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Layla at MacArthur Place

4.6
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356 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 from Executive Chef Cole Dickinson who hails from 3 Michelin-starred restaurants. 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. Outdoor patio seating now open!

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 356 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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vipGiovannipaolo
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere and excellent food and service congrats.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Lobster roll, garlic fries and butrata were awesome!

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vipMelBB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We weren't sure what to expect, but Layla looks like a Restoration Hardware patio! It's gorgeous with different seating options, a water feature, and a beautiful CA palette of grays and whites. The food is light and delicious! It was just what we needed to feel healthy after a day of wine tasting and snacking. We also really enjoyed that Layla featured several local wines by the glass. The staff was friendly and attentive, and they did a great job following covid procedures to make guests feel safe. Thank you!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 2 days ago

Dear MelBB, Thank you for such a lovely, and thoughtfully-written review! We're glad you enjoyed a fresh and tasty bite on the patio at Layla. We are grateful to have such a large, verdant and peaceful outdoor space to hosts guests right now. It's a nice setting to enjoy the bounty of seasonal produce, and local wine! we hope you'll return for a taste of Chef Cole's new Fall menu coming soon. All the best, Liddy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outdoor dining extremely safe and comfortable, waiter was first class, fun menu (although I miss the usual menu). We’ll be back.

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vipMeghan
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Ate outside which is lovely, the bar looks amazing but not open due to Covid. The upgrade is fantastic!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Meghan, Many thanks for checking out Layla, and the newly-reimagined MacArthur Place! We're so glad you enjoyed your outdoor meal. We are eagerly awaiting the go-ahead from the county to resume indoor dining, and of course the bar which is such a convivial hub for hotel guests, visitors and locals. Check back on our website or social media feed in a few weeks. Fingers crossed! Until then, Liddy

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vipJskellor
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love dining at this local respite for the casual yet chic patio, healthy yet interesting Mediterranean-based menu and the accommodating service. It is a favorite spot of ours in Sonoma - consistently delivering delicious food, wine and service!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 7 days ago

Dear Jskellor, Many thanks for such a positive and enthusiastic review! We thrive on return guests such as yourselves, so we truly appreciate your support and kind words. We will be introducing some fun new Fall menu additions towards the end of this month. We hope to have you back soon to explore the new offerings! All the best, Liddy and team

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Donnad
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sophisticated menu and service and gorgeous atmosphere. What else could you want?

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 7 days ago

Dear Donnad, Your review is music to our ears. Thank you for the kind words. We are thrilled that you had such a great experience at Layla, and enjoyed the gorgeous atmosphere. We look forward to welcoming you back in the not-too-distant future. All the best, Liddy

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vipJACKB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and ambience were very good considering the current circumstances. Everyone enjoyed their meal. We'll be back !!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 7 days ago

Greetings, Jack. Thank you for dining at Layla, and for taking a moment to share this stellar review. It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed so many facets of your meal on the patio. We look forward to welcoming you back! Cheers, Liddy

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vipkvsf
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Almost all the squares could be marked off for this place. It really is a charming setting amid the redwoods. We just a little disappointed there wasn't a brunch menu, which was what we were expecting. Nonetheless it was delicious though a bit salty.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 14, 2020

Dear kvsf, Many thanks for this kind and candid review. We're glad you enjoyed the settings amidst the redwoods, as well as the meal itself. We had to pair back our menu significantly upon reopening in July, but will be expanding our offering for Fall. We hope you'll return in the next few weeks! Also, if you have a moment to let us know, via DM, which dish(es) were too salty, we will share your feedback with our chef. Thanks again, Liddy

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SandbarSam
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were very concerned about table setup and everything was fine. The seating is outdoor in a lovely setting. It was our 56th wedding anniversary and they did give us each a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Service was great as was the food although the food is bar food.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 7 days ago

Dear SandbarSam, Congratulations on celebrating your 56th wedding anniversary. That's a special milestone, and we are honored that you celebrated with us at Layla. Thank you for the wonderful review of the outdoor dining setting. We also appreciate your feedback on the menu. We had to streamline our offering after reopening in July, but we will be introducing an expanded menu later this month. We hope you'll be back to experience some of Chef Cole's new Mediterranean dishes. Best, Liddy

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Diane
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 7 days ago

Dear Diane, This may be our favorite review to date. We might just borrow this mantra! Thanks again, and we hope to see you again soon at Layla. Cheers, Liddy

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RedcarpetGirl
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived we had wonderful service. It was super hot and we were offered water right away. Our server arrived quickly to ask if we would like anything to drink and came back quickly for our food order. She also doubled checked with us when our food was delayed arriving and brought an appetizer to the table. It was very much appreciated and another reason why we think the service was excellent.
The food was delicious and we were checked on a couple of additional times.
Overall, it was a lovely lunch and we will definitely go back because of the service and food. It is also a really nice space. The 109 degree heat was not so great:)

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 11, 2020

Hi RedcarpetGirl, Thank you for braving the 109 degree heat last weekend to enjoy an outdoor lunch at Layla! We really appreciate your kind words on the food and service, and will share with our entire team. We look forward to welcoming you back on a cooler day. Best, Liddy

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vipTimS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another great experience dining outside at Layla. Despite the heat, we were comfortable under a large umbrella over our table. Staff was attentive, efficient and masked/gloved so we felt safe. I had the watermelon salad and the salmon flatbread with the Gehricke Rose. It was a splendid combination for a lunch on a hot summer day.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 11, 2020

Dear Tim, Thank you for your loyal support of Layla! It's always a pleasure hosting you, and we appreciate the kind words. Also, your pairing of the watermelon salad, salmon flatbread and Gehricke Rose is perfect -- it's a divine combination, and beautiful array of summer colors! Thanks again, we look forward to seeing you soon. Liddy

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Sonomadiner
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect for dining outside. Lovely ambiance and the food ands service is very good.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 8, 2020

Greetings, Sonomadiner! Many thanks for dining at Layla last week, and for taking a moment to share this great review. It's lovely to hear that you enjoyed your outdoor meal, the ambiance, food and service. Per your moniker, you must be a local so we look forward to welcoming you back soon...and often! Cheers, Liddy

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vipKentD
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely evening at one of our favorite restaurants. The setting is peaceful and lovely. Serving staff was attentive and warm. The menu has been reduced, which is understandable.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 3, 2020

Dear Kent, Thank you for your support of Layla; we truly appreciate our loyal locals! It's wonderful that you enjoyed the peaceful outdoor setting and attentive service. Your feedback on the reduced menu is much appreciated, and something we are addressing. Chef Cole and team are crafting fresh, fun and seasonal additions to the Fall menus, which we will be launching before end of month. We hope to welcome you back soon. All the best, Liddy

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vivienneh
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely safe outdoor experience - very relaxing - transports you away from worries

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 1, 2020

What a lovely review, thank you vivienneh! We're so glad we could provide a safe and relaxing outdoor experience that transported you away from any worries. That's what we strive for, so we are beaming upon reading your feedback. All the best, Liddy

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vipNapamel
San Francisco
241 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It appears that they are using a more "Bar Food" menu now that they have Covid 19 restrictins. The menu was rather limited and the presentation sparse. Sitting in the garden was very nice.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2020

Dear Napamel, Thanks so much for your feedback! We did indeed streamline our menu after reopening in July due to decreased seating capacity, limited hours of operation and other restrictions. We have been gradually adding new items, and look forward to returning to our broader array of menu offerings for Fall. We hope you'll return in the coming weeks. All the best, Liddy

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vipJoeyZ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday lunch gathering at outdoor Patio with tranquility and good service. Nice ambience and food are tasty.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 1, 2020

Greetings, Joey! Thanks for joining us this past weekend for an outdoor lunch. We're so glad you had a great experience all-around, and we hope to have you back soon. Cheers, Liddy

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vipScout
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful lunch at Layla. Food was great and service was excellent. We stayed at MacArthur Place, which we also loved. Highly recommend.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2020

Dear Scout, Many thanks for dining at Layla, and for sharing these kind words! We're so glad you enjoyed the food and service, as well as your stay at MacArthur Place. That's music to our ears. Thanks again for the recommend, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, Liddy

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Woods
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is no inside dinning anymore but the outdoor experience is also great. Food tastes as good as before. The weather change and smoke from wildfire may impact a little

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2020

Dear Woods, Thank you for being a loyal supporter of Layla at MacArthur Place. We're so glad you enjoyed your recent outdoor dining experience. We will re-open our indoor seating area as soon as the county permits this -- hopefully in a few short weeks! We're also working on contingency plans to ensure an enjoyable al fresco experience even when the weather gets cooler. Thanks again, we look forward to having you back soon! Liddy

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous spot!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 28, 2020

Thank you for the lovely note! We hope to welcome you back soon. Best, Liddy

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legenwaitforitdary
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time you walk in and feel that welcome smile underneath the mask, a dining experience at this restaurant is truly worth the visit. A Sunday brunch during the pandemic with a close friend was the first visit here. Our server, Angela, exuded a warm demeanor that made us very comfortable. Food was excellent. Drinks were delicious. Simply can’t wait to come back again!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 24, 2020

Greetings, and thank you for this lovely review, which made our team smile (under our masks)! We are so happy that you enjoyed your Sunday brunch on the patio, and hope that it will be the first of many at Layla! All the best, Liddy

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vipRobertH
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Awesome. Great server good selection.

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leslies
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my mother's 78th birthday on a 90 degree summer day. Our experience, from the hostess to the our seater to our server to the food and wine and lastly, the home made Gelato was Outstanding!!! Truly, a 5 star experience. Thank you!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 21, 2020

Dear leslies, Many thanks for this wonderful review! We're honored that you chose to celebrate your mother's 78th birthday with us, and so happy to hear the entire experience was 5-star. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best, Liddy

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vipGregK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere ... I will definitely be back.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 20, 2020

Dear Greg, Many thanks for the kind words. We're so glad you had a great experience overall, and we anxiously await your return! Cheers, Liddy

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EmilyS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best dining experiences I've had. The food was amazing, the ambience was beautiful, and the servers were incredibly friendly and attentive.

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vipBelg58
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I have been long time fans of MacArthur Place...before the restaurant name change and face-lift.
Every aspect of our experience was exceptional. The food quality has noteworthy, highly recommend the Cobb salad. Impeccable service. The cocktails were equally outstanding.
We look forward to our next visit.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 17, 2020

Dear Belg58, What a delightful review! Thank you for being loyal and longtime supporters of MacArthur Place through its recent iterations. We are so glad that you thoroughly enjoyed your recent al fresco experience at Layla, and were well taken care of by our team. Again, many thanks for your kind words and we look forward to your next visit as well! Best, Liddy

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SRWIV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Quality of food is horrendous especially given the price and location. Decor is stunning and staff are courteous and professional.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 14, 2020

Dear SRWIV, Thank you for choosing to dine at Layla, and for taking a moment to share your candid feedback. We're so happy to hear that the service and ambiance were great, but we're of course disappointed that the food was sub par. If you wouldn't mind letting us know, via DM, what dishes you had and what we could have done better, we would be incredibly appreciative. We are always looking to hone our offerings. All the best, Liddy

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vipmike
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We loved Saddles, the predecessor, but Layla is really nice and an upgrade. The ambience and atmosphere are lovely, and the food was quite tasty.

Saddles was great, but Layla is worth a visit and and a fine replacement.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 14, 2020

Dear Mike, Your review means a lot to us. In the transition from Saddles to Layla, we retained a few nods to the former restaurant in the hopes of holding onto our loyal Saddles guests. We also changed the decor to honor the origins and architecture of the historic property and its deep roots in Sonoma -- something we hope would connect us even deeper with our community. We are thrilled you enjoyed your meal, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon, and often! Best, Liddy

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Ffffdddd
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and quiet spot. Delicious food, smaller portions but still wonderful

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 13, 2020

Greetings, Thank you for the great review, and your note on the portion size. Our menu offerings vary in size based on the style and substantialness of the dish. Our Mediterranean Cobb Salad is known for its incredibly-generous portion size (and its tastiness!) if you'd like to try it next time. Thanks again, Liddy

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PeterH
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best outdoor seating in Sonoma. Fine original food, chilled lunch soups, professional staff. Safe.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 12, 2020

Hi Peter, Thanks so much for the stellar review, and kinds words about our outdoor ambiance, original menu and professional staff. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Cheers, Liddy

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vipMartinZ
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to revisit again. Best refuge for outdoor dining in Sonoma under COVID. Food spectacular as always!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 13, 2020

Dear Martin, Many thanks for the loyal support - we truly appreciate our repeat guests! Glad we could provide a spectacular meal and a bit of beautiful outdoor refuge. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Cheers, Liddy

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vipFoodIsLife
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and inventive food, good service, and beautiful atmosphere. Have been before and will go again.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 11, 2020

Dear FoodIsLife, Many thanks for being a repeat guest of Layla, and for sharing such a supportive and positive review. We're so happy you enjoyed Chef Cole's inventive food, and were well taken care of by our staff. Please come back soon! Cheers, Liddy

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JimC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to get out of the city and have a safe and relaxing lunch. Excellent service and great food!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 11, 2020

Dear Jim, Thank you for making the trip from the city! We're so glad you enjoyed a safe and relaxing lunch at Layla. We are just a hop, skip and a jump from the city so we hope you'll return soon. Best, Liddy

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vipBeehive5
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 11, 2020

Dear Beehive5, Thank you so much for the lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you back to Layla in the very near future! Cheers, Liddy

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

I dinged the score because we were sat and served water but then left for 20 minutes. I actually had to get up and ask if somebody was going to take our order. They felt very bad about the oversight and comped us our drinks. This is an absolutely lovely place to have a meal – outdoor dining with lots of space between the tables and umbrellas for shade, and patio lights for after dark dining. We had the watermelon salad which was absolutely delightful, the hotdog which is exactly everything you want a hotdog to be, and the chicken sandwich (they allowed us to substitute a “lettuce bun”) which was crispy and delicious!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 11, 2020

Greetings, Many thanks for sharing details of your recent experience at Layla. We appreciate your patience and understanding with the initial gap in service -- that is a rarity, hence our team's chagrin and enthusiasm to make things right. I'm glad we were able to turn things around so you could enjoy a relaxing and tasty meal outdoors! We hope to have you back soon. Thanks again, LIddy

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vipEmilyR
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great but the ambiance is really what makes it! It’s beyond peaceful and relaxing I loved everything about it! Our waiter was so nice too!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 11, 2020

Hi Emily, Thanks a million for the lovely review! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience at Layla, and got to enjoy great food & ambiance on the patio. We hope to have you back soon. Cheers, Liddy

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vipWood1gem
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place to eat outdoors. I love the ambience and setting. And the service was outstanding! Everyone was personable and professional.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 11, 2020

Dear Wood1gem, Thank you for the kind words! We're so glad you enjoyed your meal al fresco at Layla. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best, Liddy

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RussT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a great table on the patio, great ambiance. Still has limited menu, and our steak was overcooked. The salmon poke was the star. Great service.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 11, 2020

Dear Russ, Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed the patio ambiance and the salmon poke. We recently began offering special dinner items (in addition to the all-day menu offering) Thursday - Sunday, and will continue to expand the menu as business continues to pick up. Thank you for supporting Layla, and we truly appreciate the helpful feedback. Cheers, Liddy

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JimB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

This is not a Mediterranean restaurant. This is more like an middle range American fare restaurant with a few dishes that resemble Mediterranean.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 7, 2020

Dear Jim, Thanks for dining at Layla, and for sharing this feedback. We significantly streamlined our menu offerings when we reopened the restaurant in July, due to limited seating capacity, staffing and demand for on-site dining. As business continues to pick up, thanks to guests like you, we will continue to re-introduce more of our signature Mediterranean dishes. We appreciate the feedback, and hope to have the chance to host you again in the coming weeks. All the best, Liddy

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Layla at MacArthur Place offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 933-3191.

Layla at MacArthur Place is rated 4.6 stars by 356 OpenTable diners.

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