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.

11898 Market Street
Reston, VA 20190
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm

Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Brunch:
Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm

Bar Hours:
Sunday-Thursday: Bar stays late
Friday-Saturday: Bar stays late

Cross Street:
Mercury Fountain

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 318-8920

Website:
http://www.neyla.com/

Catering:
Call for details

Parking Details:
Free public lot

Public Transit:
Fairfax connector

Executive Chef:
Abdel-Rehman Matar

Private Party Facilities:
Newly remodeled party room with room for up to 60 people.

Private Party Contact:
Souheil Moussadik: (703) 318-8920

Additional:
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

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4.0

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

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Special Occasion (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Happy Hour (3)
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Scenic View (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (2)
Authentic (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
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Great for Brunch (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Great server .

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Delicious food! Fantastic house-made pita with a wonderful assortment of spreads and appetizers! The octopus was cooked to perfection and everything was fresh and full of flavor. Lovely for a group dinner.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Have always had a great meal at Neyla. Love the whipped garlic sauce that comes with the meal. Simply delish! Service is always fast and friendly.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food is ok but it is overpriced.
Not worth the trip.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

A little over priced

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wonderful experience. Delightful staff. Delicious food. Thank you!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Was great like our last time there. The food was great. The variety of food on the menu makes this restaurant a place for almost anybody, vegan or paleo or foodies.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Gluten Free Options
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food and friendly service

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Best restaurant in Reston. Nothing compares to the chicken or lamb.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Dinner was great. Everything we ordered was delicious. I highly recommend the mixed grill (I think that’s what it was called). $45 or so for four different types of meat.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We were very well treated. Good recommendations from our waiter, and tasty food. Good for a quiet lunch.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

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!

Tags: People Watching, Quick Bite, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Excellent food! The hummus sample plate was a fun tasty starter. Entree was more than enough food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

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!

Tags: Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Best lental soup ever!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very pleased to discover Neyla - the staff was welcoming and attentive, and the food was delicious. The menu had plenty of options, so even the picky eater in the group found something appealing...then cleaned his plate! Will definitely be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 20, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Enjoyed the food, service and ambience. Don't change the waiter/server in between and in the process things gets dropped. For example we did get our bread almost till the end. By the time it was offered, it was too late

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Great food!

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Excellent middle eastern. Have been 3 times and can't pass up the mezze. Have never gone on to the entrees. They have excellent felafal, stuffed grape leaves, seafood, and lamb Mezze. Outside tables under the trees and next to fountain.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food was good but not above the ordinary. Portion sizes reasonable, but not typical US size. Waiter service was slow initially. They were busy outside but not so inside, where we sat.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Amazing. Different atmosphere than the original Georgetown location we loved but equally enjoyable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 23, 2017

First time here. Fabulous experience! We were a group of 8 family members. The service was impeccable, and the food was amazing!!! Beautiful place! Will definitely recommend and go again, even though it's not close to home.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Overcast and rainy, was the day; flavorful and plentiful was the food. Great distinct flavors in the sampler.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Had never been there. The food was good, we were able to sit outside. Plan to go back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Casual, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

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!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 25, 2017

The food continues to delight and there are great vegetarian options. It was a perfect day with nice weather and low humidity so we got to sit outside. Love eating here and will be back.

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