Houston >Food & Dining > Cafe Layal
6328 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX | Directions 7705729.731867 -95.494620
Neighborhoods: Westside, Woodlake/ Briar Meadow
attend at your own risk! – Nothing about this place is unique. I have been to this place quite a few times, each time watching them become bigger and bigger douceh bags. they have started forcing to pay to park. thats when you have to go park at fast eddie's and risk your car being towed. It normally takes 40 minutes for them to bring out your food. Your soda's will never get re-filled (so drink slowly).
I have brought friends that dont smoke a couple of times, and the manager said they had to pay for hookah anyways. That def. makes business walk away. They are not friendly at all. unless your of their heritage, they don't seem like they care about you. they display really bad attitudes.
Me and a few other people i know were charged twice for the ticket. We calmly went to the manager just to have him deny everything basically. I will never step back in that place, and i guarantee about 60 people i know will never be back there either. i hope they get shut down.
This place has never checked an ID since i started going there. So its basically a teenage spot waiting to get busted.
NEVER GO TO THIS PLACE. you will just leaved stressed. About two blocks away is an AMAZING hookah/Lebanese restaurant. Its called MARYS. I have been going there for 3 years. They actually treat there frequent customers with respect. I have no problems with them.
This place should be closed down! – We went there with a couple of my friends to experience one of these arab-like nights. First one of the staffs directed us to a patio space with a bunch of dirty and crappy chairs and tables which were supposed to be for the people who want to smoke hookas. Then we deciced to go inside and order some food. I can't talk more about how lazy, rude and incompetent the waiters were. Me and 2 of my friends had to go there every 20 minutes and ask them what happened to our food. The service was terrible. I had to find a table with a glass of water and take it myself since the waiter wasn't even instructed about the very basic things of satisfying the customers' needs.
About their food, well, I would just say their food recommendation (chicken shawarma) wasn't even close to being average.
The funny thing was that all of us were charged automatically on the tips, and we couldn't stand it when we received the last bill which was even asking for another gratuity! This place is by far the worst place I've ever visited and I can't really see a positive point except its location.
Terrible service and rude manager – Horrible service wit ha very rude manager, waiters were playing around and we should go and call them for everything. They were talking in Arabic right in front of customers, so rude and annoying!
I took them to bring my food 30 minutes while it was not busy there.
That was one of the worst restaurant I’ve ever seen!
Never again – Service is horrible. We had to literally go and call the waiter every single time, even on obvious items such as water. This was the first place I wanted to leave absolutely NO tip, but the thieves had automatically added a tip for themselves. Manager was not just unhelpful, but rude enough to chat with the waiter in (I'd assume) ARABIC in the middle of our conversation.
THIEVES – I did not understand why they charged me a tip of 15% for a party of 2, then gave me another receipt to add more tip on my credit card receipt after charging it on a casual lunch day. That is highway robbery. Are all Lebanese arabs thieves?
Food ok, but theives work there – Went there and had the chicken with rice and hummus, seemed ok. I accidentially left my camera there, but of course, the manager knew nothing about it the next day. I shouldn't leave valuables at a restaurant and that was my fault, but the fact no one turned it in is the restaurant's fault and reflects on the honestly of their staff. I also had problems with the food the next day, so needless to say won't be back for both reasons.
Great place for hookah – Cafe Layal was great. I took 2 friends who have never tried hookah before and we enjoyed all the three flavors we ordered. The waiter kept bothering us though. He asked for my ID not once, but twice and kept asking me are you sure you're 18. He could not do the math right and realize I was over 18. He also made us uncomfortable when he would come over and also ask my friends if they were 18. They showed him their IDs but he thought they were fake. We would've had a greater time if the waiter wouldnt have kept asking us if we really were 18. We're all over 21. But other than that, the hookah was great, be sure to try the sisha flavors with mint! The smoke feels a lot better with mint! I will be back in about a week or two, but hopefully I get a different waiter who makes my experience a little bit more enjoyable. 4 stars.
MUST CHECK CAFE LAYAL OUT – best hookah bar in houston. clean, classy and tight atmosphere. this bar has it all. and the pusssy there is solid. alot of hot girls come here all the time and it's a diverse crowd. if you have not been here, you gotta come and check it out. you will not be disappointed.
Best Hummus and Shawarma – You must try their hummus and shawarma! It is great! I like dining on the patio. The people are so friendly!
Bad food, Bad restaurant, awful service – My husband and I went to this place for the dinner. After a few minutes we asked the waiter if we could switch our table because it was very dirty. He told us why we did not tell him immediately after we sat there. My husband told him that the same table was ok. We ordered Hummus because I reaaly love it. It was unbelievably bad. I have tried hummus in several middleeastern restaurants and all of them are by far better than this. If you want a good hummus do yourself a favor and go to Kasra or Shavarma king.
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