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Lillian's Italian Kitchen

1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2106
831-425-2288
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Ranked #4 of 329 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Cuisines: Italian
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Very good food, pasta is delicious. Service was very nice, friendly. The restaurant is small and fills up fast, we arrived just before opening and were able to get seated right away.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Wow, Trip Advisor you are awesome. I would never have thought to go to Lillian's in Santa Cruz CA, but it was so highly rated that I went by right before opening and parked myself in one of the chairs on the sidewalk to wait for them to open and snag a seat. Worth it. Went back the next day... More

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Fresno, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My daughter and I found this little gem 2 years ago and we never miss an opportunity to eat here when we are in Santa Cruz. The food is amazing and for the price the portion sizes are huge. Great atmosphere! Very small, family owned place with Italian charm. The staff is very friendly. Make sure you check their hours... More

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Petaluma
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I ordered takeout from this restaurant while vacationing in Santa Cruz. The staff was very friendly and the food was delicious! My husband had a steak which he said was very good, I had delicious lasagna (I ate half it is a huge serving), and the kids shared spaghetti. We would definitely go back on our next trip.

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Fresno, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a VERY small place - reservations would help. We walked in and had to wait maybe 30 minutes. There is a cozy little bar a few doors down, so we went down there for a drink and they called us when the table was ready. The food is excellent and the prices are reasonable. Our waitress rushed us... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Booked a table for Thursday night at 7pm for 5 people - making a reservation is essential. The place is small and was packed. Good atmosphere. Four had pasta with one opting for steak. All pasts dishes were excellent with freshly made pasta. The steak was a 3 out of 5 - a bit fatty - no room for deserts.... More

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santa cruz, ca
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We love this place. From the gracious host, to the incredible food, & wonderful staff. Hands down one of our favorite restaurants. It's TINY, there's always a wait, and it's always worth it. If it's a warm day, wear shorts, it can get pretty toasty inside. I hope they never change or move.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My husband and I were in Santa Cruz for a weekend trip and heard we had to stop by Lillian's! So glad we did!!! The Lasagna was to die for! The restaurant is small, but in a good way. When amazing restaurants expand they lose their home touch feeling and taste! WE can't wait to come back!

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Los Angeles, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Small and a little noisy but comfortable and great family food. Great eggplant Parmesan . Family owned. Reservations in advance a must. Friendly service.

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Nashville, TN
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Tiny Mom and Pop Old Town and Authentic. Awesome food and great atmosphere, get there early as seating is limited, but definitely worth the wait. Can't imagine there's any better Italian in Santa Cruz.

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