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Lillian's Italian Kitchen- MOVED

1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2106
+1 831-425-2288
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
4 days ago
“Go early”
Aug 17, 2017
“Amazingly good”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Italian, Vegan Options
1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2106
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Reviewed June 16, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here for some Italian with the family (3 little kids.). It was a hit with ALL 5 of us. Sunday gravy was delicious with added meatballs. Service was great. Great find!

Thank Lajelly
Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

Was in Santa Cruz just for the day, and found this little gem on trip advisor. Delicious! Fantastic hole in the wall that was a grateful end to a special birthday weekend with my love.

Thank Bo R
Reviewed June 2, 2015

The menu is purely "Italiano" with many authentic and tasty dishes to choose from. This is the second time we have visited the restaurant in the past year and we looked forward to this second visit. The service and quality of the food was very...More

Thank TravelinInaDavlin
Reviewed June 1, 2015

This is the best place I've eaten in Santa Cruz. There are a lot of restaurants that don't quite stand out or are simple casual food, but I was shocked to find a fine dining experience in Santa Cruz. It's nice to walk around the...More

Thank travel6345
Reviewed May 29, 2015

If you are in the Santa Cruz CA area and need Italian food look no farther. Go to Lillian's and get your food fix. Service comes with a smile and the food comes out fast. Family run restaurant and that is a good thing. The...More

Thank mrtoken
Reviewed May 28, 2015

Never having been to Santa Cruz we stopped here based on Trip Advisor reviews. What a find. Great classic Italian food. We had the polenta with Sunday gravy and sausage and the spaghetti with gravy. The portions are huge and the quality was excellent. The...More

Thank Sandy F
Reviewed May 20, 2015

Great home-style Italian food with large portions. You can place a reservation otherwise be prepared to typically wait 30-45 minutes on weekend nights.

Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed May 19, 2015

I've never really like polenta until I had it here, smothered in Sunday gravy! Reservations are recommended.

1  Thank rebstark
Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

Such a great little restaurant! It had good ambiance, friendly staff, and amazing Italian food! I'd recommend them to anyone!

2  Thank Robyn M
Reviewed April 26, 2015

We had a small family group for dinner and we almost walked away after our table was not ready until 45 minutes after our reservation. I should note that they don't have a bar either, so we had to wait outside on the sidewalk. I...More

2  Thank TahoeMcD
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Restaurant Details

Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2106
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-425-2288
Lillian's Italian Kitchen opened quietly on July 4, 2007. It's a joint venture of the owners, Joe and Charlotte Moreno and their sons Chris and Matt. Long time residents of Santa Cruz, the Moreno's dream was to open a neighborhood place that was an extension of their family kitchen. The inspiration was Grandma Lilly's wonderful home cooking. Lillian was devoted to family and friends and her life was greatly fulfilled by her love and passion for cooking. Born in Yonkers, New York, Lillian was able to combine traditional Sicilian recipes learned from her parents and the many Italian influences in her neighborhood. Executive Chef Chris honors Lillian's family recipes as well as offering a variety of fresh and creative additions to the menu while Matt makes sure guests feel at home. Good food, good friends, great prices and straight from the heart. Tutti a mangiare!
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