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Chaya Brasserie

Certificate of Excellence
American, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Pacific Rim
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132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105 (Mission & Howard)
+1 415-777-8688
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Wed 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had a brunch there with my crew. that was excellent and as contemporary cuisine "Japanese style American food"

Thank 991정규박
Los Angeles
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Staff are cheerful, food is excellent, atmosphere is electric, overall a great experience. There five of us for dinner and we shared everything which they pulled off perfectly.

Thank LosAtraveler
Coral Springs, Florida
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Asked to make sure no pork was In my food but tasted bacon all over it. To top it off our server was terrible and had an attitude from the moment we sat down.

Thank tapreme
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food for this visit was fantastic. We started with some Sushi Rolls which were lovely, not too much sauce and very interesting flavours I had the Salmon for main which was cook beautifully and sorbet for dessert. The atmosphere was great and although we sat inside, both the outside area and the bar looked like fun.

Thank Peter B
Gurgaon, Haryana, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I don't usually rate places poorly for not having vegetarian options. After all caveat emptor. However , here is a place that features in most lists for vegetarian food. Well I got some chicken noodles with vegetables without the chicken while being charged the same as the chicken eaters. Grrrr. The view of the Bay Bridge was good though.

Thank Vibha R
Hawley, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

just had dinner at Chaya Brasserie on the Enbarcadero and lived up to expectations. Small plates and large and I had 3 small plates, including the Tako Tacos, all of which were delicious. Service was quite good as well.

Thank attony
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We have visited before as we love this restaurant. We also ate at Hakkasan and Chaya stands up by comparison. Apart from the excellent food, the staff are so friendly and accommodating. We ended up going twice as our daughter joined us and we wanted her to share the experience. I think calling it a "brasserie" is a bit misleading.... More 

Thank Christian D
Pismo Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

We went here for dinner and were not disappointed. Excellent food, service and ambiance. The fish here is so fresh and perfectly prepared and the Sushi is to die for!! We shared an appetizer, a sushi roll and then each had different entrees - everything was delicious!!! Great dining experience in an upscale restaurant with a great view!! Try it... More 

Thank Sandra S
Shingle Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Chaya has a great menu to choose from and everything we had was fantastic! We enjoyed the bar before dinner and and experienced the fantastic view of the Bay Bridge. The view is available to most seating in this restaurant which makes the experience even better. If you go after dark you'll get to enjoy the lights on the bridge.... More 

Thank Judi H
California City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

It's hard to impress my palate, since San Francisco is a great city to eat. But ... Chaya was really excellent!!! We had the octopus salad, the wavyu roll (which was unbelievable unusually good), the cod as an entree, that I loved!! It was melting in your moth!! And as dessert the bread pudding!!! Everything was to die for!!! We... More 

Thank monica f

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $40
American, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Pacific Rim
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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
Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
    (Mission & Howard)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighborhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: +1 415-777-8688
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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South of Market (SoMa), has an urban and sophisticated vibe, but you're more likely to find big nightclubs and lots of industrial loft residences than you are to find boutique shopping. Although it’s the epicenter for tech startups in the city, visitors will be able to do more than just business - museums, top quality restaurants, and the San Francisco Giants now call this neighborhood home. Most of its freeway-sized streets may not capture the same character as other neighborhoods in the city, but pockets of charm, like South Park, can still be found throughout its side streets.
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