REYLA

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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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got seats at the chefs table and it was wonderful! The lamb dish was by far the standout but we also ordered the falafel, the special, and the duck and each dish was perfect.

BB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Incredible food. Order the sharing menu. You won't be disappointed!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food could be better. Service was great

SF
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reyla is a favorite go-to restaurant for us. The food quality is consistent, fresh and delicious. The service is always great, and the kitchen is amazingly fast. It was a bit windy to sit outside so we opted to eat inside. We had a great table location in the alcove area. We want to try sitting at the cook's area the next time we go. But, we wouldn't want to sit at the tables in the back, the noise level is too high for us.

P
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed with the portions, could have had a full dinner at other AP restaurants for slightly more. My wife and I actually left hungry and went to the Windmill after the show we attended.

DS
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Ok service the host is rude for late night seating. Only thin good on the menu is the lamb dish. Everything else, chicken, eggplant, hummus is all pretty bad.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience! Will def be back soon!

c
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a slow night in downtown Asbury Park due to a concert on the beach, so we were seated outside to watch the people and pets stroll by while we dined. The menu is all small plates and our server, Silviano suggested 5-7 small plates for 2 people. We started off with creative cocktails prepared exactly as we ordered. The plates came out in no particular order, but each was excellent. My favorite was the LAMB ARABES al pastor, smoked pineapple tahini, cucumber on a pita. Second favorite was the CAULIFLOWER tabbouleh style, harissa fried shitake, zucchini, lemon vin. We also had the TURKISH clay pot baked, butter hummus and the BEETS za’atar carrots, labne, sumac vin . Each plate was delicious and fresh. We ended the meal with a great NY style cheesecake. As good as the food was, the service was even BETTER! Our waiter was friendly, professional, and very knowledgeable of the menu.

We will definitely be back.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Eh, we got the Turkish hummus which was great, but the mussels were gross. They were it what tasted like a thick mixture of corn and chili powder. We came here around two years ago and had an amazing meal, which included the mussels. Really bummed about this experience.

J
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The change of the menu was a great decision. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The waiter was extremely friendly and helpful. The duck, shrimp, and chicken were all tasty. We ordered six tapas, but five would have been enough for two of us.

BB
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the amazing tasting menu. Everything was so well prepared, tasty and shareable. We will be back!

r
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

They try to convince you to order the $135 dozen plates. Mostly vegetables and the meat portions were not enough for party of 4. Had my leftover sandwich when we got back home. Asbury Park has many great restaurants such as Pascal and Sabine. REYLA is not one of them.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

I usually don't write negative reviews, but I was disappointed here. I made a reservation for 4 people on OpenTable for 6:15pm last night. I called the restaurant to let them know I was running 10 mins late, and the girl who answered the phone said in a rude tone, "Um, I guess that's ok. Just so you know there will be a table arriving at 8pm sitting at your exact table." I was a little surprised at that response, especially because it was just 10 mins and I was trying to be polite by letting them know. Also, the restaurant was pretty much empty when we got there, so I don't know why 10 mins late was an issue. We also were seated directly next to the kitchen door where waiters were coming in and out even though most of the other tables were open! The food was average. Fresh food but everything sort of tasted the same with similar ingredients just different combos. Apparently the menu was different before, so maybe things recently changed. Overall, just not impressed and won't go again. Our waiter was pleasant though and kept filling the water, which I appreciate!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The menu was limited with out a good selection

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 3

Not many choices , not great at all

BB
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it from start to finish. The bar, the staff and the food were excellent. Can’t wait to go back.

N
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

When we arrived , the restaurant was basically empty so we sat at the bar and were virtually ignored by the staff. They seemed understaffed from the start , and indifferent to asking us if we’d like a cocktail to start ( even though we were sitting at the bar !) . Finally the bartender emerged from his setup activities and we ordered a couple drinks and two small plates each . Finally, one plate arrived for one diner, then the second shortly after ( for the same diner ) ., then ....... nothing . We were very hungry and asked where the other small plates were , and were told that they come out when ready in no particular order . An agonizingly long wait in a virtually empty understaffed restaurant , with indifferent service . Although the food was very tasty , the experience was already ruined and we left quickly , still hungry after dropping nearly $100.
With all the other excellent options available nearby, we won’t bother returning as it seems to be inconvenient for Reyla to provide adequate staff, prompt service , or even ask how your meal is and if you are enjoying it. Ridiculous .

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around - great service w Mike and every plate delicious and satisfying. Wines are unique and my friends Pimms cup was crisp and fresh. 3 friends shared about 7 plates. Thank you!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an amazing place with delicious well presented food. The cocktail drinks are just amazing and the service is literally top notch. Worth it!!!

T
Philadelphia
126 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Went to Reyna last year and it was great. Upon greeting from wait staff and reviewing the menu, we were informed that the menu changed 80% and is all new dishes. BIG mistake.

Nothing was very memorable. The Turkish hummus was greasy ( Zahav in Philadelphia knows Turkish hummus!)
The eggplant dish was awful, they forgot to bring out one of our dishes and the veggies were pickled and the vinegar was overwhelming. The waiter told us they take the leftover vegetables from entrees and pickle them rather than toss them. Yummy!

Don’t recommend going to Reyla and on a Sunday in mid summer, the place was empty; a sure sign of trouble.
Bring back the old menu (whole fish) and maybe a return visit is in the future.

FL
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Delicious dinner, interesting menu, great cocktails, good service. But it was uncomfortably hot in there. This is a very good restaurant but they need better air conditioning. It was really hot. I hope to return, but I don't think I would on a warm day.

OT
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food but the music was way too loud...especially with the amount of communication the menu required the wait staff to have with guests.

DD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience here for dinner. We decided to celebrate our anniversary at Reyla and had noted that on our reservation. When we got to the table, the staff had signed a card and gave us a gift certificate — I was blown away at the thoughtful and generous gesture. Our server was great and worked with the kitchen to confirm that the dishes could be prepared gluten free (not always possible at most restaurants). We orders about 8 dishes to share and all of them were incredibly flavorful and tasty. The hummus is a must and gluten free Bread was delicious. The cauliflower and eggplant dishes were so vibrant and creative. The duck and pork belly were fantastic meat choices. Honestly, we didn’t have a bad dish! We’re definitely going back and would recommend it to our friends and family for an elevated, but totally approachable dining experience in Asbury Park.

JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We have been to Reyla several times. This was the first time though since they introduced their new menu and under went a renovation. The new menu is limited. This is a small plates, sharing restaurant and so we picked seven items. Two hours after we were seated we received the seventh and last dish, and that was because we had to count and remind the server what we had and what had not yet come out of the kitchen. It was very disorganized and while our server tried, it seemed the kitchen was the issue. Our neighboring table had the same issue. The food at Reyla is good, and so we will give it another chance.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant keeps getting better and better. We shared the 12 course menu between 4 people. Most of the dishes were really delicious. In particular, the long hots with grilled dates. That was truly outstanding. The chef stopped by with our final course and the manager checked in on us. Great service and a great meal. We will definitely be back for more.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great experience

NA
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and was pleasantly surprised. Great brunch and atmosphere

KH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First time diner. Went with 2 girlfriends. Service was outstanding. WE were met immediately and enthusiastically by the hostess. Our waiter was very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable, but not obtrusive. The entire staff made us feel as if they were thrilled to have us join them for the evening. Drinks came rapidly. (I had a very interesting rum drink). The food was outstanding and moderately priced. Most enjoyable was the duck and the eggplant. I highly recommend both. We were even offered a complimentary dish, a unique fallafel. Noise level was a bit high but tolerable. Overall, I Love this place! And will definitely go back.

J
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I like it when a restaurant changes their menu to reflect what is in season. Reyla’s recent change was not a good move and will push many of their regulars to dine elsewhere. The portions have shrunk - dramatically and they’ve removed popular dishes like the large plate couscous. Overall, the flavors were delicious except for mussels smothered in chili paste.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gave us excellent service and a surprise for our anniversary. Food was fantastic. Highly recommend.

s
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Twyla was my favorite restaurant in asbury until now. Menu is so much more limited than it used to be. No fish. Disappointed

DG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very efficient and great seevice

OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent, authentic, flavorful. Portions could be bigger, too yummy!

JL
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The price is ridiculous considering how small the plates were! I get that they’re tasting portions but this was sort of ridiculous. There was barely enough for three people to get a taste of each dish! And it’s not like the ingredients are rare, expensive foods. The food was delicious but I probably wouldn’t recommend this restaurant to anyone else because of the portion size and how overpriced it is.

p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We sat at one of the sidewalk tables for dinner, which was great. I miss some of the old menu items (however the new Kale dish is great). Reyla is still hands down my favorite restaurant in Asbury.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mike was a great server ad the chefs were smiling and love their job

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible! Absolutely beautiful, great service! Food was amazing. Portions were on the smaller side but very filling if you like to have an appetizer first. Came for Mother’s Day and they had a very cute mimosa bar set up. The new interior design is so perfectly laid out and pleasing. Will be back again.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was great from the chefs preparation to the great drinks

JD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Eclectic menu with excellent choices. Food was well prepared and plated. Each dish was enough to share. Interesting drink menu and nice wine list makes this a great stop for a night out with a lite bite. Comfortable bar area as well. Would have rated five but they were out of two items on the menu.

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome and authentic!!

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