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Layla

4.0
30 reviews
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$30 and under
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Burgers
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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About

Noted as the only gourmet burger and shawarma restaurant in the city, Layla in Saint Louis, MO is a unique, fun and inspired spot to enjoy a meal. Noted as being eclectic in its décor and delicious in its dishes, it features locally sourced ingredients and a dizzying array of menu options.

Just consider that the drink menu at Layla includes craft cocktails, adult milkshakes and a great array of beer and wine. Each of these can pair nicely with the appetizers like hummus, wings, nachos, fries or falafel fries. Burgers and sandwiches include the beef and lamb combinations, vegetarian options and gourmet blends of meat, vegetables and other toppings. The shawarma is authentic and served with plenty of sides while the desserts at Layla are not to be missed and include shakes and even gourmet baklava.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Burgers, Vegetarian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(314) 553-9252
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Stephan Ledbetter
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Private party facilities
For a small rental fee, we close off our dining room for you and your friends to have a special private experience. we sit up to 30 guests in this small intimate setting.
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Private party contact
Tony Saputo: (314) 359-2293
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Tower Grove
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Parking details
Feel free to park in our adjacent lot! Also plenty of ample parking is located on Manchester or Tower Grove!
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Public transit
Bus 14 Tower Grove @ Manchester Bus 95 Kinshighway @Manchester Bus 8 Tower Grove @ Russel
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Entertainment
Spaceballs, the Party Every Thursday with Shaun Morrissey and Ryan Snowden playing the best in garage rock, soul, rock n roll, with a touch of punk starts at 9 PM. Featured Dj every Saturday at 9 PM Live Music every Saturday At 8 PM!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
3.6
ambience
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on May 10, 2015

If the service was a bit faster, this would be a knock out. Friendly staff. Great drinks, gourmet milkshakes, good burgers/fries. I got a skillet with their potatoes, house made garlic chili sauce, shawarma chicken and two over easy eggs - delicious!! Be prepared for laid back & don't be in a rush & you'll have a great meal.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2015

We really liked the food. It is very hard to find a place that my two vegtarens can find something they whant to eat ware it's just saldit or berad . where I like to eat. there was food that we all liked.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2015

My friends and I loved Layla. The food and drinks were all excellent and we especially love that they carry so much local meat and tasty craft beer!

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2015

Layla is a great go to place for a casual creative meal. The quality and variety of the food is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2015

Fantastic cocktails and the schawarma was amazing. Great spot in an eclectic neighborhood

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2015

They might have the yummiest burgers in STL. Can't wait to go back and try their shakes!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2015

i have come to Layla 4 times in the past couple months & EVERY SINGLE TIME my experience is phenomenal. to keep it short & sweet: amazing menu, fun & attentive staff (even when my family is a loud annoying bunch), great beer selection, & overall keeps me coming back. it probably is my fav place to eat & chill in STL. thank you staff!!!

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2015

I was a bit hesitant to choose a place that specialized in burgers and shawarma, but decided to take the plunge. We were not disappointed. There were four of us and two had burgers and two had shawarma and all were excellent. The shakes are great too. We had an appetizer platter and the hummus was amazing, and the wings were good. The baba ganoush was a disappointment as it was a bit bland; but that was the only disappointment on the night. We enjoyed it so much we went back the next day for brunch!

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2014

Great burgers and the vegetarian burger was delicious. They are pricey and I thought we were getting a free birthday dessert since we didn't order it but it was added to our bill.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2013

The night we went to Layla's they had a fabulous belly dancer. She engaged the diners and even invited some to learn some of the dance movements. The music was exotic, the food was tastey. My only issue was that during the meal before the entertainment the music in the restaurant was overly loud. They were very gracious to turn down the volume when we asked. A few minutes later we asked if they could lower it more and they accommodated us nicely. We would certainly go back again.

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2013

6 of us went for dinner and had a lovely evening. The service was good -- the waiter was attentive and checked on us regularly even though we were in a room separate from the one where he was stationed. The food was delightful: the falafel fresh and mildly spiced, the baba ganoush deliciously smoky. The meat lovers in the group reported that the chicken kebobs were tender and well-seasoned, as was the schwarma(sp?). For my taste there was way too much parsley in the tabbouleh -- I like more bulgur in mine -- but it was light and fresh, perfect for a hot summer evening. Lovely Lebanese music on the sound system though conversation was sometimes a challenge as it was quite loud. Overall, though, it was a fine evening and we'll be going back.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2013

Layla is getting better with time, and the restaurant, is getting nicer, as more amenities are being added. The food has always been wonderful, but now you have white table linen, and belly dancers to brighten up the place. The bar is also getting better, and though not expansive, it does have some nice wines and cocktails.
Great experience, and a "must check out" in the Grove.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2013

This was my first time at Layla's. The portions were large but well made. Great to have a parking lot next door.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2013

Each of the 5 of us ordered a different dish and we all thoroughly enjoyed our choices. The prices are very reasonable and the service (on a Thursday) was excellent. I would make a return visit.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2013

Located in the Grove, Layla is a combo of neighborhood ethnic food cafe and well-crafted stylish gem. Service was friendly and prompt. A belly dancer even appeared to add flair to the atmosphere. Most importable the improbably large two person Mezze platter of hummus,falafels, tabbouleh, baba ganoush, etc served with plentiful warm pita was enough food for four (or leftovers for the next day!). Dips and various apps were flavorful and authentic, and we left full and satisfied - all at a very reasonable price.

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3.0Dined on April 26, 2013

Ordered chicken, got cornish hen....and complained...and was offered dessert which we did not want

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3.0Dined on April 24, 2013

Excellent entrees (we tried the chicken, steak, and shrimp skewers), however the pita that came with the hummus was not what we expected as it was very thin and more like a crepe.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2013

The food at Layla is second to none. The portions are huge and prices more than fair. The Mezza Platter for Two can serve 4 for an almost complete meal and it is truly one of the best platters of food one will ever see. It is not only fresh but also contains complex blends of flavors, textures, and ingredients. My only complaint, and this is very minor, is that the platter doesn't come with serving spoons so diners are left to "double-dip". Don't miss the mint tea; order a pot and you won't be disappointed.

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1.0Dined on April 13, 2013

Very disappointing. Have eaten there several times in the past and food and service was always good. This visit was not at all what we had hoped for. The hummus, eggplant dish, and baked chicken dish were bland and servings much smaller than previous visits. One of our guests ordered a rum and tonic and he said he could barely detect any rum in the drink.
We ordered an olive salad. When it came to the table it looked different than the last time we ordered it. We asked our waitress about it and she was very defensive, sarcastic and clearly not pleased that we asked about it.
Finally, prices listed on-line were approximately 30% less than the actual prices on the menu.Wondering if the restaurant has a new manager or owner?

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2013

Great food, decent-sized portions, and great waiting staff. When we were there, there was a belly dancer show for about half an hour and she was a great addition to the atmosphere of the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on January 4, 2013

Good food with a lot of different varieties. It was not very busy at all. More people need to be going here.

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2012

The hummus and chicken shish-kebob were delicious! Service was excellent. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2012

A good place. Not a great place. I was excited to find a Lebanese restaurant here in STL. Good place. But not great. I was expecting to find interesting wines including Lebanese, but this place is definitely not wine friendly. Extremely limited list, just four reds and four whites, none of them having to do with Lebanon; also, they were out of three of the whites, so just one choice. Flavors: they were good, but not great. Not what you want going to a Lebanese restaurant. You want exotic; you want something authentic. This is a cute place, but they need to upgrade.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2012

We went with some friends to Laylas to try their Lebanese food which was quite good. We had Kibbeh and tabbouleh as appetizers. My wife and I shared an olive salad which was huge and very good. I had the lamb chops which were very nicely done. My wife had the mixed grill which was chicken beef and shrimps all of which were quite good. All the food was a little on the spicy side but was complimentary to the entrees. I had called ahead to be sure the restaurant served alcohol and they did. The list was not extensive but it was adequate. We had an Argentinian Malbec which went nicely with the meal. As an added bonus the restaurant had a belly dancer who entertained for a while. Not an expert but she put on a pretty good show.

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3.0Dined on October 25, 2012

When reviewing Layla's, it sounded like the restaurant was in an energetic area around lots of shops and other restaurants. But it's actually not - it was more secluded, maybe because it was extremely windy and raining hard that night. We were there around 7pm and were the only ones in the restaurant. Another couple came a bit later. But the food was absolutely delicious and the service was great!

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4.0Dined on October 20, 2012

Had a couple of great meals at this place, about 2 months apart, and felt that the ethnic nature of the cuisine had been well represented.
The belly dancing was a great touch!

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2012

Good food and attentive service -- it's great to have a restaurant like this in the Grove. They make some pretty tasty hummus. Our party of eight wasn't sure about the belly dancer at first, but she turned out to have a great sense of humor and made this place really memorable. The kitchen might want to have a look at its baklava recipe, though. Light and flaky on the pastry is what's called for, guys.

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3.0Dined on September 26, 2012

Layla is a nice addition to the Grove neighborhood. The food is well prepared, nicely spiced and quite tasty. So, if you enjoy middle eastern food, it is worth a try.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2012

Been here several times. The food is delicious. I love the kebabs and the falafel. So good. Definitely recommend.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2012

This is a relatively new restaurant (open abt 2mos) and, while I enjoyed visiting The Grove neighborhood, would not return to go to Layla's. We didn't order a lot of food, but what we did was hit-and-miss. Perhaps they ran out of lemons the Friday we visited? The Baba Ganoush tasted like mashed eggplant - no tahini, no garlic, and definitely no lemon. No acid/lemon on the Tabbouleh and no lemon wedges provided with the dolmades. Worse yet, the dolmades were bereft of any dill flavor ... they tasted like sticky rice wrapped in grape leaves. The lamb chops were nicely grilled (though sparce at 3 very small chops per plate) but the chicken kebab received high marks. Good enough to try once, but not to return.

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