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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So delicious!!! We went 2x during our 5 day stay.... the Humus with cauliflower and the lamb shank were the best!!!
Shaya is definitely a unique restaurant from New Orleans. Not many other places server their kind of food and it is all prepared deliciously. I could just sit there and dip their bread in the olive oil mixture and be content.
Another superb meal with equally superb service! Thank you so much Shaya for such a wonderful dining experience!
i have a food allergy- server/chef extremely careful- substituted something that "could have possibly" been an issue. Pita fresh from oven was so good. very attentive and nice staff
Always an amazing meal. We are still raving about the food. Our server was awesome. The lamb large plate was incredible and the milk and honey is still one of the best desserts I’ve ever had.
Amazing food - felt a little rushed and ordered way too much food. Could have used a little more direction. Would definitely recommend and come again.
Very delicious food. The fried chicken hummus was my favorite. Beautiful cozy atmosphere. It was bustling even on a Wednesday night. Glad I made reservations!
Service was Wonderful!! House music was LOUD and frankly, didn't fit the ambiance or aesthetic. We asked for an outside table and were re-seated quickly. The food was spectacular. The Fried Chicken hummus was my favorite dish.
Great food, ambiance, and the waitress was super friendly and hilarious! Would recommend everything about this restaurant!
Our server was super nice and informative. The food was wonderful. Very clean and great ambience.
It's a must visit place in NOLA. I know it's not creole but it's a worthy break from it. Lot's of vegetarian options as well.
Shaya was hands down one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in my life. The hummus and pita was amazing, the food was perfect. Will recommend to everyone coming to New Orleans.
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Fantastic food, drinks, and service
This place is wonderful! Amazing food and ambiance!
Will definitely come here again when I'm back in NOLA!
Shaya was excellent; from the time we are seated until we left. The food was interesting and excellent and the service was superb. The entire meal was fabulous and we will definitely return when we return in the area.
Shaya needs to offer a ‘tasting menu’ for first time diners. Some items excellent, others ok. I would go back, just order the items I know are great. Worth the visit!
A few picky eaters so I wasn’t sure. Everything was amazing! Picky eaters even enjoyed something different. Can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Flavor explosions everywhere!
We were amazed at the quality of the food here though not surprised as other reviews had been extremely positive. The atmosphere was very "chic" and comfortable with a great small bar area within the dining room. Not a large place and a great crowd for a Sunday lunchtime so expect it to be a little loud but gives it a good vibe and energy. We did a lot of sampling and really over ordered but will have a better feel for next time. Just so many great things on the menu and we wanted to try as much as possible. Best oven cooked bread and hummus we've ever had, amazing large plates though I'd recommend the lamb # 1 overall as did our waitress. She was fantastic and very helpful. They were a little busy and she may have had a few too many tables but we were still pleased plus her knowledge of the menu and recommendation were spot on. As their menu states Shaya has a wonderful blend of culinary influences mostly from the Middle East/Mediterranean region. PS...save room for the Milk and Honey dessert. You won't be disappointed and will make plans to visit again.
Thank you for visiting Shaya recently. Sounds like you had a great spread- good choices! We're always updating and adding to the menu, so we hope you'l return soon to try something new. Regards, Roger Eyles, Manager
Food was lovely, service meh. Highly recommend the summer squash, but feel free to skip on the halloumi.
Loved the authentic, fresh Israel/Middle Eastern food and the pita bread made right there in the oven is to die for!
Highly overrated, overpriced . We were visiting from San Antonio and made the reservations three weeks in advance, not knowing how mediocre the food was.
This is our favorite place in New Orleans and we try to go every time we’re in town.
AMAZING food and service.
Best dining experience anywhere. Ever. We travel to NOLA two - three times per year & the focal point of each trip is dinner at Shaya. We've even created a ritual we refer to as "First & Last" in which we agree to have our 1st & last meals at Shaya. Once isn't enough. Cauliflower hummus? Yup! Milk & Honey? Hell yeah. Courtyard seating? Bonkers. Drop everything & get to Shaya.
Visiting from San Francisco and received a tip from a local to try Shaya, and to say we were not disappointed is an understatement. It was exceptional. The cocktails, food and service were all stellar. Our server steered our entire meal and she was spot on. Israeli salad was like an elevated Mediterranean salad with the best whipped feta I’ve ever had. The cauliflower hummus was a pleasant surprise, crispy on top of creamy. The slow cooked lamb fell right off the bone and was sweet and savory. Finally the milk & honey dessert was like a custard cheesecake with gelato and granola, and was the best of each one of those elements. Almost forgot, the pita bread served prior to the meal was out of this world. Could have made a meal of just it and the dipping oil. Think puffed pastry meets thick homemade tortillas and you get this pita to rule them all. So far my favorite meal in NOLA. Not a long walk through garden district to reach St Charles to take the streetcar back to the French quarter where we were staying. You must try Shaya!!!
One of the best restaurants in New Orleans! So worth it. It gets busy so make reservations. My best friend and I got lucky our last day of our 4 day girls trip and were able to get lunch reservations before heading to the airport. As a vegetarian, I was having bit of a tough time finding a classy place that served great veg food and so happy I found it! Pita was so so soft, falafel sandwich so tasty...highly recommend. :)
This was my second time to Shaya, and it only got better! Service is top notch. The food is Israeli/Mediterranean with some creative and amazing twists. The overall experience is just fantastic. Shaya sits on my list of Top 10 favorite restaurants around the U.S. that I go back to whenever the opportunity presents!
Everything was wonderful. Service friendly and efficient. Food was fresh and delicious. Will definitely be back.
Absolutely outstanding. So good, we went back two nights in a row. Cannot reccommend Shaya enough. Just go there, you will not regret it. Chad was an awesome server too. Cheers from two Kiwi’s
I really enjoyed dinner at Shaya. Dina was a great, patient server! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting New Orleans.
The food, neighborhood and environment was nice BUT our waiter started off conversation by being sassy and continued through out the evening carrying on chatting about themselves and never got the hint to walk away. If we had a different waiter, we would have had a pleasant time instead of wanting to run away. Other than that the food was delicious and I would recommend eating there if you can escape the waiter.
Beautiful food - loved the okra and the pitta bread. Wonderful service.
Sat outside - the fans were a little noisy so made hearing the waitress a little difficult.
Thank you for dining at Shaya recently. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed the okra- it is our current seasonal salatim offering. We will pass along your kind words to the chef. Best, Roger Eyles, Manager
Probably one of the top 5 meals of my life! Everything was delicious! We had the cauliflower hummus, the heirloom tomato salad, the seafood main course (can’t remember the name) and the Moroccan mint tea press.... All were amazing!
Awesome food. Try the lamb Ragu hummus- still dreaming of it days later!
Amazing! Service was excellent and the food was the best ever!!!!!!
The food is incredible and creative.
Service and food never disappoint!
The best bread in the world ! We had lunch with 3 salatim and 1 hummus, and it was amazing ! With an excelent price! Worth every dollar !’
The service was excellent. Our server chad was wonderful and was very helpful with suggestions as this was our first visit. It was my daughter’s birthday and she liked the special touch of a personalized birthday card. Will be returning soon!