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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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Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 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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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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San Francisco, California
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82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Thank Ddeboer05
Herceg-Novi, Montenegro
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248 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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San Francisco, California
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic location, great food and great service.right on Embarcasero with a great view of the Bay Bridge.

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Thank Ravisub
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I will always stop there while I am visiting SF (many times per year). I am still extremely impressed by their American Wagyu... Go for it !!

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Thank Stephane R
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a superb experience! Sophisticated, elite, different and high quality. Don't go here unless you want to be impressed or to impress (your date, for example)! It is a cut above the best. We started with two glasses of Caneros bubbles by Taitinger. For starters we had the Alcatraz Sushi Roll and the Spiced Ahi Tuna. All was superb. We... More 

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Thank Graham H
Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very good meal even if the service was a bit rushed. I had the sushi plate pictured. All very fresh fish and tasty. My spouse had the black cod which she also enjoyed. The only draw back was the wait person was always pushing the next course!

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Thank rassociate
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was there on a Sunday night and it was perfect for conversation with good food and drink. Server was a little too attentive but we were last table to leave.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 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
Scenic view, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
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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