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Chaya Brasserie

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$$$
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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: Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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
Good surprise after our horrible "welcome " at Ozumo

We had ceviche and sushi to start then black cod . Everything was very good except the tempura artichokes which were dry and the batter was not tempura like , more like fried chicken ..

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Scenic view
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We had ceviche and sushi to start then black cod . Everything was very good except the tempura artichokes which were dry and the batter was not tempura like , more like fried chicken ..

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The sushi here is to die for! I haven't ever had a bad meal here. My favorite happy hour in the city. The view of the bay bridge is the amazing. Chaya keeps me happy

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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Great food especially if you like sushi and an excellent view of the Bay bridge. Service was excellent and they were very flexible with the menu for the kids

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Regina, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Family dined here and we had a great view of the Bay bridge. Sushi was wonderful and location is great.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

Gorgeous view of the Bay Bridge. The food was also well worth the trip. We had a group of seven and ordered multiple apps. All of the sushi was first class, and I am finicky about sushi. We also had grilled cabbage and fried green tomatoes. I am from KC, and hate to admit it, but the Ribeye was one... More 

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San Diego, California
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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Newtown, Connecticut
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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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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, Bar scene, Doing business, Scenic view

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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