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Chaya Downtown

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$$ - $$$
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525 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (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 - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Los Angeles, California
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54 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

Good Food, but service was miserable and at times close to rudeness. Not a drink so didn't order any alcohol drinks. Does that warrant the server to sigh in front of us? Well, that happened. Ordered our DineLA dinner, then after a while when the starters just about to arrive, she asked us if we wanted bread. Of course, but... More 

Thank E90SLAM
Los Angeles, California, United States
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137 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

Asian inspired cuisine served beautifully. Happy hour is the best deal, with good house wines and sushi. Order a few dishes to share with friends. Comfortable seating and not too noisy.

Thank RabbiWendy
Los Angeles, California
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75 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

If you're a lover of Seafood, you have to go to Chaya. The restaurant procures all Seafood directly from Fisherman, no middle man. Freshest and most nutritious Fish money can buy. Recommendation: any fish can be prepared to your liking. Must try for Seafood!

1 Thank Beenover60countries
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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197 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

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 

1 Thank Mary T
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 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 

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Los Angeles, California
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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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58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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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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31 restaurant reviews
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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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277 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
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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

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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
American, Japanese, Seafood, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic
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
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 525 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
    (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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