Shaya

4.8
2351 reviews
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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.

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.
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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fabulous. Exploding flavors, fresh vegetables. Delicious!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary, and as everyone in my life knows Shaya is my favorite restaurant in this city, so my in laws gave us a gift card!! Was so delicious, of course, and our server was so sweet!

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KP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Open table only offered a 4pm slot and the place was empty from 4-6...

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Louisville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautiful decor, delicious and healthy food in the heart of magazine street’s shopping area. Highly recommended!

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AB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

“Better Israeli food than in Israel.” Excellent roasted cauliflower, exceptional hummus, pita bread to die for, and excellent service. Courtyard a great place for a Saturday afternoon lunch.

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Las Vegas
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was really good and the service was great. I recommend sitting outside because everyone is sitting so close to each other inside that you can hear everyone’s conversations and that makes for an uncomfortable dining experience.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best and most unique Mediterranean meals I have ever had!!! Amazing!

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CM
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The freshly baked pita was out of this world. Leah our server was fabulous. The falafel was not good to me. The pea hummus was lovely.

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AN
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very impressed! The lamb ragu hummus is incredible!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service. Enjoyed very much.

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Shaya is always a lovely experience. The food is incredible, the ambiance is inviting and the service is great. The style of eating is delightful for sharing with friends and family. I strongly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

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HS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food cute location
Definitely worth a visit

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KR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent foot and service. The fried chicken hummus was amazing!

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JS
Savannah
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We love Mediterranean food. Shaya's is the best. We were an hour early for our reservation and we were cheerfully seated immediately. The Grapefruit / Cardadom Syrup soda was little underwhelming.

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BH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You will be tempted to keep eating the hot fresh pitas but every course is better than the last. Excellent food and experience.

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Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food.

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious small plates served with awesome hot out of the oven thick pita bread. The whole fish entree was good, but I would have preferred more small dishes instead. Our waiter did a good job except he didn’t seem to enjoy his job much. Beautiful space.

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CJ
New England
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is simply delicious. The only downside to eating at Shaya is you will never be able to enjoy store-bought pita bread and hummus again. The pita and hummus served at Shaya is out of this world good.

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Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very attentive and most importantly, made sure we were always supplied with hot pita bread. Every dish we had was phenomenal and melted in your mouth.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great dining experience. We enjoyed the food. So delicious.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

The food and drink selection at Shaya were fantastic when my husband and I dined there on a Sunday evening. Upon arriving a few minutes before our 7:30pm reservation we were gruffly greeted at the door and told to wait (even though the restaurant was about 40% empty). We were shown to our table and menus were given to us. The service was very odd at the beginning, when we ordered beer the waiter just plopped them on the table and slammed down glasses, walking away. After we ordered food and another round of drinks the waiter became more cordial. Outside of the odd service, the food was fantastic. The lamb ragu hummus and kefta were the stand outs and the milk and honey dessert was a great way to finish off the meal. The beer selection was small, but a great representation of some local options.

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the food here especially since I am a vegetarian , the cauliflower humus , the fried cheese dish and the soup were excellent.

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SL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Just too many hard surfaces and very noisy
We couldn’t hear our guests

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New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!!!

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SJ
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently delicious food and great service.

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JB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bread! It was the highlight and went perfectly with the hummus. Everything was fantastic. The service was great as well.

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1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband loved the pita I brought home last week after I dined with a friend so after the home show at the dome, we ate at Shaya. So delicious & he really enjoyed his food.

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CG
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Nola from Boston and needed vegetarian/nut allergy friendly options. Shaya fit the bill! Enough food for 2 meals! Great drinks, accommodating service. Our favorite meal in Nola! A+ amazing food! Pretty much ordered everything on the menu and was thoroughly impressed. Can u open one in Boston please!!

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KD
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, point on; everything thing was to die for. The service, food was outstanding, especially the lamb ragu, broccoli , lamb kebabs and corn beef sandwich. Do not miss dining at Shaya, you will be in for a treat!!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall good, overpriced wine list

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LB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Très bonne. La pita gratuite (et la totalité de la menu) était incroyable!

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SP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. Nice to find fine Mediterranean food suitable to all diets, from unrestricted to vegetarian. Only drawback is that it can be extremely loud when crowded, as no acoustic buffering exists. Highly recommended otherwise!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had such good lamb and pita bread! The food is delicious!

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K
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All around fantastic. Lamb Ragu and tahini hummus with pita off the charts good.

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New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time dining here
I think the amazing food is even better than the first time here last year. Everything is flavorful and memorable. It's a hard reservation to get but well worth it.

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New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best hummus I’ve EVER tasted! A hint of lemon and mild garlic, topped by English peas and mint. So delicious. Fattoush salad was huge and flavorful. Service was excellent. Met some nice people at next table, yes - the tables are THAT close

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was highly recommended by various friends, and they were right. It is an outstanding restaurant. I’ll definitely will be back.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Exceptional food as always!

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Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

In NOLA for my partners 50th Birthday! Great place to to reset the digestive track after a few days fried food. Everything was amazing!

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