Shaya

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$31 to $50
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Israeli
Shaya restaurant marries Israeli staples with Southern flavors and modern techniques, striking a balance between innovation and tradition. Shaya approaches Israeli cuisine as a grand mosaic, drawing influence and inspiration from North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Greece. The contemporary menu reflects the ongoing evolution of Israeli food and celebrates the abundance of Louisiana. Shaya highlights seasonal, responsibly- and locally-sourced ingredients.

The wood-fire oven is central to both the menu and the dining experience, from the incredible homemade, wood-fired pita to vegetable-centric small plates and heartier entrees. Many of the dishes on the diverse menu are meant to be shared and enjoyed throughout many courses.
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4.7
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4.7
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Can’t wait to go back when I’m next in Nola

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals my husband and I have ever had! The food is absolutely delicious and the service was excellent.

MB
Key West
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Limited menu.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding!!

OT
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

N
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fabulous meal! Made it twice on our long weekend in Nola, it was THAT good!!

A
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the food and service. The fried chicken topped hummus was memorable. Tasty lamb Kofta. Loved the abundant fresh baked pita. The only shortfall is the Shakshuka which was a bit salty and lacked any distinctive flavors. Would go back and try other dishes.

EM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner at Shaya! The food was fantastic and the waiter was especially helpful in helping to navigate the menu.

BP
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, knowledgeable server, nice ambiance

c
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Thoughtful and well executed cocktails, a menu that makes you want to try EVERYTHING and a wine list that is both approachable and full of gems BTG.

Our only touch point that felt off was the sense of disengagement from the bartender. He was present and helping people, but it felt more like a chore than anything else...absolutely no smile or sense of passion. Compare that to our table server that evening and it would be night and day!

Great table service with a feeling of close by but never intrusive. He had a great knowledge of the menu and really helped to be our guide as we made our selections.

f
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Loud unpleasant music.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was great and Liz, our server, was knowledgable, helpful, attentive and friendly! Will definitely return. Late lunch is a good time to visit; it’s not as busy as an evening meal so you can take your time. Plus, not too loud!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service in inviting warm environments

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food.

l
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was fabulous, but we were a little disappointed with service. Ran out of vodka we were drinking and waiter didn’t help by letting us try a new brand.

AO
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaya is a standout restaurant. The food is outstanding! Everything is so fresh and delicious. One of my new favorite restaurants!

r
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! We especially loved the shakshuka and hummus. The cauliflower and Israeli salad were a hit. Haven’t had pita like that since i was in Israel!

KS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single aspect of this experience- from being greeted at the door, grabbing a drink at the bar, sitting with my friends, and THE FOOD THE FOOD THE FOOD was amazing. The ONLY possible very slight comment is that the bartender was a little indifferent.... just not very smiley. Other than that- perfection in every way.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing!!!

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FO
Houston
56 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing experience...food was outstanding and the variety of menu choices is wonderful. We had a group of 5 and everyone loved each dish. Highly recommend for an incredible meal. Our staff was attentive and helped with choosing dishes. We absolutely LOVED it!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

My Birthday! I was so very disappointed! Of all the great restaurants in New Orleans, I chose Shaya to celebrate my birthday with my family!
The food was pretty good but the service was unacceptable!
Our service , I believe his was David, was not attentive to us at all. He only became excessively attentive after we had to track down other waiters for assistance. I will do a full review on Yelp because I am an elite Yelper. It all boils down to the fact that I birthday celebration was horrible and I wasn’t even acknowledged with a simple “happy Birthday “! The waiter didn’t even offer the dessert menu so we could sing Happy Birthday! My husband mentioned to him that it was my birthday and he ignored him... if he couldn’t hear him then that tells you how much he was even paying attention to us. Everyone else at the table hear him. I was so looking forward to Shaya but this experience put such a negative and ugly shadow on what was supposed to be a joyous occasion!
Dissatisfied and Disappointed!

CD
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the wine to the hummus, the shareable plates to the fresh neverending pita from the oven, Shaya offers a delicious meal and a great evening out. If you’re new to Israeli food or celebrate Middle Eastern cuisine regularly, you won’t be disappointed with the quality of food, the knowledge staff, and the affordability of the experience. Enjoy!

K
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I wanted to try this place due to the high star rating- we both enjoy trying out new foods and the menu was very unique. We ordered 3 small plates and the halloumi. We really enjoyed all of it. We had plenty to eat, as well as a specialty tea and our bill was under 40! The homemade pita bread was fabulous- and she had fun watching the cook make them in the fire pit oven in the back of the restaurant. We will definitely return, as my 15 year old says this is her new favorite restaurant! Darren, our server, was attentive- and patient with our questions. I can’t think of a better experience I’ve had at a restaurant. It will be a great memory. Thank you!

IK
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was extraordinary. The flavors were astonishing. The portions were extremely large. We were guided very well by the wait staff. Two appetizers and one main dish was sufficient for the two of us.

LM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Shaya presented an amazing menu of tasty food. I totally enjoyed the lamb ragu as well as the another dish. The cocktails were on point. Unfortunately the service was not to par. The waitress was forgetful and our food was a bit cold when we received it. I still would go back because of the food and would hope that it was just an off day for the young lady.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my 4 year anniversary and everything was absolutely perfect! Great food and great service. Loved it!

BG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very unique twist on Mediterranean cuisine. Our server was outstanding and really helped us make our selections. The food was excellent and we always head to Shaya when we are in New Orleans. I suggest a reservation.

l
Atlantic City
34 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from out of town and were so glad we ventured out of the French Quarter to Shaya. The food was incredible! And our server was sweet as can be. Can’t recommend this place enough. It was honestly a perfect meal.

s
New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love Shaya!!! Fantastic food, fabulous service, perfect wine. Always a great experience!

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is just fantastic Colourful and flavourful

J
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Spectacular meal with interesting Israeli choices and beautiful ambience!

PT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Shaya was amazing. Simple, delicious, clean, festive... I can’t say enough about this place. Completely worth the wait

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Have always had great meals here but this time we had an hour between appetizers and entree and then one of our entrees came out cold.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. We will be back for sure

OT
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food! Warm in the restaurant due to bread oven, so don't dress too warm.

D
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. We tried to keep it light, but with all that hot fresh homemade pita bread coming continuously, we were stuffed! Would definitely return (although we have tried to get in 4 times and couldn't until now!)

c
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent. Had the seafood entree for the first time and it was excellent!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Shaya! The food was delicious!

PG
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance. The food is fresh and kosher. I’m Jewish and loved this place. It was my first time. It was my birthday and I really enjoyed it.

FM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in Jackson, MS we were watching Somebody Feed Phil television and decided it was worth a trip to new Orleans the following day. Shaya fulfilled our every expectation and more. Highly recommend any foodie to make the trip!!