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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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Canadian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We imagine this place is amazing on a warm summer evening. Especially sitting on the patio overlooking lake. Service was good and seafood reasonably priced. Menu was diverse enough. For dinner, suggest throwing on some fabric tablecloths. It would warm and shift the experience to...more intimate as well as absorbing noise. We loved the walk around the lake after dinner.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 14, 2022 via mobile

We had an excellent meal here with another couple. The baked seafood casserole was awesome, as was the coconut haddock and the scallops. We all enjoyed every bite!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed August 31, 2022 via mobile

A delightful waterside restaurant. A broad menus with both excellent seafood and meat offerings. It also has a unique and flavorful local specialty, Canadian poutine. What was a comfortable four out of five rating as elevated by our actress, Melissa. She was friendly, attentive and...very accommodating. She genuinely made us feel that she enjoyed serving us. A very special young women who helped her restaurant get me top rating.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 10, 2022

This place was recommended to us by a person working at the visitor center. We had nice drinks and seafood on a warm evening on the water. Our server was great. This restaurant is owned by the local government and the money earned goes to...helping the community. Great concept.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed August 10, 2022

The restaurant inside is tight and the food was just okay. Philly cheese steak lacked the steak, cheese, and peppers; instead, was a mix of dry roast beef and overcooked ground beef covered with a minimal amount of cheese. The fries were good. The chowder...had two scallops, two mussels in the shell, cream, and fillers. There were two flights of stairs to get to the restaurant (we did not see if there was a ramp and when asked about an elevator, there was no offer of a ramp entrance.) The distance from parking was a bit far for mobility issues.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 2, 2022 via mobile

Grabbed a quick take out lunch of seafood chowder from Lily's. It came with a delicious warm tea biscuit and crackers. The chowder was full of seafood and a little fish. Highly recommend and I'll be back for a full meal prior to leaving Saint...John.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 28, 2022 via mobile

I ordered the fried clams with chips, and a side Caesar salad. While the the salad was good, though the lettuce pieces were a little large, they forgot the chips.😑. I paid extra when I didn’t even get my fries. Maybe they are better in...person on the lake?More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 24, 2022 via mobile

I grew up eating lobsters this was the worst most planned lobster I ever had what a waste of money how would I rate it keep your money and go to McDonald’s at Do you know what you’re going to get for your money been...there done thatMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 11, 2022 via mobile

We spent $80 without drinks. The lobster roll was really small and the other plate with tips of steak (the waitress said plates had a great variety of veggies) came with carrots and broccoli... Not worth the price.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 7, 2022 via mobile

We went for an early dinner with our infant. Unfortunately it was too cool to sit on their epic looking patio, but I would recommend giving it a try, if available. We had the lobster stuffed potato skins, Digby scallop trio, and seafood salad. All...excellent - prepared well, fresh. Small but good assortment of local IPAs available, small draft selection. Fast and friendly service. Popular spot, even at 5:30 - recommend calling ahead. High chair available.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 5, 2022 via mobile

Service was poor, seafood chowder was amazing, Philly cheesesteak was terrible. Philly was like gas station food. Seafood chowder was awesome. They were 40 mins behind in kitchen a and. 20 mins to get bill.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 2, 2022 via mobile

We found ourselves in St. John’s around lunch and we’re lucky to stumble upon Lily’s. What a beautiful setting! The food was delicious, and even though we ordered appetizers to share, it was hard to share!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Shyla A, General Manager at Lily's, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2022

Thank you so much for your review, I'm glad you found us!

Reviewed May 17, 2022

Our first night in St. John and we choose Lily's for a later dinner. Excellent choice as there were many options to choose from. Everything from seafood chowder, linguini to fish tacos. Service was excellent and food was flavorful.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Shyla A, General Manager at Lily's, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2022

Thank you!

Reviewed February 22, 2022 via mobile

Food was delicious and service was great. However, chose the daily soup as my side as allowed on the menu, and substituted veggies for salad. I was charged for both and was also charged full price for the entree. Didn’t say anything as I was...picking up the tab for the table, but that’s a significant up charge.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 7, 2022

I took my friend 2 Lily's Cafe for breakfast,we ordered + food was tasty,our server was fabulous, friendly the whole 9yards! When it came time 2 pay with my gift card our server shows my check+ isay I'll b using my$100.00 gift card,+ I'm not...putting any blame @all on our server.She did here best ,as she was told by here day-manager+ or supervisor on-duty that I had 2 USE THE WHOLE AMOUNT($100.00) GIFT-CARD @ this time for my($32.00) 2-person breakfast as it is a paper gift card!! I was llivid+ explain 2 server how I felt about this,it was totally WRONG + UNACCEPTABLE!+ I'm not blaming server,she's just doing what she was told 2do! Knowing I'm not happy+ my response ,server took it upon herself+ called Lily's off-duty manager personably+explained situation 2her+server return +told me this time they'll write the balance+ initial $$left on my paper-gift card,btw on my nxt visit I'll hav2 use the whole remaining amount($67.00)@ once! I'm SHOCKED that this happened,if this is how gift-card customers r treated,they should b explaining this crazy idea@time of purchase of gift-cards!! as after my nxt visit...WILL B MY LAST VIST ,jst to use up my bal.of($67.00) !! I've been a regular customer through the years @Lily's + my last is coming soon.Def.NOT A HAPPY -OUTCOME!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Shyla A, General Manager at Lily's, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2022

Sorry for the confusion, that situation was mishandled. Please reach out to Liz at liz@lilylake.ca.

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emilymM9744CF
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Response from Shyla A | Property representative |
Hi Emily, yes it is child friendly for kids of all ages. We have high chairs and booster seats available as well.
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Response from Shyla A | Property representative |
We are not open Christmas day or Boxing Day. We reopen on the 27th at 11 am.
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LILY'S, Saint John - Updated 2022 Restaurant Reviews, Menu & Prices - Tripadvisor

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Yes, Lily's offers takeaway services.

Lily's is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5