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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Kaya reviews from OpenTable diners
183 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (116)neighborhood gem (88)hot spot (56)special occasion (52)vibrant bar scene (52)great for outdoor dining (47)great for lunch (42)romantic (36)good for groups (35)great for brunch (34)late-night find (23)kid-friendly (8)notable wine list (7)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Another great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
  • Nice lunch spot...
    Snackmaster
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This place is part of the Big Burrito family. I would put it as middle of the pack. Not as tired as Mad Mex. Nice interesting menu well presented with good service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Middle of the Road
    EatingThroughPittsburgh
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The grilled pineapple was a great/unique side for a brunch menu
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    holcombe543
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was excellent, and the waitress was extremely knowledgeable about the menu. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the old Kaya's
    phillydocVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Too loud, too dark and flavors did not really work together.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • review
    August2014birthdayreview
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was delicious. Our waitress was excellent. Service was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food
    ageb
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My wife and I had some of the best food we've eaten in a long time. The skirt steak was perfect, swordfish was terrific, and bean dip appetizer was unique and delicious. Very, very, very good food! Make reservations and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vegetarian Night was Fabulous
    LauraGVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Kaya is one of my favorite spots in the city - never lets us down. Most recent visit was for the Vegetarian night on 20 August. I love that they can make food both look and taste that good, without any animals harmed in the making! These people know Food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veggie Heaven
    CharlieVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The monthly vegetarian menu is always excellent but this months was outstanding. Flavors complemented each other beautifully. Service is always very good without being overwhelming. Cocktails are superb. If two people are dining, one person should get the vegan menu and the other person, the veggie menu, then switch plates half way through the meal. Bravo Big Burrito and Kaya.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Kaya is one of our favorite restaurants. It never disappoints!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    wew003
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Here for the first time in Pittsburgh for work. My co-workers and i stopped in. Good was great. Our server Chaz was knowledgeable about the menu, funny and engaging. Food was very good you should try the jerk swordfish. Large portions.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Happy
    KFRD
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We eat at Kaya frequently, and I have not had a bad meal. Service good-newish server did a great job, we all thought he was the trainer!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fresh
    livetoeateattolive
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My wife and i had not been to the strip for many years. What a breath of fresh air Kaya was. From the moment we got there till the time we left was great. The drinks were perfectly mixed, the mahi mahi perfectly cooked, and service was great. Best of all, the food was fresh and delicious. We will definitely return, and most likely try dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    BusinessTraveler
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This is a small, very casual restaurant in the strip district. There is nothing fancy about the place; in fact, when I walked in I thought it was just a bar. Luckily they did have a one table in the back with seating for our party of six. As soon as the appetizers hit the table we forgot about the ambiance because the food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday dinner
    luvtodine
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Decided to head here for a quick bite on a Sunday. Fish tacos were delicious. My girlfriend wanted a crab cake sandwich for dinner. Usually only on the lunch menu. Our waitress was very helpful and asked the kitchen if it was still possible to order. Needless to say the crab cake sandwich was delicious. Thank u to Kaya for being so accommodating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place...
    PghfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Love Kaya for brunch or dinner... We've had several things and nothing disappoints. I recommend the black bean dip, plantain hummus, flank steak, swordfish, Cuban sandwich and fish tacos. Their burger is pretty darn good too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above Average
    davechrs
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I love to check out restaurants we haven't visited and the visit to Kaya didn't disappoint! It was very clear the food prepared was from very fresh ingredients. The wait staff is very accommodating. My wife didn't like the beer she ordered and the waitress suggested she order a different one and the first one would not be charged. The overall experience was very favorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was delicious. And the atmosphere was cool. The service left something to be desired.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2eat
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I tookk a couple of my friends who were visiting from out of town and they loved the food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    Bub7
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I love coming to Kaya. The food is always good and the service always friendly and welcoming!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so Food
    JilkaVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My husband and I recently visited Kaya after a long absence. Our server and his trainee were great. The food, however, was "nothing to write home about." We ordered the conch hush puppies. The amount of salt on them was outrageous. I ordered the Tempura Avocado Bahn Mi Tacos. The avocado was bland. I wish some of the salt from the hush puppies could have found its way to the tacos. The tacos had a massive amount of cilantro piled on top. I was able to make a cilantro side salad. My husband ordered the Heirloom BLT. A top slice of the tomato was brown and rotten. I'm not sure how the prep cook missed it. The salad that accompanied the BLT was not dressed -- just dry field greens. Disappointed to say the least!
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  • Excellent as always
    SunnO
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Having tried almost every item on their menu, I am still impressed, and a bit amused, that of all the places in Pittsburgh to get a burger, who would have thought a Caribbean place would have the best one?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I no longer live in Pittsburgh so only visit kaya every few years. The menu changes and it's always good. I don't eat wheat, much dairy or red meat or poultry. No problem. Good for seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Appetizers and entrees were creative, bountiful and delicious!! Best jerk chicken I have had in years (and we've vacationed to St. Thomas, USVI many times). Several of our party were vegetarians and their options were plentiful. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate