Layla

4.5
149 Reviews
$31 to $50
Middle Eastern
A refreshingly inviting, communal and upbeat restaurant, bar and rooftop terrace, set on the serene Collins Canal. Features seasonally simple veg-forward modern middle-eastern cuisine with influences from Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey. A casually elegant vibe inspired by the love story of Layla and Majnun—the Middle Eastern Romeo and Juliet. Located in the brand new KAYAK Miami Beach hotel.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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What 149 people are saying
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vipJosephC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location, beautiful space and great cuisine!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was not that great and it was just one waiter taking the orders and bringing the food and check for all the tables. It was very slow and frustrating. We won’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambiance were great! Sat on the back patio and loved the garden vibes out there. Service was excellent and the food was delicious! Highly recommend !

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johnny
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was for the most part good and Staff was friendly but the over all experience was dismal.

Not sure if the waitress didn't know how to course the meals and fire them off in a specific order or the kitchen is just that bad. Either way you can't charge 20% gratuity if you're not going to provide above average service.

Chicken and waffles came out before the Meze? made no sense.

The espresso martinis looked like muddy water with dirt. (coffee grinds)

Being a previous mixologist in fine dining establishment I was shocked that the drink got passed the head bartender, manager, and anyone else that saw that drink before it touched the table.

After reading some previous reviews it looks like you have not fixed the problem. Hopefully this review will get you back on track.

You guys have a great concept but need to work communication between floor and kitchen and provide a top notch experience before slapping on 20% on the bill.

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Rafas
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I feel in love with the restaurant. The vibe, the food and the service were outstanding. Will definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and cocktails, ambiance is great and perfect for an enjoyable dinner. Service was impeccable, friendly and hardworking staff make it a great experience. Really enjoyed Layla!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I ve been

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vipJckM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful ambience!

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vipCoCoM
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The place is sexy and sophisticated yet relaxed. Love it. Everyone is friendly, food and ambience were wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch with my friends! Nice ambient, food was delicious! Well recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really surprised by this place! Beautiful ambience and great food!
Thank you!

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BiljanaD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing dining experience. The venue is beyond beautiful and the food is outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always tasty and well prepared. I wish the menu was more extensive. The portions vs. the price are very small.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super lovely. The entire staff is amazing and well put together. Love the whole ambiance this place gave on a Thursday night and was pretty next to the river. Didn’t experience a problem with bugs at all which was amazing! The braised lamb was a great along with our cocktails!

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JuanN
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Love the food and the ambience. Service was a a bit slow but still great. My only negative is the drinks, I had two drinks. The two feathers and the sangria. It was too strong and the taste was bad. Had to leave it and it cost me $16.

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vipviviL
West Palm Beach
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not satisfied with this restaurant experience! I want to ask for nice seating section to take some nice pictures for social media and got rejected because is for larger group which I understand, but there is not that many people in restaurants and it’s pretty slow at that time. Also, food portions are small and pretty pricey for that small portion of food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible food, service, and prices. Our dinner came on top of our appetizers with nothing tasting well, not even the most basic salad. In addition, the smoke from the fire lit cheese dish that other tables ordered was floating over to our table and became nauseating. Save your time and money.

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vipJuliaM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Layla for lunch, Sunday brunch and dinner several times, and the experience never disappoints! The staff is attentive, genuine and helpful. Our server Jonas was amazing! We each had a couple glasses of the Cabernet Sauvignon as we sat on the terrace because it was so lovely out. We shared the fattoush salad (recommended by Jonas), grilled octopus and cauliflower. All delicious, filling, fresh and not too heavy (which can be a downfall for Mediterranean food sometimes). As my friend remarked, “You can tell it’s all made with love”. The crowd and ambiance were gorgeous as always. After dinner we went up to rooftop for a fabulous Poetry Night event - there’s nothing like it in South Beach! And they do it every month.

Layla
Responded on November 3, 2021

Thank you so much for dining with us at Layla. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience. We really appreciate the positive review and can't wait to see you in our dining room soon. Will definitely let Jonas know to keep up the good work! Our Poetry night is every third Thursday of the month we hope to see you there next time. Sincerely, Lauren Perez, Guest Relations, Layla Miami Beach

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Honestly the location is beautiful but the food was so incredibly bland for having so many spices.

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vipAnaliaB
75 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!!!!

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alejandramiami
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The restaurant and ambiance are cute. came here for date night and it was a good choice for that type of scenario its quiet and romantic. pros and cons!

1- the service was great. everyone is super nice and attentive. the staff really were so amazing. i would say they make this place.
2- the food was yummy! every dish we ordered was tasty.

There were a couple of things that turned me off:

1- every single dish we ordered came out in the first 15 minutes of us being there. We didnt even have our cocktails yet. and i hate when EVERYTHING comes out at once. i mean they clearly didnt even cook the chicken there wasnt enough time so i guess it was pre made. i personally cant stand this type of situation. it needs to be timed better/slower. it makes you feel like they want you to leave asap.

2- the prices are outrageous for what this place is. its a small little cozy restaurant. nothign fancy. We each had 2 drinks and about 4 items from the menu we had salad, chicken, octupus and muhammara and paid $230. for the same price, you can go to a fancy restaurant like Carbone. i dont think this place should be priced the same as a super fancy place.

for these 2 reasons, i wouldnt come back nor would i recommend.

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MarkO
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Discovered this Miami Beach gem on a referral from a friend. Service was timely and quick; food was delicious and well prepared. Cocktails were cleverly presented. Outside area is lovely (by waterway) but bring your mosquito spray! Inside floors covered with Turkish rugs. Decor is upscale and understated. Prices were in line with other Miami restaurants and food was plentiful for the dollar spent.

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vipShellyA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food was pretty good but the portions were waaay too small for those prices.

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Laney
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of this world experience. Everything was excellent. Beautifully designed. Seating is spaced very well for private conversation. Music is ambient. Hard to chose what not to get on a varied menu. The food was outstanding. Servers were friendly and efficient. Highly recommended Layla

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love middleastern food so this was delish. Outdoor area is exquisite. Highly recommend

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vipAndreaM
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was spot on- food, decor, service and vibe. Music was a little loud inside but once mentioned it was addressed and speakers shifted. DJ was great as well. Been for dinner and brunch and both outstanding fresh food

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vipReginaA
Miami
166 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dining here for our first time was most enjoyable. My husband and our couple friends liked the interiors and the corner round table I requested. Our waiter, Jonas, was very attentive and gave us good recommendations. We all decide to try their Miami Spice dinner menu since it was the last night it was offered. The cocktails and wine we ordered was welcoming. The Babagnoush, mushroom medley & tabouleh salad as our starters were all well seasoned. The main entrees grilled chicken & lamb was also generously portioned, tender and flavorful. For dessert we had the baklava and date nut pudding, both rather too sweet and generously portioned as well. Overall we really liked Layla and plan to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good and the service was very good also.

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Fran
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great restaurant, food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Anniversary

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jimm
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was great the drinks not so much. I don’t think the bartender knew how to make a drink.

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vipvane07
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The venue is very nice and the food was good!

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vipTontay
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We returned for the first time since opening week (which was an excellent experience) and were a bit disappointed. It did not live up to the original experience unfortunately. I don’t think we will be returning. Last night’s dinner was mediocre at best. Hopefully this former gem returns to its original standards.

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sab1301
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was not prepared for how good the food was going to be. They were traditional dishes like falafel & lamb but the things that accompanied it and blended the flavors were amazing. The dipping tahini sauce was so good and spicy. The lamb was the best lamb I have ever had so tender it was falling apart with that tart from the sauce and feta. It was food I dream about later.

The ambiance and the staff is really nice as well.

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vipMichaels
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food and drinks are delicious and the setting was very nice. Not typical South Beach. Worth it!

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vipKimmy1
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very pretty setting both inside and outside by the canal. Very good drinks. The flaming saganaki was so good we ordered 2.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Lamb is to die for.

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vipAnaliaB
75 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food
Excellent service
Excellent ambience
I Love this place

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William
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is exceptional, the entire menu is amazing. Enjoyed every bite. Cocktails are delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
72 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration!!!

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Layla is rated 4.5 stars by 149 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.