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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 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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!!!!
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.
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