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About Laili

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.

101B Cooper St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Afghan

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

Cross Street:
Pacific Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 423-4545

Website:
http://www.lailirestaurant.com/

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

Laili Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (63)
Fit for Foodies (54)
Special Occasion (53)
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Good for a Date (52)
Romantic (45)
Good Vegetarian Options (44)
Great for Outdoor Dining (41)
Authentic (40)
Healthy (39)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Casual (29)
Worth the Drive (25)
Good for Groups (24)
Great for Lunch (23)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Local Ingredients (21)
Business Meals (20)
Vegan (17)
Fun (16)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Cozy (12)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Paleo Friendly (11)
Organic (11)
Seasonal (10)
Kid-friendly (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Spicy (7)
Disabled Access (5)
People Watching (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Scenic View (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Very good food - eggplant was great. Service was great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was the second time I've been here for lunch, and both times it was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We went as a friendly gathering. The service was great, seating was comfortable.
Food was excellent, we each ordered a different Entre and we all enjoyed our meals.
I highly recommend Laili for nice dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Spicy, Healthy, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Stopped in on a trip over to Santa Cruz. Absolutely fantastic food. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Waiter Chris was exceptional & made the whole experience wonderful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great food with unique tastes -- really recommend the apricot chicken flatbread as a main course and the Mediterranean plate as an appetizer. The food is very fresh and farm-to-table, interesting, different and carefully done -- not too much, not too expensive, but tasty and imaginative. Our server -- Jennifer -- was terrific: efficient, knowledgeable, happy, open and friendly, sincere. We really recommend this place -- we make sure to take all our out-of-town guests here for at least one meal while they are in town. We recommend asking for a table out in the walled patio garden, even in the cold weather (they have heaters there!), as it really enhances the experience, especially after dark.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Authentic, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The food and service was exceptional. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting the area.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I have been in Santa Cruz on business for 10 days and have had dinner here twice! Remarkable meals both times....lamb shank and filet Mignon shish kabob. The spices used for both represented the best of Mediterranean-Middle Eastern flavors! I Love to eat and love to cook...for me to highly rate a restaurant, it must provide amazing food that I typically do not make at home! Well done Laili....well done!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Love love Laili. The food is very good and always consistent. The menu is limited, but with a good variety of options, including vegetarian and gluten free. The wine list is good. Inside the restaurant it's noisy, but outside on the courtyard it's just lovely and perfect in every way. The service is very good, with friendly wait staff. The hostess goes out of the way to seat you where you request.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Soy or nut milks not available...
An alternative grain to the white or basmati rice-cous cous, quinoa, millet

Santa Cruz 21st century

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 (London)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great food and ambience

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Food was fantastic! From the naan baked in the stone oven right in front, to the beet salad and roasted cauliflower for a vegetarian friend, to the eggplant flatbread and chicken dishes, all YUMMMM.
Great value for the money and the service was good also. We will be back.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Enjoyed our meal but over rated restaurant. Eat in the garden if you have a chance. Waitress was attentive but please ask her to remove her ornament that she had in her mouth.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Fabulous food, especially the lamb pasta. The flatbread was wonderful too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food is excellent. The meats and produce used to prepare the meals are high quality. The sauces served with the lamb and filet mignon are perfect complements. The service staff are friendly and fun. Served our desserts with candles to celebrate birthdays! We have annual family gatherings in Santa Cruz and always want to dine here!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food at Laili is always fantastic. This time, the service wasn't great which is unusual because it typically is great. Oh well, everyone has a bad day.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Laili is one of my favorite restaurants in town. The food is very good & nicely presented. I particularly enjoy the outside courtyard…lovely and quiet.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The flowers I asked for we're perfect. Seems like our waiter was not aware this was a proposal. She did say yes!

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 (London)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Lively venue with decent food. Serice was a little slow on a busy Thursday night. Waited a few minutes for a table despite making a reservation. Overall impression was over-priced (especially the wine).

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

The staff are friendly, the food is good and the patio with all the trees and plants is delightful. Ask to sit at the street end to avoid the fluorescent lights and noise from the kitchen. We love this place. Robert

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Unfortunately the waiter we had gave us the wrong wine, then when we asked for more he forgot to bring it.. then when it was time to pay for our food we waited for over 15 mins till I had to slag someone down to pay for my Check. 😕 sucks because it was a beautiful restaurant with excellent food. I will definitely eat there again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Lovely patio for a nice lunch or dinner. Food, especially the lamb dishes were excellent.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Excellent lunch options. Vegan/vegetarian dishes delicious. Outside seating is the best!

Tags: Vegan, Casual, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Love Laili's! Took daughter & visiting granddaughter for a birthday lunch. The secluded outdoor courtyard is so wonderful- quiet, filled with plants and beautiful. Inside is lovely but noisy...needs more soft surfaces so the sound doesn't bounce around.
Usual interesting, flavorful food, well prepared & presented. Great service. Highly recommended!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Good, authentic ethnic food. Well prepared and well seasoned.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 25, 2017

My first time with Afghan cuisine. I really enjoyed the flavors and variety of dishes. The Lamb Shank is very tender and tasty. The server was very friendly and attentive. I would differently go again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food as always but very disappointed I booked thru open table and special request for patio got there hostess said no request on reservation and it would be a two hour wait. No apologies, we are inside but it the point of picking there was for the patio. Hostess really makes me question going there again anytime soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Staff forgot our reservation, needed to seat us in a busy part of the restaurant. Our personal server was fine, but the other wait staff was curt, talked to eachother over our busy table. Only had our appetizer for a couple of minutes before our entree was ready, then waited 10 more minutes before our daughter received the remainder of her order. Unlikely we will be back.

Tags: Organic, Vegan
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I had been here once before. The quality of the food seemed much lower this time. The food was okay this time, a few weeks prior it had been excellent!

Tags: Healthy
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

We had a wonderful experience. We were outside in the courtyard area which was much quieter than inside. If you want active and lively then go inside. Server was fantastic and very attentive yet gave us our space. Food was very tasty. Other reviews helped us decide before going there what was the most popular. I would definitely go back and highly recommend this restaurant. It was our 25 wedding anniversary and the server made us feel very special being there.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Always My Go-To Place In Santa Cruz Everytime I Go To Santa Cruz!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Our group was seated sight on time....the service was very good and the food was wonderful. The restaurant was a bit noisy but not a distraction.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Have lived in the Santa Cruz Mtns for 40 years and have our favorite places in Santa Cruz/Aptos. Googled restaurants in Santa Cruz for something different one weekend. This place was rated 4.7 and we love Mediterranean food. This is now on our go to place. Can't believe Laili has been here for 7 yrs. !! Had lunch the other day and invited friends who have a yacht in the Harbor. They loved the food and atmosphere and will also be back :)
Every person that has served us has been absolutely wonderful!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We arrived very early and they did an exceptional job getting us in. Our server was amazing and super friendly. We also ordered a dish to go that we needed as a vegan dish. She made sure all was okay and our order was correct before leaving. Ambiance and food is wonderful. Brought my sister for the first time and she loved it. This is one of the few places where my entire family can enjoy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

This restaurant seems to always leave me extremely satisfied. The food is awesome every time. The servers/bussers are on top of their game and very fast too. The food comes out when it's supposed to. Over all this is a good place to eat something different and authentic. The chai here is hands down the best I've ever had! You won't be disspointed with this restaurant! Go!!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I love the restaurant, but seat was really shabby and the street light came through window and was uncomfortable and bright. A little warm as well in restaurant.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Good food. Everything I had was good. Beet salad was awesome. All their sauces were excellent. Be sure and make reservations because they get very busy.

Tags: Organic, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Santa Cruz has some very good restaurants but
i think this is the best.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in Santa Cruz!! Always love it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

This is our go to place for a wonderful meal and vibrant atmosphere. Great service and food. This is where we take guests from out of town. From meat to vegetarian options this place will please all. Nice wine list and the outdoor space is lovely if you can snag a spot.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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