Kaya

4.7
1642 reviews
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$30 and under
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Caribbean
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 Benjamin Sloan 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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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday! Good food, nice wine.

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KF
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our daughter's birthday. Always enjoy Kaya.

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DS
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and drinks were excellent. The caipirinha and Pharmacist’s Daughter cocktails were fantastic; great black bean dip and delicious tacos and quesadillas, too. Friendly staff. This is one of our favorite places for an evening out!

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OT
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice little tropics themed restaurant. Tons of drink options. The chips were homemade and had a kick to them.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried chicken Thursdays are excellent! Both my wife and I ordered the Nashville hot, which was, not only the best fried chicken we've had in the city, but the closest thing to Nashville hot that we've found locally. Great service and happy hour specials, too!

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W
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great service, food & atmosphere. We are regular customers at Bog Burrito restaurants.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

I got the chille Rellenos, they had been deep fried but the breading was soggy. The insides were supposedly stuffed. But it was mostly filled with seeds from the pepper which made it unbearably spicy and there were two bites of potatoes and hardly any cheese. The beans were shy of being fully cooked. I had gotten this dish before and there were huge chunks of potatoes, lots of cheese, and the beans and rice were also inside the pepper. That was much better than my most recent experience.

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d
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate here about 4 years ago, loved it, and hoped it would be as good this time. It was. Still unique and thoroughly enjoyable.

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CA
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Very close quarters but went there for something different. Probably will not go back

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OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent place for first date... and anniversary 24 years later

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LF
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were wonderful as always.

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Birthday celebration

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GA
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing meal. Great drinks and awesome vegan options. 100% would recommend to anyone!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fresh and fun on a rainy evening!

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SK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I've been to in Pittsburgh, do yourself a favor and go to Kaya

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c
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, always delicious food with veg and vegan options, super fun atmosphere. Kaya is a sure bet.

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SA
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the vegetarian pre-fix menu with wine pairing. The dinner was delicious. Kaya is always excellent with many vegetarian and vegan options

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d
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing! My server forgot some things that I asked for but overall did a good job.

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G
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. What a charming, whimsical and attentive server. A+ Veg dinner ruled too

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G
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a go to when in the strip district. My girlfriend and I went to Pittsburgh and randomly stopped at kaya for our first date and we loved it. We went back for our one year anniversary and it held up to our expectations. We will definitely be back more often than once a year now for sure.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service!

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OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. Perfect!!

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PF
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is always delicious. I swore I wasn’t going to eat all of the fish tacos and sweet potato fries, but I couldn’t help myself.

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JS
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kaya has a very diverse menu with a ton to offer! the bean dip & queso fundido apps were perfect for the table. the jerk wings were incredible as well as the chiles rellenos. would recommend & will definitely be back

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KM
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always good- a little expensive, but worth the great quality-.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great fun, great food!

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ER
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tropical paella was incredible! We went here for a birthday and it was a great venue for it, not too loud, the drinks were great, and the the quality matched the price.

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

It was okay but didn't knock our socks off, if you will. I got the Kaya burger and my wife the grilled salmon. Everything was good and met expectations for a decent meal.

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v
Pittsburgh
100 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kaya is my favorite reasonably-priced delicious food restaurant in Pittsburgh, and the service is excellent. I often order the crispy fish tacos grilled instead of fried and when the waitress heard us discussing that we like spicy food, she said they could also make the fish blackened if we prefer that -- it was fantastic....a new favorite. Great beer selection, and excellent vegetarian options.

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PF
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

I have been to Kaya several times o er the years and although the atmosphere is always only OK—slightly funky and dark even in the daytime—the food has always been of the high quality I expect from the Big Burrito Group. This time, none of the four in our party was very satisfied with our food. The Cuban sandwich was nothing spectacular and the fish tacos were soggy and too spicy for most people, I think. Also, the entry to the restaurant looked dirty. This restaurant may have seen its best days. It seems to need some TLC and better cooks.

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YM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We tried to make a reservation at open table and by phone for 430 or 5 PM. We were told that we could come at 3:30 or at 9:45. When we arrived instead of being seated in the front of the house we were seated in the back area next to a staff meeting that was going on at another table. The waitress was poor she sat down at the staff meeting to consume her lunch while my guest needed to have a drink fixed because there was no syrup for the most twist only carbon dioxide in the soda machine. The restaurant remained completely empty until we departed at 6 PM at which time two tables were filled. Additionally I paid in cash in my change due back was $13 and I needed to leave an approximately 6 to 7 dollar tip. The waitress gave me back a 10 and three ones instead of a five and eight ones. I had to go to the bar to get additional change.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place, though you need a reservation most of the time. Food was delicious. Several quality vegetarian and vegan options, and delicious mixed drinks. Nice happy hour special.

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GP
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Most times, the place is total chaos. The servers are usually running through the dining room and in and out of the door to the tables outside. Sometimes it seems that no one has one specific job; everyone is doing everything. And yet, we never got our appetizer. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kaya. I take people there all the time. Monday just wadn’t your best showing.
No worries. I’all be back.

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KM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazingly good! Drinks were fantastic as well. Our server was very knowledgeable and suggested a change that made a lot of sense (adding tofu to the nachos when we didn't want pork). We'll be back!

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t
Pittsburgh
75 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kayak continues to delight and delivers excellent food with top notch service. An outstanding place for brunch.

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TB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always outstanding! 👍👍👍👍👍

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and drinks, great service!

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A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a family member who frequents the restaurant, our party of 8 was well taken care of from the moment we sat. Drinks were great, the conch fritters even better! Tons of vegan selections for my daughter. The fish tacos and the Caribbean rainbow salad were out of sight!!

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PA
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was slow. Food was really good. Will definitely go back. Everything we tried was amazing and there were many more items we wanted to try. Fried chicken was great. Shrimp dip was very good. Steak cemito was very flavorful.

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AM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for lunch with a friend I hadn't seen in a while. We had lots to catch up on. The waiter cheerfully gave us time and space to chat and (eventually) order. Upon learning that I had had dental work done and the food I could eat was limited, the waiter gave me great recommendations. The food was so good. I'm pretty sure the corn and lentil beignets are the best appetizer I've ever had. Particularly impressive was the way the waiter WAITED until we were done with our appetizer to bring our main course--none of the hovering around you waiting to snatch your plate and kick you out the door the second you take your last bite. I recommend Kaya enthusiastically!

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