Lillian's Italian Kitchen

$$ • Italian, Seafood

1148 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz
(831) 425-2288


Take-Out/Delivery Options


Recent Reviews

Really solid Italian restaurant. The service was great and the free appetizer bread was unique. The sundried tomato and olive mix was a refreshing distinction from typical olive oil and vinegar. We got the Frutti de Mar and the Short Rib pasta. The former was amazing in terms of freshness. The seafood aroma was really strong in every bite and the black ink squid pasta was the perfect firmness. The short rib pasta also had solid flavor, but the flat type pasta noodle was a full review
This place was delicious! Staff was very friendly, from the girls outside getting your name down to your waiter. As soon as we walked in at 430 we saw a beautiful spacious restaurant. They follow all protocol procedures and maintain social distancing, the tables are far enough for your party to enjoy your meal. The waiters are so friendly and come to check if you need more water or if you need anything in general. Our waiter was so informative on the specials for that day. full review
Food tasted great, but seafood may not be fresh. During a recent visit I ordered the daily special, spaghetti alle vongole ($21), and a few of the clams were incredibly gritty. Usually, sand is removed from non-commercially farmed clams by resting them in clean salt water for more than two hours (without disturbances) to let them squirt it out. Since grit was heavily concentrated in around 30% of the clams, however, it appears that some portion of them were no longer fresh ( full review

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Monday Closed
Tuesday 4 - 8PM
Wednesday 4 - 8PM
Thursday 4 - 8PM
Friday 4 - 9PM
Saturday 4 - 9PM
Sunday 4 - 8PM

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