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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

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Kaya will be offering a New Year's Eve Tasting Menu as well as a regular menu for dinner.
Dinner reservations require a credit card to hold the reservation with a 48 hour reservation cancellation policy.

Kaya Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (45)
Good for a Date (42)
Fit for Foodies (38)
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Good Vegetarian Options (33)
Fun (29)
Bar Seating (28)
Casual (28)
Happy Hour (27)
Authentic (24)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Special Occasion (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Cozy (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Spicy (17)
Hot Spot (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Romantic (13)
Healthy (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Vegan (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Seasonal (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Tapas (8)
Great Beer (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Business Meals (5)
People Watching (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Organic (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Music (1)
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Kaya continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in the Burgh. The food is always outstanding and consistent no matter how many times we go back. We have meet friends there for dinner and they always comment about how good it is. The wait staff is very good and knows the menu and is willing to offer suggestions as well. Will continue to go back and also recommend to people.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great portions. Great atmosphere. Great prices. Will be going back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Stumbled upon Kaya. Beautiful restaurant. Delicious food. Well priced. Romantic atmosphere.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

We were treated warmly and with respect by the waitstaff and other staff as well. The food was outstanding and we will definitely return. My son, who is from LA, really enjoyed it as well. See you next time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 20, 2017

A nice evening for a friend visiting Pittsburgh for the first time

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The setting is casual but warm and inviting. The service was attentive and friendly. The menu features some interesting vegan options. All of our entrees were excellent. The vegan Chile Relleno was outstanding. The chocolate bread pudding was average. However the Ancho Chile Chocolate Lava cake was excellent. Overall, it was a great experience. If your palate is receptive to some spice, then this is definitely a place to try.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was delicious, (except for the guacamole -- that was a disappointment). Service was eh. It felt like our server was annoyed that he was our waiter...which doesn't make sense because we ordered a lot of food so that means you're getting a good tip as long as you're nice enough.
Would definitely recommend. Nice atmosphere and menu items are different from most restaurants in Pittsburgh.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Went with my husband and have been to Kaya many times before. I had the grilled salmon with roasted vegetables that was fantastic. It was served over an eggplant purée that was incredibly tasty and salmon cooked perfectly. I usually get the rainbow salad that is great too but glad I changed it up tonight. My husband really enjoyed the steak with chile relleno. I love how they incorporate fresh ingredients and herbs to make their food so flavorable. The service is great and very consistent. Will continue to be regular customers.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

My wife and I booked a 7:45 pm reservation on a Friday night for a date. We ended up arriving at the restaurant at 7:15 pm. Since we were early our table wasn't ready so we sat at the bar and ordered drinks and appetizers until then. The bar tender and the food was fantastic. When our table was ready our waiter didn't disappoint either. He was very down to earth and fun. He made the night a very good and memorable experience.

Tags: Happy Hour, Healthy, Fun
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Myself and two other carnivores went for the Vegetarian Tasting Menu and it was awesome!
Every course was a complex blend of flavors and textures perfectly balanced. From the Beet Carpaccio, Butternut Squash Tortellini, Chaterelle and Leek Bread Pudding to VEGAN dessert of Grilled Peanutbutter Sandwich with Concord Grape Sorbet each course was perfect.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 16, 2017

While the food was excellent, the service at Kaya was subpar. Our reservation was not kept, and the hostess neither apologized or offered us anywhere to sit or stand in the meantime while we waited to be seated (it was cold and wet outside, and we had to hover in the doorway).

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Kayak continues to deliver creative meals in a laid back atmosphere with great service and staff.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Seated quickly. Great options on the menu. Good food- kaya burger was a bit messy trying to eat it but delicious. Good service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Showed up early for our 5pm reservation. The lunch menu was still live. Ordered a couple happy hour drinks and an app while we waited for the dinner menu to come up. Waitress was attentive and friendly. Made excellent recommendations! Prices are right in the sweet spot between value and fancy. Will be returning more often!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Tapas, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Always delicious food and excellent service! Comfortable seating. Be sure to make a reservation.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Live Sports, Cozy, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

My husband and I went to Kaya for date night and loved it! This was our second time there. The food is great, the service is really, really good and parking is only $6 for the entire night. My favorite is the dramatic lighting and drink choices they offer. The only bad thing I would say is the seating is pretty close to other parties, if their tables were just a little bigger it would be the perfect restaurant for Caribbean style dining in PGH,PA.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great value for the portion sizes. Flavor of all the dishes is amazing. Overall great food and wonderful atmosphere!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

1. I was really pleased to be able to get an on-line reservation on the same day (a Saturday) as I e-mailed!

2. I actually stopped bye earlier in the day and requested a particular table for my agreed-upon time. Hostess was very accommodating. Then, when we showed up a lot earlier than the agreed-upon time, we were seated at a table of our choice - very important to me.

2. Both the wine and the size of the pour were very satisfying.

3. I had the salmon salad, which was tasty - the apples crisp, the lettuce fresh. My friend raved about her steak sandwich.

4. Our server was polite and came promptly when we needed her, but was not intrusive.

5. Because we came late afternoon, the noise level was not a problem, as I know it would have been later in the evening.

6. Prices were acceptable, and what I expected.

I'll be back!
Tom

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Solid quality food and service! In a foodie Pittsburgh, Kaya stands as a go-to Caribbean fusion and comfort food option!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I have been to Kaya several times and it never disappoints. The food is unique and very tasty (they make a mean and tasty burger!), the service has been pretty good in the past but on this last visit, our server Bradley was outstanding! He was incredibly attentive and on the spot with our orders, answered our many questions, and accommodated -along with the chef, a request on a gluten free need. We can't wait to go back to Kaya!

The only reason I didn't give 5 stars to this restaurant is because the noise level is a bit high. My friends and I don't mind it much but I know some people who would mind. Regardless of this, Kaya remains one of my favorite spots -especially before going salsa dancing at CAVO next door! :)

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Authentic, People Watching, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Everything was delicious. The service was wonderful. My only critique would be on the drink. I got the pisco sour and I thought it was a little small for $12. But other than that I really enjoyed it!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Tapas
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh. Amazing food, at an amazing price!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

One of our neighborhood go-to's, but a good destination if you are looking for evening out in the strip district !
Great service, great veg options, and never a bad experience.
One if the best burgers in town !
Fried chicken might amazing !

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My husband and I frequently visit Kaya and always have an amazing experience. However, our last visit, October 21, we received the worst service that I think we’ve ever had. What normally takes 10-15 min to get our food (with an appetizer), we waited about an hour (and we got there at 8pm), and we didn’t order an appetizer. The area our server had was not that busy (there was a 4 person table open in the area), so I’m not sure what the issue was. The food is always spectacular, so we will return for that, but the service was not the best this.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Happy Hour
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We used the big burrito free entree here, and that combined with happy hour made for a very inexpensive meal. Our waiter, Kurt, was fantastic and attentive. I had flank steak with chili rellenos and it was beyond fantastic. My partner got fried chicken, and it was also quite good.

Tags: Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Hadn’t been to Kaya it a long time and coming back felt and tasted like the first time all over again. Great food and great service. Definitely won’t be staying away that long again.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Birthday dinner w/ 3 friends on the vegetarian feast night w/ wine pairings and happy hour AND $30 of it paid for with my birthday club coupon. I ❤️ Big Burrito.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We dropped in for a light bite and wound up ordering the 4 course vegan dinner. It was our first. It was delicious and we can’t wait until we can go to another. Our service was awesome as usual when Chas is our server.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I love Kaya and come here often. I ordered the chile rellenos which is one of my standard favorite dishes when I go out to eat if it's available. However this time the seeds weren't cleaned out of the pepper which makes it extremely hot. Also the peppers were only filled with beans- there didn't seem to be Any cheese at all. The cheese is my favorite part! I will not be ordering this dish at Kaya again and we'll stick with some of the other standard favorites like the Currys and the conch fritters.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I’ve eaten at Kaya many times, usually lunch on Saturday which has always been very good. On a Monday at 5:00 pm we were seated quickly but no dinner menus were available. The wait staff was slow to get drinks even though the place was about 25% full.
Crispy fish tacos were barely warm and too heavy on the cabbage slaw. The actual pieces of fish were far more soggy than crispy. Seafood jambalaya also just warm and heavily salted.
I would have to re-think a return visit.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Once was enough. The only thing we enjoyed was the drinks. The food and service weren’t as good as I was hoping/ expecting.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great service and the food was amazing, will def recommend to my friends and family!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Awesome food and great service! Will definitely be back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Loved the pulled pork nachos!!!!...Did not like the carrot soup though...very gritty. The wings were too vinegary this time. Last time they were the best, so
maybe just a bad batch.
I got the shrimp and grits. Very good.
The lava cake was good.
My husband liked his Kaya burger a lot.
We ate outside away from the speakers.
Very nice time!

Tags: Spicy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Nice Caribbean restaurant. Good food. Good prices.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Fun, Casual
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