Layla

4.6
119 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.

Experiences

  • Layla Miami Spice Dinner

    $42.00 per person

    Aug 17 - Sep 30, 2021

    Enjoy Layla's Miami Spice 3-course Menu First Course (Choose One) MEZZE, FALAFEL or MUSHROOM MEDLEY Second Course (Choose One) BAHARAT, GRILLED CAULIFLOWER, SHAWARMA GRILLED CHICKEN or BRAISED LAMB Third Course (Choose One) BAKLAVA or DATE BREAD PUDDING **No Substitutions Available

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
What 119 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Anniversary

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jimm
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
36 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
72 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
68 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration!!!

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NicoleS
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very cozy, nice ambiance. They have a very extensive selection of Mediterranean dishes. The food is delicious. A lot of vegetarian options as well. Our server was very nice and attentive. The only bad note is that one of my friends wanted to pay cash but we were informed that the restaurant doesn't accept cash.
We were very disappointed about this. She had to use her CC when she was not planning to do so. I hope they will reconsider their payment options and allow cash payments in the future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Iove this place ! Food was amazing! Katie was outstanding! Best service ever !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful restaurant! We could not get over the ambience and the whole vibe. The food was amazing, the service was phenomenal! Loved the experience, I already recommended this place to some friends!

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vipSuperpicky
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little hidden gem and you can have a nightcap at their rooftop!

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vipIlzeT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I loved everything about this place. we dined in the garden, at a high-top table overlooking the canal, which reminded both of us of the "Jungle Cruise" ride at Walt Disney World -- in a good way! The decor is beautiful, the food absolutely delicious, and some of the best, attentive, knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, and utterly perfect service we have ever had! We both LOVED our waitress, Felecia, a remarkable young woman who knew everything there was to know about the menu and did a beautiful job balancing chatting with us (we kept engaging her in conversation because she was so lovely) and allowing us to have our privacy. The pace of the service was perfect -- another hard balance to strike, bringing the courses out promptly without making the guests feel rushed. Do yourself a favor and check out the garden of this gem for a truly wonderful experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! The food, ambiance, decor, and service was absolutely perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here for dinner to celebrate my birthday week! The chef is incredibly creative. We had a mix of small plates, the branzino (which was incredible), and a show stopping dessert of avo chocolate mousse, baklava and tea. The ambiance is gorgeous, very sensual. And the lobby with the bar is a perfect intimate setting to hang out. We loved it!

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LucianaB
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

None of the staff were wearing masks and the manager explained they were all vaccinated. However, we all know now that even if you are vaccinated you can transmit the virus... Not only that but they are standing and talking to us sitting down which most likely are throwing the airy saliva droplets on us... and definitely not with social distance... very uncomfortable, even though we were all vaccinated. I have family that died after vaccinated with AstraZeneca... It doesn't matter, we should ALL continue to be careful especially in public places.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food was awesome, waitress was not very knowledgeable on the menu items but other wait staff was very friendly! From the indoor dining room to the outdoor seating area, the decor was gorgeous! Would come back and try their rooftop.

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Mimi
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience! The food was great. Great service !!!

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lisamarie
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely perfect. Best falafel ever! Very light and tasty. Lamb, chicken, octopus all perfectly prepared. Amazing flavors in the roasted cauliflower. The service was polite and professional. Really enhanced the meal. Our entire family enjoyed the meal.

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vipKimberlyB
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

While the appetizers and cocktails were great, our server Victoria was wonderful but the trainee ruined our dining experience. My husband and I were on our “date night” and a trainee named Tom would not leave us alone. He stood by our table and spoke much of our dinner. We decided to leave to order entrees somewhere else so we could enjoy each others company. Whoever this guy is, you need to get rid of him ASAP. He was taking pictures with guests, writing everyone’s names down and telling us his life story. Had to scan through Instagram photos of he and his girlfriend and hear about his new investment opportunity. It was awful…. Won’t be back for fear or having another fine meal ruined

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DivyaG
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the fish was amazing! Highly recommend their margaritas too

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JonathanR
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at Layla! Service was outstanding and the food was even better. Highly recommend Layla if you are in the South Beach area.

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TimM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! One of a kind layout with great food. Definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ordered hangar steak for $48 medium rare, it came well done. Thought it was odd that they would send it out at the incorrect temperature since it was pre-sliced for the table. Time did not permit us to ask for it to be remade. Otherwise, food was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Average . Littlest portions and big price

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vipAntonioD
Western NC
27 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little spot for high quality Med food. Layla had a great ambiance and you don’t need to deal with the traffic on the beach, highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
London
11 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Main courses were amazing - beautiful plating skills and flavorful meat and vegetables. We ordered the date cake for dessert and unfortunately that was a let down.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience here. Great cocktails and food.

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Neca1
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Intimist ambiance, a little Oasis in South Beach. Beautiful presentation and flavorful meal (we went for brunch) this time. Have been there several times for dinner. This time there was a slight misunderstanding with pricing and gratuity, typical in South Beach, which the management promptly fixed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a really cool ambiance

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LaurenceP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great evening! Food and wine were delicious. Babaganoush, roasted cauliflower and shawarma chicken were my favorites especially with a delicious Mourvèdre. Our waitress was super nice and helpful. Loved the decor and overall ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing evening! The restaurant is in the Kayak Miami Hotel, we were lucky that even though it was a rainy night we were able to get a table at the secluded beautiful terrace alongside the canal. It’s very charming, I loved the decor, the lighting, wonderful atmosphere. The food was delicious! The appetizers were very tasty, the hummus is garnished with some baked/fried garbanzo beans that were delicious. The flaming saganaki was amazing too, the falafels are seved on a tomato/pimiento base that were so yummy. The Hanout hanger steak cooked to perfection (medium rare), the braised lamb amazing too. I usually have cocktails, but we chose to have wine, they have a good selection. For dessert the bakalava was a hit too. I will go back to try the chocolate mousse and other dishes. The service was superb, Jorge was our server and he made our night extra special! I will definitely will go back. 20% gratuity is included and they only take credit cards.



ayak Miami Beach hotel. The best part of this place is the outdoor seating, which is a secluded little patio alongside a narrow canal. It’s quite charming, and a great place to have a few drinks and some mezze like hummus or labneh with pita bread. But that’s about as good as this place gets - the overpriced entrees aren’t worth your time. The falafel is $16, and it comes with just three falafels that have an unpleasantly dry, crumbly texture. The $28 shawarma grilled chicken is fine - but it’s just a plate of chopped up, under-seasoned chicken and nothing else. If you go deep into the menu, it’ll be hard to leave this place satisfied. But as long as you stick to mezze, salad, and cocktails, Layla is pretty enough to justify making a reservation.




It was very well prepared. We had a great experience with our waiter Mike who went above and beyond to explain the different greek wines. We really enjoyed the choices we made and can’t wait to come back for more.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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Nadia
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Portion are extremely small, and pricey. Cocktails are also very pricey. Food was good but nothing mind blowing to justify the prices. Place is beautiful and the service was outstanding.

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Brooke
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Layla was beautiful and delicious! Can’t wait to go back and enjoy the outdoor area and rooftop bar!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food. A true gem and wonderful addition to Miami Beach.

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EPN305
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is really nice especially if you get an outdoor table. The food is very tasty and prices are reasonable. Many vegan options. We will definitely go back and bring friends.

FAQs

Layla is rated 4.6 stars by 119 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.