Shaya

4.8
3359 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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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  • Shaya Restaurant Week Lunch!

    $25.00 per person

    Jun 21 - Jun 27, 2021

    Celebrate Restaurant Week at Shaya with a classic Israeli lunch menu to leave you satisfied! The First Course includes the choice of Demi Cauliflower Hummus, Demi Snap Pea Hummus, or Demi Lamb Hummus. The Second Course includes a choice of Gulf Shrimp Kebab, Shish Kebab, or Veggie Kebab. This simple but delicious meal is $25 per person. Reserve your table now.
  • Shaya Restaurant Week Dinner

    $35.00 per person

    Jun 21 - Jun 27, 2021

    Celebrate Restaurant Week with Shaya's three-course dinner featuring classic Israeli dishes. This menu is $35 per person. Reserve your table now! First Course Demi Cauliflower Hummus or Demi Snap Pea Hummus or Demi Lamb Hummus Second Course Hanger Steak or Gulf Fish or Veggie Kebab Third Course Malabi Vanilla Custard or Seasonal Sorbet

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3359 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNolaKAOS
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Food is very tasty and service is decent (could be more attentive), but the main issue here is value. When it it first started I figured they needed to get up and going introducing this type of unique cuisine to the area so I didn't mind the high cost to small portion ratio. Alon Shaya has flourished in the area and yet it's still $13 smear of hummus plates. It's good, but it's hummus. $6 mocktails? It's good, but it's juice and soda water. This is a common theme with Pomegranate Hospitality restaurants (small portions of decent food at ridiculously high prices). Can't blame a business for wanting to make lots of money. But my disposable money is better spent on high end cuisine rather than gussied up street food.

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PriscillaT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for restaurant week and was blown away!! Everything was phenomenal and will definitely be returning. Highly recommend!

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AshleyM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pita is to die for. Loved the cauliflower and snap pea hummus.

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DonnaC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thought I was going to Saba's but ended up here. Off the menu was cheaper than the restaurant week specials.

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ErickaC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food- great family dinner. Our waiter was sweet and accommodating- considering we were a big party with 2 year old twins at that. We had a lovely Father’s Day lunch

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fathers Day!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Excellent service

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JonS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! We started with smoked lebnah and the Fried Chicken Hummus, both of which were excellent but the hummus was the star. The date salsa verde was on another level. Our main was the brisket which didn't even require a knife. It exceeded expectations. We also had the halloumi which was a terrific compliment to the rest of the meal. The Pita is probably the best bread I have ever had. I wouldn't recommend getting as much food as we did, but it was all excellent. Will be returning soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Father’s Day… my husband and I… I was charged with taking him out to dinner as my son lives in California… we arrived 15 minutes early our reservations were at 11:45a and was prepared to wait.. nice we were seated… however was seated closer to the door in the center…puzzled as there was booth seating available… nevertheless we didn’t ponder… we enjoyed the service and the afternoon… it never disappoints.

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Linz680
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Everyone said it was their favorite meal of the trip!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick getaway with my wife if 40 years! Truly blessed.

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vipRamonaB
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pita bread is unlike any other … it is leavened! You can make an entire meal just with the extra dips! However, we also ordered the lamb, to die for & the brisket, very yummy… we were stuffed & had leftovers!

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LisaJ
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive waitress, food was great, atmosphere perfect.

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JohnR
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service- BRG does a fabulous job. Unbelievable ambiance.

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stevent
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server did a great job helping us choose our meal choices. A truly perfect meal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can not say enough about this Magazine St. gem!! It’s a must visit on the New Orleans “foodie list”! Excellent service, food, and atmosphere. They offer plenty of gluten-free options. Don’t miss out!!

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vipJonC
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hummus Hummus Hummus. Tuna Kabab was excellent too

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SeanW
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food in the service were incredible. Great ambiance. We chose to eat outside even though it was a bit hot.
Best labneh and hummus that we've ever had

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Must try the hummus!!! We got it with the grilled shrimp. Amazing. Mousakka is amazing. Bread is amazing. Ambience is amazing. Just go.

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DanaG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks,appetizers and main courses were all outstanding. Best hummus I have ever eaten....and I've eaten a lot of hummus!

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vipFoodie
New Orleans
117 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaya is always good. The atmosphere is hip and has a good buzz of people. Service last night over the top great. Food. Well I always seem to eat the same thing but it’s always so damn good. The cauliflower hummus and then the lamb shank for dinner. It does not get any better than that for me!! Being a local means we know where to go. Shaya is one of the best.

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VeroP
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the place, the food and the service! Really a great place to go. Also the bread is to die for!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food 10/10

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ErinO
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, relaxing lunch!

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MatthewG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you are looking for a different flavor of New Orleans then Shaya is worth a try. Middle Eastern take on foods and unusual but tasty cocktails. I was very glad I made the reservation after hearing about Shaya for years.

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farahm
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is phenomenal. Loved it can’t wait to go back. You have to experience it.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and our server was delightful. Our first time dining there and can’t wait to go back.

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GfromOhio
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Shaya was our first Israeli food experience and we LOVED IT!!! Our server was kind and patient enough to explain the best way to experience the menu. The food was outstanding. Fresh baked pita brought until you tell them to stop. We ordered all 5 salatims and loved them. The dried chicken hummus is an absolute MUST! The lamb kofte was out-of-this-world good!!! I realize this may not be a complement to Chef Alon Shaya, but as I said, this was my first take at Israeli style food...the lamb kofte tasted like the best italian meatball you've ever had, only way better. And the cinnamon babka...quite possibly the best thing i ate during this 4 day trip to NOLA. The lamb Kofte may have been the 2nd best thing, and I'm a cajun food junkie. We ate at several other good restaurants and Shaya had the best overall food. Shaya beat out GW Fins, Atchafalaya and Compere Lapin. While they were all very good, the unique experience of Shaya and the outstanding food have made this a new must-eat-at for our future trips to NOLA. Hopefully it won't be raining and we will be able to enjoy the courtyard dining.

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vipGeoffH
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, at once accessible and sophisticated. Traditional Mediterranean with a twist. Lamb kofte, brisket sandwich, shakshuka, okra, labneh. Great wine selection. Moroccan Mary (Bloody Mary with harissa and Moroccan spices) is pfantasic.

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Bevs
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious hot fresh wood fired pita bread. Fried chicken hummus out of this world deliciousness!! Lamb ragu hummus extraordinary flavor sensations! Best restaurant in New Orleans! Yes, it’s THAT good.

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vipClaire
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant had great food. The service was quick and atmosphere was inviting.

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Nabra
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Lol, not great. Food homie back home told us to go here. I was fairly let down. You would think Mediterranean food would accommodate a vegan diet. Hope you like cauliflower cause that’s what you get three ways. LOL

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Kcruz0381
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service! The chicken hummus a must try .

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TerriF
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaya served us our families favorite meal while on our recent trip to NOLA. Can’t recommend highly enough!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food every time we come. And the absolute best staff and manager in the City!!

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vipBenA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of best Israeli restaurants I’ve had

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DennisB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food is as good as it gets. This is one place u can really get a good vegetarian meal.

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Mere5
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and an awesome experience ... I highly recommend this restaurant for a different dining experience that is well worth the cost

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vipBenjamin
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I bit of Tel Aviv in New Orleans. What a pleasant lunch and pleasant atmosphere. Would gladly return.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Shaya using the Order Online button. Shaya also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 891-4213.

Shaya is rated 4.8 stars by 3359 OpenTable diners.

Shaya does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/shayarestaurant/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.