Leila by the Bay

4.4
199 reviews
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$30 and under
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Café
Leila by the Bay restaurant serves fresh California Cuisine with a Mediterranean style with almost everything is made from scratch.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Café, Californian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Fri–Sun 9:00 am–11:30 pm
Brunch
Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Thu 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 3:30 pm–6:30 pm
Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–6:30 pm
Dinner
Daily 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(510) 741-5580
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 199 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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L
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
10 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 9, 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
61 reviews
Dined on December 2, 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
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 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 26, 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 18, 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 14, 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 10, 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
43 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 14, 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 14, 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 7, 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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CZ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Girls night out. My neighbor picked Lelia’s by the Bay. I have been here before but my neighbor had not. We both ordered the chicken Marsala. Wonderful. Generous food. Creamy mashed potatoes. 2 half chicken breast’s. REAL mushrooms in big chunks. Grilled zucchini. The waiter said our night was not busy but i know it can get very busy especially around holidays. Reservations are always a good idea. And do easy using Open Table. Enjoy!

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AW
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I rediscovered fish and chips at Leila’s after not eating it for years. We just moved into the area and it one of favorite restaurants now. The only thing I do t care for is 2 TV sets always seeming to be in. I find background tv noise and lights to be annoying and not conducive to relaxation and peace.

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PR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

It was very noisy; we were three people and you had to yell to be heard. Not enjoyable at all. I had Eggs Benedict and the egg was hard not runny at all and the first cup of coffee received was not hot.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my favorite "Bay Area" Brunch spot! Mo and the staff are great and they cater to their regular costumers very well! It is not about the popularity, it is about providing an outstanding service to their loyal costumers. Now that I've moved away...my visits back to the "Bay" area will include a stop at Laila's for brunch.

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R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Causal neighborhood resturant with outdoor seating and water views. A nice selection of food to choose from and friendly service.

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HD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in a special diet, and they were very accommodating! Our waiter was busy, but patient with us and answered all questions and made recommendations. Our friend ordered the wrong drink and when they brought it, he realized it and they happily exchanged it for the one he wanted!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

I went there

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely, thanks

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CR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yum, fun, good times, beautiful neighborhood, great service

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LS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely table on patio with views of Bay. No one rushed us. Had good brunch, nice selection of food.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Usually this restaurant has very good food, however I had their salmon pasta special and it was only fair. The salmon was frozen, had little taste and was drowning in pasta sauce that wasn't much different than what one can buy in a jar at the supermarket. The service and ambience is excellent. I still recommend this restaurant highly, and believe the dinner was not representative of the usual quality.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and the service were great.
Like many reviewers have noted, where Leila’s falls short is cleanliness. The restroom(s) cleanliness leaves a lot to be desired. In fairness, it would be great if adults carried themselves accordingly when using restaurant facilities. Sadly, that it not the reality in which we live. Consequently, Leila’s needs to do a better job of checking on their restrooms cleanliness throughout the day.
Lastly, parking is of a premium. The restaurant has a very small parking lot. Therefore, more than likely, the majority of patrons will be forced to look for street parking. Depending on where one parks, there’s a possible slight incline to reach the restaurant or when returning to your vehicle. If you’re dining with elderly or physically impaired people, you may want to drop them off or retrieve them in front of the restaurant.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The outside seating area was great. Nice views of the water

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food, nice servers but they are a bit under staffed. Maybe a good hostess/ busser to help during peak hours. We'll always come back because we love Leila's!

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JS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went over & above to give my granddaughter a lovely 15th year birthday lunch. Food was great, prices reasonable, & service excellent. Views of the Bay made our dining experience even more enjoyable.

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MJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Gorgeous San Pablo Bay views. Glassed in patio made it nice to dine outside even though it was a bit windy. The food and drinks were super, and the service was terrific. Went with my husband and we both decided we'd come back again.

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KM
Singapore
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was fair. The main problem was the service. Servers were slow in taking our orders and unusually slow in bringing out the food. Not only that, but they brought the food for some but not others. I was the first to receive my meal, but felt uncomfortable eating until the others had received theirs. Fortunately, I had ordered a cold dish. Also, the noise level is pretty high. This didn't bother me but did annoy people in our party. This was my second visit to Leila's; I probably won't go back again anytime soon.

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w
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I would recommend Leila By the Bay even though we had a somewhat bad experience. To be fair they were down a chef and the waiter was overworked or they were short handed. I'm hoping this situation will be corrected as the food was very good. I will try this restaurant again. I think it deserves a second chance.

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BB
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant has gone downhill. We had reservations and they could not seem to seat us even though the place was at 50% capacity.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night on outside patio. Views good. Salmon on risotto with papaya salsa delightful!

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