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Chaya Brasserie SF

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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American, Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105-1201
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Stop. Do Not Pass Go. Stay away from Chaya. What a major, expensive, disappointment. We were a group of four, two of whom have dined at this restaurant before at this, and its other locations. This Embarcadero Asian Fusion restaurant should Go To Jail and...More

Thank Kenya2010
Reviewed 21 April 2014

I was intrigued to see a restaurant that mixed Japanese Sushi with French Bistro. The sushi roll was VERY good and left me with wanting to order more. Split the Ribeye and Mac and Cheese with truffle oil and was very satisfied. Unfortunately didn't have...More

Thank n8dagrt
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Had a business lunch here with local foodies. Being from New York and all, the menu is a little beyond me, but I can say the service is impeccable and the sushi, delicious. Tuna roll and smoked duck roll are recommended, and try the roasted...More

Thank Yog-Sothoth
Reviewed 8 April 2014

We had no reservation at Chaya for a Saturday night, but they accommodated our party of 4 in the bar area quite nicely. We ordered off the full dinner menu and the food was outstanding. Pan fried King Salmon was mouth-watering and so were the...More

Thank nalu
Reviewed 4 April 2014

If you come here of the main eating times you can get great sushi deals while eating at the bar. They also have a great array of bears on tab. The view onto the bay bridge are breathtaking. Check it out for one or two...More

Thank ambassadorger
Reviewed 11 March 2014

We stumbled upon the Chaya restaurant heavily jet-lagged early on a Friday night and it was jammed packed full of young professionals relaxing after a long week. We sat in the bar and had wonderful cocktails during their happy hour. Although we booked a table...More

Thank Yvonne016
Reviewed 4 March 2014 via mobile

I practically picked this restaurant "out of a hat" for a birthday dinner. They were so nice and courteous, sat us in the front window to see the Bay Bridge lights and the food was absolutely perfect. It is one of those "worth every penny"...More

Thank Mattlocksf
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Amazing sushi. Very nice atmosphere and service was very impressive. Will be returning. Mostly bay area locals coming in to dine. Valet parking available.

Thank emily c
Reviewed 4 March 2014

We ate here on the recommendation of our concierge and were glad we'd taken his advice. If you get the right table, the view of the Bay Bridge is great, but even if you're not looking at the water, you'll get a great meal. We...More

Thank dolby05
Reviewed 4 March 2014 via mobile

Started out with sushi, which was ok. Moved on to the Brussels sprouts and Mac and cheese, which were delicious. The bread pudding with carmelized top was outstanding.

Thank Traveler123020
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, View, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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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