Chaya Brasserie
Chaya Brasserie
  • Address:
    132 The Embarcadero
    (between Mission & Howard)
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    Neighborhood:
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    Eurasian
    Price: $31 to $50

Chaya Brasserie

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thechaya.com/
  • Phone: 4157778688x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,
    Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm,
    Dinner: Sunday:5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Contemporary European, Eurasian
  • Executive Chef: Yuko Kajino
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chaya offers specialty catering off-site. They work with each client individually and prepare menus to each client’s personal liking. If you have any questions about special events feel free to contact our Event Manager, Matthew Lamos at 415-777-8688 or thru Email at: eventssf@thechaya.com.
  • Special Events: Wine Sundays, every Sunday evening. We are offering a 50% off of our entire wine list.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mission & Howard
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Chaya Brasserie offers valet parking directly in the front of the restaurant.Lunch Valet: $12 - Dinner Valet: $10
A word from Chaya Brasserie
Renowned for serving innovative cuisine that blends European and Asian flavors, CHAYA Brasserie has been tempting palates in San Francisco for the last 12 years. With the culinary expertise of Executive Chef Yuko Kajino at the helm, CHAYA Brasserie brings the restaurant’s Euro-Asian cooking to a comfortable, business casual atmosphere. The two combined rooms offer magnificent views from every seat in the restaurant that sweep from the Ferry Building to the Bay Bridge. The main dining room offers a lively bar/dining area and the more serene carpeted dining room offers a more private setting as well as a sushi bar and a glass sushi table, both reserved for reservation or drop-in guests. Chaya Brasserie is known for top quality Sushi, innovative cuisine, stunning design, and superb service.
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Chaya Brasserie reviews from OpenTable diners
162 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (113)fit for foodies (77)special occasion (76)romantic (50)good for groups (43)neighborhood gem (33)great for lunch (32)great for outdoor dining (31)hot spot (27)notable wine list (27)vibrant bar scene (22)late-night find (10)great for brunch (10)kid-friendly (8)Show More
  • Service is Everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I hate lover, however, with impeccable service I might just enjoy it. As a business owner, I often watch the consistency of service per person and per table. Let's just say as a single diner I do not feel I had a solid experience until I asked for their name.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious sashimi; wine advise ?
    PrincetonVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Outside is first come first serve. Although along the Embarcadero, I would still prefer to sit outside, but the ambiance inside is also great. Service was ok, friendly, but not outstanding. Food was delicious. We shared sashimi and sushi. The waiters need to know more about the wine. I asked for the most 'oaky' chardonnay, paid almost 100$ for 1 bottle (was the second bottle), and it was a good wine, but not oaky.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a Brasserie
    Mick
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The menu was more Japanese. Food was very good. Great service. The waiter comped the desert because it was a birthday celebration. Small things like that make a difference.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretentious service
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Didn't have a good experience here. Asked to modify two dishes to remove a couple of ingredients and got a lot of rudeness from the waiter. The whole meal, he was either absent or cold to us. The good was mediocre. There are better places in SF!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday dinner
    margiepargie123
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    took a guest from NYC for dinner. He loved the view. Fish was very good and knowledgeable waiter. The bill was incorrect - we were charged for an extra drink. Waiter apologized and it was fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View
    Jerie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was very good. Server was good but not the friendliest.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service and view
    PLeLamVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Always a slam dunk, especially when bringing out of town guests. Spectacular sushi with a beautiful view of the Bay Bridge all lit up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We were lucky to get a seat at the window in the room further away from the bar which was good for the noise level and allowed to have a nice conservation amongst our group. Food was very nice and I still like the Filet Mignon as one of the best in town. Try the bread pudding dessert, it is fantastic
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fabulous food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent food, Very Knowledgeable Wait Staff Great Location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and services
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great food, services, and amazing view! Amazing place to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb seafood
    Mskai
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service was superb. Cocktails, wine selections and of course the fresh seafood was just superb! I would go back here for sure when I am back here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bigboy
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great Asian fusion restaurant. Sushi is great. The food is well down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alamojoe
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food, service and atmosphere never fail to deliver an excellent experience. Plus, valet parking @ $10 makes it super convenient. Chaya has become our 'go to' place when entertaining guests from out of town and it will continue to hold that spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellennt Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were celebrating my Birthday with Family and had excellent dinner and service was very good. Food was delicious and the selection was perfect
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday night fav
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    With all wine bottles at 50% discount on Sunday night, I dine here once or twice a month. It's a safe choice, not too expensive with above-average food and efficient service. Euro-Asian cuisine is often successful. Ask for a table with a view of the bridge.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Hamachi ever!
    bravobravo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I've had a lot of Sushi in my day, but we had probably the best Hamachi I have ever had here. So buttery! We had the Miso Cod and cheesecake for dessert and both were excellent. Our waiter was the best we had in our whole time in SF, but we did notice some other waiters may not be as such. The location was great too, on the Embarcadero but away from the hustle and bustle, and overlooking the Oakland Bay bridge. I would say the only negative was it's a small place and the tables are very tight. We were a little to involved in the conversation of the table next to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    lovely seafood and steak options. we've never been disappointed with Mel's or drinks here. love the cucumber gimlet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pc1244VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I was a little disappointed with the service. I made a reservation for a party of 5 at a window table. The reservation was at 8.45pm and we were not seated until 9.15pm because "another party was finishing up at our table." Perfectly understandable. Once we were seated, we were seated in the back right next to the open kitchen area which is very loud and definitely not by the window. When we asked the hostess why we weren't able to sit at our requested table she said this was the best they could do. It would have been nice to know in the beginning of the night that we were not going to get our requested table. We ordered our food and waited about an hour before it ever made it to the table. Perhaps it was an off night for Chaya.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awsome as usual.
    mickey184
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Foodwas fresh, service was awsome. Don't forget the bread pudding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fusion Adventure
    petiteFOODIE
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I really enjoyed the ambience at Chaya. It was lively but not overwhelming. The maître de was very accommodating and provided us a great booth even after we arrived late. My favorite entree was the duck. The sushi elements were a nice touch of Asian influence but I wish there was more of a crossover between the two cuisines. Overall, I'm glad I made the choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Nice touristy location but food is very average esp for the price.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice View, Good Food
    Tony123VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was good, and the view was perfect. I brought guests who were visiting from Italy, and they enjoyed it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unremarkable
    pj126
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Pricy for the quality. Fish and veggies were slightly over cooked, sushi was unremarkable and 2x market price for sustainable sushi. Waiter was stoic, but got the job done. Seems like you pay for the location and view, not the food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just great... again!
    Mattlocksf
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Second time here for birthday celebrations (mature ones) and will definitely return for more in December. Impeccable food and service, and friendly fellow diners (I know, lucky) make for a pleasantly unforgettable meal. I can't say enough about Chaya, but I am doing this on my cell phone. Thank you to everyone at Chaya for another great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    Birthdaygirl
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food and atmosphere! We celebrated a birthday and althought the place was full we felt like the only party there. We were very happy with the service and food. I originally asked for a window seat but the window was full, but the manager showed us a few other options that worked out perfectly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    NikinSF
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were very happy with the food (especially the tuna tartare!) and jello pudding! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dinner!!!
    sk2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Chaya came highly recommended by several of my San Francisco friends. As an out of towner, I relied on their recommendation, along with other reviews here on OpenTable. The food did not disappoint!! The service was pretty good, the server forgot a couple of items that we ordered. We had to remind him and then he brought them out. The view of the waterfront was a beautiful backdrop to our dining experience. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chaya becomes a tradition...
    ClaudiaNetherland1
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We have recently visit Chaya for the third time in our lifes. Every time if we are travelling to San Francisco, we have dinner at Chaya's. Nine years ago I visit Chaya's on a business trip for the first time. And made a promise to my husband that I invite him within a year to travel with me to San Francisco, especially to have dinner with me at Chaya's. And so we did a year later. Now, eight years later, we again visit with our son Chaya's. And surprisingly we again fell in love with the food, the ambiance and the service. So for us, due to the outstanding quality of Chaya's food and ambiance, Chaya has become a real tradition....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Business Dinner
    FoodieChapVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Get a bottle of your favorite wine and pay the $25 corkage fee. Pick off the menu a variety of sashimi, sushi, or land fare. It's all quite tasty. I did wish the table was a bit bigger for the three of us. The restaurant is small and seating is compact. Service is a bit above average. Our server was as attentive as other places have been and he really didn't know how to pour wine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Edible, but not worth the price
    sf1777
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food: We had sushi rolls and squid for starters. The rolls were quite nice, but nothing special at all. The squid tough and bland, and really did not go with the tangy tomato sauce. We also got a complimentary sweetcorn soup which just tasted like canned sweetcorn. The main courses were significantly better. I had the duck and my girlfriend the salmon (I think), both of which were very tasty (although perhaps not tasty enough for the price) The interior: Comfortable and pleasant The service: Generally good. Our food was substantially delayed, but the manager came out and explained the situation to us and took our starters off the bill. Mistakes happen and they handled it well, so don't really fault them.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I will never come back again
    ChayaRegulationVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    They were not nice to our group and kept avoiding seating us multiple times, although the restaurant was empty. Once seated the level of service on the restaurant part (the bar was great) was very disappointing. I plan on not returning ever again and will advocate again this place when sending recommendations around Embarcadero. I have never seen a place with so many rules and stupid formality to guests. Don't get me wrong, I've dined in multiple Michelin top restaurants around the globe and this place definitely needs to improve it's customer service.
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  • Will dine here again.
    Taster2VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This restaurant was near the hotel we were staying in. This is the second time we have dined here. The food is very good, not overly seasoned or salty. One can taste the food and not be overwhelmed by the sauce. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great California cousine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This restaurant has a great mix of California and seafood dishes. Unfortunately they removed the Ahi tuna roll from the menu - this was our favourite dish! The view of the Bay bridge is great from the restaurant, especially at night. Parking is difficult in this area.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not so good
    LucieneVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It was one of the worst sushis I ever had. The cod was good.
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  • Great place!
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I took my 3 friends here from New York, and they said they've never had such fresh amazing sushi! We are all foodies and loved our choices exept for 2. The risotto with bay scallops was very bland and boring, and the lobster roll appetizer was not a hit :/ wish we would have ordered more sushi and sashimi instead! Our waiter was the best, and the overall feel and decor along with the lighting was spectacular! I let them face the bay bridge and the light installation which they loved! Absolutely coming back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RodAVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food was excellent and there is a great view of the Bay Bridge. The menu has choices of sashimi, seafood and steaks. We will go again when we're visiting SF.
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  • Check out my blog
    chefbourget
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    you can go to my blog to see what I had to say about this restaurant. gourmetbourget.wordpress.com
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chaya Brasserie - Great Experience
    twhitaker33
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I took an important business associate to Chaya and had a fantastic experience. Great seat with a terrific view of the Embarcadero and the food was impressive. Yes, it was on the high end, so expect that, but you get what you pay for in a great way. I also LOVED the convenience of valet parking...terrific all the way around.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food.
    CDFoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    High quality and extremely tasty. The flavors really come out nicely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant!
    lhalsey
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I just returned from my first visit to San Francisco. Among the many things I did while in town, was dinner at Chaya Brasserie! I was looking for a great restaurant that overlooked the Bay Bridge, and this place gave me just that! We requested a table on the glass and they delivered. We asked for menu suggestions and they didn't disappoint! Our wait staff was VERY attentive and the food was to die for! Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this restaurant for anyone to check out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.