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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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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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  • 94
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  • 44
    Very good
  • 8
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  • 3
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  • 1
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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
The Best in Town

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
rossbacher
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Los Angeles, California
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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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282 reviews 282 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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Santa Cruz, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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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?