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762 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1735
+1 415-252-7825
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:30 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 17:30 - 21:30
Wed - Fri 11:30 - 15:00
Fri 17:00 - 22:00
Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always good food, cheerful service and a multigenerational crowd. Soups are great and. All ingredients are fresh.

Thank Likesplumbing
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99 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

There's been a viral video going around social media lately of a restaurant that employs grannies as their chefs. The reason it's such a lovely thought is because don't we all remember our grandmas cooking for us fondly? The food was always the best, the richest and the most perfectly attuned to your particular tastes. Well guess what? At Cha-Ya,... More 

Thank Natalie V
San Francisco, California
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30 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

My spouse and I love this restaurant. It's casual, friendly, calm. The wait staff are polite. We love the food. My advice is to try the less traditional dishes. At my last visit I tried the tofu custard. It was outstanding. I also the cellophane noodles with mushrooms. Again, outstanding. It's one of those places where you feel healthier after... More 

Thank Steven C
San Jose, California
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306 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

We went to this restaurant recently based on the recommendation of a cousin.. wow.. it was such a good experience for us. we have never been to a Japanese restaurant as most of them don't offer much for vegetarians. But here the menu is only Vegan and the choices on the menu were nice. we got a very helpful waitress... More 

Thank JupiterNine
London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

I wanted some sushi, but my daughters are vegetarian so we compromised and went to Cha-Ya. I have to admit I thought going to a vegetarian sushi place seemed pointless but I have to admit I was wrong. It was all so nicely prepared and tasty that I really didn't mind there was no raw fish. Cha-Ya is quite a... More 

Thank AdeCarvalho
Hobart, Australia
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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We'd noticed this little place on Valencia was always busy so dropped in for dinner last night. It's completely plant based and absolutely delicious. The staff were gorgeous, welcoming and very helpful. We can recommend the gyozas, the agadashi tofu, asparagus tips with Sesame sauce and the braised eggplant with Portobellos and tofu dish. Clean, subtle flavors which left us... More 

Thank catherine1959
Sunnyvale, California
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

My wife and I loved this place. It has a nice vibe to it and the food was delicious. I especially liked the Cha-Ya Nabe soup dish but everything we ordered was really good, Highly recommended. It's cash only, but they have an ATM.

Thank ariev
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Vegan sushi a little on the bland side. Was disappointed by recent visit to Cha-ya because the salad and rice bowl with veggies were on the bland side. The staff is very respectful and attentive. It's a good date night option for vegans and Japanese food lovers alike. But i wish the chef was as attentive to food flavors.

Thank George G
Gainesville, Florida
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162 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Four of us ate here and we shared a variety of things: Kinoko Miso - mushroom soup; a Garden Roll which is a large roll filled with asparagus, spinach, avocado, cucumber, broccoli, pickled burdock, and kaiware sprouts; a Summer Green Roll which is a large reverse roll filled with avocado, cucumber, and kaiware sprouts, topped with sea vegetable salad. We... More 

Thank Joan L
San Francisco, California
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91 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

My vegan sister was in town so I decided to take her to Cha-ya in the Mission. The atmosphere - bright fluorescent lighting that makes the place feel like a cross between a doctor's waiting room and the DMV. I can get past the plain appearance, I have eaten in hole in the wall places that had some of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 762 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1735
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighbourhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: +1 415-252-7825

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Mission District

Neighbourhood Profile
Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighbourhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in the country.
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