Layla by Meir Adoni

4.3
104 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Mediterranean
Layla is the new modern Mediterranean x Middle Eastern restaurant & bar in Berlin hosted by cosmopolitan chef Meir Adoni. His restaurants in Tel Aviv and New York are already well established and distinguished as the top places in the culinary scene.
Layla Restaurant offers a casual-fine dining experience with a menu that allows sharing dishes between friends along with an à-la-carte menu.
For a more speakeasy evening setting, guests can choose to sit at the rounded bar and order a nice selection of bar food and complementing drinks.
The drinks menu consists of a well-selected choice of local spirits and organic wines. The wines list predominantly contains wines from Europe as well as the Middle East. Emanuele Broccatelli, a renowned Italian mixologist, is in charge of the drinks served at Layla. He is creating new concoctions complementing chef Meir Adoni’s food.
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Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really great, loved the spices in the dishes. The service was very attentive and friendly. I was dining alone and at the end of my meal used the restroom before paying. Someone began clearing my table that still had water and a bit of wine (that I was done with). Upon realizing the error they quickly brought me over a nice glass of wine as an apology. So unnecessary but really appreciated. Loved it and recommend!!!

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Hamburg Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Veeeery slow service, but amazing food!

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Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Essen und Interieur echt grandios, aber Service muss sich besser organisieren und freundlicher sein.

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Berlin
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Das Essen ist nicht schlecht und handwerklich gut zubereitet, haut einen aber auch nicht weg, wenn man ein wenig Restauranterfahrung hat. Ambiente richtet sich an Generation 20-35. Geräuschpegel sehr hoch, insbes. durch die Musik. Gänge kommen nicht zum selben Zeitpunkt auf den Tisch. Die Weinkarte ist ein Witz. Insgesamt richtet sich das Restaurant an ein junges Publikum, das über Geld, aber nicht über Kenntnisse in der gehobenen bzw. Spitzengastronomie verfügt.

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Berlin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Gutes Essen, trendiges Ambiente, creatives Essen, überdurchschnittliche Preise. Kein guter Service: zu aufdringlich.

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SG
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hervorragendes Essen, sehr guter Services, die Geschäftsführer sind mit Leib und Seele dabei! Exzellent!

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Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Exorbitant teuer zudem was die Dpeisen hergeben. Couscous für 35 Euro ist schon heftig! Unsere Vorspeise, welche zwar sehr köstlich war, dachte ich, wäre ein Gruß aus der Küche, so übersichtlich kam sie daher!
Service natürlich wie inzwischen fast überall, eher auf englisch.
Cocktails in der Bar ebenfalls überdurchschnittlich teuer. Dafür aber mal ganz andere Cocktails zu den üblichen Angeboten sonstiger Bars.

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K
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely in love with this place - I'll be back!

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YV
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Good food but the level of noise didn't let us talk. The waiters forgot part of our order and worse they didn't bring the dishes to the whole table at once. The wine selection was very limited and the waiter didn't really understand wine. The price was much higher than better restaurants in Berlin.

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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The price was more than expected.

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Das gesamte Essen und die Getränke waren ausgezeichnet!
Besonders gut dat uns das jemenitische Brioche mit der Aioli und der marrokanische Chraime geschmeckt!
Als großer Israel-Fan und Hobbykoch habe ich mich sehr gefreut Meir Adoni einmal live bei der Arbeit zu sehen.
Der Service war hervorragend! Es ergaben sich viele nette Gespräche und ich habe mich wie im Urlaub in Tel Aviv/ Jaffa gefühlt:)

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Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Wundervoll fantasiereiche kreative Küche mit überraschenden Aromen. Service spricht mehrheitlich nur Englisch. Weinkarte klein und ein bisschen teuer. Insgesamt aber sehr zu empfehlen.

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Brandenburg
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wir hatten zwei Plätze an der Theke von wo aus wir die offene Küche und die Köche bei ihrer Arbeit beobachten konnten. Die Konzentration in der Zubereitung der Speisen schmeckt man dann auch auf jedem Teller! Das Essen ist hervorragend, der Service, für Berlin ungewöhnlich, schnell, höflich, freundlich, kompetent. Dieses israelische Restaurant ist ein must!!!

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SV
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

we had great expectations, based on newspaperratings and other recommandations. And we love the modern mediterranean oriental cuisine, not only since Ottolenghi...But we were deeply disappointed, the dishes were ok, but mainstream, no surprise, no advernture. The cuisine mentioned above can be so exciting and rich, so much "new land",- but the "Layla"-cuisine could not convince us, not at all. Sorry
Susanne von Donop

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

an amazing dinner experience. personally my restaurant of the year 2018 & 2019. the food is outstanding. creative, fresh, unbelievable with taste explotion, a flavor bomb, perfect pairing of aromas, taste and presentation. what an amazing dinner experience. the kitchen crew is incredible. with so much enthuasiasmus and engagemnent, preciseness, working with concentration and with a smile. bravo. what a spirit. service is extremly friendly, professional and helpful with choosing the menue. thankyou meir adoni.

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

We were really excited to dine here as we have only heard good things about Meir Adoni and his restaurants in TLV. The atmosphere in the restaurant is good and upbeat, if yet a bit noisy. The open kitchen is great and gives it a lot of buzz. Napkins and also cutlery do not fit the concept at all, a small paper napkin? Really?!? There seemed to be a lot of waiters and they seemed to be charming, however unfortunately our waitress had neither character nor energy. We were with 4 and ordered 4 starters and 4 mains. We were not aware that it is advised to share, so upon ordering she told us that we ordered probably too much and should drop one dish as mains were very large. Upon her recommendation we did, in retrospect we could have easily handled the fourth dish as the mains were not extraordinary large. In the end we left with enough food in out stomach, but we really found it weird that the waitress was “down selling” the food. She was not engaging at all and was not enthusiastic at all, no checking on us, no refilling on water...
The food was excellent and we loved especially the starters. One of our mains was the lamb which was well excecuted, yet not too memorable. We missed that dished and components were explained to us, which one can expect at this price point and complexity of plates. Overall we felt that the food was at points not hot enough, one of the lamb plates even came even 5 min after all other mains.

Overall we loved the food but the service was a very big letdown, such a pity. If service would be better this could be a true 5 star.

We had pre-dinner drinks at the bar which were okay, nothing too memorable and the staff did not really be eager to make appropriate recommendations or really engage eventhough we were the only guests.

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

Interessante Küche , die Zubereitung ist sehr transparent , spannend zuzusehen. Wünschenswert wäre mehr
Information darüber, was "auf dem Teller" ist.., das ist z.T. unübersichtlich und teilweise nur "zu ahnen"..
aber insgesamt sehr empfehlenswert , kulinarische Erfahrungen zu sammeln.

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BB
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Foodporn Deluxe
Immer wieder köstlich....
Sehr weiterzuempfehlen. Preise wurden aber ganz schön angehoben.

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Don’t go there! Extremely overpriced: My main course Octopus (35 Eur for an almost empty plate) was cold!, the desert was a visual disgrace and tasted bitter. The service did not care at all. We left hungry and truly disappointed for 140 Eur. There are so many other much better restaurants in Berlin then this kind of arrogance.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very bad all over..stay away...expansive..very noisy...no special food...

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was really delicious, but sorry for the seevice...

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wir waren mit 4 Personen zum Sylvestermenu dort. Es war etwas laut und anfänglich auch schleppend, wurde dann aber flotter und das Essen war ausgezeichnet. Kann man sicher wiederholen und empfehlen.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. The food was outstanding!

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d
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

We think it's to expensive.
The food is good but there is no value for money.

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Berlin
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sehr nettes unkompliziertes Restaurant.
Mal etwas anderes.

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

The place itself is very nice, and the food was extremely good. Unfortunately the service was horrible. We were sited at the bar, in front of the kitchen, which was nice (and probably the only nice service experience we had, as the kitchen staff were super friendly). It was very hard to get the attention of the servers , and we were even ignored a few times. We had to remind our waitress of drinks she forgot, it took us about 10 min to order a refill and our food came out in weird timing (bread came a lot after the first dishes). The worst was with our mains - we received just one, and decided to share. after 20 min, we decided its been long enough and we are no longer hungry for the other main. At that point we ask to cancel the other main, and told another waiter. After a few min our waitress came over and told us the food is already ready and we can't cancel it (which we found a bit rude), we explained that we've been waiting 20 min and that no one told us what's going on, we are no longer hungry and would like to cancel the other main. She was pretty short with us and said she'll go check what she can do. She didn't return to let us know what the verdict was until we asked for the check (which also took about 15 min and needed to be asked for twice).

To summarize - Excellent food, very pretty restaurant, terrible service. I would have expected more from a fine dinning restaurant. The service made a great impact on our experience at the restaurant, and I wouldn't recommend the place currently, as it is not worth the prices.

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m
Berlin
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

sehr interessante-, excellente Zubereitung mit Gewürzen, fein abgestimmt, die man sonst eher nicht so bekommt, ausgezeichnete Qualität, apartes Ambiente!
Wir hatten einen Tisch direkt an der Mittelinsel Küche mit außergewöhnlichem "Live" Bildern, Geräuschen etc.

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TC
Berlin
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

very unfortunate that such amazing food is spoiled by such loud music and bad acoustics... I could not enjoy the great dishes at all - let alone having a normal conversation with my friends at the table... I really really hope they change this soon!

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l
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

e and my friend were at a restaurant last Friday. We enjoyed the atmosphere in the place very much and the excellent food served us strongly recommends that everyone come and experience the same service and treatment we received. warmly recommended !!!!

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food experience I have ever witnessed, lovely staff, nice seeing the chefs cook, filling portions and delicious wine, would come here every day

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TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The winelist is much to increase and to optimize , the service was much better than the first visit, the food was very delicious as well, the music is too loud for eating, better would be some slower lounge music from Israel or Like that.

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AK
Berlin
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In diesem Restaurant erfuhren wir größte Gastfreundlichkeit, extrem aufmerksamen Service, super Flexibilität bei der Platzwahl ( wir waren auch für genug vor Ort), köstliches Essen und ein wunderschönes Ambiente. Jedes Gericht war ein Gedicht! Dieses Restaurant gehört für uns definitiv in die Kategorie: kulinarisches wow Erlebnis :-)

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wieder einen schönen Abend verbracht. Gregorius empfiehlt super Weine und sucht auch die richtigen Speisen dazu aus.

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Mit der Familie sollte es ein besonderes Weihnachtsessen werden.
Das Konzept viele Speisen zusammen zu teilen gefällt uns sehr gut. Die Gerichte - drei Starter - drei Hauptspeisen und zwei Nachtische - waren alle sehr fein und differenziert abgestimmt gewürzt.
Der Raum ist prinzipiell gut durchdacht. Aber: die Tische sind zu klein und wacklig. Wir hatten zwei aneinandergeschobene Tische, die leider nicht dieselbe Höhe hatten.
Zudem waren wir am Rand und hatten somit keine richtige Beleuchtung. Die Musik war auch nach unserem Geschmack zu laut und unterstrich eher den Charakter Bahnhofsvorhalle bzw. Bar. Open kitchen ist interessant, am Ende unseres Aufenthaltes haben mir die Köche fast leidgetan, die in diesem unglaublichen Krach und engen Taktung quasi wie im Zoo arbeiten müssen.
Was mich (nun auch nachträglich) richtig gestört hat war der Service, der in keinem Verhältnis zum Preisniveau für mich steht. Die Gerichte wurden fast automatisiert wie auf der Karte runtergerattert. Wir kamen von einer Veranstaltung und fühlten uns fast genötigt, schnell unsere Bestellung aufzugeben so nach dem Motto „schnell schnell“. Eine Beratung, wie evtl. Etwas besser passen könnte fand nicht statt. Aufgetischt wurde - alles kalt oder lauwarm - in einer nicht nachvollziehbaren Reihenfolge. Zum Wein gab es faktisch keine Beratung. Der Kühler wurde erst auf Bitten an den Tisch gestellt. Nachschenken mussten wir uns selber. Durch die bestellten Brote war der Tisch sehr verkrümelt. Zum Nachtisch hin wurde nachlässig aufgeräumt - leider auch mein Programmheft vom Konzert - und mit unseren Servietten paar Krümel zusammengefegt. Dann kamen für drei Personen zwei Desserts mit drei Gabeln auf einer Serviette.
Hier wird Lässigkeit mit Nachlässigkeit verwechselt, die Freundlichkeit ist aufgesetzt und hat eben sehr wenig mit mediterraner Kultur zu tun. Ein Hotelrestaurant halt, die Menschen kommen und gehen und sind austauschbar. Interessante Erfahrung, die einmal reicht.

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k
Berlin
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place and food. Diwnside is small portiin and it is very expensive!

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

On the recommendation of our Israeli neighbors in Los Angeles, we made Christmas Eve reservations at Layla and we’re very happy we did. The restaurant has a great vibe, on-point decor and delicious food. We will both recommend this place to friends, as well as return ourselves when we’re next in Berlin. FYI, if there are only two or three of you, it’s fun to sit at the counter and watch the food being prepared and plated.

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Layla Berlin is one of the finest restaurants in town. If you wish to experience outstanding food, you definitely need to go there. Great service!!

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Berlin
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeder Gang war ein Geschmackserlebnis. Die Präsentation der Speisen war exzellent. Sehr guter israelischer Wein. Die offene Küche ist absolut einzigartig. Sehr gutes Restaurantkonzept. Aufgrund der Lautstärke für Geschäftsessen oder wichtige Unterhaltungen nicht so gut geeignet.

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Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jederzeit wieder - super Service - Caesars Salad Top

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O
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place. Super friendly staff starting with the hostess and ending with every waiter. Beautiful design, very unusual and tasty food, a mix of many different flavours with strong middle Eastern authentic emphasis.
Highly recommended! Would definitely go there again.

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