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Shaya

4.8
1581 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Israeli
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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.

Similar to our other New Orleans restaurants, Domenica and PIZZA domenica, 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Israeli, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4;00pm, Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(504) 891-4213
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Wilson
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Private party contact
Melissa Joyce: (504) 323-7707 ext. 303
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
General Pershing Street
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Parking details
Limited parking is available in our private lot. Street parking is also available along Magazine Street.
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Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1581 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
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5.0Dined 12 hours ago

‘‘Twas amazing. Best pita ever

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Viaggio di nozze

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Shaya was all we expected it to be, having heard wonderful reviews from a television show prior to our visit. The staff was courteous and attentive. The ambiance was clean and modern with interesting eye-catchers around. The food was fabulous!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

What a unique restaurant. Our server was fantastic and not hesitant to make some excellent suggestions. Everything we had was fantastic and worth the risk of trying foods we normally wouldn't. Worth several visits!!!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

So delicious! Would definitely come back.

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Not the restaurant that won the James Beard award. Very disappointing as I have eaten here many times before.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This restaurant was the only absolute must on my list for a recent visit to New Orleans. It was everything I imagined! With all the amazing food choices in NOLA, Shaya offers something totally different. The menu is so thoughtful and I wanted to order everything single thing! Definitely go with at least 4 people so you can order lots to share! The pita bread will blow your mind! The cocktails were great but the wine chooses were exceptional. We ate a lot of great food in New Orleans much of it very memorable but this meal was truly inspired. I can’t recommend Shaya enough. We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Angela was our server and she was outstanding!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Everything was very tasty and you actually receive lots of food. Loved the warm pita bread that came out of the fire burning oven. First time trying Israeli food and it was a wonderful experience.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

The food at Shaya was excellent but the up-selling was a bit annoying. As I was looking for a wine I was given suggestions without asking, which was not terribly annoying, but it marked the first time we were given subtle pressure to order high and finish quickly. The waitress seemed dismayed when we decided to order appetizers without deciding on the rest of dinner. It was a good decision because what she suggested would have been too much food. After ordering our second course, the waitress seemed to forget about us and sent others over, including one staff member (or manager?) who asked us if we wanted to wrap up our food to go when I was still visibly chewing. Lovely food, irritating service.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

One of the best meals I have ever had.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Came for a late reservation, and still had to wait over 30 mins for the table. This would have been fine, but they seat the bar so there is nowhere to wait, and it was pouring rain outside. When finally seated, one guest was in the wait station. I asked to see the manager, who never came out. Was told they would send a bottle of wine for the delay which never appeared. Instead, glasses of sparkling wine showed up which none of us drink. Ordered hummus as soon as we sat down as we were hungry. Watch the table behind us servers before us who sat after us. Called over the waiter who said she was waiting as she thought we may want to order more. I told her we did, but again repeated to bring the hummUs now as we were hungry. It came quickly, but the order was wrong. Waited longer to get it corrected. Food was good, but the service and general attitude of the front of the house was beyond poor. Go somewhere else.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Unusual menu of wonderful items
Well prepared
Excellent value
Will return
A wonderful restaurant
Great value for the quqlity

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

IN New Orleans on business, and after several meals of great local food, looking for something different. Shaya had wonderful Mid East / Israeli food, fresh fish, great selection of small plates to sample. Just a few blocks off the St Charles streetcar, ride allows a good tour of this part of town. I highly recommend, a relaxing change of pace from the more crowded convention/tourist area.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Unique menu extremely well done, generous portions, friendly and helpful staff. Prices very reasonable for what you get, To get in at a reasonable hour, however, reservations are advised two weeks in advance.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Lunch date with my girlfriends who are from out of town. Had a lovely time. Food and service were wonderful as always.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great service & quality food

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Very fun restaurant with new and exciting food choices.
Pit bread beyond belief delicious.
Brenda

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Surpassed my VERY high expectations. Cannot miss.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The food and ambience at Shaya were superb. Unfortunately, the service provided by our waitress was poor and we felt pressured to rush through our lunch, thus, the 3-star review. I should note that the other staff we encountered were friendly and accommodating. If the rating were only for the food and ambience, Shaya full heartedly deserves 5-stars.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Been wanting to try Shaya and glad we did. There is a huge difference between store-bought hummus and homemade. We tried the one with the lamb and it did not disappoint. Our server continually brought fresh delicious hot pita to the table. She was attentive and terrific. I’ve had eggs shakshuka before and did not care for it. The one here is outstanding. If I lived locally, I would have taken the sauce home. It was that good! They only seat outside based on availability and we were just too late in arriving, but inside is beautiful, so next time my preference would be indoors anyway. Nothing wrong with the dessert, but not outstanding. Would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I'm now obsessed with the amazing food at Shaya. The service was excellent and helped make our experience memorable. Starting with the warm bread. It was so flavorful I could have just had that and some wine and be happy. But I'm glad I tried so many items. The crispy rice with cherries on it is a must as is the hummus. We had the hummus with cauliflower and it is probably the best (other than a place in Haifa, Israel) we have ever had. The Lutenitsa was popped with flavor and is a perfect complement to the bread. We also shared lamb with whipped feta and absolutely loved that, too. Pair this with a good Israeli wine and you'll have a meal you'll dream about.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The food here is fabulous. We're vegetarians, and we had plenty of great options, but they do serve meat also. Waiter was very friendly and helpful. We were staying in the French Quarter, but this was definitely worth the trip.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Once again a fabulous meal at Shaya! love the creative cuisine.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Shaya was absolutely amazing and I look forward to returning very soon. Every course was better than the one before it. The fresh warm pita bread was so good for dipping in the hummus and several other wonderful apps. My new favorite place to dine!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Live in LA so plenty of Israeli food here, but the food was really good! Hummus and Matzo Soup were great. Not what you expect to eat when you travel to NOLA. Off the touristy area.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Honestly, one of the best meals I have had at a restaurant in the last 5 years! The lamb is insanely good and the fried cauliflower hummus is amazing. Attentive wait staff. Great cocktails.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Shaya is a prime example of the new NOLA cuisine landscape. Israeli in origin, the restaurant allows the patron to experience the many different tastes and textures that make up Middle Eastern, but specifically Israeli cuisine. There is a delightful selection of small plates to begin with and wonderful salads to follow. Let your knowledgeable server be your guide and you will not be sorry. Do not miss the baba ganoush and if it is on the menu the roasted lamb with the wood roasted cabbage as a side. Don't fill up on the amazing Pita baked on site in the wood oven....but then that's easier said than done.
A thoughtfully constructed international wine list compliments the food perfectly.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The service was great! Loved the ambiance! The pita bread and cauliflower hummus was addictive! Me and my brother had the lamb ..it was falling off the bone! The milk and honey for dessert was light and creamy. I had a strawberry mint soda ..the fresh mint was great!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We absolutely love Shaya, their soft poached eggs Hummus with their fresh baked pita is to die for. Everything we ordered was incredible, and the service was outstanding. The month wait for the RSVP was so worth it.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in New Orleans. That’s saying a lot!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was so good we forgot about our great drinks!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Shaya was one of our favorites during a recent trip to New Orleans- every second from start to finish was incredible!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Shaya never disappoints! This is my go-to consistently
delicious favorite spot in NOLA. I make a point of having
at least one meal there whenever I am in town. Their
wood-burning oven made pita bread is hands down the best pita I
have ever had. On a nice day, take advantage of their very comfortable
outdoor patio. Thank you Shaya!!!

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Good food but unfortunately it is too loud to have a conversation with the person seated across the table from you. However, because the tables are so close together so they can maximize profit, the stranger next to you can hear your entire conversation, especially because you have to shout it.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Nothing not to like about the meal/experience. Would definitely recommend to any foodie.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food was outstanding. We were visiting from out of town and tried the 3- sampler plate with Brussels sprouts, eggplant and roast bell peppers, the caramelized cauliflower-hummus, and ikra. We also tried the foie gras and the kibbie... All was excellent. The pita bread cooked in the oven over an opened flame was remarkable. Following the small plates, we had the babka for dessert which was an extra treat with the savory brittle, the ice cream and babka.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Such excellent food and so different for New Orleans. Beautiful place. We can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent food and service. Lovely restaurant interior. Definitely worth a visit.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Had 7:45pm reservation. Arrived on time but was not seated until 8:30pm.

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