Layla at MacArthur Place

4.5
546 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
What 546 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipsfleah
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very lovely breakfast at their outdoor dining area . Ordered the bellini with my beef and hash. The dish was tasty and the beef very tender. Service was perfect. Would definitely like to come back again.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 6 hours ago

Dear sfleah, What a lovely review, and an inspiring pairing with the bellini! We're delighted your meal, and we look forward to hosting you again at Layla in the not-too-distant future. Cheers, Liddy

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Sharan
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the ambience was exquisite, and the service was exceptional. I went there for my birthday yesterday and had the best time. Looking forward to visiting again soon!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 6 hours ago

Dear Sharan, Thank you for choosing to celebrate your birthday at Layla! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience, especially the service. We look forward to welcoming you back -- hopefully before your next turn around the sun! Best, Liddy

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vipCE1959
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Servers weren't responsive. Asked for toast and didn't get it. My wife got a bowel of yogurt with fruit but didn't get a spoon. Two breakfasts in a row for two days I order the same and they brought me the wrong food twice. The manager came around and helped with service but he too forgot about my toast as well that day. The servers would bring your coffee but no cream. The cream came 5 minutes later. I was an investor in the past at MacArthur Place but not anymore, and would be concerned about needing someone and others to better run the restaurant. You asked for my honest opinion.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 6 hours ago

Dear CE1959, Thank you for your support of MacArthur Place as a prior investor, and as a recent patron! As such, we truly appreciate your feedback and take it to heart. I'm so sorry to hear that both of your dining experiences fell short of the mark, particularly on the service front. That is not at all reflective of our service standards, and one of our managers will be reaching out to you directly to discuss. Thank you again for taking the time to share your insights. Best, Liddy

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Amil
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I can't speak for all the dishes, but my partner and I ordered the steak frites. Even though we ordered medium rare, it came medium or even passed that. It wasn't juicy or tender and lacked flavor. For $34 bucks at such a nice looking restaurant, I expected more.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Amil, Thank you for your feedback, and I'm sorry to hear that your steak was not cooked to perfection! We are always happy to re-make a dish, or replace it with something else, to ensure our guests leave satiated and satisfied. We hope you'll give us another opportunity to deliver a perfectly cooked meal in the future. In the meantime, I'll share your feedback with our kitchen team. Best, Liddy

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LGSFinGE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely experience. A perfect Sunday lunch, gorgeous location and weather. Terrific service!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Dear LGSFinGE, What a kind and thoughtful review; thank you for sharing! We're delighted that you enjoyed a perfect Sunday lunch -- those are the best in my book. Thank you for being a loyal guest of Layla, and we look forward to hosting you again soon. Cheers, Liddy

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PamB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. 3 hour lunch with friends we had not seen in 16 months.
Pam

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Pam, What a dream to enjoy a leisurely lunch with friends that you had not seen in ages. Thank you for choosing Layla for this reunion and we're so glad that you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Best, Liddy

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vipErinD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Horrible service. It took 30 minutes for drinks to arrive. And no individual attention form our sever. No apologies for the delay either. Worst experience especially for birthday meal

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Erin, Thanks for sharing your candid feedback. I'm really sorry that the service was subpar, especially as you were celebrating a special occasion. One of our restaurant managers will reach out to you directly to learn more about what happened to we can address this matter with the staff involved. We hope to have another chance to deliver a stellar experience reflective of our service standards. Thank you, again, for sharing these insights. Best, Liddy

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LynnH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Very nice presentation. Would highly recommend this restaurant. It’s great value for the quality.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Lynn, Wow, thank you for sharing this stellar review! It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the food, presentation and service at Layla -- music to our ears! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, Liddy

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vipCaroline
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Flatbread special with the artichoke hearts and mozarella! Incredible!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Caroline, We're so glad you enjoyed the chef's nightly flatbread special! The artichoke & mozzarella is a fan favorite, and always exciting when it makes a cameo on the menu. We hope you'll come back soon to try more seasonal goodies. All the best, Liddy

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CaroleR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

5 of us felt that our meals were ok but not great. Chef should visit Willi’s Wine Bar in Santa Rosa, SEA Thai in Santa Rosa for salads. Veggie bowl was skimpy for price.
Best things were service and ambience and the fact we were not hurried.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Carole, Thanks for dining with us, and for sharing your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed an unhurried meal on our patio which is delightful at this time of year! I'm sorry to hear that your meals were not outstanding, and appreciate your feedback on serving size. We hope you'll return in the future, as we are always honing the menu and adding new seasonal dishes. ps -- Willi's has always been a staff favorite and is a shining example of fun and exciting Sonoma cuisine! Best, Liddy

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AdrienneGD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food. Good Value. Great Service. Comfortable Ambiance.

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Sel74
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I was there with a friend a few months ago but something has changed since then. We had to look around for servers a couple times but the most concerning was the decline in the food. My halibut seemed to have been frozen and was way, way overcooked-- like needed a knife to be cut overcooked. As locals, this was a go to for birthday dinners or date nights but we won't be back.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Sel74, Thanks for returning to Layla! We appreciate our repeat guests, as well as your valuable feedback. I'm sorry to hear that the halibut was not prepared to your liking, and hope that our team was able to replace it with something you enjoyed. We are continually honing our menus based on guest feedback, and take yours to heart. Thanks again and I hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back in the not-too-distant future. Cheers, Liddy

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cduffy
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

While the location was good and the ambiance was pleasant, the food was overpriced for the quantity and quality we received. The service was also fairly slow and it felt like the staff didn't communicate well.

Overall it was a fine experience, but I don't know that I would make it a priority to visit Layla again.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Greetings! Many thanks for taking the time to share this review of your experience at Layla. As with most of our hospitality colleagues in wine country, we've had a tough time hiring post pandemic. However we're excited to finally be staffed up with a wonderful team including many new wait staff hires that are training this week! We hope you'll return soon for more timely and seamless service. All the best, Liddy

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vipSandraT
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Layla will probably be a nice spot for patio dining.

They need to hire more wait staff.
They need to hire more wait staff.
They need to hire more wait staff.

Our waitress was lovely, very competant BUT she was the only waitress in the entire restaurant. She honestly did her best, but Layla did her and their customers a huge disservice by expecting her to carry the entire location on her own.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Sandra, Thank you for dining at Layla, and for taking a moment to share this feedback. You highlighted a common theme for the local hospitality industry of late: more wait staff! Thanks to the surge in guest demand post covid, hiring has been a top priority but it has been challenging due to the decreased talent pool since covid. We are thrilled to be onboarding several new restaurant staff this week! We hope you'll return for more seamless and attentive service soon. Best, Liddy

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely outdoor patio. Nice ambiance for a special occasion on a summer night. Service was strong at first but unfortunately devolved, with long spaces of time between delivery of courses. The food was solid, with starters and desserts really shining. Entrees sadly fell flat for all of our party. Cocktails were on point, cold and well balanced. While this is certainly a place to have an enjoyable evening it didn't live up to the hype or prices imo.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Greetings, Many thanks for choosing to dine at Layla, and for sharing the kind words on the ambiance, cocktails, starters and desserts! I'm sorry to hear that the main courses and second half of service fell flat. We are continually evolving the menu with new seasonal dishes and nightly specials. We have also been actively hiring to keep up with the wonderful demand, and are training several new servers this week. I hope you'll return for a more stellar experience all around. Best, Liddy

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TimS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Service was superb. Setting is beautiful and while the food was good, it was a little disappointing. Not the greatest Halibut dish.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Tim, Thank you for the great insights! We're so glad you enjoyed the lush outdoor setting and the service at Layla. We also appreciate your feedback on the halibut. Our culinary team is always honing and evolving the menu and individual dish preparation based on guest feedback, so your comments are helpful. We hope you'll return soon. Best, Liddy

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the outdoor garden

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StephanieJ
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So beautiful. Like a Scandinavian dream. Outstanding bar and wine list. Top service and creative menu that doesn’t disappoint.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on June 7, 2021

Hi Stephanie. Many thanks for this 5-star rating and glowing review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the ambiance, wine list, menu and service. We can't wait to welcome you back to Layla. All the best, Liddy

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary. The staff was great! Friendly, great service!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on June 7, 2021

Greetings! Thank you for choosing to celebrate your anniversary at Layla! We're thrilled that you had a great experience and were well taken care of by our staff. We hope to welcome you back before your next anniversary. Best, Liddy

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary, staff was friendly and provided great service!!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on June 7, 2021

Hello, Thank you for choosing to celebrate your anniversary at Layla! We are delighted that you had a great experience. We hope to welcome you back before your next anniversary. Best, Liddy

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DDaniel
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch experience. Both food and drink were thoughtful and well crafted. Service was personalized, friendly and timely. (I think her name was Mayra?) Beautiful outdoor dining.
Highlights:
Potatas Bravas
Flatbread special
Jalisco Heat (delicious tequila cocktail with smoked salt rim)
Lowlights:
None

We will be back! Well done!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on June 7, 2021

Dear DDaniel, Wow, thank you for making our team's day with this enthusiastic review! We are thrilled that you had a wonderful lunch experience from top to bottom. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, Liddy

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vipRubenC
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another exceptional lunch experience at Lalya for with friends. Service, food and atmosphere make this a number 1 choice for lunch.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on June 7, 2021

Dear Ruben, Thank you kindly. We are delighted that you enjoyed another exceptional lunch experience at Layla! We really and truly appreciate your repeat business and public support of our restaurant through these wonderful reviews. We look forward to seeing you soon. Best, Liddy

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vipheidia
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We expected much more from this restaurant for a special occasion. While the setting is beautiful the food was lackluster. Three pasta dishes all disappointment.. I would stick to expensive cocktails and snacks for this restaurant.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on June 7, 2021

Dear heidia, Thank you for choosing to dine at Layla for your special occasion! We appreciate your feedback, although we are of course disappointed to hear that your meal was lackluster. I'll share your feedback on the pasta dishes with our culinary team so we can work to improve those dishes. We hope to have the chance to welcome you back in the future. Best, Liddy

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SusanaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing vibes, great food!

All the dishes were delish and the decor is so cute. The hotel itself is so trendy and cute. I look forward to returning.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on June 7, 2021

Hi Susana, What a lovely review, thank you! We're thrilled that you had such a great experience at Layla and we hope to have you back soon for another meal, and a hotel stay! We're offering a special weekday rate of 25% off Sun-Thurs 3-night stays in case you need a reason to book a getaway. Best, Liddy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We like the outdoor dining experience at the garden. It’s a beautiful setting and perfect for an early summer evening dinner. My biggest criticism is that if you are going to be a high end dining place with $43 for the sea bass, and $16 for a side of cauliflower, you should be able to make accommodations for food allergies. Both times I asked for a substitute and it was rejected. Instead of a yogurt sauce with the cauliflower they couldn’t whip up another dressing. They put dairy in their hummus, and papas fritas has cheese on it!!! All is fine, but a kitchen with a “chef” with the prices they charge, generally can whip up a substitute. Also, we very much enjoy the experience of having bread with our meal. They don’t have bread! So the ambiance is good, the prices are really high, the food is good (not exceptional) if you don’t require substitutes. Unlikely that our family will return.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on June 7, 2021

Greetings, Thank you for sharing this review! We're so glad you enjoyed the outdoor dining setting surrounded by gardens. I'm sorry that our kitchen was not able to accommodate your requested dietary substitutions that evening. They are normally gracious about doing so whenever possible. Our servers are also versed in the ingredients of each dish, and can help guide you in ordering. Our hummus actually has no dairy so we will re-train the team. Thank you; we hope to host you again. Liddy

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LizW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outside patio has amazing ambiance and all the tables are well shaded or have plenty of warmth at night. Service was great throughout the whole meal and the timing of dinner was nice. We had the gnocchi, papas bravos and octopus as starters, the octopus lacked in flavor but was still good. All entrees were really great especially the whole roasted fish and lamb chops. The linguine and clams was a little too citrus forward for my liking but not a bad dish. All the desserts were amazing as well. Overall great experience!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on June 7, 2021

Dear Liz, Thanks for sharing such a thoughtful and thorough review of your recent dining experience at Layla! It sounds like you enjoyed a fun selection of the menu, taking advantage of the shareable plate concept. We really appreciate your notes on the octopus and linguine & clam dish, and will share them with our team. We hope to welcome you back soon. Best, Liddy

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place to take someone on a date

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on June 7, 2021

Greetings, Thanks for sharing the great review, and helpful tip! We couldn't agree more that Layla's lush outdoor patio or light & airy indoor restaurant are great spots for a date. Cheers, Liddy

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vipRusselY
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its a new place worth recommending to my “foodie” friends. Very delicious food, you feel like not touching it because the presentation is beautiful- mitchellin kind. The service is great too.5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on June 7, 2021

Dear RusselY, Many thanks for the kind words and the referral to your foodie friends! We're so glad you enjoyed your meal including the presentation. We look forward to having you back in the not-too-distant future. Liddy

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TanyaS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I’ve enjoyed lunch at Layla 3 times in the recent past. The food is quite good and the patio atmosphere is wonderful. Very relaxing - like I would expect it to be at a lovely resort.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on June 7, 2021

Dear TanyaS, We are so delighted to hear that you've had lunch at Layla 3 times recently, and that each experience was relaxing and enjoyable. That's what we strive for, and are lucky to have such an expansive and verdant patio setting to make that a daily reality. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best, Liddy

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vipMick
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beet salad needed some accompaniment, greens perhaps.
Cauliflower soup was a disappointment x2
Burger & chicken sandwiches were excellent
Pave was OK
Potatoes bravas(sp) super
Good ‘by the glass’ wine choices

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on June 7, 2021

Hi Mick, Thank you for sharing this great recap of your recent meal at Layla! We're glad you had a good experience overall, and we appreciate your feedback on the beet salad and cauliflower soup. We change the soup daily if not weekly, so it's helpful to know which seasonal iterations are winners and which should get archived :) All the best, Liddy

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DeborahT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Yummy olive oil pancakes and short rib hash. Beautiful surroundings and friendly staff. Will definitely be back.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on June 1, 2021

Dear Deborah, What a lovely review, thank you! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your meal and were well taken care of by our staff. We hope to have the opportunity to host you again soon. We add new items seasonally, so there is always a reason to return. Cheers, Liddy

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vipFrequentDiner
San Francisco
12 reviews