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Chaya Brasserie

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132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105-1201 (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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Ware, United Kingdom
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245 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a very good meal at Chaya with very good service. It is expensive but so is everwhere in San Fran. Two glasses of wine and two main courses will be easily $120. If you have an appetiser and a dessert then expect to be closer to $200. Nicely placed close to the Bay Bridge and nice for a... More 

Thank plfara
Key Largo, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were a group of four on a busy Friday night. Vibrant atmosphere and good food. The Tuna tartar was the best I have had in a long time, but it was the service that made this restaurant shine. It really was outstanding. Very professional. Great job everyone.

Thank Keyscritter93
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tried sushi for the first time and was really impressed! Everything we had was delicious, if expensive. Waiter was friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend.

Thank martyn b
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a good choice to have lunch here. For dinner, it is more expensive without standard good service. The waiter kept us waiting for the bill, after we told him again, he threw the bill at our table in front of our guests. I never encountered such a rude behavior in any high-class restaurant!

Thank Christina C
Westfield, New Jersey
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143 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a business lunch here. The menu offered great choices for lunch and big sushi rolls to share. The lunch bento box is bigger than u think so order if hungry. Otherwise a salad and shared roll was the perfect lunch. Service was efficient and polite.

Thank pcg123
Rockville, Maryland
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236 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

Dinner here exceeded my expectations. The black cod entree was amazing, I could have eaten two portions and would return just for that. The chocolate bread pudding was delicious. Others ordered steak and admired how it was perfectly cooked. The sushi was very good. This is a prime Embarcadero location with a spacious interior. We were on business so I... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

The food we had was amazing. Kudos Chaya. The service could have used a little more effort. Maybe he was just tired. The hostess also needs to explain happy hour better when you arrive past 9 pm. Try one of the cocktails if you go and I do recommend going. The steak was great. The sushi also looked good, but... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We were very impressed with Chaya. We started off with good cocktails and were liked the menu. They offered some interesting combinations and delicate flavours which were beautifully served. As well as sushi there were a variety of other dishes to choose from. We particularly liked the soy glazed Monterey black cod.

Thank lmm10_12
Potomac, Maryland
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281 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

Had business meeting/dinner here. Excellent service and quality food. The fusion dishes were prepared well and presentation was great too. Highly recommend this place!

Thank GL726
San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

Loved the eclectic combination of Asian Japanese fusion Tapa California style fresh exquisitely presented cuisine....seven for a birthday dinner....each course was a delight and the service was excellent.....loved the clean no fuss uncluttered atmosphere.....and terrific view of the Bay Bridge!

Thank Christine C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $40
American, Japanese, Asian
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, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
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 94105-1201
    (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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Staying in SoMa

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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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