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Laili Restaurant

101B Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4526
+1 831-423-4545
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 2 days ago

I love coming here on special occasions. The food is predictably yummy. There seems to be something for everyone on the menu, from carnivores to vegans.

Thank travellinglgb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The trout. It is so good. Staff is friendly and the Patio is such a great place to enjoy your meal. All meditation drinks and food. Each as good as the last. Highly recommended.

Thank Doug J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had the butternut squash with yoghurt and mint which was outstanding. The beef dumplings with yoghurt and tomatoes with mint was also very good. The Greek salad was a Greek salad. The food here is above average and you should make reservations to get an...More

Thank jonathb5
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The restaurant specializes in Mediterranean foods. They meet the mark for variety and good taste. The physical environment is very pleasant with an outdoor patio. The staff is attentive and kind.

Thank bcneus
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Was out here on a family trip and was able to have dinner with friends. This place specialized in Afgan and Mediterranean food, which is quite different from our norm. However, it was excellent. Have the kabobs - can't go wrong! I had chicken, and...More

Thank William S
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

For people knowing middle eastern food, the food here is a bit on the mild side. But even my, “hates any ‘wierd’ food” wife like some of the dishes here.

Thank David H
Reviewed 2 October 2018

I think this is one of the best places to eat in Santa Cruz mostly because there really isn't much in town that is truly "very good". Be prepared they do not take reservations unless the party is 7 or more (totally ridiculous number). Expect...More

Thank jlhwebgal
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Mediterranean food expertly prepared. Craft cocktails and creative non alcohol drinks. The outside patio at night is magical!

Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Impeccable service with interesting and delicious dishes in downtown Santa Cruz. We had the lamb shank that was “fall off the bone” tender and lamb kebabs that were tender and juicy. Treat yourself to the mantu with 3 different dipping sauces. The whole dining experience...More

Thank DrDpar
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

The lamb here is the best in Santa Cruz! Everything is cooked perfectly! The decor & ambience fantastic! The outdoor patio super cozy!

Thank Margarita23644
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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
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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
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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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