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Lillian's Italian Kitchen

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1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2106
831-425-2288
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12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 107
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food, solid experience

My wife and I met another couple for dinner here. The other couple recommended it and raved about how good the food was. I'm not really into Italian food.......I know, crazy! We used to live in Santa Cruz, and I was a little embarrassed that I had never even heard of the place. The Rio... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Monterey Peninsula, California
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Monterey Peninsula, California
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

My wife and I met another couple for dinner here. The other couple recommended it and raved about how good the food was. I'm not really into Italian food.......I know, crazy! We used to live in Santa Cruz, and I was a little embarrassed that I had never even heard of the place. The Rio Theatre is just across the... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

It's been several years since we have been able to get into Lillian's. It's always too jammed so I have to guess that it is still as it used to be.

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Santa Cruz, California
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is our favorite casual Italian restaurant in Santa Cruz. Try the Sunday Gravy. Yummy. They now take reservations, so no more long lines. Good food, good wines, friendly staff.

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Reno
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Their meat is so tender and delicious. Their Sunday Gravy is excellent and all of the other food on their menu. We haven't been there for a while, but we will be going back soon. We've been there quite a few times and it has always been great. The owners are very friendly and attentive.

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California
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120 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

This place is an absolute gem. The food and the requisite Sunday gravy is enough to cause sweat dreams! I highly recommend the lasagna, which is to die for. Daily specials are another source for dining bliss. Excellent and professional wait staff keep the pace just right. Get there early if lunch is your meal of choice, as this little... More 

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This is consistently rated the best restaurant in Santa Cruz, and I would not argue the point. They do authentic Italian food and the takeout menu is the best in town. I highly recommend asking about what is the fresh pasta of the day and be sure to order a dish that includes it, like the Sunday gravy, which is... More 

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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Stopped here for some Italian with the family (3 little kids.). It was a hit with ALL 5 of us. Sunday gravy was delicious with added meatballs. Service was great. Great find!

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Roseville, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Was in Santa Cruz just for the day, and found this little gem on trip advisor. Delicious! Fantastic hole in the wall that was a grateful end to a special birthday weekend with my love.

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Paso Robles Wine Region, California
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67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

The menu is purely "Italiano" with many authentic and tasty dishes to choose from. This is the second time we have visited the restaurant in the past year and we looked forward to this second visit. The service and quality of the food was very much intact. My companion enjoyed her pasta dish and I really enjoyed my Filet and... More 

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San Jose
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85 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This is the best place I've eaten in Santa Cruz. There are a lot of restaurants that don't quite stand out or are simple casual food, but I was shocked to find a fine dining experience in Santa Cruz. It's nice to walk around the pier and to walk around downtown the 2 main areas for food in Santa Cruz,... More 

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Additional Information about Lillian's Italian Kitchen

Address: 1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2106
Phone Number: 831-425-2288
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
Open Hours:
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2106
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-425-2288

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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