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Laili Restaurant

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101-B Cooper Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Pacific Avenue)
831-423-4545
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Large groups
Description: For centuries a five thousand mile trade route has joined the Mediterranean...
For centuries a five thousand mile trade route has joined the Mediterranean to China through Afghanistan and India. Known mostly for the Silk Trade, the Silk Road has acted as a conduit of ideas, cultures, music, food & spices throughout all of its regions. Laili aims to bring the age old flavors and traditions of the Silk Road to life by creating a positive and relaxing environment with a culturally rich and flavorful dining experience.
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  • 138
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Satisfying Santa Cruz Experience

This is one of the most popular restaurants in Santa Cruz for locals who are meeting up for either business lunch or social dinner. The indoor and outdoor enclosed patio layouts are excellent. The staff service is also excellent. The location is central from any starting point. Although I feel... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
bil1026
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of the most popular restaurants in Santa Cruz for locals who are meeting up for either business lunch or social dinner. The indoor and outdoor enclosed patio layouts are excellent. The staff service is also excellent. The location is central from any starting point. Although I feel tentative when ordering unfamiliar menu items here, I am always... More 

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Thank bil1026
Hanoi
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Laili has earned a place in our hearts as our favorite romantic date restaurant. There's a large room with various kinds of tables, and an outdoor courtyard area. Classic Persian and Afghani elements will delight. The wine list has lots of choices for wines by the glass. I like the baked squash appetizer on flatbread, followed by one of the... More 

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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had our company Christmas party here for about 25 people. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very inviting and beautiful. The food was absolutely delicious, with creatively made dishes and flavors to die for! Service was also fab. Do yourself a favor and check it out!

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Thank Terra M
Kihei, HI
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent dinner including a most deliciously prepared eggplant entree. We will definitely return next time we're in town.

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Thank sandebeachkihei
Hoboken, New Jersey
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58 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Based on good ratings we tried this restaurant during our overnight stay in Santa Cruz. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere and the building is beautiful. Food was delicious and spicy. Our waitress was super-friendly, helpful, competent and fast. Highly recommend this place.

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Thank CarlosKorse
Santa Cruz, California
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310 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our meal at this place! They have great Mediterranean food and the service was really good! The pasta was excellent, just the way I like it! The inside was dim lit for a romantic evening and they have a very nice outside patio with beautiful lights. Enjoy!

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Thank davidsantacruz
San Jose, California
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103 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a very good dinner at Laili. We didn't care for the special carrot ginger soup but the special flatbread was good. The entrees were where Laili shined. The Pomegranate eggplant was delicious as was the Beef Koubideh kabob and the Lamb kabob. The lamb was very tender! The half portion Spinach salad with pickled onion, candied walnuts, seared... More 

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Thank SmokeyandAshes
Santa Cruz, California
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent food, diverse choices on menu, I have made many visits there and always prefer to sit outside because of a noisy environment inside. Highly recommended for lunch or dinner.

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Thank halrhp
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hubs and I went for dinner. I had the califlower and he had the filet skewers. I Never order vegetarian entrees, but was so happy I did. The filet was perfect, and served with 3 different, delicious dips.

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New Hampshire
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85 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

My wife and I arrived on time for our reservation and were seated promptly. The decor is contemporary with high ceilings. The food is a combination of Afgan and Mid-Eastern influences. We shared an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert, which was plenty of food tor the two of us. The Mediterranean Plate appetizer included hummus, tabbouleh, babaghanoush, and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 101-B Cooper Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    (Pacific Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-423-4545

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 22
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups

Description

For centuries a five thousand mile trade route has joined the Mediterranean to China through Afghanistan and India. Known mostly for the Silk Trade, the Silk Road has acted as a conduit of ideas, cultures, music, food & spices throughout all of its regions. Laili aims to bring the age old flavors and traditions of the Silk Road to life by creating a positive and relaxing environment with a culturally rich and flavorful dining experience.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?