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Chaya Brasserie

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Neighborhood:
SoMa
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
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 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, Dinner, Lunch, 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
  • 90
    Excellent
  • 126
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 7
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  • 4
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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
Nice Meal with a Fabulous View

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 3, 2015
Gymmom32014
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Halifax, Canada
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
  • Special occasions
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258 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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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
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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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15 reviews 15 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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San Anselmo, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The food was fabulous and presentations were artistic. Some of the best sushi ever. My sole entree was served over curried grilled Brussels sprouts -- an unusual and very flavorful combo. The spiciness of the Brussels sprouts counter-acted the relative neutrality of the seafood. Yummy. My husband made the best choice -- duck breast served with pickled apples (and other... More 

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Greenbrae, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

Chaya has a great vibe and pretty view of Bay Bridge....plus the freshest and most delicious sashimi and sushi! Always recommend to visitors!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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224 reviews 224 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

One evening last week found my wife and me at Chaya's at the Embarcadero. We were visiting the city and relied on the positive reviews we had read. We started with a drink in the bar which was very ordinary except for the great background music. We were shown to an excellent table with a great bay bridge view and... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Great restaurant on the Embarcadero. Really top notch food and fine service. It's in a special location with a great view. All in all, a very good experience. Would definitely come back.

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Park City, Utah
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143 reviews 143 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

What a delicious view of the Bay Bridge. A feast for the eyes! As night fell, it just got better. Great food to go with a wonderful view. Service was attentive. We enjoyed the sushi menu and if you are a fan of brussel sprouts these are a don't miss as a side dish! Terrific bar, with bartenders who know... More 

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My sister made reservations at this restaurant for 8 of my family. We sat up front near the window and had a fantastic view of the bridge at night. The service was top notch and the wait staff was very attentive. The food and wine selections were wonderful. The Myer lemon cheesecake is a must have - very light and... 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: Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Brasserie

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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SoMa
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