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Laili

4.6
4.6
2524 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
***** Laili Restaurant is now open for takeout and delivery orders. Wednesday- Saturday, 4pm - 8pm. We will be opening out seating and reservations soon so stay tuned for updates.


Rich Mediterranean Flavors with a Unique Afghan Twist in the Heart of Downtown Santa Cruz.

Currently taking reservations for dinner only, 7 days a week, from 4pm-8pm.

Laili is our expression of love through food and service. We offer a unique menu made up of fusion Afghani Mediterranean items that include kabobs, wraps, flatbreads, pastas, and spiced lamb and chicken dishes as well as delicious vegetarian options.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Afghan

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 423-4545

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Cross street

    Pacific Avenue

  • Parking details

    Take advantage of free parking located on River Street at Front Street. In addition to metered street parking, there is also a parking lot at Front Street and Soquel and also at Locust Street and Pacific Avenue.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,524 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Overall

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Food

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Value

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Innovative

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Healthy

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Romantic

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Good for special occasions

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Most Booked

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  1. AB

    AnnaBanana

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was so quiet and romantic on the patio. Even though it was a cold night, the heater the server brought close to r table kept us warm and cozy. The food was excellent and the service was attentive. Perfect date night!
  2. KA

    KATHLEENA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Every visit is a treat. LaiLi never disappoints
  3. KG

    KathyG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Loud due to the high ceilings. I prefer eating outdoors on their lovely patio but that was closed the night we went out.
  4. LE

    LEKM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We always enjoy our meals at Laila. The food, wine and ambiance set the tone for a wonderful evening. If I had one wish, it would be to slow down the arrival of courses. While I appreciate promptness. I prefer just a bit more time between them.
  5. MM

    MarshaM

    Jackson Hole

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Obvious lack of staff. Restaurant full last night. Servers, etc., had a difficult time keeping up. Not that they weren’t trying. I won’t be back any time soon.
  6. G

    Gregory

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    My one criticism is that the space is cold. Bring a coat.
  7. DT

    DawnT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    They were very busy and our server was hard to find, even when we asked other servers to track her down. They sat us near the grill which was unfortunately by the patio door. The patio door was wide open, but there were no heaters where we were sitting. I was quite cold the whole time. Food was OK but not really out of the ballpark like I was expecting.
  8. R

    Russ

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and wine were delicious. Sharing appetizers was a great start to all the different tastes. Definitely recommended.
  9. ED

    EmilyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner last night, early enough to see a movie afterwards. We got the reservation we wanted in the early afternoon, were quickly seated, and our server Dave was friendly and thoughtful. The food was, as always, delicious - cauliflower never tasted so good. We’ll keep coming back (and we’ll order that lush Cabernet again).
  10. J

    Jonatw

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great place for dining out with visitors. Their vegetables strike me as very fresh and tasty. This high ceiling restaurant reminds me of fine dining in NYC where I used to live.
  11. PA

    PatAnn

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had the pomegranate eggplant, and it was scrumptious! Staff is so pleasant and helpful.
  12. e

    emmsc

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went to Laili with friends visiting from out of town and everything was enjoyable!
  13. VR

    VictoriaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food ,great service and enjoyed sitting outside in the courtyard.
  14. SB

    SuzofBC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was incomparable, service was spectacular, the room is pretty loud as the ceilings are high and the floors and walls are hard, flat surfaces and the restaurant was packed. We were seated near the front windows so It might have been quieter in another part of the dining room or outside. My dining partner and I shared a spinach bolani which was a happy surprise, he had the lamb shank which was seasoned beautifully and I enjoyed the trout which was cooked perfectly. For dessert we ordered the rose meringue and flourless chocolate cake and split them both. I'll be back to try some other gastronomical delights soon.
  15. EL

    ELLIE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great dinner and enjoyed being there but it was a bit noisy. Food was delicious. Price was affordable and we will return.
  16. TG

    TimothyG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our “go to “ places in Santa Cruz. The restaurant is spacious, and they have fabric hanging which deadens a lot of the ambient noise. We have sampled most of the dishes, all are top notch. Definitely try their Mediterranean Sampler plate The wait staff is efficient and responsive. Highly recommended!
  17. DA

    DANIELC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We ate on the patio. It is quiet and the food as usual was terrific
  18. D

    tnagyDiner

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was fantastic. I think there was something going on in the kitchen that night because my salad came out missing and ingredient, but otherwise everything was fantastic!!
  19. A

    Ames

    San Joaquin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely perfect dinner. We had a pear and Gorgonzola flat bread appetizer, the pomegranate eggplant, and the lamb shank. Everything was delicious, beautifully presented, and the serving were large. We took home enough for lunch the next day. Service was great, Attentive and accommodating without being intrusive. The lovely courtyard seating option puts Laila at the top of our favorites list.
  20. W

    Wwadlow

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service as always!
  21. G

    Gigi

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Laili is a beautiful meal destination. Our family and guests love this restaurant! The food is delicious and beautifully presented. Love the courtyard setting...
  22. L

    Laurie

    Portland

    102 reviews

    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an early dinner reservation time due to no reservations later in the evening, arrived at about 5:08, were immediately seated, and we enjoyed the quiet of eating at 5:15! More server attention, for sure! I had one of the best lamb burgers EVER, and I personally make pretty good ones! Husband had the beef kabobs which he liked a LOT. There was some kind of delicious apricot thick and spicy purée on the side that he gave me bites of. WOW!! It was good! We both thought that all of the food we were served was excellent!! AND our server, Amanda, was great and did such a nice job even anticipating what we might need before we even asked. When we left at just after 6 PM, we saw how popular Laila was as there was a line out the door of people coming for their dinner reservations!! Glad we could come there early!! We definitely would return if ever back in this area!!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    We are long time customers of Laili and actually had our wedding/reception there years ago. It unfortunately seems that the service and food quality continue to go down each year. We will continue to come back for sentimental reasons, and truly hope that the Laili we knew and loved returns to it’s once incredible self.
  24. DT

    DanielT

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Patio seating was perfect for Covid averse diners. Katherine T was great server. Food, as usual, was excellent
  25. DR

    DianaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Trout, apricot flatbread, baklava hall delicious and well presented.
  26. G

    Gruffydd

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was tasty. Service was uninspired. The restaurant interior was hot and muggy. There's no air circulation, even with the doors open, and there aren't any fans. We got there right when they opened, but were told they didn't have any outdoor seating available due to reservations. By the time we were done there were still a bunch of open tables outside. So, good food but uncomfortable dining and uninspired service.
  27. d

    dalez

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Apricot flat bread delish. Large Greek salad a bit expensive. Wonderful complimentary birthday dessert.
  28. JA

    JudyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A Santa Cruz gem. Delicious food, enchanting ambiance!
  29. EH

    ErinH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delicious food, artful presentation, romantic setting!
  30. CB

    CynB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We haven't been to Lailis for awhile. We recently took guests there for dinner. Our recent meal was outstanding. Aside from the wonderful meal preparations ( and don't forget to try the Kadu and the Bolani appetizers !) the atmosphere in the courtyard is relaxing and beautiful. The noise level is low, so that one can easily converse with others without talking loudly. The staff was courteous and timely. We will return very soon.
  31. N

    Newsjunkie

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the flavors! I had the trout which was delicious and my husband had the lamb kabob. Both were done to perfection. We also had the Caesar salad with cilantro and mint. It was wonderful and loved the innovative take on a Caesar.
  32. PJ

    PeteJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Had the Greek salad and the lettuce was a little brown and old looking. Also, the pour on the wine is too small. You expect more than 3oz for a $11 glass of wine.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Enjoyed it overall. Good service, good food (koubideh slightly undercooked) and great outdoor set up.
  34. l

    lili

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Staff was friendly , but seemed busy. Food was ok…Kind of pricey. It was loud due to music from Abbot Square blaring , and sadly we couldn’t dine outside even with a reservation.
  35. B

    Brizzle

    Central Coast

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Laili, as ever, was excellent for this visit. The food is Mediterranean in style, well presented, well cooked. Small but attractive menu and wine list. One of the best in Santa Cruz
  36. SM

    SusanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food is delicious and the people are so excited to make you happy. The naan bread is so good!!!one of my favorite places.
  37. D

    Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  38. KC

    KimberlyC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Always a birthday fav!! Best food and wine an love the courtyard!!
  39. E

    Ebbi

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The server was clearly in over her head. Between the first and second round of white wine, the second was a completely different wine than we had ordered and she had to take them back - granted she did not bill us for the second round. The food was uncooked although we had ordered it to be well done.
  40. M

    Maggie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious lamb shank and pasta. Beautiful outdoor seating area.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Laili using the Order Online button. Laili also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Laili also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 423-4545.

Laili is rated 4.6 stars by 2524 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Laili

101B Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pacific Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Afghan

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Take advantage of free parking located on River Street at Front Street. In addition to metered street parking, there is also a parking lot at Front Street and Soquel and also at Locust Street and Pacific Avenue.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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