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Layla Restaurant

427 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Layla restaurant fashions Eastern spice and European sophistication into a gem of contemporary dining. From the pomegranate champagne cocktails to the sultry decor, the mood is intoxicating, vibrant and unique. Choose an intimate table or a secluded private alcove to enjoy a multi-course fragrant feast and authentic Lebanese wines. For those new to Lebanese cuisine, Layla offers a selection of sharer menu's which incorporate a large selection of some of the most popular dishes on the menu. There are plenty of dishes suitable for vegetarians and the pistachio and vanilla and rosewater ice creams are a customer favourite!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Monday - Sunday: 12pm until late.
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Phone number
01372 462333
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Payment options
Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jean Ghanem
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Private party facilities
Beautiful, large, semi-private booth available for parties of 8 - 14. Semi-private dining area available for up to 30 people.
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Private party contact
Reservations Team: 01372 462333
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Ideally located for corporate events as well as private parties in and around Surrey. Our capable team looks after all aspects and incorporates a wide variety of cuisines in the menu, combining a modern European style with Arabic and Lebanese flavours to create a wonderful fusion of tastes. Call us to discuss your requirements with our catering team who will guide you through our extensive menu and help you design the perfect selection for your guests.
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Parking details
Public parking available 100 yards from Layla Restaurant
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Layla hosts fantastic live entertainment Wednesday,Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with live muscicians and singers. Lively belly dancing evenings are held once a month. Please contact reservations for dates to avoid disappointment.
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Special events & promotions
Monday Night Offer - 3 courses and a glass of wine £12.50
Weekday Lunch Offer - 2 courses from £7.50
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Mandmeals (London)
5.0  Dined on January 8, 2016

Want an afternoon tea with a difference? Try Layla's new offering. Sandwiches with unusual and tasty fillings, the best and lightest scones I have ever sampled and the most delightful little original pastries. Add to this a good choice of teas and a Bellini to kick it all off and you have a delightful afternoon.

The service was friendly and attentive and my only criticism was the price. It certainly isn't cheap at £26.50 per head (£36.50 if you have a champagne tea) but we were led to understand that they are looking to offer larger group discounts and possibly a slightly cheaper non - alcohol version.

We really enjoyed our afternoon and feel that Layla's afternoon tea is worth a visit.

legaleagle (London)
4.0  Dined on December 19, 2015

My friend and I dined at 7pm. The service was very good and food delicious. Portions slightly on the small side. The restaurant was very busy but service did not suffer as a result. My one negative comment is the music which seemed to get louder as the evening progressed. My friend and I found it difficult to hear each other and so I think this venue suits a younger crowd particularly as there is a bar at the front.

Steele (Surrey)
5.0  Dined on November 13, 2015

Lamb and cocktails were fabulous! A great Friday night out. Will definitely return.

Charlie79 (London)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

I chose this restaurant on recommendation from another friend for its cocktail bar, I decided to have dinner there too as it was my birthday. I couldn't have been happier with my decision, they were quite simply amazing. The staff were attentive, friendly and checked in on us throughout the meal, but without becoming intrusive. The food was absolutely delicious and the choice of vegetarian and meat dishes was great! Overall they completed a very special birthday for me.

Barry (Surrey)
4.0  Dined on October 4, 2015

On our second visit in two weeks this restaurent was up to its usual high standard. Food was of the best - probably the best Lebonese we have had in a long time and an excellent choice. Very highly recommended

OpenTable Diner (Surrey)
2.0  Dined on September 26, 2015

I had previously been to Layla restaurant with a good experience on Saturday 26th September I recommended that I take a friend to your restaurant who used cook Lebanese food cuisine,I think you have changed the menu,the first course was fine but I think the main course was nothing more an attempt to create Lebanese cooking but did not achieve it's aim, sorry but I don't think it was value for money

robbo38 (Surrey)
3.0  Dined on September 25, 2015

Service started well but drifted off to non existent as the restaurant got busy and they didn't spot mistakes from the kitchen ie missing dishes etc. Would have ordered more drink more if had been asked. Confused mis-sold starters disappointed from the start and left us hungry as were way too small to be sharing as advertised and way to expensive for what they turned out in front of us. Mains were generally good but failed to excite anyone. Could have been great. Maybe next time if i dare risk it but couldn't recommend to anyone until they get a firm grip.

Londoner (Surrey)
3.0  Dined on September 20, 2015

They have recently changed the portion sizes to be much smaller but kept prices the same which is a shame. I used to love this restaurant but it doesn't seem good value for money with the smaller portion sizes. That said - the mezze and the main courses are all delicious.

OpenTable Diner (Surrey)
5.0  Dined on September 19, 2015

We booked for 8 for a 50th birthday - we had the Moroccan booth which was so spacious!
The service was excellent throughout the evening - we had a table in the front for an hour before our meal, for drinks - and all the staff made us very welcome.
The mezze starters were great - especially the asparagus! - and the main courses were all thoroughly enjoyed. Among the choices were steak and the prawns. We didn't have desert as we had bought a birthday cake.
All in all a fabulous night, topped off with a taxi to take us home!
We will eat again at Layla.

Barry (Surrey)
4.0  Dined on September 13, 2015

Having not been to Layla's for some time we decided to try it for Sunday Lunch. We stopped going regularly as we felt the standard had dropped. However we were very pleasently surprised. The staff were very welcoming and attentive and when the food started to arrive (we had 8 different dishes on the table) we were delighted that we had decided to come back. QAfter the meal we spoke at length to the manager Mehran who had just returned after an absence of some years having been the manager when the restaurent was first opened. He was obviously fueled with ambition for the future and we wish him well - he has certainly made an excellent start. We will be returning to this great establishment very soon.

foodfighters (London)
4.0  Dined on August 5, 2015

Esher has the best restaurants in the wider area. Our first time at Layla proved that it conpetes with the best in town. Will definitely go back and recommend to friends. Layla made us rediscover how epic Lebanese food culture is.

Greengiant (London)
3.0  Dined on July 11, 2015

My partner and I both ordered the muscles to start- different than expected- and we're absolutely amazing. Very tender and came with a lovely chilli and garlic sauce, I've never tasted anything like it, it was so so good!

For my main I order fish of the day- which was talapia- this came on a bed of Mediterranean mixed veg rice. The talapia I felt was over cooked and dry as anything, the only thing that made it edible was the sauce on top of it. The rice however was my favourite, the saving grace! The reason I didn't send the dish back!

My partner ordered the chicken skewers which he said were tender and very well flavoured.

I also ordered a pineapple sunrise (non alcoholic cocktail) which was to die for too!

Service for drinks were a little slow, we were often sat with empty drinks while the waitress was bringing/ taking away our plates which I thought was a bit annoying. The desert menu is very minimal, nothing took my fancy, which was a shame as I really fancied having something sweet!

Our bill was £82 altogether, the average amount that we'd spend on a meal out. I don't feel it was worth £82 in all honesty I would expect a slightly higher standard of food and service for the amount we paid.

Surreyfoodiegirl (London)
2.0  Dined on July 4, 2015

The decor was fantastic and we have wanted to try the restaurant for some time. However it was utterly disappointing. The menu is limited in comparison to normal Lebanese restaurants. The food wasn't particularly tasty and was very overpriced for the portion size.
We went on a day where there must have been something happening at the race course nearby as it was very busy in the lounge/bar. But that meant that the service in the restaurant was almost non existent. We had to ask for our drinks 3 times and the salad arrived a while after the rest do the food, again because we had to ask.

Had high hopes for this restaurant but won't be visiting again.

DaniCG15 (London)
1.0  Dined on May 30, 2015

We used to go here quite a lot a few years back and it was great, however, when we went on Saturday evening it was awful.
The service was poor even though there were only 2 other tables seated at this point. We asked for further drinks but they never arrived and we had to ask for the bill 3 times before they eventually handed us the bill with a 12.5% service charge on. Yes it was discretionary but I didn't want to cause a scene and our waitress was no older than 16 so I didn't feel it was fair on her. Conviently all other staff had disappeared at the time we paid. A total waste of money!!
Food was poor also.

OpenTable Diner (Surrey)
3.0  Dined on May 29, 2015

Staff not very accommodating when asking for a 4 Meze meal for 3 of us as 4th person a vegetarian - was told manager said no and gave no alternative, apart from paying for the 4th person. More money driven then customer satisfaction - I suppose as they are always busy it doesn't matter! We voiced our view to another waitress who did offer to swap one of the Meze dishes for a vegetarian option - which we did. Everyone's a winner then, that was all it took......!