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Chaya Brasserie

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Sushi, Japanese, Seafood, Brasserie
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132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105-1201 (Mission & Howard)
415-777-8688
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • 84
    Excellent
  • 121
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Wonderful sushi and sashimi

Very buzzy place serving a mix of French and Japanese food - we went all out for the Japanese. We put together a mixed plate to share, with the most delicious selection of sushi and sashimi. The waiter could not have been more helpful with our coeliac colleague - terrific.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 20, 2015
SallyShorthose
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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244 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Very buzzy place serving a mix of French and Japanese food - we went all out for the Japanese. We put together a mixed plate to share, with the most delicious selection of sushi and sashimi. The waiter could not have been more helpful with our coeliac colleague - terrific.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Highly recommend this place for happy hour. Ambiance is nice but the place gets crowded fast. Food is really good as well as the dessert, but the portions are tiny. I've never seen smaller pieces of sashimi in my lifetime... Its hard to find parking, and valet sucks because it isn't available during the beginning of happy hour. Service is... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

I can only speak to the sushi menu, but can confirm that it was actually pretty good. My partner and I had dinner at Chaya on a cold and quiet evening in early January. We tried several of the sushi rolls and found them to be well prepared and tasty. As it was a Sunday evening we also took advantage... More 

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Oakland, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

Chaya is located right on the Embarcadero with an amazing view (night) of the Bay Bridge. The restaurant specializes in seafood ( on our visit the black cod and hamachi sashimi were both excellent). Although there is no "kids menu", the staff was very accommodating and the youngest member of our group (a 3.5 year old) was most happy with... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I'm just a small town Midwest boy, but I don't think I have experienced the level of rudeness and arrogance that that was on display at the Chaya Brasserie. It was a busy Friday night and the crowd was active. My wife and I arrived early for our reservation and decided to have a drink in the bar before dinner.... More 

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Upper Coverdale
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

I had customer to a meal at Chaya in December. The view of the Bay bridge from the restaurant is amazing. The restaurant specializes in seafood and didn't disappoint! The scallop ceviche was amazing. A number of people had the black cod which was amazing. If you need meat, try the lamb shank. The topper for the whole evening was... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

No reservation necessary in this casual restaurant. Started with a bottle of Duckhorn white wine (50% off wine on Sundays!!!). The biggest challenge was deciding what to order. So start with a few types of sushi and then order more. The following link takes you to the actual menu: http://www.allmenus.com/ca/san-francisco/45422-chaya/menu/

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I have to say it was a great experience visiting this place. The food was great as was the service. The view outside the restaurant was priceless. All in all, I enjoyed that evening very much and I won't hesitate going there again.

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Veracruz, Mexico
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I was in Chaya with a convention group, anyone reading this review should keep this in mind. The setting of Chaya is incomparable. Just by San Francisco bay and outlooking the Oakland Bay bridge. This alone makes it worthwhile. The decoration is on par with the view. The food we were served was fine, but nothing spectacular. Good ingredients cooked... More 

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Alexandria, Louisiana
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79 reviews 79 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Nicely located at embarcadero it is large and the staff was nice. Our waiter Constantinople was very knowledgable about wines and what was good to select on the menu. He also gave us tips on what other restaurants were the happening place. Food was timely and very nice. A nice combination of Asian and French cuisine. We didn't order Sushi... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105-1201
    (Mission & Howard)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: 415-777-8688

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 80
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Seafood, Brasserie

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?