Laili Restaurant

Laili Restaurant

Mediterranean Restaurant, Afghan Restaurant, and Middle Eastern Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz
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    Gretchen I.
    "Lamb shank kebabs and the beef kebabs were delicious!"(4 Tips)
    Nico P.
    "Moroccan beet salad also great."(2 Tips)
    Jakub N.
    "Pomegranate chicken flat-bread was awesome."(2 Tips)
    Lance L.
    "Friendly service and the anar chicken and lamb kebabs were delicious"(13 Tips)
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  • moroccan beet salad
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  • John S.heart icon on user image
    John SimsDecember 31, 2013
    I highly recommend this restaurant. I had the eggplant & pomegranate entrée with rice. The interior setting is relaxed & classy. Our wait staff wasn't pushy, very enjoyable experience.
    Upvoted Mar 3
  • Emmiliese C.heart icon on user image
    Emmiliese ClemmMay 10, 2016
    Don't miss the kadoo boranee. Unlike anything I've tried before. The chicken flatbread was delicious, as was the eggplant main.
  • Abood A.
    Abood AbussaudJune 25, 2018
    Nice environment, great service, amazing food! I highly recommend this place! I recommend the cilantro salad, lamb shank, and the fillet mignon kabob
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RAugust 3, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the roasted cauliflower or the trout. Good wine list. Excellent for allergies....they have a menu in the back with every single ingredient listed. Ask for it if you have allergies.
  • Nahid
    NahidJuly 9, 2014
    Get patio seating if available (gorgeous). Great food, prices in the $20-30 range for entrees.
  • Wilson F.heart icon on user image
    Decent Middle Eastern food. The terrace is the real jewel of this restaurant.
  • Doris N.heart icon on user image
    Doris NeubauerDecember 31, 2016
    The butternut squash bolani and its accompanied three condiments are fabulous. Flatbread is excellent.
  • Jakub N.heart icon on user image
    Jakub NešetřilMarch 2, 2015
    Incredible combination of stunning food and stunning service. Pomegranate chicken flat-bread was awesome.
  • Nmheart icon on user image
    NmMarch 9, 2016
    Didn't like the chicken kabob .. Eggplant and parmesan on flatbread is recommended .. Great service .. Little pricey .. Crowded ..
  • Gretchen I.heart icon on user image
    Gretchen IversonMarch 24, 2018
    Lamb shank kebabs and the beef kebabs were delicious! Such a lovely atmosphere and excellent service.
  • hartmann s.heart icon on user image
    hartmann schoebelDecember 29, 2018
    The flavors were great! The Moroccan beet salad and pomegranate chicken kababs were very tasty.
  • Virgi R.heart icon on user image
    Virgi R.March 25, 2013
    The pomegranate eggplant are a must try. Good selection of beers & wines. The staff is lovely and helpful.
  • Mario V.heart icon on user image
    Mario ValverdeFebruary 27, 2020
    Grown up Mediterranean, awesome food. Great service in a cool area.
  • Ted G.
    Ted GoochApril 16, 2015
    Love the jalapeño walnut sauce for dipping the chicken kabobs
  • Ricardo J.heart icon on user image
    Ricardo JerezDecember 27, 2016
    Nice Mediterranean food in a fancy place with no that much fancy prices!
  • Nico P.heart icon on user image
    Nico PitneyNovember 16, 2013
    Grilled chicken flatbread is out of this world. Moroccan beet salad also great.
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HallJanuary 27, 2014
    Very good healthy choice food. Enjoyed their flat bread and eggplant dish.
  • Tara W.
    Tara WalkerJune 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Leek Dumplings - Officially called Aushak dumplings on menu, these are light & succulent
  • Randal K.heart icon on user image
    Randal KayAugust 10, 2015
    Great atmosphere. Fun food. Good wine list. Nice appetizers.
  • Trisha L.
    Trisha LiuDecember 18, 2010
    The lamb shank was exquisite - must try! Portion sizes were nice, medium size. Eclectic wine list - I liked the 'rocks & gravel' syrah/grenach.
  • Ryan H.heart icon on user image
    Ryan HartJanuary 27, 2019
    Best place for ethnic eats in the Cruz.
  • Julien F.heart icon on user image
    Julien FromthewellOctober 12, 2016
    Special: eggplant flatbread menu: filet mignon kebab
  • Lance L.heart icon on user image
    Lance LacoffOctober 8, 2014
    Delicious food and friendly staff. Nice location in Santa Cruz
  • tejaswi r.heart icon on user image
    tejaswi raoApril 16, 2016
    Lot of vegetarian friendly options.. definitely worth a visit
  • Nathaniel M.heart icon on user image
    Nathaniel MuñozMay 18, 2012
    Wine list is great and works well with their delicious menu. Cute garden seating.
  • Peter C.heart icon on user image
    Peter CastilloJuly 20, 2013
    Excellent lamb and chicken kabobs. Bit upscale, but very delicious.
  • Morgan C.
    Morgan C.January 14, 2014
    Kabobs and other grilled items. Looks delicious but a little smokey.
  • Lance L.heart icon on user image
    Lance LacoffAugust 5, 2013
    Friendly service and the anar chicken and lamb kebabs were delicious
  • Amanda M.heart icon on user image
    The filet kabob and the rice are tasty.
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian StraussAugust 29, 2019
    The eggplant flatbread was super good.
  • Yameng
    YamengNovember 6, 2013
    Sit outside. Everything is amazing here. A+ service.
  • Danny S.
    Danny SauterMarch 17, 2014
    Eggplant + Apricot Flatbread + Patio will leave you very happy.
  • Athonia C.heart icon on user image
    Athonia CappelliJanuary 19, 2014
    Get the jalapeño chutney. It's vegan and perfectly spiced.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MelnickMay 6, 2013
    Definitely worth the visit to downtown Santa Cruz for this little gem!
  • Matt B.
    Matt BerardoSeptember 9, 2018
    The lamb shank is fantastic!
  • Asha A.heart icon on user image
    Asha AugustineJanuary 10, 2016
    Filet kabob is fantastic!
  • Trisha L.
    Trisha LiuDecember 18, 2010
    For dessert - cardamom and pistachio rice pudding with fresh persimmon... Yum!
  • Fedor B.heart icon on user image
    Fedor BartoshJune 25, 2018
    Interior reminds me of community centers of Soviet Union era, but food is great and lamb kabob aka shashlik is probably the best I’ve had in California so far
  • Tajvia W.heart icon on user image
    Tajvia WillisJune 24, 2015
    Love the Lasagna!
  • Mike L.heart icon on user image
    Mike LikesSquaresFebruary 11, 2014
    Skip the lamb burger, got it twice, was too raw both times
  • Jenny Z.heart icon on user image
    Jenny ZhaoJanuary 15, 2018
    Eggplant Parmesan flatbread
  • Christine R.
    Christine ReederJanuary 30, 2014
    Can't wait to go this Friday!
  • Jeremy G.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy GeigerDecember 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fusion food
  • Ksenia S.heart icon on user image
    Ksenia SlavnikovaMay 23, 2015
    Много вегги блюд, приятное обслуживание, отличный внутренний дворик
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