Lilac offers fine dining in a casual setting in the historical downtown Billings area. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday evenings from 5pm to close. Our small seasonal menu changes frequently, with everything made fresh in house.
American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
25th. St N
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Lilac Ratings and Reviews
Food was amazing!
Food was amazing!
Lilac is amazing!! I cannot say enough ...
Lilac is amazing!! I cannot say enough great things about this restaurant. The food, service and atmosphere are perfect for any and every occassion. I love Lilac and recommend it to everyone I talk to about food.
Excellent service, best food in town, gr ...
Excellent service, best food in town, great restaurant
As always, delicious food, fantastic ser ...
As always, delicious food, fantastic service! Can't wait for next trip there. Yum.
Best brunch ever!!!
Best brunch ever!!!
Fresh and Vibrant
I have been to Lilac many times but this night, I experienced the best meal. Starting with the roasted asparagus and beet special set the tone for my dinner. The Moroccan Carrot Matbucha was fresh and bright in flavors, adorned with fresh microgreens and accompanied with freshly fried tortilla chips. Then the Lobster Vermicelli was rustic with coconut flavor with good rice noodles mixed with lobster, mushrooms, and walnuts. My dinner companions ordered the Zucchini Naan and the Pomegranate Duck Breast and were very happy.
We picked Lilac for our anniversary brunch. We loved the food and coffee. The mimosas were huge and mostly orange juice, so we didn't finish them. Wish they would serve Kir Royales in addition to all of the orange juice drinks. But overall just a great restaurant!
Perfect spot for Birthday Brunch.
Lilac was awesome - so accommodating and the food was delish. Our kiddo requested plain french toast and they were happy to do it - the chef even delivered it himself! The mimosas were spectacular and the service was awesome. Everyone had a wonderful meal and can't wait to ear there again!
Amazing as ever
Brunch at Lilac is always a great experience. The service is warm and welcoming. The food is always perfect.
Could be better
We enjoyed a mediocre meal this past Saturday evening at Lilac. It did the trick for a couple of hungry travelers on their way from Great Falls to Eastern MT. Don't get me wrong, it's a very nice little place. Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe I was just fatigued from the long drive. VERY noisy! Perhaps something could be done to abate the noise with wall coverings or ceiling coverings to absorb sound a bit. Maybe some rugs? Server was a very sweet young lady who seemed a bit less professional than she should, a bit too bubbly, a bit too familiar, a bit unfocused. There was a minor goof in our order with my wife's soup order placed and delivered at the same time as her dinner. Oops. Meals could have been more flavorful. Ambitious subjects but they just seemed tasteless. Duck was bland. Boar, the same. Bland. Overall, not bad. But it could have been better. We were disappointed that it wasn't as exceptional as we had hoped. Just OK.
I've enjoyed dinner at Lilac three times while visiting Billings. Consistently excellent food and service. The fries are a must, and the scallop ceviche was a delicious and unusual starter.
Always amazing. Allison and Kevin are th ...
Always amazing. Allison and Kevin are the best!
Approachable and Refined
This is one of my favorite all time restaurants, and fave chefs!! I know for me and my friends, the food speaks through the need for bourgeois bullshit of crumbing etc. The food, the wine, the service is on point and I always plan a visit when I'm in Billings! Thanks for a modern fine dining experience!
Enjoyed overall flavor profiles. Price w ...
Enjoyed overall flavor profiles. Price was appropriate for style and execution. Would be back again.
We had a great experience will be back again. Great people and the food was great was definitely different but a good different.
Love the food, love the people. There's ...
Love the food, love the people. There's always something new, and it never disappoints! Something for everyone, but especially for foodies!
We loved Lilac!
We had a lovely late dinner at Lilac. The restaurant is very upscale but still cozy, low ambient lighting, lots of white linen and wine glasses on the tables. The menu of small/medium/large plates has lots of things to choose from, something for everyone from adventurous to new takes on classic dishes. We had the Octopus Fritti, Pumpkin Squash soup, fried chicken skins, striped bass special, all were really tasty and well-prepared. For dessert we had a pumpkin cake with ice cream and a "coffee and doughnut" dessert which also had ice cream. Both desserts were really good and the ice cream was exceptional. Our waiter was helpful and attentive with a great sense of humor!
Good choice for the night befor surgery
Wife and I came to Billings for my surgery on 3/2 at St. Vincent Hospital,decided to have a nice evening out. Bases on reviews on Open Table we chose Lilac. We were not disappointed. The French fries were a tasty starter. My wife had the duck risotto and loved it. I had the fish special. Rainbow trout,sautéed perfectly. Service was friendly and timely no rush. It was a good evening and the surgery went well.
Great place, good concept, but food was OK.
The location, the place and the concept are great. I love the restaurant and the overall idea of the menu. They have a reasonable wine list and a good menu, I would recommend for a special occasion but... The food was only OK, it might have been my luck and I would be willing to give it another chance as the menu seems good. My experience with the food was lukewarm, the appetizer was great (octopus) and the desert was also really good but the daily special was fair at best. They offered a trout special (skin-on fillets), I was expecting a great dish but the fish was under seasoned and the skin was soggy, if you offer a skin-on fillet I expect a nice crispy edible skin. Additionally the vegetables and grains accompanying the fillet were also under-seasoned and missed a pop of flavor. I think the issue was on the execution and not in the idea of the daily special. I would definitely give the place another chance, it might have been my bad luck that day.
Loved the Lilac
Great food, drink, service and atmosphere. My favorite kind of restaurant. Not a chain. Absolute attention to details. I would be surprised if the owner was NOT in the restaurant him/herself that night. You can just tell that everything's being carefully looked after.
Always excellent food and service. One of our favorite places to eat.
Fantastic, as always. What a great Valen ...
Fantastic, as always. What a great Valentines Day treat, the meal, dessert, the wine, all of it. Ahhh.
Food was very great. Service was great.
First time experience. Will definitely return. Definitely with friends.
We Love Lilac
We have eaten at Lilac multiple times and love the food. The location is fun, being on Montana Avenue where micro-breweries and other nightlife abound. Thanks for another great evening of dining at Lilac Jeremy!
Very good food for brunch. The mimosas are excellent. Will definitely be returning there.
Been here many times for dinner, but decided to try their brunch this time around. Needless to say, their brunch is outstanding.
Best in Billings
I have said it time and time again; this is without question, the best restaurant in Billings. My wife and I have dined in on at least a dozen occasions. We do our best to try a new menu item during every visit. This last meal was the absolute best! We had the following: Pumpkin and Squash Soup- One of the best takes on this classic that we have ever had. The soup is a comfort food 101 and the addition of the pecans, cream and fried onion rings put it over the top! Stuffed Chicken Wings-This was the most unique twist we have ever tried on a bar classic; an awesome blend of Asian inspired sausage and pub perfect wings. I would put these up against any sauce soaked wing in I have ever tried. Sweet Potato Gnocchi with ham hock and greens- I was nervous for this dish as I am a total gnocchi nut, but a sweet potato hater. I was beyond pleasantly surprised. This goes right up there with the best gnocchi I have ever tasted. It reminded me of a Southern style dish with collard greens and Sunday Ham. Jeremy came out and let us sample the base of the sauce which is a 3 generation old pork base (a real treat). Another perfect entree'. Wild Boar Chop with cornbread dressing, roasted parsnip, maple mustard glaze- My wife had to try it just to say that she had wild boar in Billings, MT. This was another slam dunk. It nearly reminded us of Thanksgiving dinner with the dressing and parsnips. The boar was seasoned, crusted and cooked perfectly. Think of the juiciest pork chop you have ever eaten, this is better. Coffee & Doughnuts- This isn't your Sunday Dunkin' Donuts maple bar and lifeless coffee. The yeast doughnuts are paired with a stout chocolate ganache that is to die for. The mascarpone cheese and homemade coffee ice cream are the perfect accompaniments to this upscale fried delight. The french press coffee that goes alongside of it was the perfect nightcap to top off the best meal in Billings!
nice, quiet, quaint
great selection. nice environment. downtown charm. great service and really tasty food!
Valentine date with my wife
We had an excellent time, the staff treats us as if we are their favorite customers. The food is always delicious, and as I like to call it a little off the wall. By that I mean I am a meat & potatoes guy, Jeremy has a talent for making the ordinary into a unique experience. We rarely do dessert but, at the Lilac it is a must.
Great date night destination
I took my wife here for valentine's day, easy to get a reservation, server was very nice and attentive, the food was AMAZING, and the vibe in the restaurant was very quiet and calm. Very nice place we'll be back for sure
This place is perfect for date nights. Could be just you and your date or a couple's date or even girls night. I wouldn't recommend more than four or five people in a party, as the space is small. It felt a little cramped where we were seated. The service was great. My waiter was friendly, and made sure we were happy. Food was good. They have a small menu, but in my opinion a smaller menu equals better food. I had sword fish, and my husband had the ribs with gnocchi. Both dishes were cooked perfectly. My husband even liked the fish, and he never likes fish. So if you are looking to try something new and more intimate, this place is one to check out!
Very unique menu
We love the food that we get at Lilac's. It always has something different to try, it's not like the basis menu that you can get at most restaurants. We love the small, quaintness that you get here. We've eaten here many times, and it's always nice to have them remember when you come in.
As always the food and service were fantastic. I had the Denver steak and my wife had the Cod which were specials for that evening. We love the interesting dishes, normal portions, great wines with nominal mark-ups and the top notch wait staff. The extra efforts brought forth by Jeremy and staff and noticed and should be applauded!
lovely small restaurant
although it was delicious we felt is was a bit too expensive for the wine
Still Our Favorite Brunch Spot
Had Brunch last Sunday & it was outstanding. Got the Breakfast Sandwich with a side of sausage gravy, for extra goodness. Delicious!
The food was wonderful! very different r ...
The food was wonderful! very different recipes, plan to return a lot!
Worth the hype!
The only reason this review isn't higher scored is due to the noise level. Simply loud and the restaurant wasn't at capacity. Other than that, I highly recommend every bite! As one of our table of three noted 'It is like a party in my mouth'! The detail put forth in combination of flavors was simply excellent, and we were still talking about it the next day. Superb food!
The buffalo chicken skin were fantastic ...
The buffalo chicken skin were fantastic for an appetizer. Food well prepared. Good place to eat for date night.
Our meal was amazing.
Our meal was amazing.
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