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Lillian's Italian Kitchen

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1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2106
831-425-2288
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 97
    Excellent
  • 46
    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
Home-Style Italian

Great home-style Italian food with large portions. You can place a reservation otherwise be prepared to typically wait 30-45 minutes on weekend nights.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
RonCentralCA
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Capitola, California
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155 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Capitola, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Great home-style Italian food with large portions. You can place a reservation otherwise be prepared to typically wait 30-45 minutes on weekend nights.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I've never really like polenta until I had it here, smothered in Sunday gravy! Reservations are recommended.

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Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Such a great little restaurant! It had good ambiance, friendly staff, and amazing Italian food! I'd recommend them to anyone!

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Lake Tahoe (Nevada), Nevada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We had a small family group for dinner and we almost walked away after our table was not ready until 45 minutes after our reservation. I should note that they don't have a bar either, so we had to wait outside on the sidewalk. I was also disappointed with the acoustics, given it was so loud that I could not... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This is the nicest little restaurant I've found in a long time. I ordered soup and salad - the salad was nicely prepared and well balanced - the soup was out of this world! Flavorful, filling, with small pieces of asparagas - it was what I would have expected at a fine french restaurant. The restaurant is family run. Lillian's... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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100 reviews 100 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This small, friendly restaurant serve excellent Italian food. It clearly has been discovered so reservations are a necessity. The lasagna is the best I have had. The steak dishes were fine. Go if you can get in.

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Sacramento, California, Usa
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309 reviews 309 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Came in for a late dinner without a reservation. Provided wait time wasn't too bad of about 45 minutes. The small shop encouraged me to visit the bar two doors down as there isn't a bar area here. Parking is a premium around here but there is a public lot across the street. Just be alert when crossing. I provided... More 

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Santa Clara, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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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Houston
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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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