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“Wonderful Birthday Dinner and Dessert”
Review of Chaya Venice

Chaya Venice
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Ranked #254 of 10,140 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $40
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Venice
Cross street: Main Street
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.
Reviewed September 26, 2013

On a recent visit to California, my son treated me to a special birthday meal at Chaya Venice. For months, he had raved about the Soy Glazed Black Cod entree as well as several other dishes. Although I have eaten many different types of fish, I had never tasted Black Cod before. This tender fish was prepared in a sweet soy sauce. The fish was accompanied by Hijik garlic brown rice, steamed asparagus, and a few Shitake mushrooms. It was beautifully presented and yummy. I had a memorable birthday dinner.

A birthday would not be complete without dessert. The hot fudge sundae had a unique presentation. It was inside an oversized praline lattice designed cone. Removing the cone from the glass goblet made it easier to pour the hot fudge sauce over the combination of ice cream, bananas, strawberries, whipped cream and nuts.

The latte had delicious coffee and delicately frothed milk.

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Went for Sat. night dinner with our son. Sounded like a lively place to share a special dinner, plus, we had a discount coupon! Wrong! Food was bland: paella had lovely seafood, but no taste; special halibut with mushrooms was not special. We could hardly communicate because the room was so noisy, and it wasn't even packed. The bar, both the drinks part and the sushi part, were busy, but the noise level was annoying, not lively. Altogether, not a night to repeat.

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Incredibly fresh sushi & sashimi.Try the tuna sashimi. On a Friday night it was lively & buzzy, Great fun weekend hangout. Swift, professional service. A little on the pricey side but worth it.

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Thank SiAlLl
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Go to Chaya to be seen, not to eat. What can I say, other than the kids met Bo Jackson at Chaya, yes that's right the Heisman trophy winner, the namesake of Nike's commercial campaign the guy who scaled the outfield wall in KC, the fastest man on earth at one time, and the former Raider. Very cool. And worth the pricey dinner. I looked at it much like paying to go to an amusement park where the main sport is people watching, and oh, you get the food on top of it. With respect to the food, the sushi isn't that good, go to the Sawtell area instead.

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Thank RowerXX
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Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

We had a great waiter that made up for the loudness and slightly above average food. The surf and turf was pretty good and my son enjoyed the sushi. It was presented nicely.

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Thank Jan R
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