Shaya

4.8
2167 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.

Similar to our other New Orleans restaurants, Domenica and PIZZA domenica, 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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved our experience in Shaya. We visited your restaurant at the end of a one week trip in New Orleans and Louisiana (we come from France) and we had only one regret : that we did not do it earlier. Tired by one week of endless meals —(P)oh boy - we have not eaten as much as we wanted in your very nice restaurant. But everything we tried was great and all three of us would recommend it without hesitation.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my girlfriend here for a nice dinner while we were on vacation in New Orleans. We got a bottle of wine and many of the dips and small plates to share. The service was amazing and the ambience was fantastic for a romantic night out, but the food was really the best part. The pita bread is outstanding and the dips and small plates were the best food I’d ever had! Definitely will be here every time I come to New Orleans in the future! 10/10 recommend!

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j
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time here and it was amazing! I loved the hummus and the brisket was phenomenal. I am not from New Orleans but look forward to coming to New Orleans now JUST FOR SHAYA! Thank you for incredible and healthy food!

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D
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great food, tasty, unusual fare, well prepared. a step away from traditional New Orleans cuisine.

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KD
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Outstanding as always!! Service, food, wine; top notch!! Don’t miss this gem!!

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CA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been wanting to try Shaya for a while now, and it lived up to its hype. I was visiting my family in New Orleans so my dad and I went for lunch. Everything was exceptional, including the service. We ordered lots of small plates and ended up taking some food home. Loved the appetizers and hummus plates. I’ll be back!

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C
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful birthday celebration we had with our daughter! Our waiter was extremely attentive and extraordinarily engaging with a few card tricks to entertain us all, especially our 5 year old grandson. He made the experience all the more enjoyable. He was also very helpful in recommending various food options, all of which were EXCELLENT! One of our favorite restaurants in all of New Orleans. We came from MS just to eat here and our daughter and friends come from Baton Rouge as well. Great find!

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H
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Thanks

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DD
New York Area
143 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A menu of unusual, well-executed standards, unchanged from two years ago. Thoughtful wine list, highly creative cocktails, knowledgeable service. Best middle eastern cooking in the region.

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NE
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Service and atmosphere where excellent. However, I was disappointed by the food. It was good but extremely over priced.

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F
New Orleans
93 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For me it’s all about the lamb. Best in town Great food. Great service. Great place for delicious food.

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JW
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and great service. Thank you.

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New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice dinner, on later side at 8:45. Enjoyed our dishes and friendly service.

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WG
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love Shaya! The food is incredible! I can’t wait to go back!

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W
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ate was incredible. We had several teas, the fried chicken hummus and several small plates. Our server was very helpful as we tried to decided just how many to order. We stopped in for lunch and almost returned for dinner. Will definitely eat here many more times.

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MM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the highlights of my first Nola trip! Everything was exceptional 👌🏻

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B
New England
122 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Traveling for business and pleasure . Great dinner . Pita was unbelievable . Baba ganoush, Fried chicken, shrimp outstanding . Roasted cauliflower very good but thought it would have a little more crunch from roasting . Chocolate babka also excellent . Decor a bit sparse . Waiter an endearing character .don’t miss it!

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t
London
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had such a wonderful time at Shaya, the food was delicious and the service was excellent! The freshly cooked bread brought straight from the oven was amazing!

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente todo, comida deliciosa! El humus con cordero, el coliflor, super recomendable

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CS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot say enough good things about this place. The food was incredible, the staff super friendly and everything was just perfect. We left incredibly stuffed and satisfied. Would absolutely return, hands down!

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c
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great combo of NOLA and middle eastern cuisine.. as good as Ottenlenghi in London.. really really delicious and great and caring service.. strongly recommended for food lovers...

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c
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I last went here before the Shaya/Besh Break. I loved it and thought it the best restaurant in New Orleans. It is still good but I felt the bloom off the rose a bit. The kofta was too salty, the oil with Zahar was sluggish with spice. The finesse was gone. The night before I tried Saba, the new Shaya restaurant. I thought the food far better although the decor at Shaya is better.

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JV
Houston
36 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! From the moment you walk in the hostess has a warm smile and is always so inviting. Our server was fantastic. Very attentive, knowledgeable and suggested some great dishes! Unique wine list. Tried several. Can’t wait to visit again the next time that we are in NOLA.

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

The food was delicious and innovative as always. Our server was spectacular which made the overall experience even better.

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F
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious , healthful food in a beautiful restaurant. Service was a little slow between courses, but overall a wonderful experience.

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JB
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful restaurant! Our service was impeccable, cocktails were perfectly crafted, and the food was delicious! If you're in New Orleans and looking for something other than your typical Creole cuisine, then head to Shaya!

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L
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible. I cannot stop thinking about it and wish we had one in Los Angeles. Some of the best food we ever had. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Out of this world!

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SB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was a bit slow, and our server did not seem to want to bring us more of the amazing pita bread, which was different from our first visit. She subtly let us know we were eating too much of it by asking if she could bring us "a little more," then brought a single slice. Wasn't as fun as the same lunch with my daughter last year. Also, the Gulf shrimp were too salty.

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DE
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So pleasant and such a good value. We let our server pick and were very happy. Thank you.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was PHENOMENAL! Everything was absolutely delicious. We will return anytime we visit New Orleans!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I saw your restaurant on “Somebody feed Phil” and knew when we came down to New Orleans that we needed to come to Shaya! We were celebrating 8 years of dating and 3 days of being married (we got married in New Orleans on Dec 28th). Everything was wonderful and a perfect place to end our trip!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pita and hummus

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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Some of the best pita and dips I’ve ever had. The wine was the only very average part of the meal, but the cocktails were great.

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BS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Better even than our expectation. Could not select just one great menu it so all six shared from many outstanding selections. None disappointed.

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ST
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience from start to finish. The hummus with fried chicken was something to dream about, along with the fresh pita. The shwarma and sweet potatoes were equally as tasty. Wonderful service and a great last meal in NOLA.

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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

The waiter had very visibly dirty nails and was not helpful regarding the menu. It was our first time there and it will be our last. The food was ok but nothing special and very overpriced. We went to have lunch but left after the appetizers. The restaurant came highly recommended by a friend so Something must have changed.

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SS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service and Food was outstanding .. the restaurant is very modern.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing!!!!

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ZR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb ragú hummus is to die for! A must have dish at this restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are very few meals in your life that you feel you will remember forever. This was one of them!

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