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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

5
4
3
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (77)
Good for a Date (66)
Great for Outdoor Dining (64)
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Fit for Foodies (58)
Special Occasion (54)
Romantic (52)
Good Vegetarian Options (52)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Healthy (45)
Neighborhood Gem (41)
Authentic (41)
Casual (39)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Good for Groups (29)
Worth the Drive (26)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Local Ingredients (24)
Fun (23)
Great for Lunch (23)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Cozy (20)
Vegan (20)
Notable Wine List (18)
Business Meals (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Seasonal (12)
Organic (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Paleo Friendly (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Disabled Access (9)
Scenic View (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Spicy (6)
People Watching (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Tapas (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Music (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

GReat atmosphere on patio. Attentive staff. POmegranit chicken very moist and unique.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Given that I was just here for lunch, dinner and lunch again the next day, I thought it was time to leave a review. I've also been here previously.
It's rhapsodic dining in the garden, with friends or solo. The indoors is lovely too- candlelit, and well placed tables. The food is absolutely delicious- I generally get the salmon fettuccine or the creative flatbreads. The service is focused and committed.
I recommend this restaurant! You can probably tell:-)))

Tags: Romantic, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

We celebrated a birthday and found the restaurant to have a festive atmosphere without it being too loud for conversation. The menu was varied and wasn't too expensive. The service was fast, friendly, and attentive. The food was very good. I highly recommend!

Tags: Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

I had heard mixed reviews from friends but our experience was good. Food was amazing and setting was pretty. Service was a bit slow near the end of the meal but not terrible. My husband and I had a very enjoyable meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Laili never disappoints! Another excellent lunch - perfect for dining with friends

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 9, 2017

My husband and I had a lovely lunch on the outdoor patio. The food was wonderful along with the service.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

I moved to Santa Cruz 3+ years ago and was initially abysmally disappointed with the food scene -- until my first positive brush with Laili's when I dined with a future employer in the stunning patio during a perfect warm afternoon. I've been bringing clients, colleagues, family and friends here ever since. The Truly rare combination of creativity, fresh delicious cuisine, beautiful setting AND impeccable service is unparalleled in this wonderful and unique oasis called Santa Cruz!
You complete us Laili! Hint; the amazing pomegranate eggplant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

We had a great experience! Their patio is just beautiful, the food is outstanding and so unique, and they have great service. Our group all agreed it's the best restaurant in Santa Cruz, can't wait to go again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

My wife's birthday, her restaurant choice. As in the past, the food is delicious, with dishes on the menu we see no where else in town. Service is excellent and attentive without being too present. We will be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Creative menu items, delicious dishes and appetizers. Beautiful outdoor dining area

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Excellent service from Marya. Food was excellent and prepared well and tasted delicious.
Very nice atmosphere and comfortable surroundings. Desserts were great and well
presented.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in town. The food is always superb. I love the Moushawa lamb soup, the boorani squash appetizer (sp?) and the trout. The chocolate mousse is out of this world.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Went there to celebrate a birthday! Made reservation on Open Table for 5:30pm and we were 10 min early. Our waitstaff was great, food was great. We had a 5:30pm reservation and the hostess would not seat us in the garden, even tho there were plenty of empty tables because "people arriving at 7pm had reserved them". Inside is one of those all concrete interiors and VERY noisy. I would never go here again if I had to sit indoors.
Again, food was fabulous but with the noise level and screaming children running around, I would not be seated inside again.

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·Dined on August 28, 2017

Our food was fresh and the beef kabobs were juicy and tasty.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

I found myself saying 'so good' after every bite. This place surprised me with how good each dish was. I wish I lived closer so that I could go every night.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Their service is their biggest downfall. Our host was very unwelcoming. In addition, our server did not acknowledge our son's birthday in spite of including a note when I booked our reservation.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Fantastic!! And service is phenomenal! At least ours was 😃

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

An excellent meal - great starters and wonderful main course

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

I live in Santa Cruz and love the food at laili. However, on this visit, for a business lunch, the service, from check-in to table to getting the coffee and check, reached a new low! Despite the fact that I had a reservation and the restaurant and courtyard were less than half full, it took 25 minutes to be seated! (for real). The table service was so slow that my cient/companion, who had told the server that she would want coffee at the end of the meal, was not able to order it timely and then it arrived so late she took it in a to go cup.
I will think twice before going back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Casual
1 person found this review helpful.
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We always order (and usually enjoy) the roasted cauliflower dish. Also ordered the local salmon, and it was perfect. The best piece of fish I've had in several years. The patio is beautiful and romantic!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

The outdoor seating at Lailas is beautiful; they turned on the heaters when it got a little cool. The tall walls on both side with vines crawling up them, fountains , etc.-enchanting. The food is delicious. We both had the lamb flanks which was done perfectly. They also let us choose a desert for our anniversary, and it was relish. The indoor is equally beautiful. All in all a lovely night.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Spectacular seating in the open air atrium, like a fancy restaurant in a heavily vegetated canyon.
We shared dishes. All were very good, even great. The eggplant in pomegranate sauce was spectacular. The staff were real people. Hard not to love.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

The food was scrumptious. My D-I-L and I had lamb dishes, my husband had the chicken, and my son had the lamb linguine. Even my 5-year-old grandchildren loved their kid dinners. I always love the squash appetizer and the beet salad. The wait staff are friendly and courteous, and boy do they work hard. The only thing that I would wish would be desserts that have no wheat or sugar. Like fruit? Berries? Peaches in season?

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Healthy
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Food was great. Service was great. I never had to wait for anything!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Laili's is definitely a gem in Santa Cruz. One of my family's favorites. The food is so flavorable and the service is wonderful. I would highly recommend Laili's for any occasion.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Despite a reservation, had to wait ten minutes for table. Food was good, but not memorable. Service was courteous, but not attentive.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We loved our lunch-inventive and very tasty food! We were pleasantly greeted and our server was delightful. Sadly there was no room outside( my favorite place) but inside was fine. I would highly recommend Laila!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Fabulous food and service. The courtyard is the best outdoor seating in Santa Cruz County, I believe. I find inside way too noisy but love the courtyard.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

We decided to eat an entirely vegetarian meal this evening, and it was so easy and enjoyable at Laila.

We started with two appetizers, the butternut squash, garlic, qurut yogurt, mint and pared it with the leek dumplings. They also provide a soft flatbread with oil & spices so this was a substantial start. The Kadoo boranee (butternut squash) was wonderful and sweet. We probably could have chosen a little spicier second dish to pare with it, but thoroughly enjoyed the dumplings.
We selected their flatbread special that was a roasted pare with soft cheese and other ingredients. To me, this was the most flavorful dish of the evening. I loved it.
We then had two main dishes we shared. The pomegranate eggplant was very flavorful and fruity and pared it with the arugula pesto which had very strong flavored olives. Both with very good dishes, but again we did not make the best pairing of flavors.

We had selected a syrah blend and our waiter suggested that we sample three wines and choose. He had thought that another wine might work better and he was absolutely correct. We very much appreciated his guidance and offer to taste. Our meal was better for this.

(And we hope that he passed his test the next day so he can pursue the career he desires--Go NIck!)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Healthy, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

In general, we rely on Laili for a delicious, semi-regular date night, but the service this time around was unsatisfactory (errors in a simple order and an unsatisfactory response). We feel hesitant about returning: was the problem a one-off or a sign of the way things are headed?

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We were fortunate enough to have reserved a table on the patio, which is typically booked solid. It's a beautiful courtyard surrounded on all four sides by building but doesn't feel small of claustrophobic because of the array of trees and plants growing in the space. The food and service were excellent, as always.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Always a tasty treat with excellent service. I recommend the chicken kabob or the saffron eggplant. The sauces are the best!

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Good variety of tasty appetizers, unusual dishes, helpful staff, interesting drinks, great atmosphere in the courtyard

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Best restaurant nook in town. Service is great, menu is small (that's a good thing!), food is excellent, and the outdoor patio is lush.
You can't do any better .

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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