Layla
Layla

Layla

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.laylalebaneserestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (314) 553-9252
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Burgers, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Stephan Ledbetter
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: For a small rental fee, we close off our dining room for you and your friends to have a special private experience. we sit up to 30 guests in this small intimate setting.
  • Private Party Contact: Tony Saputo 3143592293
  • Entertainment: Spaceballs, the Party Every Thursday with Shaun Morrissey and Ryan Snowden playing the best in garage rock, soul, rock n roll, with a touch of punk starts at 9 PM. Featured Dj every Saturday at 9 PM Live Music every Saturday At 8 PM!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tower Grove
  • Public Transit: Bus 14 Tower Grove @ Manchester Bus 95 Kinshighway @Manchester Bus 8 Tower Grove @ Russel
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Feel free to park in our adjacent lot! Also plenty of ample parking is located on Manchester or Tower Grove!
A word from Layla
Layla is St. Louis' only Gourmet Burger & Shawarma Joint. Located in the heart of The Grove, we focus on serving fresh & flavorful fare in an eclectic atmosphere. We offer fresh ground burgers, fun twists on traditional shawarma sandwiches, hand dipped milkshakes, craft cocktails, local brews, & hookah. All of our beef, pork, bread, ice cream, drafts, & seasonal produce are sourced from local growers and purveyors. Whether your are enjoying our homemade hummus & falafel fries with a local beer at happy hour, one of our gourmet burgers & a craft cocktail at dinner, or a hookah with friends during our late night lounge you are sure to have an amazing experience.
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Layla reviews from OpenTable diners
2 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (1)neighborhood gem (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Enjoyable place for ethnic cuisine
    karen
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    The night we went to Layla's they had a fabulous belly dancer. She engaged the diners and even invited some to learn some of the dance movements. The music was exotic, the food was tastey. My only issue was that during the meal before the entertainment the music in the restaurant was overly loud. They were very gracious to turn down the volume when we asked. A few minutes later we asked if they could lower it more and they accommodated us nicely. We would certainly go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 6 of us went for dinner and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    6 of us went for dinner and had a lovely evening. The service was good -- the waiter was attentive and checked on us regularly even though we were in a room separate from the one where he was stationed. The food was delightful: the falafel fresh and mildly spiced, the baba ganoush deliciously smoky. The meat lovers in the group reported that the chicken kebobs were tender and well-seasoned, as was the schwarma(sp?). For my taste there was way too much parsley in the tabbouleh -- I like more bulgur in mine -- but it was light and fresh, perfect for a hot summer evening. Lovely Lebanese music on the sound system though conversation was sometimes a challenge as it was quite loud. Overall, though, it was a fine evening and we'll be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting better all the time!
    GoraVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Layla is getting better with time, and the restaurant, is getting nicer, as more amenities are being added. The food has always been wonderful, but now you have white table linen, and belly dancers to brighten up the place. The bar is also getting better, and though not expansive, it does have some nice wines and cocktails. Great experience, and a "must check out" in the Grove.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    STLdiner
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    This was my first time at Layla's. The portions were large but well made. Great to have a parking lot next door.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a visit!
    MES23
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    Each of the 5 of us ordered a different dish and we all thoroughly enjoyed our choices. The prices are very reasonable and the service (on a Thursday) was excellent. I would make a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mezze platter
    brainbleedVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Located in the Grove, Layla is a combo of neighborhood ethnic food cafe and well-crafted stylish gem. Service was friendly and prompt. A belly dancer even appeared to add flair to the atmosphere. Most importable the improbably large two person Mezze platter of hummus,falafels, tabbouleh, baba ganoush, etc served with plentiful warm pita was enough food for four (or leftovers for the next day!). Dips and various apps were flavorful and authentic, and we left full and satisfied - all at a very reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ordered chicken, got cornish
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Ordered chicken, got cornish hen....and complained...and was offered dessert which we did not want
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  • Excellent entrees (we tried
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    Excellent entrees (we tried the chicken, steak, and shrimp skewers), however the pita that came with the hummus was not what we expected as it was very thin and more like a crepe.
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  • Unique, Delicious, and Authentic
    AStLouisFoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    The food at Layla is second to none. The portions are huge and prices more than fair. The Mezza Platter for Two can serve 4 for an almost complete meal and it is truly one of the best platters of food one will ever see. It is not only fresh but also contains complex blends of flavors, textures, and ingredients. My only complaint, and this is very minor, is that the platter doesn't come with serving spoons so diners are left to "double-dip". Don't miss the mint tea; order a pot and you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing. Have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Very disappointing. Have eaten there several times in the past and food and service was always good. This visit was not at all what we had hoped for. The hummus, eggplant dish, and baked chicken dish were bland and servings much smaller than previous visits. One of our guests ordered a rum and tonic and he said he could barely detect any rum in the drink. We ordered an olive salad. When it came to the table it looked different than the last time we ordered it. We asked our waitress about it and she was very defensive, sarcastic and clearly not pleased that we asked about it. Finally, prices listed on-line were approximately 30% less than the actual prices on the menu.Wondering if the restaurant has a new manager or owner?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Great food, decent-sized portions, and great waiting staff. When we were there, there was a belly dancer show for about half an hour and she was a great addition to the atmosphere of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food with a lot of different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    Good food with a lot of different varieties. It was not very busy at all. More people need to be going here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The hummus and chicken shish-kebob
    Angela
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    The hummus and chicken shish-kebob were delicious! Service was excellent. Definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unfulfilled potential.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/25/2012
    A good place. Not a great place. I was excited to find a Lebanese restaurant here in STL. Good place. But not great. I was expecting to find interesting wines including Lebanese, but this place is definitely not wine friendly. Extremely limited list, just four reds and four whites, none of them having to do with Lebanon; also, they were out of three of the whites, so just one choice. Flavors: they were good, but not great. Not what you want going to a Lebanese restaurant. You want exotic; you want something authentic. This is a cute place, but they need to upgrade.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We went with some friends
    ldgaffVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    We went with some friends to Laylas to try their Lebanese food which was quite good. We had Kibbeh and tabbouleh as appetizers. My wife and I shared an olive salad which was huge and very good. I had the lamb chops which were very nicely done. My wife had the mixed grill which was chicken beef and shrimps all of which were quite good. All the food was a little on the spicy side but was complimentary to the entrees. I had called ahead to be sure the restaurant served alcohol and they did. The list was not extensive but it was adequate. We had an Argentinian Malbec which went nicely with the meal. As an added bonus the restaurant had a belly dancer who entertained for a while. Not an expert but she put on a pretty good show.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Greek!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2012
    When reviewing Layla's, it sounded like the restaurant was in an energetic area around lots of shops and other restaurants. But it's actually not - it was more secluded, maybe because it was extremely windy and raining hard that night. We were there around 7pm and were the only ones in the restaurant. Another couple came a bit later. But the food was absolutely delicious and the service was great!
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  • Had a couple of great meals
    GoraVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    Had a couple of great meals at this place, about 2 months apart, and felt that the ethnic nature of the cuisine had been well represented. The belly dancing was a great touch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    Good food and attentive service -- it's great to have a restaurant like this in the Grove. They make some pretty tasty hummus. Our party of eight wasn't sure about the belly dancer at first, but she turned out to have a great sense of humor and made this place really memorable. The kitchen might want to have a look at its baklava recipe, though. Light and flaky on the pastry is what's called for, guys.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Layla is a nice addition to
    SOZ1VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2012
    Layla is a nice addition to the Grove neighborhood. The food is well prepared, nicely spiced and quite tasty. So, if you enjoy middle eastern food, it is worth a try.
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  • Been here several times.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    Been here several times. The food is delicious. I love the kebabs and the falafel. So good. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wouldn't go back
    GoodStLueyEats
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    This is a relatively new restaurant (open abt 2mos) and, while I enjoyed visiting The Grove neighborhood, would not return to go to Layla's. We didn't order a lot of food, but what we did was hit-and-miss. Perhaps they ran out of lemons the Friday we visited? The Baba Ganoush tasted like mashed eggplant - no tahini, no garlic, and definitely no lemon. No acid/lemon on the Tabbouleh and no lemon wedges provided with the dolmades. Worse yet, the dolmades were bereft of any dill flavor ... they tasted like sticky rice wrapped in grape leaves. The lamb chops were nicely grilled (though sparce at 3 very small chops per plate) but the chicken kebab received high marks. Good enough to try once, but not to return.
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