FRENCH RETREAT
ON GAY STREET

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WELCOME TO LILOU

Located in Downtown Knoxville, Lilou is an authentic French brasserie operated by local hospitality couple Aaron Thompson and Jessica King, the duo behind the acclaimed Brother Wolf, an aperitivo bar, and Osteria Stella, an authentic, Northern Italian restaurant. Lilou’s kitchen is led by Chef Benjamin Tilatti, a native of southwest France, and his dishes represent contemporary interpretations of this classic yet dynamic cuisine. Lilou’s curated wine list of exclusively French bottles, spanning each of France’s 19 wine-producing regions and representing one of the largest in Tennessee. The stunning bar is a centerpiece of the space and will offer cocktails celebrating French spirits, eaux de vie, absinthes, and vermouths.

Wine List

The Definitive Selection

Curated by Aaron Thompson and fellow Sommelier Brad Poyner, Lilou’s wine list comprises exclusively French bottlings.

Classic Brasserie

Reimagined for Today’s Palates

At Lilou, Chef Benjamin will serve his modern interpretations of classic brasserie fare, as well as dishes inspired by culinary visionaries.

Cocktails

Powered by French Spirits

Created by Jessica King, the cocktail menu at Lilou features drinks based on French spirits like Cognac, as well as absinthes, amers, eaux de vie, vermouths, and house-crafted modifiers.

Wine List

The Definitive Selection

Curated by Aaron Thompson and fellow Sommelier Brad Poyner, Lilou’s wine list comprises exclusively French bottlings.

Classic Brasserie

Reimagined for Today’s Palates

At Lilou, Chef Benjamin will serve his modern interpretations of classic brasserie fare, as well as dishes inspired by culinary visionaries.

Cocktails

Powered by French Spirits

Created by Jessica King, the cocktail menu at Lilou features drinks based on French spirits like Cognac, as well as absinthes, amers, eaux de vie, vermouths, and house-crafted modifiers.

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