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Chaya Brasserie

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132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105-1201 (Mission & Howard)
+1 415-777-8688
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Sun - Wed 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Thu - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a wonderful night ordering plate after plate of the best sushi I have ever had. The staff was very helpful in making menu suggestions as well.

Thank Matt K
Royal Oak, Michigan
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59 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed drinks and some great appetizers on the Embarcadero before dinner. Was able to get a table when several places right on the water were full with long waits. This is across the road and still a great setting on the patio.

Thank Jennifer9600
San Francisco, California
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

The food at Chaya was very good. I'm no fancy food guy but I do like Tartare and Chaya does to pretty good one with an avocado puree. I also had the burger which I requested be cooked medium, and they did just that. The meat was tender and juicy, the lettuce was crispy and the tomato was ripe. All... More 

Thank Antphyllie
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

I have been with a group of 30 people and had a great dinner. Even for me as vegetarian I got an amazing experience. Try to seat next to window and look to bridge. Waiters are very polite and fast reacting

Thank widofat
Bay Area, CA
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57 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Daughter is a sushi fanatic so for her 18th birthday, we took her here after seeing a Cirque du Soleil show at the AT&T park. We tried the sole, duck, and of course sushi rolls for the birthday girl. We enjoyed the food and also the view of the Bay Bridge. Service was also wonderful. Birthday girl got the chocolate... More 

Thank eastbaycc
Berkshire, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

The food here is a great, a real treat! The staff were very friendly and polite and really made an effort, the location is beautiful - ask for a seat by the window for views of Bay Bridge, you won't be disappointed! The dining room as a really relaxed, chilled, social atmosphere and I felt really comfortable and relaxed -... More 

Thank runnergirlsw
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89 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Went cause we saw mid-high reviews, and wanted Japanese-food. Place is good, cooking is somewhat in front of customers, but I was surprised when entering as I could not see the typical organization of Japanese restaurants. Jap- food is adapted to mexican style, as an example that clarify the position: sushi rolls was not as usual seaweet, but kind of... More 

Thank Lodumby
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62 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

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 

Thank Shikhar B
Las Vegas
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113 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 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.

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

Thank FatVegan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 40
American, Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105-1201
    (Mission & Howard)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighbourhood: 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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