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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

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (89)
Great for Outdoor Dining (80)
Good for a Date (75)
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Fit for Foodies (62)
Good Vegetarian Options (60)
Romantic (57)
Special Occasion (56)
Good for Birthdays (50)
Authentic (47)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
Healthy (45)
Neighborhood Gem (45)
Casual (43)
Worth the Drive (33)
Great for Lunch (32)
Good for Groups (31)
Local Ingredients (27)
Fun (25)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Cozy (23)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Vegan (19)
Business Meals (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Organic (14)
Seasonal (14)
Comfort Food (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Scenic View (8)
Spicy (8)
People Watching (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Tapas (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Live Music (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Good Mediterranean food, but the portions are a bit on the small side for what you pay. Server did his best to be friendly, but it didn't feel like he or the other help staff were loving their jobs that night.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent place for any occasion. The food is always great and the service excellent.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 3 days ago

A great place in downtown Santa Cruz to enjoy good food and Drink

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

We had an excellent birthday celebration there. Our waitress had a good sense of humor and was very responsive and helpful. The food was served in a timely fashion. Plates were removed promptly when completed. Water was refilled regularly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Super yummy as always! I tried the trout with lemon garlic sauce and it is my new favorite.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Amazing food, beautiful decor and great service! This place was such a pleasure to dine at. Highly recommend!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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 ?

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The outdoor setting was warm, quiet, and wonderful. Our Salmon and Beef Kabob meals were wonderful. The staff that waited on us were all very polite and courteous.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent restaurant. Great food. Would be competitive in a much larger city.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great as always. Went on Halloween and had table by the window. Watching the costumes outside while enjoying the meal was great fun. Highly recommended.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, People Watching, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Interesting selection on the menu—Middle Eastern/Mediterranean vibe. Lovely outdoor garden dining. We enjoyed the food, ambiance and very good service.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Excellent ambience, especially on the outside patio. Interesting choice of food, from appetizers through dessert. Good staff. Reasonable prices.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Went while on vacation in Santa Cruz and the food was amazing. We loved everything from the outdoor dining to the cool vibe. Everything was delicious!!

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We sat outside on a cool evening and it was really nice. The patio has great ambiance and the high walls block a lot of the street noise. We got great service and enjoyed trying a lot of different dishes.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Fun
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Had a wonderful lunch with a co-worker here. Delicious food!!! that was able to accommodate a regular and a vegan diet. Made a reservation and was seated quickly. Service was friendly and good.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Lovely outdoor seating with creative middle eastern cuisine

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Decent food. Nothing outstanding. Service OK. Menu is less than clever or new.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

My family and I always enjoy the food every time we come to celebrate a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great food! Perfect date night or special occasion restaurant. Perfect outdoor dining!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent! The food and service wer both tip top especially for a busy Friday evening!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was well prepared and very tasty. Server was attentive and personable. Very happy about our choice for dinner.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 19, 2017

A friend took me to this place and I'm glad he did! Excellent food, reasonably priced.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The food is always unusual and tastes amazing. I think there should be more bar seating for singles.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Fantastic food and great atmosphere. We both left very happy ... one meat eater and one vegan.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

wonderful patio in downtown Santa Cruz interesting menu

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Had a time and date for a table it was not handle well.we enjoyed are meal

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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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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