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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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is incredible and creative.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food never disappoint!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and excellent staff! We will be back many times!

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

Food was excellent but the restaurant was freezing!!!!

ME
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing fresh food. A bit too talty for my taste. Other than that the food was incredible and the service was good

MM
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My fiancée and I visited for a shared birthday dinner and were seated with a handwritten birthday card. The food was overall excellent - no pre meal bread can beat their pita. We had no clue it was restaurant week and saved a good bit on our meal without sacrificing any quality in food.

JH
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service and the bread is amazing.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Long periods of being ignored. We would have ordered more had we been given the opportunity.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always hit Shaya when we are in town.
Food, cocktails and service are spot on.

JV
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual. Impeccable service. Excellent wait staff. The restaurant was really busy as folks were trying to grab food before the Saints versus Texans football game. The staff flawlessly delivered fantastic food as usual. Consistently great.

KS
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely amazing place to visit... brilliant authentic Middle Eastern food and a wide variety to suit all tastes. Lots of vegetarian options as well as meat/ fish and also caters exceptionally well for people with celiacs disease (and those who can’t eat gluten). I was only in town a few days and went twice. I’d have gone back again if I had more time! The staff are lovely and the interior is well-appointed with pretty lighting. I loved watching the chef preparing their famous pita breads in the big oven. Highly recommended.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was average. Best thing on the menu was the lamb under the small plates. As well as the fresh bread from the oven. Tahini hummus was too dry and the rice was a no go.

SH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner was excellent—the hummus and pita bread is to die for. Dessert not so much—babka was dry as a bone and sauce was bitter. Service was beyond good, though. It was an enjoyable night out!

HW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The menu was not my kind of food but that is not the restaurant's fault. Service and quality were great and if you like Israeli food then I'm sure you will love this place.

BM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!! First time and will definitely return.

MR
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was amazing... The farm house setting was nice but the tables are not to close to other patrons being that this is an upscale restaurant.. I shouldn’t feel like I’m apart of the couples dinner next to me or can hear every word their saying.. The pita bread is to die for... A bit overpriced for the amount of food given... Small plates I get it but the portions of small is more minuscule than a tapas plate..:

d
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Lots of hype for this west coaster, for an ok middle eastern fare, at high prices. Good cocktails, oxidized wine by the glass. Quality of food good, great, hot pita. No rush to go back.

S
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just moved to town a month ago, and a friend told me this was her favorite place in New Orleans, so I had to check it out! Thankfully, not only did it not disappoint, it completely blew me away! The pitas; so warm, fluffy, and delicious! And all the different hummus! And the starters! There were four people in my party and we all ate our weight in the most delicious food imaginable! Magic. Stop fearing this review and frickin make a reservation already! Gah!

P.S. Steven (Stephen?) = Best Server ever!

BL
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. The bartender even made me a Ramos Gin Fizz

OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Best hummus ragu n pita bread I ever had

Shaya
Responded on September 7, 2019

Thank you for visiting Shaya recently. We're glad you enjoyed! Best, Roger Eyles, Manager

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DS
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance, cuisine and service were all exceptional, I highly recommend !!

E
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There’s not a miss on the menu. Everything you order will be great. And the fresh pita 🥙 is outstanding, this from someone who is not a pita fan. Fresh, fresh, fresh! The appetizers are huge, I was full before we got to the main course.

Shaya
Responded on September 7, 2019

Thank you for visiting Shaya recently. We appreciate your kind words about the pita! Hope you will consider returning soon. Best, Roger Eyles, Manager

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L
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great original cocktails. Service was friendly and attentive. Our waitress made some great recommendations on food selection. Everything why tried was truly delicious. The slow cooked lamb is not to be missed.

CG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food, location, and ambiance was wonderful! We got the fried chicken hummus which was delicious! We shared the summer squash, lamb skewer, and roasted okra. All were FANTASTIC!

Shaya
Responded on September 7, 2019

Thanks for visiting Shaya recently. You made some great choices! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed and hope that you will consider retuning in the future. Regards, Roger Eyles, Manager

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It wasn't as good as we expected. We went expecting to be dining at the restaurant of a James Beard award winner and were a little disappointed to hear that the chef had changed.

BG
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fresh and delicious. Great tastes on every dish. Everyone’s comments on the pita are right on point. Food transports you to the Middle East

B
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, amazing place, affordable price! For sure I would recommend Shaya to my friends.. I loved it.

OT
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was amazing! Super friendly! The hostess gave me a hand written birthday card, which I found very thoughtful. The hummus, omg the hummus! Sooooo good. We liked everything we ordered. Definitely recommend.

Shaya
Responded on September 7, 2019

Thank you for choosing to spend your special day with us here at Shaya. We're so glad that you enjoyed the experience. I will be sure to pass along your kind words to our host staff. Regards, Roger Eyles, Manager

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OT
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shaya never disappoints!! Food and atmosphere were perfect. Fried Chicken Hummus is by far my most favorite!

Shaya
Responded on September 7, 2019

Thank you for visiting Shaya recently. Great choice on the fried chicken hummus- it's a crowd favorite! All the best, Roger Eyles, Manager

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OT
Orlando
26 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service was friendly and efficient. They have small plates so you can make it a light meal but we had trouble with that because we wanted to try everything!

Shaya
Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank you for visiting Shaya recently! We're so glad you enjoyed everything you had and hope you'll return soon. We're always adding to and updating our menu. All the best, Roger Eyles, Manager

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is so amazing I can’t even describe it properly. As someone who has had my fair share of pita and falafel I felt like I was eating an entirely different food because it transcended all previous Mediterranean experiences.

OT
Las Vegas
57 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The service could have been better. I don’t like to hear our neighbors conversation while eating but the food is amazing! Outdoor seating is best when it’s cooler out.

OT
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. I’m pretty sure the fried chicken hummus is a sin because it was so good

w
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The pita is too doughy for my taste but others may like it. Everything else is great.

BH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous food. Everything prepared and/or cooked perfectly. Don't skip the hummus! Best Israeli food I've had in the States.

MK
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful service. Exceptional food. Looking forward to visiting again.

Shaya
Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank you for visiting Shaya recently. We always love to hear when the food and service are both enjoyed. Warm Regard, Roger Eyles, Manager

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C
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the pita bread! Everything was very good, and the service was attentive and friendly.

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