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About Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine

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.

298 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Lebanese

Hours of Operation:


Lunch:

Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
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Dinner:

Sunday and Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Liberty

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 501-7500

Website:
http://www.leyla-charleston.com/

Entertainment:
Every Friday night enjoy your dinner with the exquisite sounds of our Ethereal live music.
On select Saturdays, enjoy our live Oriental music played on the fabulous "oud" instrument.

Catering:
Catering is offered in-house as well as off-premises, to individuals /corporations and organizations. Each menu is specifically elaborated in the light of the special event and to fit the customer's needs. Special meals and non menu dishes can be prepared upon request.
Our knowledgeable staff will make the event a true pleasure.

Parking Details:
Street parking as well as public lots and garages.

Executive Chef:
Bachir Matar

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

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Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (30)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Good for a Date (22)
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Creative Cuisine (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Healthy (17)
Special Occasion (17)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Romantic (10)
Casual (10)
Cozy (9)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Vegan (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fun (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Tapas (7)
Business Meals (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Spicy (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

Oddly the restaurant was closed when we showed up for our reservations at 12:30 on a Tuesday! It is one of our favorites so we will be back. I just decided to give three stars on everything since you have to fill out the form completely - though when we actually eaten there we think they deserve 4-5 stars!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We love Lebanese cuisine and Leyla’s didn’t disappoint. The owners are so hospitable and the food was delicious. Loved the eggplant dish and my husband enjoyed the kibbey very much.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We love Laylas, this is becoming a regular spot for us because the food is so good and it's just a warm and inviting feeling while dining there. There is a great variety of foods and I love their special wines. The menu has something for everyone !

Tags: Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Amazing, amazing, amazing! Ask for Andrew to take care of your table, he's tops. The food was incredible, best deboned sea bass I have ever had, and incredibly savory (the dish is the Samkeh Harra). Andrew recommended a great wine for it, Chateu Ksara Blanc de Blanc, incredibly good. The owners are truly nice and friendly people, very proud of their restaurant. You can't miss it!!!!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Just walking in to Leyla you feel welcomed and then you are dazzled by the various foods and spices, attentive service, a nice and reasonably priced wine list. The appetizers, especially the garlicky sausage (stays with you a while) were perfect intros to a whole broiled spiced fish. Only drawback: pita would have been better warm and the pace of service should be a little slower

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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always a pleasure with reliably tasty dishes and attentive service.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food is interesting and tasty, although the bread I was served was soggy. But the service left a lot to be desired. Our waiter was interested in anything but serving us. We would not have gotten water refills but for another waitperson who came around.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was our first time dining at the restaurant and all I can say is it's amazing! The waiter was wonderful and made awesome recommendations. Everything we had was delicious and very flavorful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything was so delicious. Lots of vegetarian options. We went there again just for dessert. Loved it !

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Vegan
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent food!!! We enjoyed the grape leaves, kibbeh, tabouli, hummos, salad, and falafel!! We will be back. ❤️

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We come here often and it never disappoints. It has mor vegan and vegetarian options than nearly anywhere in Charleston.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Vegan
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 21, 2017

While Middle East food it is not Persian but Lebanese. This means slightly different that you might expect. Only drawback from higher rating was the $2 charge for four slices of Pita bread. Really should not charge but should tell you there is a charge . Food and service very good and location on king street wonderful

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Outstanding food and service. Authentic and fresh, we will go again!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Dolly made us feel comfortable and at home in this beautiful restaurant. The Lebanese food selections were fantastic and they taste delicious. We were given outstanding advice on what choices we should make based on our food interests. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Charleston and anyone who lives near Charleston. It's not to be missed.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

The fish dish, Samkeh, Harra was well worth the price! It was delicious! So was the quail eggs and prosciutto on toast appetizers.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Spicy, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Delicious food and excellent, attentive service. Will go back next time we come to Charleston.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was amazing, by far best Lebanese I've had in South to date. We were visiting from Raleigh, and picked this based on reviews. So happy with our choice, will be back again next time in town. Highly recommend!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great service and food options, reasonable prices, easy to find location

Tags: Healthy, Quick Bite, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Recommend this place without any reservations. Lovely people and excellent food. Would easily rank it in the top 5 lebanese restaurants in the country ( and I get to do that because I’m lebanese 😁).

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food was quite good. I especially enjoyed the babaganouj. Helpful info for first-timers... they don't bring the check until you tell them to.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Fantastic food and atmosphere!

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 (Key West)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was the second time I dined at Leyla’s and it has been nothing but wonderful. Hospitality and the cuisine are top notch. I would recommend eating multiple appetizers so you can really enjoy the variety of flavors! Definitely coming back :)

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the Royal Meza plates. The many small plates of food served to us were all fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. The wait staff was great, they were knowledgeable, efficient, fun to talk with and extremely helpful. And finally the desserts are wonderful too! This restaurant is a hidden gem. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Fun, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Coming from a Lebanese background we were visiting from out of town and and found this authentic gem during our stay. The food was exceptional, very authentic and made fresh daily. The owner was wonderful and she explained that she takes great care in the quality and freshness of her food and it was so obvious. The service was also outstanding. Don’t miss out on this outstanding restaurant. We can’t wait to return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Exceptional authentic food. The garlic sauce is the way it's suppose to be, not bitter. Great staff.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Looking for somewhere to eat with an eclectic group while in Charleston. Found Leyla’s and decided to give it a try. Food was delicious and service was great. Something good for everyone (vegetarians to foodies).

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

A very nice dining experience featuring authentic Lebanese food. The service was excellent. Overall just a bit pricey, but not out of line with other Charleston offerings.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 18, 2017

My husband and I came here for our anniversary. We had the sampler and it was delightful! The owner came over and spoke to us multiple times and the service was excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Savannah)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very expensive for disappointing food

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food and wine at Leyla is always good. The owner checks on your food, your service, your experience. The waitress was very helpful. We are regulars.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Nothing to get excited about. Food was not impressive. I have had better kebabs from street vendors.

Staff was attentive and knowledgeable, but the kitchen didn't perform, especially for the price. I expected much better from a place rated this high in Charleston.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on October 13, 2017

THe staff was so friendly and helpful. The food was outstanding!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Tapas, Kid-friendly
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We dined here last year and it was fantastic! This time, it was very disappointing because the food was not good at all, except for the Toshka. Service-wise, they basically forgot about us once the food was served... Not even a water refill.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

As always, an amazing night at Leyla's. The food is amazing and the attention by the staff is superb. The hummus is second to none and we love that they offer veggies for our gluten free friends. Their lamb is as tender as you will find anywhere and I can't get enough of their moussaka. Make sure to ask for some of their whipped garlic spread!!!! Thanks again for a wonderful night!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This is our third time at Leyla's and we have loved it every time. Brought a large group of friends from out of town and everyone was quite impressed. Many options for the gluten free friends. Food was excellent even for a group of foodies. We loved having so many choices! Very personal service that you only seem to get from family owned restaurants.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We love the wonderful fresh food here. The owners are always there to make sure everything Is perfect!

Tags: Cozy, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food and service are fabulous. Great for foodies and vegetarians, though all of the meat served is the best quality. One of those restaurants that both the adults and the children love: they we're exceptionally accommodating to our children, and even though they are picky eaters they loved their meals. Will definitely go there again.

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was outstanding, and the service was wonderful. The atmosphere was warm and inviting. I would certainly recommend this restaurant to others, and we intend to go again whenever we're in town!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 29, 2017

What a find! Mezza Sampler was a perfect way to get introduced to the splendid flavors of Lebanese cuisine. Everything was fresh, well presented, and most importantly delicious. Wait staff and bartender were super friendly, attentive, and helpful. Would strongly recommend and very much looking forward to future visits.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food at Leyla was exceptional. The owners are from Lebanon and make truly authentic food. The hummus and baba ganush were great. The tabouli was delicious as was the kibbe and grape leaves. I highly recommend Leyla for great Arabic food. Oh, and the dessert was so good - much better than any I've had in the states. Osmalieh (sp) with pistachio ice cream. Delicious! The ice cream and desserts are made on site.

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