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Kaya

4.7
4.7
2314 Reviews
$30 and under
Caribbean
Kaya's outdoor courtyard is now open!
There are 3 ways to order: Online, by phone or in person. Join us for a fun, casual outdoor experience. Mon - Thursday 4pm - 9pm or Fri -Sun from 12pm - 9pm.

Once you place an order, you will be notified by text when it is ready to pick-up from our walk-up window on 20th Street. You can choose to sit and relax at one of our colorful outdoor tables, or take it with you. We can't wait to see you!

Located in the heart of Pittsburgh's Strip District, Kaya's cuisine is inspired by the sea and sun, melding fresh, high quality ingredients with bold flavor and alluring preparation.

Executive Chef Marty Sons incorporates the culinary customs of the Caribbean Islands, South America, the Pacific and beyond.

The varied and complex menu and festive tropical drinks have made Kaya an award-winning dining destination for more than a decade.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean, Latin American, Jamaican

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (412) 261-6565

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Marty Sons

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    20th Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,314 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Healthy

  • Pittsburgh

    Healthy

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  1. KF

    KFRD

    Pittsburgh

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kaya has been one of our favorite restaurants for years, and it continues to not disappoint. My daughter and I have ordered the Shrimp Pelau the last two times we have been and it is our new favorite meal...from anywhere! According to the others who were with us, the Cuban continues to be the best, as well as the brunch Cuban. Kaya was crowded but the waitress made sure our needs were met and our food arrived tasty and hot!
  2. J

    Judy

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are looking for a restaurant that has a menu with many vegetarian choices, Kaya is the place for you! I order the rainbow salad which has an array of vegetables with mango and papaya. I have also tried the vegetable paella which is delicious. One night a month they have a complete fixed price meal! It is a quiet restaurant and the waiters are very courteous.
  3. MS

    MatthewS

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks, and service as always.
  4. n

    none

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food excellent, as always. Service excellent, as always. Thanks!
  5. F

    Foodie

    Pittsburgh

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The food quality was the same but my entree was scaled for the recession, I guess. The service wasn’t desirable. But over the 15 yrs I’ve been dining here, I won’t hold this experience against them.
  6. AS

    AnnS

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Our meals were good....but I would not say "great". I had the shrimp pelau and my husband had the paella. My dish was lukewarm.
  7. BB

    BrettB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Excellent conch fritters and fish tacos. The Cille reyellnos filling was bland and should have cheese - not suited to my taste. Overall very good and would return and recommend to others.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food. Attentive service. It was a full restaurant and we didn’t wait longer than 20-25 minutes for our appetizers and entrees. Will return!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My parents and I dined here as part of the big Burrito Group’s holiday entree promotion. We used our codes, Holiday Bucks, and gift cards, and it seemed like the restaurant’s technology wasn’t updated to account for the digital-only holiday bucks and gift cards. Other than payment taking quite a while, the food was delicious! The sweet potato fries are AMAZING, definitely will be back!
  10. t

    tgwsci

    Pittsburgh

    91 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Not the Kaya of old. Thinly staffed, and tired; our server was the only bright spot in an otherwise disappointing visit to one of traditionally favorite restaurants.
  11. C

    Carol2

    Pittsburgh

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Tasty food
  12. I

    Iggy

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Creative food and drinks. Excellent veg/vegan options.
  13. C

    Casey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We went for the infamous Thursday night fried chicken and it did not disappoint. The grapefruit basil margarita was so tasty and refreshing. Our server was excellent.
  14. LD

    LisaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and had lots of vegan and vegetarian options. Great find. Definitely a splurge night but I would go again for a special occasion.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The restaurant staff was friendly and accommodating when we had to change our reservation. Food was great! Lots of vegetarian options as well.
  16. F

    coffeeFog

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Kaya's a dependable spot with a friendly vibe, great for family get-togethers or a nice dinner with friends. Amongst Big Burrito's portfolio of restaurants, it's one that balances quality and price rather nicely. There's enough variety to accommodate most palettes and budgets. Recommendations: - Conch fritters - Crunchy, adventurous - A great appetizer to kick things off with - Kaya salad - Crisp, refreshing - A nice palette cleanser, or even main dish if you're in the mood for something light - Tropical Paella - Complex, succulent - A delicious medley bursting with seafood, fruit, and other tantalizing Spanish flavors
  17. AC

    AshleyC

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing!! One of my new favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh. 10/10 recommend
  18. LG

    LauraG

    Pittsburgh

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    You can pretty much never go wrong at Kaya. We had a late afternoon reservation on New Year’s Eve. For some reason it’s getting difficult to find chiles rellenos in Pittsburgh, and I love the way they do them at Kaya.
  19. SK

    SvenK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great atmosphere however can be noisy at time due to proximity to other tables. Food was good and service was outstanding. Will be back to sit at the bar. Reservations are recommended due to limited space and high demand.
  20. LC

    LisaC

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The tropical paella was good but the shrimp pelau was very bland
  21. JP

    JuanitaP

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fantastic happy hour! Delicious mojitos and craft beers are 1/2 off. Bartenders were attentive. Very loud in restaurant due to the layout & acoustics. Had dinner reservations so no wait. Conch fritters and black bean dip as appetizers with grilled fish tacos are some of our favorites. Our server looked miserable the entire evening but service was decent.
  22. AM

    AnneM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    We went to Kaya to celebrate our anniversary and I indicated so in our reservation. Our daughter even called to make sure the restaurant knew and wanted to know if anything special would be done or she would do something. She was told we would get a glass of champagne. Nothing happened even thought our waiter asked if we were there for any special reason. In the big picture, it's not the end of the world, but my food was lukewarm at best (paella). I sent it back to be re-heated and it came back pretty much the same. Disappointing. The waiter was very nice but his personality didn't compensate for the experience.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food and drinks were great. Expensive but worth it occasionally.
  24. S

    Sharon

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience during their vegetarian night!
  25. J

    Jenn

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and friendly service!
  26. L

    johnL

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was prompt and the food very good. I left my cell phone and the staff did a great job in reaching out by email immediately. I was able to pick up the phone within a couple of hours.
  27. MV

    MichaelV

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding
  28. A

    Anita

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great mojito, the guacamole was excellent and Shrimp Pelau was simply delicious.
  29. C

    Corrine

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, intimate venue with great foods and drinks. Went with a friend and had a nice time catching up over conch fritters, seafood and cocktails.
  30. TM

    TaraM

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, food was great! Thanks for never disappointing 😊
  31. HT

    HollyT

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience, and excellent food!
  32. j

    jrh1201

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Always great food and great atmosphere! Our server was perfunctory at best. Didn't do anything "wrong" per se, but I'm not sure she smiled once and definitely did not make us feel welcome. She could have been having a bad day and it didn't have a huge impact on our delicious meal and company - just a bit off-putting.
  33. HT

    HollyT

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kaya is always a collectively wonderful experience- food, atmosphere, service and energy...it is my favorite restaurant, and my husband and I are frequent patrons.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful experience last with my BF from out of town. She is a pescatarian and Kaya was highly recommended. It did not disappoint! The tropical guacamole and chips was a great starter and so refreshing. So much lighter than regular guac. We both got fish tacos, hers fried and mine blackened. She said here were some of the best she has had in traveling. And I would totally agree- the 3 large tacos with ample blackened fish on mine were very satisfying. The salsa and other components yummy. And- this is a big bonus- the cilantro was a topper so I was able to remove it nd thoroughly enjoy the tacos. (Usually it is in the componentes so I have to pick it out or just suffer with the taste that I find distasteful.) Our server was great- attentive but not intrusive. The whole dinner was wonderful. PS My friend got a mock tail which looked beautiful and healthy. She finished it all quickly so I can only assume it also was good. I will definitely be back! Or even get takeout.
  35. DO

    DarianO

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely staff, incredible food. It was a great first date choice, not too casual or formal.
  36. CD

    CharlieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The food and atmosphere were outstanding. Plus, our server, Cooper, was amazing and helped tremendously when explaining the menu and making suggestions
  37. RB

    RoyalBlu

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The staff helped to make it a very good dining experience. The food options present a variety and didn’t take long to prepare. The atmosphere was comfortable and relaxing.
  38. s

    sek36

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants I've ever eaten at. I got the veggie cuban and it was fantastic! Service was amazing and the ambiance was extremely lively. Despite being a busy Friday night, service was very fast.
  39. SP

    SimonP

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, great food and awesome service. Would highly recommend.
  40. A

    Actor13

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and yummy drinks. Service was prompt and knowledgeable.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Kaya does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Kaya also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (412) 261-6565.

Kaya is rated 4.7 stars by 2314 OpenTable diners.

Kaya does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Google Map for Kaya

2000 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Additional information

  • Cross street

    20th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean, Latin American, Jamaican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Marty Sons

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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