Lilly's French Cafe & Bar

★★★★★
  • 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd

    Venice, CA 90291

    Map & Directions
  • 310-314-0004

Food

Food
More choices in Venice:
Resultset_next

French Market Cafe

2321 Abbot Kinney Blvd 200 Venice, CA

Resultset_next

Chaya Brasserie

8741 Alden Dr Los Angeles, CA

5 42
Hi! Sign in to let us know how Lilly's French Cafe & Bar was?
Write a Review
.

Better go early on Saturday. We arrived at 6:45pm and left at 8:30; it was packed.

3
★★★★★

Better go early on Saturday. We arrived at 6:45pm and left at 8:30; it was packed.

.

Despite the fact that Rubempre's review was written some time ago, I'm here to tell you nothing has changed since he or she wrote that review. I went to Lilly's about 2 weeks ago and had the absolute worst service I've EVER had - rude,

3
★★★★★

Despite the fact that Rubempre's review was written some time ago, I'm here to tell you nothing has changed since he or she wrote that review. I went to Lilly's about 2 weeks ago and had the absolute worst service I've EVER had - rude,

Pros: nothing that I could find

Cons: well, just about everything

.

I brought our group of eight here for a celebratory business dinner--a well-traveled, upscale group--and ended up embarassed by the listless greeting, the indifferent waitress (an 18 percent tip was added automatically, perhaps explaining

3
★★★★★

I brought our group of eight here for a celebratory business dinner--a well-traveled, upscale group--and ended up embarassed by the listless greeting, the indifferent waitress (an 18 percent tip was added automatically, perhaps explaining

Pros: exellent desserts

Cons: abysmal service, several dubious dishes

.

i was last at the new lounge at lillys.
we have a great time and great food the satff very good but the food amazing. we get disturb by one angry client but i acn tell you the staff and the owner did everything to make him happy and even

3
★★★★★

i was last at the new lounge at lillys.
we have a great time and great food the satff very good but the food amazing. we get disturb by one angry client but i acn tell you the staff and the owner did everything to make him happy and even

Pros: Mussels and wine

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

.

Was always one of our favorite places to eat when walking on Abbot Kinney. Went with the family 12-27 and the place has changed. Service was pathetic, the waiter forgot one of the meals, no refills on the drinks, food was over cooked. Do

3
★★★★★

Was always one of our favorite places to eat when walking on Abbot Kinney. Went with the family 12-27 and the place has changed. Service was pathetic, the waiter forgot one of the meals, no refills on the drinks, food was over cooked. Do

Cons: Poor Service.

.

In a great neighbourhood we were expecting the typical excellent service you experience on most of Abbott Kinney. Sadly, this was NOT the case at Lilly's. There was no reccomendation for wine; and it seemed a strange request to the

3
★★★★★

In a great neighbourhood we were expecting the typical excellent service you experience on most of Abbott Kinney. Sadly, this was NOT the case at Lilly's. There was no reccomendation for wine; and it seemed a strange request to the

Pros: Ambience, temperature

Cons: Service

.

For some, it's all about the food. For me, it's always about the atmosphere...\r
\r
This place made me smile so big as soon as I walked in - the energy is great, it's quaint, no fuss, no lines, just good old fashioned neighborhood charm,

3
★★★★★

For some, it's all about the food. For me, it's always about the atmosphere...\r
\r
This place made me smile so big as soon as I walked in - the energy is great, it's quaint, no fuss, no lines, just good old fashioned neighborhood charm,

Pros: Patio Seating

Cons: I can't walk there!

.

I really like this place. I've been twice with my girlfriends and it's a great plae to go for wine and aps! Hoaary!!!

3
★★★★★

I really like this place. I've been twice with my girlfriends and it's a great plae to go for wine and aps! Hoaary!!!

.

I'm a local Venice resident and I like Lily's. However, I'm very very disturbed that they serve Foie Gras. For those of you that don't know this is a food product which is created by a disturbing torturous method that needs to be banned

3
★★★★★

I'm a local Venice resident and I like Lily's. However, I'm very very disturbed that they serve Foie Gras. For those of you that don't know this is a food product which is created by a disturbing torturous method that needs to be banned

Pros: Nice Atmosphere, Local Place

Cons: They Serve Foie Gras: Don't Go

.

We sat under a piece of art work twenty feet long made of neon bright melted plastic and squashed solo cups. The entire night was unbelievably distracting because, and I am not joking- as the staff would stampede past us in their flurry to

3
★★★★★

We sat under a piece of art work twenty feet long made of neon bright melted plastic and squashed solo cups. The entire night was unbelievably distracting because, and I am not joking- as the staff would stampede past us in their flurry to

.

I have eaten here many times, for both lunch and dinner. It really is a lovely place with a great outdoor patio situated next to a garden with llittle white lights enhancing the mood. The $12 Lunch specials really are a great deal because

3
★★★★★

I have eaten here many times, for both lunch and dinner. It really is a lovely place with a great outdoor patio situated next to a garden with llittle white lights enhancing the mood. The $12 Lunch specials really are a great deal because

Pros: prices, seafood, lunch specials

.

In a nut shell: The watier forgot us, then forgot to submitt our order, then forgot our order, then forgot to submitt our order, then forgot to submitt our order a third time!! When we were ready to leave the waiter offered to comp us a

3
★★★★★

In a nut shell: The watier forgot us, then forgot to submitt our order, then forgot our order, then forgot to submitt our order, then forgot to submitt our order a third time!! When we were ready to leave the waiter offered to comp us a

Pros: Nice location & great space

Cons: No service, food not great

.

Well on the whole Lilly's was not worth it. First the staff was cold and disorganized, the food was fair to poor. The appetizers where weak, escargot lacked flavor, the lobster bisque had no lobster and was more like tomato soup and not

3
★★★★★

Well on the whole Lilly's was not worth it. First the staff was cold and disorganized, the food was fair to poor. The appetizers where weak, escargot lacked flavor, the lobster bisque had no lobster and was more like tomato soup and not

Pros: Back Porch

Cons: Everything else

.

We didn't know much about this restaurant before we went. It was our daughter's 21st birthday, so she wanted to go to a wine bar; her name is Lilly; and she had just come back from France.

Well, we lucked out! The food and the service were absolutely flawless. Our daughter assured us that the menu was typically French. Everything we ordered was delicious and done perfectly. For appetizers, we had the French onion soup, the goat cheese tart, and the Asian seared tuna salad (okay, maybe not so French). For our entrees, we had the duck -- very juicy and flavorful -- the mussels with french fries, and a sea bass and risotto special.

For dessert, we had the cheese plate (which is listed on the menu as an appetizer). The portions were very generous, and the cheeses were intense!

There is an extensive list of wines by the glass -- we had a lot of fun tasting and comparing French and California wines.

The prices are very reasonable for what you get. The duck, for example, was $18; the cheese plate, with three cheeses, was $8.

About the worst thing I can say is that nothing had that "wow" factor. Thus, this is more of a reliable neighborhood hangout than an "event" or "destination" restaurant. Still, I've been to supposed destination restaurants that had worse food!

4
★★★★☆

We didn't know much about this restaurant before we went. It was our daughter's 21st birthday, so she wanted to go to a wine bar; her name is Lilly; and she had just come back from France.

Well, we lucked out! The food and the service were absolutely flawless. Our daughter assured us that the menu was typically French. Everything we ordered was delicious and done perfectly. For appetizers, we had the French onion soup, the goat cheese tart, and the Asian seared tuna salad (okay, maybe not so French). For our entrees, we had the duck -- very juicy and flavorful -- the mussels with french fries, and a sea bass and risotto special.

For dessert, we had the cheese plate (which is listed on the menu as an appetizer). The portions were very generous, and the cheeses were intense!

There is an extensive list of wines by the glass -- we had a lot of fun tasting and comparing French and California wines.

The prices are very reasonable for what you get. The duck, for example, was $18; the cheese plate, with three cheeses, was $8.

About the worst thing I can say is that nothing had that "wow" factor. Thus, this is more of a reliable neighborhood hangout than an "event" or "destination" restaurant. Still, I've been to supposed destination restaurants that had worse food!

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

Loved the backyard patio. Lots of cool lights and heaters to keep you warm, this back patio was relaxing. Also love the little french bald man who sat us and recommended wine. Not sure if he was an owner, manager, or host, he was

3
★★★★★

Loved the backyard patio. Lots of cool lights and heaters to keep you warm, this back patio was relaxing. Also love the little french bald man who sat us and recommended wine. Not sure if he was an owner, manager, or host, he was

Pros: outdoor patio, wine selection, friendly wait staff

Cons: Small indoors

.

I went to Lilly's for the first time for lunch. Our server was very nice, pretty and very helpful with the menu (the fact that she spoke French was very helpful). She recommended the artichoke, the Flamiche, the Tuna and the Ribs.

3
★★★★★

I went to Lilly's for the first time for lunch. Our server was very nice, pretty and very helpful with the menu (the fact that she spoke French was very helpful). She recommended the artichoke, the Flamiche, the Tuna and the Ribs.

.

I loved Lilly's, the waiters were really cool to us and the food was excellent. You really can't go wrong with the ribeye and bernaise sauce! Decadent, moist and delicious! I enjoyed the wine the waiter suggested. \r
\r
I think for a date

3
★★★★★

I loved Lilly's, the waiters were really cool to us and the food was excellent. You really can't go wrong with the ribeye and bernaise sauce! Decadent, moist and delicious! I enjoyed the wine the waiter suggested. \r
\r
I think for a date

.

I've been coming to this place for years and I've never had a bad meal. This is the place where you want to be when it's a nice balmy evening or sunny afternoon. Outdoor dining is for some reason hard to come by in this town and this place

3
★★★★★

I've been coming to this place for years and I've never had a bad meal. This is the place where you want to be when it's a nice balmy evening or sunny afternoon. Outdoor dining is for some reason hard to come by in this town and this place

Pros: food, ambience, outside patio

Cons: parking

.

Incredible food at great prices. Enjoy a lovely bottle of wine with your dinner as they have an excellent selection.

3
★★★★★

Incredible food at great prices. Enjoy a lovely bottle of wine with your dinner as they have an excellent selection.

.

I will nto be returning to this place. I spoke to the owner before leaving to let him know what a bad experience I had. Truly not worth driving too or wasting an evening at. Wine list- no good, food was salty and or too cold. Wait

3
★★★★★

I will nto be returning to this place. I spoke to the owner before leaving to let him know what a bad experience I had. Truly not worth driving too or wasting an evening at. Wine list- no good, food was salty and or too cold. Wait

Pros: Trendy locale in Abbott Kinney

Cons: poor value for your money

.

Wonderful, authentic french bistro -- unfortunately this includes the standard-issue french attitude. Go for the fillet -- it is outstanding. Nice wine list. If possible, try to sit outside on the back patio.

3
★★★★★

Wonderful, authentic french bistro -- unfortunately this includes the standard-issue french attitude. Go for the fillet -- it is outstanding. Nice wine list. If possible, try to sit outside on the back patio.

Pros: food, wine, bar

.

I had to write after I saw something about poor service. Something about coming here always makes the night a little special. The menu is a mix of french brasserie and restaurant classics like juicy steak with french fries with some

3
★★★★★

I had to write after I saw something about poor service. Something about coming here always makes the night a little special. The menu is a mix of french brasserie and restaurant classics like juicy steak with french fries with some

.

I went to Lilly's with a friend. We were trying to find a place to have dinner. I never tried Lilly's and thought we should give it a try. The food was grea and so was the service. We had to wait a while to be seated, so we just

3
★★★★★

I went to Lilly's with a friend. We were trying to find a place to have dinner. I never tried Lilly's and thought we should give it a try. The food was grea and so was the service. We had to wait a while to be seated, so we just

.

For a romantic outdoor dining experience, Lilly's is the place. The back patio is magical - (cue images of Midsummer Night's Dream); beautifully decorated with perfectly pruned trees, twinkle lights and intimate tables with crisp, white

3
★★★★★

For a romantic outdoor dining experience, Lilly's is the place. The back patio is magical - (cue images of Midsummer Night's Dream); beautifully decorated with perfectly pruned trees, twinkle lights and intimate tables with crisp, white

Pros: Outdoor patio, Wine list

Cons: Service

.

The patio in the back is a charming place to have lunch or brunch. White table cloths and fresh baguette on the table perfect the French touch. The frisee salad with lardons and a poached egg is the best I've had outside of France, but

3
★★★★★

The patio in the back is a charming place to have lunch or brunch. White table cloths and fresh baguette on the table perfect the French touch. The frisee salad with lardons and a poached egg is the best I've had outside of France, but

.

The desserts--chocolate souffle with pistachio ice cream, blood orange sorbet, and grape ice cream with blueberry filo (looked like a blueberry crepe)--were delicious.

However, my friends and I were disappointed with our Sunday brunch

3
★★★★★

The desserts--chocolate souffle with pistachio ice cream, blood orange sorbet, and grape ice cream with blueberry filo (looked like a blueberry crepe)--were delicious.

However, my friends and I were disappointed with our Sunday brunch

Pros: desserts

.

The service is terrific, the lunch is inexpensive with lots of options and my favorite dinner dish is Mussels and Fries. Don't forget to try the yummy desserts.

4
★★★★☆

The service is terrific, the lunch is inexpensive with lots of options and my favorite dinner dish is Mussels and Fries. Don't forget to try the yummy desserts.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

One might expect the French fries at a French restaurant to be superb but not so here. I had a beef entree that was just okay. The salads (I believe they grow their own vegetables) and dessert are WONDERFUL and the service is up to par.

3
★★★★★

One might expect the French fries at a French restaurant to be superb but not so here. I had a beef entree that was just okay. The salads (I believe they grow their own vegetables) and dessert are WONDERFUL and the service is up to par.

Pros: patio, salads

Cons: food

.

Well, the staff must have read some of the scathing reviews posted here. My visit for lunch last week was out of this world. The service couldn't have been better. My date and I were greeted at the door, and the waitress went out of her

3
★★★★★

Well, the staff must have read some of the scathing reviews posted here. My visit for lunch last week was out of this world. The service couldn't have been better. My date and I were greeted at the door, and the waitress went out of her

Pros: Perfect French Fare, Lovely Patio, Friendly Service

Cons: Some Smokers, Unresistable Deserts

.

Lilly's has wonderful food...the seared ahi tuna salad melts in your mouth, the fish is always good, even if there is not a lot of selection. I'm a big fan of French onion soup, but it was only mediocre here...a bit too sweet. The garden

3
★★★★★

Lilly's has wonderful food...the seared ahi tuna salad melts in your mouth, the fish is always good, even if there is not a lot of selection. I'm a big fan of French onion soup, but it was only mediocre here...a bit too sweet. The garden

Pros: Great food, Beautiful Patio

Cons: Unfriendly host, Unaccomodating

.

The service was awful. The food tasted like it had been cooked in a microwave, and the wine selection stunk. Not worth even investigatin'.

3
★★★★★

The service was awful. The food tasted like it had been cooked in a microwave, and the wine selection stunk. Not worth even investigatin'.

.

We ate here the other night and had a great experience. The service was quick and friendly. We were seated immediately, which was nice because all the other places on the street were crowded with long waits. Sit out on the back patio if

3
★★★★★

We ate here the other night and had a great experience. The service was quick and friendly. We were seated immediately, which was nice because all the other places on the street were crowded with long waits. Sit out on the back patio if

Pros: no wait, friendly service

.

The only place in Venice that serves breakfast eggs with green salad and french fries for $10.00 excluding drinks. The service is like your paying $10.00 excluding drinks ... not on top of their game ... most of the wait staff act as if they'd rather be doing something else.

4
★★★★☆

The only place in Venice that serves breakfast eggs with green salad and french fries for $10.00 excluding drinks. The service is like your paying $10.00 excluding drinks ... not on top of their game ... most of the wait staff act as if they'd rather be doing something else.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

My husband and I went last weekend with another couple and we tried Lilly's. Actually it was the only restaurant able to seat us right away without reservations compared to the other restaurants on the same street that had a wait of 40

3
★★★★★

My husband and I went last weekend with another couple and we tried Lilly's. Actually it was the only restaurant able to seat us right away without reservations compared to the other restaurants on the same street that had a wait of 40

Pros: Nice outdoor seating

.

I live in Venice and this is one of my favorite restaurants. The service is always amazing and the price is right. even the chicken (which is usually a boring dish) is great. On a hot day sit outside and have a nice bottle of Rose...

3
★★★★★

I live in Venice and this is one of my favorite restaurants. The service is always amazing and the price is right. even the chicken (which is usually a boring dish) is great. On a hot day sit outside and have a nice bottle of Rose...

.

my bf & i actually were driving to Venice to try out Primitivo, which is right next door to Lilly's, but we passed by Lilly's first, and we just decided to pop in and try Lilly's instead. to our surprise, we read the menu at the door, and

3
★★★★★

my bf & i actually were driving to Venice to try out Primitivo, which is right next door to Lilly's, but we passed by Lilly's first, and we just decided to pop in and try Lilly's instead. to our surprise, we read the menu at the door, and

Pros: food, setting, staff

.

The last time I went to Lilly's, the service was so rude and horrible that for the first time in my life I left a restaurant without any tip. And I'm usually a very generous tipper, leaving anywhere from 15%-30%. After my friend and I

3
★★★★★

The last time I went to Lilly's, the service was so rude and horrible that for the first time in my life I left a restaurant without any tip. And I'm usually a very generous tipper, leaving anywhere from 15%-30%. After my friend and I

Pros: Outdoor dining

.

The food is decent, not great, but passable. The service, however, is consistently slow and rude. I go out to lunch every day, and always tip between 15 and 20 percent. The server was so incredibly snotty, however, that I actually

3
★★★★★

The food is decent, not great, but passable. The service, however, is consistently slow and rude. I go out to lunch every day, and always tip between 15 and 20 percent. The server was so incredibly snotty, however, that I actually

Pros: prix fixe lunch, street parking avail.

Cons: , slow

.

Casual french dining with a romantic patio.

5
★★★★★

Casual french dining with a romantic patio.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

since that's the only thing i have had there, so far. the service was great, the food was great, and going there for lunch is a bargain! i would highly recommend lilly's. the patio is very sweet. the desserts are awesome.

3
★★★★★

since that's the only thing i have had there, so far. the service was great, the food was great, and going there for lunch is a bargain! i would highly recommend lilly's. the patio is very sweet. the desserts are awesome.

.

waitstaff is awesome, the quiche is great, i really like this place. the outdoor patio has a great romantic ambiance that adds to the accents of the waitstaff, and the cuisine which is just totally from the french pallate. I have to say

3
★★★★★

waitstaff is awesome, the quiche is great, i really like this place. the outdoor patio has a great romantic ambiance that adds to the accents of the waitstaff, and the cuisine which is just totally from the french pallate. I have to say

.

Lilly's has everything going for it: great location, delicious food, pleasant waitstaff and wonderful ambiance. I've never been disappointed with a meal or with the service here.

The food is very French. I highly recommend the mussel

3
★★★★★

Lilly's has everything going for it: great location, delicious food, pleasant waitstaff and wonderful ambiance. I've never been disappointed with a meal or with the service here.

The food is very French. I highly recommend the mussel

Pros: great food, good service, nice setting

 

Wait, you're the expert.

If you've been to or used Lilly's French Cafe & Bar, leave a review.

It's easy, only takes a couple of minutes and you'll help thousands make an informed decision.



Write a Review