Laili

4.6
1788 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Reservations for parties of 7 or more only.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Afghan
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Hours of operation
Lunch: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM; Dinner: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Friday and Saturday: 5:00 - 10:00 PM
Open Tuesday - Sunday

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Phone number
(831) 423-4545
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Pacific Avenue
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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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Decent food, very accommodating for a big group. Wine list was only okay

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JJ
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Party of right outside on patio. Very comfortable. Very tasty. Everyone had a great evening.

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RV
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is full of taste and beautifully presented. The atmosphere is beautiful. Service is usually better than it was on the evening my family dined for my son-in-law's birthday. It was a treat to have a kid's menu. We had not brought the children before and their food was delicious.

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DC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Recommend this restaurant highly. The food and ambiance are fantastic. As with most popular restaurants, service can be slow at busy times.

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JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Unfortunately, the restaurant was understaffed on our day. Several large parties so service was awful. Nice server but she was overwhelmed with packed restaurant. Beer was not tapped correctly so a lot of foam which I sent back and did not receive a replacement until 20 min later. Food was very good with nice selection. Noise level inside was very loud. I will try again but restaurant should be aware of serving customers with more staff especially if there are large groups with reservations.

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JH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our dining at this beautifully decorated restaurant. It's located a few blocks away from beach, so it's not too crowded, and easy to find a parking nearby. We also loved the food and service. Due to the beach traffic, we rescheduled the reservation in a short notice, thanks to their flexibility.

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t
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were amazing! We were celebrating my moms 87th birthday.. we were a large party And they were extremely accommodating. Food was fabulous, price great! Our server went above and beyond! Loved this restaurant and will go any chance I can. One of our guests was in a wheelchair and it was easy for him to get in and out.

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PP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my daughter in law's birthday and our grandson's preschool graduation.
Party of 7, everyone ordered something different - all meals were delicious as we were sharing the amazing flavors! Returned the next day for a girlfriends luncheon, again, delicious. And the outdoor patio.... heaven. Connor was a wonderful server on both occasions!

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TD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the patio because it can get noisy inside. The lamb kabobs are my favorite. I’ve never had a bad meal there.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal with great service as always!!

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EM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner on the patio over the weekend. Everything was excellent: food, service, and ambiance.

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TA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate at Laili's on a warm summer evening and it was a delight. The wines we ordered were delicious - a Sant Cruz Mountains Chardonnay for me and a superb Rose for my husband. We had an early dinner in the outside area and loved the quiet feel of that area. Our food was wonderful, my husband had the lamb pasta and I had the pomegranate eggplant. I substituted roasted veggies for the chard and that was an excellent idea.

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B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I’ve been there multiple times,arriving on time ,nobody sittings at our future table, Waite staff available and the host makes you wait around 10 minuets before seating you. Very annoying

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PL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We really like Laili. I had requested a table in the patio. I made the reservation just 24 hours prior so we were informed there were no tables on the patio. Hence, besides everything being very good the noise level negatively effected our experience. We could not have a stress-free conversation, which was the purpose of the dinner since we were hosting old friends who live out of state. Not sure what we’ll do next time but it may impact us so that we don’t come again unless a quieter table is available. Too bad for Laili that is doing everything else right.

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WZ
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience! We brought our kids with us and we all had a healthy, yummy dinner! Service was timely and friendly - my 6 year old actually hugged the waiter, she was so happy. We ate on the early side, but the bar looked nice and cozy and probably would be great for an adult date night too.

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server, Francisco, was very knowledgable about the menu for my friend who is vegan and has good sensitives. The appetizers and entries were very good.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful! Food and service was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary and everything was great. Delicious food, great service, etc.

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KK
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

I am very disappointed that you cannot connect with a live person to make reservations or ask question. I requested patio seating in advance and was not informed that it was not available until we arrived. In person contact is still important to many.

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ST
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we really enjoyed the food and service. we really had a great rime. I had anar chicken and it was very good.

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a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent and the patio is very nice. The Afghan tea was a pleasant surprise.

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MH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My best friend and I love Laili! We love the vegetarian choices, even though we are not vegetarians. The leek dumplings are to die for! The eggplant and cauliflower were perfectly spiced. Overall great meal!

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AM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and served promptly We had a large group and were all very happy with our selections.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was subpar, just not good. Meat was dry, over seasoned and basmati rice was over salted. We were surprised of the high ratings...

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JD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food, good portion size and fantastic kid's menu!

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P
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We were disappointed in the way we were treated even after having reservations. We requested seating in the courtyard. That was denied. They tried to seat us in a booth and after seeing our tall friends struggle with that, they offered a table. We asked for a different, specific table but that was denied saying someone had already reserved that one. So somehow everyone else's reservation seemed to have more importance than ours. Possibly because we were "Open Table Customers?

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JB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious. Service was very slow to start and I almost thought our table had not been assigned to anyone. Finally someone appeared but didn't identify himself as the person who would take care of us. The way he approached us made me think he was the fill-in until someone else could get there. ["How about I get you started with some water while you wait." ]
Wait for what? Odd as he turned out to be the server.

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JC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite dining spots in Santa Cruz. Food is fresh and healthy. The service is very friendly and accommodating. They have a nice wine list too. The trout is excellent; paired with the spinach watermelon salad it was yummy. My friend and I always share the meringue and strawberries dessert--so good. Reservations recommended as they are always busy.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal and service was outstanding. Terrific food and selections. Loved It.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

amazing eggplant parm flatbread. Highly recommend. Good value

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EW
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had spinach and squash appetizers that were crispy and out of this world delicious! The sauces and wine were scrumptious! The eggplant flatbread I had only tasted like caramelized onions, not enough eggplant. Maybe there was no eggplant, as I asked for "no cheese". ? I tasted my friend's cauliflower rice dish and I wish I had gotten that, it was so yummy: basmati with saffron and cauliflower in a heavenly curry sauce? Mint is used in an amazing way in these dishes, and the yogurt is so creamy and light tasting. We split a mousse for dessert and it was dreamy delicious!.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had the privilege of sitting in the courtyard. It is beautiful out there. The service was incredibly kind and hospitable. They described all the sauces our food came with and always made sure we had everything we needed. The food was absolutely amazing. Everything we ate tasted like nothing we've ever had before (in the best way possible). We will be making Laili's a regular date night spot for sure.

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WA
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting, delicious and creative fusion food, and excellent, attentive servers. The owner is extremely personable and kind. We had a beautiful evening.

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PF
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a pleasure all the way around! The food - and the coffee - were fabulous and the service was friendly and great!

Thank you!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food is mediocre but the service is nice.

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MG
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

I drove all the way down from San Mateo to Santa Cruz becuase someone recommended me this restaurante. It was my girlfriend birtday and when I arrived I didn't have my table ready when I booked it early in the morning... they prioridate one couple who were sitting and we were the next. I told the host if there is any special cake becuase of the birthday and he said, yes we have a nice cake and I will tell the server for you. The food was so so but our waitrer didn't pay much attention. At the end our meals he drop the check and I didn't get the cake. I defenetely I would never come back again. I work for a restaurante and i didn't have a great attention.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff is professional but friendly. The menu has a good cross section of food items. The ambiance is wonderful.

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a special trip to Santa Cruz and researched restaurants in the area. We decided on Laili because we love Med cuisine especially lamb kabob. Laili exceeded our expectations, the lamb was so tender and flavorful along with the veggies, rice, and dipping sauces. FANTASTIC!!! Our server Fuller was just great and so attentive!! Great ambiance with high ceilings and calming art work on the walls.

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CV
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

INcredible service! Will definitely be back. The Mantoo was a little undercooked (based on my past experiences with the dish) and my filet mignon was a little on the rare side, but the flavors were on point as usual and I can't wait for my next special occasion there! They also brought out my cupcakes with a candle and it was perfect :)

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BH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I reserved on line through open table and requested outside seating, and received confirmation. The confirmation failed to mention that I had a reservation for inside and that outside seating was full. It would have been helpful to receive this information on line and not after I arrived at the restaurant.

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