We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 327 Santa Cruz Restaurants

Lillian's Italian Kitchen

1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2106
831-425-2288
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #5 of 327 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
Restaurant details
Write a Review

134 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    84
    40
    6
    3
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Cologne, Germany
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

i had really delicious gnocchi with gorgonzola creme sauce and crisp filet mignon on top...really awesome....the staff is fast and helpful...the reason for just 4 stars...the antipasti plate was at best average...a warning? also seem some of the reviews a bit too enthusiastic ...if i make it there again and other dishes keep the level of the gnocchi I'll happily... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Las Vegas, Nevada
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Though it is tiny it is grand! We have now been twice as my whole family loves it. Can't say enough about their fresh garlic. Their prawns are cooked perfectly and the Lasagna was delicious! They have a great wine selection and we tried all of the desserts and they are a wonderful way to end your meal!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Cruz, California
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Make reservations in advance to avoid a long wait. Generous portions, nice variety, very fresh. A bit crowded and loud.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Folsom, California
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

If you are a gnocchi fan like I am, try them here - they are some of the best I've had. Lillian's is a small place and there was quite a wait then we arrived on a Saturday night. The gentleman at the door was super nice and offered to call us when a table was ready which gave us... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Cruz, California
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Small ,place with very good dishes, noisy and need a reservation. The Sunday Gravy is great as well as all others, my favorite in Santa Cruz

Was this review helpful? Yes
Atwater, California
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

One of my favorite Italian restaurants, and having grown up in New York, that says a lot! First off, it's small. Don't expect to walk in without a reservation unless you get there at 5pm. Advance reservations begin at 11am by telephone, keep hitting redial, it's worth it. Try the "Sunday Gravy" and add meatballs and/or sausage. Delicious!! The garlic... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Modesto, California
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Cruz, California
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oceanport, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Lillian's Italian Kitchen also viewed

 
Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Been to Lillian's Italian Kitchen? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing