Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine

4.6
1276 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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 1276 people are saying
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DonnaB
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
325 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
8 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
81 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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vipMark
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food is great but the service hustles you out the door - not a relaxing experience

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DavidN
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Leyla and her family have truly planted a gem on King street. The food was amazing and they were so friendly and attentive! Highly recommend!

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vipArundelld
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and food were both memorable . I would definitely return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal, attentive wait staff and nice quiet place to enjoy a meal together.

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BuzzCzar
Charleston
36 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful experience at Leyla's. Our granddaughter asked to go for her birthday. The service was attentive and efficient. The food was very good. They took time and explained the dishes and ingredients to us. I had a superb lamb shank served over rice/gravy. Tender and very flavorful. I also learned about Lebanese food and its influences. It was overall a very good evening.

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SeanF
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was quiet and romantic, food was absolutely delicious m, service was outstanding.

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vipKendellM
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought my mother here for her birthday. There was 6 of us, and this was by FAR the best meal we’ve had in Mt. Pleasant and Charleston. The best baba ghanoush and lamb we’ve EVER had, and we are all foodies and well travelled so we know of we speak! The staff was also amazing. Family run and all so personable and welcoming. Do NOT miss out on this restaurant!! Can’t WAIT to go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience and the food was excellent! We are Lebanese so we can be very critical and this exceeded our expectations!! Leyla, the owner was very gracious in greeting all of her guests which made it even more enjoyable!!

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vipLynne
Charleston
170 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had friends in town who had never had Lebanese food - had never eaten at Leyla’s! So we prepared them for a treat, but told them to save room for dessert!! The dinner was wonderful, we all enjoyed the whole meal, and we all loved our Osmalieh dessert with pistachio ice cream on top!! The service was also above and beyond!! Can’t wait to return!!

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vipDaveT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant! Our food was excellent! Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Let L’s provided us with her personal touch ensuring a delightful dining experience

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vipCajunBabe
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I were in from out of town and I was not feeling well they were very nice to send us with our food to go and were very attentive .. the service was great and food was good!

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LBKS
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a unique restaurant in Charleston, far from the Southern fare. Excellent menu with a variety of choices and tastes. The restaurant staff were attentive and all was taken care of as ordered .

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Scott
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I ate at Leyl'a's on the last evening of our trip to Charleston. It was outstanding. We chose to eat later in the evening (our reservation was at 9pm) so the restaurant was pretty quiet. We were seated immediately. We each a wonderful champagne cocktail made with pomegranate juice. The menu had selection marked for Gluten-Free, which was great since both my wife and I choose to eat gluten-free. When we inquired, the waiter said that all the entrees could be prepared gluten-free. My wife chose the Beef Shawarma with rice and the Chicken Shawarma with rice. The flavors of each were distinct and superb. The staff were very friendly and the service was excellent. It did feel a little on the expensive side. They make all the dishes on site including the ice cream. They do a baklava ice cream, which sounded wonderful but, since I don't eat gluten (by choice), I did not sample. On another note, the parking garage at 34 St Philip St allowed us to park about 1 block away. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food, quality ingredients, fresh. Wait staff, service great, friendly, helpful. Decor warm, cozy inviting . A nice conversation and warm welcome in the beginning and end from the lovely owner. A delicious Desert made by owner was a perfect ending.
Family own business . Highly recommend!

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LeeK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Food was mediocre but the prices are high. I’ve had better middle eastern meals for half the price. There is no way these dishes should be priced like this. Staff was not congenial as well. We felt like we were customers on a conveyer belt. Order, eat and leave.

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BrentG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent traditional Lebanese cuisine, complimented by especially attentive and wonderful service. Every need was anticipated and nothing was left to be desired. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The food was fine, but service was terrible. Layla’s advertises as fine dining but the service is far from it. It’s really unacceptable for the prices they charge.

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vipBryanB
New England
26 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Leila is the ultimate host

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PaulD
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were top notch!! Tino and his family do an amazing job!!

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vipGigi22great
Charleston
82 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience! This dinner was a birthday celebration and it could not have been more perfect.
The food was so delicious because everything is fresh and flavorful. The menu has something for everyone.
I can’t wait to return.

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TannerR
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food when ready to try something different, staff were very friendly and their recommendations were AMAZING!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are celebrating being in this beautiful City fir the first time having never traveled to the South before. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the classic Low Country cuisine but wanted to try something different and came upon Leyla’s serving Middle Eastern dishes. We found this wonderful bistro to be warm and cozy with a hint of sophistication. We had a great table by the front window on King Street watching the buzz of activity on the street while sipping a fabulous signature hibiscus martini that tasted as good as it looked. The appetizers were delish, specialty hummus and baba ganoosh, light salad of greens decorated with pomegranate and pine nuts and mint. The main course of lamb shank and sea bass were accompanied by generous portions of delicious golden rice and savory toppings. The proprietor Leyla’s and her children run this eatery and we’re attentive and gracious. We had a wonderful dinner and highly recommend this spot in this vibrant part of Charlton’s historic district.

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KittyL
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous service and food! We were a low key bachelorette party and ordered one of everything the waiter recommended and it was amazing. Even the desserts.

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You can order delivery directly from Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine using the Order Online button. Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 501-7500.

Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine is rated 4.6 stars by 1276 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.