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Chaya Brasserie

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SoMa
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132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105-1201 (Mission & Howard)
+1 415-777-8688
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Fremont
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62 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to Chaya Brasserie for a business dinner and overall we were pleased. The food was excellent and the wait staff attentive. The menu was a bit eclectic being neither fully Japanese nor French; do not go here if you want just sushi. The wine list was adequate though one would have expected more selection from a restaurant with... More 

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Las Vegas
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109 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017

Restaurant had a nice atmosphere. Good menu items to chose from. Food was very good. We had a large group so we had a fixed menu but everything was very good. Nice view of the Bay Bridge.

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Thank Kari J
Berkeley, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016

I am sitting here, trying to compose this review, and all I can think to say is this place is just awful. Its a visceral thing and nothing was impressive. The quality of the food did not justify the price and the food was not satisfying in the least. The sushi rolls were small and the fish used was not... More 

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Sun Diego
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84 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

My wife and I are in San Francisco on business, and the Concierge at our hotel (St. Regis) set us up for dinner here, a leisurely 20 minute walk from the hotel right down Mission St. In short, the food was delicious - really delicious - but the wait staff, or maybe the communications from the waiter to the kitchen,... More 

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Thank Allan B
Boulder, Colorado
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

Service was excellent! The food was even better! The chef does a masterful job of layering flavors in each dish! We were here celebrating a birthday for my daughter and the staff did a wonderful job making her feel special! The view of the Bay Bridge at night is mesmerizing. We will definitely be back!!

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Thank Daniel W
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful restaurant! We visited with work colleagues for a quick dinner, ended up tasting most of the food menu and wine list! Delicious food/ the wagyu beef tartare melts in your mouth, the scallop ceviche had a perfect balance of sweet and sour, and the vino list complemented the meal. Great atmosphere, vibrant yet cozy, the waiting staff... More 

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Thank Mrs_Th04kar
San Francisco, California
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110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

We had out of town guests visiting SF and treated them to a nice dinner at Chaya. We had a table with a view of the bay bridge. Yay! Now for the food- Chaya did not disappoint. We ordered the king salmon crudo, soy glazed Monterey black cod and American wagyu bavette. They were all good. I wasn't able to... More 

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Thank BPenuliar2015
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

Throughout our dining experience, three of us were able to view the Bay Bridge and watch the lights. Very nice! My husband had been here several years ago on a business trip. We, another couple and ourselves, decided to give it a try. Ambiance was great, as was the food. Service was excellent! I love when the servers suggest items... More 

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Herceg-Novi, Montenegro
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

What happens when you try to add fusion to the Japanese food. Answer: if you are not Nodu, chances are against you. This restaurant is a perfect example, plus overpriced for the quality offered.

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phoenix
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

It is a rare event to eat outside at night in SF in November with no jacket and no heater. The quiet table with a backdrop of the Bay Bridge with its sparkling lights is wonderful. Great options to choose from ranging from sushi to fusion.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $40
Cuisine
American, Japanese, Asian
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Scenic view, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105-1201
    (Mission & Howard)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighborhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: +1 415-777-8688
Description
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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