Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine

4.6
1301 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean

About

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1301 people are saying
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matthewk
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great change of pace for Charleston, nestled in between all the raw bars, bbq joints and crab houses. Food was great and authentic. The lamb shank was melt in your mouth. A little expensive but portions are pretty big. Inside could be updated a little, but the food makes up for it.

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JThe
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with great service! Leyla made sure to check on us throughout. I highly recommend the lentil soup, it’s a perfect blend of flavors. Will definitely be coming back!

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Mimi
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at Leyla's is first-class and the food is consistently delicious! Our family has repeatedly dined here since the spring of 2020.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great location. Nice service. Only ok food. Was a bit disappointed in our meals. Beef schwarma was not special. Meat not tender at all. The pita was not homemade. My daughter got a vegetarian dish and it was good hum. Husband got a fish dish and he did really like his but I can't remember what he was. So one out of three was happy.

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yankeeblackhawk
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Had beef kabob’s that did not have much diversity in terms of ingredients. Meat was over cooked for both myself and my wife.

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KatieA
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The food was fantastic - However, entrees are $35+ for the holiday menu. The ambiance was somewhat weird, because the food arrived very quickly - Entrees served before appetizer was complete. Then, we had to wait an awkward amount of time for our check, because the servers were closing - It was very obvious that they wanted us to leave even though we had a reservation and were early for our arrival time. The gentleman (who I assume is the owner) was present, but did not walk around to greet the tables. Overall, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t impressive either.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best ever

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RenalRanger
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Truly authentic Lebanese food. The world’s best hummus.

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Booklady
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grape leaves really tasty. Entrees terrific. Chocolate martinis wonderful. Try the white chocolate ones. Pricing a little high on a NYE menu. Overall a wonderful evening.

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vipMargaretM
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful find at short notice! Food, ambiance, staff and service were outstanding - very friendly atmosphere and great cuisine. Highly recommend it.

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lawterc
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, flavorful and amazing, attentive wait staff!

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wanderlust
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Only place open for Christmas so I give them kudos for that. Food was decent (I’m a tough critic though as I’ve been to Beirut!) Ambience was lacking unfortunately. Prices were high. And staff clearly didn’t want to be there.

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AngelD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband is Of mid eastern decent and he said that the lamb was excellently prepared. Everything was fresh and of excellent quality. We live in Myrtle Beach and will definitely be dining there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

31st Anniversary Dinner, Christmas Day lunch was exceptional! In my travels, I’ve eaten in every country on the Mediterranean coast (except Libya) and the food here rivals all of them. My next trip to Charleston will include a stop here.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little hidden gem! The lamb shank was soooo good! We also had the whole fish which was very fresh. It would be better with some source on top. The owner told us later that they have a homemade hot sauce to go with it upon order. We would have ordered that had we known that was an option, but delicious even without it. Desserts were delicious too. Definitely will return next time we are in town.

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dms2213
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasantly surprised by the quality of food, service, and the ambiance. The food was exceptional, spiced perfectly to enhance flavors, and the service was warm, inviting, and comfortable. Tables were nicely spaced, the atmosphere was charming, quiet conversation was possible with background music and soft lighting to set the mood.

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Maria
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed this restaurant very much. The service and food was excellent. We recommend it highly. The authentic menu items were presented so nicely.

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vipGeorge
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an excellent Christmas lunch with family at the Leyla Fine Lebanese cuisine. We really liked their appetizers - Baba ghanoush and Hummus and their entree Lamb Shanks are exquisite and the best we have had anywhere. And finally, the Osmalieh dessert helped us complete the Christmas lunch with a very nice dessert shared family style. Overall, very highly recommended if you are in Charlotte.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Very expensive, I think you pay more for the scenery and ambience. Food was okay.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It takes a unique pallet but the food is very good if you like mediterranean dishes. Hummus is the best I’ve had. Also the Desserts are great

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The service was great so I hate to leave a bad review, but the food was sub-par. We were very well taken care of by the FOH, but were disappointed with the food. The only thing that really met our expectations was the spicy hummus. Everything else was bland. If the prices were cheaper then I would say it’s a fine place to eat, but for $200 we were greatly disappointed.

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vipneighborhooddiners
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a much loved locally owned restaurant specializing in authentic Lebanese cuisine. It is our top dining choice in Charleston, where many wonderful restaurants are available.

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LauraP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I eat a lot of Lebanese. The Tabbouleh was almost tasteless. The Pita was not fresh and had a weird after taste (I'm used to getting warm fresh bread at Lebanese restaurants near me). The hummus we had at the bar at Charleston Place was by far superior to the hummus at Leyla. We ordered chicken shawarma (the chicken was dry and tough. My friend did not eat it) and the chicken kabob (was okay). I asked for some lemon from the bar and added it to the tabbouleh and the chicken kabob and it certainly elevated the flavor. I was sooo disappointed! Our local fast food Lebanese place in Annapolis is far superior.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was a lovely time! The hummus was amazing and the kabobs very delicious. The staff was constantly thinking ahead at our needs. The dinner was seamless. I was a bit surprised by the prices of the entrees but that was more on us for not looking ahead. The food was just worth the price.

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DonnaB
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was charming and attentive. We tried several menu offerings and, they were all delicious. Leyla visited our table to make sure that our experience was superb. Highly recommend!

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kamran
Charleston
25 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Tasteful appetizers and entree’s. Service is always good. We go there every time we visit Charleston. A little pricey though.

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vipmgp1981
New Orleans
332 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best meal I have had in a while! The food was outstanding. The rice is the best rice ever. Get the grape leaves. The veggie option was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal a Leyla for my wife’s birthday.
The staff accommodated 9 of us easily with great food and some brilliant experimental cocktails made to order!

A great atmosphere too - you wouldn’t guess you were in the heart of King St.

Thank you!

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cynthiah
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good, Anthony made us some great drinks, and Travis was the perfect waiter. I liked the ambience- beautifully decorated-it's not a large restaurant- its cozy and not too noisy. The owner stopped by our table- good discussion with one of our party who had been in the middle east re food. We ordered appetizers, entrees and dessert- my favorite appetizer- Kellej Halloumi - sheep cheese- really yummy. And desert- don't miss the Osmalieh!

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DonO
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the beef Shawarma it is awesome.
They have excellent vegetarian options as well.

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RebeccaW
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good as was the service. Given the closeness of the tables, we had to listen to some very loud talking patrons around us, hence my ratings for ambiance.

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LindaS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic, while we were hoping for a family-style meal experience this spot is more refined for a quite dining experience. Highly recommend.

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DanP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was very good. The location is right on King Street.

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Evon
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lamb and beef shawarma are amazing

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RonD
Charleston
30 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our daughter's birthday at Leyla's where she has wanted to go for about a year! The food was great, especially the lamb shank and the shawarma! Dali is a wonderful hostess and we enjoyed her stories. We will definitely be back!

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KristaL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Great service.

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bergerqueen
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Middle Eastern food in Charleston and the absolute best humus anywhere...the chef's humus has pomegranate seeds in it which really adds a pop of wonderfulness to the flavor. The service is excellent and the ambiance at night is very cozy, warm and inviting with candles on each table flickering a warm environment. It was a bit expensive before and now, after covid, the cost has gone up even more. But that's pretty much everywhere...it's just hard to 'swallow' (excuse the pun). Going out to even a casual restaurant is really hitting our pocketbooks now.

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vipGigi22great
Charleston
86 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a magical night! Our family gathering was perfect wit wonderful food and atmosphere!

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NikB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Leyla! The food was delicious, especially the Lamb Shank. I’m so glad we tried it as part of our trip.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food! Super nice owners! Loved it! Amazing falafels. My favorite restaurant!

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Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine is rated 4.6 stars by 1301 OpenTable diners.