REYLA

4.5
259 reviews
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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
A journey through the flavors of the Middle East featuring remarkable experiences with delicious ingredients, cocktails and genuine hospitality.
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TR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food outstanding
A+ been there 3 times great every time

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D
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The evening started great with perfectly executed cocktails by Dan the bartender and an order of hummus. Things deteriorated once we were seated at our table. Service was slow, sporadic, and untrained as our server knew nothing about any of the wines nor offered to bring over anyone that did. We ordered several small plates and after waiting 15 minutes between one plate and the next, we asked for the check and canceled the rest of the meal. A manager came over and tried to smooth things over but the multiple issues including one dish that was inedible, left us no choice other than to leave.

It’s unfortunate as we had been to Reyla when it first opened and several times over the past year and a half and it was great.

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JA
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is unbelievable! Each dish took my husband and I by surprise with how flavorful and delicious it was. The service was equally as good. We ended up at Reyla because our original reservation at another restaurant fell through and we're happy it did! We'll definitely be back!

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B
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We eat in Asbury Park all the time and this restaurant is exceptional for it's authenticity and incredibly flavorful tapas dishes. Try the cauliflower, brussel sprouts, ceasar salad (BUT....minus or on the side fried white anchoives); Lamb burgers were wonderful as was the perfect brioche bun and sauce. Best was the chicken kabob and salmon. Our server was really knowledgeable and was always anxious to ask how each dish was prepared and why we liked the preparation. Wines are not familiar but we had a lovely Sauvignon Blanc from Lebanon. Mostly, everything was Middle Eastern (including the wine) and we'll be back for more. Hoping the menu will expand - hope to come with more people next time so we can try more dishes. We had 6 plates and it was plenty for the 2 of us. Can't wait to come back!

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K
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great restaurant for people who like tapas, interesting food, and unusual flavors. Awesome cocktail menu too!

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K
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to Reyla several times now.Quality of food is consistent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great date night! Small plates to share and great drinks.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent. Hosting could be improved.

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DS
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent spot in Asbury Park. Fun, delicious drinks, good food all around, enjoyable space. We'll be back!

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always ! Thank you Jamie Dodge!

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LB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Spectacular meal! Bursting with flavor, each dish was beautifully served with the freshest ingredients.

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T
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic first experience at Reyla! My wife and I enjoy tapas dining from time to time so we were very happy with our selections- brussel sprouts, short rib, skirt steak, lamb burger sliders and octopus. Portion sizes and prices were perfect and the food was plated beautifully. The food tasted absolutely wonderful. We had a server, Mike, who was smart and professional enough to tell us that he was a new but would do the very best he could to take care of us. He was gracious and accommodating, not at all intimidated being “the new guy” and at the same time courteous to all his guests. That young man will do very well at Reyla in the future, so be sure to ask for him as your server.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

It was a great food and drink experience, but staff could be friendlier. I do miss the Shashuka and some other items from the original menu.

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BH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reyla is one of our favorite restaurants. Innovative and fresh food, great drinks and top notch service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service!

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B
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. The restaurant is so comfortable. All of the staff was friendly and accommodating. The food was great. Great wine list for wines that are not the common place. Can’t wait to go back.

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B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would recommend for a fun night out!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! We enjoyed sharing the small plates with friends. Each one was better than the next. Can't wait to go back. Thank you!

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NJ
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times. We really enjoy Reyla. The chef does a great job with great creative dishes. Bartenders make great creative drinks that aren't sweet. Hostess is always nice. Service is great. No complaints here and we will continue to eat there.

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OT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall Reyla was pretty good and we will return. Loved the bar, all in white with a limited selection of local booze displayed and a creative drink menu with quality ingredients; not overpriced for the quality and size of the drinks. Friendly, professional barkeeps too, seating not too cramped or stuffy. Big win.
The food is small plate style and they are small, but all fresh and yummy. We splurged and went for the family style duck confit special (3x the cost of anything on the menu) which everyone serving us said was great but wouldn't be on the menu for long. It was "all that", delicious and great presentation.
Delicious pita served as needed throughout the stay. Upscale, relaxing, open, soft lighting amd not your usual pale blue Mediteranean motif.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday Supper is awesome!

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RD
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding Eastern Med food in a lively atmosphere. Great place for sharing a variety of small plates. Interesting wine list with some cool regional choices. House made hummus and spreads are always fresh; essentially everything on the menu is fresh and delicious. Especially liked the sous vide octopus that is on menu right now. Recommended for a fun date night or group night out in AP.

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GW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to Reyla. An excellent experience. Waiter made great recommendations. Another outstanding restaurant in Asbury.

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BM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server made nice recommendations and the food and cocktail menu was perfect for sharing and trying new things

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ST
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

After reading reviews here for a while, my husband and I finally tried Reyla. We admittedly were a bit skeptical when we first arrived - the decor is stark and is, what we refer to as, hipster trendy. But once seated we began to feel more at ease. The wait staff is relaxed, helpful and attentive. We asked for recommendations and were not disappointed. My husband loved the octopus and immediately stated he would come back just for that. I had the Israeli salad and the Short rib - both very good. The salad was very refreshing and the short rib soft and spicy. We also had the brussel sprouts - again very tasty. Drinks were as unique as the food. My only complaint and disappointment is the pour on the drinks. My drink had a huge chunk of ice in it so I maybe got 5 good sips. So be sure to ask for very little ice. Overall the food is unique and flavorful.

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reyla is the best restaurant that i've been to in a long time. The food is excellent, and If I could I would eat at Reyla every single day.

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KJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and really delicious! New menu, impeccable and friendly service. Weeknight in Asbury during the off season so quiet at first but filled up as the night went on for a moderate noise level. Clean, modern and simple yet very comfortable. The menu choices were beyond interesting. Lots of vegetarian and gluten, dairy free options along with plenty of meat dishes too. The chef here worked hard to deliver such quality combinations of flavor, lots of layers but uncomplicated at the same time.
Will definitely be back. The restaurant scene in Asbury continues to impress!

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MM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been here a few times now, and it has not disappointed. Food, cocktails, and service are all great. I suggested the lamb burger, or the shakshuka.

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MC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great meal, great service, we will be back!

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DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was fresh and different. Some of the dishes could have a little more spice or flair. The service felt a little rushed. The music was way too loud as was the overall noise level. It could have been a little more relaxing but I would try it again.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, plates for sharing. Wine was ok. Servers were prompt and friendly.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing service food and drinks. Thanks for an amazing evening

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LB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent small plates and mediterranean food. Cocktails very tasty.
Hummus was exceptional and haloumi salad terrific.
A bit noisy but generally a fun night.

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JJ
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit as locals, chosen by friends visiting from NYC. Everything was divine & the transformation from Cibo e Vino is amazing! Looking forward to a return visit!

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K
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really well prepared creative Mediterranean food. Server was very helpful. Nice atmosphere. A bit noisy when busy but not bad. Been twice and a good experience both times

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L
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious tasting food! My 2nd time to Reyla's and looking forward to returning real soon.

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FS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t speak to the dinner crowds but the brunch menu is unique, tasty, Greek/middle eastern influenced, and well worth the trip. Loved the boozy smoothie. They do different signature cocktails - all very tasty and unique.

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F
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reyla is fantastic, food is delicious, fresh and sharable. Comfy sleek environment.
My only concern was, as I was walking in with my mother in law, that it would be too loud. It was, but our hostess said "check where you are sitting fist". We were in the back right corner . It was perfect!

I don't mind an energetic restaurant but she does and I love they have the option.

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VF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food delicious. Bar great and service always lovely. We've been quite a few times and like it every time.

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Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In the area on a vacation in September 2018 and picked this restaurant because of the Mediterranean cuisine. Everything about Reyla was A+. Atmosphere, service, wine selection, and most of all, the food is all interesting and delicious, made fresh and with tasty ingredients. The prices were very good as well.

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