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Chaya Brasserie

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SoMa
French, Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Brasserie
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132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105 (Mission & Howard)
+1 415-777-8688
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Today
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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, 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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Visitor rating
  • 93
    Excellent
  • 127
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 8
    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
Outstanding, and with a view!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Voiledelait
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Chatsworth, California
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
  • Doing business
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264 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Salem, Oregon, United States
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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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Mountain View, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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Antibes, France
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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Balzan, Malta
Top Contributor
290 reviews 290 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
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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Houston, Texas
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98 reviews 98 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Location is great since near the Ferry Building and great view but I would likely go hands down to one of my other favorite places such as Slanted Door, Hog Island, Boulevard, or Seven Hills. This restaurant has been here for years. The food itself is slightly above average but nothing to write home about. I would skip the sushi... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Chaya has an upbeat, busy atmosphere with fabulous views of the Bay Bridge. Our service was attentive and the pace of the meal and timing between courses very good. This is a very busy restaurant, so expect a little noise and hustle and bustle. The Escape from Alcatraz Sushi Rolls and Lobster Bisque were both standouts of the meal. I'd... More 

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San Francisco, United States
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I've wanted to go to Chaya for a long time. A friend's birthday was the perfect excuse. We started with different specialty cocktails from their list. All of them were exceptional and a great way to start a fun evening. The restaurant has different menus which could be daunting for some. We loved looking at all of them to design... More 

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Concord, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Went here for the first time with my husband (who has gone multiple times for business dinners). We started in the bar area during happy hour before being seated in the dining room promptly at 5:30pm on Friday March 20th. Happy hour was fine...I'd give our first waitress an 8 out of 10 and our "back up" waitress a 5.... More 

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El Sobrante, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We had come for happy hour (which runs until closing) around 6:00 pm and found the place was packed, so felt my friend and I lucked out when two seats opened at the bar. Turns out it was a luckier break that we realized, as the bartender was great. He explained the drinks, made recommendations, and could actually explain how... 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 - 80
  • Cuisine: French, Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Brasserie

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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
5:30 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

Questions & Answers

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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?

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SoMa
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