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Lilly's in Venice

Jessica Ritz | Oct 4, 2000 01:41 AM

After a very long new year's temple service on Friday night, my mother and I were in the mood for a pleasant special dinner so we headed to the Joe's-adjacent Lilly's on Abbott Kinney. We arrived technically after closing time but were warmly greeted by an effusive waiter, seated in the lovely back patio, and promptly served. The endive salad was punchy and generously tossed with gorgonzola and walnuts. My entree of halibut served with tapenade, steamed spinach, and some sort of tomato coulis was nicely seared, yet slightly overdone. The swordfish was very tasty and thin, but the accompaniment of watercress, tomato salad, and julienne vegetables didn't require so many sides. Overall the prices are excellent, and atmosphere very lively, convivial and not pretentious. I'd like to hear if anyone else has been and if other dishes merit a return visit, other than for the ambiance.

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