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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” (41 reviews)
“kebab” (30 reviews)
“lamb” (25 reviews)
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Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
101B Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4526
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My husband and I are lamb fans and Laili did not disappoint! He had lamb pasta and I had the lamb kebabs with rice and an arugula salad. While my dish was very good, the lamb pasta was outstanding! The walls of the restaurant are...More

Thank Travelingpat2013
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We selected this restaurant because of the Trip Advisor recommendations. Definitely worth going - excellent food and pretty good service too. We had the trout which seems maybe an odd selection but WOW!!! We wanted to come back the next night to have some more!...More

Thank jmorgan2238
Reviewed 1 week ago

We turned up without a booking and even though it was getting late they still offered us a lovely table in their courtyard. The chicken kebab and the steak kebab were amazing. OH and I had shared both as we couldn't decide which one to...More

Thank ConservationQueen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went to Laili for lunch. The service was horrible. I ordered the filet mignon kebab. The waiter never asked how I would like it to be cooked. As a result, I got a raw steak that I could not eat. The...More

1  Thank Aga2012
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'll start off by saying my family and I are not used to Mediterranean cuisine however one of our members wanted to come here so I was willing to keep an open mind. All the food on the menu was strictly and authentically Mediterranean with...More

1  Thank KetogenicKonnoisseur
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am quite impressed with its rating so I decided to try a lunch there. It does not disappoint. The pomegranate chicken kabob is really juicy and tender, and seasoned to perfection. So is the fillet mignon. The flatbread and dipping oil complimentary of the...More

Thank sbudiman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff is always attentive & helpful. the courtyard outside is like being in Europe. the food is always delicious. The only down side is it's a bit noisy inside.

Thank tricia m
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Lovely patio. We enjoyed everything we tried. Pomegranate sauce is delicious, and the kids' menu is actually nutritious.

Thank faith155019
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

The restaurant had a special salmon with rice and spinace. The dinner was well cooked and looked nice on the plate. Did taste as good as it looked. We had pino nior Santa Cruz with it. Was a good combination

Thank zandhei
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Very nice food in a beautiful building in the middle of Santa Cruz. Big portions served out quickly.

1  Thank Henry S
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Jeff S
Do you allow dogs on your outdoor patio?
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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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
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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