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Laili Restaurant

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8:00 PM
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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings

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Menu

APPETIZERS
$9.0
Mediterranean plate
hummus, tabbouleh, babaghanoush, cucumber yogurt
$9.0
Maush-awa soup
3 bean soup with braised lamb, qurut yogurt
$8.0
Vegetarian Maush-awa soup
3 bean soup, qurut yogurt
$9.0
Kadoo boranee
butternut squash, garlic, qurut yogurt, mint
$9.0
Bolani
crispy flatbread filled with your choice of spinach or butternut squash
SALADS
Add: Chicken $8, Grilled Prawns $10
$7.0
Mixed greens
pomegranate seeds, cardamom-herb dressing
$10.5
Moroccan beet salad
turmeric, coriander, marinated beets, wild arugula, goat cheese
Half $8.0
Full $12.0
Cilantro caesar salad
romaine, cilantro, mint, parmesan, house made naan crisps
Half $9.0
Full $13.0
Greek salad
romaine, feta, kalamata, tomato, cucumber, onion, lemon vinaigrette
Half $9.0
Full $14.0
Spinach salad
pickled onion, candied walnuts, seared halloumi, balsamic vinaigrette
WRAPS AND FLATBREADS*
$8.5
Veggie wrap
hummus, wild arugula, cucumbers, tomato, red onion
$12.0
Saffron chicken wrap
wild arugula, tomato, red onion
$12.0
Lamb wrap
wild arugula, tomato, red onion
$12.0
Eggplant parmesan flatbread
caramelized onions, fresh tomato sauce, qurut yogurt, mint
$12.5
Grilled chicken flatbread
parmesan, apricot chutney, medjool dates, pomegranate, mint
$12.0
Pear gorgonzola flatbread
caramelized onion, balsamic reduction, microgreens
ENTREES
$15.0
Lamb burger
tomatoes, red onion, mint aioli, swiss cheese, roasted potatoes, green salad
$12.0
Arugula pesto
house made pasta, sundried tomato, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts
$19.0
Salmon pasta
house made fettuccine, creamy tomato basil sauce, capers
$19.0
Braised lamb pasta
house made fettuccine, tomato cream sauce, zucchini, green onion
$16.0
Pomegranate eggplant
saffron basmati rice, chard, caramelized onion, qurut yogurt
$14.0
Roasted cauliflower
chickpeas, tomato ginger sauce, saffron basmati rice, salata
$15.0
Pomegranate chicken kabob
saffron basmati rice, arugula
$21.0
Garlic lime beef filet kabob
saffron basmati rice, arugula
$21.0
Lamb kabob
saffron basmati rice, arugula
$19.0
Trout
lemon, parsley, garlic, saffron basmati rice, salata
LUNCH COMBO
Two of the following items $11, All three of the following items $15
Bolani
butternut squash or spinach
Maush awa soup
with lamb or vegetarian
Mixed greens
About
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.
PRICE RANGE
$7 - $22
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Afghani
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's right in the middle of Santa Cruz market. The service was good but slow. I think for their capacity and demand they are understaffed. Unlimited bread, thin nan was good. I would recommend for people craving for middle eastern food in Santa Cruz

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank kmalay
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here is always lovely. The fresh complimentary Naan bread with herb infused olive oil for dipping is a great beginning to a meal. The Pomegranate Eggplant is a personal favorite. Make a reservation!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank limcandr
Reviewed 1 week ago

This downtown location is the best place to dine outside in their amazing court yard. You feel like you dining in Europe! Food is excellent and great local wine list. Get the Mediterranean plate to start off and let the waiter guide the rest. It...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank dinefine1
Reviewed January 16, 2019

Laili was a unexpected find for us on our first visit. The Mediterranean menu is unique and delicious. Indoor dining is elegantly designed and lively but not loud. When weather is good, try to get a seat outdoors in the private patio area. We love...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank drfwilson
Reviewed January 16, 2019 via mobile

Beautiful restaurant. Try to get reservations outside on a sunny day. The menu is interesting and the sides are great.. This is a full on meal, not a before beach snack. Great location downtown across from the MAH.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Bducati
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Overall, I had a really good experience at Laili's. The food was delicious, with fantastic takes on some food combinations. I ate outside, and the atmosphere was enjoyable in the garden.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Happiness288323031
Reviewed January 15, 2019

We visit frequently as a couple, with family, or as a group of friends. The atmosphere is great. It's sophisticated with its high ceilings and draperies, but not pretentious (this is Santa Cruz!), An open floor plan allows you to see into the kitchen where...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank alexntoo
Reviewed January 15, 2019

If you have a chance to sit out in the garden area, it greatly adds to the dining experience at Laili's.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 698arceliar
Reviewed January 8, 2019

Enjoyed a delicious lunch. Started with a vegetarian soup and went on to a pomegranite eggplant, all washed down by a home-made tea with ginger.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank jonh462
Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

They have done a fantastic job with overall look and feel of the place. Nice twist on Afghan food to make it more modern. We had chicken kabob, filet mignon kabob, and pomegranate eggplants. All were delicious. Apricots chutney was amazing.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Rezinsky
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I do not know for sure, but I doubt they would as you have to enter patio by going through the restaurant. Also it reeks upscale. I sometimes feel as if I have not dressed up enough, even in casual, sub casual santa cruz... More
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