Layla at MacArthur Place

4.6
653 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 653 people are saying
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SusanP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Service was unorganized and slow.

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Movingvan
Salt Lake City
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Everything is over cooked and dry.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 6 days ago

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

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

Great food and service!!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 6 days ago

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

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

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

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 13, 2021

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We waited to be acknowledged at our table for 15 minutes after we sat down. Our meals came very fast. One dish, potatoes were undercooked, prawns on my salad were undercooked and when we explained our dissatisfaction server didn’t know how to manage it. They offered us ice cream on the house, which we wouldn’t have ordered. In the end they comped our dessert.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 13, 2021

Hello, Many thanks for dining at Layla this weekend, and for taking the time to share this review. I'm sorry to hear that you weren't greeted promptly by your server, and that the server wasn't versed in how to swiftly and graciously resolve your dissatisfaction with the food preparation. We will share your feedback with our staff as a training tool to reinforce our service standards. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for a stand-out experience at Layla! Best, Liddy

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KatyB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great ambiance and service. Outdoor seating was perfect with heaters and space.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Katy, Thank you for the stellar review, and kind notes. We're thrilled that you enjoyed the outdoor setting which is so lovely at this time of year as fall starts to set in. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best, Liddy

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viploves2dine
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Ate lunch on the patio which was lovely. Food was well prepared and well presented.
Service was very polite and efficient but waiter could have been more well versed on the food preparation. She didn't seem to be able to answer questions on how the food was prepared. Maybe a little more training is in order. She was very accommodating, however.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 13, 2021

Hello! Thanks for the positive review - we're glad you enjoyed your experience at Layla! We also appreciate the helpful insights about your server's knowledge of the menu details, which we will address with her as a training opportunity. We hope to host you again in the near future. All the best, Liddy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Beautiful spot, great food, lovely ambience. I think they were a little understaffed during our visit which led to lesser service but overall good experience

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 8, 2021

Greetings, Thank you for dining at Layla, we're so glad you enjoyed the ambiance and food! We also appreciate your thoughtful note on service. We were exceptionally busy during the holiday weekend (also Bottlerock!) and did our best to maintain an excellent level of service. Thank you for your patience and understanding. All the best, Liddy

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vipAmyW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Not sure if they were having an off night, however we were told our table wasn't ready and had to sit in a different area than intended for dinner (although it appeared there were tables open in the main patio dining area). We did not have an actual server, the person who waited on us appeared to be the host or manager (not sure which one). Some tables who were sat after us got their drinks before we did and they even had menus still (while we had ordered everything at once and received nothing at this point). We got our first course before we got our drinks (which is also odd) and the two dishes my husband and I had were incredibly bland, lacked of any flavor and his food was not cooked throughly. It appeared that the staff were fairly frazzled even though it was a quiet evening and not very busy. Not sure it's worth the price, which is unfortunate because the property and aesthetic are very nice.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 13, 2021

Dear Amy, Thank you for dining at Layla, and for taking the time to bring these issues to our attention. I'm so sorry to hear that your arrival experience and the subsequent service and food quality were sub-par. This is not at all reflective of our service standards or caliber of cuisine, and we will address your notes with our staff as a training opportunity. Many thanks, again, for your insights and we hope to have the chance to welcome you back for a more seamless experience. Best, Liddy

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vipBellaTc
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food as always. Beautiful setting. Our server was lovely and super friendly.

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vipRosemaryshitake
London
31 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We ordered Black Cod and the waitress brought us Branzino and said they were the same. We sent it back.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded 6 days ago

Greetings, Thank you for dining at Layla, and for your patience and understanding with the seafood mix-up. We hope your server was able to remedy the situation quickly, and to your satisfaction. All the best, Liddy

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AlexandraJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted kindly and loved our lunch, as well as the spa treatments afterwards! For our anniversary, the spa offered complimentary champagne. Lovely! This entire place is a delight—friendly service, beautiful grounds and buildings, expert spa practitioners. We can’t wait to return!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 7, 2021

Dear Alexandra, Many thanks for choosing to celebrate your anniversary with us at MacArthur Place! We're delighted that you enjoyed a perfect day of dining al fresco followed by relaxing spa treatments. We hope to have the chance to host you again soon. Best, Liddy

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JanetK
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on September 7, 2021

Thanks for celebrating your anniversary at Layla! We're delighted that you had a lovely experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best, Liddy

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, attentive service, beautiful setting!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2021

Greetings, Many thanks for this positive and enthusiastic review! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your experience from "soup to nuts" as they say. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Best, Liddy

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vipIntoGreatDining
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Suprisingly exquisite and reasonable considering this is at one of the very top hotels in Sonoma. The servers were extremely well trained and the resulting greeting and service were such a treat. Don't get me started on the watermelon cocktail -- wow! Exceptionally refreshing and imaginative. One of the best eggs benedict I have ever had, right down to the accompanying potato tots and my husband's pancakes were superb. Good coffee too.
Really really happy about this place. We will be back. It's another reason to be happy to live in Sonoma.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2021

Dear IntoGreatDining (amazing moniker, by the way!), Thank you sincerely for sharing such a lovely and thoughtful review, including an exquisite description of the watermelon cocktail which is a current staff and locals favorite! We hope to host you again in the not-too-distant future. Cheers, Liddy

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely hotel and restaurant with great food and a nice atmosphere

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank you for the lovely review! Best, Liddy

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KristinM
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great ambience, and classy service. We loved the patatas bravas and the mushroom pappardelle. The halibut was good but lack-luster. It needed more salt and some acidity in the sauces. Would definitely come again!!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2021

Dear Kristin, What a lovely review, thank you for the kind words overall! We also appreciate your feedback on the halibut, which we'll share with our culinary team as they are working on the new Fall menu. Thanks again, and we hope to welcome you back soon! Liddy

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vipSflive
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch fresh farm to table food.
I have been to this restaurant 12 o 15 times this summer and the food has never failed to impress me as well as my friends.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2021

Dear Sflive, Your are a VIP! We appreciate our regulars so very much. Thank you, as always, for the lovely review and the ongoing support of Layla. We look forward to hosting you again soon. We're getting ready to launch our Fall menu, so there's another reason to come back! Cheers, Liddy

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DolceVita
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, ambience and service. We enjoyed it very much and will return.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2021

Dear DolceVita, A huge and heartfelt thank-you for your visit, and for the kind and supportive words. We're glad you enjoyed your meal, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon! All the best, Liddy

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank you for the stellar review! We look forward to your next visit to Layla. Cheers, Liddy

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LisaH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Third time here and food was very hit or miss, my excellent server saw that my meal was subpar and removed it from our bill. Hope the kitchen works it out and goes back to serving consistently great dishes.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2021

Dear Lisa, Thank you for your continued support of Layla. We appreciate our repeat guests! We also appreciate your thoughtful and helpful feedback on service and menu items. We read and evaluate every single review, looking for patterns and themes that may prompt menu changes, or tweaks to the preparation, serving size or pricing of a given dish. So thank you so much for the feedback and we hope to deliver a stellar meal next time. All the best, Liddy

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Zsazsa007
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brunch! Brunch! Brunch! Fabulous menu..
Begin with the cinnamon olive oil pancakes to share! Crispy on the edge and light and fluffy inside… not too sweet and a great morning starter to share. Eggs Benedict Layla style with hash brown that people fight over! The short rib hash with two eggs any style is not your everyday hash! It will make you come back just for the flavor. My daughter loved the biscuits and gravy with two eggs any style. The biscuits were so good and well she was practically licking her plate. Do not forget a specialty coffee drink like a latte or cappuccino or Chai tea latte!
If you are feeling more lunch than breakfast
You cannot go wrong with the Lobster roll or their special 1869 burger!

Add the patio and fountain and well you get the idea! Yes a true pleasure!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2021

Dear Zsazsa007, If you are not a food writer, you should be! Our mouths are watering after reading your amazing culinary descriptions. Thanks for the kind (and eloquent) words. We are so glad that you enjoyed every facet of your weekend brunch -- a new offering for us! -- and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. All the best, Liddy

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Sara
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We celebrated my birthday and I was very pleased with the place, ambience (especially outdoors)and food. It was a busy Sat night, the wait staff seemed short handed and having a hard time keeping up with the service needs. But they were apologetic and courteous. A bit overpriced on the menu and alcoholic beverages. Would definitely visit again for the food and outdoor experience.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thanks, Sara! We're delighted that you enjoyed our lush outdoor patio setting and late-summer menu. Last Saturday was certainly one of our busiest days since opening Layla in 2019, so we appreciate your patience and understanding with any slight delays in service. We hope to welcome you back in the near future. Best, Liddy

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vipErick
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Beautiful place, ok food, but terrible experience with our server. For example, me - what can you share with us about the menu (after not introducing himself, welcoming us, or telling us anything at all about the menu), him - “there’s lots of good things on the menu” and no other helpful background on any of the food. Regretful use of a rare night out for my wife and I and $300 on a bad experience and underwhelming octopus, mushroom parpadelle pasta and Ribeye steak.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2021

Hi Erick, Thank you for taking the time to share such detailed feedback. We take your comments to heart, and will use your comments as tools to retrain our staff. I'm sorry the service and food were so lackluster, and hope you will give us another opportunity to put our best foot forward. Best, Liddy

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Layla’s was just the perfect meal in terms of taste and portions. The ambiance outdoors was bordering on magical. They were really accommodating with our reservation and we were seated right away. The only thing was there were huge gaps where we didn’t see our server and the drinks and entrees took awhile to come out. I suspect they are short staffed so we understood.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2021

Greetings, Thank you kindly for the lovely feedback, and for your patience and understanding with the slight gaps in service. We are laser-focused on delivering timely and anticipatory service even on our busiest weekend days, so we hope you'll return soon for what I'm confident will be more reflective of our service standards. All the best, Liddy

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Jeni
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing. Service was slow.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank you for dining with us, Jeni! We're delighted that the food was amazing! We are of course sorry to hear that service was slow. The weekend you dined with us was particularly busy, but that should not have impacted the quality and timeliness of service. We hope you'll give us another opportunity to shine in that department. Cheers, Liddy

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was fantastic and the space is beautiful, but it was odd how we were placed tucked away in the far corner of the restaurant, away from everyone. We asked if we could be moved to a different place, but were told there were reservations coming. No one came for at least another hour, and many tables were open since we were there so early in the evening.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2021

Greetings, Thank you for dining at Layla, and for taking a moment to share this helpful feedback! I'm sorry that we weren't able to accommodate your request to switch tables. We had several reservations that canceled last-minute, which is why we were holding those tables at the outset. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience. We hope to host you again, and feel free to call ahead with any seating requests -- we will do our absolute best to accommodate. Cheers, Liddy

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vipJenna
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond delightful! Delicious, beautiful, and fantastic cocktails.
Emily our server was top notch. We will definitely come back.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2021

Dear Jenna, Thank you for dining at Layla, and for taking a moment to share such great feedback. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience, including some of our tasty seasonal cocktails and stellar service from Emily, who is an absolute gem (we are so luck to have her!). We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best, Liddy

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RinaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is lovely. The food was very good and the service was great!

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2021

Dear Rina, What a lovely note, thank you for sharing such great feedback on your recent dining experience at Layla! We look forward to hosting you again soon. Best, Liddy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as it gets for overall restaurant experience in Sonoma. Worth the trip off the Plaza.

Layla at MacArthur Place
Responded on August 31, 2021

Greetings, Thank you kindly for such positive feedback, and for venturing off the Plaza! We are just a hop, skip and a jump away but it feels like we're in another world -- a garden oasis hidden in plain sight! Thanks again, and we hope to host you again in the near future. Cheers, Liddy

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vipDanielG
Philadelphia
3 reviews