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Chaya Brasserie

132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105-1201
+1 415-777-8688
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good45%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105-1201
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

Daughter is a sushi fanatic so for her 18th birthday, we took her here after seeing a Cirque du Soleil show at the AT&T park. We tried the sole, duck, and of course sushi rolls for the birthday girl. We enjoyed the food and also...More

Thank eastbaycc
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

The food here is a great, a real treat! The staff were very friendly and polite and really made an effort, the location is beautiful - ask for a seat by the window for views of Bay Bridge, you won't be disappointed! The dining room...More

Thank runnergirlsw
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Went cause we saw mid-high reviews, and wanted Japanese-food. Place is good, cooking is somewhat in front of customers, but I was surprised when entering as I could not see the typical organization of Japanese restaurants. Jap- food is adapted to mexican style, as an...More

Thank Lodumby
Reviewed 26 January 2017

We went to Chaya Brasserie for a business dinner and overall we were pleased. The food was excellent and the wait staff attentive. The menu was a bit eclectic being neither fully Japanese nor French; do not go here if you want just sushi. The...More

Thank Shikhar B
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Restaurant had a nice atmosphere. Good menu items to chose from. Food was very good. We had a large group so we had a fixed menu but everything was very good. Nice view of the Bay Bridge.

Thank Kari J
Reviewed 31 December 2016

I am sitting here, trying to compose this review, and all I can think to say is this place is just awful. Its a visceral thing and nothing was impressive. The quality of the food did not justify the price and the food was not...More

Thank FatVegan
Reviewed 28 December 2016

My wife and I are in San Francisco on business, and the Concierge at our hotel (St. Regis) set us up for dinner here, a leisurely 20 minute walk from the hotel right down Mission St. In short, the food was delicious - really delicious...More

Thank Allan B
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Service was excellent! The food was even better! The chef does a masterful job of layering flavors in each dish! We were here celebrating a birthday for my daughter and the staff did a wonderful job making her feel special! The view of the Bay...More

Thank Daniel W
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful restaurant! We visited with work colleagues for a quick dinner, ended up tasting most of the food menu and wine list! Delicious food/ the wagyu beef tartare melts in your mouth, the scallop ceviche had a perfect balance of sweet and sour,...More

Thank Mrs_Th04kar
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

We had out of town guests visiting SF and treated them to a nice dinner at Chaya. We had a table with a view of the bay bridge. Yay! Now for the food- Chaya did not disappoint. We ordered the king salmon crudo, soy glazed...More

Thank BPenuliar2015
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105-1201
    (Mission & Howard)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighbourhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: +1 415-777-8688
  • E-mail
The Chaya restaurant family originated when Hikage Chaya opened in Hayama, Japan. From this initial tea house, that opened 390 years ago, the Tsunoda family has expanded into French bistros and pastry shops throughout Japan and introduced the brand to the U.S. in 1984 with the opening of Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills. Since then, Chaya has opened locations in Venice, San Francisco, Downtown Los Angeles, and LAX. The cuisine at each restaurants can best be described as modern Japanese though each restaurant has a distinct personality reflecting their different locations. Corporate Executive Chef, Shigefume Tachibe is best known for pioneering modern Japanese cuisine and his contributions to the Asian-Fusion movement. His chef coat and knife are in permanent display in the Smithsonian. The most important tenet of Chaya's philosophy is high-level omotenashi (hospitality), bringing the Japanese teahouse tradition of warm and personal service to each guest.
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