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About Shaya

Shaya is an innovative restaurant with a warm and welcoming approach to the dining culture inspired by Chef Alon Shaya’s Israeli upbringing. Chef Alon sees modern Israeli food as a grand mosaic, drawing influence from North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Greece. The menu at Shaya reflects the ongoing evolution of Israeli food, while celebrating the abundance of Louisiana and Alon’s close relationships with local farmers, which he has fostered through his ongoing work with the Crescent City Farmer’s Market. In keeping with the the ethos of all of the Besh restaurants, Shaya uses seasonal, responsibly- and locally-sourced ingredients. Similar to Alon’s other establishments in New Orleans, the wood-fire oven will be central to the menu development and the dining experience, starting with a basket of homemade warm wood-fired pita. Many dishes on the diverse menu are meant to be shared. Diners can expect Middle Eastern dishes such as falafel, kebabs and baba ganoush.

4213 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Israeli, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4;00pm, Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
General Pershing Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(504) 891-4213

Website:
http://www.shayarestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Limited parking is available in our private lot. Street parking is also available along Magazine Street.

Executive Chef:
Alon Shaya

Private Party Contact:
Christy Bradley: (504) 323-7707 ext. 351

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Shaya Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.8

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4.6

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4.5

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4.4

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (1981)
Hot Spot (1276)
Neighborhood Gem (1149)
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Great for Lunch (1074)
Special Occasion (1028)
Good for Groups (702)
Great for Outdoor Dining (622)
Romantic (557)
Notable Wine List (341)
Great for Brunch (283)
Creative Cuisine (248)
Good for a Date (207)
Good Vegetarian Options (191)
Authentic (178)
Vibrant Bar Scene (140)
Healthy (131)
Worth the Drive (131)
Good for Anniversaries (125)
Good for Birthdays (115)
Late-night Find (115)
Tapas (114)
Fun (109)
Kid-friendly (101)
Casual (92)
Local Ingredients (87)
Tasting Menu (71)
Handcrafted Cocktails (66)
Bar Seating (60)
Sunday Lunch (57)
Business Meals (57)
Cozy (53)
Vegan (41)
Outstanding Value (36)
Comfort Food (34)
Pre/post Theatre (31)
People Watching (30)
Organic (29)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Scenic View (28)
Seasonal (24)
Spicy (24)
Gluten Free Options (18)
Quick Bite (11)
Paleo Friendly (8)
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 30, 2017

This was the best meal we had in New Orleans. The atmosphere was good and the food was great. It was a nice blend of traditional Israeli cuisine and contemporary flair.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Shaya definitely lived up to the hype that surrounds it. From the ambiance and decor to the service and food, the entire experience was flawless. The pita bread, hummus (we ordered the short rib hummus), and small plates were all delicious. The lamb, our main course, was possibly the best lamb dish my wife and I have ever enjoyed. The milk and honey dessert was well worth ordering, as well, and finished our experience nicely. Our server was polite, prompt, and informative. We frankly could not have asked for a better dining experience to celebrate our anniversary.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Excellent food, helpful service and comfortable atmosphere.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great, imaginative food served perfectly. My only criticism was the service. I thought it was quite average considering food pricing. I felt the restaurant was under staffed as our primary server was the bartender whose face said he was not particularly happy about it. Little interaction with our table. Seemed in a hurry to return to the bar. Maybe the restaurant was understaffed for a Saturday night?

Tags: Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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service3
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Amazing food!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Amazing service & delicious food!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Amazing food, ambiance, service! Second time was just as good as the first. Make your reservation early.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Excellent very unusual middle-eastern style food -- but unique creations of Chef Alon Shaya. best pita bread I have ever had -- in unlimited supply, free of charge with meal. Multiple smaller plates are enough so that an entree is not required.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Absolutely fantastic!! Extremely creative menu with presentation to match. I want to try all of the hummus selection. The never ending pita is awesome. Reservation was made about 3 months out but definitely worth the wait. Will go back every time I'm in NOLA.

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Deserves every award it gets!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Bar Seating, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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food5
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Meal was excellent! We enjoyed the setting, and our waiter ( from Tennessee) was very attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu , which just added to our lovely experience.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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food5
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on April 27, 2017

We were in town for jazzfest and had eaten here once when it first opened. The food was as great as we remembered, but the popularity of the restaurant has increased the noise level ten-fold. We loved, loved, loved the food but as a group of middle-aged adults, we had trouble conversing during our meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Great menu, great food, worth the wait and worth the trip

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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service4
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Honestly, we had heard such good things, but we were underwhelmed. The hummus with cauliflower was good. As was the fois gras. The kibbeh came highly recommended, but the bread that came along with it was so fried that it was still dripping in oil and was inedible. When we asked for different bread, that was greasy, too. We only ate half the dish, but it remained on our bill. At the point at which we expressed displeasure, our service went downhill, too. The server then avoided us, and we ended up having to pour our own wine. Overall, disappointing after all the strong recommendations we had heard.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Absolutely fabulous! Love the decor, have been to Israel and I felt like I was in a sun soaked restaurant there. Service was superb, thank you Ramona! All around one of the best places in the city. Fresh and delicious. I could eat the pita bread all day.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The lamb kebabs are a must order, as is the curried cauliflower hummus (served with freshly baked, crispy on the outside yet pillowy soft on the inside). My husband absolutely loved his Jerusalem mixed grill sandwich. I was a bit disappointed by the sabich sandwich - not used to the eggplant being sliced so thin that they're like chips.

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food5
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service4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Horrendously service. We were completely ignored while all tables around us were attended to.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Worth the Drive
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food4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Shaya is always a treat. I try to get there every time I am in New Orleans. The food and service are superb and the pita bread is not to be missed. The location on Magazine Street is also easy to reach by car or public transport. Make your reservations as early as possible.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Fantastic food! Outstanding service! My all-time favorite restaurant anywhere. So good!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Shaya is amazing especially for its bread, it's vegetavmble dishes, and its craft cocktails.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Unique new place with fun food. We enjoyed the variety of foods new to us!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Excellent Shoshouka- pita is outstanding with all the dips.
Very good food

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 7, 2017

What high hopes we had -- not met. Food was great but service quite embarrassing amateur. We hadn't finished our appetizers and already the bus person was bringing the entry. She noticed we weren't finished and brought it back. Then, five minutes, still not finished, she placed the entrees on the table with our unfinished appetizers. Then, when we were ready to have entrees, the waiter was not to be found. So we started entrees without wine for quite a while. My wife so looked forward to this awarded top-tier restaurant -- one of the reasons we traveled to New Orleans. But the service was way below top-tier and disappointing. Don't expect a Michelin star or James Beard place here.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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service1
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Food was delicious and the service was excellent!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Our visit was a special occasion as we were visiting New Orleans and heard about the restaurant from many others that had been. We were very pleased with the entire experience. The food is Middle Eastern/Israeli and reminded me of what my Grandmother would make at our family Sunday dinners but it was only BETTER, and it is creatively made and presented. The blending of herbs and spices, the appearance, the flavors...its a FOODIE's paradise.
A can't miss place to eat in the Garden District.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Spicy, People Watching, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Organic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Met all our expectations... lots of flavor in every dish and the small plates were wonderful. Looking forward to another visit

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 3, 2017

Still my favorite restaurant ever. The menu is always a bit different but the quality is so consistent and the flavors are always exciting. There are so many great options around town but when we want to get away and enjoy a meal, this is our place.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Shaya lived up to its reputation. The lively atmosphere, professional wait staff and most of all the food made for a great night out. The staff was very knowledgable about the food, ingredients, cooking style etc., Nice presentation, good drinks and amazing flavors all around.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Great meal out with my fiancé, the food was excellent and it was really laid back atmosphere. Really attentive servers who made some great recommendations!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on March 24, 2017

The food at Shaya is truly some of the most delicious and fresh I have had ever.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 22, 2017

I can't stop thinking about the hummus with lamb ragu

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Delicious. As we are unfamiliar with Israeli food, this was a fun adventure and we enjoyed everything we sampled.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 20, 2017

I have heard about this restaurant for many months. I used to live in New Orleans but sadly it opened up after I moved. My friends in New York were raving about it so as soon as a booked a ticket, I made a reservation here. I was NOT disappointed. My friend was supposed to meet me but cancelled last minute. This saddened me only because that meant I would be forced to order less and not be able to try as much food. I still brought my appetite and was able to sample three incredible dishes. I had the Moroccan carrots, hummus with lamb ragu and the baked cabbage. Every bite was incredible. Their complimentary pita bread was without a doubt the fluffiest, best pita bread I've ever had and I've been to Israel. The cabbage came with this red pepper spread that was divine. Honestly the next time I'm in town I will be making another reservation at Shaya and making sure more people are with me!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Tulsa)·Dined on March 18, 2017

The food was mediocre and the restaurant was extremely loud.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on March 18, 2017

We had a great dinner. Appetizers and small plates are definitely the way to go.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Shaya is my go-to location for out of town guests. The food is incredible, their wine list has some excellent finds (Israeli wine, anyone?), and the value is really food for the quality of food you're getting. Plus, the atmosphere is casual and welcoming while the food experience itself makes you feel like you're getting an incredible deal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for Groups
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Absolutely incredible and so flavorful. Best meal in NOLA and worth all the hype! Perfect for my vegetarian hubby and the meat eaters in the group!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 13, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in New Orleans. I went back twice in one week.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 12, 2017

I was visiting New Orleans and read that I had to try Shaya. I'm glad I made reservation on Open Table or else I would have had to wait as I saw many parties waiting to get seats on a Sunday evening. The food was outstanding! The menu is organized to have lots of options from small plates, small tapa type foods and large plates. The hummus and pita bread was delicious! I can't believe how tasty the hummus was and the pita bread is made fresh in their wood oven! Our waiter was very helpful in giving us recommendations on what to order and how to order the entire meal, such as when we ended our meal with the slow cooked lamb, he suggested we pair it wish the persian rice. I'm very glad we had this meal!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Literally the best meal EVER
IT'S EVERYTHING YOU WERE HOPING FOR
My favorite restaurant of all time.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options
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