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Lillian's Italian Kitchen

1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2106
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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98 reviews 98 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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122 restaurant reviews
226 helpful votes 226 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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Vernon, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Very nicely prepared and flavorful. Excellent and friendly service. Not a large place so, reservation are recommended. We were there on a Monday and there was quite a lineup waiting when we arrived.

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Carnelian Bay, Ca
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145 reviews 145 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I am 100% Italian, California born and raised, but all grandparents from northern Italy. Cut my teeth on polenta and chicken cacciatore in the valley, and crab cioppino and pesto pasta in San Francisco. For this reason, I seldom frequent Italian restaurants which so poorly represent the flavors of my youth. Lillian's' polenta with Sunday gravy evoked memories of sitting... More 

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Capitola, California
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34 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We recently took my daughter and her husband to Lillians to celebrate their birthdays. We've been before and this time was equally wonderful. My daughter is a huge fan of the truffled gnocchi - the best she's ever had! My Bf and son-in-law got Sunday gravy over house fettuccini with meatballs and I got the house special - braised rib... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

It took us a year to finally try Lillian's. We are new to Santa Cruz and whenever you ask a local what restaurant would they recommend, it is Lillian's! We arrived at 4pm to ensure we wouldn't have to wait for a table and our great food journey began. We had Meatballs with Sunday Gravy, Prawns and Cheese Bread as... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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31 reviews 31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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 

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Additional Information about Lillian's Italian Kitchen

Address: 1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2106
Phone Number: 831-425-2288
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
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
Cuisine: Italian

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