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Chaya Brasserie

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132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105-1201 (Mission & Howard)
+1 415-777-8688
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 17:30 - 21:00
Mon 17:30 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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57 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013

This is a great downtown restaurant with fabulous sushi, and plenty of other things to eat. On the expensive side, but definitely worth it. Open late.

Thank ppanessa
New York City, New York
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

I was in San Fran for a biz trip and decided to try out Chaya by myself. I am glad I did because I had a great time. I sat at the bar and ordered tons of food and it was ALL delish. The restaurant itself feels a tad bit corporate (it's huge and not intimate at all) but the... More 

Thank KristySW
Santa Rosa, California
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258 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

For the most part, we enjoyed our evening at this restaurant. As stated in other reviews, the portion size and quality of food do not fit with the prices charged. The view of the Bay Bridge is spectacular. This restaurant has a very eclectic menu which can make it difficult to pair starters with entrees. A big detraction from our... More 

Thank SnmaGal
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

Chaya is consistently good, has a nice lively atmosphere, and a great array of options, including sushi. It's not a place I'd take someone to show them the absolute best of the city, but it's a solid choice, especially w/ a group with varied tastes.

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1,012 reviews
743 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 295 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013 via mobile

Three of us ate here one evening. I'm not a fish lover, but my colleagues really, really enjoyed the sushi, while I had a very tender steak. We also had some good, but rather expensive California wine. Desserts were excellent, especially the salted caramel ice cream in cookies. All in all, the wine aside, the food was pretty good value... More 

Thank Sdwoo
Wallasea Island
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62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

Previous years this has been a highlight of my trip to San Francisco, but this year was a little less so. The sushi was incredible, the starters and mains superb, and we were frankly too full for desert. What let it down this year was the service. Generally a little slow and not as polished as before. ,ay be it... More 

Thank BendixEvE68
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

My company has been going to Chaya for over 5 years for our annual dinner in the city. This year they have a new manager that books larger parties. I was surprised to get an arrogant experience in our attempt to book a table for 20. The minimum charge was quite high. I have rated this restaurant as very good... More 

Thank Dan B
Champaign, Illinois, United States
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

We were here for a large group business dinner last week. The service, the food, and the view of the Bay Bridge lights were spectacular. I had the fillet cooked to what the chef felt was the appropriate level and it was quite delightful. The bread pudding was some of the best bread pudding I've ever had. Unfortunately for a... More 

Thank Shannon B
Annapolis, Maryland
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

Service, food, decor all first rate. On Emacadero, so location very good. Wine reasonable and good. My steak wonderful, cooked just right. Husband had "the best braised beef I've ever had in my life!"

Thank Joanna29494
San Francisco
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90 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

Food here was excellent. Started with the Ahi Tuna Tartare which was a good as I've ever been served anywhere. If you like Tuna Tartare, this will please you. Main course was Niman Ranch Pork Chop which was quite large and cooked perfectly. I'd definitely have the pork chop again and recommend it highly. Dessert was Honeydew mellon sorbet--quite refreshing.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
American, Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
View, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
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
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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South of Market (SoMa), has an urban and sophisticated vibe, but you're more likely to find big nightclubs and lots of industrial loft residences than you are to find boutique shopping. Although it’s the epicenter for tech startups in the city, visitors will be able to do more than just business - museums, top quality restaurants, and the San Francisco Giants now call this neighbourhood home. Most of its freeway-sized streets may not capture the same character as other neighbourhoods in the city, but pockets of charm, like South Park, can still be found throughout its side streets.
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