Middle Eastern

Serves meat, vegan options available. Lebanese cuisine in downtown. Vegan dishes are labelled. Staff will discuss ingredients. Open Wed-Thu 4:30pm-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:00pm, Sun 4:30pm-10:00pm.

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16 Reviews

First Review by vegan.lisa


Points +1439

23 Aug 2022


Great vegan selections-excellent staff!! Can’t wait to go back!!


23 Aug 2022


Points +121

19 Feb 2020

Best hummus options downtown

Leyla is a great place to go if you're in Charleston and want authentic Lebanese (as long as you're willing to spend a little more) because they had a special menu for the See Wee event, we were not able to get a lot of the things we wanted. They did make us falafel and spicy potatoes even though they weren't on the menu for the night because I told them I was vegan and was really looking forward to trying those dishes. I'm glad I did bc both were amazing. (Falafel was the best I've had) we also got hummus which was very good and split the fattoush salad and vegan moussaka. My only complaint was the pita wasn't warm which is usually my fav part! The service was perfect and food was absolutely delicious. Can't wait to return when I can order off the full Menu.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Absolutely delicious , Friendly staff

Cons: Expensive


Points +72

12 May 2019

Delicious and authentic

There are a quite a few vegan options available at this authentic Lebanese restaurant. The staff was very accommodating and kind and the food was absolutely delicious. Reasonable pricing, too.


Points +96

06 Apr 2019


The Falafel wrap was tasty and very fresh. The hostess was very helpful telling us about the vegan options. We plan to go back during our stay in Charleston.


Points +24

03 Apr 2019

Mid Eastern

Very few Mid Eastern restaurants here in Charleston. This is our favorite

Pros: Great choices. Very nice owners and staff.

Cons: Slightly higher end prices but worth it.


Points +113

25 Mar 2019


We had a great dinner here! Lots of vegan options that are clearly marked on the menu. Everything was delicious. They also have vegan rice pudding! 🎉🎉

Pros: Lots of tasty vegan options , Vegan rice pudding , Great service


Points +18

07 Oct 2018

Fresh and delicious food

We got the Hummos Leyla for appetizer and it’s the best I’ve had. Also got the Lebanese salad and the Mujadra. Mujadra is definitely worth coming back for. It’s a little pricey but it is fine cuisine.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, you will be so happy!


Points +85

23 Jul 2018

Great falafel

I got the vegetaian plate and it was all really good. My favorites were the hummus and falafel. My mom get the lentil soup and she really liked it. The only thing down side to the place is the prices. I would have liked to ordered a falafel sandwich but it wasn’t on the menu. There are no veggie sandwiches so you have to order an entree. The plate was $20.

Pros: Lots of seating

Cons: Pricey, Not many options


Points +108

03 May 2018

Very tasty unique vegan food and many options to choose from!

This is my first time with authentic Lebanese food and I was amazed at how tasty and full of flavor it all was! The menu on the website does not have as many items as the menu in the restaurant, which has many more vegan options than I would have thought and all looked amazing. Everything vegan is clearly marked and the staff are helpful and knowledgeable when I had questions. The restaurant has an upscale and relaxing atmosphere with quick and pleasant service from the owners and staff, and they are very kind and attentive. The downside is that the portion sizes are rather small for the price, but I can appreciate having a well-crafted dinner that made me seriously question everything I thought hummus could be (you have to try the hummus; it's smoky and it's so creamy and so good). And I still am in disbelief at how baba ghannouj could be so good that I skipped the pita bread to eat it with a spoon.

For anyone who is like me and plans out their meals way before they even get to the restaurant, these are the vegan dishes I noted on the menu when I was recently there:

Appetizers: four types of hummous, baba ghannouj, muhammara, grape leaves, makdoos, falafel, fool mudammas, balilah, batata harra

Soup & Salad: lentil soup, tabbooleh, fattoosh, lebanese salad, rocca salad, eggplant salad, lentil salad

Entrees are the lebanese moussaka or a vegetarian plate (hummous, baba ghannouj, grape leaves, tabbooleh, falafel)

Desserts: baklava (made with simple syrup), meghli, rice pudding

Pros: unique takes on authentic cuisine, excellent service, lots of vegan options

Cons: expensive for the portion sizes


Points +23

23 Apr 2018

Wonderful middle eastern food

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


Points +26

18 Mar 2018

Fantastic Vegan Options

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.


Points +18

15 Jan 2018

Dream Meal

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


Points +251

04 Nov 2017

Easy vegan in a Shrimp/Grits town

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


Points +80

11 Jun 2017

Very delicious meal

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


Points +22

28 May 2017

wonderful vegan options

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!


Points +158

01 Oct 2016

Best Falafel I've ever tried

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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