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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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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Chaya restaurant family originated when Hikage Chaya opened in Hayama...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Just super!

took my friend there last night to celebrate his 21st. Bday. Food was delicious as always. They made a fuzz about him being old enough to have his first drink. We had a great time

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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  • Italian first
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English first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

took my friend there last night to celebrate his 21st. Bday. Food was delicious as always. They made a fuzz about him being old enough to have his first drink. We had a great time

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Rome, Italy
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Did a group interview here for work. The place was hopping, the staff was really attentive and the food was really good.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

7.23.2015 Dropped in to partake in their Dine LA restaurant week. This restaurant was packed with mostly millenials. The DJ played 80s, 90s pop very loudly - that really put a damper into our dining. We couldn't talk over drinks while waiting for the food. The bread was good but served with hard butter -- not easily spreadable. The way... More 

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Rachel P, Marketing at Chaya Downtown, responded to this review

Hi MrsKells, Our apologies that the DJ put a damper on your dining experience. Every summer at CHAYA Downtown we have Summer Beer Garden on our patio. The night you dined with us we were celebrating our Beer Garden with a mid-summer party and DJ event, which is atypical for a regular Thursday night. Our guests love our annual beer... More 

Lake Oswego, Oregon
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14 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Dined there this past Tuesday for lunch while in town for a convention. The seating outside was very nice. We had the fish of the day which was a white fish with a side kale salad. Overall the food was okay, nothing special. Service was excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is a very lively restaurant with a fun outside beer garden. The food is mostly japans style and many types of fresh fish. They have a very good happy hour with good prices. We ate here twice during a week stay in LA.

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Menu very limited; restaurant not as popular and interior getting dated. Main courses with no sides unless a la carte.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

My daughter and I dined here before the theater. We were looking for a place where we could park and not have to get back in our car after dinner to get to the play. This restaurant was so convenient. We parked in the underground parking and Chaya validate for 4 hours. After dinner we hopped on the shuttle right... More 

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We dined here with friends on our first night in LA and were blown away by the quality of the food served up. We shared a number of plates and bar the dessert which was banana orientated (and I'm not a huge fan of bananas), everything was delicious and supremely fresh.

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Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I am not a huge drinker, but I know when I get a good cocktail. This bar served up seasonal, organic masterpieces. I would definitely go there again for drinks! The bar was a little noisy and it's the downtown business crowd, so that may be a concern demanding on your needs.

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 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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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 30 - 40
  • Cuisine: Japanese, American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • 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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