Shaya

4.8
1804 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Israeli
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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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Private dining
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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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.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Welcome your guests to one of New Orlean's most popular dining experiences. Offering thoughtful service, delightful ambiance, and award-winning modern Israeli cuisine- Shaya is the perfect choice for your social or corporate event bookings.

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What 1804 People Are Saying
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New Orleans
5.0
Dined 3 days ago

Just a great atmosphere. Wonderful food. Margeaux our server was outstanding.

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YP
5.0
Dined 3 days ago

First time eating inside and second visit to dine. Loved having Margo wait on us; she is great. I am a native and she knows her stuff.

Hope to return and have her serve us again.

Yvonne Perrin

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OT
Birmingham
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

We came here after being recommended by a friend.

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LE
Atlanta
3.0
Dined 5 days ago

The food was good but a bit salty for our taste. The service was decent but not memorable. This was a one time experience for us.

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JN
1.0
Dined 5 days ago

Horrible service The restaurant was not crowded since its association with Besh. I waited for close to 20 minutes and had to flag down a busboy to get a beverage. No one ever asked us about our meal. It was expensive for what was provided. No one asked if we wanted refills. The hostess was kind. She was the best part of a terrible experience. The food was very ok. The humus was good .

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LS
New Mexico
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Margo, our waitress was fantastic.

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AM
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

Literally everything was so good about this place.

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a
Las Vegas
5.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

I love Shaya so much! Everything is fresh and so delicious. The bread and savory dips/dishes symphonically combine in swirls of flavor. I couldn't love it more. Waitstaff very courteous and warm. Greatness.

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WO
New Orleans
5.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

My favorite NOLA restaurant. They are fantastic.

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OT
New Orleans
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Shaya is amazing and you should go there right now! Try the hummus!

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ND
4.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

I ordered the paraduse cocktail with the watermelon. For whatever reason the menu does not disclose the ingredient of salt. I should have sent it back but it was our birthdays and I didn't want that interaction. The babaganoush was unnecessarily smokey. The chicken sandwich was 80% bread. The hummus n even with the chili paste, was far too bland. Overall for a lunch for 2on their birthdays definitely not worth the $165 price tag.

Our server was marvelous though. A+on her part and the birthday card from the host was cute and appreciated.

Nick
504.220.6910

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Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

Would definitely return and recommend!

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New Orleans
4.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

The cauliflower hummus was delicious!! Definitely skip the avocado toasts-not good at all. We couldn’t even eat it.

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Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Yummmmmmmm, so satisfied. everything was so delicious and the bread was amazing.

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OT
New Orleans
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Great for sharing. Great for cocktails.

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Dallas
2.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Overall the food was fairly good albeit overpriced given the quality. I found several of the dishes to be on the saltier side. All in all I will not be back as the meal felt rushed and the service was less than average. Not to mention this was in celebration of an anniversary.

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IR
Houston
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

This is a brilliant place. be it a personal occasion or fun times with friends, great ambiance!

Now the food - absolutely amazing. I've not had a better pita bread than this place. Falafel is mind blowing and so is the appetizer plates. Japanese eggplant or the Lamb Ragu hummus is too good. Beef Tartare is also a win! In all, it doesn't matter your dietary restrictions, this place will not disappoint you.

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New Orleans
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Shaya is great!!! New lamb sandwich was delish!

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P
Central Coast
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Shaya was wonderful. The food was impeccable. Only complaint – air conditioning was too cold.

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EH
Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

We loved our visit and meal with you. Thank you! I will be booking shortly another meal over Thanksgiving when I fly into town with all four adult children.
Dreamy food and beautiful venue. Thank you,
Emily H.

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AA
Miami
5.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

The flavors and food quality was amazing. Loved this restaurant as a break from typical new orleans fare. We travel a ton and it's one of my top 10 faves. Try the lamb topped hummus, whipped feta, shishoto peppers and heirloom tomato starter.

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OT
New Orleans
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

I have never had a better meal...

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JW
New Orleans
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

It was the first time that I had been to Shaya since the business split. I thought the food may actually be better now than before. Just a great meal.

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Q
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

First time in New Orleans. Something different and something great!

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LB
Chicago
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

It was one of our top 5 dinners of all time!!!! Thank YOU!!!

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RB
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

Great meal with wonderfully tasty food. Large variety. flavorful.

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RB
3.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

This was my second visit to Shaya. One year ago was my first visit, recommended by a friend. Staying in Israel many times I can say the food is authentic although with a modern twist. I was very impressed by my first visit. This time we had undercooked pita bread and a no-taste-kind-of burned-soup served. The matzo ball soup was poured very stylish in a teapot like serving pot over the soup bowl with the matzo balls. Besides the stylish pouring, no salt, no taste at all. Our waiter had a arrogant behavior telling us the menu very fast, like a robot and running off quickly after. When asking for more pita bread we had to wait long. Finally asking other waiters for more pita bread. More than one time the additional pita came. Always slipped carelessly from the waiter's plate onto the empty plate on our table.

At this time I felt like being served in a fast food restaurant.
Not like in a stylish hip spot for dinner.

Shaya is not cheap. Besides that, the other food was tasty. For me personally this second visit had a bitter taste to it because of the issues I described.

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f
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

Shaya was worth the wait -- I was elated to celebrate my thirtieth birthday here with family after having been promised a dinner here two years ago. The ambiance was intimate and inviting, the staff friendly and attentive, and the food to die for, beginning with the famously addictive pillowy pita bread, and including the exquisite roast cauliflower hummus, challah toast, matzo ball soup, and lamb; each dish was a perfectly calibrated symphony in my mouth, often combining sweet and savoury details for a refreshing, surprising experience. Had I not been so full, I would have loved to have tried one or some of the many enticing desserts, which is another reason I look forward to returning soon. Thank you for an unforgettable experience!

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London
4.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

I reserved awhile back for a random Saturday evening. No special occasion, just wanted some good food with our friends.

The first table we were sat was directly across from the men's room--just awful. I said "I'm already unhappy" and they moved us up front to a lovely spot. I really can't understand why restaurants do this. If you have two or three parties of 5 arriving, the best table should go to the one that arrives first, without the customer having to ask for a change. The table by the bathroom should be a last resort; not the first!

After we were moved, everything went well. The service was outstanding--attentive, professional, but not intrusive. We ordered from all sections of the menu and all of it was good, however, the big plates (chicken, lamb, and steak) were letdowns in comparison to the hummus, the tomatoes, the babaganosh, the salads, the rice, etc. When we go back, we'll ignore the big plates and just enjoy the small plates and the amazingly delicious pita bread.

We're locals so we'll be back and hopefully won't have to ask for a change of table!

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CF
Caribbean
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Excellent food!!! The lamb was perfect... A must in New Orleans

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MS
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Outstanding food and really great service. I am so glad we went to Shaya on our first trip to New Orleans. Everything we ate was delicious.

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CC
Mississippi
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

I had heard many good things about Shaya and couldn’t wait to try it. It did not disappoint!

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Austin
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Every dish was unique and delicious. Wonderful mix of flavors. The pita is unbelievable. One could easily be happy and well-fed building a meal out of small plates given their variety and substance. Wanting to return to try the dishes we didn't have room for in our visit!

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W
London
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Excellent meal from start to finish. They have perfected the warm pita. Dips are fantastic.

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WZ
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

One of the best restaurants I've been to in my 70 plus years. The food was fresh and its spices were so very very special: Moroccan, middle eastern, northern Africa ..all exciting. Our waitress made the evening, never patronizing or bored, but friendly and patiently helpful. We have eaten in restaurants all over the world and this one will be one of our favorites.
Bill Z

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PM
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

We came to Shaya with great expectations. Some, but not all were met. The service was amateurish and rushed. The food was excellent, for the most part. For several dishes, it appears to chef is cooking for the critics.

The food compares to a good Israeli restaurant in Tel Aviv, nothing more or les..

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a
Dallas
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Absolutely delicious dishes and wonderful atmosphere. The perfect way to spend an evening.

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a
5.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

Spectacular ...and my wife and I are food snobs. The food was spectacular...simple as that.

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OT
5.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

Delightful, had a great time. First time there for two of the group of four.

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JS
New Orleans
5.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

Delightful

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