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Lillian's Italian Kitchen

1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2106
831-425-2288
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Ranked #5 of 329 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Modesto, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Busy, busy Italian restaurant, very small inside; the food is delicious and the serving size is large. Excellent service. My friend had the New York steak with a side of Sunday Gravy, it was outstanding! The steak was huge and very tasty, excellent presentation. The Sunday Gravy is a tomato base meat sauce with beef, pork, Italian sausage and spare... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Make sure to have a reservation. People are waiting 1-2 hrs to get a table without reservation. Really nice food specially the mains, wasn't to impressed with the dessert but I'm not very keen of coffeetaste. Got some really nice pasta, just make sure to do some exercise before you eat, looks of cream and other good tasting things in... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We've been looking for a good Italian restaurant in the Santa Cruz area for years. Recently Lillian's has been getting raves from some friends of ours, so last Thursday we decided to give it a try. First, a word about reservations: They do take them, but they only take a limited number because they want to save tables for walk-ins.... More

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Oceanport, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

There are about a dozen tables & even with a reservation, we had to wait 20 minutes. Place is noisy, but understandable due to size.The gnocci with gorgonzola sauce was light & tasty. Wines seemed to be overpriced for what it was. Heard that it has good reputation with locals.

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Seattle, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
4 helpful votes 4 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
30 helpful votes 30 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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