Leila by the Bay

4.4
243 reviews
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Californian
Leila by the Bay restaurant serves fresh California Cuisine with a Mediterranean style with almost everything is made from scratch.
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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought out of town visitors. It was a rainy day and even so, the view was still lovely. Nice location, ample parking, nice ambiance. We came on a Saturday and there was no wait (we had a reservation for 4p). The place filled up pretty quickly. We started off with the Happy Hour menu - ordered calamari and buffalo wings for starters to share - very tasty. A couple of us ordered the short ribs/mashed potatoes and the third ordered chicken marsala. Very delicious and the servings were huge - we all were stuffed at the end and got a to-go box, absolutely no room for dessert! There were moments when conversations got a little loud and we couldn’t hear each other well; but that just means you talk a little louder and be prepared to repeat yourself a few times, lol. A great first time visit! I’ve always wanted to go there and I will definitely be back again! My guests loved it!

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TO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good as usual. Reservations were easy to make. Your location is good as we live in the area.

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JF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Great food! Chicken Marsala was delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day celebration

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T
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great service and even better food! The service here is always outstanding and accommodating!

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DA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Breakfast was yummy but the only issue was the food for our table (6 of us) was not delivered together.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We arrived just before the kitchen closed so felt a bit rushed. Some confusion with Open Table over when the lady seating was. Service was good but again felt rushed to leave the table so they could close. I’d go again.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. I recommend to anyone who is looking for awesome service and yummy food.

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E
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a delicious gazpacho and my friend had the seafood linguini. Both were delicious. The food and service were exemplary. It’s always special to be greeted by Mo and Nancy and all the staff. Their smiles, the view, the excellent food, and good wine make this the best place in the Bay Area.

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L
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Not what we expected from the online photos. The food was good and the service attentive. Atmosphere is very casual.

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I go here often, mostly when friends come into town. Perfect setting to show off where we live and how wonderful the bay area is. Add in great service and wonderful service, makes Leila's a no brainier.

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FS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place looks like it was a house turned into a restaurant. The interior is small but quaint, and there is a small patio deck to eat outdoors. I recommend making reservations, otherwise there is a wait. This place can accommodate a party of 8. We came here for brunch, and they have all the basics - pancakes, French toast, omelettes, eggs benedict, etc., and everything was really good. It's a great place to go if you live in the general area, but it's not a place to go out of your way for, which is why I give it 4 stars overall.

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T
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful little place-great views of the bay! It was a pretty nite-little chilly but sat on the deck and were very comfy. They have a good happy hour and a menu with lots of options. We had fried calamari for appetizer and pastas. Very happy with the place and will be back

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ML
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great-the food, be sure to have enough food so that you don’t run out.
I was looking forward to my lamb burger, when our server announced to me that you had sold out-
My margarita was too sweet and strong, I know it was from your cocktail hour menu, but it shouldn’t be different from your regular menu- the beer was swerved warm, it be cold-if not the beer being cold, the glass should be cold-

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KS
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was wonderful except the restaurant was very noise and the women's bathroom toilet was not working on Easter.

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CF
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I'm not sure I would recommend after how my friends and I were treated. We got why we were asked to go around back to enter the restaurant. We had a small dog with us. However when we got to the back, we were greeted with stares from the host. She watched us stand for awhile and finally told us we couldn't be in the back. I had to explain that another staff told us to come to the back. She wasn't very friendly during our entire encounter. I'm willing to give them another try bc of the scenery but I won't recommend to a friend until they redeem their customer service.

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MK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Celebrating the first beautiful Friday after a series of rainy weekends. We wanted outdoor dining with a sunset view and Leila’s didn’t disappoint. We had the mussels appetizer, spicy and delicious and the blackened salmon and chicken Marsala for the entrees. Both were good and big enough portions that we had to go boxes to enjoy the next day. The service was excellent. It was worth the drive over the bridge. We’ll go back for sure!

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AM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!

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San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a great meal, everything prepared very well with attention to detail. Their salads are also just not to be missed. Give it a try, a tucked away little jewel.

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TG
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service, relaxed atmosphere, and overall great experience. Food is amazing as always!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Good food. Decently priced. It’s a nice place to go now that Tina’s is not open for dinner. Their Rib eye is so thin, I imagine it’s impossible to cook one med-rare and get grill marks. Shrimp and pasta was outstanding. Calamari as well. We’ll keep coming back.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I’ve been coming to this restaurant and this is the first time that I wasn’t happy with the service specially I brought my co-workers and bragging how great this place, really disappointed.

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and drinks were really good. Staff was very nice. It was difficult to hear our convesation.

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K
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
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 on March 15, 2019
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
4 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
8 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
68 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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