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Chaya Brasserie

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SoMa
American, Japanese, Sushi, Bistro
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132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105 (Mission & Howard)
+1 415-777-8688
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Wed 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet 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 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Happy Hour

Great value at happy hour with friendly bartenders, good selection of discounted drinks and apps! Best kept secret in FiDi all week!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Scenic view
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
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San Diego, California
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I'm really upset with the service at the Chaya restaurant in San Francisco. Last Friday i had my purse stoled at the restaurant and the servers couldn't do nothing about it for me. I'm from Brasil and now i'm having a lot of troubles and expenses for get new documents and cards, and i also had a really bad time... More 

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Rachel P, Guest Relations Manager at Chaya Brasserie, responded to this review

Juliana, A bit confused and disheartened by this review. Note - there is no other review about anyone being robbed. A few notes and corrections to your review. We never stated that we didn't have insurance - of course we have insurance. 1. Per our accounts, you had gotten up a few times to take a smoke break, and you... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

location- financial district across from pier 14 service- very good service food- it is sort of like japanese meets french. the seafood spread ($80/$150) is huge, large shrimps, oysters, half main lobster, scallop ceviche, sashimi (3 pieces of each of tuna, yellow tail and salmon) good quality for 80. its a bit much but how often do you go on... More 

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Rachel P, Guest Relations Manager at Chaya Brasserie, responded to this review

Thank you for the review Julie! We hope to see you again soon and we'll have the wagyu roll waiting. More 

San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great value at happy hour with friendly bartenders, good selection of discounted drinks and apps! Best kept secret in FiDi all week!

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Rachel P, Guest Relations Manager at Chaya Brasserie, responded to this review

Hi Butchee, Thanks for the review and stop by any time for happy hour -- or check out our seasonal dinner menu. We also have half-off wine on Sundays. Enjoy your week - Jenni More 

Ventura, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This Japanese-French fusion cuisine was a nice discovery for me! The sweeping views of the Bay Bridge Embarcadero located restaurant provides an excellent dining experience especially on Sunday night when their excellent wine list is 50% off. Could not resist at that price to taste a fabulous châteauneuf -du-pape! The menu is as varied as sushi, duck, black cod, offering... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Great sushi, Expensive with average service and average wine list. Not a big selection on the menu. About a dozen sushi rolls to select from. Maybe 8 fish and one meat dinner to choose. Ambience was fairly modern with European techno music playing in the backgroun . Although there was a lot help around, I thought service was below average.... More 

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

It was on the waterfront (Embarcadero) with wonderful view of the SF Bay Bridge. The service was excellent. The food was superb, as was the wine. The bill was astonishing -- About $230 for 2 people including gratuity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We had an early dinner here before catching a Broadway show. The menu is truly unique (sushi & steak & steak on sushi). The drinks are yummy and they have great service. I had a filet of sole that was wonderful and my b/f had duck that was cooked perfectly. Highly recommend!

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Rachel P, Guest Relations Manager at Chaya Brasserie, responded to this review

Thank you for the review JS! We love our beautiful view of the Bay Bridge and we hope you stop by again soon. More 

Antibes, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 via mobile

Had dinner Tonite with adult daughter. I've been eating there since it's opened. Moved out of town 10yrs ago. Have still been eating there 2x/yr, everytime I come to town. They have changed the menu again, very difficult to figure out. No more extensive sushi menu. Average waiter, too much in a hurry to answer our ?'s about menu. Food... More 

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Chatsworth, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Had dinner on Mother's Day eve and was not disappointed. The menu is Asian fusion with a definite lean toward Japanese cuisine as was exhibited in the generous selection of sushi, the sweet soy black cod and sashimi in the extravagant special seafood appetizer. We were lucky to get a coveted table by the front window with a view of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Ate here twice a couple of days ago. The Ambiance of the place is very warm and welcoming and the view certainly is one of a kind! The service is friendly and top notch and the staff pay attention to detail. With regards to the food I had both lunch and dinner. For lunch I had the Bento Box which... More 

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Additional Information about Chaya Brasserie

Address: 132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone Number: +1 415-777-8688
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
Cuisine: American, Japanese, Sushi, Bistro

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
    (Mission & Howard)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighborhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: +1 415-777-8688

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Japanese, Sushi, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Doing business, Bar scene

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

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