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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.
Billings, MT 59101
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
I was really disappointed with our visit to Lilac, considering all of the hype I've heard about the chef and the use of local ingredients. The food was generic and my dish was so salty I didn't eat more than three bites. The service wasn't terrible, but our server was very awkward and made us feel pretty uncomfortable. Maybe they were having an off night, but I would not recommend Lilac, especially not for a special occasion.
Lilac has a creative menu, good list of beers and wines, and the dining room is intimate. It was a gem among the Billings fare.
We ordered the swordfish special and bucatini ratatouille. The swordfish was seared, cooked medium, deliciously seasoned, served on fried potato slices and asparagus sauce that hinted slightly of goat cheese. Altogether very tasty, portioned appropriately, and presented well. Wife's bucatini was cooked perfectly with a delicious mixture of vegetables, also seasoned well. The food was outstanding.
However, the service was inattentive and awkward. The lowlight was seeing the server sit with the neighboring table while we waited for our entrees, only to be asked to reorder our entrees. Saying, "You're beautiful," to the appetizer after a moment of silent gazing, being unable to indicate the appetizers versus entrees on the menu, and seeing another neighboring table's scraps taken and returned boxed after our scraps are taken but before our scraps were returned were par for the evening.
I'm bummed because I really liked the food, but it can't justify the service.
The restaurant was in walking distance from our hotel. It was recommended by friends who live here. The menu was unique and was limited in choices. The waitress was friendly and the bartender was very knowledgable about the wine pairings. Does not have a full bar offering.
My dad was in town, so my wife and I took him to our favorite restaurant: Lilac! The menu is modern, creative and seasonal. The stalwarts (shortrib) are always good to fall back on if making tough decisions isn't your thing. Great place for a date or to have a nice dinner out with friends. Great wine, beer, food, and location. Great for walking around before or after.
There's not really a bar to grab a drink at before/after, but the distillery is just a block away and there is a good brewery across the street.
Really enjoyed the menu variations. We had a lentil Arancini starter, it was unique and tasty. Main course of duck was excellent and prepared perfectly to medium rare, the pork steak was also great. Chef Jeremy is doing an excellent job with creativity and flavor profiles.
We very much enjoyed our Sunday brunch with family. The selections are always interesting and delicious. Everything from the standard breakfast fare to adventurous choices we would most likely never be creative enough to make at home. Great, friendly, prompt service. Food is wonderful! Delicious and creative and delightful - I recommend Lilac wholeheartedly.
After one hour, the waitress admitted to us that she forgot to put our order in (despite a few trips to our table earlier saying our food was almost up). I would have given a lower rating, but the waitress compensated our entire meal without prompting. I do feel like that was more than fair because this is one of the more expensive restaurants in town and you expect a certain level of service for the price. The fries were really good and our entrees were pretty good. Hard to say if we'd return.
The dinner was great. They were out of the beef special. We split the pork and the flavor was fantastic. The appetizers were also great. I loved the dishes...they were fresh and unique with great flavor. I definitely would go again. Only wish was that the pork had a few more greens.
The wine was great too!!!
I have been to Lilac several times but my companion had not been. We both loved it and he said we will be back. That was Friday and on Saturday I took another friend for the first time and she loved it too. Always something different on the menu but the fries and sticky pudding remain staples as they should.
This restaurant is definitely on my "Things I miss about living in Billings" list. The menu is unique, delicious and changes regularly so you always have the option to try new things. The staff has always been helpful and friendly every time we've been in. The atmosphere is great for an intimate dinner or an outing with friends. It can be quite loud at times as other diners are usually there laughing and participating in animated conversation. You definitely want to make a reservation. We always use the open table app.
While I've been impressed with every meal I've had at Lilac, this time I was blown away!! Everything was SO DELICIOUS!! We had a super great waitress and the wine was awesome. We ended up staying there for 3 hours without realizing the time and no one said a word - we felt completely welcome!! Bravo and BRAVA to the whole staff!! What a treat!
Was there for a NYE dinner date with my lovely GF. Was not disappointed. I have heard from numerous people around Billings that this place is amazing. It lived up to the hype. The cook even came over to ask how was everything and was very friendly. We even had ties to his days in Missoula. Great place. Well recommended and will recommend to others. I'll be back again soon. Thanks
This is simply the best place!! We took a table of 8 friends here for New Year's Eve and the service was amazing, the food was to die for and all of our friends had a great experience. Our waitress, Michelle, was knowledgeable and nice. Also, one thing I LOVE about Lilac is that it seems really team-oriented - meaning that, while Michelle was our waitress, the rest of the staff was constantly attending to our table and I think that's pretty cool.
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