Layla at MacArthur Place

4.7
496 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 496 people are saying
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4.6
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vipcalgal053
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely delicious meal last night. Started with an excellent Chardonnay, a grilled lettuce salad, cioppino, porchetta and roasted carrots. Everything was wonderful. We had a very aware server which we appreciated.
Layla has one of the loveliest outdoor spaces in Sonoma.
Although Layla got off to a rocky start when it opened originally, it has now become a favorite!

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JessJess
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance and service. Thanks again for a great Mother’s Day

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Happy (belated) Mother's Day! And, thank you for spending with us at Layla. We appreciate the kind words, and are delighted that you enjoyed your experience. Cheers, Liddy

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Mothers day

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful place - nice cocktails - service was a little slow. Most of our group loved their food - only the lobster roll didn’t quite measure up but it also was priced pretty fairly- overall very nice

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I ate here for our 1 year anniversary. We sat in the outdoor area, and it was a perfect ambiance: noise level, temperature, and beautiful. They surprised us with complimentary bubbles, which was very sweet. The food was flavorful and delicious.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Greetings, Happy anniversary, and thanks for choosing to celebrate it at Layla! I'm glad to hear you had a lovely experience, and were taken great care of by our team. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future, hopefully before your next anniversary! Best, Liddy

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Valerie
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved it. Great new outdoor experience. Been there several times snd always enjoy it.

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Brad49er
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven't been here in years,Love the place, Food was good , Good service,The sorbet was great... Highly recommend it.. Looking Forward to my Next Visit....

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful out side patio with great options of food and beverage. We loved our dinner

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Viola
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love cocktail and food. We are at outside table very spacey. Inside feel roomy too! Will come back again!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Viola. What a sweet review! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the cocktails from our brand-new drinks menus introduced last week. We hope to welcome you back in the not-too-distant future. Best, Liddy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Excellent atmosphere and food. Everyone was nice but service was very slow

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Hello, Thanks for your feedback on the service. We have been quite busy this spring as locals and visitors alike are excited to resume dining in restaurants! That being said, we pride ourselves on timely and seamless service, so we'll address your feedback with our team during trainings. Best, Liddy

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Lauren
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The back patio is beautiful and very relaxing. The service was excellent. My husband and I both enjoyed the breakfast we ordered. We will definitely go back.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Lauran, A warm and heartfelt thanks for the lovely review! We're delighted that you had such a relaxing breakfast on the patio. It's a pretty magical spot at this time of year with the fragrant flowers, lush foliage and sunny Sonoma skies. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Cheers, Liddy

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vipRadeesh
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The food was superb, and the cocktails were outstanding. The only thing that would have made our experience better is if the server was more attentive. My boyfriend arranged a surprise dessert for me while I wasn't expecting it and the server forgot to add the candle onto it and it took a while to receive it so it was a little awkward.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Radeesh, Many thanks for dining at Layla on what must have been a special occasion, and for the kind words on your overall experience! I'm sorry to hear that your server forgot the candle for your surprise dessert! We'll share your feedback with the team as a training tool for our servers. Thanks again, and we hope to welcome you back soon. Liddy

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vipRebeccaJ
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had a unique request for what we wanted to eat, which involved a different way to serve me something that was not on the menu as a stand alone. They happily met my request and I am so happy because I greatly enjoyed the food.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Rebecca, Thanks for the lovely feedback! We're so glad our team was able to accommodate your special order. We will always do our very best to accommodate special requests if the kitchen isn't buried. We look forward to welcoming you back in the not-too-distant future. Best, Liddy

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vipSKay
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service and ambiance at Layla is very relaxing and chic. The food used great fresh ingredients but could use some more thought and improvement in terms of flavors. I do recommend the olive oil pancakes!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Dear SKay, Thanks for taking a moment to share this feedback on your recent meal at Layla! We recently introduced all-new menus in March when we re-opened, so if you have any specifics you'd like to share on how we could have improved certain dishes, we're all ears. Feel from to DM me with your thoughts. All the best, Liddy

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Had made a reservation for an outside table, which the restaurant confirmed. Upon arrival, they informed us that we had to sit inside, which we did. After nearly 45 mins of not being helped or spoken to or even noticed and flagging waiters down, we finally stood up and walked out the outdoor dining area. I explained we’d been seated and no one helped us. I then asked to sit at one of several empty tables outside. They let us.
Service was meh at best and the food was cold and honestly not up to par. Our table was pitch black and we never received the candle we asked for. I got our main dishes to go as we had been there for nearly 3 hours and we were just done with the experience. It was a bummer bc it’s a wonderful hotel and has a lot of potential. This was my second time at Layla. Both times were disappointing.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Greetings. I'm terribly sorry to hear that your experience was sub-par from your arrival experience through the end of your meal. The service you experienced is not at all reflective of our standards. I will flag your review to our restaurant managers to see what happened, and how we can address the situation immediately so this does not happen again. Thank you for your support of Layla thus far, and I hope you'll give us another opportunity to deliver stellar experience. Best, Liddy

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Laura
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning and sophisticated decor inside and outdoors.

Beautiful food presentation and lots of options for all tastes! Thoughtful portions with lots of flavor.

I have to add that although our waiter was new and still learning, he was so pleasant and working really hard. I appreciate their efforts despite this wild year affecting their industry. Every employee was attentive and welcoming.

Would highly recommend!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Laura, A million thanks for the kind and thoughtful review! We're delighted that you enjoyed the ambiance, food quality and presentation and were well taken care of by our staff. On that note, we appreciate your patience and understanding with our new server, who is eager to learn and improve. We hope to host you at Layla again in the near future. All the best, Liddy

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Heyjim
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The evening was great, and the food was very well done.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 28, 2021

Thanks, Heyjim! We appreciate the great review, and are delighted to hear that you had a great overall experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to Layla! Cheers, Liddy

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YanaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best breakfast experience in Sonoma! Delicious food, very pleasant atmosphere, excellent service!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 26, 2021

Hi YanaR, We are positively delighted to hear that, in your esteem, Layla has the best breakfast experience in Sonoma! Thank you for the lovely feedback, and we hope to welcome you back soon. Best, Liddy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

We could not eat our meal. Had to send it back to absolutely no flavor. The manager was passive aggressive and obnoxious and should definitely not be in the service industry. On a high note our server Wilson was very kind and apologetic.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 26, 2021

Greetings, I'm truly sorry to hear that your recent experience at Layla was subpar at best - that is not at all reflective of our food and service standards. If you have a moment to DM me with further details on the dishes you ordered, and how we could have handled the recovery situation better, it will help us address matters with our staff to ensure this does not happen again. Again, please accept our sincere apologies. We hope you'll give us another chance in the future. Best, Liddy

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vipMaggie
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. We dined outside. It was a little cold, but bearable. Is definitely upscale prices. Wine list was somewhat reasonable...prices vary from expensive to very expensive. I would dine there again for a special occasion.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 26, 2021

Dear Maggie, Many thanks for dining at Layla, and for the kind words on the food! We look forward to welcoming you back for a special occasion meal. All the best, Liddy

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Baci
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You guys handled the 8 of us so beautifully! Separate checks for all, delicious food, and a grand setting for our first restaurant outing since COVID! Merci Beaucoup!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 26, 2021

Dear Baci! We are honored that you chose Layla as the setting for your very first restaurant outing since Covid! And boy oh boy are we glad that we delivered a stellar experience for this monumental and hopefully memorable moment. Thank you, again, and we hope to welcome you back soon, and often. Cheers, Liddy

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vipPMiami
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very nice surprise in Sonoma! Fantastic food and wonderful service!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 26, 2021

Dear PMiami, Thank you for dining at Layla, and for taking a moment to share this stellar review! We're thrilled that you enjoyed a lovely experience including both food and service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, Liddy

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krimsy1
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I read quite a few bad reviews on Layla and I was thinking of canceling our reservation but I am so happy we didn’t!! Other than a slowish service everything was amazing!! We sat outside with our 2 doodles and it was really wonderful on the back patio. It felt very European as we sat on their low sofas for dinner. We had the Hamachi and a tapas style Patatas Bravas for our appetizers. I also started with an excellent margarita! My husband had the whole roasted Sea Bass and I had the Petaluma Chicken. Everything was so fresh and delicious!! Then the piece de resistance was the Basque Cheesecake!! Just an amazing meal and compared to other restaurants in Sonoma not that much more expensive for the quality. Give it a try! You will not be disappointed.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 26, 2021

Dear krimsty1, What a wonderful review, thank you! We're so glad you chose to dine with us, and that you had a lovely experience on the Layla patio. The setting is truly gorgeous at this time of year, with so many lush trees and fragrant flowers. You ordered some of our favorite signature dishes so you had a nice representation of our offering. Thanks again for the kind words, and we hope to welcome you back in the near future. Cheers, Liddy

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We ordered a lamb chop dish it was $55 it arrived there were three small chops which one was overcooked. We should’ve known better because nobody asked us how we preferred our meat cooked. I ordered clams with pasta I know what al dente means and prefer my pasta that way this was undercooked. Frankly I’m shocked at myself that I did not send both meals back but I was just not ready for any upset. The staff were friendly and the place was quiet so there was no excuse for poorly prepared and cooked food

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 23, 2021

Greetings, Thank you for choosing to dine at Layla, and for taking a moment to share your feedback. I'm so sorry to hear that both dishes were not prepared to your liking. We are always more than happy to re-make a dish, or swap it out, if a guest is not satisfied with the preparation. Next time (we hope you'll give us another opportunity!), please don's hesitate to ask. In the meantime, we'll address your feedback on both items with our culinary team so we can course correct. Best, Liddy

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Brunch, drinks and ambience.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 19, 2021

Thank you for the kind words! We look forward to hosting you again in the not-too-distant future. Cheers, Liddy

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TTNTI
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Loved the place, the service and the food was excellent

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 26, 2021

Dear TTNTI, Many thanks for the stellar review, and kind words! We're delighted to hear that your experience at Layla was excellent and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, Liddy

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vipRubenC
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another enjoyable lunch experience at Layla. This has become one of our favorite breakfast and lunch locations in Sonoma. A jewel in the neighborhood.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 19, 2021

Dear Ruben, Wow! Thank you for another truly lovely review, and for your repeat support of Layla. We are delighted that we've become one of your go-to breakfast and lunch locales in town. We look forward to your next visit. Best, Liddy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Layla was a really fun, relaxing experience. The ambiance was exactly what we needed after a long work week. The staff was incredible and attentive, making sure we had everything we needed and spacing out our courses perfectly. The food was delicious - we ordered small plates to share along with perfectly crafted cocktails. Can’t wait to plan my next trip.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 19, 2021

Greetings, A huge and heartfelt thank-you from our team for sharing these kind words! We're so glad that you enjoyed such a lovely experience at Layla. It sounds like you ordered perfectly, and were able to sample many of the goodies across the food & drink menus. We look forward to hosting you again on your next visit to Sonoma. Cheers, Liddy

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Great atmosphere. Cute patio. Well lit and well heated. Food needed to be salted. Everything needed salt. Bland.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 19, 2021

Greetings, Many thanks for sharing this feedback on your recent experience! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed the patio and the atmosphere, and appreciate your notes on the salt quotient (or lack thereof) in the food. We recently launched an all-new menu, and welcome helpful feedback such as yours that helps us hone our offering. Thank you again, Liddy

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ColetteB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at Layla several times during our stay at MacArthur place. The food was delicious and we enjoyed everything we had for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The servers were helpful and knowledgeable and the ambiance is perfect. I highly recommend dining here and look forward to doing so again!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 22, 2021

Dear Colette, Many thanks for sharing such a lovely review! We're delighted you enjoyed your experience at Layla, and we can't wait to host you again the near future. Cheers, Liddy

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vipsonomalisa
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice to have LAyla back from the lockdown

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 11, 2021

Dear sonomalisa, Thank you for sharing such a lovely review. We appreciate our loyal locals, and are thrilled to be welcoming you back to Layla after such a long hiatus. Best, Liddy

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vipsasilvnb
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is utterly beautiful and the service is spot on so glad we were able to visit and look forward to coming back

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 8, 2021

Wow! We are positively beaming. Thanks for sharing such a warm and enthusiastic note about your recent experience. We're delighted that you enjoyed your experience from soup to nuts, as they say. We hope to welcome you back to Layla soon. Cheers, Liddy

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vipWineLover
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Layla for Easter lunch and were immediately struck by the beauty of the restaurant and outdoor dining area. The food, service, and overall experience was terrific: staff were friendly and professional; the food was delicious and thoughtfully prepared; and the ambience was perfect for an outdoor Easter lunch!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 8, 2021

Dear WineLover (me too!), A huge and heartfelt thank-you for sharing such a positive and enthusiastic review. We're so glad you had such a great Easter lunch and hope to host you again in the near future. Best, Liddy

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ElodieB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Very disappointed with the food served at Layla. We had the flatbread and the burger and it was really tasteless, moreover the steak was not not cooled as I asked...

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on April 8, 2021

Dear ElodieB, Thank you for taking the time to share this review of your recent meal at Layla. I'm sorry to hear that the food was anything but stellar, as this is not reflective of our standards. We are always more than happy to re-cook or swap out (gratis) a dish that isn't prepared to a guest's liking, so please don't hesitate to ask. We hope you'll give us another opportunity to wow you in the future. Thanks again for the helpful feedback. Best, Liddy

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JohnB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience