Layla at MacArthur Place
Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers
Join us for a special 4-course Italian Christmas dinner including signature Mediterranean seafood and meat courses, thoughtfully prepared by Layla's Executive Chef Cole Dickinson. Available 5:30-9pm. $75 per adult and $20 for children ages 3-12. Beverages, taxes and gratuity not included.
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers
Join us for a luxe and festive 6-course New Year's Eve dining experience including iconic New Years dishes as well as inspired additions, all thoughtfully prepared by Layla's Executive Chef Cole Dickinson. Available 5:30-9pm. $95 per person. Beverages, taxes and gratuity not included.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
The rest of my party were late, they arrived 30 minutes after our reserved time. The server was very accommodating, she seated me immediately and offered water while I wait and newspaper if I wanted. Most restaurants will not seat you if your party is not complete. Once everyone arrived, we were given ample time to look at the menu and place our order. The food was excellent and the service was superb.
Amazing food (octopus, risotto, lamb), service exceptional, beautiful presentation, would recommend to anyone x1000.
Greetings, and thanks so very much for the stellar review, and thoughtful comments. We eagerly await your return on your next visit to Sonoma! Cheers, Liddy
Noise level is not 'energetic', noise level is just... noisy. It would offer a more elegant dining experience if the room was not so resonant. Other than that, the ambiance and other factors are all good.
We like Layla's and will be back.
Dear KK1919, Thank you so much for the helpful feedback on the resonant sound, and we're sorry it affected your experience. We continue to add trees, greenery and other sound-absorbent elements within the restaurant based on guest feedback. In January, we will be installing a local artist's decorative wood paneling in the hallway outside Layla, which should soften the noise...and look beautiful. We hope you'll return soon! Best, Liddy
We've had dinner here twice in the last couple of weeks. The food is quite good, flavorful and ample. The wait staff is very well accommodating and skilled, as well as flexible with dietary challenges such as mine. I would recommend this for a very nice dinner out.
Dear Steph1818, Many thanks for the lovely review, and kind words about the food, service and flexibility around dietary restrictions. We hope to welcome you back soon! Cheers, Liddy
Wonderful experience we have an awesome waiter who was very attentive
We have had a good meal here before. Tonight was a buffet. Not their best- we weren’t told it would be a buffet. Somewhat limited options, strange service (we had to ask for coffee? No butter?) but we would go back on a regular night. Prices are high but ambience is very nice.
Dear HarryO, Thanks for dining with us on Thanksgiving, and for taking a moment to share your feedback. Please accept our apologies that you were not informed of the holiday buffet format. And thank you for being flexible, and rolling with the night's special menu. We look forward to your return for a regular night. We offer waived corkage on Mondays and Tuesdays which makes for a fun locals night! Best, Liddy
Great place for a quiet Thanksgiving dinner
Dear George, Thanks so very much for joining us on Thanksgiving! We're glad you enjoyed your holiday meal, and hope to welcome you back soon. Best, Liddy
We enjoyed our Thanksgiving lunch at Layla and were glad that we went. The setting and service was absolutely lovely. The food was good traditional Thanksgiving faire served buffet style. Unfortunately, we did not find it to be the something special that we had imagined for the price. Compared to other holiday buffet venues that we had gone to in the past with many options, appetizers, large dessert selections, numerous carving stations, multiple salad and vegetable selections, fresh bread options, live music, etc. this was a bit bit disappointing.
Dear Cindy, Thank you for choosing to spend your Thanksgiving meal with us at Layla! We're glad you enjoyed the setting and service, and are sorry to hear the breadth and depth of the offering fell a bit short. As our first Thanksgiving at Layla, we chose to focus on expertly presenting the classics (along with a few fresher "California" additions). Next year we will certainly look to expand the offering. Thanks again for your feedback! Cheers, Liddy
Wonderful in a beautiful and serene setting.
Many thanks for sharing this lovely review. We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Layla!
Angel hair pasta was a disappointment, along with rye bread. Baba ganoush was the star, interesting recipe with zucchini. We loved it. Server was very good and understanding of issues with the pasta. Lamb was done well. Atmosphere is very nice, great for groups. They have some development to do on they’re menu but otherwise we enjoyed our gathering.
Thank you for taking a moment to share this helpful review. We're glad you enjoyed the atmosphere, as well as the baba ganoush and the lamb, and appreciate the feedback on the pasta. We evolve and tweak our menu continually, based primarily on guest feedback so we take yours to heart. We hope to welcome you back soon! Best, Liddy
Very interesting combinations of old and new approaches to the dishes, flavorful and surprising. We had a lovely table on the terrace, which was well heated by the heat lamps. The menu is small but with a good range of dishes, quality of the meals is excellent, and everything was well presented. I was surprised that we were not offered any bread or an amuse bouche, since I had read that was part of the experience, but it did not take away from the quality of the meal itself. Service was very professional and friednly.
Dear Sander, Thanks for dining at Layla, and for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. We're glad you enjoyed the ambiance, flavorful dishes and service! Please accept our apologies that you were not offered an amuse bouche, which should be provided to every guest. We offer bread as an a-la carte item (we have 2 decadent and delicious options) and one of our starters comes with house-made flatbread. Apologies for any misinformation and we look forward to your return! Cheers, Liddy
Everything was perfect!
Thank you for taking a moment to share this 5-star review. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed all aspects of your dining experience at Layla! Cheers, Liddy
absolutely loved the changes ( I was on the planning commission and voted yes for the project) and am happy I did. Friends of mine are coming as they do every year in January and wanted me to try it out before they committed. I told them by all means. I wanted to lick my soup bowl but thought that might be a bit too crass.
Dear lyndac, Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support of MacArthur Place even prior to its inception! We truly value our local community, and are thrilled to hear that the execution of the concept met (and hopefully exceeded) your expectations! We look forward to welcoming you back with friends in January, if not sooner. And you are more than welcome to lick the soup bowl...that might be the highest form of flattery for our chef :) Cheers, Liddy
Beautifully renovated hotel. We had a great server, food was okay. Bar is so nice.
Dear Kate, Thank you for visiting the newly-renovated MacArthur Place, including our new bar and restaurant! We're glad you liked the ambiance! We also appreciate your feedback on the food - if you have a moment to share any further details on what we could have done to perfect the culinary experience, we are all ears. Feel free to DM us. All the best, Liddy
Ambiance outshines the food.
Great location, interior design.
Dear JanetN, Thanks for visiting Layla, and for sharing your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed the location, ambiance and interior design of our still-newly opened restaurant! We are continually evolving the menu with large-scale seasonal refreshes, as well as tweaks to core dishes based on guest feedback and our chef's desire to try new things. We hope you'll return to try some of our new dishes in the coming weeks. Also, our Bar has a different (simple & delicious!) menu entirely. Best, Liddy
Great brunch spot
Thank you, (fellow!) Eastcoaster for visiting Layla, and for sharing such a nice review! We hope to have you back soon. Cheers, Liddy
Food is excellent. Service excellent. Price is fair I think. Would definitely recommend.
Greetings! Thanks so much for taking a moment to share your positive feedback. We're happy to hear you found the food and service excellent! We hope to see you back soon. Cheers, Liddy
While the ambiance is lovely, the menu is inconsistent. There are many items that are full of flavor but can, at times, be too rich. The value of the portions is also inconsistent. The potatoes Bravo's are a good size portion for the price then there's the salmon which is about 2 ounces (and not a fluke as we've ordered it on two occasions) for $31!?? It also only comes with a very small vegetable accompaniment. We ordered many other items but I don't think it's worth the cost to return.
Dear Laurie, Thank you so much for your support of Layla - we really value our repeat guests! We also appreciate your insights on the menu, particularly the salmon dish. We are continually re-evaluating the menu to ensure that each dish is flavorful, exciting, nourishing, beautifully presented and fairly priced. Reviews such as yours are incredibly helpful in weighing these criteria. We hope you'll join us again at Layla, or The Bar which has a simple and delicious menu. Best, Liddy
Layla's is really a beautiful venue, with the most amazing outdoor patio, a farmhouse feel restaurant and an amazing lounge. What a find! The food is amazing, although I personally would like to see more choices on the menu, and added specials.
Dear Summer, Many thanks for dining at Layla, and for taking a moment to share this kind review! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed the outdoor patio, ambiance and food! We do change-up the menu seasonally, and often offer daily specials. We are also all-ears on guest feedback on the menu, and continue to evolve it to cater to our valued guests, especially our locals! We hope to have you back soon. Cheers, Liddy
The best overall experience in Sonoma. From drinks, too dinning, to the exceptional service, and ambiance, Layla blew our minds. Thank you for giving us locals a place to be proud of! I will be recommending Layla to all of my customers searching for a dinning experience.
Dear Katherine, Your glowing 5-star put a smile on our faces. It's really wonderful to hear that you had such a great experience from drinks to dining to service. The opening of Layla has been a labor of love, and a continuing process to refine, hone and evolve. It really makes it all worth it when locals such as yourself share such lovely feedback and support. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Cheers, Liddy
The service was off. Missed our appetizer order. Food came out cold. There didn’t seem to be any one in charge. The waiter didn’t charge us for appetizer and one order. Really want this place to work.
Greetings, Thank you for dining at Layla, and for taking a moment to share this feedback. We are laser-focused on perfecting our service so each and every experience exceeds expectations. We take your points to heart, and appreciate your support. We hope to welcome you back in the near future, as our business is built around locals like you! Best, Liddy
One of the worst dining experiences. Waiter Chris was upset that we sent back a steak that was ordered medium and arrived well done. From that point on he never returned to our table and directly in our view he continued to order the sub staff to bring our food and clear our table. When we brought this up to the manager he did comp our steak and gave us a free dessert however with no waiter we were left with 4 desserts we didn’t order and no coffee or drinks. We had to ask bus boy to get our check so accordingly we tipped only the sub staff. Oh by the way the food was also mediocre at best. Totally forgettable. All hype and failed to deliver on every account although the sub staff and valets were quite charming
Dear Chris, Thank you for sharing your candid feedback on your recent meal, albeit tough of course for us to hear your experience was sub par. We truly value guest feedback -- the good, the bad and the ugly -- as we continue to hone our offering. We take yours to heart, and will share it with the team. Please let us know if we have the opportunity to welcome you back, as we'd like the chance to deliver a stellar experience. Thanks again, Liddy
Birthday celebration- service was very minimal and pushy- not welcoming or informative of the menu
The food, drinks and service were all exceptional! The restaurant is beautiful without being uncomfortable. The crudo was delicious and fresh. The Brussels were sweet and mild. The doughnuts were panacea for a weary world.
Greetings, Many thanks for your enthusiastic 5-star review. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the food, drinks and service including the doughnuts, which are always a favorite! Your eloquent description needs to be framed in our kitchen - if only every dish was a "panacea for a weary world." You've set the stakes high, challenge accepted! All the best, Liddy
We live locally in Sonoma and love the ambiance of the restaurant. The food does not match up to the price point. We tend to prefer very “clean” food options and most of the options on the menu are heavier in nature. Love to sit outside to dine... wish the food was different.
Hi ChandraH, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Lovely to hear that you you enjoy the ambiance, especially the outdoor seating. We update our menus seasonally, and we continue to add vegan and vegetarian items by popular demand. Also, our Spring and Summer menus are especially light and fresh, as we highlight melon, tomatoes and the bounty of local seasonal produce. Hopefully a reason to return! Thanks again for your support of Layla, and your great feedback. Cheers, Liddy
Birthday lunch with family - perfect and exquisite menu items for all.
Nice elegant location for a business breakfast. Quiet and private.
Service was first rate and they allowed us to order things which were not on the menu.
Greetings, Thanks so much for visiting Layla, and for taking a moment to share this review. We're glad that you enjoyed the quiet, private location and were well taken care of by our staff. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future! Cheers, Liddy
Excellent from start to finish. Service was impeccable. Wine list was comprehensive with a mix of local and international. The octopus was wonderful, could have had another two or three orders. The valet literally ran to get our car as we were leaving. Will go back when we are back in town.
Dear sit9001, Thank you so much for taking the time to share such a glowing review of Layla at MacArthur Place! We're thrilled that you enjoyed the food, service and our swift and sweet valet team. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to Sonoma! Cheers, Liddy
Have eaten here half a dozen times and the food is consistently excellent. The service is a bit spotty, but improving. They were clearly understaffed on my last visit, but the wonderful sommelier stepped in and saved the day. The big problem, which is endemic to restaurants in Sonoma recently, is that they cater to many large parties (8+) who are obnoxiously loud. We actually had to move out of the bar to the hallway for pre-dinner drinks because the shrieking was practically making my eardrums bleed. The dining room was only moderately better. Suggestion: why don't restaurants seat large parties in private rooms or at least as far away from the center of the room as possible? Also, all those hard surfaces may look great, but surely there are design solutions that could mitigate the acoustic nightmare caused by these thoughtless large parties?
Dear RRRBBM, Many thanks for your continued support of Layla. We value patronage from Sonoma locals and are committed to addressing your feedback to ensure we offer an experience worth coming back to, again and again. For parties of 8+ in Layla, we seat them in our semi-private Club Room our outside when possible. We have less control in the Bar as seating is first-come, first-served but your suggestion to offer secluded seating to large groups is a good one. Thanks again for the input! Liddy
We ordered the special sea bass for 2 and got 2 servings of about 3-4 oz of fish with a side of a handful of lettuce for $72. The steamed fish was overpowered with Oregano, and otherwise bland. The plate needed a grain or starch. Thank goodness for the Chimichurri. Not worth it. We were never served bread and it was very loud with lots of big groups and kids. Will go somewhere else next time.
Greetings, Thank you so much for visiting Layla, and for taking the time to share your feedback. We're disappointed to hear that your experience was neither satisfying nor relaxing. I'll share your comments on the portions and accompaniments with our chef, as well as with our servers to ensure they set expectations about each dish, and offer sides (and bread!) if so desired. We want our guests happy, satiated and relaxed and will take your feedback to heart. Best, Liddy
lovely restaurant in a beautiful hotel property in Sonoma, away from the touristy square and all the traffic...
Hi Helen, Thanks for the lovely review! Glad that you found us tucked away in our garden oasis, just minutes from Sonoma Square but leagues away from the bustle. We hope to welcome you back soon! Cheers, Liddy
Absolutely delicious in every way. Beautiful peaceful ambiance. Food was Devine. Could not stop making ummmm yyuuummm uummm noises about my avocado toast. I know. Boring toast was crazy delicious. Paired with the spicy watermelon margarita. Perfect tasty treat for a perfect NorCal Indian summer. Our adorable waitress, Ryan, was probably the most polite and wonderfully professional waitress I've experienced... ok, this month, I frequent many restaurants and have many favorites and many many I despise!
If you play your cards right, you can sneak out to the pool for a respite sesh after yummy lunch and enjoy a cocktail or two delivered by the sugariest young Cruz. Filled with smiles and joy and everything post summer. Surprise joy in Sonoma!
Greetings! Thank you so much for visiting Layla, and for taking the time to share such a glowing review! We're thrilled to hear that you had such a lovely experience that ran the gamut from tasty avocado toast (my personal favorite!) to the spicy-and-sweet Jalisco Heat margarita to some delicious, Indian Summer pooltime. Sounds like a perfect day -- thanks for choosing to spend it with us, We hope you'll be back soon. Cheers, Liddy
We enjoyed our dining experience. (We lunched at Layla.) . Food was creative, very tasty and beautifully presented. We will definitely go back, next time for dinner.
Dear Sue, Thank you for dining at Layla, and for taking the time to share such a nice review. It's music to our ears that you found the food creative, tasty and beautifully presented! If there's anything we could have done to improve the service, we'd love to hear -- feel free to DM us any time. And, we hope to welcome you back soon for dinner! Cheers, Liddy
Thank you, Paul, for the review. Great to hear you enjoyed the newly-remodeled space!
Beautiful patio and quiet enough to have a conversation. Service was very slow, and we sat there for at least 15 minutes before our drink order was taken. We had to request bread several times, but it never arrived. That said, the wait person was very sweet and polite.
I enjoyed the Cobb salad and it was a generous serving and another diner liked the lobster roll. We appreciated the free desert in honor of our friends birthday.
We will go again because the ambiance is wonderful!
Dear NancyG, Many thanks for visiting Layla for your friend's birthday, and for taking a moment to share feedback on your experience! We're happy to hear that your group enjoyed the Cobb salad, lobster roll (a personal favorite!), as well as the outdoor ambiance on the patio. We appreciate your feedback and understanding on the timing of your meal, as we are committed to improving the timeliness of service. We hope to welcome you back again soon. All the best, Liddy
Food was ok, service was mediocre. Waited 30 minutes after our reservation time for a patio table, only to find the outside area majority empty. What were we waiting for? The other tables remained empty until midway through our meal, so they could have easily seated us earlier and shuffled the reservation placement. Server had no charm or personality, and was just going through the motions. Courses took forever to be served, and the restaurant wasn’t full. On top of that, my medium-rare steak was medium at best. Had high hopes for this place but it fell flat.
Food was very good. Timing was way off after finishing appetizers it took 20 minutes till we got our main course. Like most new restaurants the kinks need to be worked out.
Hi, John. Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback, and for your support and understanding as we continue to perfect the guest experience at Layla. Timely and seamless service is our main focus in our continued staff training, so we hope you'll return in the near future. Cheers, Liddy
Special kudos to Lindsay at the front desk and our waitress - both especially courteous and accommodating. Blown away by the decor - especially the long horn steer on the red sofa in the bar and all of the sliding doors. Great job! Would return in a heartbeat.
Dear Marcia, Many thanks for taking the time to share your feedback, and for the kudos which we will be happy to share with the team! We very much look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best, Liddy
Had a really nice time here during lunch with my family for my birthday. It was smaller than how it looked in the pictures but still an adorable place. Food was good. Servers were extremely nice and accommodating.
Hello, Rosa. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your birthday lunch! Thanks for choosing to spend it at Layla. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Cheers, Liddy
Beautiful setting,creative menu and wonderful employees.
Hi Christine, Thanks for dining at Layla, and sharing such great feedback. It's lovely to hear you enjoyed the setting and menu offering and were well taken care of by our team. We look forward to having you back soon! Cheers, Liddy