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Laili Restaurant

101B Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4526
+1 831-423-4545
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
101B Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4526
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful family birthday celebration. Love the flavors and sauces, especially the qurut and butternut squash starter. All soooooo good.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank gmobile80
Reviewed 21 November 2018 via mobile

We both had the lunch special. Because they have choices, we had completely different meals. Everything was delicious. The restaurant has high ceilings as nd since it was full, it was a bit noisy, though tolerable. We especially like the fact that vegans can get...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank R3891WWdavidr
Reviewed 10 November 2018

I love coming here on special occasions. The food is predictably yummy. There seems to be something for everyone on the menu, from carnivores to vegans.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank travellinglgb
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Jeff S
15 February 2015|
Response from Anne w | Reviewed this property |
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$22
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101B Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4526
    (Pacific Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-4545
  • E-mail
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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