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Lillian's Italian Kitchen

1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2106
831-425-2288
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Ranked #6 of 324 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Italian
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Carson, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

very nice place to eat. has very good food, especially the lasagne and the home salad. nice service and across the street there is a free parking

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Santa Cruz, California
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18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Usually the items on the kid's menu are not as good as those on the regular menu, but this meal was the exception to the rule. And it was the perfect portion size.

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Racine, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Small, cozy, friendly with delicious food. But be forewarned - very popular so you may want to make reservations. My daughter and I were there for lunch and it was full. I understand lines form outside for the dinner crowd. Try it, you'll be happy you did.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We've been here a few times now and it's always great. The pasta, the sauce, even the steak (yes, I'm one of those people who occasionally gets steak at an Italian restaurant. The place is really small and it's sometimes a wait to get it. But OH is it worth it! AND.. they do take out really, really well.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Very reminiscent of the small family owned restaurants we ate in while staying just outside of Milan for a few months.

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The restaurant is very small and they're probably right at the seating capacity limit. Often there's often a wait to get in, but it all seems okay once you get your food. Definitely a friendly attitude with great server staff...and did I mention the food is great? Menu is diverse, atmosphere is boistrous, prices fair and a great place for... More

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Aptos
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I have only eaten here for lunch and the pasta is great! Very small and bit noisy but you won't leave disappointed.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Lillian's is like going to a small "Italian joint" in NY or Chicago: family owned and operated, extremely well run and the food is excellent.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is the most authentic Italian Homecooking is Santa Cruz county. Exceptional quality, ample portions & great service. The gravy is to die for.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

We always enjoy the great food and friendly service when we have lunch at Lillian's. However we never take out of town visitors there because it's so noisy (small place, tables close together, people talking in loud voices) we can't hear each other. Yesterday it was difficult to communicate with our server because of the noise. The room has many... More

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