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For centuries a five thousand mile trade route has joined the Mediterranean to China through Afghanistan and India. Known mostly for the Silk Trade, the Silk Road has acted as a conduit of ideas, cultures, music, food & spices throughout all of its regions. Laili aims to bring the age old flavors and traditions of the Silk Road to life by creating a positive and relaxing environment with a culturally rich and flavorful dining experience.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Laili Ratings and Reviews
Great food and friendly staff. Service technique needs some improvement such as not clearing my friends’ entree plates and offering them dessert menus while I am still in the middle of enjoying my main course. The food is really what makes the difference; temperature and flavors were excellent.
Despite making a reservation, there wasn't a very good table for us. I had requested a table that was off to the side and quiet; the table that was technically meant to be ours was still occupied by a couple of diners that were taking a very long time to leave despite having paid their bill. The hostess did try to accommodate us to the best of her ability but the layout of the restaurant doesn't leave enough desirable tables. There was a draft with a wide open door on a chilly evening, but they quickly closed it after being asked. The food was delicious and the server was great. I would definitely return, but it didn't feel quite as good overall as prior experiences I've had.
Laili is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Cruz. I enjoy celebrating special occasions there and taking friends from out of town. The decor is appealing, the food and service are very good and the low noise level allows for quality conversations. I enjoy sitting inside and outside when weather permits. I took a friend from L.A. there recently and he was very impressed with the quality of the food and the service.
Amazingly delicious vegetarian dishes!
To celebrate the birthday of a vegetarian family member, we decided to order and share only vegetarian dishes. Ordered 2 appetizers, 2 flatbreads and 1 entry. This was more than enough for a party of four.
All dishes were robust in flavor and beautifully presented!
BTW, having had meals here before, the non-veggie dishes are also extremely tasty!
We've been to Laili a handful of times over the years and it continues to impress. The food is always flavorful and complex. Tonight we started with the Mediterranean sampler which featured yogurt, hummus, tabouleh, and a yummy eggplant concoction that had us asking for more flatbread.
For the entrée I got the lamb ragu fettuccine, very rich and lots of Mediterranean flavors. He ordered the special salad (baby spinach, strawberries, pomegranate, fennel, and garlic cheese) and flat bread (prosciutto and pear), both which were very tasty and did not disappoint. Accompanying all of this was a delicious Spanish Temperanillo.
We finished with dessert, of course. He enjoyed the cardamom pistachio ice cream with baklava...yes all of that goodness in one dish! I ordered the flourless chocolate torte which was light and on the dry side, not too sweet, and great with the wine.
The service good and attentive,and we're looking forward to going again.
Love going to Laili. My SO and I celebrated our 8 year anniversary here last weekend. The food is always great, as is the service. The Aushak leek dumplings were out of this world! One qualm: the chard that came with the dumplings was absolutely delicious, but the chard that came with my pomegranate eggplant entree was too salty - I couldn't finish it. Other than that, everything was great! The non-alcoholic ginger-mint-lime soda was so delicious and refreshing. Overall, a great date night!
After my 1st visit to Santa Cruz and discovering Laili, it is the "must return" eatery for each visit. The outside dining is lovely, inside nice as well. Exciting presentation, knowledgeable staff for everyone's food limitations, awesome flavors. Thanks, Laili.
I was visiting my son and his girlfriend and they were excited to take me to Laili . We had a reservation but the restaurant was so understaffed we waiting almost 30 min , with many tables sitting empty or not cleared ? This is one of the more expensive restaurants so this was surprising. The hostess seemed to be so stressed she never even greeted us or trued to explain the situation. When I finally complained she was rude and patronizing thanking me for my patience
After all this finally sat down and waited another 15min to place our order ? To make matters worse our food arrived cold but at this point it was so late and we had already missed the music across the street , I just paid the bill and left
Not the Saturday night out I hoped for . There was no visible manager that seemed to address the issue .... I guess the frazzled hostess was in charge that night ?
My first time to Laili will not be my last. The ambiance is lovely, especially the patio, beautiful garden extremely well-tended and lush. Heat lamps at night worked well, we never felt chilly. The service was very good, the prices reasonable, especially considering the food is yummmmy.
The Mediterranean dishes had something for everyone, including my vegan daughter. Everything made from fresh, organic, high-quality ingredients with well-seasoned choices that were delicious. Dishes made with chicken, lamb, veggies, vegan, potatoes, salads, appetizers - I can't wait to go back to try more! Highly recommend.
Their Kabobs are very good and I enjoyed their chicken Kabob. The ambiance is very nice and the restaurant has a good level of energy.
We ordered their medetranian platter for appetizer. I was unable to eat their babganosh because it was sweetened as they must have added sugar to it!!! I think their homus also had sugar.
We drove from Campbell into Santa Cruz and it was worth the time. They kindly honored our request to be seated outside where there is so much ambiance. It is an atmosphere that both caters to an intimate date or a larger gathering for a group. The location is perfect, right across from Abbott Square and great for walking around downtown after .
I had the sautéed eggplant with a pomegranate sauce which was just divine. It was highly recommended by our server and it was a very unique taste combination. For starters, we had the empanadas and a small greek salad, all very delicious.
Looking forward to returning again soon.
Bought a bottle of wine. Server did not offer customary wine service (smell the cork and taste the wine) he just poured 2 full glasses. Server checked on our food after expediter dropped the entrées. Then did not return for about 45 minutes. I watched him check on his other tables numerous times to the point where I started keeping count on how many times he checked other tables. We had waited so long we stacked our dishes and still waited another five minutes for someone to come around. By that point I just had my credit card ready and wanted the check. I'm a huge dessert fan but I had no desire to stay. Food was AMAZING, unfortunately I felt very disrespected.
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