Layla Lebanese Restaurant
Saint Louis, MO 63110Neighborhood:
LebanesePrice: $30 and under
Layla Lebanese Restaurant
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.laylalebaneserestaurant.com/
- Phone: 3145355500
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday : 4:00pm - 1:00am
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Lebanese
- Executive Chef: Wasam Hamed
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Entertainment: We showcase live belly dancing Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30pm - 8:00pm!
A word from Layla Lebanese Restaurant
Layla fills a niche in the Grove, with Awss Alrea charming the guests and Wasam Hamed crafting beautiful dishes that have been called "a fresh take on an age-old cuisine." Belly dancing on weekends! Guests bask in the warm welcome and return with friends to experience Middle-Eastern food at its freshest.Continued
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Layla Lebanese Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
- Enjoyable place for ethnic cuisinekarenDined on 8/16/2013The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 6 of us went for dinner andOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 6/28/20136 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Getting better all the time!GoraVIPDined on 6/14/2013Layla 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:
- Delicious!STLdinerDined on 5/31/2013This was my first time at Layla's. The portions were large but well made. Great to have a parking lot next door.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Worth a visit!MES23Dined on 5/23/2013Each 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Mezze platterbrainbleedVIPDined on 5/11/2013Located 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:
- Ordered chicken, got cornishEllenVIPDined on 4/26/2013Ordered chicken, got cornish hen....and complained...and was offered dessert which we did not want
- Excellent entrees (we triedDinerVIPDined on 4/24/2013Excellent 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.
- Unique, Delicious, and AuthenticOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 4/13/2013The 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:
- Very disappointing. HaveOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 4/13/2013Very 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?
- Highly recommendedOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 1/5/2013Great 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:
- Good food with a lot of differentOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 1/4/2013Good food with a lot of different varieties. It was not very busy at all. More people need to be going here.Special Features:
- The hummus and chicken shish-kebobAngelaDined on 12/21/2012The hummus and chicken shish-kebob were delicious! Service was excellent. Definitely recommend this restaurant.Special Features:
- Unfulfilled potential.OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 11/25/2012A 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:
- We went with some friendsldgaffVIPDined on 11/10/2012We 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:
- Delicious Greek!FoodieVIPDined on 10/25/2012When 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!
- Had a couple of great mealsGoraVIPDined on 10/20/2012Had 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:
- Good place!OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 9/28/2012Good 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:
- Layla is a nice addition toSOZ1Dined on 9/26/2012Layla 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.
- Been here several times.OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/17/2012Been here several times. The food is delicious. I love the kebabs and the falafel. So good. Definitely recommend.Special Features:
- wouldn't go backGoodStLueyEatsDined on 8/12/2012This 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.