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5216 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205-1114
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Ranked #260 of 693 Restaurants in Arlington
Price range: $25 - $25
Sun 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: African, Middle Eastern
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Groton, Massachusetts
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85 reviews 85 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Very welcoming, homey little spot next to an animal hospital and across from a Safeway. You'll be treated like family on your second visit ... and there will be a second visit, if only to see the busiest decorations in Arlington -- yet it all works. All the lamb dishes are superb. For two, trying getting 4 or 5 appetizers... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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61 reviews 61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I was taken here by friends in the area while I was on vacation. I love Lebanese & Syrian food and this place stacks up with the best of them! I asked for Mujaddara, and although not on the menu, they usually do offer it. The owner suggested "FREEKEH" which was fantastic! For those of you not familiar : Freekeh... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

My wife lived in Arlington for over 17 years and then moved to the Midwest. Before she moved, we went to Layalina several times and always enjoyed it. We traveled back to the D.C. area over the Labor Day holidays and decided to go back to Layalina. We were not disappointed. The food is superb. I do not eat meat... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I used to go here frequently with a good friend. We had not been back in about two years. We agreed that is has slipped quite a bit but couldn't say exactly why. Maybe the husband and wife aren't as actively present anymore. But it is still a good choice for atmosphere and Middle Eastern food. Nicly decorated, linen table... More 

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Pasadena, Maryland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Bottom Line Up Front, if I were to pass by this place again and was hungry, I would go in. We visited impromptu around 8 or 9 in the evening. Fairly unoccupied, they had a couple of people in there smoking hooka (which I did not find objectionable at all). Service was courteous and nonintrusive. Food was average. It was... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

There are few places to match Layalina's in the DC area. It isn't glitzy. The waiters wear what they want. Yet they remember whether you asked for water, no ice, or not. What to order. The mazzas are all very good. Hard not to get the Pomegrabnate Hommos. I have tried several times NOT to order it, but can't. Salads... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

This place sucks its way overpriced I went there and ordered kabsa which is basically rice with meat I got a tiny pile of rice with 2 pieces of meat I though that I would have a big pile of rice and tons of meat for that price turns out no you get some steamed rice with spices and thats... More 

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Morrisville, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

The food wasn't bad, but it wasn't worth the asking price. Also, service seemed very sporadic. We had awkwardly long waits for water refills and the check.

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Arlington, Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

I was using a discount coupon and did takeout: ordered online and the food was ready exactly when it was supposed to be. I ordered the Moussaka and it was mediocre (no standout in terms of flavoring). The accompanying rice was cooked well. Accompany pita was average at best. Compared to a visit to the restaurant about 8 years ago,... More 

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Having read the review on this website I decided to try this place but I can't say that I was too impressed. Food was OK but lacked the flavour you would expect from Middle Eastern food though the bread was excellent. Service was fast but felt somewhat awkward.

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Additional Information about Layalina

Address: 5216 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205-1114
Phone Number: 703-525-1170
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
Open Hours:
Sunday 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 25
Cuisine: African, Middle Eastern

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