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Laili

4.6
4.6
2442 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 20 times today

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 2,442 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Overall

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    Best Value

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Fit for Foodies

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Healthy

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Outdoor Dining

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Romantic

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  1. u

    umsken

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time at Laili and we ate in the outdoors patio, which is lovely. Both the food and the service were terrific. We had the butternut squash bolani, the eggplant flatbread, the chicken flatbread, and the salmon filet. All 4 dishes were delicious. I'm looking forward to returning there next time we're in Santa Cruz.
  2. JB

    JulietteB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very good. Please add a full bar.
  3. JB

    JoscelynB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Our waitress was very nice but she took a very long time to give us our bill. Also she took a while to check in on us. She was very busy.
  4. CJ

    ChristineJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful vene, delicious food, great service. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  5. DT

    DaveT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is great, servers are always friendly. Price is fair and the menu has great options for everyone Food is always colorful and unusual They have a unusual selection of non alcoholic drinks Give it a try!
  6. SC

    SCtripchick

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Laili never disappoints! I tried something new, Ceasar salad with grilled prawns, excellent. The outdoor patio makes you feel like you are in Europe. And the service was great. We love Saul and were so happy to see he is still working there. Can't wait to go back. Our number one favorite restaurant in Sc.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Wonderful birthday dinner with an out of town friend.
  8. l

    localfoodie

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate on the outdoor patio, which is quite lovely. The vine-covered walls, and comfortable niches made it. And the outdoor tables were noticeably quieter than the indoor tables. But the food overshadowed all. Very delicious, wide-ranging choices, with delightfully unique flavors. The servers were friendly and knowledgeable.
  9. l

    lynn

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Our waiter seemed to disappear a lot. Then the kitchen messed up our order It took a long time to get our entrees They did not offer any compensation for their mistake
  10. c

    cgomar

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visit every year for our anniversary. They have a truly romantic patio outside. The food, service and atmosphere are exceptional!
  11. l

    local

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    If weather permits, the courtyard presents a completely different dining experience - almost magical environment.
  12. DD

    DeborahD

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Laili! We can never decide what to order as there are so many in choices that have unusual flavors. Patio was lovely. We will be back the next time we are in Santa Cruz.
  13. AL

    AngelaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent quality and servers were friendly. Very cute outdoor patio with high walls and lush outdoor feel. It was the perfect place for graduation dinner!
  14. l

    ltufromberkeley

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal. Loved the Mediterranean plate appetizer and the chicken kabob. Hubby liked the lamb shank. Reasonably priced wine list. Also the nonalcoholic lime mint ginger soda was excellent.
  15. KA

    KarenA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for an early dinner. Laili is my favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz. Theyir food is delicious and consistent I have food allergies and staff are knowledgeable and accommodating. Vegan and carnivore friendly, The roasted cauliflower with chickpeas and tomatoes is cravable. Sitting on their lovely patio, sharing food with loved ones is always a good idea
  16. CL

    CarolinaL

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice food, simple but tasty, always happy to return for the good service, and the nice complementary naan bread, but this time was cold and it does not look like homemade anymore sadly, please bring it back!
  17. SC

    SCtripchick

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We are so happy you are open again and we got to come back. The food was great and the service too. Looking forward to being there when our favorite waiter Saul is on duty, if he's still with you. I already made another reservation for this month. And thanks for letting us know we would be eating indoors due to the weather.
  18. H

    H95060

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great. We originally made a reservation for 3 for an outside table, and they seated us at a table for 2, which was too small to fit 3 people, so after we complained they moved us to a larger table inside. I don't understand why they would have a policy of trying to seat 3 people at a table that is barely large enough for 2.
  19. SO

    ShoshanahO

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was the most attentive and kind person who went above and beyond to take good care of us. He even made me fresh mint tea despite the fact that they are now using mic tea bags. He made an excellent dessert recommendation for my free birthday dessert which was so appreciated. The food was incredible, the ambiance was amazing and we will certainly be back!
  20. KH

    KnowsHowtoTravel

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first time at Laili...but won't be our last. Everything was beautifully presented and delicious. The Aushak, leek dumplings with chard/lentils/yogurt was surprisingly delicious. The pan-roasted trout on basmati rice was buttery and perfectly cooked. But the favorite for everyone in our group was the Matoo, ground beef and onion dumplings - because of the amazing seasoned tomato sauce! Highly recommend this place.
  21. D

    Donna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food arrived straight from the oven. I’m so glad I live close to Laili!
  22. AN

    AmrikN

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    The appetizers when they actually arrived were tasty but they got one of them wrong and one person on our table never received hers. We had to wave a server down for any help as she never came to our table to ask us what we wanted to order. The actual meal was over 30 minutes out and we had to ask where it was. She finally got my lamb burger and right away I noticed that the salad was all wilted and so were the greens on my burger. I immediately told the waitress and she brought me more greens for my burger but I did bit both with the salad, I was already turned off. I ordered was a medium lamb burger but what I got was a very dry burger, could barely eat it. And the appetizers my friend ordered and never came finally did in a to go box (which is NOT how she ordered it). We laughed out loud that maybe this was our hint to leave!! I asked the waitress to take half the cost of my burger off ad it was so bad and she did as well as my friend appetizer. Over all very poor meal, and extremely poor service. I personally will not ever go back there again and will tell all my friends and family as well.
  23. MP

    MonicaP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food was very good with the exception of the tabouli salad which could have been fresher and without balsamic vinegar. The other appetizers and the entrees were delicious.
  24. MJ

    MartinJ

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My dinner experience was great. However, reservations go through Open Table which is problematic. I wanted reservations for 6:30 but Open Table said there were no tables at that time. The only availability was at 5:00. When we left at 6:15 the restaurant was still nearly empty. What gives?
  25. LE

    LEKM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful visit, our first in over two years. The servers were very attentive, and the food was beautifully presented and equally tasty. Sitting in the outside patio area was a lovely, quiet place.
  26. M

    Marge

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and reasonably priced choices. The outside patio is lovely and the service was excellent.
  27. LS

    LaylaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Great flavors and quick service. On a Thursday night - spot on. Food is always excellent, not a huge selection on menu, could be a pro or a con, depending upon your preferences. Definitely had enough options to find a nice combo, but particularly the drinks menu could have used some bulk up. Overall, a lovely spot to dine, enjoy good food, not have to spend a fortune, in a great space. Cheers!
  28. MK

    MaryK

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was wonderful. Love to eat there. It is so pretty outside.
  29. D

    Denac

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved ambience with vine-covered patio. Varied and tasty Mediterranean food with good wine menu
  30. N

    Narzie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pleasant staff and ambiance and great food, and not that expensive compared to other restaurants in the area. What's not to like?
  31. J

    James

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Service was poor. Food was a disappointment. Ambiance outside was good. How is it possible that there is no espresso?
  32. F

    Foodgloriousfood

    Central Coast

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    After a 2 year absence, we finally went back to this once frequented favorite restaurant. The food was as good as we remembered but and the service was great.
  33. JS

    JasonS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saul was awesome, he was attentive as we brought out toddler daughter and comped us for dessert when he found out it was our 20 year anniversary, everything was perfect!
  34. E

    Erica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an excellent dining experience at Laili. Beautiful ambiance. Everything on the menu is delicious. Great for a special occasion or a take out order of comfort food. Make a reservation for the patio when the weather is nice for a extra special evening.
  35. E

    Esperanza

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our party of 9 was kindly and cheerfully seated indoors after we made a patio reservation due to unexpected cold temperature. Food was excellent; well-seasoned, warm, delightful. Service a little slow but definitely would recommend again for special occasions and out of town guests.
  36. c

    caligirl

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome, attentive service and delicious, unique offerings. We shared a few appetizers and entrees between the table.
  37. J

    Jillbot2001

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lots of interesting flavors . Great outdoor courtyard
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outdoor patio / early seating - perfect for a birthday dinner with family
  39. C

    Calvin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great local gem in Santa Cruz. Lived here for years and didn't know there was such good Mediterranean food here.
  40. DG

    DonnaG

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food very tasty! Wait staff on it very friendly Very nice evening

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 2442 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 20 times today
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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