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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
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English first
Santa Cruz, California
Top Contributor
181 reviews 181 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
215 helpful votes 215 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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142 reviews 142 reviews
87 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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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!

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Santa Cruz, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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.

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Folsom, California
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4 reviews 4 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 

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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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