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“Excellent place to grab dinne rin the Strip District”
Review of Kaya

Kaya
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Ranked #31 of 2,194 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Caribbean, Jamaican, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Strip District
Cross street: 20th Street
Reviewed April 2, 2013

We've been wlaking past Kaya for the last few year's but never stopped in. This year we decided to make a reservation and I'm glad we did. We arrived early and they accommodated us. Our waitress was very good, explaining all of the favorites on the menu, but not pushing anything. We decided to go for 5 small plates. The bean dip with homemade chips was excellent. The scallops very good and but the tuna taratre was a little bland. It needed some citrus and some spice. The ribs and the winfs were both very tasty. Great location, laid back atmosphere, good beer list. I'll be back!

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Thank pensfan58
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

we will return to Kaya. the tuna tartare was so delightful I might consider driving back to Pgh just for that appetizer. the entrees were all bursting with flavor - I did not want to stop eating. This might have been the best dining experience of the weekend. Simply: Yum!

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Thank Wiggleglass
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

We love Kaya! The food is always great & the service is exceptional. Love the atmosphere also. Get the Sangria!

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Thank Laris2711
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

My spouse and I dined at Kaya in late October 2012 for dinner. We have eaten at Kaya's sister restaurant, Eleven, several times, and felt that it was time to try another of the Big Burrito Restaurant Group’s properties. Kaya is open daily for lunch and dinner (with lunch replaced by brunch on Sundays.) The menu at Kaya is Spanish-Caribbean, and there are many vegetarian options available.

Overall, our meal was good, and we liked the creative ingredients and ideas behind the food. Our server was fantastic, but the hostess who sat us was not at all friendly. It was raining on the night that we dined, and although there was a coat rack that we passed en route to our table, she did not point it out or offer it as a place to hang our wet coats and umbrellas. She led us to the absolute worst table in the house - adjacent to the kitchen door (although we occasionally sit IN the kitchen at a chef's table at other restaurants, this was NOT the same thing), even though the restaurant was not crowded. When we asked if we could take another available table for two, we were told that she would have to check because the restaurant had some other reservations for that night. That was surprising, because we had made our reservation 8 WEEKS before using Open Table! We cannot imagine that anyone else beat us to their reservation book! Being made to feel unwelcome and undervalued as customers was not a good way to start our evening, but fortunately, we had an excellent server who offered insightful opinions on the menu and exhibited a lot of "food love"; he seemed to be someone who enjoys his job and the restaurant industry itself.

Our food results were a little mixed - we shared a calamari appetizer that was delicious and a bit unusual in the seasonings and the sauce. We ordered a chicken dish that was terrific (accompanied by chicken enchiladas and a deconstructed guacamole); however, the seafood in our other entree, the tropical paella, was severely undercooked. We brought the problems with the undercooked shellfish to the attention of the waiter, who first brought additional properly-cooked seafood, but finally ended up removing the dish from our bill. Dessert was excellent.

Overall, our meal at Kaya was not a dining experience without issue, but we ended up having a good evening and might give them a try again in the future.

Thank fluffnfold
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

My friend and I wound up sitting at the bar because of a long wait for a table. Not a problem. The bartender was helpful about the menu--it was obvious that he had sampled the food a number of times. She had the fish tacos and I had the tofu tacos. Both dishes were too huge--that was a surprise for Kaya. I'd prefer to pay less and take less food home. I was only able to eat one taco.

They pour a generous glass of wine--my choice was a Spanish red at $11. Hefty price per glass, but good wine.

The food was fresh and tasty and made with local tortillas from Reyna's.

Definitely make reservations.

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Thank MurryG08
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