Lillian's Italian Kitchen

Italian Restaurant$$$$
Eastside, Santa Cruz
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  • Emma T.
    Emma TaylorAugust 29, 2013
    The black truffle is phenomenal. The staff was attentive and friendly. For an Italian food joint in SC, the prices are fair. You come in hungry and leave full. Worth every penny!
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MApril 4, 2013
    Call ahead. The wait can be long, but so worth it!! Prawns scampi and black truffle gnocchi were a hit! We ate here two nights in a row during our trip.
  • Steve T.
    Steve TrefethenMarch 4, 2014
    Call ahead to get your name on the wait list, it's a must. Excellent food though it's a loud place to eat thus fine for kids.
  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LangoneFebruary 22, 2013
    People talk about this place a lot, and it really lives up to the hype! Delicious and comforting Italian cuisine.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MillerSeptember 10, 2015
    Caprese salad is a must order. Best creamy mozzarella!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WardJune 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I almost always have the eggs siciliano, but everything is good. Share with a friend as portions are large
  • Krista L.
    Krista LeitzkeFebruary 21
    The black truffle stuffed gnocchi with Gorgonzola sauce and filet mignon!! Also great fresh fettuccine
  • Rocky F.
    Rocky FJuly 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If it's too crowded, get your name and cell phone number on their list and then go down the street to the Crepe Place for a drink.
  • Stacey~Marie
    The garlic mozarella bread is the real deal!!!
  • Colleen K.
    Colleen KellyAugust 8, 2014
    There is not a bad thing on the menu. Service is always fantastic.
  • Matt C.
    Matt ClineJune 3, 2015
    Honestly, very dish is good. Just point to something on the menu.
  • Julian N.
    Julian NamDecember 21, 2011
    Their most popular item, the Sunday Gravy, is an excellent pasta dish.
  • Lynn H.
    Lynn HorneJanuary 31, 2014
    Not near as good as Ristorante Avanti! Too small! Food not as good! Avanti do much nicer! Great service!!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Joon L.
    Joon LeeAugust 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    the best pasta you can have in the Bay area!
  • Elisabeth S.
    Elisabeth SporlederAugust 29, 2010
    Leave your cell # & browse Gateways; the wait tends to be shorter than estimated. Food is amazing and authentic.
  • Matt M.
    Matt MerrifieldMarch 5, 2011
    Got the frutti de mar special tonight and its all local seafood, good on ya Lillians
  • Paulina
    PaulinaJune 23, 2013
    Get the black truffle gnocchi.
  • Carole R.
    Carole ReyesMarch 12, 2011
    get the black truffle gnocchi!
  • Ned H.
    Ned HoganDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Come early, chopino on Fridays!
  • Brian B.
    Brian BrittonAugust 9, 2014
    Great New York strip
  • Julia S.
    Julia SFebruary 4, 2014
    The best restaurant ever!!
  • Carolina S.
    Carolina SantamariaMarch 25, 2015
    Black Gnocchi
  • Serena D.
    Serena DMarch 14, 2011
    Worst Italian food I've ever had.
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