great spot to dine FINE!!
Excellent food and great service, The waiter was very proper, almost too proper for my lady and I. Nonetheless it took nothing from the service and attention to detail. I was blown away by the food, and the portions on the plate. The waiter left us with an anniversary gift at the end of the night as well GREAT TOUCH!!
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Close to home
Atmosphere perfect for anniversary
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Top Shelf in neghborhood center
SImple but elegant setting. Meal presentation and quality excellent. Short but varied menu. "Caribbean comfort food" billing accurate - vibrant flavors and colors but not unduly spicy or hot. Lamb and pork chops are clear headliners. Lamb portion is generous, flavorful and moist. Pork chop is enormous, flavorful and tender. Other dishes tried include salmon and scallops - both very good and fresh. Beet salad is a must - beatiful and flavorful. Tomato bisque textured and flavorful. Short but nicely varied wine and craft beer list. Owner/chef Manuel will visit your table to assure your satisfaction. Good value. Must repeat.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great find in northwest Fresno
What a great find ! The food was superb starting with the housemade hummus and chips. 2 couples shared the pork belly appetizer which may not sound that appealing, but was a delicious treat. The potato leek soup topped with crumbled bacon and the Cesar salad were excellent. I had the scallops that were perfectly prepared. Hubby had the filet that melted in your mouth. Ahi tuna that was a special the evening we were there was a hit, as was the huge pork chop that is a house speciality. The wine list is very good and the manager/sommelier is quite knowledgeable. Excellent rich coffee and a great dessert topped off the evening.
We will be back !
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place, might even
Love this place, might even say it is my favorite restaurant in Fresno!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
3rd time This Week
Twice with clients and this night with family - Lela's was once again excellent, Tried the seared pork belly appetizer - excellent. RIb eye was large, moist and delivered medium rare as ordered. Simple pasta dish was excellent as well. My high schol senior son celebrated his graduation with the signature pork chop - good to the last bite. Full Saturday night crowd slowed the kitchen a bit but attentive service kept the water glasses full and conversation flowing. Will be back!!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We love that we have this
We love that we have this gem in our neighborhood and we enjoy it everything about it at each visit.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't Wait to Go Back!
If you haven't been here, then you need to try it. Great food and great service!
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious, every bite was
Delicious, every bite was yum!!!!...great food, great service!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Decided to try a "new" to us restaurant for the fixed price menu during Restaurant Week. What a nice surprise, we knew nothing about Lelas. Nice atmosphere, very attentive wait staff and chef ( who came out to greet all the guests while we were there and ask us about our meal). The space is small so I imagine reservations are a must, especially on weekends. About a dozen people without reservations, were turned away while we dined. The food was very good with generous portions, both my husband and I enjoyed two extra meals with our leftovers. We will definitely go back again.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant Week Dinner @ Lelas's
Really enjoyed my recent dinner @ Lela's not knowing what to expect and had not heard from anyone I know who had dined there.
Restaurant was nicely decorated (being in a corner of a shopping strip center), food was wonderfully displayed on the plate and delicious and service was outstanding. The Fresno Restaurant Week price for 3 courses was an excellent value to try a restaurant I had not been to before. Will be sure to go back again with someone who appreciates great food and service. It was a nice touch for the chef to come out and speak to us and ask about what was prepared for us.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden Gem no longer hidden
We've been eating here multiple times over the last year and a half and last Friday was a packed house, we brought relatives (foodies) from out of town here for dinner and Lela's did not disappoint, if you haven't been here yet, you're missing out! Great food great people, great experience! We will be back, very very soon.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
First timer on Tuesday July 30th...RETURN customer with friends by Sat Aug. 3rd. I have to say I am so glad this place is participating in Resturaunt Week. I am excited to tell people about this place! I have been wanting to go for a while but I am really picky and hesitant to try new places....THIS PLACE is great. The staff was friendly, attentive and the Chef even comes out to make sure everything was to your liking. I LIKED! There are only a few places in town where everything is "literally" good. Halibut with chorizo/coconut rice! Thick porck chop cooked to perfection! Rack of lamb...BEST in Fresno! I told them I will be coming back to eventually try every item on the menu. A+
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I had a great dinner here! The service was the best we have had in Fresno and the food was just as good. I highly recommend this place to anyone who enjoys excellent service and great food. Thank you LeLa's!!!!!!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous! This was our first
Fabulous! This was our first time at the restaurant - we will definitely be back!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceptional food and service!
We are pleased to have Lela's in our neighborhood. Chef Manny Carr's menu and preparation is creative and well-executed. The service is friendly and we are made to feel welcome on every visit.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had no idea this restaurant was so close to our house. We looked for available tables and this popped up first. The food was outstanding. The servers were attentive and friendly. The chef stopped by to greet us. This was one of the best dining experiences we have had in a while.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I live right across the street and have been dying to go since it opened. It was absolutetly fantastic. The service was wonderful and we brought our own wine which they uncorked for free and served us. I had the special veal chops with garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables. Two huge chops cooked perfect easily could have split my dinner. Manny the owner came out to see how we liked our meals.
I can't wait to go back!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
From Washington D.C.
At first food appears on the pricey side, especially for Fresno; however once the food arried (appetizers and entrees) the portion sizes were huge. We enough leftover for a 2nd meal. Excellent food great find in the Fresno area. Have only eaten here once but small menu that is done very well. I hope though that it has seasonal changes otherwise could eat through the menu in 2-3 trips. polace was not full and noise level was a little high if all tables full could be loud.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small restaurant tucked in the corner of a neighborhood shopping center. Went on a week night to quietly celebrate a wedding anniversary. Only one wait staff, but he was constantly checking on us. Split the beet salad, very good. Had a great ribeye steak, better than any we had ever had; ditto the lamb chops. Shared the deconstructed ice cream cone, really good. Staff acknowledged our anniversary in a discreet and tasteful manner. We are definitely going back.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to dine!
First time visit and so impressed! Delicious food and excellent service. The owner-chef visited all tables inquiring about food and dining experience. First class ambience. Fresno needs more intimate settings like this. We'll be back.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simple and Fresh
The space is simple, not over-done, tucked in the corner of a non-descript strip mall, but, that doesn't matter because fresh, local food is the real star here. The menu is not overwhelming, and I'm glad I ordered the daily special, the coconut-risotto with prawns. The prawns were charred perfectly, the risotto is the second best I've ever eaten. The vegetables were fresh enough to have that marvelous "crunch" and the beet salad stood out as equally as fresh and good as the risotto.
We took our own bottle of Russian River Pinot Noir, so, we did not view the wine list--and, the options of roast lamb, pork chops were temptations before hearing Eleanor describe the special-we bit! We'll be back, and we'll take our friends!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
It is obvious that a lot of
It is obvious that a lot of time and care go into making each visit special for their patrons. The food is excellent and creative, and this is a prime example of why we need to support local business. This place does it right and they should be rewarded. My wife and I try and make it at least once a month to LeLa's.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The cuisine is very good.
The cuisine is very good. I had the Pork Chop, it was great. and the Flan for desert. Both were excellent. I would go back again and take friends. Next time I think I'll try the Rack of Lamb. and Bread pudding.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The good was spectacular. I ordered the special of the night which was veil and it was to die for. My gf ordered snapper that was equally as tasty. Service was great. Very friendly and the chef came out to ask us how our food was. Never experienced that before so that is a plus. Although it is pricey, $30 a plate at least, you can't go wrong. Nice north west Fresno neighborhood restraunt.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food with large portions.
Great food with large portions. Service was a bit slow and erratic at the beginning of the meal despite the restaurant not being overly busy this particular evening. Will need to work on the "small details" in order to put it in the upper echelon of Fresno restaurants.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Charming, Local and Delicious
Love this restaurant! The food is delicious, and the portions are large so come hungry! I had the filet with mashed potatoes and my husband had the salmon. Both were to cooked perfectly and couldn't decide which one was the better plate! We also shared the crab fritters and asparagus soup, so we had lunch the next day too. We dined on a weeknight so it was very quiet and romantic, just perfect for our date night. They have a wonderful wine list and quite a large selection of beers too. I am so happy I don't have to go to a noisy steakhouse anymore, this neighborhood restaurant really is the best of both worlds. We will definitely be going back again!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM