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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LAURENM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at Shaya. The food was delicious, all social distance guidelines and precautions were followed. It was a very enjoyable experience with exceptional service.

LL
LadyLunchBunch
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious & our server went above & beyond. All done socially distanced & with all the staff wearing masks.

We'll be back for the fried chicken hummus; it was to die for.

CW
vipCalW
Little Rock
268 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I ordered the yarden and forgot how much I dislike it so switched to other chard. Both tasted like they had been chilled, brought to room temp, and rechilled.
I arrived on time but hostess said 15 minute wait. I had to convince her to let me wait on patio instead of sidewalk ( it was raining).
Ikra was ok but not the same without roe. I could barely taste anchovies. Can’t remember name of hummus but it was way too smokey. Best thing I ate was the rice.
Server was excellent.
My problem with the evening was lack of masks! Hostess ran back and forth through the restaurant without one. Parties of 6 arrived without mask. Customers passed my table going to restroom without masks.
Check out rules at Saffron and LPG and try to emulate.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The hostess was rude in the manner he spoke to us walking into the restaurant, acknowledging that the restaurant was only taking reservations this specific day. Instead of asking if we had reservations (which we did) he assumed something else.

The waitress was however very kind and provided great service. One of our sandwiches “the steak” which was really a beef roast..was lukewarm and not tender. Overpriced and underwhelming.
The only quality food we had was the bread served with hummus and the chicken sandwich...the cocktail was great.

NE
vipNEfoodie
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything as usual!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was great! We initially sat at a table on the patio but unfortunately it started raining. She very kindly moved us inside and was very accommodating all night. The hummus was one of the best we have ever had! Thank you guys for the yummy meal. We will definitely be back!

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Sarah
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at Shaya! The service was phenomenal and the family style, shared plate dining is my favorite!! It was our first meal out post quarantine and the steps the restaurant took to provide a great meal while maintaining proper sanitation procedures to ensure a safe great meal for all was very much appreciated! We will be back!

GH
GabrielH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. One of the best restaurants I have ever been to.

MM
MandyM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing! One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good, never disappointed

NO
vipNOLAFOODIE
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Service was awesome and the place was very spaced out and clean.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delightful experience and amazing meals.

RW
vipRobertW
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Under the new virus reopening guidelines the restaurant and staff offered the high-quality Israeli dishes as before, making sure all dishes are served under very safe conditions! Loved the experience and taste!

E
vipEnzo
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

They have a
Limited menu and seating bc of
The lockdown. Service was excellent and the food was lovely

BB
vipBillyBurk
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to see this reopen! The staff is on top of the safety precautions. We all felt extremely safe. The service was exceptional, and the food, well of course it was as always outstanding.

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Luvgoodfood
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad Shaya has reopened dine in. Food was outstanding and the service was top notch. The fried chicken hummus and hot pita bread were amazing. The smooth humus complemented the crunchy chicken and sweet spice sauce.

IR
IndiaR
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and very welcoming. She explained anything on the menu that we had questions about. Each dish was served within adequate time and each dish was executed perfectly. Delicious and filling. The hummus is the star of the show definitely especially the fried chicken hummus. The seafood chermoula was fantastic.

BH
vipBillH
Dallas
38 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Shaya. We were not really hungry so we shared the Fried chicken hummus and the Lamb kofte kebab with pita bread service. Our waitress was very helpful in giving suggestions. The fresh made pita is heavenly. It was fun to watch them make it in the oven which is in the dining room. It looks like a small pizza oven. It was also fun to try wines from Lebanon and Israel.

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Weeloo
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious cauliflower hummus and roasted cauliflower dishes

D
vipDesignergirl
New Orleans
37 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The flavors were amazing. Our waiter Ibrahim was fantastic and spot on with his suggestions. We will certainly be back!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!
The only problem I had is that my stomach wasn’t big enough and I got full on pita bread and hummus before the lamb came out. So really pace yourself at this place because everything was amazing!

DL
DerekL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of our favorite places. Service could have been a bit faster.
Thanks

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal of my life. I've been here 8 times & it's amazinger each time!

DB
DebbieB
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Food was good and presented nicely. Service was really good. Will definitely be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beginning to end an AMAZING experience!!

SV
SusanV
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Middle Eastern cuisine, fun to share and sample. Great cocktails

CG
vipCollaredGreens
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience. And a shout out to the hostess, Natalie, every time I encounter her, she is pleasant, kind and more than efficient. She has become part of why I go there.

DA
vipDanielA
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always Love Shaya! We went during Mardi Gras while the parade was going on, and the service was did not miss a beat.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!!! Loved it

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writerchick
Shreveport
16 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had heard about this restaurant for years and wanted to try it while we were in town. Parades were cancelled so we went early for our reservation. They were accommodating and seated us early. The waiter (Chad) was attentive but not intrusive. He made excellent suggestions, and as there were four of us, we were able to try several and share. We tried a new Lima bean dip (can’t recall name and I’m too lazy to look up), fried chicken hummus and baba ganoush (sp?- again, too lazy) Anyway, we tried the carrots, Israeli salad, and falafel. For our big plate we tried the lamb shank. Everything was so well-prepared and tastefully displayed in rustic crockery. The pitas that arrived consistently, hot enough to burn our fingers, but we didn’t care because we couldn’t eat them fast enough. Cocktails were good, particularly the rendition of the old-fashioned. Dessert was nicely done and so delicious, I’m going to try a version of it myself.

Definitely pleased with this restaurant. Ambience was nice - clean, open and pleasant.

PJ
PrachiJ
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good vegetarian options. The hot Pita Bread was very tasty. You can see it getting cooked hot in the open oven. I mentioned whiling booking the seats that it is my wedding anniversary and they gave us a beautiful anniversary card addressing from team Shaya. Nice Gesture. Must try place in New Orleans.

CG
vipCollaredGreens
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I continue to enjoy eating at Shaya. Food and cocktails (and teas) are consistently excellent. I would eat there every day, if I could.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Better than expected.

V
vipValb
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants we have visited. The food was fabulous. We shared the cauliflower hummus and Falafel, which were our favorites. The pita bread— amazing. Definitely one of our new favorites.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely Valentine’s Day lunch with my husband❣️