Laili

4.5
1896 reviews
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Mediterranean
Rich Mediterranean Flavors with a Unique Afghan Twist in the Heart of Downtown Santa Cruz.

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.
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Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our second time dining here. Just as good this time as the last. Food is excellent. Only bummer is they don’t have a full bar.

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NE
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Terrific menu but the service was astonishingly poor given the reputation of the restaurant. The waiter missed our salads and forgot to bring us our mains so he had to have them remade to serve them warm. They made up for it by offering us free desserts. Nevertheless, we felt ignored and, as it was a special occasion, our wedding anniversary, kind of a bummer. The food, however, was excellent, and it was a busy Saturday. Still, a focus on customer service is needed when it is that crowded.

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So perfect and so delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brought my niece from Seattle to celebrate my birthday. LOVED the food, service and dessert!

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SB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lamb melts in your mouth. All of the flavors blend wonderfully. It is delicious!!

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SG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, excellent service. Had the Chicker wrap - it was delicious.

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G
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Laili has a beautiful outdoor space, which is why we chose to go there. But they didn't have it open. It is disappointing not to be seated outdoors when that was the whole reason you went there. The indoor dining room at Laili has the atmosphere of a dark closet.

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Laili is one of our favorite downtown spots. There's always something for everyone, I love the different salads and trout is my favorite

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KM
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Our first dining adventure at Laili was mixed. Our group of 4 tried a number of items off the menu from the Apricot Chicken Flatbread and the Lamb Kabob to the Bolani and the trout. All the food was fantastic and there was a nice selections of wines on the wine list as well. The service, however, left much to be desired. Our waiter was friendly enough; however, we're not sure if our waiter was new or just having an off day. In either case, the food was good enough that we are willing give Laili a second chance.

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WG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleased at every level, ambiance, service and especially the FOOD !

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant-interesting delicious dishes, gracious staff

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GP
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Good food as always however service was lacking. We were seated at one of the worst tables directly behind the hostess stand. It was way too tight for our party and really took away from the enjoyment of the evening.

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JA
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Ordered French press. Asked for sugar,?forgot! I asked another wait person and received. Some time later she remembered and would have been too late and coffee cold....
Thanks. Other than that she was charming.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening! Celebrated our anniversary with a delicious m

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RE
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful experience, excellent food, well prepared, good ambiance and very special greeting and wait staff. HOORAY!

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San Francisco
239 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we have eaten there.
To quote my friend “it was delightful “

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz. Food delicious, staff efficient/friendly, owner on site making sure everything great.

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Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

wonderful restaurant with very high quality food. Food wise, i think this the best among all the Mediterranean food i tried in North California.
Lamb shank and the leek dumpling is a must try.

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HC
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed at Laili... another outstanding lunch experience.

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G
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We made reservations and had a table waiting for us when we arrived. Once seated it was 20 minutes before someone came and took our drink and appetizers order. The drinks and appetizers came quickly and the appetizers where awesome.
Then it was at least 25 30 minutes before the waiter took or dinner order. After about another 25 or 30 minutes our waiter came to ourbrable and said they lost our order. He quickly took our orders down and apologised and said he will get the kitchen going on pur meals. Our meals arrived in 15 minutes after that
The food was awesome. The waiter comped us our drinks and offered dessert on them but we where all to full.
Sometimes this happens at restaurants and I think that our waiter did his best to make it rite. All in all it was a good dining experience and the food was excellent.

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AL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

We began the evening with drinks. But our waiter took 2 drink orders and disappeared. After about 15 minutes he reappeared to take the drink orders of our other couple. The Mediterranean Plate appetizer was a tasty way to begin our dinner. The Greek salads were initially a a disappointment because they had little or no dressing on them. After waiting 10 minutes for our waiter to return to our table, the Greek salads returned with dressing and were substantially better. The 4 entrees that we ordered, (2) chicken kabobs, beef koubideh and filet mignon kabob were excellent and enjoyed by all the diners. The horrendous service spoiled an otherwise enjoyable dining experience.

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g
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Laili is a family favorite and we go there often. the ambiance and location
are a special draw. People there are very friendly and accommodating.

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G
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space with the kitchen on full display. The quality of service, from the host to the food runners was impeccable. The food is delish - make sure to order the mantoo as an appetizer, it’s outstanding and a nice alternative to the bolani which everyone seems to have on their table (it’s good as well!) but the dumplings... yummy!

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RO
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great wine and the staff are very friendly. Felt welcome and taken care of. Always a pleasure to eat at Laili!

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice service

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AW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. I enjoyed every minute!

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GP
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was great but the waiter mislabeled our leftovers and they went to the wrong homes!

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was fantastic. Food was good but side salad was extremely oversalted. Lamb pasta very rich with a large portion that meant leftovers to take home.

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jared is an amazing server. He was very nice and told us about all the specials, Which we ended up ordering. Food is amazing. This is my favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz

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JI
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Hello. Was not worth the 150.00 final bill. We eat a lot of food in our home city but will continue to look for good food in what I believe is a very good town. The search continues.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is one of those restaurants that I save for special occasions. It has an elegant, other-worldly feel that is quite different from most of Santa Cruz. I love my town, but when I want an escape to something more exotic and luxurious, I chose Laili.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, but it took a long, long time to get our meal.

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Q
San Francisco
153 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Laili is a wonderful place to dine! Great food and service.

Our only reason for a "4" rather than "5" rating is the noise: people were having good time and it was very energetic!!

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CJ
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot in SC for a quiet dinner. LOVE the beet salad and the lamb kebabs are amazing.

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AE
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great and their service staff is on point. They always have a great wine list as well.

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K
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here on a rainy midweek night. Perfect spot to enjoy our dishes. We decided to split the eggplant flatbread and lamb pasta. Both super! Didn't know about the complimentary warm naan with dipping sauce, but we sure loved that too. A glass of Spanish white, and meal was perfect. Fast & friendly service. Can't wait to have lunch on the patio when weather gets nice.

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SN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Makes we remember there are still great places to dine out!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Check in was terrible. The person checking us in kept seating people who checked in after us. There were plenty of open tables and he spent ages seating the guests. Clearly out of his league. Finally after getting seated experience was very good, food was excellent.

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RO
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent

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