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Kaya

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Strip District
Caribbean, Seafood, Jamaican
As featured in Best Food in Pittsburgh
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2000 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4428 (20th Street)
(412) 261-6565
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Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 114
    Excellent
  • 89
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
First time eating Jamaican...I loved it!!

If you're an *extremely* picky eater (bland, not mixed, etc.), it may be hard to find something for you on the menu. But I'll try anything once and I loved Kaya. I went while on vacation with my fiance's family (his parents are Pittsburgh natives) and it was truly a great experience. Wonderful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
mrsricci2015
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Frisco, Texas
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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235 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Frisco, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

If you're an *extremely* picky eater (bland, not mixed, etc.), it may be hard to find something for you on the menu. But I'll try anything once and I loved Kaya. I went while on vacation with my fiance's family (his parents are Pittsburgh natives) and it was truly a great experience. Wonderful atmosphere and decor. The chefs' culinary presentation... More 

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Butler, Pennsylvania, United States
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

When visiting the Strip District (a must), there are many places to eat. This is one of them. I can't say that this is the BEST, although it certainly IS good. But there are so many choices. Waitress was great and I liked the Caribbean feel. Good unique food! Although when it got busy it felt a bit crowded as... More 

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Jackson, Wyoming
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Our waiter,Charlie?, was very good & gave us great, honest recommendations. We had all the best sellers. Loved the laid back feel & the bar would be really nice to sit at also. Very fresh ingredients & nice wines.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I've been here twice with my husband and it was great both times! I tried the paella, which was delicious and was packed with meat and seafood. The wings are great as well- spicy and crispy but not greasy or overly breaded. We went last night when they had their Valentine's Day tasting menu, which was awesome! Four small courses... More 

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Pittsburgh, PA
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

My husband and I had the opportunity to have lunch at Kaya. We had a hard time deciding what to have to eat so we split the Paella and the Salmon Apple Salad. Both were FANTASTIC and a great pairing of taste. The service was fantastic and it was mostly quiet with some great background music but not to loud... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We went here after a day of exploring the Strip District. Having never had Caribbean cuisine before, we didn't know what to expect, but we were in for a treat! The menu changes frequently, but the crab cake sandwich was one of the best I've had. Highly recommended if you see it on the menu. Loved the sorrel tea and... More 

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Selinsgrove
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77 reviews 77 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We always try to eat dinner here when we are in Pittsburgh. It is better to have reservations, as it is always crowded. The food and drinks are delicious and interesting, and the service is excellent. The vibe is dark and cozy, exotic.

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Top Contributor
234 reviews 234 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

My wife, daughter and I visited at 5pm Saturday night but didn't have a reservation, so we sat at the bar. Our bartender/waitress was very attentive and gave excellent service. The drinks were good, but the food was excellent. I had delicious spicy hush puppies and a very good Cuban sandwich with quite spicy aioli. With the hot fries, I... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Located in the heart of the strip, this restaurant has a cool vibe. It was strange that we had to sit at the bar because they had reservations, but we noticed empty tables the whole night we could've snagged. Not sure why that happened. The appetizers were exotic sounding but pretty average. My favorite was my 'nojito' and fish tacos.... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I had been anxious to try this restaurant for a couple of years. I decided to go with some girl friends and use my Big Burrito free birthday dinner. I loved the dark atmosphere and cozy vibe. The happy hour is from 4:30-6:30 and includes half off any drink! I had a mango mojito that was fresh and delicious. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2000 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4428
    (20th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh>  > Strip District
  • Neighborhood: Strip District
  • Phone Number: (412) 261-6565

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Seafood, Jamaican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?