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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (58)
Fit for Foodies (50)
Special Occasion (49)
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Authentic (48)
Good for a Date (46)
Good Vegetarian Options (42)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Romantic (38)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Healthy (35)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Great for Outdoor Dining (33)
Casual (28)
Worth the Drive (27)
Good for Groups (24)
Great for Lunch (23)
Business Meals (22)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Local Ingredients (18)
Fun (17)
Vegan (15)
Comfort Food (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Cozy (11)
Organic (11)
Paleo Friendly (10)
Seasonal (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Disabled Access (6)
People Watching (6)
Spicy (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

Good place for get-togethers with friends and family
Great food with options to satisfy every palate

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Vegan
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Very good food, vegetarian selections, minimum noise.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Made reservations for lunch on Valentines and arrived a few minutes early. The hostess appeared overwhelmed and unsure of herself and job duties. The food server was just off It seemed like he just didn’t even care about his job. The place is noisy probably due to the high ceilings. The food was good and tasty and at the right temperature but I will not go back.

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·Dined 3 days ago

We go to Laillis when we want outstanding food, friendly wait staff and outstanding service. Always a happy experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

Laili is a favorite for celebrating special occasions and 'regular' life. Among the draws are the consistently delicious and creatively prepared food (we all had the cauliflower soup and grilled salmon, which were superb); personable servers who are friendly and attentive without being overbearing (though we should not have had to ASK for refill on our empty water jug); the ambience is aesthetically pleasing and, as noted above, 'energetic.' For someone with hearing loss, it's a very challenging environment, especially with large and loud parties (as were present Sunday evening). All-in-all worth the distractions.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

We celebrated Valentine's day early and what a treat it was to eat at Laili My Cauliflower soup was creamy and delicious. My wife had the apricot chicken flatbread and literally hummed with each bite. My lamb shank pasta dish was savory and spiced just right , Both of us exclaimed what unique flavors hit our palates. We will certainly come back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 6 days ago

Making a reservation is a nightmare. You can't talk to a real person or ask a question such as are dogs allowed on the patio. When the reservation is made they email you to confirm it but you can't reply to that email. We tried to make a reservation to eat outside and went back and forth and back and forth, couldn't talk to a real person and couldn't reply to their emails. In fact, when we got to the restaurant to eat, it turns out the patio was closed and we had no way of knowing that since that wasn't mentioned on the website nor could we speak to anybody about it. We had no interest in eating inside but it was a special occasion and many of us had gathered so we were kind of stuck inside.
I've tried to call in the past and when they are closed on Mondays you can't talk to a real person either. So generally even though we want to go there we don't because it's so impossible to talk to anyone.
I would highly recommend that they get rid of the Open Table reservation process and just have staff make the reservations. We would certainly dinair more often if we didn't have to go through such a Troublesome process.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Wonderful time. I will return next time I’m in the area. Lamb shank was amazing. Service was great. Good Vibes!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious lunch - we ordered 3 selections, asked them to serve “family style” (no split charge that way) and shared everything. We recommend the squash dish for the appetizer. Plenty to share with 2 or even 3. The chicken kabobs were very tender. We really enjoyed the meal a lot. A very inexpensive parking garage is nearby so that makes it easy as well.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I had my best meal yet at Laili's last weekend. The salmon special was fantastic and the spinach salad was superb. Even the wine was good.

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We tried out many of the fine restaurants in Santa Cruz during our week's vacation. Laili lived up to its #1 rating. It will be our first stop on a return trip. It was still winter, so we did not get to experience the courtyard, but we hear it is the best.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 8, 2018

As always, good food, solid service, relaxed seating

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great food and great table service. Weird service to get seated, inexperienced staff at front to get seated. We had reservations but they seated two parties without reservations before they seated us. This is Laili's achilles heal and always has been for some unknown reason. Other than that frustration everything else is great!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Delicious! As always.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great as always. Only restaurant in Santa Cruz I ever take friends to. Only complaint is the noise level inside for lunch. Quiet conversation is difficult. Need more sound damping on walls and ceiling. Also, given how warm winter days are now, really need to have patio dining open as often as possible. Much quieter outside.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Authentic
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Though we are picky vegetarians, we have found our special "go to" on the menu which we love and do not tire of it! We always suggest Laila's when friends ask our advice for a great dinner with non-boring and not your usual menu options! Service is fantastic; everyone so friendly; food is served hot and quickly!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great place-a must not miss! love the Atmosphere and the service! The location is also great you should stop over at Cooper inside of Abbet Square and have the best gin tonic on the west coast!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The lamb shank es delectable. The meat fell off the bone,was accompanied by steamed vegetables cooked to perfection. Always love the home made sodas and the complimentary naan

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

A favorite in Santa Cruz, delicious dishes with interesting flavors and spices. Reasonably priced. I heard that in the summer the patio dining is fun.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Overall nice enough. Good service. Food was good, but not exceptional.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Outstanding, as usual. Especially good service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We've eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. All the chicken dishes are especially tasty. Wonderful service and reasonable prices. The location is excellent. In warmer weather, the outdoor seating is lovely.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Seasonal, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Absolutely LOVED this place. Our first time and it was super awesome!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Second time here and a new favorite in our town!! We love this place! Sat at the Bar Counter the first visit great view of the workings of the whole resturant.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Everything was great! The food was delicious and the food runner was very attentive. He was fast, friendly, and did an awesome job making sure that we were well taken care of. The waitress was kind however she only checked in on us twice.

Tags: Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

For those who are gluten free, it is nice that the restaurant allows gluten free crackers or bread to be brought in to enjoy with the dips and sauces. The only gluten- free appetizer choice at the restaurant to dip into the sauces was a vegetable platter that customers have to pay an additional fee for. Customers can not substitute any vegetables for the bread in any of the appetizers without having to pay the additional fee.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Fabulous food. Wonderful waitress. She was kind, knowledgeable and attentive. The entire experience was wonderful.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The pomegranate chicken is so succulent and wonderful. I enjoyed every last piece of it. My wife also enjoy her filet mignon kabob. The flat bread with marinated dipping oil is so addictive. I could just keep on eating it and feel very satisfied.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent meal. Friendly service, nice atmosphere, room between tables, delicious food. There were 2 items (of about 15) that I wouldn't order again, but I would very happily come back here in the future.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Love it but there are no cocktails
Just beer and wine.
Always wonderful food !!

Never disappointed

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Organic, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Wonderful food and exceptional service from beginning to end. Will definitely go back.

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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We were particularly impressed with a delicious salmon special and their classic lamb pasta dishes. Portions were generous and prices quite fair for the high quality of the cooking. All diners receive an unusual fresh-baked flatbread with an olive oil and herb dip as a complimentary starter. It was very tasty. They offer a variety of beers including a nice local Santa Cruz IPA.
Definitely would come back again when ready for a celebratory evening out.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very consistent-A regular favorite. Our waitress was attentive and friendly. Very nice dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Friendly staff, very good food and service. ...the only thing that I didn't like was that I forgot my bag with left overs, I came back 5 minutes later and they already had thrown it out in the garbage :(

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Laili is one of (the?) best restaurants in Santa Cruz. An upscale take on Mediterranean food, good wine and beer list, patio dining. Great for business lunch or date night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Met with friends at Laili’s.
Food was outstanding- as well as the service. Only complaint was the noise level- busy place!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

It was our first dining experience here and it was as amazing as all the reviews. Our Server Jennifer was outstanding and the cuisine left us with a new restaurant to frequent! Wonderful Experience!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Delicious, I always leave knowing I have had a delicious and healthy meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Healthy, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food was outstanding. Waitstaff pretty good, she forgot my brothers drink but other than that she was attentive

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Laili is always a good option. Healthy choices, great wine list and the staff is amazing. I love to dine outside (weather permitting) and we were there for NYE and it was festive and fun but not over the top. We ordered the pear flat bread and I ordered the salmon and my friend ordered the filet mignon kibobs. We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for Groups
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