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Chaya Downtown

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525 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (Between 5th and 6th)
FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE provided to and from major entertainment venues in Downtown Los Angeles. It runs every 15min beginning at 6:45pm.
+1 213-236-9577
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Chaya has an unprecedented 390-year history of restaurants owned and...
Chaya has an unprecedented 390-year history of restaurants owned and operated by the same Tsunoda family both in Japan and California. Today, there are two locations in Japan and three locations in California (Venice, Downtown L.A., And San Francisco). CHAYA is known for globally inspired dishes, a high standard in Japanese hospitality, and craft cocktails. You can also experience the original tuna tartare, created by Executive Chef Shigefume Tachibe. His chef's knife and coat are on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. As he is credited for creating this iconic dish.
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  • 39
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  • 26
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food and value on a Sunday night

Went on a Sunday night for the fusion Japanese and happened on the 'flavours of the world- France'. Great value at $32 set menu for 4 courses. Quick and efficient service had us seated with water, bread and drinks within minutes. The chef had bought a 'mystery box' from the fish markets so we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Tina M
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Hobart, Australia
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Hobart, Australia
Top Contributor
254 reviews 254 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went on a Sunday night for the fusion Japanese and happened on the 'flavours of the world- France'. Great value at $32 set menu for 4 courses. Quick and efficient service had us seated with water, bread and drinks within minutes. The chef had bought a 'mystery box' from the fish markets so we started with a Black Sea bream... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Really enjoyed this asian fusion restaurant. Nice atmosphere with an outside terrace surrounded by plants. Most people opted to sit outside as it is a really nice atmosphere. Excellent service and what a variety on the menu. We enjoyed a bento box and mustard chicken, both delicious. Full bar and sake menu, excellent wine list. Highly recommend.

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Sitges, Spain
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338 reviews 338 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We've struggled to eat healthily this past 2 weeks when dining out. When we have its been a non-American restaurant. This was no exception. We started with the Kaisin salad and tuna tartare. The tuna was made for us at the table, and it was really good. Next we went with the Kobe beef and rainbow Sushi rolls. These came... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We went to Chaya for their Sunday $29.50 four-course tasting dinner before attending a concert at Disney Hall and it was a great experience! The food was outstanding and the portions were generous, especially for the price. The service was the only thing that wasn't perfect (our server seemed a bit distracted), but it wasn't enough to mar the experience.... More 

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Pasadena, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This place was great! Valet parking was validated, which took away the downtown parking anxiety. I loved the tempura-battered squash flower appetizers stuffed with short ribs and goat cheese. I ordered the steak for dinner but wish I had ordered the venison, which was much leaner and not too sweet, despite a blueberry glaze. The bento box also looked fabulous.... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

The sushi is wonderful and fresh; the ambiance is subtle and apt for our business meeting. It is located conveniently and within walking distance from hotels. You must definitely stop by and give it a try!

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Monrovia, California
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252 reviews 252 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The LA Phil has a "Get Your Phil" dinner and concert package. We lucked out that one of our season ticket nights coincided with the dinner package, so we chose Chaya on October 24th. Free shuttle pick up from the concert hall, prix fixe $25 3-course dinner, then a shuttle back to the concert. Kudos to Chaya for participating in... More 

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Nipomo, California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

the decor and the patio are unbelievable!! I was here for a birthday dinner!!! Amazing sushi and Japanese cuisine. On par with Nobu, Matsuhisa, or Katsuya, but less expensive.

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New York City, New York
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95 reviews 95 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 via mobile

I sat at the bar because I was on the mood for sushi and a glass of wine. I visited the location in San Fran earlier this year so I was excited to try out this location. Like in San Fran, the sushi was fresh and delicious. I also had the scallop crudo which was out of this world. I... More 

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Long Beach, California
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136 reviews 136 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I had a $50 gift certificate from a silent auction and my husband and I decided to spend it on a Friday night after work. I researched the menu and the certificate beforehand only to realized that we had to strategize how to stretch our budget and we were not able to directly use the "happy hour" items. We parked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 525 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
    (Between 5th and 6th)
  • Public Transportation: FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE provided to and from major entertainment venues in Downtown Los Angeles. It runs every 15min beginning at 6:45pm.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 213-236-9577

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 50
  • Cuisine: French, Japanese, American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Chaya has an unprecedented 390-year history of restaurants owned and operated by the same Tsunoda family both in Japan and California. Today, there are two locations in Japan and three locations in California (Venice, Downtown L.A., And San Francisco). CHAYA is known for globally inspired dishes, a high standard in Japanese hospitality, and craft cocktails. You can also experience the original tuna tartare, created by Executive Chef Shigefume Tachibe. His chef's knife and coat are on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. As he is credited for creating this iconic dish.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown

Neighborhood Profile
Downtown
Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters. Many call the evolution of Downtown over recent years gentrification. New lofts, bars, hotels and restaurants are popping up regularly. Downtown is home to some of the very best restaurants in the city leading the LA foodie scene, plus it is the location of cultural and sports venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, and the Coliseum at the University of Southern California.
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