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“Great food, don't buy their beers!”

Ranked #81 of 111 Restaurants in Damascus
Price range: $5 - $10
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed July 14, 2010

Good service, very good food, nice view of the mosque. Listed prices are decent.
However they offered us beer and we forgot to ask the price (which usually works out quite ok in Syria except for taxi's). How stupid of us. They charged 250SP per beer making our meal cheaper then the beer itself. Obviously they know most tourists will not come back anyway so they probably don't care.
Based on the fact that they rip off tourists we unfortunately cannot recommend this place which is a shame as it's a wonderfull place and they have good food.

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Thank GeronimoNL
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Reviewed July 2, 2010

We also went to Laila's because of the Lonly Planet and they told us the empy tables were ‘reserved’, although no one appear during our visit. I ordered fresh Orange Juice and they brought orange juice from the pack. Then I made a complaint about it and they brought a new one but it was not a fresh one either. But I was not in the mood for fights so we left and in addition we paid to much for what we had. Avoid that place, it's just a tourist trap!!!

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1  Thank luzy_10
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Reviewed May 25, 2010

We’d read in Lonely Planet that the Leila’s restaurant had a roof terrace and was great for watching the sunset.If Damascus has a flaw its a lack of bars/restaurants where its possible to sit outside for a meal/drink. We therefore headed to Leilas. There were a couple of tables free at the edge of the terrace which gave a view of the street below. We headed for these but were told they were ‘reserved’, as were other tourists who tried to sit there. (We were there for an hour and half and no one turned up to sit there)
The waiters were the most surly miserable looking bunch of service staff I’ve ever come across. I remarked to my partner that one of them looked like he was attempting to smuggle a live lobster out of the restaurant... in his underwear, such was his pained expression.
A waiter approached and asked what we wanted to drink. ‘Beer?’ he offered, and given that many restaurants in Damascus are ‘dry’ and we’re English, we obviously accepted.
Two small glasses of tepid beer were provided.The Lonely Planet were right—the view is great, right next to the Ummayad mosque with a view of the new town in the distance. We found ourselves speaking in whispers however, as we’d been crammed in between tables so everyone was virtually on top of each other. We found out all about the couple next to us without having to speak to them!
In total, we had two beers each, and decided not to eat at Leilas due to being packed in and the scowling waiters. We had noticed a couple of tables querying their bill and when we asked for ours we found out why.
Apparently they aren’t ‘officially’ supposed to sell alcohol so it isn’t on the menu and isn’t quoted on bills. This means they can charge what the hell they like for it! For 4 small beers we were charged 1100 Syran dollars—around £17 or$25 which is a scandalous price for Syria.
Contrast that with the next place we went – Bab Sharqi near as-saghir gate. We had 4 large bottles of beer plus two great meals for 750 Syrian dollars, which helped clear the nasty taste left in our mouths by Leilana restaurant. Avoid this place like the plague—it may have a great location but is nothing short of a rip off.

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Thank LS13
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Reviewed May 4, 2010

Despite the gushing description from Lonely Planet,we found this restaurant most disappointing with appalling service,grim food and high prices.There are so many more to choose from.

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Thank FortCochinMike
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Reviewed April 18, 2010

When we entered the restaurant, it was filled with tour groups of people, and was very busy. We were given a table and basically ignored for about 10 minutes. We had to ask for the menu, and as it was 4pm, we just wanted something light to eat, and not a full meal. We ordered some hommus, soup, tea and a lemon juice, but got the feeling from the waiter that we hadn't ordered enough. He asked if we wanted water, pointing to the large bottle on the table, but we declined, but were made to feel a little guilty by the look we received as he removed the bottle and glasses from the table.

Five mintues later, another waiter brings over a bottle of water and 2 glasses, so we have to tell him that we do not want water!! The food was OK, soup was the Campbells variety mushroom soup, and the hommus was tasty enough. The lemon juice and tea were both very "strong" in flavour, which wasn't to our taste, but may be to others. We had to ask for the bill several times, most of the staff spoke minimal english (and unfortunately we speak minimal arabic) except for maybe one main guy who was running the show.

Initially when we walked in and looked at the menu, we thought it seemed a good place to come back for dinner sometime. But by the end of our visit, we didn't want to step foot in the place again! Nice courtyard setting, but that's about it!

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Thank pepe_of_perth
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