Leila by the Bay

4.4
220 reviews
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Leila by the Bay restaurant serves fresh California Cuisine with a Mediterranean style with almost everything is made from scratch.
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San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had viewed the restaurant on yelp. Was looking forward to ordering eggplant parm. But was told it was only available at lunchtime & I’d have to order something else. Very disappointing. Will likely not be back.

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JL
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

They have outdoor & indoor seating. I would have preferred to sit outside on this beautiful evening except my friend preferred to sit inside. Thankfully, I had a perfect view of the bay & the sunset throughout my meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and I really enjoyed it will definitely be back

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Ribeye was amazing !!!!

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ND
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good food but it is so loud at Leila’s that it is uncomfortable and difficult to visit while there. Such a shame because the food is good and reasonably priced.

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OR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local find!

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s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best creme brûlée I’ve ever had in my life! Also the mushroom risotto was perfection 🤩. The ambience and service were also impeccable.

The only downside was that on Valentine’s Day they chose to offer a special menu without prices listed which seemed a bit elitist for this area, but my date and I went with it and found our final bill to be reasonable. I just think it’s not a great idea for families that are on a budget. Not everyone can write a blank check for a meal. Overall though everything was very good!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite brunch place.

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DA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good to have a reservation or yo wait a very long time (small place). Food was good and plentiful- noise level a bit high (every table was full) - no rushing. Only complaint was coffee was on the cold side

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have great view, nice brunch menu, bottomless mimosas!

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L
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Leila's is a nice place to eat in an area where there aren't too many dining options. On a clear day you get a great view of the bay and the passing Amtrak trains. On this visit, the food was just okay and the service was a bit below the bar- I had to ask twice for virtually anything...like a straw. It won't stop me from going back, especially for breakfast on the weekends. I had one of the best pasta dishes from the daily specials once and am always hoping to order another.

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B
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another birthday celebration at Leila’s, and as usual, everyone was delighted with their meals. Consistently delish and always a fun experience for us! Being regulars, we would love to see some additions/updates to the standard menu! (Hint, Hunt!)

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OR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local spot that has great happy hour prices!

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RF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, all four people in our party enjoyed the food and we had a couple of appetizers as well. Service was friendly and helpful with questions regarding the menu. Drinks and food were just a touch slow, but it was a Friday evening around 7pm and the restaurant was quite full, so not a big deal. It was dark outside, but there was a patio overlooking the Bay which would be nice to check out on a summer evening.

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TC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd visit. Salmon sandwich with side salad. Navarro Pinot Noir 2015...Excellent!

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E
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best! Try the shrimp appetizer and if you like spicy, have the spicy prawns with a glass of Navarro gewurztraminer!
The staff treat you like family...in a good way.

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CR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Tried after a friend raced about it. Made a reservation, showed up on time, checked in with lots of open tables - greeter didn’t seat me, walked away. When he returned, he seated the party who had come in after me - huh? Finally seated, same guy, asked if I wanted something to drink - yes, please, coffee. Close to 10 minutes later - there it was! Food was good. I’ll give it another try but service was not good and it wasn’t even busy!

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a reservation but it still took half hour to seat our party. Normally that wouldn't be a problem but 2 of us 5 people were mobility-limited. Once seated though the service was attentive and most of the meals were served reasonably quickly. Unfortunately I was driving so couldn't take advantage of the weekend bottomless Mimosas, obviously a hit with the big crowd. The parking lot though is extremely small and difficult to maneuver so plan on arriving early to find on-street parking; it's a residential area with single-side parking plus adjacent to a popular area park so even that can be tough.

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E
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time for New Years Eve at Leila’s. The rib eye steak was cooked perfectly and the salmon special with risotto was superb...even for a person who said he didn’t like risotto. The service was excellent and the Navarro bottle of wine a perfect complement.

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RD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Engagement celebration

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L
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Made reservations for this visit. First time we had no reservations and waited about 45 minutes.

Food was good. Disappointed in where we sat. Asked for a view of the water in my reservation. 2 of my party had a view. 1 had a partial view. I got a view of the wall. This is where we were sat after originally asking to be moved from a table by the door in the corner. There were several empty tables with views we could have been seated at but weren’t even though I asked.

Wait staff seemed rushed with each table. Had to keep asking for coffee. Finally was just given a small carafe I guess to stop asking for refills. Water glasses not refilled as well unless we asked.

Nice converted house to restaurant.

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a
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love to go there close to home and food is good we always get good service and the waitress are always very friendly and helpful. You can't beat the view, whenever I have out of town guest visiting, I always bring them here.

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KE
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We visit Leila by the bay a few times a year. Food is always good. Easy to make reservations, great got larger parties or a couples night out.

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great dinner menu and so is the lunch. We always enjoy meals here

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E
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the BEST!
The staff is great and the food is consistently delicious!

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JI
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Sunday night didn’t have much staffing so we didn’t receive attention unless we specifically asked. Food was ok, not exciting. Noise was so loud we had to shout and still couldn’t hear each other.

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WD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The menu special for the night was excellent. Always love the views. Overall a warm and inviting restaurant.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once our reservations were changed to what we originally requested, and aside from the sticky menu, the service was great.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Quality seems to vary here, service person very hospitable- but slow, value for price unequal- alcohol, 2 mixed drinks, over $25 seems high

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TW
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place for a small family dinner. Everyone enjoyed their dinners.... the chicken Marsala was delicious! The waitress was just attentive enough and our desserts were yummy.

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was very good except for the fact that the waiter informed us that there were no coins in the register and he would not be able to give the change. My friend complained and the waiter rounded it up so he could get his 51 cents back.
It was a day when the air quality was bad all over the bay area and the patio was closed unfortunately.

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AB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood gem. Tiffany is fabulous

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C
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The patio looked great, but we were seated inside. Very loud. Iced tea is awful, but coffee both hot and iced were very good.

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NO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Can’t go wrong with this place! This is my 4th time hanging out with co workers,high school classmates and friends visiting from different countries! 👍🏼

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B
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a family get together. Love the brunch. Nice restaurant that is near the bay with the trail to walk around.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal. The lamb and the short ribs were outstanding. The chef accommodated our request for a different side vegetable. Service was attentive and well-timed without being intrusive. highly recommend.

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w
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a very nice restaurant with a beautiful view of the bay on the Amtrak trains

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AM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy going to Leila by the Bay! The outside seating is so nice and now they have big umbrellas that can protect almost the whole patio. Book early for outside seating on a beautiful day!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great views from the patio.

A little loud on the patio but that was just some families having fun

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