Shaya

4.8
2585 reviews
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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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CJ
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always everything was amazing! Food, Service and ambiance

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OT
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to eat here. The food was fantastic

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TI
Mobile
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely amazing!!!!! We ordered 6 different items and everything was fantastic!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, food was excellent. Service was flawless.

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TR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we hoped it would be!
We paired the matbucha with the cauliflower hummus, heirloom tomatoes and roasted summer squash with what tasted like a light creamy pesto., and their incredible pita. The fish was incredible.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I return to Shaya every time I’m in town. Every hummus I’ve tried is amazing and the warm pita bread with it is out of this world! Can’t go wrong with the roasted cauliflower, but the show stopper has to be the lamb, absolutely incredible! Highly recommend!!

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BP
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent as always. We try something new every time and we’re never let down.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Cocktails are not so great y’all, def time to switch it up or re-evaluate the drinks on the menu. Past drink menu items were great, but current lineup is pretty bad.

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KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and awesome food!! We left there stuffed... recommend it to everybody !

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good and service was amazing.

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SM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the green bean hummus, babbaganush, grilled eggplant, Israeli salad, and cauliflower. All of these dishes were wonderful. Pita bread was slightly undercooked but still delicious.

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RW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall experience! This is the 3rd time dining here and it has never disappointed me.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is always excellent at Shaya. We often order take-out. Our server was EXCELLENT. She helped with my special medical diet and helped me find many more dishes to enjoy than I realized. She was also efficient, friendly, and upbeat. (Wish I could remember her name to give her a positive shout-out.) The wine list was good. We found a great bottle of natural rose that the whole table enjoyed. We also ordered by the glass.

The only downside to this restaurant is their choice of music and the level of sound. Their music detracts from the ambience, and the noise level always gets too high. It's hard to have a good conversation without having to shout. That is why I often prefer to take out.

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CJ
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Our must favorite restaurant in New Orleans.

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RS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing lunch. Everything from the pita, to the hummus, salads, sandwiches were perfect.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Cocktails are

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RG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We did not recognize many items on the menu. I googled from home before we went and got comfortable with the menu. We made the mistake of ordering too much.The bread with the lamb ragu and and the salatim selections filled us up pretty fast.We had a couple of small plates and we skipped the large meal. Not time we will order the lamb Ragu and the shank of lamb for the main course. The other couple, like us, enjoyed the food.

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CB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Order the lamb hummus.. You won't regret it. Everything tasted amazing!

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BD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish at Shaya is such an incredible treat. The noise level makes it difficult to enjoy conversation, though, and the average patron does not seem to be respectful to their neighbors anymore. We had to endure the two single mothers drinking wine next to us as one FaceTimed her very young children at home with no sitter and proceeded to reprimand them through the phone. It was awkward to say the least. But the food is incredible. I would be happy if the restaurant were to increase their prices and create more privacy for the tables.

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A
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu provided many options making it very difficult to choose. Our server was very knowledgable about the specifics of each dish and fun to interact with. The food was delicious! The fresh pita made the meal feel like home and the slow cooked lamb melted in the mouth!
If I had a criticism, it would be the cocktail options. Extremely minor issue for me. The food and service is where it counts and you guys hit it out of the park!

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LG
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The humus and fish were high points. And the chocolate babka dessert.

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JG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and terrific service- Margot is the best!!!

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

In an otherwise fast food, casual and less than healthy food town, Shaya was a welcome oasis in the beautiful and charming Magazine strip of the Garden District. The food was truly unique and delicious even for someone who frequently dines in Israel.

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HK
Saarbrucken
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I only can recommand this perfect ambasador of mediterrean oriental fresh reciepts. And the flatbread hot of the wood fire owen: a pure "délice", run for it!!

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EM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious every time. Service was impeccable as well. I couldn’t ask for a refill on anything. Before I realized it was gone something new was on the table.

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RM
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chad was the best waiter!

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P
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was and is, a really great experience to go to Shaya. The food is consistently good and service was great. I always recommend it to out of town friends.

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SM
Mississippi
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Street parking free on Sunday. Food is delicious. Miss the short rib hummus. The fried chicken hummus is delicious.

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NO
New Orleans
24 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Still super great after Shaya. Too bad the crowd has moved on to Saba.

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G
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last night in town before moving

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome as alway! Great food and Leah the server was outstanding! Love Shaya!

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MS
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the slow roasted lamb and the grilled ribeye steak immensely. Their hummus is incomparable. I think it is a great value and will definitely return.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Everything was great except the service. Normally the service is awesome as is the food but that night it was actually terrible.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This may be an unpopular statement with all the great cuisine in New Orleans, but I’ve been to Mew Orleans between 5 and 10 times and to Shaya three. I’ve tried southern cuisine, all the creole cuisine I could ever want and Shaya has been by far the best dining experience I’ve ever had in the city.

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JC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I try to bring my wife here every year for her birthday and did this year. We were fortunate to have my daughter and grandson join us this year. We all thought that everything was outstanding. Even the before dinner cocktails were excellent. And we were there early enough for Happy Hour so drinks were half price, don’t know how it could get better. Our waitress, Margo was as good as the food, cheerful and upbeat and knowledgeable about the menu and made several excellent recommendations. Overall experience couldn’t have been much better. We’ll be back!

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JN
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service attentive. Our favorite meal in NOLA!

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Other than too many flies in the main dining room, an excellent experience

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CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Shaya. Perfect every time. So obsessed with the warm, fresh pita and delightful accompaniments. Greens were very much on point and the wine was unique as always. True love.

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LB
New England
19 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the night with friends and an outstanding meal all around. I particularly liked the cauliflower hummus, the fish and shrimp entree and the chicken dish. A decent selection of wines and a very attentive waitress made for a really nice evening.

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SB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing food as always.

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