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Laili Restaurant

101B Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4526
+1 831-423-4545
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“eggplant” (45 reviews)
“kabob” (22 reviews)
“naan” (21 reviews)
Closes in 12 min
5:00 PM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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101B Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4526
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We didn't have a reservation on the weekend before Valentine's Day, so we ate "at the bar", which was really highboy tables in the back. Turns out we enjoyed the location as it was much quieter than the center dining room. I should start with...More

Thank 2Klecks
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a reservation and were placed at a table right in front of door so to much foot traffic but someone gets the front. It was not a busy travel time in Santa Cruz but we heard several groups of people without reservations turned...More

Thank exploring9999
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice atmosphere, very friendly service and yummy, interesting food. Delicious cauliflower soup with saffron and wonderful rice and meat dishes. My favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz.

1  Thank Marwie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My favorite restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz, Laili has great food and excellent service at a moderate price.

Thank Paul D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything always taste fresh and they have the best hummus and naan. Lovely atmosphere but can get noisy so pick a weekday for best service and choice of seating

Thank Mara246
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good service and even better food. We come to Santa Cruz about once a year and have come to Laili every time. We were late in making reservations for 4 people so we had to have an early dinner. 5:15. We were seated quickly and...More

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great food, great atmosphere, great location and great service. Even if you do not like lamb, try it here prepared in interesting ways with regionally authentic spice mixtures. The dishes are inspired by the region (as is the owner and his son from). Think Middle...More

1  Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed 11 January 2018

You need a reservation for this mediterranean delicious restaurant, and the menu is dee, the room big, and outdoor garden seating. My fa is a cilantro caesar salad, three bean soup with lamb, and side of basmati. Simple mean delightful, many more lamb and chicken...More

Thank bapstar
Reviewed 5 January 2018

Great food, great ambiance, great service. Downtown Santa Cruz. Will definitely return. Vegetarian options available. Highly recommended.

Thank Brenda B
Reviewed 31 December 2017

Everybody I know thinks this is a great restaurant. I'm vegetarian and I haven't been impressed by anything except the unreasonable prices.

Thank OriginalCalTrav
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Jeff S
15 February 2015|
Response from Anne w | Reviewed this property |
I do not know for sure, but I doubt they would as you have to enter patio by going through the restaurant. Also it reeks upscale. I sometimes feel as if I have not dressed up enough, even in casual, sub casual santa cruz... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 22
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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