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Chaya Downtown

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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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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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172 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This restaurant is very convenient to the Westin Bonaventure and the LA Hotel Downtown, where we were respectively staying. It is possible to eat outside, but we chose inside because it was a cool evening. Nice ambience. Friendly and attentive service. Lots of options to share dishes, which we like. We started with a seafood platter that was delicious, followed... More 

Thank Mary T
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had the sea bass. It was absolutely delicious. The portion is huge. If you have a small appetite, try asking them for a half portion. I also had the sake sampler (with tiny bottles) and it was mind blowing. Definitely visit this place if you're down town and want to eat Japanese. Staff is also friendly and full of... More 

Thank abhilasha s
Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

I came into Chaya with my family for a late afternoon lunch. The place looked pretty quiet so we were hopeful it was just that we had missed the rush. My brother's ribs made everyone jealous. Our server Sarah was very attentive as well as knowledgeable about fun things to do during our time in LA. Our only regret was... More 

Thank sammyk471
Los Angeles, California
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706 reviews
498 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 357 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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260 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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170 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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219 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $40
Japanese, Asian, Seafood, Sushi
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
Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene
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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