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Lillian's Italian Kitchen

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1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2106
831-425-2288
Today
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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

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  • 92
    Excellent
  • 44
    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
Most recent review
Make time to enjoy this place

We were in a rush to pick a friend up a the airport. We didn't have time to relax and enjoy this place. The food is out of this world. We will be going back

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
jackie s
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Santa Clara, California
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Santa Clara, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We were in a rush to pick a friend up a the airport. We didn't have time to relax and enjoy this place. The food is out of this world. We will be going back

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Santa Clara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We took our lives into our own hands and drove route 85 in bad weather. It was worth the trip. The food was magnificent. The house wine was remarkable. I think the bread is homemade. The tomato sauce is perfect. The house salad dressing was so good that we got some to take home..

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Santa Cruz, California
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10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I'm a new resident of Santa Cruz (been here a few years, now). Everytime I'd drive by this place during my first few months, I ALWAYS noticed a long line outside, waiting to go in. They even set chairs outside for any elderly or disabled customers. So, I figured I'd give it a try. Now, I see why the lines!... More 

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Houston
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We were visiting friends in Aptos & stayin in Santa Cruz. Found Liliians on yelp with great reviews. Unfortunately, there was a long wait so we walked around the area. We got a call letting us know the table was ready about 40 minutes later. It was so worth the wait. My man ordered the night special, Seafood Risotto, he... More 

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Incline Village, Nevada
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72 reviews 72 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We were told by other travelers and saw on Trip Advisor how good this place is. Well, we were disappointed. It may be the best Italian in Santa Cruz, but if it is, that's not saying much. Very crowded, but with reservations we had no wait. The place is cozy ,warm and very loud. All the pastas were in heavy,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

Love the food for the price and the atmosphere feels warm and welcoming. We stopped in here on a whim and were really surprised with the food!

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Walnut Creek, CA
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29 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We were so looking forward to this dining experience after all of the rave reviews. We did make a reservation for a Thursday night, which was good --people waiting outside for 45 minutes. Our server was great! She let us sample at least 4 of the wines prior to ordering a bottle. I thought the menu was overly weighted with... More 

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Hollister, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Dinner at Lillians is always a wonderful experience. The food is really good. It's best to make reservations as there is usually a wait.

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Santa Cruz, California
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232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

It was early in the day on a Saturday and I was perusing reviews for Italian food looking for something different. Lillian's kept showing up all over the web with great comments. So, we shot out the door for a late lunch/early dinner (4pm). Arriving about 4:30 we expected the place to be empty. Not so! It was full,,, and... More 

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California
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It was a spontaneous, first time visit to Lillian's Italian Kitchen on a Saturday night. The wait list was estimated to be 1.5 hours (you could leave a number to be called). For those who chose to wait, chairs were lined up on the sidewalk with an overhead heater beneath the canopy, keeping the air at a comfortable temperature. As... More 

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Restaurant Details

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?