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Leila's bistro

700 West Ave, Jenkintown, PA 19046
215 589-0736
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Ranked #8 of 48 restaurants in Jenkintown
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Jun 30, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

"Good things come in small packages", as the saying goes, and it certainly does apply here. The owner-chef's special attention is apparent in both the food and the ambiance. The "out of the shell" escargot were seasoned just right, as was the Corvina we ordered. Service was prompt, but not rushed, and you can b.y.o.b. We were fortunate enough to... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I have family members who really love this place but it really didn't wow me at all. The "French onion soup" was particularly unloved by me. It was apparently pureed and that made the texture unappealing - perhaps because it was so unfamiliar. But I was disappointed. I also had an appetizer portion of the pasta with tiny langoustines and... More

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Plainfield, Illinois
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97 reviews 97 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

I visited this place with a group of coworkers for a business dinner. I was quite impressed! I did not order the fish,Corvina, they had as a special but I smelled it and wow did it smell good. After my friend was done she gave me her leftovers and I will tell you I loved it and I do not... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Perhaps we expected too much after hearing a number of positive reviews from friends. The ambiance is certainly a plus - small and cozy. I would go back if only for the French onion soup - far different than the typical. The entrees were nice, not exceptional, and the portions were small. The disappointing part was the check, as we... More

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Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I have lived in Jenkintown for 23 years and waited a very long time for a restaurant like Leila's to come to town. We had followed Jose (chef-owner) and Jen (host owner) for several years to their previous restaurants in Northeast Philly, Richboro, and New Hope. We begged them to consider something close to Jenkintown for years. We were joyful... More

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Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Very original menu. Never the same. BYOB is also a plus. Not every resturant serves bison. We had a group of 6 people with a mix of generations. Everyone enjoyed their selections.

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

It's so hard to find an restaurant that covers all the bases for a great meal. Leila's Bistro is just that! A place where you can get the ambiance of a French Bistro, a fine meal with a kind of romantic atmostphere. The owners are always on site. They are both seasoned professionals who have been in the restaurant business... More

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Ambler, Pennsylvania, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Head it was the greatest thing since sliced bread, but was somewhat underwhelmed. I guess it's all in the expectation. My veal chop (NOT a rib chop) was way too fatty, even though it was large and accompanied by a nice variety of vegetables. My companion's grouper over spinach was miniscule. Service was fine. Owner/hostess isn't warm and fuzzy, but... More

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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

This place would be nice if the nasty hostess would have a personality. She has no knowledge of customer service whatsoever. She turned away customers without reservations even though there were empty tables available throughout the evening when we were dining.

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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Such a wonderful, unexpected, delightful spot in tiny Jenkintown! We discovered Leila's shortly after they opened, and have been back many times since. Intimate and welcoming, the atmosphere feels like you're stepping into a little spot in Paris. The boeuf bourguignon is divine, and the pot au chocolat should not be missed... Worth every penny!!

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