Kaya's Kitchen

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    ( 60 reviews )
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1000 Main St (at 10th), Belmar, New Jersey, USA, 07719

Vegan restaurant with an extensive menu featuring breakfast selections, combination plates, salads, vegan burgers, sandwiches, specials, and beverages. Lunch prices are moderate ($12 for sandwich), dinner entrees are more ($14-19 each). Live music sometimes. New location since winter 2010 as reported to happycow. All vegan as of Sept 2013. Open Tue-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, Take-out, Catering, BYOB

Reviews (60)

First Review by myboyfriendisdead

love! - Edit

Best vegan restaurant in Jersey.

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seriously! - Edit

Had time to kill while our son is at a movie and granted it is Valentine's Day; walked in and restaurant was almost completely empty at 6:30 pm. She asked us if we had a reservation which we didn't then asked what time it was and said they are booked with reservations we could order take out. She could have said we could eat quick and be out of there by 7pm. I mean seriously maybe 3 tables were taken and that counts one in the front section.

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reheated frozen food - Edit

we used to go there regularly until owner was nasty. they also reheat frozen good - from veggiebrothers.com back then. we switched and have been going to good karma cafe instead. great service, owners, good and atmosphere

Cons: good not very goodowner terrible service

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Heavenly - Edit

Kayas kitchen changed my life!. I had the best meals of my life! I recommend the Mac and cheese, pirogies. And cheesecake..also the steak, the quesadilla, and basically everything! Some things are spicy but the foods I recommended are spice friendly and SOOO delicious!

Pros: you will fall in love

Cons: you will miss the food dearly when you leave

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Very Good! - Edit

Decided to take a day trip to the beach based on what vegan restaurants were available. I found Kaya's Kitchen and chose Belmar Beach and I was not disappointed. The macaroni and cheese and tofu wings were great, even my younger sister who has a terrible standard american diet enjoyed it. The only thing is they were out of gluten free buns and I was craving a sandwich!! We had cupcakes for dessert and they were delicious. The staff was very friendly, and the decor was beautiful. Also heard some Damian Marley and SOJA playing and was happy about that! Happy with Kaya's and will be back.

Pros: Friendly Staff, Great Flavor, Awesome Decor

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Can Not Be Beat - Edit

Food was absolutely phenomenal and so was the service. Will be back every time I'm in the area.

So glad places like this exist.

Pros: vegan, chill atmosphere

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1 vegan and 2 reluctants - Edit

Popped into Kayas Kitchen after picking my daughter and her college roommate up from the train station for spring break. They're both 19, both carnivores. Our waiter Matt took some extra time with us to explain some of the items on the menu to the girls and offered several suggestions.

We ordered the appetizer sampler, macaroni and cheese, chik'n nuggets and the sloppy joe.

Even my carnivore daughter and her roommate liked the food....haha! I had the sloppy Joe and fries, I thought it was great! The sampler was delish too!

Will definitely be back!

Pros: EVERYTHING is vegan....made it so easy to choose.

Cons: n/a

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love - Edit

I love this place, I've been going for years, when they were in their old spot,I do miss some of their old dishes but I love how every time I go I feel like there is something new. no worries here of cross contamination either so it's great.

Pros: all Vegan

Cons: sides aren't included anymore used to get sides w

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so many options - Edit

Whoever said that vegans must not eat a lot has clearly never been here! How come I've never heard of Kaya's Kitchen sooner?! They're menu is FULL of so many different vegan meals! Best for lunch and dinner! So good even my non-vegan friends love it !

Pros: lots of options, friendly staff, amazing food

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a huge variety of fantastic vegan cuisine - Edit

The menu is phenomenal-- there were so many different things I wanted to try. Everything I ordered was very tasty. The atmosphere and wait service is great. Vegan food is so hard to come by at school in Massachusetts so it was great to find this restaurant so close to my new home in Spring Lake.

Pros: food, atmosphere, wait service

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Comfort food! - Edit

Great food! Perfect place to invite family members who are not vegan. They will be happily surprised with the delicious, fulfilling, and beautiful looking options.

P.S.: Try the "Tofu wings" (formerly known as "Karma Wings")!

Updated from previous review on Tuesday January 27, 2015

Updated from previous review on Saturday March 14, 2015

Pros: Comfort food, Delicious , Good portions

Cons: A bit fattening :)

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Great Food!! - Edit

The food here is amazing!!!

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great vegan food! - Edit

Make no mistake, the food isn't "light" or particularly healthy. But it's delicious! Server was friendly and food came out quick. I will definitely go back.

Pros: huge menu, great food

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excellent - extremely hardy too! - Edit

The dinner portions were large and really satisfying. I had the lentil loaf which came with a side of mashed potatoes and veggies (kale, cauliflower, carrots and broccoli). I will definitely return!

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Too big for itself - Edit

Kaya's Kitchen of Bellmar seems to have fallen in with the same attitude adjustment problems as some other vegan establishments that we, the customers, helped them to achieve. Papa Ganache Bakery being another such place with poor management and an even worse attitude. Strike one came last Summer when my cousin came out to visit from upper Westchester NY and we thought we would treat her to a vegan meal during their heavily advertised Sunday Brunches. We get there only to be told, "yeah we serve brunch but we aren't open today." Strike 2 came when I contacted them about a price list for potentially catering a vegan wedding and it only took countless requests and 3 months of waiting for a response. By the time they did get back to me another facility and caterer had been contacted. Strike 3 happened this evening. We just came back from "For Animals Sanctuary" in Blairstown NJ whose proximity is not exactly around the corner to the restaurant. We walk through the door at 7:40 PM only to be told there will be no more seating for the evening because they close at 8 p.m. The door clearly states 9 p.m. and I mentioned this to the hostess who rolled her eyes, shrugged her shoulders and replied "I know it does." I'm not sure if Kaya's is suffering from lack of management or having the headset that they are "too big to fail." Unfortunately, in a consumer driven business, establishments need to maintain the client base who keep them in business during the off season periods after the tourists have left the shore. At this point in time, this vegan will seek out other vegan restaurants who are happy to have the business.

Pros: vegan food , well cooked meals, sometimes friendly staff

Cons: a bit pricey, chef consistency lacking, poor management

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delicious - Edit

We had a great experience here. Our server was great. We came for Sunday brunch which was a choice of platters for $15. The pancakes were a huge portion and delicious, and the many sides were also great. The rancheros scramble was also a delicious option and a sizable portion. The juices were tasty and I think only $5 or so for freshly made juice. And we got a free dessert for spending over $25 on a Sunday. Wow! The cake was also delicious. Wish we lived near such a yummy vegan organic restaurant. Would go all the time.

Pros: nice brunch portions, good service, great food

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Great - Edit

I don't know what these other reviewers are talking about. Their food has TONS of flavor and I savor every bite. Their mac and cheese is so amazing I would so recommend it! (Not just for kids) their soups are really amazing also. I only have one complaint. The spicy is a little too much for me. If you like spicy, you will love it here. I'm sure they will cater to your spicy needs. To finish our meal off we had an AMAZING cheesecake. They used fresh blueberries boiled in some organic cane sugar. The cheesecake was really good and wasn't too sweet at all. Kaya's Kitchen is a vegan family favorite and the staff is wonderful!

Pros: Good food, Great dessert, Nice waitress

Cons: Spicy

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Family favorite - Edit

My lovely wife and daughter frequent here often. We have been to this restaurant for many years, even before the baby was born.

We have tried about 30% of the menu, and have liked most of it. The service is friendly... but not over barring.

The only set back is the prices. We would eat here more often if we could afford to. Being organic and vegan the prices are almost reasonable.

Pros: tasty, convinient, friendly

Cons: pricey, sometimes busy, sometimes food is inconsistant

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one of the best NJ Veg restaurants - Edit

Competes with Vege Heaven for the status of the best New Jersey vegetarian restaurant.

Pros: even the bathrooms are nice, well conceived vege food

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Awful - Edit

My husband and I have given Kaya's kitchen many chances because we want to be able to like their food so that we can go to a local all vegan restaurant, sadly they continually disappoint us with both their poor to mediocre service and the poor flavor quality of their food. We have tried many things off the menu and the only thing we both enjoy are the karma wings which we both admitted could be easily made at home. We have tried their entrees, sandwiches, pizzas, salads, etc. and everything is very bland and lacking in flavor. One of the things that disappoints me most concerning the entree is the side vegetables: mashed potatoes and steamed kale (this comes with ALL of their entrees which also makes no sense). I seriously think that they could be more creative with sides by adding interesting flavor profiles, yet they fail every time. We ordered a curried tempeh sandwich that is no longer on the menu and it had absolutely no flavor in it at all.

We decided to give them one last chance by going to Sunday brunch and we both decided it was probably one of the worst meals we have ever paid for: the tofu scramble consisted of tofu heavily coated in turmeric with NOTHING else, the potatoes were mediocre but no better than you would get anywhere else at a much more reasonable price, the bacon/ham seems unnecessary as it is not very flavorful- I had the french toast which was very bland and did not have "vanilla" flavor as suggested, my husband had the buttermilk biscuit which quite honestly tasted as though it was flour and water and was stark white- really awful. If you enjoy bland food and mediocre service, then sure, go to Kaya's kitchen. If you are looking for excellent food in the area where you won't have a vegan-only experience but your food will be awesome, I suggest Via Roma and Siam Spice where they both succeed in giving food amazing flavors.

I WISH I could give them a 1 cow, unfortunately, happy cow does not allow this for vegan restaurants.

Pros: Nice Ambience, Vegan Only

Cons: Food lacking flavor, Staff seems unconcerned , Very poor food

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Great beginning and horrible ending - Edit

So I am a vegan living in Belmar. Kaya's is walking distance from where I live and I have been to the restaurant about 6 times. I normally love it there and their food is fantastic however the service leaves much to be desired. Two separate incidents have happened that have forced me to part with this restaurant. I went one Friday night to Kaya's. My friend and I were the last table there and while we were finishing our wine whomever was working there decided to play screaming music which was so loud we were forced to leave. Then on a separate occasion I ordered take-out, waited 30 min, then I was waiting for about 15 minutes in the restaurant for my order because they were finishing my order however when I got home I found my pizza was ice cold and had to be reheated. I called to give them some feedback and the manager never apologized and justified the reason for the order being cold. No more Kaya for me sadly!!!!

Pros: Great Food, Good Hosts and Waitress, Amazing Desert

Cons: No Regard For Customer, Rude Manager , Some food is overpriced

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Simply Awesome Food - Edit

We stumbled into here the first time a couple of years ago while house hunting in the area and decided we needed to buy a place nearby. The food is WONDERFUL. Everything is tasty, portions are good (although the bread for sandwiches is just too LARGE) and the staff is always nice.

The BBQ Tofu is AMAZING. This summer whenever I was surfing I'd stop by on the way home just to take an order for a takeout snack when I might otherwise have craved a cookie. Recently they've started to add some great deserts as well. My only complaint is that they don't make their incredible mashed potatoes for lunch, it is a dinner only item.

During the summer, make a reservation for weekend dinner. During the off season, go for the Sunday all you can eat meals.

Pros: Killer food, fair portions

Cons: slow service

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So good - Edit

this place changed my life

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Huge Improvement From the Old Days - Edit

I went to this place back in the day when it was called Veggie Works. Back then the service was always pretty sub par, as it seemed everyone working there was a bit out of it.

Since they changed owners and changed their name to Kaya's Kitchen I saw a vast improvement in the food and service. Since they moved across the way to their bigger location a couple years back it's gotten even better.

The entrees are a little on the pricy side, so I usually go for the sandwiches here. They are huge! Excellent choices are the Thai Peanut Club, Chicken Salad, Sloppy Joe and Jerk Tofu sandwich. If I'm going to spring for an entree I usually get the peppered tempeh, it's a delicious breaded tempeh with a lemon-pepper spice. The deserts are usually hit or miss.

Keep up the great work.

Pros: Good Service, Good Food, Huge Portions

Cons: Entrees are Expensive

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So many delicious choices! A Mecca for vegans. - Edit

We were in Spring Lake and I found this place on Happy Cow. I brought my husband , step daughter and mother in law. Three are vegan and one vegetarian. We came not knowing what to expect. It was slow that night....a cold windy night last November. We could not believe all the choices on the menu. I was freaking out. It took us 20 minutes to select what we wanted. I got the seitan "steak" with potatoes and perfect broccoli. My SD and MIL got the Philly cheesesteak and my husband the lentil loaf "Lion of Judah"...everything was so, so good. We were raving about it. We were sad that we did not have such a place in North Carolina near us.
I have never forgotten about this place and haved raved to friends. Little Kaya greeted us and sat us at our table. So cute!
I personally love to cook. This place got me turned on to creating my own seitan at home. Very inspirational. Would love to go back some day.

So it isn't macrobiotic and some items are not super healthy. I say you can do that at home. This place is a nice treat to relax and enjoy a ton of delicious choices though with your meat-eating friends! Seek this place out be prepared to chill and enjoy.

Pros: Lots of vegan choices, Hearty food, Nice atmosphere

Cons: .???

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kaya's kitchen is a hit - Edit

my first experience at kaya's restaurant was a good one. the bbq ribs were amazing, chicken nuggest tasted like real chicken, citrus tempeh was flavorful and lentil loaf was moist. side mixed veggies were fresh and crisp while the mashed sweet potatoes were homemade and delicious.
what impedes me from being a regular customer is the price. however i will come back to try the rest of the menu. service was a bit slow (due to the influx of customers) but hospitable.

Pros: creative cooking of foods, great staff, delicious food

Cons: slow service, price

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best place ever - Edit

Food is always yummy!!!! My favorite place. Burgers r real good. "Chicken" drum sticks r the best

Pros: awesome food, great variety

Cons: needs more waiters, often kept waiting long

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