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Chaya Downtown

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Japanese, Asian, Seafood, Sushi, Pacific Rim
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525 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071-2250 (Between 5th and 6th)
+1 213-236-9577
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

The skinny: Parking- valet (free w/ validation) Decor- Asian, artsy Service- friendly Food- good Restroom- immaculate, modern My mom and I had tickets to the opera so we had dinner here beforehand. Even though it was a Saturday night, the place was a ghost town. My mother is Japanese and asked if this was an Asian (Japanese) fusion restaurant, where... More 

Thank melobeam
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52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

After two nights eating in our hotel being the standard we needed a night out. Front desk recommend Chaya. Wow what a recommendation. Food amazing. Service totally amazing. Thanks Josh. An amazing dining experience.

Thank Warren T
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

Druk, rumoerig, gezellig. Wij genoten van de lunch: kalamata olive tapenade, chopped cajun shrimp salad,polenta with spring vegetable, sushi veggie rolls and a nice chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and not to forget a glass of Joseph Phelps.

Thank ad s
Lafayette, California
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248 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

The service was excellent - very friendly and helpful people. Cool menu of bar snacks and an extensive drink and wine list. Perfect place for an after-work drink in downtown LA.

Thank SJDTravel1
Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

I had dinner here as part of a small business group. Overall, I thought that dinner was good typical Japanese fusion but certainly nothing special. I had the miso marinated sea bass which was slightly dry with average flavor. My friend had a filet mignon which was excellent. The atmosphere was rather typical. With all of the downtown restaurants to... More 

Thank Robbin C
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155 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

Chaya is a place to be seen - nice decor and a classy vibe about it. Went here for lunch and it was pretty full. Great place to take a client or a date to impress. The menu has an Asian theme plus American fare. Tried the calamari and the peppered seared ahi tuna - both were good. Though the... More 

Thank triphopper
Los Angeles, California
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217 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

Unlike many of the newer "hot" restaurants in Los Angeles, Chaya is a place that is not difficult to get a reservation on a Friday night, where there is excellent food and service and you can hear your dinner companions talk. This is the place that tuna tartar was created, so our server told us. It was a production made... More 

Thank Denise T
Santa Barbara, California
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131 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

If you know one Chaya, you know if you will like Chaya Downtown. Although all the restaurant menus are a little different, the quality is very high at all of them. Downtown Chaya is in the modern office area and convenient. They work hard to make you welcome and it is easy to drop in for a drink and a... More 

Thank expectquality1942
Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful food and service. Beautiful restaurant attentive polite service. Real tablecloths and napkins. Food a fusion of Asian and French with a pinch of Italian and Mediterranean. We never get sea bass but this seemed the proper place and it was perfect.

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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

My first time here, and it exceeded any expectations I could have conjured. The place is beautiful with lots of glass and subtle Asian art. But it's the fish that blew me away. It's expensive, because you buy by the pound, according to what species and size you select (we went with Japanese Sea Bass). The whole fish is brought... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $40
Japanese, Asian, Seafood, Sushi, Pacific Rim
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 525 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071-2250
    (Between 5th and 6th)
  • Public Transportation: FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE provided to and from major entertainment venues in Downtown Los Angeles. It runs every 15min beginning at 6:45pm.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 213-236-9577
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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Staying in Downtown

Neighborhood Profile
Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters. Many call the evolution of Downtown over recent years gentrification. New lofts, bars, hotels and restaurants are popping up regularly. Downtown is home to some of the very best restaurants in the city leading the LA foodie scene, plus it is the location of cultural and sports venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, and the Coliseum at the University of Southern California.
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