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Laili

4.6
1729 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Afghan
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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

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Phone number
(831) 423-4545
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pacific Avenue
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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
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The courtyard dining area is a treasure! Nothing like it anywhere in this city. The food is exceptional and the service always friendly and accommodating.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Love sitting on the patio here, the food is always delish and the service low-key but cordial and prompt. It is a little bit of heaven in downtown Santa Cruz, definitely a place to seek out, especially on a warm afternoon.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Very good and well presented food that is always prepared correctly. Mediterranean style with a good wine selection, this is one the best restaurants in Santa Cruz. Get a reservation because they can be full on weeknights, and will certainly be full on weekends. They have a nice outdoor area / courtyard only accessible through the restaurant (not on the street).

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Lailis is without exception, ie always, a good food experience. Always enjoy my visits there.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Laili is a gem!! Food is excellent. Service is outstanding! Love the patio.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Love Laila! Staff is great, food is even better.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Absolutely phenomenal across all boards

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had an 8 pm reservation, to make a 9:30 show. We were seated around 8:15. Our waitress was very nice (the hostess seemed pretty frantic) and did a good job making up for lost time, though one of our orders was lost (she make up for it with nice bowl of stew while we waited for the missing dish). The food, frankly, is only so so. Not bad, just not great. The bathroom is kind of outside of the restaurant- shared with other facilities?) and not nice. So... not really a fancy or special place. I'd recommend the food court (abbott square market?) across the way- an interesting, informal experience with a terrific cocktail spot. I can't believe people were lined up and waiting 45' for Laili.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Our server was oblivious to our needs. Constant reminders about our meal. Kinda spaced out?

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Laili is always delicious! This time we were able to sit in the courtyard for lunch and it was lovely. We had an especially good server - genuinely friendly, just attentive enough - and he gave us good advice about the menu. The chicken flatbread was as yummy as always. My friend had a special pasta with salmon. Neither of us could eat the whole serving. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Had a nice birthday lunch with friends. Friendly and helpful server--I ordered a veggie plate to use instead of the flatbread for tasting the wonderful eggplant, yogurt, and tahini appetizer. The roasted cauliflower was very tasty! My friends enjoyed their lunches--one had a chicken entree and the other had lamb. The patio is beautiful on a nice day!

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Birthday dinner delightful as usual. Our waiter Caesar was great. Another waiter broke a few glasses @ nearby table - we notified hostess of glass shards on floor & under our table ; surprised when hostess said she would sweep when time allowed then seated next party of 4 ! What ?
Not impressed/Yikes

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Laili is our favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz. The food is always excellent and the service is great. I have been a regular customer since it opened. We have celebrated many birthdays there in their beautiful outdoor seating area.
Thank you Laili!

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food, great service... but it was just too too noisy. My dinner guest & I could not hear each other without using loud loud voices that left me, by the time we left, hoarse. I'm still not sure if I heard her correctly, or her me. And the restaurant wasn't even full. Food was great but the space could use some extreme sound dampening help. It would have been a great time, if we could have heard each other. If your trying to get to know someone this is probably not the best place... but the food is great!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Warm and lively restaurant with excellent and delicious options; we enjoyed our dinner very much.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Absolutely the best filet mignon in the entire state, consistently! Outside by the fire is usually my preference, but since it was raining, we were seated inside - in the past this has been noisy, but I think because we were against a wall, it was quieter and we could all converse easily. I continue to recommend this restaurant for the exquisitely delicious food and good service!

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

So loud it was hard to carry on a conversation. In the rain couldn’t use their great patio. Bouranee still delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food was outstanding, and the service was great! We will definitely recommend this wonderful restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

All five 5 of us were happy with the generous portions as well as amazed how every dish was delicious. The price was very very reasonable. It's a great place to eat and enjoy and take your time savoring the food. Can't wait to do lunch outside when it gets warmer.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter lunch

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Spent 2 days in Santa Cruz and ate here twice. One dinner and one lunch. The food is tremendous. We loved everything that came to the table. The Pomegranate Eggplant is my 2nd favorite thing on the menu, next to the lamb and penne pasta. The Mediterranean Plate app is terrific as well. The roasted cauliflower rocked also. Great place to eat, this is a must try!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Always have a lovely time here. I especially like the creative menu the service is always prompt and courteous. The price is spot on.

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1.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We were sorely disappointed with the service and the food. As this was our 41st anniversary, we really wanted to sit in the courtyard but were told that reservations were not accepted however if there was space available we could be seated there. Imagine how we felt when the unoccupied courtyard was not made available to us by the hostess. We watched as people came in after us and were seated there and to make matters worse our waiter disappeared into the courtyard to serve other patrons. This was the beginning of our experience and it got worse from there. I don't mind paying a premium for food as long as I receive portions that justify the price. This was not the case. We'll never go back to Laili as there are too many good restaurants in town that will treat you respectfully and offer you a good meal for a fair price.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

great food, atmosphere and service.
dining on the patio is special

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Always a fun wonderful experience.....been here many times.....love the outdoor dining.....love it!!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Birthday! With baby... they were really wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent Greek style restaurant. Food was excellent with great service

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Wow, what a great restaurant Laili is!! My partner and I went for lunch on a Saturday. I liked the nice ambiance, everybody was super friendly and food was ABSOLUTELY delicious! Price was reasonable. Plus, garage is 1 minute walk. (It was only $1 for 2 hours during lunch time on Saturday.)

I had Mediterranean Plate with flat bread and Trout. They both were amazing. Laili definitely raised the mood of our Saturday!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

One of the most well run restaurants I’ve seen. We arrived early for our reservation and opted to sit at the bar vs waiting for our table. We felt very taken care of by multiple members of the staff (it felt like customer attention was everyone’s job!) and the food/flavor was exceptional. We will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Good, well-prepared food at decent prices. On Saturday at 6:00 p.m., Laili was a tad noisy for our taste. We'll go midweek next time or have lunch there.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

My husband and I love Laili and keep coming back but we have learned our lesson and make reservations at least 3 days in advance.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Took my daughter and her friend while in Santa Cruz on spring vacation and it was delicious, interesting and expanding for both of them. The spices and tastes - hmmm!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Had a great dinner here with my daughter. I did mention in my reservation it was her birthday, yet there was no mention of it when we dined.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The food here is delicious and the flavors are unique and well done. I've been many times and often come for nice occasions. The outdoor seating is in a beautiful setting and indoor seating provides a nice ambiance. Their flavors are well done and unique. My one critique would be that they seemed to have too few waiters for how busy it is the last few times I went, and so the service was slow (though the waiter was very nice and attentive for how busy he was).

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

From the Naan bread, to the main course, to the dessert, my dinning experience was scrumptious. The feel of the restaurant was warm and unique. The staff was delightful and knowledgeable. I can't wait to go back, and this time I'm bringing everyone I know.

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1.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I ordered the pomegranite chicken dish. It was sickly sweet and the chicken was over cooked and dried out.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Lousy hostess

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

This place never disappoints (except on Mondays—because they are closed). Had a party of 10 and service was great as was the food

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Table was not ready on time due to severe understaffing but otherwise fine meal.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Francisco, our server, was awesome! thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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