Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine

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838 reviews
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Lebanese
Leyla is Charleston's premier Lebanese
restaurant serving authentic Lebanese dishes in an elegant modern setting and a sophisticated atmosphere. Leyla's extensive menu is a treat to everyone. Whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, meat lover or gluten free, you are invited to savor its renowned mezzas, tasty salads and flavorful grilled meat, fish and chicken. The freshly prepared meals using the best ingredients, subtle spices and herbs are a true delight for the senses.

Leyla's wine list consists of the best Lebanese brands, such as Chateau Ksara and Chateau Musar. Beside the fact that some labels have won gold medals at international wine festivals, Lebanese wine constitute the perfect pairing to the menu.

At Leyla, the fine dining experience is enhanced by the owners' hospitality and the friendliness of the staff.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Owner was a bit rude and complained about the fact that I changed my reservation a few times (we are in a tourist location and were doing a historical walk). She also made a fuss about how splitting two credit cards costs her more money which was very strange.

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WS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in the door the staff was attentive to our needs. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. As someone who knows Lebanese food I would 100% come back and highly recommend anyone in the Charleston area to check them out.

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RS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

The food was terrible there's nothing that I ordered or that my wife ordered that was enjoyable. On top of that, the prices were outrageous.

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TD
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Leyla's Lebanese restaurant was pretty busy on Friday night, March 16, 2019. We were happy to have had a reservation, however, the food could have been much better for the prices they charged.
I ordered the hummus with pomegranates and it was delicious. Also, the mudjadarra was really tasty and well done. The other dishes were not spot on, and I have had better Lebanese food in other places. The service was very good and the ambiance is nicely done.
I would give it another try, but I would be very selective with the dishes I ordered.

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing, the food and service was excellent and the owner was so nice and helpful.

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JE
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The hummus, in particular, was outstanding! We'll definitely be going back.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality food. Great quality service and a very good ambience. Not too crowded. Small intimate space but comfortable. Just great overall.

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Washington DC
110 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Expensive but tasty. We got one of the samplers.

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DR
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family run restaurant with superb, authentic Lebanese food. We loved the mezza of cold and hot appetizers including Kibbeh Naya which was perfect. Outstanding experience and we will be back.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Leyla’s. First time for lunch and 2nd for dinner. We were celebrating a couple of birthdays and had such an amazing meal and experience all the way around! The staff were so personable and made it so enjoyable! Will recommend to friends & family! Will definitely be back!

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CR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had friends from out of town and always professional staff explained the menu so well. Answered questions and offered suggestions based on our preferences. Food is always really fresh and perfectly seasoned.

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C
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Arguably the best restaurant in Charleston with authentic food, family like service, and attention to detail. Cheers...

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SH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went on a date night to Leyla and it was one of the best meals we have ever had. We ordered the Royal Feast so we could try a little bit of everything and it was so much food, all of it incredible. Every bite was amazing, so order as many mezze as you can and make sure you get the tenderloin kabob as well. The servers were friendly and attentive and answered all of our questions about the food. The restaurant was comfortable and was perfect for a date night or a dinner out with a group of friends. Can’t wait to go back!

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HP
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would and I did, and heard so thanks from our conference speakers who loved the food and praised the meal as the best they had in Charleston. Thanks so much.

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T
Charleston
45 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Leyla’s is one of the best restaurants in Charleston. Great menu, food and service.

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CM
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I felt like family within minutes! Great concern for ensuring customers a positive experience with a positive attitude...

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service!

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LA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! Wonderful food, ambience and superb service, thank you, Leyla!

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We were really looking forward to this place based on the reviews but we were all pretty disappointed. The food was bland for the price and none of us were overly impressed with our plates. The part that got me the most was the lack of any sort of bread or pitas as something for everyone to snack on while everyone waited for their food. Service was ok but again didn’t match the caliber of the restaurant. Would probably not go again.

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GS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was good and we tried a sampler with vegetarian and meat items. It was all good, but perhaps a little overpriced at $35 per person. The people were all very friendly and attentive. I won't hesitate to go again and perhaps try the kabobs next.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, warm family atmosphere, always amazing food !

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food! Everything was top notch!

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C
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. The food is great and very nice service.

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S
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining on Valentines Evening! Love dining there.

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e
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such nice people and fantastic food. We enjoyed out evening so much.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely people and amazing food!

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MC
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Owners are always accommodating. We wanted to watch the Super Bowl on our iPad at the bar, and they were all for it. They watched some, and we kept other patrons up on the score. Always great food and great company. Best hummus around.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ll make sure to order shawarma every time I’m there

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Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A perfect meal. I took a visiting friend to Leyla's, and it couldn't have been better. I really recommend the "Byblos Zak" cocktail---a refreshing blend of bourbon, some other alcohol I can't remember, lime juice, and mint. The labneh appetizer was perfectly prepared. The beef and chicken shewarma were both just right---lean meat, perfectly spiced. Definitely above-average baklava with a fantastic dessert discovery I hadn't known about before---baklava ice cream. Service was quick, with plenty of time to get on to the symphony concert.

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g
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was spectacular. The owners of the restaurant and the staff were so kind and welcoming. We just loved it. We will absolutely return. Highly recommend.

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b
Charleston
76 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food! A little on the pricey side for a family dinner out. Every little things was upcharged.

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F
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Leylas never disappoints. Food is divine, Staff is super.

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L
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really good fresh food and ingredients but a little pricey.

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SM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lamb kebabs were extraordinary and they treat everyone like family

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NH
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service! I will definitely recommend to friends. One of my favorite local places to eat!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing as usual! All my other 3 friends were there first time and they absolutely loved it. Every dish we ordered was delicious. The service was super friendly! I even ordered a dinner to-go and made my husband’s day by bringing him Leyla’s food! Fantastic! Will definitely go back again and again! Thank you!

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Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. We can never figure out which dish we want, so we end up ordering more than we can eat and it is even wonderful the next day if my children haven’t already eaten all of it. The waiter is always helpful and always tells us what else we need to try, and he is always right. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this place. Try it if you have a chance, you will not regret it.

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K
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All time favorite restaurant when visiting
Charleston! Food is beyond delicious. Everything is prepared in house. The owners are
vigilant in assuring excellent dining experiences. Don't oveelook this gem in the hesrt of the city!

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Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome and the Leyla family creates a great meal experience. Often gets overlooked in Charlston as not “local cuisine”. You won’t find better whole fish , amazing lamb, and the best houmas and Kehab (Taziki) in the South ! Don’t miss it

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L
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. The owner is delightful, attentive and welcoming! I’ll be back. One of my favorites❤️

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