderful; the name of the dish does not do it justice. The sauce in the dish was wonderful - and it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Silver Spring, Maryland
Add Photo Write a Review

107 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Silver Spring, Maryland
Level Contributor
60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a wonderful find in downtown Billings. We were a fairly large group who didn't all arrive at once but the staff were very accommodating. I ordered the sausage and mushroom dish and it was wonderful; the name of the dish does not do it justice. The sauce in the dish was wonderful - and it was one of... More 

Thank Travelpages33
Level Contributor
17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were so exited by the reviews and the menu. We did, however, have an OK time. Service was nice enough...maybe a little too familiar for the price point, but the food while extremely inspired and innovative was flat and overrun with what should have been accompanying flavors. The octopus was exciting...and only tasted of the chimichurri, the braised short... More 

2 Thank Frederick S
Missoula, Montana
Level Contributor
112 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I had dinner with family and we went to another restaurant, but without reservations were unable to get seated. We decided to try Lilac again, because we had been here a while ago and had a very pleasurable experience. We were able to get seated promptly and the wait staff was very accommodating and friendly. We loved the food… which... More 

Thank Judy C
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We found this great local restaurant in downtown. Wonderful service and tasty good food! We loved the comfortable vibe of the restaurant.

Thank Mlarchi
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

If you only visit one restaurant in Billings, make it this one. The service is excellent. The wine list has something for everyone. But the food is new and exciting and creative. This ain't your Montana steak house. We are vegetarians and left happy and satisfied and thinking we would always remember this meal. We had only small plates so... More 

Thank Alice D
Bainbridge Island, WA
Level Contributor
60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Lilac aims high in its eat-local pursuits and offers a small menu that allows it to concentrate its efforts on what it does well. There are creative, artisan takes on many dishes that included one of our favorites -- a revitalized, revamped creamed corn appetizer with house-butchered, whole hog ham. The restaurant's commitment to fresh seafood, much of it flown... More 

1 Thank John M
Billings, Montana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Lilacs inviting and polished atmosphere is great for enjoying a relaxed dinner (or brunch) with friends, family or even a date. The wait staff is very knowledgeable about the food and the (large) wine and beer list. Not to mention very friendly and professional. The bread before the meal is homemade and to die for! I had the Short Rib... More 

Thank Andrew H
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Excellent food, service and atmosphere . It is a small and intimate restaurant but the food is anything but ordinary. The french fries , the homemade bread the lemon butter all started us off on the right foot. We all choose something different from the menu. Having sampled everyones dishes I can tell you that no one was disappointed in... More 

Denver, Colorado
Level Contributor
20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Excellent, small, local restaurant in downtown Billings. Very helpful staff; excellent choice for GF.

Thank 802064512
Sheridan, Wyoming
Level Contributor
45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

With the growing number of restaurants on Montana Avenue, Billings has the optimum location for a wide range of independent eateries. Lilac is a pleasant environment with unique, and locally sourced if possible ingredients. The menu apparently changes as necessary when the market changes. The food is tasty, and nicely presented. The wait staff was genuinely pleasant and accommodating. Parking... More 

Thank William C

Travelers who viewed Lilac also viewed


Been to Lilac? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2515 Montana Avenue, Billings, MT 59102
    (25th. St N)
  • Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Billings
  • Phone Number: 4069694959

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant


Open Hours
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Lilac staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?