Shaya

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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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RW
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A work of cuisinary art! My waitress Ruby was very knowledgable and helpful, I enjoyed the whole experience and will be back!

EB
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! No other word for it!

l
New England
98 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a special restaurant with the most delicious fresh pita I've ever had along with flavorfull small plates and superb entrees.

L
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely loved the food and can’t wait to come back!!!

LA
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Forgot her name- Catina or something like that? She explained everything, very patient...
Food was great! We couldn’t finish it all, though. The pita bread was amazing. Unlike any other.
They have their own parking, which is a big plus for us.
We will definitely be back. And recommend.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Amazing!

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C
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this place ! Our server was so wonderful I wish I remembered his name. We had the eggplant, lamb hummus & the lamb kebab. They were all delicious, the lamb kebab was our favorite but you can’t go wrong here with any choice.

OT
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We had an enjoyable lunch at Shaya. The service was excellent and attentive. Everything was very fresh. The menu was a bit limited. The tables are REALLY close together. Not sure if we would go back but would go to Shaya's actual restaurant (different than this one, as the chef left I'm advised by this restaurant kept his name).

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service too. All the people working at the restaurant are very nice.

DS
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The cuisine at this restaurant is superb! Each time that I dine here, the food and drinks always exceed my expectations. The ambiance was lovely, our server was both kind and quite engaging, however, much to my chagrin, the hostess that night was quite rude when we entered. Despite that unfortunate mishap, I would highly recommend this restaurant!

V
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about Shaya, even though I had to make reservations way in advance it was all worth it. The portions are very generous for the amount they charge. Our server was cheerful and helpful. Loved the complimentary pita and zatar olive oil dip. Would definitely recommend to go here If you’re in nola.

TO
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just go is all I can say. I wanted to try everything but failed. It's amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good.

BW
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come here every time I'm in town. Love sharing this wonderful food venue with friends. I often say if you come to your favorite restaurant enough times they will eventually disappoint you. Not the case here. I have made several dish focused reviews, so not to repeat here. This is a don't miss restaurant and not just in New Orleans.

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Small bland portions for overpriced food. Salad over seasoned with not much cheese. Not the same since Chef Alon Shaya left.

GP
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How is it that our favorite restaurant in New Orleans feels like it should be in Tel Aviv? How can one visionary chef create such a stronghold in a very different culinary landscape? Talent, consistency, and execution coupled with a very amicable staff. Highly recommend this institution. Hands down, the best roast lamb I have ever tasted anywhere.

I understand chef Shaya has started Saba. We also fully enjoyed that experience equally.

B
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing. chef has perfected his game !

n
Atlanta
37 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Four of us had lunch at Shaya the day before christmas. My second time there but a new experience for my son and his girlfriend. The hot bread straight from the oven as usual was excellent. Can never get too much of that. We ordered several plates to share. The lamb ragu with chickpea hummus, fried chicken with date salsa verde hummus, lamb kofte kebab (more like a lamb patty), crispy halloumi with roast beet dressing and the seafood chermoula. The fried chicken and lamp ragu were the favorite dishes of the five that we ordered. The sauce on the chicken was excellent. The halloumi would have been more enjoyable if served warm instead of at room temperature. The seafood chermoula was spicy which I can handle but it was my least favorite dish. The shrimp were good but maybe the fish was overshadowed by the sauce, not sure. Our waiter was a little distracted when we asked about the menu. The restaurant was full so maybe too many tables to serve. Overall, we enjoyed the experience and would return.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has been on my must try list for a few years. With so many fabulous restaurants in NOLA, We finally dined there on our visit. Now it is on our list to go on every visit!!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food was impeccable and well priced, highly recommend!

AA
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Food was just OK. Steak was chewy and had no flavor. Service was awful. Sat there 10 min before being acknowledged by anyone. Took forever in between each course, yet others food around us was coming out timely and consistently. Very disappointing overall.

h
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious. We started with the fried chicken hummus. The pita was fresh and hot. For an entree we had their signature lamb dish which was incredible and unlike anything we have ever tried. The restaurant decor was nice, clean and modern.

KJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone we told that we were going to New Orleans said, 'you HAVE to go to to Shaya.' So, we made a reservation months ahead of our trip. And our meal exceeded our expectations. Every dish we ordered was amazing and we would go back in a nano-second.

NB
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

This and creator Alon Shaya's new restaurant, Saba, were among the top 3 very best meals we had in New Orleans on our most recent visit. (The other was at Tito's Pisco and Ceviche.)

I cannot recommend this place highly enough. While you would not normally think of Middle Eastern/Israeli/Mediterranean food as the culinary experience to prioritize when in this particular town, I am now 110% convinced that it's absolutely worth having one of your dinners here (and in our case, a follow-up lunch...) even amid all the amazing options the city offers.

We enjoyed the salatim (all of them), the amazing warm fluffy-puffy pita bread service, the punchy seafood chermoula, and the sinfully good steak sandwich, as well as the delicious cocktails and jaw-droppingly great Israeli wine.

It's not often that eating at a new restaurant teaches you something about yourself but I know now that hummus isn't meant to be gloopy, bland sloodge, or pita sad, dense little discs, and that I want to taste more wines from Israel.

I have, in short, developed a new passion for Middle Eastern food and wine. GO HERE!

(Visit Saba also for more of an Eastern-European-inflected take, which is equally surprising, enlightening and impressive.)

R
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Margot was amazing! She kept the pita coming and we left happy and full!

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food.

Y
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heard about Shaya on Somebody Feed Phil. It was great! The hummus with mushrooms was amazing, as was the eggplant and fresh baked pitas. Excellent service.

KL
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a dear friend’s birthday with Prosecco, two appetizer sized and two sharing plates, everything was divine, great service and lovely atmosphere. Will definitely dine here again!

MM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary! We ordered a very reasonably priced bottle of champagne and Let the waiter (Ryan) pick the menu. Food and service were impeccable. What a great evening!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks and atmosphere!

RB
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Parking in the designated lot next to the building was extremely difficult. Once in the lot, you needed to back out to the street. Tight spaces and ended up with scratches on my car. Awful! Did not enjoy our evening after our encounter in the parking.

JZ
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was knowledgeable about gluten free and I had no trouble eating.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Each dish was prepared masterfully, and the flavor, texture and blend of ingredients was remarkable. The ambience was perfect for wonderful conversation, and the staff was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable of the product. I would recommend this place to anybody!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Not what it once was, but at the same price.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
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
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding!!

OT
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food