Layla's Lebanese Restaurant

Layla's Lebanese Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.laylasrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 703-684-3288
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 1:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Mathilda Chebat
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Radah Chebat 703-684-3288

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alfred and Patrick
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Layla's Lebanese Restaurant
Layla's offers the finest in Lebanese cuisine. Enjoy your meal in a warm and cozy atmosphere.
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Layla's Lebanese Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (7)neighborhood gem (7)romantic (5)great for lunch (5)special occasion (4)late-night find (1)good for groups (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Delicious
    VAFoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The best Lebanese food I have had since I was last in the Middle East. Such a shame this place is closing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!!
    Aj24
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Took my gf out there and she loved It! Food was quick, service was amazing, no complaints at all best spot in old town alexandria.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Our dinners were superb! Waitress very knowledgable and offered good suggestions. Would definitely return and recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Business Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Really fun and low key spot for a business dinner. Great for sharing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had RESERVATION but was CLOSED
    hungryhippo
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We went to the restaurant and it was closed. We were not the only two that had reservations and ended up being turned away because the restaurant was closed. I would avoid the restaurant for any important meetings.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Odd--restaurant closed at noon
    AlexandriaSoxFan
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Not sure what happened, but OpenTable allowed me to make a lunch reservation for noon on Monday (when the restaurant should have been open according to their hours, which begin at 11:30 according to their website). I arrived at noon and the doors were locked and there was no one inside. Another potential customer was outside and seemed to be in a similar predicament. I went to the Pita House two blocks down King Street instead. I feel badly about giving negative ratings, since I didn't actually get to try the restaurant.
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  • Three generations strong!
    sarahseesfood
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The waitress told us her family has owned the restaurant for three generations, and it really shows in the food. We had only the appetizer sampler, and cleared the dish with ease! If you’re craving hummus while walking along King Street, Layla’s is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MarkInArlingtonVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Consistent, authentic Lebanese fare in a family-run business. Worth going just for the home made sausages and the home made garlic sauce, but nothing will disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 157 reviews are from the Layla's Lebanese Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Best Food!
    Keira
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    This is the best Lebanese food I've had outside of the Middle East. The service was great and the wait staff took the time to help us order and make sure we knew what we were getting. I'm definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • solid meal at Layla's
    TobyATL
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We wanted something low-key to entertain an out of town friend, and this fit the bill. The food was very good, as was the wine and the service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would do it again
    Jettin
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    The stuffed cabbage was very Good but the food wasn't warm enough. The wines are very limited to the type of food serviced. So if you enjoy good wine, bring your own.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Meal
    BBR2VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Although not too experienced with Lebanese cuisine, Layla's makes me want to try more.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Dani
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Service was fast and attentive. Everything was fresh and well prepared. We had a great table by the front window. Was just a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Lebanese samplers
    pjr208
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    My wife I tried the appetizer sampler and entree sampler. They were terrific. The spices were intriguing, the food was delicious. We had fun exploring the different items off of the menu as part of the sampler. A great way to try a bit of everything. We agreed we would have to return to try other items in the future. I highly recommend Layla's, it's a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice
    Danielle
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We chose this restaurant to try a new cuisine. Staff were very friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. Good was good but did not blow us away. Eating area is a bit small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent. Service
    skip
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was excellent. Service was spectacular. Very child friendly. Can't wait to go back with my Lebanese friend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We had the baba ganoush and spinach pies for appetizers. Both were decent, but not spectacular. We then tried the chicken, lamb and kafta kabobs. The chicken was surprisingly very good, and the lamb was good as well. I was not a fan of the kafta. The rice was actually the highlight of the meal! It's topped with shaved nuts, so if you have a nut allergy, speak up, but make sure you try it! The service was very attentive - I'm a heavy water drinker, and my glass was never empty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lebanese food was fresh, including
    Donald
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Lebanese food was fresh, including hummus, all the vegetables, Lamb was sweet. Prices are very reasonable. A real neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Layla's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Delicious food. Relaxing atmosphere. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small, family-run with great
    RicardoVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    Small, family-run with great service and terrific food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Lebanese food!
    Caroline
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Everything we had was excellent... from the appetizer sampler to the mixed grill. The garlic spread complements the food well and the baklava is amazing. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thumbs up for the baked kibbeh
    mnoormo1VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Thumbs up for the baked kibbeh and chicken shawarma platter. The hummus with meat was disappointing. It lacked lemon and tahini. This is our 2nd trip here. We dined here a year ago when we visited Washington DC and as with our first visit we enjoyed a very good meal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had lunch on a rainy day.
    gaflick57VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Had lunch on a rainy day. My waitress was very nice. Enjoyed the food. Nothing out of the ordinary but it was a convenient, hospitable place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impressive
    Lena
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    As an Arab from the Levant, I recommend this place HIGHLY. I'd say it would be competitive with even the best Lebanese restaurants in the Middle East, and by far exceeds any Lebanese restaurant I've eaten at in the DC metro area - including Lebanese Taverna. The kibbe niyyeh, fattoush and falafel were delectable. I'd go back just to feast on these three plates. The service was excellent, the music was perfect (classic Lebanese hits) and the place definitely has a family vibe to it, which only adds to its Lebanese authenticity. Home-cooked meals are the most coveted ones and going to Layla's felt just like going home. I can't wait to take my American friends to eat at Layla's - it's the next best thing to making the trip overseas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Layla's is the BEST!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    I enjoy dining at Layla's everytime I am in Alexandria. It has a very romantic atmosphere and of course Great Food. It is family owned restaurant with great service. Layla's was my first experience in Lebanese Cuisine. I was told about this restaurant by a friend. I was looking for a Good Lebanese Restaurant to take my girlfriend , who is from Richmond and is of Lebanese Decent. She knows her stuff when it comes to Lebanese Food. My girlfriend thinks Layla's is the BEST. We had our first kiss here a year and a half ago. We love Layla's.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair Price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Average Lebanese food. Quite setting. Good for conversation which is what I was looking for on this occasion. Good service. Fairly priced wine selection. Food was traditional and like home cooking. Establishment apppears to have been there a long time - looks like it. Could stand a refresh in decor.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it used to be
    Diner
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    I had eaten at this restaurant 4-5 tunes prior to my final visit. On a Friday night the place used to be a little more full than it was this visit; that should have been a sign. The food itself was tasty enought, however the portion sizes were dramatically smaller. The falafel came out in the hardest, tiniest little puck shape. (Puck may even be too large a description.). The halloumi cheese was served as three tiny slivers with practically no tomatoes and cucumbers on the side. The arayes barely had meat inside and we left wondering what we had spent our money. I think it's time for us to find a new Lebanese restaurant to enjoy in Alexandria/ Fairfax. This place used to be so good so we are pretty disappointed.
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  • The food wasn't high quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    The food wasn't high quality for the price paid. So, I was a bit dissapointed.
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  • Friendly and familiar
    RichNH
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Although is was my first time there, our experience at Layla's could have been a repeat occurrence. We are Lebanese and the food was well prepared and delicious. The service was outstanding and the waitress was attentive and friendly. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet spot on a busy street.
    KarenB
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    Living in Old Town, it's tough to avoid spots that are crowded by tourists in the summer, so on Layla's my boyfriend and I found a hidden gem. It was quiet and not crowded. The service was excellent. There was an extensive wine list with Lebanese options, we enjoyed a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. He has the shish tawouk (chicken) and I, the shish kabob (ny strip steak). Both were well seasoned, as was the accompanying rice. My steak wash bit overdone from my request for medium, but we'd definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    I continue to frequent this family run establishment. Always greeted warmly. The food is always fresh and well prepared. They will gladly substitute fries for a salad for no extra charge. Will return again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    giniroVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2013
    I had never had Lebanese before, but my roommates had been raving about it so we finally made a trip. It was fairly quiet when we got in with only one party there, but we got seated in the back away from them which was nice. Now I'm not versed in the nuances of the cuisine like my friends are, but I must say that I was fairly impressed. Our waitress was really friendly and helpful in helping us choose dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    Larita
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    This restaurant was o.k...good food but I didn't like the restaurant it self, it was outdated and the service was sloppy. Alexandria has much better restaurants...good for takeout
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  • Just like Mama makes
    RoulettetomVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Authentic as you can get. Don't mess around / waste time. Hit Layla's for some of the best Middle-Eastern food you'll find. This is coming from King Tut himself
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We've been to Layla's several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    We've been to Layla's several times and always enjoy the food but the service always seems to be indifferent at best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tired Interior
    SoutherngirlVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    Please renovate!! This place has good food and a great location. But why such pathetic menus, tablecloths and furniture?
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent and
    KLove
    Dined on 4/29/2013
    The food was excellent and the wait staff are very friendly. I arrived for a 6:30 dinner, but as the restaurant filled up, the service became slow and there did not appear to be enough wait staff to handle the crowd. Regardless, the waitress maintained her cool and was courteous, though rushed. It was my second time visiting and I enjoyed both meals. The Hommous is very good. The Mousaka was tasty though the vegetables were a little overcooked for my liking. The Bakalava is superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Lebanese food. We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Delicious Lebanese food. We make a point of eating here when we come to the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Delicious food!!! The service was a bit slow and I felt neglected at times but the food made up for the lack of service
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    fit for foodies
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  • Just average
    Bullsfan33VIP
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    Overall, the meal was average. Not bad. Not excellent. I do not know if I would dine there again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet