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Kaya SF - Permanently Closed

4.3
4.3
242 Reviews
$31 to $50
Jamaican
Daniel Patterson and Alta Group have partnered with chef/co-owner Nigel Jones of Oakland’s Kingston 11 Cuisine to open Kaya, a community-oriented restaurant featuring modern Jamaican dishes grounded in tradition and prepared with pristine California ingredients.

Opened in early 2018 in the Mid-Market space that was formerly the original location of Alta, Kaya is Nigel’s first restaurant in San Francisco proper. Named for Bob Marley and the Wailer’s sixth album, Kaya represents the irie feelings cultivated when people gather around a table in community. Kaya offers a distinct experience from Kingston 11 while still retaining the lively and social vibe that has made Kingston a beloved destination for Oakland locals since its opening in 2013.

Alta Group bar director Aaron Paul has collaborated with the Kaya team on a rum-based beverage program to complement Nigel's soulful menu.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Jamaican, Caribbean

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Saturday, 11:00am - 3:00pm Sunday, 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm Late Night: Friday - Saturday, 10:00pm - 1:00am Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday, 4:30pm - 6:30pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 590-2585

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Nigel Jones

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (415) 590-2585

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Cross street

    10th St.

  • Parking details

    NEMA 24hr Public Valet Parking Garage 998 Jessie St.

  • Public transit

    BART station: Civic Center<br />MUNI lines: F, J, K, L, M, N, 6, 71

  • Additional

    Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch

What 242 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. KH

    KatH

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a lovely experience. All the staff was very kind and informative and sensitive to any dietary restrictions. The food was authentic and richly flavored. We especially enjoyed the oxtail soup. The salt fish and cod with the fresh salsa and peppers small plates were delicious . The jerk chicken was very moist and delightful. The vegetable curry had a lovely combination to wake up your palate.
  2. L

    Loveadeal

    Palm Springs

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Cool Vibe!
  3. LW

    LWEli

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2019

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    The service was perfunctory, the food mediocre at best. My chicken dish was a leftover; it was cold, clearly had been cooked some time ago, and was dry and tasteless. One of the worst meals we have had in a restaurant in the Bay Area.
  4. VA

    VictorA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Food was meh. Service got our order wrong.
  5. j

    jbff

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I can't give a bad review but I found no reason to go back
  6. DJ

    DaveJ

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great flavors. Food exceeded my expectations.
  7. s

    suzanneg

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was superb, they even stored the baby's car seat for us at the entrance.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our server Milton was fast and friendly. Loved his irie vibe and the mood was positive and lively. Goat Curry? Legit....
  9. S

    Skyking

    San Francisco

    93 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    If you're going to Orpheum, this is a good choice. Very limited menu, so one must like Jamaican food, or else, it's not for you. Otherwise, try it!
  10. DE

    DarianE

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Langston and Nigel consistently deliver superb service!
  11. U

    Ubey

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Nice place. Poor veggie selection. Veggie curry uninspiring
  12. H

    Hungry

    London

    117 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Food was hit or miss. Service was simply terrible though - and I rarely if ever complain about service. Slow, sloppy, uninterested, inattentive... from the second we arrived (at 5pm when the restaurant was empty) to the second we left (at 6:45 when the restaurant was full).
  13. D

    Dorota

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food and cocktails.
  14. C

    Chefunk

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Made a 2:45 reservation because that's what was available online. Was called at 1:30 the day of the reservation so they could let me know the kitchen closed at 3:00 so most of the menu would not be available. Ok. "It would be a good idea if you got here early". Ok. Arrived at 2:00. "can we have the hemp cereal please?" Sorry, out. "can we have the ackee and sailfish?" Nope, sorry. Then they must have heard me say "Can we have two jerk chicken sandwiches, but instead of nice crispy fries, could you please make sure they are stone cold, limp AF, and coated in grease? Cuz that's how my mom do." Because that's what they delivered. Second visit. Both visits 2/10. Would not eat again.
  15. TB

    TracyB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed ourselves. Nice music and a nice atmosphere. Good food.
  16. KA

    KateA

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, vibe, and service. We love everything about this restaurant! We happened to be there the night they opened and have returned several times for dinner. Will be back!
  17. KB

    KimberlyB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dinner and theater night in the city.
  18. DE

    DarianE

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVE KAYA FAVE RESTAURANT IN SG. LANGSTON AND NIGEL ARE AMAZING
  19. G

    Gary

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was good, but not very many options. Great flavors. Very few beer options. Very loud, so hard to hear. They add 5% to the bill for "employee benefits", which should be built into the prices, not a surprise in the end.
  20. MT

    MarkT

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very cute space in SF. They were very accomodating for our large group. Great drinks, food. Would love to come back to try their brunch!
  21. o

    oldenough

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I had dinner there a few weeks ago and enjoyed it so I went back for lunch with two coworkers. I had the jerk chicken sandwich that was bone dry with a few small dry pieces of chicken that were flavorless. Most the volume of the sandwich was fried plantain. I asked for aioli or mayonnaise to keep me from choking on the arid sandwich but that didn’t help- I had mayo on a dry flavorless sandwich for $16. One coworker had the curry vegetables. The curry was good but the vegetables were over cooked and soggy. My other coworker had the jerk chicken salad that he said was “edible”. The mango papaya salad we shared was good but there are only a few small slivers of mango and papaya so it is really some bagged Costco baby greens with mango and papaya garnish and a decent dressing. Fried plantain was par for the course but the bean and cream dip is only small enough for two pieces of plantain so you have to be prepared to eat the rest of the plantain on its own- frankly you can get the same dish for half the price with an abundance of beans and cream anywhere in the mission. I was excited about this restaurant but it is really not worth the trip.
  22. E

    Elsharko

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent. We had a bunch of small plates and the jerk chicken. great spices/flavors. Love the rum list too.
  23. MC

    MireiaC

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It took ages for us to be taken the order. The food was not delicious neither. I ordered the Curry (vegan version). The rice and beans are friend in butter so didn't come (I get it), however, plantains were supposed to be there and were missing. It is a cool place with nice atmosphere, but the food is not worth it.
  24. DL

    DesignbyLaKesha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful! the food was so delicious and the ambiance was perfect. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for Jamaican cuisine
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had a wonderful time. The food, service, music and overall experience was great. We'll definitely be back!
  26. L

    Lois

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service! I'll definitely be back.
  27. BL

    BLocal

    Sacramento

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Friendly and efficient staff. Good Jamaican home cooking and comfortable setting. I would recommend and return.
  28. M

    Mard

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our meals were very tasty, the prices were reasonable, and the service prompt and friendly.
  29. M

    Myke

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great flavors, staff was friendly but could have been more attentive.
  30. MM

    MarinaM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2019

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    The first time we visited this restaurant, we had a great experience. The food was delicious, our server made recommendations and we had a great time. This time around, it wasn't quite as great. Our server totally forgot about us once we ordered drinks. The restaurant was occupied, but by no means stuffed to the gills. It didn't make sense that we were totally forgotten for most of the night. We were never asked if we wanted a second drink, and our server didn't even take some of our orders. The food was fine this time around, but the level of service ensured that we don't need to come back again, sorry to say.
  31. PR

    PyxieR

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The restaurant was hopping. There only appeared to be a few servers who were swamped. It took awhile for our server to get to us, but the food came out quickly and was hot and delicious. I had the Pirri Pirri Chicken which is hands-down the best chicken I've ever had in a restaurant; my daughter had the Oxtail Stew which she enjoyed immensely. I only wished there was an option to have fingerling potatoes OR fried plantains. Fortunately, my daughter and I swapped those items, so we were both happy.
  32. o

    ot4jt

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Kaya is a friendly restaurant with terrific flavors and excellent value. We shared a roasted kale and beet salad which was very tasty even though the kale was a little chewy. Crispy Salmon with Pickled Vegetables and Piri Piri Chicken were also hits. Host and server made sure we finished in time to make ACT's performance at the Strand Theater.
  33. j

    jessicac

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I have been here twice. Food overall is good and tasty. Certain plates tend sometimes to lack a little seasoning, nonetheless the majority of the plates I have had are good. My favorite so far are the fish fritters, the rock cod fish, the jerk chicken and most definitely the ox tail stew is by far the tastier!! Their habanero and pomegranate molasses ice cream combine with their rum cake is exquisite!! Service is very good! Milton has been my waiter both times and he has been excellent!! I highly recommend this restaurant!
  34. JM

    JamesM

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the salt fish and ackee. Takes me back to Jamaica
  35. D

    David

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Jamaican food, drink and atmosphere. Most enjoyable.
  36. EM

    EllenM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was great, and the food was flavorful and nicely presented; however, the menu was a bit limited.
  37. J

    John1941

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly, stylish, nicely mixed clientele, quite good food. Saltfish fritters, saluted green beans and goat curry plenty for two--goat is clearly the best meat for curry. Sprightly rum drinks even one in a coconut that was surprisingly good. The music level was about to get loud when we left about 7.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Almost ate a piece of undercooked/close to raw grilled prawn which happened to be the last piece...bite into a prawn and it tasted all wrong and texture was off. So had to spit it out, which thank God I did! I had a stomach upset a few hrs later, lasting a while. I had brought it to the attention of a staff when he was clearing the dish with no expectation of a remedy. However he said he would get a manager to address it. Shortly after, a lady came to the table and asked what the problem was and I told her that one prawn was uncooked and she merely said “ok” and removed the plate with no word of apology and in fact I had to apologize to her that I had to spit the raw prawn out as she gave me a rather “dirty” look for even trying to bring the “incident” to their attention. Then when I was having my main course (the crispy skin salmon), she repeatedly came over to the table trying to clear the plate when half of it was still on the plate and I was apparently working on it with the knife and fork in hand and literally eating it! The food was unimpressive as I had tasted better jerk chicken and the salmon did have a crispy skin but also probably had a very uneven seasoning as my 1st bite of the salmon tasted like it had a dollop of salt on, with the rest of the fish being reasonably more edible. I was not going to send any food back to the kitchen for fear of what they might do to my food, especially with the nasty attitude I got from her...probably just a server as she did not identify herself as a manager and in fact was the same person who took the orders at my table. No offer of the desserts to end the meal which I had no desire to have at that point anyways. So overall, bad food and atrociously bad service & bad attitude. DEFINITELY DO NOT RECOMMEND. Probably had lots of fake reviews which I had read and believed before my dining experience. Music was too loud to hold a conversation that I feel like I was competing with it to have a conversation with my friend.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks , food and ambience was perfect
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very tasty food, excellent spicing and strong flavors. Good service and convenient location too.

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Kaya SF - Permanently Closed is rated 4.3 stars by 242 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    10th St.

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Saturday, 11:00am - 3:00pm Sunday, 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm Late Night: Friday - Saturday, 10:00pm - 1:00am Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday, 4:30pm - 6:30pm

  • Cuisines

    Jamaican, Caribbean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    NEMA 24hr Public Valet Parking Garage 998 Jessie St.

  • Public transit

    BART station: Civic CenterMUNI lines: F, J, K, L, M, N, 6, 71

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nigel Jones

  • Additional

    Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch

  • Phone number

    (415) 590-2585

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (415) 590-2585

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