Nearby points of interest
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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
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.
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.
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!
This is consistently our favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz. We went this past New Year's Eve. Food was great as always -- we love the lamb shank. Service quick and efficient even though the place was packed. Would give it a five on ambiance except it can be quite noisy. We requested a table near the front window, which is quieter and makes for great people watching.
The courtyard is closed in the winter . . . even though we have weather that's in the 60's! Please, please open it!
The service was slow. Our waitress was overloaded by a table of 11 that came in after us and we were neglected as a result. Couldn't someone else have stepped in to help?
Laili is one of our family favorites. Indeed, my husband requested to have his birthday meal there. The food is fantastic, one of the best in Santa Cruz. They have something for everyone, including a very picky teenager and preteen. The vegetables are fresh and prepared al dente. The chicken kabob is my favorite. Skip the rice and the sauces and its Paleo friendly. My daughter had the beet salad which was also fantastic. I gave service only 3 stars because the waitress spilled hot coffee on me. For ambience, I might have given it a 4, but the staff continually opened the door to the outside patio, propping it open and allowing the very cold night air to blast our table. We asked several times to keep the door shut, and my husband finally had to get up to close it...and they propped it open again. I ate the rest of my dinner in my down jacket. Guess the hot coffee spill was a warm-up from the staff.
Laili is a local favorite for us, and we have never been disappointed. This visit was on Christmas Eve, and the restaurant was pleasantly busy. (Had it not been late December--what passes for winter in Santa Cruz--we would have happily chosen to be in the courtyard, which is a delightful space of greenery-covered walls and several tables.) The food was predictably good. We always have trouble showing enough restraint to get beyond an assortment of vegetarian appetizers. Our particular appetizer favorite is the aushak (leek dumplings). Tonight, we also ordered the trout (which is a regular part of the menu) and a flatbread special for the evening. Both were excellent. One other highlight for the evening was our server, who was superb--engaging, attentive, and knowledgeable.
I made my reservation for a early sunday dinner and we were about 13 minutes late got a call from the hostess and was so sorry we were running late and when we walked in 2 minutes later we were scolded saying the table could have been given away. Yeah and my business has gone away now.
Excellent authentic Afgan cuisine.
Wall decorations are excellent photographs--many Afganistan renderings and others are more generic but highly artistic. The walls are two predominate colors somewhat unique to the culture. The walls include some cloth (silk?) hangings from ceiling to floor. Soooo, well appointed!
Great restaurant for conversation. It's relatively very quiet--loved it!
Plating is beautiful. Excellent variety of food choices with a very strong offer of vegetarian dishes.
Excellent value for the meal.
I've eaten often at Laílí's and enjoyed their food and service enormously. Their presentations
are noteworthy and their butternut appetizer with flatbread is something we always start with. Their wine list is not extensive but it is impressive and doesn't disappoint. I strongly recommend the restaurant as one of the best in Santa Cruz.
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