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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
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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

97% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (73)
Good for a Date (62)
Great for Outdoor Dining (60)
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Fit for Foodies (58)
Special Occasion (51)
Good for Birthdays (49)
Good Vegetarian Options (49)
Romantic (48)
Healthy (43)
Neighborhood Gem (41)
Casual (40)
Authentic (39)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Good for Groups (30)
Worth the Drive (27)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Fun (25)
Great for Lunch (24)
Local Ingredients (23)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Cozy (19)
Business Meals (18)
Vegan (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Seasonal (13)
Organic (11)
Paleo Friendly (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Disabled Access (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Scenic View (7)
Spicy (7)
Kid-friendly (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)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Music (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Hailey, our wait person was super friendly, helpful and made good suggestions. Ambiance is great and the food is excellent! It’s exceptional! Flavors blended well and authentically. Their chocolate mousse is the best in the area!!

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Good it delicious, good service! Overall a very nice place for lunch ot dine out. Indoor is little bit noisier than I would like it to be, however the garden area is beautiful and less noisy.

Highly recommend trying it out!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

This is my favorite!!!!I go when ever I can. I also bring friends and family..... Our waiter was the best!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food at Laili's is always excellent, and the wait staff are friendly. I especially like the beef kabobs.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Laili was recommended by a friend and did not disappoint. With a menu that's reminiscent of the handcrafted Mediterranean cuisine found in much larger cities, the extensive wine list and spacious, modern interior make for an evening to remember. Service was polished but friendly, and the vegetarian options were abundant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Took my sister out for her birthday, we both really enjoyed our dinners, she had the trout and I had the lamb shank, sooooo good!!

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great food and friendly staff. Service technique needs some improvement such as not clearing my friends’ entree plates and offering them dessert menus while I am still in the middle of enjoying my main course. The food is really what makes the difference; temperature and flavors were excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Despite making a reservation, there wasn't a very good table for us. I had requested a table that was off to the side and quiet; the table that was technically meant to be ours was still occupied by a couple of diners that were taking a very long time to leave despite having paid their bill. The hostess did try to accommodate us to the best of her ability but the layout of the restaurant doesn't leave enough desirable tables. There was a draft with a wide open door on a chilly evening, but they quickly closed it after being asked. The food was delicious and the server was great. I would definitely return, but it didn't feel quite as good overall as prior experiences I've had.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Laili is always a hit. Love their food! Always so tasty, fresh and excellent.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Laili is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Cruz. I enjoy celebrating special occasions there and taking friends from out of town. The decor is appealing, the food and service are very good and the low noise level allows for quality conversations. I enjoy sitting inside and outside when weather permits. I took a friend from L.A. there recently and he was very impressed with the quality of the food and the service.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent in every aspect; food, service, ambiance.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

This restaurant is a class act, delicious, out of the ordinary cuisine, beautiful roomy interior, attentive service. The dipping sauces and middle eastern appetizers were delicious. We will go back to Lailis and take friends.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Vegan
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food! Highly recommended! We came to Santa Cruz for the Thanksgiving week and our wedding anniversary. We had dinner for our anniversary here and it was very good, tasty and
Enjoyable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Amazingly delicious vegetarian dishes!
To celebrate the birthday of a vegetarian family member, we decided to order and share only vegetarian dishes. Ordered 2 appetizers, 2 flatbreads and 1 entry. This was more than enough for a party of four.
All dishes were robust in flavor and beautifully presented!
BTW, having had meals here before, the non-veggie dishes are also extremely tasty!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Vegan, Romantic, Authentic, Organic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 9, 2017

After my 1st visit to Santa Cruz and discovering Laili, it is the "must return" eatery for each visit. The outside dining is lovely, inside nice as well. Exciting presentation, knowledgeable staff for everyone's food limitations, awesome flavors. Thanks, Laili.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Casual, Organic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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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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