REYLA

4.5
234 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
A journey through the flavors of the Middle East featuring remarkable experiences with delicious ingredients, cocktails and genuine hospitality.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Eastern European
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Dinner
Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(732) 455-8333
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Anthony Bustamante
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 234 People Are Saying
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KJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
6 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
3 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
92 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
10 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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M
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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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vibrantly flavorful “Med” cuisine cooked with passion and a very sure hand. Staff is cool and intuitive, place is sexy and the experience was just outstanding. 2nd time there- our first was right after it opened and we couldn’t wait to get back on our next trip to Asbury. It only gets better and better with these kids

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five stars overall.
Slightly late to seat us (15 min wait) but wasn’t a big deal. Only part that got us wondering is why were they late when they were many open tables already set up.

Service/waitress was perfect. She’s a long time friend of the owner and was full of great recommendations.
Chef is a genius. Food was wonderful. Explosion of flavors.
The halloumi and the duck were the highlights. The lamb was really good too.
Can’t go wrong with this place.
I would go back again in a heartbeat.

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D
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

It could have been we ordered the wrong plate. the humus was amazing the burger was just ok. I would go back and try again

We also were seated in the back since we were a little party it was boring

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BC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food and well priced (considering many other restaurants Asbury Park)

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SM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing meal. Great for sharing and tasting a lot of different flavors. Our waitress was really great, too!

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Reyla was a fun food experiment! My friend and I felt adventurous and ordered things we'd never tried (and some we had). The hummus was excellent, the pomegranate and lentil salad was also great. I had fish on a skewer with rice, which was savory. We ordered one salad that was a mixed bag, but we had so much fun sampling all of its new and exotic ingredients that we were practically on the floor laughing! The mint iced tea is tasty. The atmosphere is posh and blessedly quiet. I am so tired of loud music in trendy places, and this was a spot that you could actually hear each other talking. I would recommend it to anyone who is curious about what new middle-eastern cuisine tastes like.

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always love Reyla but we had a particularly nice dinner at the bar. The cocktails were delicious, the beef kabob magnificent and the service outstanding. Thank you!

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f
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Do not waste a penny at this location. The place had a a few tables occupied and with a 6:30 reservation there was plenty of seating, like 90 percent of the place. They sat us initially on a wooden slat bench that was better suited for punishment than comfort, when we asked to move to a more comfortable table, and yes we used our please and thank you's the hostess shared a tight smile and said ok, and moved us. The waiter was a completely rude A-hole, did not great us, say hello,offer specials and while I was still talking about my order just took our menus and walked away "while I was still talking to him". The only time he gave us a fake smile and thank you for coming was when he brought the check I am assuming because I am so stupid that I would not remember his crappy service. Do not waste your time or money on a rude waitstaff and curt hostess. It was too bad because we made reservation in advance because it was suppose to be good. The Hummus was so so and the Watermelon was underwhelming. The cocktail was very good which almost changed our mind to stay, but then the waiter came with our Hummus and Watermelon with his same crappy attitude and hostility that we settled up left hoping when we passed by the next day their would be a business closed sign on the window. We just want to thank you guys for screwing up our dinner plans.

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AM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. Not many options for kids though. Wish they had a less spicey kids menu so we could eat here more.

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FK
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

You can not modernize Arabic food. It’s as traditional as time. Little twists here and there yes but not overhaul it and not leave the basic staples.

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LM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we loved it, service was outstanding, and the food was delicious, the cocktails were inventive and not overpriced, really great, would return for sure! A+

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JC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food So so. Too bright to loud . Service slow . Not on top of my list.

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NY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The watermelon appetizer was great. Portions were very small. Waiter didn't seem interested in service.

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J
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu was limited but every dish we had was delicious. Recommend the duck gyro, watermelon and olives. crudo was fine but not as special.

The waitress we had was great.

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EH
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

The server approached us twice - once to take the order and once to deliver the check. Disappointing service.

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CK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Asbury. The menu is great for sharing with friends, service is superb, and the best part... you can have a nice leisurely meal without feeling rushed. Every item I've tasted has been delicious.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whole fish dish was outstanding! Staff very helpful in suggesting dishes.

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OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and different menu

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our server was great - very friendly and knowledgeable. I thought the food was normally good - what you would expect from a restaurant in Asbury Park - of decent quality, unique flavors... something different to try. Some dishes were better than others... we liked the L&L. We tried a bluefin tuna crudo and half of it had sinew so we couldn’t eat it (the white tendon-y stuff that typically is present in tuna, but when there’s too much makes it hard to chew). The plates are all for sharing, and definitely order a lot of them if you’re hungry because the portions are small as many other reviewers say. In terms of value I would say it’s a little expensive considering the small portions. I would go back with friends if I wanted a lively atmosphere and drinks, and some things to pick on/share. It’s was a very social, loud atmosphere on the Saturday night that we went. It’s worth going to check out, just remember to make a reservation on weekends because it gets crowded - but don’t be surprised if you arrive and have to wait 15 minutes to be seated anyway (our table wasn’t ready upon arrival). Enjoy!

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LE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious fusion food and innovative cocktails! Great for sharing. A bit loud, but only because so many people were there enjoying themselves.

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RA
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time and will be back! Really good, creative cocktails. Tapas style dining that brought dishes out as they were ready. Octopus and beef kebab were standouts. Austere decor but totally reno’d from the previous iteration. New favorite in AP.

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TR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, good service. The octopus and eggplant dish was excellent. Tasty drinks as well.

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MS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reyla can be counted on for delicious food, an evolving menu, unique options, fresh ingredients, knowledgeable & attentive staff, and a warm atmosphere. My husband & I have enjoyed Reyla for our anniversary celebration; friends & I have gone for birthdays, and we’ve also been there just to share lots of small plates that are always full of flavor & surprise. Reyla respects a reservation; the wine list is unique...all in all I’d highly recommend Reyla!

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LH
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful and friendly service. Food was amazing - delicious with interesting matching of foods and spices but not overwhelming.

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L
New York Area
173 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We have eaten here multiple times and it is always a great experience. This time we started off with hummus. We tried the turkish version with pancetta. It’s served warm. First time we have ever had warm hummus. You have to try it. It’s a whole new experience. The eggplant was excellent as was the octopus. In addition to a great kitchen they have a great bartender. My one piece of advice is some restaurants want you to order everything at once and then they deal with the timing. It works better here if you do the opposite and just order 2 things and as you finish those then order more food. The kitchen is very quick to respond and you avoid the not enough room on the table problem. Very easy to run out of room since they give you a bottle of water, you’ve ordered a drink and a bottle of wine.

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J
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have the most carefully prepared and imaginatively conceived food we have eaten in the area. Definitely, worth the expense. Nice staff and good ambience.

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