Shaya

4.9
3146 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 3146 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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ScottW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AmyN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipLaurenL
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipRoxyL
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
5 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.

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vipbrava
Tallahassee
33 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! The food was sooooo good. I’ve never had hummus or pita even come close to this. It’s a whole new level. And the portions are HUGE! We ordered the cauliflower “small plate” and it was AN ENTIRE HEAD OF CAULIFLOWER! With a knife stuck in it!! And hands down the most amazing cauliflower you could imagine. This is on our favorite restaurant ever list now.

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DeeJRob
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining at Shaya and I was not disappointed. I’d heard so many great things about the food, service and ambiance, I wanted to see what the hype was about.

All of the hype was nowhere near what I envisioned; it was better!!! The entire restaurant was meticulously, clean. The lighting was perfect; low but not too dim or bright. Our server Darrin was very personable and attentive.

The food made every tastebud in my mouth dance. The fried chicken hummus was a medley of smooth, crunchy and sweet textures and taste all at once. The hummus was the smoothest I’ve ever eaten. The fried chicken coupled with the Aleppo pepper and the hummus was absolutely, delicious!!! It was so good, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I went back the next day. The pita bread is more like a pita cake. The puffiness and warmth melted in my mouth. Coupled w/the hummus, it was heavenly. I couldn’t decide it I wanted to eat the hummus and pita bread together or separate so I alternated doing both.

If you plan on eating a large plate, go slow on the hummus and pita bread. The fried chicken hummus and roasted cauliflower were so good, it will be hard for me to try all of the other great food on the menu.

The roasted cauliflower was also delicious. It’s very filling so I was only able to eat the cauliflower and hummus and never got to the Big Plate.

Shaya is a must if your a native New Orleanian, a transplant or a visitor. You cannot go wrong w/this menu.

Happy Eating!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit. Fantastic experience. Quality ingredients and unexpected flavors. A must go if I’m New Orleans.

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Joey
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pita and hummus are excellent. Great environment and friendly staff. They do a good job spreading everyone out to maintain distancing. Reservation is recommended

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vipJohnB
Mississippi
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and wonderful food with friendly, helpful service

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every bite was perfect!!! Cocktails were amazing!!

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Courtney
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing meal at Shaya! My husband and I highly recommend the fried chicken hummus.

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 3146 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.