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Laili Restaurant

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101B Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4526 (Pacific Avenue)
+1 831-423-4545
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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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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Barcelona, Spain
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76 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went with a large group of people with diverse food requirements (veggie, vegan, gluten free, meat lovers, etc.) and everybody was happy with their meal, with is quite an accomplishment! Nice atmosphere as well. Service could improve though.

Thank sofindia
Paso Robles, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wonderful food and service! We keep going back every time we are in Santa Cruz! Nice wine selection too!

Thank wendyttuck
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I found Laili on a date night a few years ago and immediately fell in love with the place. The food is extremely tasty, unique, and satisfying. We have tried many dishes and find the food full of flavor every time! The restaurant's atmosphere is very welcoming and well-planned. It's a nice restaurant for families too, especially... More 

Thank mustardenglish
Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tasty food with a mid-asian flavor palette that satisfies my friends when we go there (I live within walking distance so I know it well). Fairly large number of choices. The menu is generally the same for lunch or dinner. The patio is the place to be for a midday meal. Reservations taken if a larger party.

Thank Ira S
Santa Cruz, California
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40 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is consistently yummy. However, I wish they would add just one more vegan entree and I would eat there even more!

Thank John L
Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Laili is always quite good. I enjoy eating out on the patio. Service is always friendly and the prices are reasonable. I always seem to get the Pomagranate Chicken. The dishes are always presented in an artful way.

Thank gourdman585
Santa Cruz, California
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158 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to dinner with three friends. We all loved what we got. One had the lamb kabob, three of us shared two flat breads. One was pear Gorgonzola, one chicken, apricot....yum! I had soup which was carrot ginger and was so rich and flavorful. Two others had salads...plates were clean...guess they liked those too. The wine list is great and... More 

Thank Jackie L
Tucson, Arizona
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely small patio for intimate lunch/dinner. The food was out of this world good. Upscale, contemporary Mediterranean. A wonderful surprise. Chicken kebab with 3 sauces and house made pasta with arugula cream and kalamata olives were both wonderful!

Thank kennlini
Winters, California
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69 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a small group of family and friends meet for a late Friday dinner. We had reservations and had to only wait briefly before being seated. The service was attentive. The meal was fantastic with a refreshing mixture of flavors. We planned to dine here and we were not disappointed. Even if people are uncertain about ethnic food, this... More 

Thank H2OAlgae
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you love Mediterranean food - this is the place to go in Santa Cruz. The menu has on-going signature dishes with several daily specials on both the lunch and dinner menus. If the weather is cooperating, I always opt for out-door seating in one of the most charming, enclosed patio settings in Santa Cruz. Out-door heaters and umbrellas are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$22
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?