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Laili Restaurant

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101B Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4526 (Pacific Avenue)
+1 831-423-4545
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Today
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Sun 11:30 - 14:30
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Wisconsin
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were thrilled to find this gem and enjoyed the outdoor seating area tremendously. It is a green oasis and was lovely. Only the freshest ingredients and our service was fantastic.

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Thank Dona C
Santa Cruz, California
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Cruz. My husband always orders the lamb kabab and is never disappointed. I like the kadu and flatbreads.

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Santa Cruz, CA
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This veg-friendly restaurant offers several options for vegans. I came here recently with visiting co-workers. The bottom of the menu tells diners to ask about vegan options and their website says "Organic, vegan friendly Mediterranean / Middle Eastern cuisine with an Afghan twist. Laili Restaurant is a contemporary, elegant fine dining experience. Voted one of the best restaurants in Santa... More 

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Thank Connie M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting and tasty selection of food. You can sit inside or on a small, enclosed patio. Food and beverages that you may not have tried before.

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Thank Jeff L
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ah the food at Laili's is always fresh and tasty. They do a great job of marrying the cultures of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. My personal favorite is the Bolani as a starter and the Saffron Chicken Wrap. Super delicious. Be aware that getting a table at dinner time will likely require a reservation. Lunch is the best... More 

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Thank Lance H
California
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Laili is stylish all way around. Understated elegance with artistic flair. The exotic aromas in the room will tip you off that great food awaits you. The appetizers are killer! I must feast on an array of them each time I dine there. I love all their dishes with pumpkin in them...all very satisfying. I also love their eggplant dishes...try... More 

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Laguna Woods, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We stopped here for lunch - we had a braised lamb, sliced cherry tomatoes over well cooked fettuccine strips covered with light cream sauce plate - Quite Good! And, a Chunky roasted Lamb wrap with side of rutabaga lettuce, also quite good! Service was OK!

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Thank valueman84
San Mateo, California
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89 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

My wife and I had lunch here and loved it! We were seated in the back outdoor area, and we had our meal amid the flowers, fountain, and sunshine. We ordered the Bolani (mixed), apricot chicken flatbread, and pomegranate chicken kabob, and they were all scrumptious. The food had rich flavors and were nicely presented. The portions were quite good,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Wow, the food was so good it was easy to just laugh good-heartedly about the service. What would you do if you were mid-bite in your appetizer when the waiter reached over to take your plate and ask,"OK if I take your appetizer plate?" My response, with my mouth full, was "Sure, if you don't mind me dripping all over... More 

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Los Gatos, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We were seated outside on the patio with a party of 6 including one school age child. The patio was delightful, perfect ambiance. Lovely menu, we had appetizers and a couple bottles of wine with dinner including dessert and after dinner tea in which they brought a side of ground cardamon to put in your tea, such a nice touch... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 22
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Persian, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101B Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4526
    (Pacific Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-4545
Description
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?