Shaya

4.8
3424 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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  • COOLinary Dinner at Shaya!

    $42.00 per person

    Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2021

    Get a taste of Israeli cuisine during COOLinary when you join us at Shaya for dinner! Our pre-fixe menu includes four courses for $42 per person! First: Cauliflower Hummus or Snap Pea Hummus or Lamb Ragu Hummus, Second Course choice of Israeli Salad or Charred Romaine Lettuce and Third Course choice of Gulf Fish or Chicken Leg & Thigh ending with Dessert of Seasonal Sorbet.
  • COOLinary Lunch at Shaya!

    $22.00 per person

    Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2021

    Experience Israeli cuisine at Shaya during COOLinary month! We are proud to offer a $22 pre-fixe lunch that includes a first course choice of Cauliflower Hummus, Snap Pea Hummus, or Lamb Ragu Hummus and an entree of Shrimp Kebab or Shwarma Chicken. We are serving up deliciousness all month long so join us.

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 3424 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JayCherry
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Our reserved table wasn’t ready when we arrived. The hostess really seemed to want us to eat at the bar. We declined, and then a couple who showed up after us was seated first.

The food was fantastic and our server was great.

It was pretty packed so if you have covid concerns, skip this one or get seated outside.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants we have ever eaten in!

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AlinaB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious and very warm environment. Loved this experience.

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vipdanihe
Nashville
165 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The lamb ragu humus and the lamb main are extremely good

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vipKumar
Houston
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was good, service left a lot to desired. We had a table for two reserved, and our seat was literally was in the walkway. When asked them to change, they said no; yhis is the seats fir two persons. The others r for 4. The next few guest that arrived were all two; n they all got seated in the seats for 4…. What’s fair here management??

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vipBrent
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avery, our server, was outstanding. She guided me through the menu (I have a lot of food allergies) and I was able to enjoy many of their dishes safely. It was a great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaya was lovely.

The space was open and bright, clean and sophisticated but still welcoming.

The service was punctual and not overly personal; I never wanted for a thing. We were very well taken care of.

We shared the Labne, baba ganoush and another dip with caviar. The order listed was definitely my preference, the Labne was AMAZING.

We also had the lamb hummus, I was a bit thrown off by the texture of the ground meat but the flavor was impeccable.

All of this of course was consumed used my hands the THE MOST SPECTACULAR pita bread I have ever had in my entire life.

She slip the tenderloin kabob which was perfectly cooked and accompanied by a delicious slightly spicy sauce.

Cocktail was chefs kiss 💋

We forwent desert as we were stuffed.

Despite this being a best restaurant we really went to chase the flavors showcase by chef Shaya and after eating here can't wait to try Saba.

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vipMystiqueWM
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. We got way more than we could eat but it was great sharing food with everyone and enjoying the night. Can’t wait to go back.

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Olivia
New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing menu! We had such a hard time deciding between all the delectable-sounding options, and the food we went with was memorable and delicious. The staff are so nice and hospitable, and we had an awesome experience! I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a fantastic meal in New Orleans!

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Ccefalu
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch here. Always one of our stops in NOLA. The fried chicken hummus was very good, a perfect combination of sweet & spicy. The lamb kofta was our other choice & it was equally as good. It takes a lot of talent to successfully combine the spices & flavors offered by their dishes, a true party in your mouth !

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Treme
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I celebrated our 40th anniversary there. It was our first visit and I'm so glad we chose SHAYA. Our server Kimberly was friendly and attentive. The food was excellent from start to finish!

We dined in the patio where it was quiet and romantic. Kudos to the staff for making it a memorable evening.

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Lynn
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Shaya had no record of our Open Table reservation

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LeahJ
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We received great service! Our waiter was very knowledgeable.
Thank you!

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MelMel
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food, Service, and atmosphere was perfect for a date night. We really enjoyed ourselves and look forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was simple but well developed. The food was very flavorful from the hummus, lamb, to the fish. Our server did a great job. The bartender made some tasty cocktails.

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KatiC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the drinks to the desert was fantastic, one of the best restaurants I’ve ever even to!!
Top of my list for sure! I’ll be back!!

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MelS
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both excellent! Fried chicken hummus is my fave!

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La8418
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant is cozy and relatively quiet, with only a little background music. The staff, from the hostess, waitstaff, to the management was extremely friendly and helpful. The starters were very good, especially the pickles veggies. On the recommendation of the manager, Mike, we tried the fried chicken hummus. It was to die for. For entrees, we had the lamb and the red snapper. The snapper, with the crispy skin, was white and flaky. The lamb fell off the bone. I don't remember the desserts we tried, but I think I remember them also being very good ( I was kinda in a food coma experience. Our friends, who had never eaten Israeli food,, were very pleased also. All around, it was a great experince. Highly reccomend.

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KimberlyG
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch celebration for son’s graduation. Fried chicken hummus. Amazing! Simply love this restaurant.

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HelenW
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at Shaya is always a delight! We had wine and starters and small plates and were completely satisfied. The lamb dishes are divine. We'll be back.

JB
vipJenniferB
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious

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vipluvs2eatout
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great service! Unique and wonderful flavors

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and phenomenal food

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MonicaR
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in NOLA
In love with everything
I really recommend thus rest, food was amazing and people really nice, very good service and dessert uffff😍

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Shaya. The food and service are outstanding. Every-time we are in town we eat there and this time we brought friend!

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JenniferB
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely amazing. One of the best meals you can have in New Orleans

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JohnT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend here for our 1 year anniversary and it was amazing. They brought us upstairs to the private dining area and the food was killer. The best Lebanese/Greek food I've ever had. The service was great and the food did not take long at all to come out to our table. I will definitely be eating here again !

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TracyH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great, we love the food and service. Keep up the good work.

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HannahB
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You have to go! Take a friend and split lots of dishes! It’s excellent!

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JosephF
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaya never disappoints! It’s one of my favorite spots in the city and one I recommend to anyone who asks. Food and service were great as usual.

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sunny
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Grilled Shrimp hummus was spectacular paired with the deliciously fluffy pita bread that's Shaya's specialty. I'd eat it any day.

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AmberC
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious! So many different flavors that made for a fun dining experience, and the warm pita bread is everything! Also, cauliflower hummus is always a favorite!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with very tasty combinations of ingredients not to mention middle eastern spices
What a treat

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We had an unfortunate experience last night. The wait staff were off. Unorganized and not attentive. The ambiance was off too. Total disappointment

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LauraM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved this restaurant so much that we had a lunch there one day and supper there a couple days later. It was very quiet when we went but we did go for an early supper. Our waitress was the best server I have had at any restaurant. She was attentive, kind and made an excellent wine suggestion. When she heard we were driving home after supper, she packed us some extra pita bread to go with our leftovers. Shaya will become a regular spot for us when we visit New Orleans. Can’t say enough about the food either. Man, the fried chicken hummus is one of the best things I have had in awhile.

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vipJohnT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants. With fresh baked pita that keep on coming. The best hummus and delicious cocktails and non alcoholic drinks

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VS78
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Terrible service- felt forgotten s as no nor cared about. Upstairs has terrible acoustics- felt like people were screaming. Lamb was great, everything else was not inspired. Disappointing service- will never recommend or return.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten.

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vipwinefood
Washington DC
167 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The waiter was awesome but his supporting team struggled all night. Do not sit at a table upstairs as food and drinks prepared downstairs. Hot dishes were served tepid. The meal dragged on and on with large gaps between servings. This restaurant is always too loud and upstairs is even worse. The chanterelle mushroom small plate was awesome as were the tuna kebabs. Everything else was vey mediocre including the chicken hummus and grilled romaine. The lamb kofta arrived with the bill as we left. Tourists may still be awed but locals know much better and have other options.

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vipnmoncure
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love this place and come here every time we are in NOLA. Originally founded in partnership between Alon Shaya and John Besh this restaurant was retained by Besh solely when they split. Shaya went on the open Saba down the street. I prefer Beau’s fusion of souther favorites with Mediterranean mainstays like 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 4.8 stars by 3424 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.