Shaya

4.9
3153 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3153 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.8
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4.7
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipcajungirl
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been to Shaya in a few years because we live out of state. We were fortunate to get a reservation and were curious to see if things have changed since our last visit. Thankfully we were not disappointed. Everything was absolutely delicious. The service was outstanding.

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JimmyE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I ordered all small plates with my girlfriend and asked the server if we could space out the food so we weren’t overwhelmed. He said: “Sure no problem, we can course this out for you.” The pita comes out with the salads we ordered, no more than 5 minutes later, all the rest of the food comes out overloading the table and our palates. We didn’t even touch 2 of the dishes. When it came time to leave, the server asked if we wanted to box up the food and we said no. Didn’t ask why we didn’t touch the food or anything. Also, I ordered a sazerac with only a slight variation of it being on the rocks and not neat. It tasted like a sweet rye whiskey.

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JamieO
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Delicious food and great service. We love going to Shaya.

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Silverfox
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always amazing food, drinks and service when you did here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!!

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LaurelG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The hummus with fried chicken was the best hummus I’ve ever had. Incredibly smooth! We also had the hummus with lamb, baba ganoush, and the Israeli salad - all fantastic! The fresh out of the oven pita bread was endless and seriously - that alone is worth a visit! So glad we made a reservation here. Incredible food!

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ScottW
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dena was fantastic! Great experience. Looking forward to bringing my daughter back soon.

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mlnb
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent! My husband and I had Lamb Ragu Hummus (my husband’s favorite), crispy Halloumi, and Falafel. For dessert we had the milk and honey cheesecake. This restaurant is a must while in New Orleans!

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AmyN
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time! Sat in the courtyard and enjoyed hummus and falafel.

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vipLaurenL
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and loved sitting outside in the back. Very quiet and beautiful.

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vipBryanS1980
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really amazing food, so glad it was recommended to us by a tour guide.

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vipRoxyL
New Orleans
29 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, well thought out menu and the service is fantastic. I have been several times and never disappointed. It’s a must go!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious!

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GaryB
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been to Shaya for over a year. I’d quite forgotten how extraordinary the food is. Many restaurants with great reputations fail to live up to the hype. Shaya delivers all it promises and more. We will be back.

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NaiNOLA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience. The staff and food were excellent. I will return as soon as feasibly possible.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely exquisite food!!

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vipLoganV
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection fantastic lamb. Try the home made sodas for a great booze free option

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with even better service!

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vipLizzystro
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service were perfect! highly recommend this delicious restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never made it to the entrees. The pitas were insane. Taste everything!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best Mediterranean restaurants I've ever been to! Homemade pitas are the best.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We sat upstairs at the table next to the doorway of the stairs. It was annoying being by the constant movement of people walking by and the service area right there.
The food was a little lacking. The hummus although smooth seemed a little dry and the fried chicken was dried out. That was unfortunate. When we asked about one of the wines, the server didn’t explain it, instead did general wine talk. The portions for the price weren’t the best. We had the babaganoush, lamb kofta and crispy halloumi. Definitely will stick to mom and pop shops for Israeli food.
Also, when we called the day ahead to ask if there was a valentines menu or the regular menu, the person said they didn’t know.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved how the tables were social diatanced. Perfect Valentines date.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and we had a great time! Hummus with fried chicken was amazing ... pita was out of this world. Everything is delicious! Ambiance is wonderful

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CarolineC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in New Orleans. Baba ganoush, cauliflower hummus, and hanger steak was amazing.

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Bill
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was very busy and we had to wait, but the hostess was very gracious. We first had an outside and very cold table, but were quickly moved to an inside one when an inside table became available. Very friendly staff and wonderful food. Always look forward to a return visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! It was so delicious. The flavors were fantastic and the pita was amazing. I could eat that pita every day and never get tired. The hummus was smooth and delicious and the chicken was amazingly cooked and seasoned. I’ll be coming back as soon as I can.

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FoodieFran
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing ambiance is great. Dim lights make it great for romantic date.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the service to the food was perfect. So delicious. Definitely recommend.

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vipLaurenceS
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, everything was delicious, seated immediately

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vipFelixV
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have visited my daughter at Tulane and she suggested we had dinner at Shaya. The food was outstanding. The roasted beets, pandered fish and the steak were delicious. Overall excellent food!

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vipShellyDCfoodie
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect birthday lunch spot!

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vipFish4ever
New Orleans
57 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fitting dinner for our anniversary. Pricey but worth it.

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vipKBHR
New Orleans
40 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and patio.

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AimeeStCyr
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food (hummus, lamb, chicken) were amazing as was service. Coffee was unusually sour and have some challenges with wine but were credited for it. This is such a lovely, currently VERY quiet ( due to COVID limits) place to have fabulous Israeli cuisine with press, piping hot pita.

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fresh and delicious. A favorite spot in our family.

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Scmccorm
Mississippi
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a pleasure to have an interesting menu, a knowledgeable server, and delicious food. Looking forward another Shaya experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great server was kind ty

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were running a few minutes behind due to Causeway traffic. We called and our reservation was adjusted without problem. The restaurant is beautiful. We were greeted and seated immediately. The courtyard setting was very romantic and with good spacing. The Service was outstanding. But the food- wow! We had several dishes and each one, had a colorful presentation, delightful herbs and seasoning and expert preparation. My partner and I loved it. We have highly recommended Shaya to all of our friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I enjoyed introducing my husband to one of my favorite restaurants on magazine last night. As always the pita was piping hot and the food was flavorful. I was surprised at how slow the service was but overall, Shaya always delivers.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Shaya using the Order Online button. Shaya also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 891-4213.

Shaya is rated 4.9 stars by 3153 OpenTable diners.

Shaya does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/shayarestaurant/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.