Leyla

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298 King St (at downtown), Charleston, South Carolina, USA, 29401

Serves meat, vegan options available. Lebanese cuisine in downtown. Has labeled vegetarian dishes; vegan ones not labeled. Staff will discuss ingredients. Open Tue-Thu 11:30am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:00pm, Sun 11:30am-9:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Mediterranean, Take-out, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Non-veg

7 Reviews

First Review by vegan.lisa

Wonderful middle eastern food - Edit

Everything is made fresh here, and it is utterly delightful. There are enough vegan options to fill up on, and if you eat dairy, even more options. The spicy hummus harra and baba ghanouj were perfectly executed and we sopped up every last bite of both. The Lebanese moussaka’s eggplant melts in your mouth while the chickpeas and spicy tomato sauce are beautifully blended. Served over rice, there was so much of it, and it was so filling, that I had to take half home.

Pros: Several varieties of hummus, Extremely accommodating, Lebanese moussaka is vegan and out of this world

Cons: On the expensive side—but worth it

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Fantastic Vegan Options - Edit

A great restaurant with friendly staff. Showed up without a reservation at 8pm on St. Patrick's day, a very busy time for downtown Charleston. The owner assured us he we find us a table quickly and it wouldn't take long. I assumed we would be waiting quite a while, but it took only 5 minutes. Then there's the menu, each item that is vegan it clearly labeled as such (it also does so with vegetarian and gluten free items, if that's your thing). I tried the Makdoos as an appetizer, it was pretty good and very flavourful. Then for the entree I had the vegetarian plate (marked vegan on the menu in the restaurant, and didn't seem to have anything that would make it non-vegan) It came with a good bit of food, the portions are right for the price. The food was amazing. The falafel was a little overdone, but other than that it was perfect. Still the best vegan meal I've had in SC (so far). Be warned though, it's not cheap (fairly priced considering), but not much is when you go to downtown Charleston. Still very much worth the money.

Pros: Fair amount of vegan options, all clearly labeled , Food was great.

Cons: A bit expensive, but still fair.

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Dream Meal - Edit

Simple and elegant food, the layers of spice and texture were suttle and perfectly balanced- everything we had was the best of that we ever had- service was great as well. Items WERE marked vegan on menu and server helped guide us to a decision based on what we adventuring toward. Such a satisfying experience. Asked if they had any vegan dessert options; yes, three! We had every course. Soup, salad, side, lentils, dessert.

Pros: vegan options clearly vegan- no questioning, upscale environment- but not stuffy, outstanding cuisine- cared for preparation through

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Easy vegan in a Shrimp/Grits town - Edit

We ate hummus, baba ganoush, lentil soup, grape leaves. Plenty of vegan choices. You ate here twice while in Charleston, SC. The staff doesn’t understand “vegan” so you have to be specific about what ingredients you don’t want to eat. Only reason we didn’t give it 5 ⭐️’s is because it was unnecessarily pricey.

Pros: fabulous baba ganoush, several vegan options

Cons: staff doesn’t understand what “vegan”means, pricey

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Very delicious meal - Edit

My husband and I did the vegetarian meal for 2. I spoke with the server about which items contained dairy, and just gave those to the husband. Everything was in its own plate, so no worries about transfer. All the food was awesome with the exception of the falafel. It was hard, dry, and pretty flavorless. Overall completely worth the $25/per person!

Pros: Many vegan options

Cons: Expensive

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wonderful vegan options - Edit

This is a cuisine that already has delicious vegan dishes as part of its tradition, so there's no need to cobble together a plate. The falafel is wonderful as is the Lebanese salad. There's a super lentil salad and soup as well as other promising looking main courses. You can also put together a meal of small plates from the hot and cold starter lists. I've never had anything but a delicious meal here!

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Best Falafel I've ever tried - Edit

Leyla is a great find in downtown Charleston! The menu can be viewed online before going. Waiters were extremely helpful in helping us decide what to order. The falafel are vegan and absolutely delicious. We had the "Vegetarian Plate" which is actually vegan and includes a sampling of falafel, hummus, baba ghannouj, grape leaves, and tabbooleh. It is large enough for two people to split for lunch if not too hungry, but we ordered extra falafel because they were just THAT good. Everything is a little pricey but worth the extra money for a delicious meal. I have heard that the "Lebanese Mousakka" (vegan) is delicious as well.

Pros: friendly staff, excellent food, unique

Cons: pricey

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