Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine

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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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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LC
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was out of this world amazing, everything was so fresh and clearly
Made in house with special care! We love Leyla and can’t wait to go back! Highly recommend the set price menu as you get to taste lots of items and the White coffee and baklava ice cream
Is an after dinner must!!!

JT
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyable. Fine Lebanese food.

C
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

The restaurant has a nice atmosphere. The food was pretty good although my falafel was on the dry side. The shots were as much as a full drink 12.50. The fact they were unable to break up a bill of a large party was disappointing after being charged 20% gratuity . I would not dine there with a large party unless one person is going to foot the 700 bill!

V
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love to eat at Leyla whenever we are in Charleston. We are always warmly welcomed back and and the food is amazing. It’s location is perfect because it affords us an area in the city where we have convenient parking and many shops to visit before dinner. We highly recommend Leyla.

JD
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the family that owns this restaurant and everything about it!

JG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flavors are incredible. Lots of excellent vegetarian and vegan options, too. Excellent service and excellent food. We can't wait to go back!

RD
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service everything was phenomenal,

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Leyla and the entire team was so welcome - my parents went twice while we were in town! Looking forward to visiting again

D
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Way overpriced. Food just so so. Only one kind of beer offered.

B
Columbus
34 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the vegetarian platter and the mosakka plate -it was absolutely incredible. Been in business for 6 years-that’s suppose to b a long time for Charleston standards. The place is a real jewel!!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved every second of our visit and every bite of our meal. Cannot recommend more highly!!

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Okay food and smallish portions that is way overpriced. Staff/owners were having conversations right next to us which took away from any ambiance. Falafel was okay and didn’t taste freshly made. Hummus, babahanoush and taboulleh were good but for price, skimpy serving size. Chicken shawarma was served with a mayo garlic sauce smeared on top inside thin pita which I found a little weird. Kibbeh served with rice was okay but small portion for price. The bread pudding with baklava ice cream was nice.
For $150 we would have expected more?

LC
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Leyla was amazing and we will be back soon

US
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always just fabulous !!

R
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We are long time customers at Leyla but I’m not sure we will return. The food was ok but sparse. We ran out of bread 6 times. It was only replenished when asked. One half of our party had the sampler platters with meat. It was served with a small single piece sample of each item for each person. And most lacked flavor and were very dry. Not at all what we expect from this restaurant. With all the other choices available downtown Charleston, I doubt we’ll return to Leyla.

BP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Lebanese food. Worth a try. The deserts are fantastic, try the baklava ice cream, it is killer

OT
Charleston
33 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was great, and the service was great. This is the only place in Charleston for authentic Lebanese cooking, and they do it wonderfully!! I highly recommend it.

LP
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

We were hoping for good food due to reviews. We were very disappointed. Appetizers were dry and unappealing to look at(falafel and samosas). Chicken kebabs were cooked well but no flavor. We were told to put the garlic paste on them... cold white Vaseline looking stuff. The only person smiling and interacting with us was the guy clearing the tables. A guy that looked like he manages the restaurant asked us quick questions and left. Expensive?? Ridiculously so. We have no problem paying for good food but this was terrible. Perhaps we ordered the wrong items since they do get good reviews. Also, the lady that runs the place was out of town. My son is a local in Chuck and told me he has never heard anyone rave about the place. Plenty of other great places to eat in Chuck.

b
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm a big fan of Leyla's and so happy that there is a Lebanese restaurant in Charleston serving authentic, delicious Middle Eastern food. It's always good and they have the best humus anywhere including Israel where I've always felt had the best humus until I tasted Leyla's. I will say, their pita is very disappointing. It's not fluffy and not typical of any Middle Eastern restaurant I've been to. But everything else from salads to the lentil soup to entrees are so tasty and fresh. I just tried the artichoke with garlic lemon sauce and it was amazing. Came back a second time and had it again. I tried making it but couldn't come close. It's a pleasant atmosphere and we always get excellent service. I'm so thankful they are in Charleston.

k
Charleston
31 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good selection of traditional Lebanese dishes. Would recommend more Charlestonians try Leyla's!

R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic. It has a wide variety of flavors. The owner and his staff are fantastic. The owners spent a lot of time with us talking about his country and his heritage and history, which was very informative to us. We would be happy to eat there again.

AF
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good and we had good service. I felt it was a bit expensive for lunch.

NB
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were outstanding!!! We highly recommend Leyla!!

S
Charlotte
34 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome original Lebanese food excellently prepared. Great service and explanation of menu options.

HH
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I lived in Arab countries for years, visited Turkey many times.
Leyla’s food is superb. The staff is very kind and ready to assist. The owners are present, they both are warm, welcoming, classy.
When in Charleston and looking for leaving the beaten paths at a convenient location (King street in the very center), do enjoy Leyla.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very good service. Very good food. Very good cocktails. We will be back for sure.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Welcoming,warm,delicious food,expansive menu. We look forward to returning on our next visit to Charleston!

E
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been going here for years and it’s always a treat. Amazing food and great service. I recommend to anyone looking for a fantastic meal to go to Leyla.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lebanese food is not hard to find; really good Lebanese food is. Leyla is really good. Everything was so fresh it could have walked off the plate. Tabouleh — not an exotic dish, but one by which you can measure a restaurant’s temperament — had ingedients so fresh they could have walked off the plate, just the right amount and blend of spices, and wonderful background lemoniness. Lentil salad was truly a treat. Everyone knows lentils are good for you; if everyone prepared them in a way that made them tender but not mushy, blended with tastes so complex I can’t describe them — lentils would become the world’s most popular food. Whole Bronzina was perfectly cooked, flaky and light brown on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside, and easy to peel off the skeleton. Friends’ lamb and chicken entrees were also exceptional. Dessert — a round wheat/honey/nut cake [not baklava] whose name I can’t remember, sadly, was a terrific blend of sweet and neutral — just wonderful. Service was excellent — knowledgeable, attentive without being hovering, prompt without making us feel rushed. I plan to revisit Leyla again as soon as opportunity presents.

QH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a great experience at Leyla's! The food is great and the service is always wonderful!

WL
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

JC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I had a delicious mixed kabob. The lamb was memorable, the beef so tender I could cut it with a fork, and the steamed vegetables were fresh and perfectly cooked. The seasonings were also delicious. My husband had a whole sea bass, fresh and lightly fried.
We were early, so it was quiet, which is just the way we like it.
Lovely family-owned place and the family spoke to us and made us feel so very welcome.
The location is also excellent. We live here and had a pleasant walk to the restaurant, then enjoyed a leisurely stroll home while window-shopping along the way. King Street is vibrant.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The ownership and staff were doting and absolutely wonderful!

EL
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Leyla’s countless times and it is consistently amazing.

BA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service! The food was very fresh and the portions were good sized. The atmosphere was relaxing. There are a ton of good seafood and BBQ places but this was our favorite meal while visiting Charleston!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Highly recommend it. Deserts are awesome.

JB
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So easy to overlook this mediterranean gem located in the middle of King St. shopping district, but don't! Have lived in Charleston for 10 years, but ate here for the first time this year. Such great options when you want to stray from the typical southern shrimp and grits, etc. My favorite-the spicy whole fish. Perfection!

SC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Leyla’s never disappoints! The food is always excellent!

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and service was spot on. A great alternative to heavy southern cuisine. A must on your next trip to Charleston!!

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and a wide variety of choices. The service was fantastic. If I am back in Charleston I will definitely go back to Leyla.

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