EDIT: We originally posted that the cost was $95 per couple but that is incorrect. It is $95 per person. We apologize for any inconvenience.

New casual fine-dining Filipino restaurant, Kaya (Instagram | Facebook), has soft-opened in the former home of Dandelion Communitea Cafe in Lake Eola Heights.

We first told you about the concept HERE back in November 2020, and since then, the ownership team has been hard at work gutting the former vegetarian teahouse and almost completely rebuilding it.

Kaya is currently only open to friends and family and newsletter subscribers to RSVP specific time slots on their booking platform. You can click HERE to sign up for the newsletter and get your chance to reserve a two-top, four-top, or six-top, starting at $95 per couple person. Reservations are only open to those who sign up for the newsletter, until after the planned grand opening which should be taking place in the second week of December.

“We have a great team of people with us, we really want it to feel like a home. We’re serving things in five waves of tastings, and sharing with people about Filipino-style dining. It’s like a party every day.”


The current tasting menu is seafood and vegetable-forward and reservation only, though they will be adding an a la carte/bar menu sometime soon, as well as outdoor seating on a newly-built courtyard/patio area. The restaurant currently employs a Forager/Farm Partnerships Manager on staff to source high-quality seafood and produce on a daily basis.

The owners of Dandelion Community Cafe (Facebook Website) closed the popular Mills 50 vegetarian restaurant at 618 N. Thornton Avenue [GMap] back in August, which we wrote about HERE.

Brendan O'Connor

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