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About Neyla Mediterranean Bistro
Shopping, commerce, and history abound in The Reston Town Center, and NEYLA is in the heart of the district around fountain court!
Come in and surround yourself in classy, uplifting and casual environment with an expansive dining room, a bar that has a mixture of rich dark tones of blue tapestry wall coverings and whitewash strie millwork. When the weather is nice you can enjoy our large outdoor patio featuring dark wicker furniture, creating a Mediterranean tavern ambiance.
Acclaimed Chef Erich von Gehren has designed a menu with the flavors and textures from Eastern Mediterranean. NEYLA also offers you a large assortment of small plates (mezze) ideal for tasting and sharing. Also we will enjoy their creative cocktails featuring an Arabesque of Vodka and house made lemonade.
Reston, VA 20190
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday-Thursday: Bar stays late
Friday-Saturday: Bar stays late
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Free public lot
Private Party Facilities:
Newly remodeled party room with room for up to 60 people.
Private Party Contact:
Souheil Moussadik: (703) 318-8920
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Neyla Mediterranean Bistro Ratings and Reviews
My opinion of Neyla has changed. I have been saying for a while that the food is excellent but the service and ambiance were not up to par. But now the service and ambiance have diminished from their already low point. Two if us dined this time at 5pm for a quick pre-theatre dinner. We were the only ones in the restaurant save for 2 people at the bar. The kitchen staff was not busy nor were the servers. Despite that, our tea water was lukewarm and the moussaka, which I had expressly asked to be warmed up rather than being served at their normal room temperature, was served cold, straight from the fridge. Inexcusable. I give up. I really have tried hard to support Neyla but I am done.
Came here for a pre-thanksgiving meal with my brother-in-law. As usual the food itself was outstanding. For starters the pita bread that came with our dip sampler was fresh from the oven; still warm with a fresh delicate flavor. The dips them selves are also outstanding, I particularly like the sweet red pepper dip and the baba ganoush which has a wonderful smokey kind of flavor. The charred octopus was also excellent, the octopus itself was tender but the accompanying hummus, red pepper sauce and lentils really sets up an explosion of flavors. The mushroom flatbread was also very good but somehow did not grab my attention as much. Our server was very attentive and the manager also stopped by to be sure we that everything was to our satisfaction. I highly recommend Neyla.
Kitchen closing at 8:30 AM should have mentioned on website. When we ordered baked egg plant waiter mentioned He will serve the cold one .. why do u mention as baked & not sure if he even served us fresh or just heated the egg plant though it tasted very bad.., not worth the money.
In the Georgetown location it was an awesome place, one of our favorites. Good service food ambiance. A clear identity as a Lebanese restaurant. I really wanted to like it in Reston but the service is not great. The food came out not very good and tasted old and over cooked. We never got the pita bread. It was empty so service and food should have been great. It is a sad state for a once great place. It needs to either improve or close. I suggest going back to being a Lebanese restaurant, in this carnation it has no soul and that contributes to the atmosphere. In fact it sums up the whole experience there.
I was visiting Reston on business and my clients recommended Neyla for our lunch. And, I am so glad they did. The atmosphere was great, the service was exellent (my server was Samir - who was attentive and responsive to my questions about the restaurant). The appetizer (a sampler of spreads) was fresh and the thin pita breads were warm and crispy. Our main courses were perfectly staggered and delicious. (I had the salmon skewer). I live in Toronto where we have a great choice of Mediterranean restaurants and I was very impressed with Neyla. Well done. I will definitely dine there again when I am back to the Reston Town Center.
We were a group of 10 adults and 4 kids. Everything was a mess from the get-go. Our table was extremely close to one other table which made moving difficult. Our server took 30 mins to take our first drinks orders, we asked for drinks and appetizers. Appetizers came 10 mins before the drinks, and 2 of the 5 items we ordered were not in stock. The server told us that we could order something else from the menu and it would be complimentary. The appetizers and entrees took another 40 mins extra to come, and the kids were no longer cooperative at that point.
When the cheque came, they not only charged us for the "not-in-stock" items but also the items that server said were complimentary. After 15 mins of deliberation and back and forth the manager did take them out.
I would not recommend it to anyone, especially not to a larger group.
Took 1.5 hours to get the food, beer orders took 30 min each and came individually, beers were now the ones we ordered, and the appetizers which were ordered 15 minutes prior to the main course was ordered can right after the main dishes. Worst service I've ever had.
The greeter and waiter were both very accommodating, adjusting the lights and giving us a choice of booths. We spent a lot of time talking, and they left us alone as we requested -- so refreshing not to feel rushed. The food is so incredibly delicious -- I can't say enough good things about it. Those potato wedges! And the Baba Ghanoush (eggplant dip)! Wonderful pita bread, and all brought out on beautiful Mediterranean-style dishes. We ordered a whole slew of items and every single one was delicious. I can't wait to go back!
Overall: Great tasting and flavorful lunch with a variety of menu options to choose from. Despite the potential for unshaded seating and the need for sunglasses, the outdoor seating experience on a beautiful day was great with the live music across the plaza.
All the staff was really cordial. After asking for menu recommendations, the waiter directed us based on how much time we had, which was helpful.
The only potential negative feed back I have is that the check took a while to get. The waiter left us alone after we wrapped up our meal and talked, so we had to ask for it. It wasn't a big deal. We enjoyed our lunch.
The food was great if you're a fan of Greek and Mediterranean. The restaurant is open and attractive. A bit strange that the only napkins on the table were cocktail napkins. We had to ask for more napkins with dessert. The moussaka was served cold? We were surprised, but perhaps the menu described it this way. The bar area seemed lively and I think they offer happy hour specials. Need to come back and sample the hour hour!
Service is really off and business seemed really slow for lunch in the town center. Had to find a waiter ourselves to order 15 minutes after we sat, a lot of confusion on orders, etc. in a fairly empty dining room. Hope it gets better as it’s a nice spot and the food is good.
We arrived at 7:30 pm on a Sunday to find only two other people dining in the restaurant. We were seated promptly. I placed an order for a glass of Pinot Grigio and the waitresses response was, “I will have to find the bartender for that”. My lamb shank arrived barely warm and lacked full flavor ($30).. the baklava was dry with little sweetness and no nutty flavor. If our experience was the result of a long day for the restaurant, then please do not be open for service. The ambiance was as lacking as the flavors and warmth.
First off -
The restaurant was near empty at 7:30. We ordered 3 beers and 3 club sodas. The soda water was flat and when we complained they said "it must be because our tank in the front is flat again". Maybe you should change it? One of the beer glasses was cracked and chipped at the rim. It was replaced promptly once we told them.
The calimari was really small and soggy for $15. We ordered 2 branzino fish dinners. The fish was the size of a moderate Lake Erie Perch 7" whole, not a good size ocean fish. For $32 you expect a decent fish. The basmati rice was very undercooked, hard, dry and missing the flavor you would expect from a classic Mediterranean restaurant.
At 8:30 the kitchen closed. What restaurant closes the kitchen at 8:30 on a Wed? Probably one that should be avoided.
Overall, it's not worth the prices for the portions or the quality. Shocked since it got so many great reviews.
We ate outside on a beautiful day. I did not see the inside of the restaurant. We ate tapas as none of the main courses appealed to us or seemed too costly.
We were there for a birthday dinner. The restaurant was aware of this but did nothing to celebrate it.
If someone wants to sit out in Reston Town Center on a nice day and have a few tapas, I would suggest the restaurant. Wine prices are fair as are some drinks.
well, this was our second and likely last time at this restaurant. The food was rather pedestrian, the Mediterranean flavors were barely detectable, presentation was uninspired and service rushed and distracted.
The main attraction of this restaurant is its outdoors space in Reston town center, but the reservations do not apply to that, the outdoors tables are personal domain of the front-office staff and they dole it out as they see fit as special favors to the deserving. Making reservation ahead of time and asking for table outside does not get you anywhere. Inside is dim and very very loud, you cannot hear yourself talk, let alone others across the table.
I have read somewhere that when you leave $100 for a dinner you should expect an experience, something memorable and satisfying. We left more than that, but the experience was not positive in any sense.
The food was good but the service was poor. We were seated for almost 20 mins before the waiter came to get our drink order. And no one came to check in during the meal for water or anything. It was over 30 mins to get our dessert after we ordered - really needs to work on their customer service!!
Took my wife out for her birthday. We are both vegetarians. The vegetarian selections were tasty and varied. We did not leave hungry. The staff was friendly, attentive and thoughtful regarding our diet. We sat outside, as the weather was quite pleasant. On the weekday night we went, it was quiet enough to carry on a conversation. The nearby running fountain enhanced the ambience. Overall, a very pleasant experience.
We loved this restaurant when it first opened but the last few visits have been disappointing. Went for our anniversary and had asked for a quiet table away from high traffic area. Although there were many tables available, they sat us next to the kitchen. We immediately asked to be seated outdoors as there was a very large, noisy group in the bar area watching a sporting event.
We decided to share several mezzes which arrived all at the same time. Our small table could not accommodate all of the dishes. The waitress advised us to eat one of the dishes while it was hot although there were two other hot dishes. Thought their timing was off and would have enjoyed more if they would have arrived at different times.
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