2000 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA | Directions 1522240.451667 -79.984240
Neighborhoods: Strip District
Average – We ended up at Kaya on a whim and were tad bit dissapointed. We had read great reviews online and left thinking they were not accurate. I ordered wings for an appetizer and a sangria which hit the spot. Unfortunately, it was the only thing that night that was to my liking. I think the high reviews for Kaya are slightly off.
Quite Impressed – I had lunch at Kaya for the first time this past Thursday. I liked the menu choices--better than the usual hamburgers and fries. There were so many choices that I had a hard time deciding what to get. The food was served in a timely manner and our waitress was very attentive. The prices were reasonable too. I was disappointed though that there was no Keylime Pie for dessert--that's why the 4 stars! If you like spicey food with a "bite" this definitely is the place for you.
A Pittsburgh Favorite – I've been to Kaya a couple of times when in Pittsburgh, most recently on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, and the food was again memorable. The beer selection continues to be extensive and well thought out and very good compliments to the food. The tempranillo we had with dinner was a great match. The tuna entree was not quite up to expectations. The tuna was fresh and perfectly cooked, but was dusted with too much cumin which really detracted from the fish. The portion size was significant, however, and a piece went uneaten. The sauce that came with the dish went well with the plantain fried rice (which in itself was novel). The jerked halibut was the star of the night. Well done with just the right amount of spice. Overall, I've never been disappointed with Kaya.
Great food in Pittsburgh - Gotta Stop at Kaya! – Pittsburgh was our first stop on our road trip across the country. Kaya Restaurant came highly recommended by our hotel, so we checked it out as our first dinner. Food was great - had many unique flavors and was very spicy which is what we were looking for. I did not expect a place in Pittsburgh to be able to make a Dark and Stormy well, but the bartender definitely knew how to make one! The sangria was also very good. I recommend the spiced pork chops in terms of entrees - Very very good. Kick'in flavor! The only thing lacking was the service. Our waitress was very nice and even helpful in pointing us to bars after dinner, but she had a very hard time remembering to bring us our water (we never got it all dinner), silverware, and limes...
Great place! – Good food. Friendly service. Nice mix/variety of patrons. Good bar with decent beer selection. Always clean.
Awesome HAppy Hour – Kaya has the greatest Happy Hour around. This is a go to place for our afterwork crowd. The mojitos and martini's are amazing! The food is also good.
One of the Strip District's top nightlife destinations serves playful finger foods and upscale drinks. – In Short
It's a mainstay destination for the young and trendy, so Kaya is usually hopping. The bar shakes and pours numerous martinis and single-malt Scotches, while a unique food menu makes regulars out of well-dressed newcomers. Try the addictive homemade chips, made using fried root vegetables and plantains, with a spicy tomatilla salsa. Other notables include alligator on a stick and Jamaican jerk chicken wings.
Devine – On a late night from a day of adventure in the city, Kaya was just perfect. The service is very professional and the food and drink is delicious. The resturant's decor is relaxing and lit mostly by candle light, while the music is perfect for the jungle look about it. I loved it.
Step out of the Strip – Located in "The Strip" near the river in Pittsburgh, which is a market area with lots of fresh food, ethnic restarants and artisans. Plenty of parking either on the street or in one of the pay lots at either end.
The interior has an interesting theme. Brick and yellow/orangue hues with an Aztec/Mayan theme.
The beer selection here is decent. They have around 20 taps featuring selections from Stone, Brooklyn, Victory, GLBC etc.
The service here was good on a weekend lunch hour.
The food is pricey but good. Both the crab cake and jerked chicken sandwiches were excellent. Homemade sweet potato fries are interesting and good too.
Overall this restaurant probably has better food and beer than any of the bars in the Strip area, and is definitely worth a stop.
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