LiLLiES Italian Restaurant & Bar

4.5
364 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Just steps from the Smithsonian National Zoo, Marriott Wardman-Park and Omni Shoreham, LiLLiES Restaurant & Bar is a family-owned restaurant which serves a mix of traditional Italian and Mediterranean cuisine with a contemporary edge.

When the weather is warm, diners can relax around mosaic tables on the terrace patio. On cooler days, the hardwood floors, candlelight and exposed brick inside make for a snug retreat. Brunch is served on both Saturdays and Sundays, and offers options for health-conscious patrons, such as a Greek yogurt parfait, and for those looking to indulge—say, in the Nutella-smothered French toast.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 364 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Nana
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quite comfortable. We sat outside in clear tent-like setting with some heat system. Meat eaters loved The New Yorker and the clam linguini was light and delicious. Nice staff and service.
Recommend!!

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Christine
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall2Food5Service3Ambience2

The food and staff were great but there was a party on the patio that was not following Covid protocol (large group, standing and moving around without masks, yelling without masks) and no one felt the need to tell them to stop. Would want to go again but not until Covid is over.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

Service was great and the food was fresh and very good!! We will be back especially to try the brunch.

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RC2463
Key West
15 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good, service very attentive but never felt rushed. Thank you!! Definitely recommend,

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John
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The only thing that detracted from the evening was the loud street noise from automobiles and pedestrians but considering we were eating outside in respect of COVID19 precautions, the restaurant should not be blamed for this.

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vipSharonH
New York Area
401 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Outdoor dining was pleasant. Service and food very good.
Would return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous lunch after a trip to the zoo. Cocktails were generous and crisped croissant turkey sandwich was delicious

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vipDebaraT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ate on the covered patio. Lovely setting and food and service were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great quiet location and good food!

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ConnorM
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I don't feel like writing a review but the service and food were stellar

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vipBGBCG
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Popular neighborhood eatery on Conn Ave a few blocks from National Zoo never fails to please. While not flashy, food is always tasty and well-prepared, friendly service, lots of choices from salads to Italian pastas, as well as burgers and fries. Casual, friendly, with good food.

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MukeshB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Atmosphere very nice.
Food choices for vegetarians excellent. Flavors were overall lacking from the 6 different dishes our table ordered.
Service was excellent.
Wine was nice.
Nice neighborhood joint but very expensive for the quality of food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food. Pleasant atmosphere. Excellent service.

DC
vipDCdiner
Washington DC
199 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great neighborhood restaurant with a fabulous staff. Love going there.

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vipChrisZ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very special neighborhood gem! I had a quiet dinner with my daughter a few steps from where she lives. Food and service was outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Food was just so so. Not worth going again. Service was good.

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vipJoey
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My friends and I had a nice quiet dinner. We made reservations not realizing closing was early on a Sunday. We all enjoyed our dinner. And we loved the dessert. The staff were friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Good food. We didn’t know we’d be limited to brunch so we were limited in choices, but the food we did get was very good and the staff were nice.

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DanS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

This is a charming, country inn located on one of Washington's major through streets. The couple who owns it knows how to make patrons feel embraced the minute they walk in. The wait staff is professional and personable. The food is very good and moderately priced.

It's a joy to go there.

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vipHorseradish
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Had good, friendly service and good food. The rack of lamb was especially delicious.

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AshleyD
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We stopped by here as it was the closest breakfast spot to the zoo, with no expectations. And we could not have been happier with our choice. Our breakfast was phenomenal!

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vipBeendle
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The price for my date salad was very high for the quality of the ingredients and the presentation. Goat cheese tasted more like whipped cream cheese, berries and dates quite hard and the viniagrette not at all tasty. Disappointing all the way around although the service was quite good.

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RestaurantWeekEnthusiast
Naples
19 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I had a good experience at Lillie’s. The drestaurant was not crowded on Labor Day. Food was really tasty. I had the Tuscan pappardelle and a lemon tart and whites chocolate cake for dessert. Service was also great!

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mindyr
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love this restaurant. The staff is so pleasant and with picky restrictive diets in my family the chef always accommodates.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Very good experience

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RoseP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We really enjoyed this restaurant. The ambiance was wonderful; quiet and cozy but a welcoming atmosphere. Serving staff was great! Attentive but not intrusive. The food was fresh and delicious . We started with the avocado freti and had the tour of Italy and branzino. Definitely a new fave

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GeorgeS
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food and service where excellent. Only issue was the noise from a tree removal behind the restrurant while we ate. Would go back again in a minute next time in town!

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viptomV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a really nice neighborhood restaurant great location. They have a great patio and front for dining and a friendly staff with very good food. It’s not fancy but it has an extensive menu and it’s well priced

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

The food was not great. We got the Eggs Benedict and Brioche French Toast with a side of fruit. A lot of the food tasted as if it were frozen and reheated. The food was also very bland. The fruits had a refrigerated taste, some of the blue berries were not edible. Presentation wise, the food looked good. And the restaurant itself featured a cozy ambiance. But the food was disappointing.

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JacquelinW
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We are lunch after the zoo and it was, well, meh - they have kids meals but, even at lunchtime, it was $12 for plain noodles (seriously?). Oh well.

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SharonW
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Not the best experience. We had a large party, paid a lot of money, but it was only a mediocre experience.

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NikkiyB
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an excellent client dinner. The private event space is worth it. Our guests felt special and the waiter Larry was fantastic! Thank you LiLLiES for an amazing event!

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AllisonS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved this quaint, neighborhood restaurant near our hotel (Omni Shoreham). The food was delicious and server was very knowledgeable regarding the food/wine. Don’t miss the lemon/marscapone cake for dessert! Delicious and a good value for DC!

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SarahE
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat on their lovely (covered!) patio and had a great brunch! Food was tasty, and it wasn't very crowded- unusual for the area!

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vipChristopherL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

Honestly, I’ve not been so disappointed in a dc restaurant lately. The food was edible at best and way overpriced. The bread was stale and food was clearly from frozen. We decided to try a new random place in the neighborhood and now I know better.

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DavidF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great time!

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dmvfoodiechick
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was good and tentative. My food was excellent as well Andy tasty drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The number in my party changed multiple times. They were very accommodating

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Findafeast
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Enjoyed a tasty lunch on the comfortable patio. Bloody Mary could have been more flavorful but the salad and dessert were delicious.

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LLKz
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great prices! Food is good. They were short a server and the kitchen was down some people, but they were kind and courteous even when they were running around like crazy. I will definitely go back.

FAQs

LiLLiES Italian Restaurant & Bar offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 450-4824.

LiLLiES Italian Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 364 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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