Kaya
Kaya

Kaya

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bigburrito.com/kaya
  • Phone: 4122616565
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Caribbean
  • Executive Chef: Benjamin Sloan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Kaya
Kaya's cuisine is inspired by the sea and sun, melding fresh, high quality ingredients with bold flavor and alluring preparation. Executive Chef Benjamin Sloan incorporates the culinary customs of the Caribbean Islands, South America, the Pacific and beyond, using only the freshest herbs and spices combined with the excitement of a sizzling grill to create food that is exotic and lively. The varied and complex menu and festive tropical drinks have made Kaya an award-winning dining destination for more than a decade.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Kaya reviews from OpenTable diners
179 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (120)neighborhood gem (89)hot spot (56)special occasion (51)vibrant bar scene (48)great for outdoor dining (43)great for lunch (38)romantic (33)good for groups (33)great for brunch (23)late-night find (22)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Wonderful
    BobABooeyVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    As with all of the Big Burrito restaurants, Kaya is excellent. Food, service, hipness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as always
    Steph
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Took my fiancé here for his birthday. We go here a few times a year, and it's still amazing. The food has always been really good. I went with the crispy fish tacos, and he went with the skirt steak, which was phenomenal. We will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening out
    PghDine
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The staff is very attentive. The food is always great. Such a great evening out with friends. Highly recommend the paella!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Caribbean
    WahooVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great Caribe menu. Always a surprise and a pleasure. The waiter was most helpful and the food never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scrapman
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Great if you like Caribbean. Menu should be expanded with more Caribbean favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So good!
    Britty
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This was my second visit to Kaya; my first trip for brunch. Their Kaya Burger is phenomenal, as are their waffle fries. Everything was delicious & you should ask for Megan to be your server - she's great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • try the skate wing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    great menu choices, fantastic waitress and great atmosphere. try the skate wing with plantains -- it's delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kaya 2014
    Jake
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We love all of the Big Burrito restaurants-but don't get to Kaya frequently. It has such great decor, and fun menu. And the drink menu has such variety! I had the Pomegranate Mai-Tai-which was so good-it turned into 2! The noise level was pretty high when we got there at lunchtime (12:30p), but they were kind enough to move us to a quieter spot, and by 1:30, it had cleared out and was easier to hear. Great spot! Great staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    Bmiz
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My wife and I went here on a Friday night. It's a smaller place but the food was outstanding. They have a decent beer and wine selection as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    bunny
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    good vegan food! Not great, but good. I'd come here with a group of non vegans for sure. Everyone would have an option. The waitress was very helpful in choosing entrees. Mojito was good too, not too sweet, but could use more mint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spicy Menu
    Ninnie1995VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Fun place. If you like upscale spicy food this is the place! Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost too loud to enjoy food.
    Vapormedix
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Arrived 15 min late (called ahead); seated immediately. Between ongoing happy hour and blasting music we had to mouth words to communicate. We hung in there because we were ready to dine and knew that the kitchen would not disappoint. However paella was too heavy on the salt and blueberry ice cream had little flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday45
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I really enjoyed my dinner at Kaya. I met with two of my good friends for a girls night out. Our food and service were great. The waiter made good food and wine suggestions. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun atmosphere; great food
    Local2400
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The service and food is excellent. The noise level is a little loud, but conversation is not difficult. Authentic Caribbean dishes, including jerked chicken, fish and some vegetarian. Nice drink menu. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • georgie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food here is excellent as well as the service! Love the atmosphere! Happy hour is pretty amazing!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Longtime favorite.
    LisNJohnluv2eat
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My husband and I have been coming to Kaya for more years than I can remember.. it's one of our go-to restaurants for birthdays, anniversaries, etc., but it's also a favorite last minute choice for no special occasion at all. The service has always been impeccable and the food has been consistently excellent - always such an amazing combination of flavors and ingredients - unique menu items that we look forward to and never seem to tire of. Hope to continue going to Kaya for years to come..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent excellence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I hadn't been to Kaya in several months and that is ashame. This restaurant is one of the best in Pittsburgh. Excellent choices with crazily well blended spices and jerk rubs. Always healthy options and an abundance of vegetables and seafood options. This time had the paella and the clams and chorizo were great. Great ambiance, one place you can always try a new dish and be pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and mediocre
    foodqual
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Some money has obviously been spent on this restaurant, although frankly the interior looks more like a cheap Tiki bar than anything else. The service was attentive - in fact over-attentive - but nonetheless warm and welcoming. The food, however, was a disaster. We began with lentil beignets; these were greasy, far too spicy and utterly tasteless. The food in general was under seasoned, over-cooked and over spiced; we tried both paellas, and they were utterly tasteless, with spongy overcooked seafood. The obsession with overloaded spice is, we think, less an attempt at 'authenticity' (there is *nothing* authentic about this place) and rather a ruse to hide the bland and poorly conceived food. Pittsburgh deserves better than this.
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  • my local favorite
    jfkpittVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    It's always delicious, great drinks, excellent and quick service, and lively. The decor has not changed in many many years, and that feels cozy and comfortable to me, as it is still very cool inside. I love this place and have been coming for 15 years.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always exceptional
    ohhim
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    As a local I always come back here whenever I need a can't miss exceptional meal. Every dish is fresh, portions are generous, flavor profiles created from mixing both the common with the uncommon are tasty and although the ambience is causal the service is top notch. Had the fish tacos, ribs (starter), and both were amazing (as usual). Never a bad meal here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    mammaconde
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    When we first got there we were seated inside which is alittle to dark. The server was quite attentive. We ordered sangria and some appetizers while waiting for our son. I had to leave to go get him at bus stop. When I returned my husband was sitting outside and the apps where out. We ordered the crab cakes, calamari, shrimp ceviche. Everything was delicious. The complaint I have is the service. No app plates were provided and even after asking they didn't come so we eat off the main dish. Asked for more chips and that took 15 min. My son loved the paella, my husband enjoyed the jerked swordfish but watch out because it is spicy. I had the fish tacos - tasty but had way too much colesaw. Overall good experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    LynnRube
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I have had lunch at kaya several times but this was my first time for dinner. Food and device exceptional despite a busy restaurant- every table filled. A bit noisy but didn't detract from the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kaya
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Very interesting food. We have been there twice and we are familiar with Caribbean spice which dominates everything. We took two of our friends who did not appreciate that so much and had little to eat that night. Not for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great dinner
    PghVeggieGurl
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I've been to Kaya several times since it opened years ago. Even with all the new restaurant competition, it was full house for a Wed night and the food was outstanding. I had the vegetarian prix fixe, 4-course meal, a monthly special. It was fantastic. My boyfriend ordered from the menu and was equally impressed. The service was terrific and was timed perfectly with my multiple-course dinner. Food was well-prepared and very tasty!! Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    MusicGeibel
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My niece and I traditionally visit Kaya for their vegetarian tasting menu. Our last visit was Wednesday and we were not disappointed! I wonderful array of courses containing the refreshest local produce possible, perfectly seasoned and spiced, and a great wine package to boot. Love you Kaya!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great food and happy hour specials! There are some new items on the menu. The onion rings were crispy and delicious, with a wonderful horseradish sauce.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    DavidBandfriends
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Kaya is a consistent go to for casual but sophisticated food. The Kaya Burger with avocado and fried egg remains a favorite. Had the Bahn Mi tacos, veggie Paella, and tostada, and all were pleased. The Dark & Stormy cocktail(s) were tasty, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food with Many Levels of Flavor
    DocChuck
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a great meal. Both the swordfish and paella had lots of flavored going on and the meal was a delight. In addition, the wait staff was attentive and helpful. A great combination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Kaya!
    spikeVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I'm always looking to try something different on Kaya's menu and sample ingredients I've never tasted before. The chef always comes up with great flavors and unique ingredients/pairings to make a truly mouth-watering dish and memorable dining experience. If you are adventurious, you won't be disappointed. This was my first time to try the outdoor dining space at Kaya. It was a perfect night for it--not too hot or sunny. There was some noise from passing cars, but not much traffic between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. and the weather was delightful (despite a brief rain shower, which didn't affect us as there was a sufficient awning covering the tables).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was just "ok"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Nice spot, good service and good atmosphere. I had the salmon which was why undercooked and pretty average tasting at best. My wife had the fish tacos which she thought were decent. Overall reasonably priced and staff was friendly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The islands' flavors and mood
    Sandymod
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Love the unique choices and food pairings. Have been here several previous times and never been disappointed. Service good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • autumn
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The air conditioning was broke on a hot Friday nite. the jerky chicken did not have enough seasoning. friendly service the appetizers was great we had the calamari
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DJAR
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Tropical paella was wonderful, as always, and waiter was so friendly and helpful. We will be going back again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great birthday dinner
    peggytheveggie
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    there were four of us, all with different food tastes and requirements. the server was knowledgable, fast without being hurried, responsive, and efficient. we all loved our dishes, even those of us who never like anything. highly recommend for a special occasion (a little expensive).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not fond of the food
    Shelly5
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I was not impressed with the food. It was pretty spicy for a dish that didn't indicate any kind of spice level. I ordered the jerked pork quesadilla. Ended up being slightly soggy. Salad was ok. Appetizers were just okay. Probably won't return. I'm not a huge fan of Caribbean food. The manager was very nice and stopped to check on our table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First-time review
    drak64
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went to Kaya for lunch on a Saturday. We received our food fast, and were not disappointed. The Tropical Paella was delicious for seafood lovers! The service was attentive but not overwhelming.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food
    WomanToBlame
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I am a full-on carnivore and my BF is vegan and Kaya was a perfect spot for us, more than accommodating both of our food choice lifestyles. A perfect blend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strip District Gem
    Burghfood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Island cuisine in the heart of The Strip. Pittsburghers will steer you to other spots in the famous "Strip District" but this place needs to be on the list. Food is great, ambiance is cool and service is top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit pricey but unique and tasty
    VikkiP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    A little too expensive for a casual meal, but very good dishes with lots of fresh peppers, cilantro and the like. Mixes of sweet and hot abound. I haven't had a bad dish yet. And if you get Chas, he's a fantastic waiter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great every time
    Andy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    A little loud, but great food and drinks more than makes up for it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic