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101 B Cooper St, Santa Cruz, California, USA, 95060

Serves meat, vegan options available. Mediterranean cuisine with Afghan influence in a finer dining setup. A couple of vegan possibilities, includes the entree roasted cauliflower and chickpeas with tomato ginger sauce, a saffron basmati rice, and the Mediterranean appetizer plate. Vegans need to ask to omit yogurt. Open Tue-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, Tue-Thu 5:00pm-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 5:00pm-9:30pm, Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Mediterranean, Take-out, Middle Eastern, Afghan, Non-veg

1 Review

First Review by Conniemm

Delicious vegan options - Edit

This veg-friendly restaurant offers several options for vegans. I came here recently with visiting co-workers. The bottom of the menu tells diners to ask about vegan options and their website says "Organic, vegan friendly Mediterranean / Middle Eastern cuisine with an Afghan twist. Laili Restaurant is a contemporary, elegant fine dining experience. Voted one of the best restaurants in Santa Cruz. Seasonal and farmstead fresh items daily."

I was told that there were two vegan options (in additions to the salads, of course). I chose the "Roasted Cauliflower: chickpeas, tomato ginger sauce, saffron basmati rice, salata" and had them hold the yogurt. It was delicious and the rice was balanced with the chickpeas and cauliflower and a spicy green chutney made from cilantro and walnuts. The accompanying salad of cucumber, tomato and mint complemented the rest of the meal.

For an appetizer we had "Mediterranean Plate: hummus, tabbouleh, babaghanoush, cucumber yogurt " also sans yogurt. The flat bread was really great dipped into each of these things.

The restaurant is beautiful inside. The only downside to my recent visit is that service was very slow because of a large group.

If you're in Santa Cruz, I'd recommend you check out this place.

Pros: Delicious food, Good options for vegans, Reasonably priced

Cons: Service was not great the night we went, Waitress not clear on what vegan meant

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