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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.
New Orleans, LA 70115
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4;00pm, Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
General Pershing Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Limited parking is available in our private lot. Street parking is also available along Magazine Street.
Private Party Contact:
Christy Bradley: (504) 323-7707 ext. 351
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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