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Kaya Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bigburrito.com/kaya
  • Phone: (412) 261-6565
  • 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: Caribbean, Latin American
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I've never had a bad meal at Kaya!! It's a staple "go to" place when I have guests in town (or now, when I return to Pittsburgh)! Fish Taco's are my favorite. We went Thursday evening and to our surprise it was "Fried Chicken Thursday." My son thoroughly enjoyed the meal and asked for a second corn bread (which was differenct, moist almost like a brownie, but great). Our partie's third meal, the jerk pork enchilada, was also extremely tasty with a kick in the end. Service could have been a bit better; however, I think it was a function of a very busy food crowd with a very busy post happy hour bar crowd. Our service delays were with water and drinks. Get reservations as I've never seen this place not busy!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Kaya is our destination location for girls night out! Happy hour drinks are fun and festive and we always order a variety of appetizers which never disappoint. Severs are always pleasant and attentive to our every need! Love Kaya!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Tables are packed rather tight into the space. Food is amazing. I love seeing a restaurant take on vegetarian/vegan dining at that level. Was happy with each course. Service was a little confused and I was surprised that the they didn't explain what wine pairings were going with the food. There was a very loud very drunk table swearing very loudly behind us and it was making several tables uncomfortable but nothing was said to them from the staff. For a fun place to hang with friends this place would be great. If it's always that loud and full of obnoxious diners that aren't quieted I would not recommend for a romantic night."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Food was on point...once it was served correctly. My guest and I were there on a weekday that wasn't too busy by Kaya standards, but server did not get order right and runners delivered wrong dishes...with additional sides missing completely. Took a good 10-15 minutes to get the sides correct, by which time, entrees were largely cold. A bit of arrogance showed by server for the faux pas, and no offer for free item, drink, etc. I know it is hot spot and continually busy, but still, c'mon guys.....make the servers and runners (which I HATE at restaurants, and I was server for loooong time) at least fake their sorrow for mistakes a bit better...."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Kaya has great food and a great atmosphere. I would definitely recommend it to others and will go again."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I always enjoy Kaya, but this time I was particularly pleased with the swordfish dish I ordered for the first time. I now have a new favorite item on their eclectic, exotic menu."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My daughter took me here for dinner while I was visiting her from out of town. The fish tacos and vegetable paella were wonderful. The grapefruit/basil margarita was very tasty as well. If you are looking for a unique dining experience, go to Kaya. The staff was also very friendly and helpful. We sat outside where it was very quiet so I can't attest to the noise level inside. If there was one negative, I would have to say it was the bathroom, very dark."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The Fish Tacos & red Sangria are 5 star rating. Maybe the best I've ever had! Everything else was .. ok. Seated at a really awkward table where one person was in the walkway and I was hitting the person behind me. Server was so nice but it was slow to get our apps, about 20 minutes, not exaggerating. Ribs were eh, sauce was good. I thought the rice on the Paella would have been AMAZING for the price but it had no flavor. Conch Friters were good but seemed burnt. The decor was less Caribbean, chic, relaxed and more dark, tacky, college frat theme party.. Looked like a dive bar with some decorations. Dining in PGH now offers so many dining EXPERIENCES, its disappointing spending $100 for anything less. :/"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My husband and I go to Kaya a couple of times a year. We love fried chicken Thursdays! My husband ordered the fried chicken, and there was plenty to share with my vegetable paella. Yummy!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "It was my second time dining at Kaya. I loved everything about my meal. The salmon was prepared perfectly. Our server Tom, was knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive to our needs throughout the meal. Dessert was wonderful...best sorbet I ever had. Prior to dinner we had several cocktails which were reminiscent of my trip to the Florida Keys."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "It has become tradition to visit Kaya a couple of times per year for a sister's night out. It never disappoints. I like that they keep some of my favorites but change some of the other menu items periodically. The grouper was excellent and the Tempura Avocado Bahn Mi Tacos & mussels were quite tasty. The graduate was a nice, refreshing summer cocktail and you can't beat the Aztec Chocolate Martini!! Best chocolate martini I have ever had hands down."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The service and food was very good. My family ordered fried chicken and waffles for brunch. They really enjoyed everything."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The place has a great atmosphere. Nice mix of vegetarian items on the menu. If you are looking for a place to eat on a Thursday night you must go here. They offer a chicken dinner special that is amazing. Fried chicken the way it should be served. It needs to be featured on Food Network. Also a quality drink menu with a cozy bar. A Pittsburgh gem."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Really Fun. I love the service and the Fried Chicken"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The happy hour drink specials are a great buy at 1/2 off. Our server, Megan, was a gem! She was an absolute pleasure - attentive, but not cloying. The food was wonderful. Monica, the GM, always greets me, and today she gave me a hug because she heard it was my birthday. She is one of the reasons we keep coming back!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I go to Kaya a few times a year and always have a great experience. It is always worth getting to for Happy Hour and their somewhat seasonal menu."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The food was spicy and delicious. I got the Tropical Paella and it was filled with mussels, scallops, chicken, and shrimp, mixed with Spanish rice. I'm very pleased with my choice and I would defiantly be going here again."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Kaya is good, but not worth the expense. I can find better food for cheaper in Pittsburgh."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Been coming here for years. Food was great, as always. Limited, but well-selected wine list. Great mixed drinks. A nice place for brunch, weekend lunch."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "What used to be a favorite Thursday tradition, a place to take family or guests for some of the tastiest fried chicken in the city is no longer om our list of go to places. The lukewarm, over-cooked chicken was almost inedible. Unlike the delicious, crispy, generous portion of juicy fried chicken we had enjoyed in past visits, the overly breaded, skimpy serving of chicken was cooked so long (and long ago) that it was tough, barely warm and tasteless. The disappointing food mirrored the tepid service. Outdoor seating apparently meant self service, when as host at a table of 6 I had to approach the hostess to ask if a waiter could be sent to the table where our guests had sat unattended for more than 25 minutes."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Always a great meal nice drink selection. The servers are very friendly!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We lucked out and arrived on the night of the vegetarian tasting menu. It was so delicious, especially the mushroom stir fry rice cake. But the tomato avocado salad, zucchini pizza and strawberry angel food dessert were all a close second. Kaya is officially my favorite of the big burrito restaurants. I used my birthday coupon and my family was so glad I picked Kaya. Also really love the Instant Crush cocktail!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Always a delicious meal and great service! We love walking to Kaya for drinks and dinner."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We went to Kaya for my fiance's birthday dinner. The tap beer selection was great, and we got there for the end of Happy Hour (1/2 price drinks) which was a bonus. Our waitress really knew her stuff and recommended some great dishes. It was a fantastic night!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Moved to the strip district last August and slowly working our way through the restaurant scene in the area. Kaya had good food, good bar selections, music not too loud, friendly staff. Def will go there again"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Trendy spot, amazing food & fabulous mojitos! My new favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh. You cant go wrong with any of the restaurants in this group but Kaya is my favorite."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The service was attentive and accommodating. The food was quite good. The noise level, however, was so loud that I had to lean over the table to hear my companion. Most of the time I just nodded and smiled. My Flank Steak was done perfectly. The veges and sauce were great. The dumplings were flavorful, but a bit chewy."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a good meal at Kaya. The food was different and good. The bean dip appetizer was excellent as were our meals. This restaurant is a good find in Pittsburgh."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This is my go-to birthday place. The food is always outstanding. The tropical cocktails are my summer favorite. Service is great. I suggest reservations, especially during happy hour."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Kaya is quickly climbing the ladder as it concerns my favorite places to eat in the city. Kaya doesn't overwhelm you in any category (except maybe for cocktails) but delivers solidly in all categories (although the service is a little uneven at times). The bottom line is if you're looking for a fun, casual meal where the food is executed on a high level and the cocktails are both tropical and sublime (go for 1/2 off happy hour, one of the best deals in town) then Kaya is the place. Afterwards you should be relaxed, well fed, pleasantly surprised by the overall experience (especially if the service issues get ironed out) and perhaps even a little tipsy (all for a reasonable price). I'm already looking forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "A good choice for a relaxed weekend dinner with family or a cool lunch during the work week."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Not often that an item "as simple" as salad dressing can draw your attention. That is exactly what happened when enjoying a delicious veggie burger....the dressing on the side salad really made the dish. Fresh, flavor enhanced but still allowed the greens to be the center of attention....almost. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This is a great alternative to the lines and ordinary fare at DeLuca's and Pamela's. Get a reservation online and enjoy imaginative dishes typically highlighted with pineapples (even the excellent Paella). We also got eggs benedict and an omelet. Everything was excellent."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We were a group of 5 ,service was excellent!food was perfect the way we wanted & quick service! "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Simple excellent crab cakes. "Fried Chicken Thursdays" well priced and well done. Very well executed steak. Imaginative potato salad and asparagus. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Food was surprisingly good as well as service. Quite loud though; a lot of people in a small space. Order did not come out as ordered but waitress and restaurant very accommodating to make it right. Tried paella for the first time and it was quite good, although a little pricey ($24). The mojitos were delicious. Our "Girls Nite Out" group definitely plan to go back."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Overall, a great experience for my group of six. We were sad, however, that the kitchen had run out of shrimp before we ordered at 7pm. Otherwise we were happy with the experience and the meal."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Really enjoy the ambiance here, very different from anywhere else in Pittsburgh. I recently brough my parents and vegetarian fiancé here. Everything we ordered was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014