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“Lunch or dinner, inside or out, good choices”
Review of Laili Restaurant

Laili Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 372 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $22
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Pacific Avenue
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.
Santa Cruz, California
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41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Lunch or dinner, inside or out, good choices”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

Menu is varied, accommodating a wide range of tastes. My vegetarian needs are met more than adequately here. And my desire for a good local microbrewery-produced beer too! Reasonable prices, service can be spotty, Be sure to let them know what you want and you will get it.

  • Visited March 2012
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English first
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86 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Difficult to find...”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

...but worth the effort. We went for lunch on our way to Monterrey. Large dining room (I think this used to be a bank) with high ceilings that amplify all noise and conversations, so keep it for lunch. Food was well seasoned and tasty.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank richn1978
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Santa Cruz
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Tasty food from the "silk road" menu”
Reviewed February 21, 2012

Went on a Sat night (best to make reservations a few days in advance), the menu was quite similar to that posted on line. We started with an organic green salad (with a light cardamom dressing and the Aushak dumplings (an Afghan dish). The salad was very fresh and the dumplings were delightful filled with a mix of leeks, chard and lentils. The flat bread they serve with a relish was terrific, much better than any other restaurant we've been to recently. For entrees we selected the chicken kebab dish and the lamb tenderloin kebob. The lamb was a little spicy but tasty with a glass of chardonnay. The chicken was fresh and cooked to perfection with that great texture that comes from quality ingredients. This is our third trip to this restaurant.

  • Visited February 2012
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Thank mrmikeSantaCruz
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Boston, MA
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Diverse menu”
Reviewed January 16, 2012

We loved Laili. The room is very open and had a nice buzz. The location is convenient and the food was great, well spiced and creative.

Visited January 2012
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Thank ehh11
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US
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed November 27, 2011

Elegant and interesting space. Nice tables, convivial but far enough apart. Friendly waiter, though he didn't know enough about the wines or food, but good service. Great food, interesting, nicely presented, and very fresh vegetables. Fun and different appetizers. Lots of different dinner options. Need wider wine list. Really good!

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank UsAnna
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