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About Kaya

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.

2000 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Caribbean, Latin American, Jamaican

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

Cross Street:
20th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(412) 261-6565

Website:
http://kaya.menu/

Executive Chef:
Benjamin Sloan

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Fried Chicken Dinner every Thursday! Visit www.bigburrito.com/kaya for additional events and information.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

A valid credit card is required for reservations on this day.
$40 per person fee will be applied to cancellations, non confirmed reservations and no-shows.
A minimum cancellation notice of 48 hours is needed to avoid being charged. Confirmation is required.

Kaya Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (46)
Fit for Foodies (44)
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Good Vegetarian Options (43)
Bar Seating (32)
Fun (32)
Casual (31)
Special Occasion (29)
Authentic (26)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Spicy (26)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Happy Hour (21)
Great for Brunch (20)
Cozy (19)
Hot Spot (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Local Ingredients (15)
Romantic (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Healthy (14)
Vegan (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Great Beer (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Seasonal (9)
Tapas (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
People Watching (6)
Business Meals (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Organic (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined a day ago

Incredible flavors, fresh ingredients with local seasonal flare

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·Dined 3 days ago

We went for my husbands birthday dinner. Party of 7. My sons and my Kaya were burnt to a crisp and dry. We ordered Medium well. But it was so burnt and dry we both only had a few bites and both of us were disgusted. When the manager came by to ask us how everything tasted we told him about our burgers. The waitress returned and said they took the chips and salsa off our bill. My husband and I have been going to Kaya for years. It has always been a good experience. But I don’t know that we will ever return. Disappointed with our meals, we left hungry.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food is always wonderful, and the atmosphere cozy and comfortable.

Tags: Spicy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Organic, Local Ingredients, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Tapas, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

This was our first time for Sunday brunch. Kaya didn't disappoint. The food here is always good and the service very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was delicious and our waiter was upbeat and helpful. We will definitely return to Kaya!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

FANTASTIC as always! The menu has a lot to choose from. We had a wonderful waiter and will definitely return. Brunch, lunch or dinner - you can't go wrong with the inventive & delicious food at Kaya!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

Vegetarian chili was wonderful as was the field green salad! My husband enjoyed his Kaya burger! We had a great “date night”!!

Tags: Vegan, Good for a Date, Authentic, Healthy, Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great happy hour! Finally tried the fried chicken Thursday night and I was not disappointed! Very delicious! Fun atmosphere for a friends’ night!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Always great food, knowledgeable waitstaff, and hip atmosphere at Kaya and ALL of the Big Burrito restaurants.

Tags: Vegan, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Always have a great meal at Kaya! Took some friends this time who had never been there and they were very pleased! Creative menu and great taste!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Outstanding food. Beer selection was also excellent and featured several local breweries. Especially enjoyed the conch fritters and the jerk chicken. Will be back.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

We love Kaya, they have what seems to be healthy and unique cuisine. Conch fritters are a delicious indulgence worth having on a special ocassion.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Everything was just ok. Nothing to rave about. Didn’t seem as great as I remember it in the past.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

I had the pork quesadilla and it was delicious! Especially with the fancy cheese dipping sauce they give you. Wife had the paella which was a little spicy for her but was packed with chicken, shrimp, mussels, and scallops. We split the conch and corn chowder for an app and it was good but was served luke warm at best. That was probably the most negative aspect to our visit. Service was good and walked in and went right to our table since we had a reservation. Will return!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good paella, pleasant Caribbean atmosphere, street parking which can be difficult

Tags: Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Kaya is our go to place for brunch and other occasions. The food and service is consistently excellent.

Tags: Great Beer, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Recommend Caribbean salad and corn/conch chowder. Great service, friendly, excellent food and ample choices. Reservation recommended.

Tags: Romantic, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Business Meals, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Tapas, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Quick, courteous service and an incredibly pleasant dining experience overall.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We enjoyed our meal very much. It was Thursday, so there was a fried chicken special, which was very unique and the greens with peanut and coconut milk were great. Waiter was wonderful.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was good. Service was meh. Atmosphere was good, but dark. I watched the manager turn down the lights twice. I don’t know why. It was already dark outside.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Nice place. Service was great. We met as a family there before a play in downtown Pittsburgh

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was very tasty, service was excellent and the atmosphere was pleasant ...We started with Chorizo Queeso Fundido and Conch Fritters and for our main courses I had the Crispy Fish Tacos, my wife the Grilled Salmon, my son had the Tropical Paella and I forgot what his wife had (I believe it was a stuffed hot pepper of some sort)...It was all very good...we will return...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Kaya is always fun---great energy, hip crowd. Calamari appetizer was incredible as was the chopped salad. Jerk chicken could have used a little more umph. We'll be back

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The fried chicken on Thursdays is great.
Nice atmosphiere

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Spicy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Both the salmon and the flank steak were perfectly prepared. In both entrees the chef showed creativity and talent in his choice of accompanying ingredients and flavors.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great service with good recommendations, esp. For dessert. The creme brulee was delish. The paella and calamari are my go to dishes. Hubby loved the flank steak sandwich, but it was a bit spicy for me. Good beer selection.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 17, 2017

kaya has been a long time favorite of mine- I have never been disappointed with the food or service

Tags: Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

In town for the Steelers game. This was a great choice. Awesome drinks, food delicious, presentation great. Service also impeccable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Fun dinner with my wife. Food is always good and flavors stand out. Service was friendly and helpful. Cocktails were great.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Spicy
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

I have dined at Kaya numerous times over the years. I have never been disappointed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I thought Kaya had fantastic service. I really enjoyed the Flank steak cemita. I would certainly return!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I’ve been to Kaya many times and always enjoy it. The food is awesome, beer selection is great and the service is always good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Happy Hour, People Watching, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Loved the Cuban!! Both meals were above expectations. Great service. The place was packed but we had a reservation and were treated and seated right away.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 14, 2017

the food was great, with lots of choices for all types of diets. however, it was ridiculously noisy, and we had to shout to each other to be heard, which made it an unpleasant experience.

Tags: Spicy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We went here for a birthday and it was very good. We all liked all of the dishes but it was nothing special. I was a little surprised there was no mention of the birthday even though it was on the reservation and they mentioned it when they called to confirm the reservation (and we even bought multiple desserts!). I would not go here for a special occasion again. It's just a nice Pgh bar, with very tasty -but not particularly special- food.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was amazing! Restaurant staff was very friendly and helpful! Overall fantastic experience! Kurt was a great waiter and made my birthday dining experience fantastic!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Kaya was phenomenal as always! We love this place and try to come as often as possible!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Vegan, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Healthy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

One of several visits for a Sunday brunch/lunch— this time w an out of town visitor. He thought “everything looks good.”
Great huevos rancheros and fish tacos. Lots of other things that sounded great but couldn’t fit into two stomachs. Fun casual place.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Kaya never disappoints for service and taste. A great spot to take out of town guests.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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