Kaya

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$30 and under
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Caribbean

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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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year at Kaya! Choose from our regular menu or splurge on Chef Marty Son's tasting menu. We require a credit card to protect us from no-show guests. If you need to cancel, you may do so by contacting the restaurant. All no-show fees will be donated to the Pittsburgh Food Bank.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1737 People Are Saying
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M
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Fun! Great atmosphere great service and vegan gf options

LP
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kaya was great as always plus Pizza Boy IPA on tap !!! Woohoo!

T
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Kaya still holds a special place among Pittsburgh restaurants. My chief complaint is that the brunch seems to be endless on Sundays. At what time is it finally over and one can get a lunch menu???

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always

F
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to try out the vegetarian prix fix dinner and WOW was it amazing. You're not going to have a bad meal at Kaya but this was extraordinary. We can't wait until the next one!!

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice night out with boyfriend, great for happy hour 1/2 price cocktails 4:30-6:30P m-f

J
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service accompanied by amazing food in a chill vibe environment

J
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had many diet restrictions but Kaya met them all. So grateful
Great food.

L
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent drinks and starters, vegetarian entrees were good but not great.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite spot in Pittsburgh for great food, unique mixed drinks, and friendly service.

MD
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was a perfect environment for a mother and son lunch! Atmosphere was great, we both really enjoyed our food, comfortable setting, service very thoughtful, and while there was background conversations, we definitely felt welcomed and will happily return.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The food was way too spicy and menu didn’t note that.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The kids chicken was spicy for kids. I was surprised they would make it that way on the kids menu. My fish tacos were overdone, the fish was hard, with too much pepper and super dry. The plantain nachos were very good, expected better when the food came. The jerk chicken dish was extremely dry as well.

AP
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a friend for dinner. Happy Hour is pretty sweet - 1/2 off all drinks! We enjoyed the cilantro, lime hummus and crudité, and the field greens salad with grilled salmon - both were delicious and light. I’ve been dining at kaya for years and have never had a bad experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

The entrees and cocktails were excellent. The poke bowl was my favourite!
The cilantro dip that they serve with the wings were a little lacklustre compared to my last visit here

F
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the service was great and the ambiance was wonderful. Will go back!

KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kaya is my Favorite Big Burritto spot but I love them all-- Kaya happens to be my birthday place cause I love the bread pudding :)

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was good. The waitress didn’t right down my order and had to come back and ask questions and then I received a dish that I did not order.

k
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a lovely time at Kaya; the food is consistently good and the service is always well paced and friendly. Their fish tacos are some of the best I’ve ever had. It holds a special place in our hearts as the place we had dinner the night we got engaged, and it is always our go-to for a relaxing but special night out.

S
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It pains me to write this as Kaya is one of our favorite spots consistently to dine and I'm hoping our recent experience isn't the start of a trend. We started off great with the jerked pork and plaintain nachos which were quite good and a couple cocktails to accompany. My husband ordered the tropical paella for his main. When it arrived he noticed 3 of the mussel shells had not opened, which made him a little anxious about eating the dish and he left more than half. I ordered the rainbow salad with flank steak which I wasn't able to cut well with my knife and had to abandon attempting to eat as it was too tough to chew. Fortunately the meal concluded with the chocolate banana bread pudding which we both enjoyed. Our waiter was incredibly understanding and tried to make things right which we appreciated. Not what we expect when we go to Kaya, we've been enjoying it for over 20 years now and it has always been consistently one of our favorites. Would still recommend though I hope I'm not let down.

CC
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was fantastic! I had the tropical paella and my girlfriend the salmon. They were both absolutely delicious. Great drinks too. We will definitely be back!

BR
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Reasonable price. Great service. Noise a bit too high. Were there on a Wednesday evening. If there on Friday or Saturday evening, I'm sure noise level would be much too loud.

LK
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was awesome and gave great recommendations.

JH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was mediocre. I recall it being better in the past.

LS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We have been going to Kaya for about 30 years - also great service, friendly atmosphere, and good food. Best place in the city to take a vegetarian.

AC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met up with a friend for happy hour we had a very nice time the atmosphere was chill and laid-back we have a jerk chicken wings and mixed cocktails during happy hour I would definitely come here again

B
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious, seasoned to perfection. It was a perfect place to impress clients. Noise level was great for conversation. Decor was eclectic and service was good.

C
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was great! Nicely done Caribbean theme

O
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and cocktails. Loved the variety of options including vegetarian. Visiting from out of town but would totally recommend.

K
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time as usual!

JS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service was good and the restaurant was nicely laid out to not feel crowded or noisy. The tropical paella was a big quantity, had lots of seafood and was a great flavor combination.

CC
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The seasonal cocktails at Kaya are delicious, fun and always more tart than sweet - kudos to the bartenders! Service was above average and food was well prepared and good value. We enjoyed the "Fried Chicken" night on our last visit.

JP
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

After loving the monthly vegetarian tasting meals for many years, we have been disappointed in our two vegetarian meals with the new chef, specifically in the lack of real sophistication in flavors and presentation.

F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Rainbow salad is hands down the best salad I’ve ever had. Beautifully decorated, nice laid back vibe.

A
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Some of our orders were too Spivey for us to eat. Our server did try to accommodate us. The kitchen was a bit slow.

M
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was outstanding!!

A
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Seasonal cocktails were so good. Chicken sandwich was the best I've ever had. The waffle fries are amazing!

C
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Table was wobbly, but waitress fixed it without us having to ask. Fish in fish taco seemed old and tough.

LN
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kaya never disappoints. Another great meal last night with Chaz, our favorite server, and outside seating on a beautiful warm evening.

k
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I had high expectations. The food was just barely ok