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Chaya Brasserie

132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105-1201
415-777-8688
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Ranked #270 of 4,918 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $80
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese, Seafood, Brasserie
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Mission & Howard
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The location faves Oakland Bay bridge, nice in the evening with all the lights of the bridge. Raw tuna was nice as a starter, fillet mignonette and lamb sirloin were tender and cooked to instruction. Chianti Riserva was good and cheaper any other wine on the menu. The host did not seem to have a grip of vacant tables, so... More

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Canton, Michigan
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68 reviews 68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Had a great dinner experience from start to finish. Our table for 2 was strategically located by the window that offered awesome views! We started with Moët Brut Rose' and Oysters, and for our main course did the Ahi and Salmon (prepared like the Cod!) with Stags Leap! Highly recommend!

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New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Yes, we were all very happy with our dinner there. the food was great. we had American Wagyu Beef Tartare and Raw Madagascar Shrimp sashimi as appetizers; cod fish, ahi tuna and duck breast as main courses; and then their bread pudding as desserts. they were all perfect. they offer half price for all bottled wine on sundays and we... More

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Twinsburg, Ohio, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Went with a large party. We tried several apps including the beet salad which were all good. Had a steak and potatoes which was cooked just right. Finished with a salted caramel ice cream sandwich.

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Zionsville, Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We had a front table by window to see the new LED lights on the Bay Bridge which slowly change over a 3 hr loop which was a nice addition. The food was fantastic and the bread pudding, which our concierge recommended we get, was fantastic. We usually don't get desserts, but this was well worth it.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We were looking for a fancier yet cosy place near pier 39...Chaya is that place! The restaurant its a mix between french food and Japanese! At first it might sound strange but both were great! First time I had the salmon with risotto and second time I tried the sushis! Amazing quality and all the fish were fresh! Dont forget... More

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8 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

Average food but especially very condescending waiter and staff in general. On top, they close at 21:00 on Sunday but they are not mentioning that to you and propose you to book at 20:30 only to kick you out at 21:15 max. Unacceptable. Will never go back.

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San Jose, CA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The restaurant is just a couple blocks from the Ferry Building and it's on the other side of the street, across from Pier 14. Perfect place for a great view of the Bay Bridge, especially at night time. The seafood (raw and cooked) were very fresh, the wine selection was very good, and the service was excellent. Victor was our... More

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San Diego, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by our hotel concierge who also made reservations- thank goodness because on a Friday night both the bar and dining areas were packed. We were disappointed because we thought we were going to have table with a view of the bay bridge- only a few tables have a view. The bar area was noisy but not... More

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Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Both lunch and dinner are just wonderful at Chaya. It's almost always crowded, but try to get a seat along the windows if you possibly can. During the day, there's a great view of the Bay. At night, the lights along the Bay Bridge add to the charm. Of course, the real reason to visit is the excellent food and... More

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