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Chaya Brasserie

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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: Late Night, 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
Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Scenic view, Romantic
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
Awesome

Great food and service.. The overall experience was wonderful during a recent business trip. The black grouper was excellent

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2016
Matthew L
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Beaconsfield, Bucks
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160 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A moderately sized group of ~20 visited here for dinner, and it was painfully slow. I don't know if they don't normally cater groups of this size, but the experience was very different to those described in other reviews. If I'd stayed for coffee, it would have been a full 3h - and most of that was waiting for the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Fantastic staff, helped me book the NYE dining experience via email, had perfect front row seats to the spectacular fire works at the bay bridge. Food was so perfectly balanced and well thought out. Had never had many of the items on the menu and couldn't have asked for a better way to taste them for the first time! Have... More 

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Thank cactidaan
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101 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

Great food and service.. The overall experience was wonderful during a recent business trip. The black grouper was excellent

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Thank Matthew L
San Francisco
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Brought my staff here for Christmas dinner everyone over it. Foie gras over rice as amazing. Cod was buttery. Rib eye steak was juicy and flavorful.

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Thank raysholiday
Bangkok, Thailand
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

The service was good. We ordered a roll as a starter and salmon and black cod for entrees. The sushi was not up to par and could be much better. However, the entrees are amazing! The black cod is the highlight! It could melt in your mouth! And the salmon was very delicious too. It was my birthday and they... More 

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Thank Qwan S
San Francisco, California
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I love this place. Plenty of fish dishes but also nice meat dishes. And a great view of the bay and bay bridge.

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Thank PeterSanFran123
San Diego, California
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

I have eaten here several times over the last few years. I am never disappointed. Wonderful Asian fusion. The spicy tuna is incredible, the black cod unbelievably good. And, then there is the chocolate croissant bread pudding. There are no words...

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Thank Constance C
australia
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240 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

This place calls itself an Aisan fusion restaurant. Not really, merely a very good modern cuisine restaurant with good staff. Bit touristy and pricey but good place nevertheless. We were a large group but overall pretty good service and good food. Had the ribeye and enjoyed as well as the ginger sorbet.

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Thank manunited45
San Francisco, California
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76 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

I have been going to Chaya for many many years (for private dining and for small corporate events) So now I have been there twice in 6 months and decided to review Chaya again anew given the complete change of the menu. So here it comes... Location and space: Right on the Embarcadero with stunning views of the Bay Bridge.... More 

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Arcadia, California
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Four of us had dinner at Chaya since it was close to our hotel--what a mistake. The menu sounded interesting. We ordered four different entrees and we were extremely disappointed with the meals. If they had been moderately prices it wouldn't have been such a unfortunate experience. We had a range of items--duck, ravioli, two different fish dishes, sadly the... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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