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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
Website
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 115
    Excellent
  • 90
    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
Caribbean getaway in the Strip

This was a great lunch for me and my girlfriend and her daughter. We had the best Mojita I have had since Florida. I had the tropical paella and we had the Jerk chicken wings. They were awesome!!! Service was great and this will be on the list to go to again!!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Tyb728
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
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237 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was a great lunch for me and my girlfriend and her daughter. We had the best Mojita I have had since Florida. I had the tropical paella and we had the Jerk chicken wings. They were awesome!!! Service was great and this will be on the list to go to again!!!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Had a delicious meal with a friend. The waiter was excellent and their drink menu has fun and tasty drinks. Most anything on the menu will delight your tastebuds.

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Frisco, Texas
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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 Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
41 reviews 41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
22 reviews 22 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
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
236 reviews 236 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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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?