Gia Lai
Gia Lai

Gia Lai

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gialairestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2163817200
  • Hours of Operation:


    Sunday - Thursday
    11:00am - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday
    11:00am - 11:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese, Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Richmond
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking and valet parking also available.
A word from Gia Lai
Gia Lai is nothing short of an industry trendsetter, rewarding diners who demand the best of all worlds. We transform authentic Southeast Asian cuisines made with fresh "from scratch" ingredients into tasty delights while transporting you to our vision of the modern day dining experience fit for an Emperor. Follow the spice road to our luxurious stocked bar and enjoy our hand-crafted signature cocktails gathered from all corners of the globe.



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Gia Lai reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (6)fit for foodies (5)great for lunch (4)special occasion (2)neighborhood gem (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We will not return to this restaurant. Can't imagine how it stays in business. Hardly any customers for lunch or dinner.
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  • Nice atmosphere
    Ellieann
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very good food selection, tastes fantastic and very nice decor
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you like noodles you'll like GL
    GL082014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was very good and fairly priced. I had the crab rangoon which was very tasty. I also had the eye of round soup, which was excellent. Drink prices were also reasonable. The service for the most part was very good. My only knock would be that our server had to make the three martinis our group ordered and that took quite some time. I was very surprised not to see a bartender handling those duties as they have a fairly nice bar.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Excellent meal and service. It was our first visit, but not our last. The food was wonderful and our server was great. There were three of us and we ordered shrimp pho, crispy vegetarian noodles and coconut shrimp. We shared the three dishes and we were all impressed. The cocktails were exellent. The cheesecake filled strawberries were to die for. Next time, I want to try the Pad Thai.
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    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Great Service, Delicious Food
    Trixicola
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    A friend and I had dinner here and it was very enjoyable. The wait staff was attentive and friendly. The menu had plenty of vegetarian-friendly options. I had a vegetarian Pad Thai, and it came loaded up with veggies and tofu. It was delicious. The drink menu also had some unique cocktails. I would definitely return and recommend.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Disappointing at best
    frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    The only thing I can say was good was the service. Our server, Megan, was friendly, polite, and efficient. The food was just so-so. Don't even consider ordering the calamari - think Mrs. Paul's. If it didn't come out of a frozen box, I'll be surprised! The veggie lettuce wraps were tasteless; I kept adding soy sauce hoping to improve the flavor, but didn't help. I had the veggie pad tai and my husband had the meat - both were barely OK. I've had so much better. We won't return; too many good restaurants in town.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 57 reviews are from the Gia Lai reviews archive.
  • Good food, nice ambiance
    searchingnewfood
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We went specifically for the Pho, which my husband had. It was very good. Very flavorful with fresh ingredients. I tried something new that I had never heard of before and it was ok. I could tell the ingredients were fresh, but I think the dish ended up just not being my cup of tea. Not the fault of the restaurant, I just wouldn't order it again anywhere. We went because we were kid-free for the evening, but we saw a few table with kids who really seemed to enjoy their dinner. Overall, I think the restaurant is suitable for either a couples night alone or a family.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • don't go
    sa2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    went for lunch on a friday - restaurant was empty. despite having a reservation the table was not ready (and sticky), our server was non-existent. appetizers were average but entrees were poor. pad thai tasted like ketchup (server hardly apologized for the off flavor and didn't offer to do anything to correct it), bahn mi had mystery meat (definitely was not pate). would not recommend to anyone.
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    review1
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The place was dead for a Saturday night. Husband pho soup was ok. I got spring rolls for an appetizer and it was fried in old oil and tasted horrible.
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  • vietnamese food east side
    NickVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We used to have to go downtown for vietnamese food, but not any more. Great food, beautiful restaurant, cheerful staff. Get the Pho, get the Bun, and vietnamese coffee (cafe sua). Try the fresh spring rolls too, best I've had in Cleveland.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be back
    asianfoodexpert
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    As an Asian american, I'm pretty picky about my pho and other asian dishes. For casual dining at a new, clean, modern restaurant I found Gia Lai to be delicious. It has several vegetarian options as well as nonveg. I tried the veg pho my first trip and it came with a generous portion of vegetables and sauces that I could add at my own discretion. The second time I came here I tried the tofu with black bean sauce. It was also delicious but didn't come with as many veggies so I ordered extra veggies on the side for an extra cost. Our server was super friendly, professional, and always had a smile on her face. For the reasonable price, the location, and delicious Asian cuisine, there's no doubt I'll make it here for a third visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    Mario
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Nice place. Not crowded..even on valentines day. Good food, pleasant staff.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, beautiful atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Terrific Thai food, good for small and loathe groups. Pho was excellent
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not one of those places you
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Not one of those places you go for hopping nightlife or to be in the presence of the beautiful people but if you want a GREAT bowl of pho, this is the spot. Not our first trip to Gia Lai nor will it be the last. See you again very soon.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service friendly but food lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    As previous reviews have noted, the food is very Americanized. The pho was decent enough (hard to go wrong with that?), but the dry vermicelli with pork (bun) was below expectations-- the pork, which generally is grilled in small pieces, was sliced in uniform large slices from one large (grilled?) piece, such that you had strips of very white meat atop the noodles and was not appetizing at all. The cucumbers could be sliced in strips and not big chunks. All in all, if you are desperate for Vietnamese food, haven't been here in a while, and downtown is too far, then this could suffice.
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  • nothing to write home about
    MsMMM
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    They take a lot of shortcut. Meat are not marinated or cookeed with the sauce instead cooked separately and have the sauce separately poured on top. As the result the food was very bland. I will not go back and do not recommend.
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  • nice asian place
    newcleer
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    good food. a bit americanized, but clean and superfast and friendly service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good without waiting
    colobok
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    my friends and I like this place. friendly, healthy, moderately priced. never had to wait for a table.
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  • Great Pho and Wonderful Service
    Phillygirl2206
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    I went for a double date on a Thursday night. We all got some kind of Pho and we all loved the food. The bar was well stocked and there was a beautiful waterfall in the dining room. I can't wait for another opportunity to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was very fresh and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    The food was very fresh and nicely presented. Additionally, the service was exceptional. I highly recommend the vegetarian pho.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot, great for lunch
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  • A delight again!
    WestsideGuest
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    Came to Gia Lai for a daddy/daughter date before she went back to college and had a wonderful time! The food was super flavorful, service was wonderful and love the ambiance. Been here multiple times and always pleased.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice change up
    newcleer
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    Nice to eat some other food in Legacy Village. Food was good. Clean flavors and light. Seafood and vegetarian options. Def will go back.
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    good for groups, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • deliciously delightful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    We had a fabulous dinner at GiaLai! Our waiter Shawn was wonderfully attentive without being pushy. We loved the classy décor- very mellow!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Vietnamese Feast
    Med58
    Dined on 7/8/2013
    Had one appetizer and two entrees with 2 special beverages for $51. Try the salted plum beverage - not salty at all, actually quite sweet. If you're looking for something more tart, try the sparkling limeade. Vegetarian rice paper roll appetizer served with a velvety peanut sauce was a great beginner. The sauce quantity was more than adequate and we kept it to use on our entrees. The pan seared scallops were served with thin slices of cucumber, jasmine rice and a marvelous sauce. Scallops were tender and flavorful and the crisp cucumber was a nice contrast. Vegetarian Singapore noodles were also a pleaser. Lots of large chunks of vegetables and sauteed tofu had a slightly spicy, curried flavor. Service was pleasant and prompt.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Much Better than Expected!
    WestsideGuest
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Had decided to go to Gia Lai on a much needed date with my wife, and then started reading negative reviews online. Went in a little unsure, but gotta say our experience was Outstanding! The decor is modern yet elegant. Our server (Estacia) was simply tremendous! Wonderful attitude, very knowledgeable, quick, and checked back often. Food was fresh, hot and flavorful. Started with tempura vegetables appetizer - light, not greasy, and great veggies (broccoli, tarot root, onion, sweet potato) and a soy dipping sauce that I could have drank a shot of! Our entrees were the Pineapple Chicken and Shaking Beef - the sweet incredible flavor of the Pineapple Chicken played very well with the deep pepper flavor of the beef. We will go back!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved Gia Lai!
    Alyse
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Food was great! Nice to be able to go somewhere and order healthy but tasty! Server was really sweet!!
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    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Not My Cup of Soup
    Me2222
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    The restaurant is beautiful, the service was good and the server very pleasant And if you like bland, tasteless food, then this place is for you. My wife enjoyed her meal, a large bowl of soup with vegetables And broth. Even my Shrimp rolls were loaded with carrots. Just
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  • We thoroughly enjoyed our
    MelissaVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The shaking beef was tender and flavorful.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Stopped in for lunch - had
    ixlr8VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Stopped in for lunch - had the Bahn Mi and the Vermicelli Noodle dish with Beef. I hate to say it, but it was American Thai, kind of like that local Chinese take out in American Chinese food. The restaurant is very nice, the decor, the water feature, added class to the place, but the food was just okay. We were glad to have paid lunch prices for the meals we ate. If you're looking for a quick thai taste to tied you over while shopping at Lennox, this is a decent spot.
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    great for lunch
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  • The Thai dish we had was better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    The Thai dish we had was better then the Pho, which lacked a depth of flavors -- much better places in Cle for pho.
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  • Everything was great! I very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    Everything was great! I very much enjoyed the atmosphere, food and service and would certainly go back.
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  • We were pleasantly surprised
    Piqua41VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    We were pleasantly surprised with our mainstream and Vietnamese chicken salads. Great and with impressive homemade dressings. A nice bar scene and I enjoyed my well-priced glass of Malbec. We'll return for sure.
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    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
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  • Loved the vegeterian pho n
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Loved the vegeterian pho n the fried rice. However the spring rolls were too oily n I could squeeze a tbsp of oil from each one easily.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good pho, good pad thai, good
    David
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    Good pho, good pad thai, good Sinagpore noodles. First time there and although a little bit pricey a good meal and we shall return.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Food was hot, quickly served
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Food was hot, quickly served and inexpensive. Not anything special but adequate.. Good for lunch or a light bite
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  • We had a bunch of dishes,
    bleeVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    We had a bunch of dishes, my kids loved the pot stickers and we had the Tai wings and crab rangoons, all appatizers, very good! we ordered the curry chicken, pad tai and another dish, all excellent. The service was great and the beer was cold and the food came fast. we will be back to try more.............
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • mikeys23
    Mikeys23
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    When we arrived the restaurant was probably 1/4 full (arrived for 6:30 reservations). Restaurant is new to Legacy Village, and not located with the other Legacy restaurants. Made the comment to my wife that I hope that it survives given location. Not sure many people know about it yet. Appetizers were good (had calamari, spicy shrimp, and lettuce wraps). All were good. Nothing really stood out. Entree was excellent (bowl of Pho with chicken, wife had vegetable bowl of Pho). All food came out really quickly, which was great with the kids being with us. Server was very good. Stopped back several times to check up on us. Will definitely be back.
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  • Beer Bath
    HarleyraddocVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    We made our reservation easily on Open Table. When we arrived, we were seated promptly in a nice booth. The waitress came over to the table within a few short moments and took a drink order. My wife got a glass of wine, I ordered a Guiness. We lifted our glasses to toast our "date night" sans children, and the bottom of my glass literally plunked to the table, and my full beer hit my lap. So I'm sitting there like an idiot with an empty broken glass in my hand hovering in the air, my clothing awash in beer, and my wife and I gaping at each other. No waitress in site. I thought about toughing it out, for about a nanosecond. Decided sitting in beer and wetness for about an hour was not worth any food, no matter the quality. We left.
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  • Food was the disappointment here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Very nice space with interesting lighting. Enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the attentive service. We expected food to be well-prepared and were disappointed. Our plates were piled high with food that was missing any flavor. Food compared to an average Chinese restaurant. A lot of it, but just not very good. We really wished it had been better as we did enjoy the space. But we will not be back.
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  • Good overall place to eat.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Good overall place to eat. The Thursday deals are awesome.
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