Layla at MacArthur Place

4.6
681 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Situated in a historic and iconic barn within the verdant 6-acre grounds of MacArthur Place in downtown Sonoma, Layla is a comfortable, sophisticated, “Mediterranean kitchen” dining experience. Our breakfast, lunch and dinner menus feature healthy, organic options as well as heartier fare, fresh and locally-sourced ingredients -- all served in a bright, airy space with a convivial vibe. *Tented outdoor patio is open. Free corkage Mondays and Tuesdays!*

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
  • 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

Featured specials

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Nov 25, 2021

Join us for a festive three-course Thanksgiving dining experience celebrating the flavors and bounty of the autumn season. This special menu includes holiday classics, as well as a bevy of exciting additions, uniquely prepared by Layla’s culinary team. $85 per person | add $45 for wine pairings.

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UTaylor
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best BLT and Bloody Mary ever. Delicious. Fresh tomatoes, perfect bread. Bloody not too spicy

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Zsazsa007
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything except my Bloody Mary!
I had to send the drink back’

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MarinZapper
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prices were reasonable, ambiance is terrific. Food was delicious. The Wine list is incredible. We enjoyed a WALT chardonnay from a local winery.

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AnnaLytical
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We ordered the Burger and Salmon. Burger was perfectly flavored and cooked. I added bacon to it because bacon makes everything better. The Salmon was a little on the small side. My husband jokingly asked me if they will be bringing out the other half later. Although small, it was cooked to perfection. We loved the ambiance as well and would definitely go back on our next trip to Sonoma.

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dmarlo
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a splendid brunch amongst family at Layla. Glenda was spectacular and was able to accommodate an additional four guests for our reservation. The food, the service, and ambience were lovely. We are absolutely coming back and staying for a long weekend to taste more of their menu.

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GaylaD
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal! The service was fantastic. Everyone was very nice and wanted to make our 1st visit wonderful. The food was outstanding. A very enjoyable evening

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Deauxdy
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful patio space, very engaging staff, delicious items!! We shared a flatbread with tomatoes and pesto, then a kale Caesar salad, I had the best cacio e pepe pasta; others in our group had the salmon over a bed of farro, gnocchi with veal, raviolini with squash, nothing left but four empty plates. We will definitely experience this again! Sometimes it’s best to try places off the square and Layla’s is heavenly!

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MatthewF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food, great service
Highly recommend if you're looking for a high-end meal!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Matthew, We are beaming! Thank you for the kind and enthusiastic words. We're thrilled that you enjoyed the food and service at Layla. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Cheers, Liddy

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Quark
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Layla sets high aspirations, such as featuring wagyu beef in its burgers, and offers a variety of salads and seafood options. The garden setting was lovely and the “Cobb” salad with grilled shrimp was tasty as was my companion’s salmon with roasted potatoes and root vegetables. A nice selection of wine and draft beer.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Quark, Thanks for dining at Layla. We appreciate the kind words on the lush garden setting and the tasty salmon and Cobb salad. We look forward to welcoming you back in the not-too-distant future. Cheers, Liddy

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CarolA
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very pricey, but really excellent cuisine! The vegan dish was incredibly tasty, and my partner enjoyed the short ribs. Every once in a while you have to treat yourself to really fine food, and this is the place! A little bit noisy, as people were celebrating various events. But kudos to the chef and the wait staff, as the dinner was memorable!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on October 12, 2021

Dear Carol, A warm and heartfelt thank-you for sharing such a kind and enthusiastic review! We're so glad you enjoyed several tasty dishes (you ordered some of our current favorites!) and a memorable overall experience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, Liddy

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Mteps
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, beautiful restaurant and outdoor patio. Food was delicious, but some in our group felt it was not hot…. We did have a large group, and we were outside on a cool night, so that should be considered.
Highly recommend for a nice romantic dinner, or a fun get together outside with friends.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 4 days ago

Greetings, Mteps: We're glad you enjoyed the service and patio setting at Layla! We do offer indoor seating for chillier or rainier evenings, and will do our best to accommodate your seating preferences. Thanks, and we hope to welcome you back in the near future. Cheers, Liddy

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vipmichellef
West Palm Beach
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience5

The food and atmosphere was great. Service was spotty and slow. We were the first ones there when they opened so not sure what could’ve caused the inattention. Overall not bad. We would go back.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on October 12, 2021

Dear Michelle, Thanks for joining us at Layla, and for taking a moment to share this candid feedback. We carefully read each review, and address the common themes each week with our team. We will share your comments as a means to reinforce attentiveness and anticipatory service. We hope to welcome you back in the not-too-distant future for a more flawless experience! Cheers, Liddy

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Rachele
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! They made our anniversary special. Thank you!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on October 12, 2021

Hi Rachele, Thank you for choosing to celebrate your special occasion at Layla! We're delighted that you enjoyed your meal, and we hope to welcome you back soon. All the best, Liddy

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vipRoger
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding in every respect! Perfect service, tremendous food. A true gem of a place.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on October 12, 2021

Hi Roger, We are positively beaming! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful review. We're delighted that you had such a stand-out experience at Layla, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best, Liddy

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vipIntoGreatDining
San Francisco
132 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely setting. Out prawn risotto was perfectly seasoned and nicely presented. Sadly the watermelon Pimms was not on the menu but other imaginative cocktails were. Our server, Bryan, was a delight and a pleasure.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on October 11, 2021

Greetings, Many thanks for sharing such a lovely review! We're so glad that you enjoyed the setting, your meal and our new cocktails (we were sad to see the watermelon Pimms go as well, but we had to make room for more autumnal options!). We appreciate all of your feedback, and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best, Liddy

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GBear
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Unfortunately there was an outdoor seating issue even though our reservation confirmed outdoor seating. We had to wait for a table which was later relocated. Priority is given to hotel guests without reservations. We came close to leaving twice. Food was fine but not a good value.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on October 11, 2021

Dear GBear, Thank you for choosing to dine at Layla, and for sharing this helpful feedback. Please accept our apologies for the seating misstep upon your arrival. We do reserve a small allotment of tables for hotel guests, but that should not have prevented us from honoring your seating preference. I've shared your comments with our team, and we will use this as an opportunity to retrain our staff. We hope you'll give us another opportunity to host you in the future. Best, Liddy

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LaurenF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Loved the food and drinks. Super cute spot and would head back again! The pancakes were awesome

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on October 4, 2021

Hi Lauren, Thank you kindly for the great review! We're so glad you discovered Layla, and enjoyed your meal especially the olive oil pancakes. We hope to welcome you back on your next visit to Sonoma. Best, Liddy

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SiobhanB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Really cool hotel restaurant, the hotel is older but fully renovated and stunning. We ate outside on their patio which was perfect. All of the food was outstanding as were the drinks. The service left something to be desired. We ordered drinks when we sat down and then after a bit ordered food as well. The drinks didn't arrive until after our food and the servers seemed to be in and out but not checking on us. I am conscious that all restaurants are understaffed so we didn't mind too much. Overall great experience and would love to come back for another meal or to stay at the hotel!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on October 12, 2021

Dear Siobhan, We're so glad you enjoyed your experience at MacArthur Place, including a stroll through the reimagined hotel (in a historic setting as you noted!) and an outstanding outdoor meal at Layla. We also appreciate your feedback on the restaurant service. We are lucky to have recently hired many great new servers, and we will continue to train them to ensure seamless, timely and anticipatory service for each guest. All the best, Liddy

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service was very sub par

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on October 11, 2021

Greetings, Thank you for dining at Layla, and for flagging the sub-par service, which does not at all reflect our standards. Would you be able to DM me with the time and/or last name under your reservation so we can identify the server and address this issue directly? Any other details you can share about the experience and what we could have done better would be tremendously helpful. Thank you for dining with us; we hope to welcome you back for a more stellar experience in the future. Liddy

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vipmark
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Waitress was the main dislike of our experience. Had to ask for silverware, coffee that had been ordered, and then. Y food that was brought out with everything on the side was missing things. Olive oil pancakes were delicious. Best Bloody Mary I have had!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on October 4, 2021

Dear Mark, Thank you for dining at Layla. We are sorry to hear that the service detracted from what was an otherwise lovely experience. We will identify the server that took care of your table and support her with additional training on the menu, and our service standards. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, and we hope to welcome you back for a more stellar experience. Best, Liddy

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GunterK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating, friendly and professional. Outdoor dining is enjoyable, a pleasant environment. Mingma is a great server.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on October 4, 2021

Dear GunterK, Many thanks for sharing such kind words! We are delighted that you enjoyed the outdoor dining setting and the service (Mingma is a gem, and we will pass along your praise!). We hope to welcome you back soon, and often. Cheers, Liddy

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JenniferB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I had heard incredible things about Layla, but between the hit and miss service and food that was totally underwhelming, I can’t say I understand the reason for all the praise. I had eggs Benedict and my husband had the short ribs. Both dishes lacked in flavor and were only saved by the actually really delicious house made hot sauce which we both added to every bite of our meal. The small pile of cubed hash browns that accompanied my eggs were hard and tasteless and the potatoes in my husband’s dish were undercooked and under salted. The setting is gorgeous so hopefully once the service improves (we were left alone for such long stretches it made it hard to order another drink or ask for more water) and the flavor of the dishes develops, Layla can be as good as the hype.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on October 4, 2021

Dear Jennifer, Thank you for choosing to dine at Layla, and for taking the time to share your candid feedback. We're glad that you enjoyed the al fresco dining experience amidst the property's lush grounds! We are of course disappointed that the meal itself was lackluster and the service was not timely. We will review your feedback as a team, as we continue to retrain on service standards and tweak the menu to ensure every dish is a success. We hope to welcome you back in the future. Liddy

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place!

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vipUrsulaZ
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing, and outdoor patio is such a great spot!!!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on October 4, 2021

Dear Ursula, Thank you for being a loyal supporter of Layla and MacArthur Place! We truly value our repeat guests, and are delighted to hear that you had a great experience from "soup to nuts." Best, Liddy

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vipsfped
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Highly recommend the Bar and Happy Hour, but the restaurant not so much.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 27, 2021

Greetings sfped, Thank you for visiting Layla, and for sharing your feedback. If you have a moment to DM us with any further insights about what we could have done better, we are all ears. Best, Liddy

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SusanP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Layla for our anniversary lunch based on the recommendation of one of our adult children. We were not disappointed. The property is charming. The staff from valet to busboy were very friendly. We had the feeling that they all enjoyed their jobs and working at MacArthur Place. Our charming waitress, Beatrice, gave us just the right amount of attention and went out of her way to answer our questions about the menu. The food was delicious and nicely presented. We really enjoyed the ambiance on the patio with all the greenery and the background sound of the fountain. We will definitely return.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 27, 2021

Dear Susan, We are honored that you chose to celebrate your anniversary at Layla, upon the wonderful recommendation of your children! Thank you for the kind words regarding many facets of your experience, especially the friendly staff. Our team does in fact love what they do, and it's great to hear that, that passion and positivity translates to the guest experience. Thanks again, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon - hopefully before your next anniversary! Best, Liddy

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vipMirjaM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot to sit outside for lunch

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on October 12, 2021

Hi MirjaM, We're delighted that you enjoyed the patio setting at Layla, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best, Liddy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Service was unorganized and slow.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 27, 2021

Greetings, Thank you for taking the time to share this feedback. I'm sorry to hear that the service was subpar, detracting from what looks like was a good experience otherwise. We typically have fewer servers on Tuesdays as it's a slower day at the restaurant; however we are always diligent about maintaining a strong staff to guest ratio. I will share your feedback with our management team so we can address. Thanks again for your valuable insights. Liddy

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Movingvan
Salt Lake City
23 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor setting is terrific. Service was spot on and the brunch menu made choosing difficult.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 27, 2021

Dear Movingvan (love the moniker!), Many thanks for the wonderful review! We're thrilled that you enjoyed the lovely outdoor setting (especially pretty at this time of year as we welcome autumn), the service and the brunch offering. We agree it's tough to choose, so it's always fun to go with a small group so you can cover the sweet-salty-savory-bloody mary categories! Thanks again, we hope to host you again soon. Best, Liddy

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Everything is over cooked and dry.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 20, 2021

Greetings, Thank you for taking a moment to share this feedback. We are so disappointed to hear that your meal was underwhelming at best. We would love to know what dishes you had so we can share specific feedback with our culinary team. If you can DM me with further insights, we would be very appreciative. Best, Liddy

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 20, 2021

Greetings! Many thanks for the great review, and positive feedback on food and service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best, Liddy

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Coop
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely outdoor patio and delicious dinner- my husband had the oven roasted salmon and I had the butternut squash ravioli- both very well prepared and flavorful. We shared a very good panzanella salad, fresh flatbread and local pinot noir wine also. Service was professional, but a bit aloof and not as attentive as we would have expected.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on October 11, 2021

Dear Coop, What a lovely review; thank you for posting it! We're delighted that you enjoyed such a nice meal al fresco, including a bounty of seasonal flavors including the wonderful fresh tomatoes from our garden and nearby farms. We hope to welcome you back in the near future. Cheers, Liddy

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vipmrirad
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Layla food and service continue to excel, impress and nourish after a wine country afternoon
Fabulous

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 13, 2021

Thanks, mrirad, for the lovely review! We strive to "impress and nourish," so it's music to our ears to hear that we're succeeding on that front. All the best, Liddy

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews