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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%
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“lasagna” (18 reviews)
“soups” (6 reviews)
“long wait” (9 reviews)
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1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2106
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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

One of our all-time favorite restaurants in SC. The service is fantastic, and of course the food is the best. Everything we've tried has been a favorite, but I love any sauce with the Fettucine noodles. They are homemade. The lasagna is authentic and it...More

Thank timteresa0
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

My family enjoys food and this Italian restaurant is a gem, an amazing and savory meal. Evidenced by the large number of people eating here, Nothing has satisfied us in a while as much as this local Santa Cruz dining experience. Any and all should...More

Thank mastnoam
Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is a relatively new Italian restaurant to the Santa Cruz area.I must say that the food was of the highest quality and had generous portions. We had Mushroom ravioli with roasted butternut squash that was excellent. In addition, the two different soups that we...More

Thank Lee G
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This used to be my favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz. The prices were high but the food was excellent and the atmosphere was unique and cozy. Then some genius decided to move to bigger digs down the street. The new site used to be a...More

Thank GoldenBears
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Lillian's once again served great food and always too full for dessert. Love the new location, being able to eat at the bar. Looking forward to going back :-)

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Reviewed 28 July 2016

Recommended by a friend, who happens to be named Lillian. Called two days ahead for a Sat reservation, and could only get 5:00. When we arrived, the restaurant was full and people were waiting in the small entry area. We went to the bar, ordered...More

Thank RobinC21
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Recently visited with another couple, first time in new location. Had been to the old location down the street a few times. Food is excellent, but old location noisy, long wait, with a cult following. There are other Italian places in county just as good....More

Thank Beachglass1006
Reviewed 27 June 2016

You will love the new location! Across the street from the Rio; food is superb, service will be perfect, and the ambiance is classy yet fun! Enjoy the old photos of Santa Cruz!

Thank Ford C
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

This restaurant was highly recommended. Not the nicest area, not the greatest decor, no view and only beer or wine. BUT our meal was fantastic. We started with mushrooms with Gorgonzola. Both of us ordered the special, halibut over corn filled raviolis and asparagus. I...More

Thank Jacoandre
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Growing up on the east coast, I can state categorically, that Santa Cruz is not the epicenter of Italian cuisine. That said, there are a few local establishments that can hold their own and Lillian's is certainly one of them. Most of the dishes are...More

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Restaurant Details

Open Hours
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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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