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Lillian's Italian Kitchen

1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2106
831-425-2288
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Santa Cruz, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

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

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Folsom, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

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

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

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

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Atwater, California
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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

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Modesto, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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

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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

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
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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

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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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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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