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Reviewed 17 December 2022

always a very good brew....lets say 4.2/5 - food is quality , although at time bit fiddleed with for my liking.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 2 August 2021

Would come here more often but a bit of detour from work and with current road works not so appealing detour. Again coffee is good and muffins are great.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 7 July 2021 via mobile

Drove by this café many times and finally checked it out with my daughter. We sat outside at a sunny table. Service was friendly and efficient. Our selected food was great and arrived in no time. All in all very happy. There is easy street...parking and this place can get busy…..try to book to not be disappointed.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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theLilydaleGeneral, Owner at The Lilydale General, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2021

Thanks for the great review. We are really glad you enjoyed your visit with us. cheers Glenn and the Team at the Lilydale General

Reviewed 6 February 2021 via mobile

Had lunch and Axil coffee here yesterday. Friendly helpful staff, good vibe, both indoor and outdoor seating. Food was beautifully presented, didn’t expect that standard. Tasted good. Recommend this place. I had the eggs benny on a rosti, yum!!

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 24 January 2021 via mobile

Always good to try a cafe you haven't been to before and this Sunday breakfast was a pleasant surprise. My friends and I were seated outside, under an umbrella on a warm summers morning. The staff were friendly and helpful and we enjoyed a very...good Axil coffee while we went through the menu. I ordered the Middle-Eastern Feastin and my friends had: The Vegan General; Belly Benny and Scrambled Free Range Yarra Valley eggs. Everyone enjoyed their meals and scored a solid 4 out of 5 for taste and presentation. After our meals, I couldn't resist another coffee and even on the way out, I was tempted enough to buy a couple of cakes conveniently displayed at the register.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 1 January 2021

ordered french toast, was dry not custard like at all, got a smear of mousse & a drizzle of coulis, 1 strawberry (cut in 1/4's), 1 black berry (cut in 1/2), 2 tiny raspberries, 6 flowers. Would prefer a jug of coulis, maple or a...dish of mousse instead of flowers.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 10 November 2020

I'm not from the area, but this was highly rated, so I had to try it. I can see why it rates so well. The coffee is fantastic, the staff are super friendly and the food is delicious. I look forward to returning when I'm...in the area. Well done!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 2 February 2020

We had a great dining experience today. Our waiter was prompt in taking our orders, friendly and helpful. Our food was out after a short wait and the food and smoothies were delicious! This is one of our favourite cafes and we’re glad that their...high standards are evident each and every visit. 😊More

Date of visit: February 2020
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theLilydaleGeneral, Owner at The Lilydale General, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2020

Hi K8Sp13, We are really glad you enjoyed your visit to our cafe. Thank you so much for the awesome review and hope to see you back real soon! Regards Glenn and the team @ the Lilydale General

Reviewed 27 January 2020

Maybe 4th time lucky, beans from Axil, best I have had so far in Lilydale. I liked the industrial vibe and obviously popular. I was tempted to have a muffin as looked great but resisted the temptation.

Date of visit: January 2020
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theLilydaleGeneral, Owner at The Lilydale General, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2020

Hi Garry, Thanks for the great review on the coffee. Hope to see you back again soon and temp you to dine with some of our delicious food offerings. Cheers Glenn and the team at the Lilydale General

Reviewed 9 October 2019 via mobile

Have not been for a couple of years but decided to go back. We had a lovely lunch..had beautiful Eggs Benedict with pulled pork and Banana waffles which was amazing. Lovely coffee and good service. Place gets noisy but so many places do now.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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theLilydaleGeneral, Owner at The Lilydale General, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2019

Hey there! Thanks so much for this awesome feedback! So glad to hear you enjoyed the benny and waffles. We have a new menu coming soon so you'll have to come back in to try some new dishes out! 😁 Thanks again, Thomas & the...More

Reviewed 14 September 2019

Service and coffee very good but today's food was very disappointing. I had the omelette which was very dry and very thin. It was described as an omelette with cheese and bacon. The bacon was not in the omelette (as I had expected) but was...with the omelette on the toast - this leaves for a very unfulfilling omelette dish. When I mentioned to my wife later that breakfast was not so good she also commented that her corn fritters were dry and unappealing. I can't say that the cafe was overwhelmed with patrons and that the kitchen couldn't cope as meals came out relatively quickly after ordering. Therefore my rating is lower than I would have hoped based on the lack of quality of the food. We have been here before (maybe 12 months ago) and I recall it was a good meal with friends.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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theLilydaleGeneral, Owner at The Lilydale General, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2019

Hi Peter, I'm really disappointed to hear that your food wasn't up to standard during your last visit. The bacon should have definitely been in omelette as that's how it is served. I spoke to the kitchen team on that day as to why this...More

Reviewed 24 August 2019 via mobile

Pretty disappointed and feel like the service has gone down hill. Ordered 3 coffees on arrival, took 20 minutes to get the first one, the second came 5 mins later, I cancelled the 3rd as the rest of the group had finished their drinks before...I was served. Was told they were slammed for coffee orders but the restaurant wasn’t even half full and they had 3 baristas. I am a barista and I’m confident with better systems they could have easily served our table of 3 our coffees at the same time.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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theLilydaleGeneral, Owner at The Lilydale General, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2019

Hi Simon, I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed with the service you received at our cafe. I do recall your visit and I was the person that spoke to you on the day/apologised about the delay. Our coffee standards are very high and our...More

Reviewed 14 August 2019

My friend and I revisited and again loved our meal. The salmon was cooked to perfection, the sweet and sour chickpeas, avocado smash and roasted pineapple made for an interesting and delicious combination. I had the carrot, ginger and lime freshly made juice and finished...off with the hot chocolate with a dash of Baileys. Perfect. We'll be back. Excellent service.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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theLilydaleGeneral, Owner at The Lilydale General, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2019

Hey Tilly! Thanks for much for this review. That salmon is an absolute treat and I'm glad you enjoyed it! The Bailey's Winter Warmer will be making its return again next year over winter, but we can make one up especially for you next time...More

Reviewed 28 June 2019

Great cafe, lovely outdoor seating area. Food has always been good, I especially love their vege mac and cheese! Staff are lovely and great service. Don't be deceived by the area, this cafe is up there with the rest! Highly recommend.

Date of visit: April 2019
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theLilydaleGeneral, Owner at The Lilydale General, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2019

Hi Kyra, Thanks for taking the time to write this! Really appreciate the kind words :) Glad to hear you really enjoy our mac & veg! It's definitely a crowd pleaser. Hope you're in again soon, Thomas & the Lilydale General team

Reviewed 18 April 2019 via mobile

Recently went here for brunch. Being able to order a fresh juice and pick your own ingredients was great! The burgers my wife and I had were tasty and the hot chips with them were fantastic as they were very crunchy but not over doneMore

Date of visit: April 2019
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theLilydaleGeneral, Owner at The Lilydale General, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2019

Hi Stephen, Thanks heaps for this awesome review! Really happy to hear you enjoyed the burgers. Our juices are awesome and there's only so few places that do a big selection of fresh juices so it means a lot that you commented on them! Hope...More

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The Lilydale General is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4