Leila
Leila

Leila

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.leilawpb.com/
  • Phone: 5616597373x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: - Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Monday & Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,

    Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,

    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Lebanese
  • Executive Chef: Akram&Mireille Awad
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Call for details.
  • Entertainment: Belly Dancing

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Datura
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 3 Parking lots within one block.
A word from Leila
At the corner of Datura and South Dixie in downtown West Palm Beach is Leila, a cosmopolitan Middle Eastern grille. Offering guests a casual, contemporary atmosphere in which to enjoy delicious regional dishes, along with a wide selection of familiar mezze items, like hummus, falafel, and tabouleh salad, Leila is a celebration of the healthful and nutritional benefits of authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Whether a business or casual lunch, a quiet dinner, or festive weekend late-night, her mouth watering fare and knowledgeable friendly staff, will ensure you'll want to come again and again.
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Leila reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (12)great for outdoor dining (8)romantic (6)fit for foodies (5)special occasion (5)late-night find (4)good for groups (4)notable wine list (3)hot spot (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Tis always great
    vireya
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    and this was no exception. Food great; service great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delightful
    paintswimdance
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Leila is a cozy, comfortable restaurant with great middle eastern food. The Baba ganoush was outstanding, as were the pita bread and the entrees and the accompaniments. Our waitress was friendly and welcoming without being pushy or over eager. The crown jewel of the evening was the dance performance by Dawn, the belly dancer. She is lovely and a very talented dancer. If you can go there on an evening when she is performing it will turn a delicious dinner out into something even more special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I usually come here about once a month and everytime I have only had really great service and good food. I like coming here for the hookah as well, with some small bites and a few drinks. I will keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Greek
    eatingoutVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The world's best chicken Kebobs and grilled vegetables. Plus they have a winning sauce to dip the chicken into. I order the same thing every time we go because I love it so much.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leila
    hargolVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    perfect waiter with excellent service. We had the mixed entree which was 2 kinds of lamb skewers, a chicken and a beef skewers. Plenty of food with leftovers. The side dish was cous- cous very good but cold. I like mine warm. It's a small place and didn't realize they had outside dining. (a nice patio in the rear.) It was disappointing that the owner did not meet and greet us or explain the different dishes. It was our first time in a Lebanese Sirian restaurant and we all would have appreciated the owners comments
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • easymark
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Thought the food was a tad overpriced for the ambiance, although the quality was above average compared to other Mediterranian eateries.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good local restaurant
    Closer
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We've been to Leila 3 times in the last four months and have not been disappointed. The Leila mixed grill for 2 is very good. We had an excellent very attentive waiter on our last visit. All 4 of us enjoyed our food and total dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, nice outdoor patio
    Yummy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    New to west palm. One of the first places we came. Very good selection of middle eastern food. We ordered mostly apps and then got one chicken kebob entree to share. Everything was well prepared. The cold halumi cheese dish was just okay. The chicken, eggplant, and yogurt dishes were excellent. Very nice ambience. Would recommend for a date night.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.4
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.1
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 195 reviews are from the Leila reviews archive.
  • Excellent food and service
    Alex
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Most delicious Mediterranean food I've had in Florida. Service was great too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great time
    Tabletfortables
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was our first time at Leila's in downtown West Palm Beach, and we were not disappointed. The ambiance was comfortable and airy in the garden dining area. The food was great, with the kibbee naye being exceptional--melt in your mouth exceptional. Our server was kind and attentive, and engaged with us in pleasant conversation. I always enjoy that as it helps to give a sense that you are part of a family atmosphere. I would definitely go back!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Marvelous Mediterranean Morsels
    eatingoutVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Leila's is a quaint and cozy spot with terrific Mediterranean offerings. Their chicken kabobs are the best I've ever had. The marinated flavors are outstanding. Outdoor dining is also available, but it's often too hot in South Florida to avail oneself of this option. Other foods are good too, but I always gravitate toward the chicken. I highly recommend either lunch or dinner here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eating with friends
    Closer
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had another good meal with friends at Leila. The service and food were both exceptional!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but nothing special
    Bigdog782VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Nice outdoor dining, overpriced wine list. The appetizers were excellent even if they were a bit overpriced. I had the Mahi-Mahi which was done well. My spouse had the Keftah and honestly we have had much better. It had little flavor and was a bit dry. I understand that the restaurant was busy on a Saturday evening, however that doesn't account for no flavor. Our server was nice but didn't explain what the side sauces were for. Overall we've had better middle eastern food at a lower price. However this is still a decent restaurant for West Palm Beach, maybe the kitchen had an off day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lebanese yum
    Yummytaco2VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Great apps and dinner (mixed grill) had tons of flavor. Will be back again very soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cozy
    NaddoushVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We had a nice and relaxing time with food and hookah
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    DebraVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My friend and I were extremely pleased with this find. Great service, gastronomic food and beautiful ambience...including a belly dancer.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Standard food at gourmet prices
    gsr62VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Food was standard Mediterranean at twice the price. Dinner for two without wine was $172 including gratuity. My wife and I are no strangers to expensive meals that are well worth the expense, but at Leila the bill was offensive given the unexceptional nature of the food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely neighborhood place
    Patticakes
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Leila is a welcome change from the typical West Palm restaurants. Food was good. Outside patio nice. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leila
    Lebanese
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Went on a week night and was wide open but we were seated promptly and given great service. Pace was proper no rush on us to get thru our apps. Dinner was hot and delicious. Go and enjoy..
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mid Eastern Gem
    cityslicker
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Right off the main drag (Clematis) is a wonderful, authentic mid-eastern hidden gem. Classic dishes, exotic spices, reasonable prices. I've been there with small and large group and service and food always wonderful. Owner friendly and makes sure meal is experience. They have live belly dancing on Fri Sat I believe. Can sit inside or outside which is nice. Strongly recommend. They have fish meat and veggie dishes for all tastes. Must try the Turkish coffee they make in the classic style. Desserts unique and enjoyable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Every time is great!
    Sauce375
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We have been coming to Leila's for years so we always bring new guests with us and it's like having dinner at home. Everyone is warm and friendly and the food is consistently great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find!
    elliemae
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    It's hard to find a good Mediterranean restaurant. Leila has good food and provides great service. We enjoyed our meals and plan to return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable meal with friends
    Shartheluv
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    The hostess was very helpful in suggesting what to order. Variety of appetizers was amazing. The chicken and shrimp entrées were very tasteful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood place
    Closer
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We had a great meal of shared skewers of beef, pork, chicken and shrimp with vegetables and coucous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food But...
    food4thought
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The food was freshly prepared and good quality. Servers are very nice. Four of us shared 3 appetizers followed by individual main plates. We did not have wine, coffee or desert. The "but" is the price. The total bill, including tip, came to $196.00. I probably would not return unless I had a discount deal, which is a shame because I do enjoy the food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Middle-Eastern gem
    Touristjim
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    We got there before the crowd so I can't judge the vibe. The food was great -- authentic middle-eastern, very well prepared. Considering it was essentially home cooking I thought the prices a little steep but this is Palm Beach in the height of the season. Would go back again in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful food, gracious dining
    Newport
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Leila is one of our two favorite restaurants in the Palm Beaches. We enjoy Leila as the place for delicious Middle Eastern cuisine in an elegant but relaxed setting. We often take our out-of-state guests there who appreciate the Mediterranean menu and fine food. We particularly enjoy the gracious welcome we receive each time we visit from the owner and the good service from a very experienced, professional staff. I am stuck on the lamb kefta and couscous, which comes with fresh grilled vegetables with a delicious homemade aoli sauce. You can make a whole meal off an assortment of their mezzas, including our favorite - the baba ghanouj. We love Leila before heading to Palm Beach Dramaworks or for a quiet but elegant evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, and a belly dancer, too!
    SherzVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Our waiter was fabulous! Great, attentive service. He recommended a Lebanese wine that (surprise, surprise!) was totally delicious (and at $44 per bottle, was pretty reasonable for a restaurant wine). The chicken kabob (house specialty) was delicious and very generous (2 large skewers); the bronzino special was perfectly prepared; and the lamb shank special was huge, braised for 6 hours, and tender and tasty. Then, there was the belly dancer, who was lovely. We chose to eat outdoors, since the weather was great, but the inside is nicely decorated, too. The outdoor patio has the advantage of being quiet enough for conversation. A good choice and a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    RCBryan
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I have been to Leila a few times. The food and service is always top notch. Great first date spot or place to take that special someone. It's never overly crowded. This place is away from other businesses so I think it is often overlooked but such a rarity in West Palm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    cswpb
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Took my wife for Valentine's Day dinner and fell in love with this place. The service was a little slow, but the food was absolutely incredible!! The ambience was perfect for such a night. The outdoor dining area looked beautiful, however we were inside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Night to Remember
    RomanticAtHeart
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Valentine's dinner with my wife... So it had to be special. I put my trust in our waiter's recommendations and Elias did not disappoint. We started with a bottle of Chateau Kefraya- Excellent choice. Elias then set us up with a selection of appetizers to die for. We had the lamb shank for dinner, roasted for six hours, perfectly seasoned with the meat falling of the bone. A knaffe was split for dessert. I highly recommend Leila's for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, low-key spot in W. Palm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    If you want a break from more formal, and rich, food in Palm Beach, give this place a try. Fresh, generally healthy, Mediterranean food cooked well. The mezze was generally very good, with the exception of the hummus, which we didn't love. The chicken kebabs were delicious. Beware large entrée sizes when you order meze/salads. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent and warm
    MeganVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Leila offers warm service, high quality middle eastern food, and great entertainment. The couscous is great, baba ghanoush fabulous. The lamb shank wonderful, and the Bronzino excellent. The belly dancer was the best yet too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice vibe
    Milt
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We went to Leila for an early dinner before our next event. Had a great time and even had an after dinner hookah. The belly dancer was really cool too (though she had just started when we left. We arrived right when they opened). Definitely recommend. Great vibe.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    Braveheart
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Great restaurant a little off the beaten path in downtown West Palm Beach. We love to dine here before or after the movies at City Place. Food and service are always superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another wonderful meal
    amydwVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    the most incredibly delicious food; consistently delicious. we dine there at least 1 time a month. lovely owner. great attentive staff. a must eat at!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent food...very gracious
    catrowjules
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    excellent food...very gracious waiter who was most accommodating with our various spices issues :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Merry Christmas Dinner
    LewLew815
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Delicious food and good service. Love the location. In the middle of everything but slightly off the buzz of Clematis. The best lamb shank i"ve EVER had. Good cocktails. Great place for tapas. Our server even got my boyfriend to eat tabouleh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant, great food,
    JuniperVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Nice restaurant, great food, and excellent service .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best gems in West Palm!
    Sauce375
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    We have been coming for years and if you want a great meal in an awesome atmosphere, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.