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Kaya, Pittsburgh, PA
Kaya, Pittsburgh, PA
Kaya, Pittsburgh, PA
Kaya, Pittsburgh, PA
Kaya, Pittsburgh, PA

Kaya

4.7
4.7
2571 Reviews
$30 and under
Caribbean
Kaya's outdoor courtyard is now open!
There are 3 ways to order: Online, by phone or in person. Join us for a fun, casual outdoor experience. Mon - Thursday 4pm - 9pm or Fri -Sun from 12pm - 9pm.

Once you place an order, you will be notified by text when it is ready to pick-up from our walk-up window on 20th Street. You can choose to sit and relax at one of our colorful outdoor tables, or take it with you. We can't wait to see you!

Located in the heart of Pittsburgh's Strip District, Kaya's cuisine is inspired by the sea and sun, melding fresh, high quality ingredients with bold flavor and alluring preparation.

Executive Chef Marty Sons incorporates the culinary customs of the Caribbean Islands, South America, the Pacific and beyond.

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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Caribbean, Latin American, Jamaican
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (412) 261-6565
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Marty Sons
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    20th Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 2,571 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Healthy

  • Pittsburgh

    Healthy

2,571 Reviews
  1. clinsell15224

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For whatever reason, it had been awhile since I had eaten at Kaya. It definitely didn’t disappoint. Food was great, service was excellent, and the place was lively and fun. Always a great option for dinner!

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  2. Pap24

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Kaya is a very good restaurant. The seating is kind of tight. It is a noisy place and very interesting. The crab cake, Shrimp Pilau and mussels our party ate were excellent. Service was good but not great.

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  3. AnthonyK

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice food. Nice server. Good drinks too. Fun music and nice space

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Entrees were great. Guacamole wasn’t good (served with mostly small broken chips). Good vegan options. Nice cocktails. Service was pretty bad though. She brought the check when we were still eating and barely checked on us so she definitely wanted us to leave even though we were there for less than 45 mins at that point.

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  5. CONCHFRIT

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The server and food were exceptional. The hostess could have been nicer. Maybe too much coffee?? Kaya has been a favorite of mine for many, many, many years! Back in the early college years we went to Kaya to dance and enjoyed the VIP area quite a bit. We are already looking forward to our next visit at Kaya, one of the BEST restaurants in Pittsburgh. We hope to see the Server again! THE CONCH FRITTERS ARE A MUST FOR EVERY VISIT!

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  6. DAVIDL

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's been 2 days, and I'm still thinking about the paella. It's a small place, so definitely get a reservation. Loved the decor, food was delectable, and the price was entirely reasonable. Happy hour probably helped, but dinner and drinks for 2 in a trendy spot for under $60... pretty good these days!

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  7. LisaM

    Pittsburgh

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Presentation of the food was not the best. Had the carrot and brussel sprout paella and there was maybe 1 brussel sprout in the paella. Only 2 desserts available, bread pudding and ice cream which was dissapointing.

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  8. JW2993

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ingredients used in the cocktails tasted spoiled. Specifically the pina colada and the mojito. Additionally, the Jamaican jerk wings were not jerk at all. Didn’t contain any of the spices and seasonings that I know and love about actual Jamaican jerk chicken. The wings were cooked well, but the taste was extremely underwhelming. Additionally the conch fritters had an extremely unpleasant fishy taste that overpowered the entire taste and there was no crispness to the fritters whatsoever. The customer service and the environment were great, but the rest of the experience was not.

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  9. GaryN

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kaya is one of our favorite places to go! The food is outstanding, I had the Shrimp Paella and my wife had the flank steak. The Chirzo Queso Fundito appetizer and bread pudding dessert were incredible. Our alcohol of choice was top notch! Easily a five star experience every time we have been.

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  10. Northsider

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kaya is one of my favorite places to eat in Pittsburgh. Wonderful flavors in everything they do. Great vegetarian fare.

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  11. Ty97

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came to Kaya with my fiance for Valentine’s Day & had a great first experience! Food was amazing & the service was as well. Our server Adam was very attentive and definitely exceeded my expectations. We will definitely be returning. If you’re looking for good service , request Adam!!

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  12. GOBUCS

    Pittsburgh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent. Loved the Tropical Paella. Nice pours on the wines at a reasonable price.

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  13. cstb

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative Caribbean menu. Eveything is top quality and nice quantity too. My party had a vegetarian and a beef lover and everyone was happy. I wish they had not taken the chocolate lava cake off the menu.

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  14. GayleH

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    My order of three crispy fish tacos with slaw and cilantro were delicious and quite filling. Also shared an order of chips with tropical guacamole. Both were refreshing and offered a taste of summer.

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  15. micheleo

    Pittsburgh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect. The black bean dip is outstanding as it always is. The conch fritters and dip were delicious. Our family of 4 had 3 sandwiches - cuban, hot chicken, and crab cake. All were delicious and got rave reviewers from each of us who tried them. I had the salmon entree and it was cooked to perfect with the perfect flavors. We finished with the banana chocolate bread pudding. It has a mild banana flavor and was great.

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  16. SchenleyFarmer

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place. Parking can be a challenge. The steak for the steak and eggs brunch was mediocre at best. Staff is terrific.

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  17. Spinner9

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was efficient but the staff all seemed like they were just not happy to be there and it made the difference in whether we go back. Food was great but a smile or pleasantry from staff would have changed the experience.

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  18. Teresa

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and drink was great, our waitress was not so friendly. Perhaps she was having a bad day because I believe we have had her once or twice in the past, but she was not friendly and acted like she had to put an effort into serving us. Not impressed or happy with the waitress and her service. I thought she was rude , short and not very friendly at all. Will be a while till we return.

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  19. PattiP

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We are regulars at Kaya. It is one of our very favorite restaurants. The food and drinks are always exceptional. The service is almost always great, friendly and efficient. The vibe is fun and lively albeit a tad loud but that's probably me!! We highly recommend Kaya!

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  20. judia

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food, drinks and atmosphere, Will be back

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always enjoy my dinner at Kaya! Everything feels so fresh and delicious!

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  22. Gabby

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our experience was amazing! I love the food at Kaya and its prime location in the strip district. Will definitely return soon.

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  23. Cabman

    Pittsburgh

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We had the Vegan special menu and it was excellent. The tables are very close so unless you get one of the few booths you will be in on your neighbors conversations and they to yours, but we knew that up front so it wasn’t a surprise. Service was rushed. Would have appreciated more time between courses. Would go back for lunch and bar service but probably not dinner just because of the seating arrangements.

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  24. CONCHFRIT

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hostess greeted me right away and gave me an awesome seat! The Server was very attentive and provided exceptional service. The Bar tender was perfect! The Server didn’t have Yuengling available and within minutes I was drinking a beer even better than my favorite Yuengling. The Conch Fritters were worth the entire trip! Highly recommend the Miami Salad. So healthy and tasty! I also really enjoyed the Hot and Smokey margarita. Looking forward to my next visit.

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  25. Carl

    Pittsburgh

    45 reviews

    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We have dined at Kaya often and look forward to the quarterly vegetarian dinners. When we ate there last night the food and service was excellent as always. However, the noise level was excessive and made it very difficult to hold a conversation with our dinner companions. The environment inside the building was much more like a bar scene than a fine dining restaurant. We will not be back until outside seating becomes available.

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  26. ElissaB

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Their vegan dinner was delicious! We tasted most of the offerings, and there were smiles all around. It is so nice to be able to eat everything on their special menu (all vegan all week) and not have to ask if it is vegan friendly. Everything was very colorful and very delectable! Yum!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered from the special vegan menu and also ordered the beet salad without cheese from the regular menu. Everything was fresh, tasty and creatively prepared. Very special meal and wish they had a vegan menu every day but we will take the four times a year! Spectacular evening!

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  28. PaulaG

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome - vegan tasting menu was so good! And the service amazing. Thanks!

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  29. carol2

    Pittsburgh

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great friendly waiter. Different food selections. Great drinks. Liked the design. Nice evening.

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  30. JoeK

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve gone to Kaya for dinner several times before, but this was the first time for brunch. The food was great and our server did an outstanding job. Looking forward to the next visit.

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  31. nathanlpeterson

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The waffle was a little soggy but overall pretty good

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  32. BethV

    Pittsburgh

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Kaya. The food is truly a Caribbean vibe. Lots of great options with authentic flavors. The blood orange Cosmo is to die for!!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was very good and food was awesome. Great place for vegetarians as there are many choices. Love the salsa and tofu appetizer.

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  34. jule

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Kaya never disappoints. Every bite is a delight and the cocktails are amazing!

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  35. Jeanette

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and for a great value. Our server was an absolute rockstar!!!

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  36. LisaS

    Pittsburgh

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rainbow salad! Best salad in the city! Add your own protein and you’ve done your mind an and body a good for the day!

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  37. Harton

    Pittsburgh

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great casual menu and wine selection. Would recommend the fish tacos and the jerk chicken sandwich.

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  38. LindaM

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kaya is a unique restaurant that has a twist on their food options. I haven't been there for awhile and stopped for lunch with the girls and it was a great decision. Food was great (I had mussels) and a few hours catching up in a warm and comfortable spot was perfect.

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  39. MicksterPA

    Pittsburgh

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were excellent as usual. We were seated close to the front door and it was a little chilly at times but manageable. The noise level seemed a little louder than normal. I’d love to see Kaya offer a little more room but that’s not enough of a negative to keep us away!

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  40. KarenJ

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding service from hostess to waitress. Front entrance is a little much scary 2 steps followed by a door that doesn't look like it's really an entrance to a restaurant. Waitress provided great advice about food spicy vs. not too spicy etc. Sitting in a corner in the back was a plus to avoid much of the noise level...a busy place which is good!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Kaya does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Kaya also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (412) 261-6565.

Kaya is rated 4.7 stars by 2571 OpenTable diners.

Kaya does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Kaya

2000 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    20th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Caribbean, Latin American, Jamaican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Marty Sons
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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