Kaya's Kitchen

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 69 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. Hours may be irregular - call ahead.

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

69 Reviews

First Review by myboyfriendisdead

amazing vegan options!! - Edit

We order the Kaya Combo and french onion soup. I have never had a veganized french onion soup before and this was amazing!! The Kaya’s combo was great too - perfect for sharing!
Also, this is a BYOB establishment, so we brought some beers to have with our meal. Definitely will be back.

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fantastic! - Edit

Great spot for a light vegan lunch, the portobello sandwich is great. A little pricey but food is filling and yummy.

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great food! - Edit

Nice selection of different food. Portions are great. Food was delicious. I would highly recommend this place (even for meat eaters) I will definitely be back!!

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Yummy Vegan Goodness- lots of options - Edit

I ordered take out from them for the first time this past weekend and it was delicious. The menu has lots to choose from and when you go there, they have an awesome dessert case (wishing I had grabbed the s'mores dessert-it looked amazing!) The food was delicious- and even my nieces (non-vegans) commented that the food was yummy! Definitely give it a try if you at the Jersey Shore- don't skip dessert!

Pros: Many options, Dessert! , Quick service

Cons: a bit pricey

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A vegan oasis on the Jersey Shore - Edit

Recently I brought two carnivores to Kaya's Kitchen for dinner. We sat outdoors on a balmy summer evening and ordered Happy Buddha, Lion of Judah, and Coconut Pineapple Curry. Two days later they are talking about what a wonderful meal they had. A great place to eat, with a very friendly waitstaff, and a healthy, tasty alternative to shore food.

Pros: Portions, Waitstaff, Outdoor dining

Cons: Indoor might be loud when there is live music

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Big menue, tasty classics and exotics - Edit

Very big variety and good portion size, we had the pineapple curry and pierogi and both was delicious! We want to come back to try the rest of appealing dishes!
You can easily bring non-vegan friends, many options like burgers and pizza available.

Pros: many options, also selection of "junk food" replac

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Vegan Comfort Food - Edit

This place is one of a kind, offering vegan comfort food down the shore. Each cuisine is unique, for example the Pierogis are SO DELICIOUS. I grew up eating them because of a Slovak background, and these really hit my craving after going vegan.

The staff are accommodating, and super friendly. The place also offers live music on the weekends for customers, from local bands and musicians.

This definitely isn't the place to go if you're looking for clean, healthy food, but they are worth every dime.

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Best NJ vegan restaurant - Edit

Easily a great spot for vegans visiting the shore. The food is delicious and, if dining in, it's very quaint and staff is attentive. We look forward to the certain nights when they have live music.

Do yourself a favor. If you plan on visiting or have visited but haven't tried it yet, get yourself a Kayas Combo appetizer (consists of a side of Mississippi ribs, chicken nuggets and buffalo wings) and the grilled seitan flank. With its garlic smokey flavor, its typically my go to meal when I come.

If you're looking for a pizza, Kayas didn't really nail the flavor for me. It was okay enough but not the greatest vegan pizza I ever had. The crust is thin and ours was burnt. It took nearly 2 hours for it to be finished - and to the restaurants defense, they apologized profusely and to make up for the wait they didn't charge us for it.

All in all, Kayas is a small blink and you miss it restaurant in Belmar but its food and staff service is phenomenal so KEEP THOSE EYES OPEN. We've brought other vegans (and our non veg friends) and all enjoyed the food. Definitely consider them next time you're in the area and craving a good meal.

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A M A Z I N G - Edit

everything is amazing.

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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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