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Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese

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1686 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1631
+1 510-981-1213
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Udaipur, India
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2015

Our meal was delicious! We shared a few things including a soba noodle salad that was incredible flavorful and felt very nutritious. We will definitely return and try some of their other entrees. Only downside was they are cash-only and their ATM was not working.

1 Thank Anokhimoon
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2015

We were a party of five, none who had been there. The food was excellent. The service was also fine. The only thing to be aware of is that they do not take credit cards (or checks either I think).

Thank Richard B
Berkeley, California
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297 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2014

I was searching for a nearby vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurant and chose to go to Cha Ya, a vegetarian Japanese restaurant in the Gourmet Ghetto area of Berkeley. Having lived in Japan for extended periods of time on multiple occasions, and having eaten at numerous other local Japanese restaurants, I thought it would be an interesting place to try. We... More 

1 Thank Andreas G
Berkeley, California
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42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2014

Finally, a Japanese restaurant with a full menu of vegetarian sushi made with actual vegetables, not just tofu or egg! I love this place and I'm so not a vegetarian, I'm just fond of eggplant nigiri, but as I keep coming back I keep branching out and trying new things and I've liked everything so far, the hosomaki and the... More 

Thank edwardsmom24
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186 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2014

We LOVED this resteraunt!!! Went on a Friday night around 6:30 pm and we could sit wherever we wanted, since it wasnt busy at all. So we sat by the open window, which was very nice. We had the sea vegetable salad, which was EXCELLENT, including the YUMMY sauce. (but I did ask for a fork since I dont do... More 

1 Thank julievida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

We recently discovered Cha-ya and we had a great experience there. Nice atmosphere and friendly service. Soups and sushi are the best we had in the area. We also liked the banana dessert a lot. The tempurs could be improved a bit, though. Cha-ya is now our favorite restaurant in Berkeley. Highly recommended.

1 Thank Giorgio K
Charleston, South Carolina
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2014

As a bacon (and meat and seafood) lover, I was a little wary about a vegetarian Japanese restaurant. But I was in a hurry and ducked in for the Yasai on my way to the airport... and could not have been more pleasantly surprised. My meal was savory, delicious, and flavorful, and I could not have been more satisfied!! The... More 

1 Thank Reese M
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014

Great soups with lots of vegetables, tofu with a perfect sauce. The only dish I did not like was the tempura because there was too much batter.

Thank amg14
Underhill, Vermont
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98 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013

We had both the Vege-Tofu curry with soba noodles and the Yasai (cooked vegetables) with Lidon noodles. Both outstanding with large protions. The curry was not hot spicy but had a hint of spice. Both were well presented (see attached photo). We will be back to try their other offerings. The only deal in cash but you do not need... More 

2 Thank Photo-2_Vermont
Natick, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

When I first heard about Cha-ya, I was super dubious as I love meat and I love fish, especially raw fish in sushi! But Cha-ya proved to me that fish was not needed for an incredible meal and an incredible experience. I visit my family in Berkeley, CA once a year and this is the one restaurant I absolutely have... More 

2 Thank scarletfray

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Japanese, Asian, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1686 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1631
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-981-1213

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?