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
180 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (126)fit for foodies (84)special occasion (80)romantic (59)good for groups (50)great for lunch (39)great for outdoor dining (33)neighborhood gem (30)hot spot (29)vibrant bar scene (25)notable wine list (25)late-night find (10)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • Beautiful!
    DorothyVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Food was wonderful, view magnificent! We enjoyed the excellent service
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    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than the last
    pc1244VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My visit this time around was pleasant as my requests were met and there was no wait time this go around.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was just ok
    yupitsme
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A large party of us came here after a museum opening, I made a reservation for 8 in advance. They called every day to make sure we were going to honor our reservation. On the way to the restaurant they called to tell us they were not going to give us the quiet table I requested and seated us right near the kitchen, it felt like the hallway. That was the first disappointment. The other was that the food was uneven. Some of the sushi and chiraishi was good. But my Mother's duck entree was dry, flavorless and disappointing. Waiters were rushing around our table all night since we were right in the flow of traffic. I will tell the museum director that this was a huge disappointment and that they should not host out of town guests here.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SunInTheCity
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our first time at the restaurant and my first time writing a review. The food was excellent. They have some of the best sushi I have had in the Bay Area. It was fresh, the presentation was great, and I love the smaller size of the pieces. Unfortunately, the hostess was a little snobby. More than 50% of the tables were open, yet they sat us right by the entrance where there was a lot of noise and people walking by. We asked to be moved to any other table before we sat down, and at first the hostess said ok, but then after consulting with another hostess, we were told that we couldn't sit anywhere else. The table was so low that I couldn't cross my legs while seated. It was a minor annoyance, but I just didn't feel comfortable there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We enjoyed sushi .... Delicious !!!
    Firefly
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Perfect place to take friends from Michigan when they only had one night in San Francisco .... Sushi was beautifully presented ..... Our waiter was delightful ..... Table was just what I asked for ..... Bay Bridge was Gleaming !!!! Great work !!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best View of Bay Bridge
    KidCudi
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    From anywhere in The main dinning room there is a perfect view of the bay bridge and lights. Wonderful sushi and main course options. The Hamatchi is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what i expected
    DinerGirl
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Service was super slow, we asked for bread, water, utensils, etc multiple times and had to ask different servers to finally get it. appetizers were really good, the entrees were mediocre. waitress was not paying attention at all, ordered the wrong dish for us and then when she "corrected" it, it was still not the dish we asked for, but at that point we said forget it because everyone else was done eating and they made it very clear they were closing so we felt very rushed. no one was actually rude, but no one was friendly at all. not one person smiled or made us feel welcome! We treated our guests for a nice dinner out for a special occasion and we were all so disappointed that we promised to take them out again to make up for this!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Horrible waiter...rude, pompous...the water server was better. Did not care to explain the menu or give recommendations, did not offer coffee with our dessert. Other than that the food was amazing. Get the croissant bread pudding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tasty but overpriced
    luv3di0r
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I've been here twice and had two different experiences. The service this most recent time was pretty meh. It wasnt that busy and there seemingly were a lot of servers going around, yet it took them 10 minutes even to bring us bread and 5 minutes to get water. The food came pretty fast, but the servings were frankly too small. Great steak, perfectly cooked and tender. Pretty good, just felt like it was overpriced, and the wine and beer menu is pretty underwhelming.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KenandMargieP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Poor service. Waiter seemed irritated at us. Cocktails took a long time to be served to us. Arrived after our appetizer
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • For a special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My daughter's 21st birthday, so she ordered a drink for the first time. It arrived with a small fruit fly in it. When we asked the server for a new one, he looked at it and said "is it okay if we used the same glass?" Of course, he was joking, and that's what we really loved about this restaurant. It was elegant, delicious, beautiful view, but NOT pretentious. Every dish was amazing! Our entrees were all brought at the exact same time by servers who knew who got what without asking. The bread pudding we ordered for desert came on a plate with a candle and Happy Birthday written in beautiful chocolate writing (we didn't ask, it just came - thanks Open Table). The miso cod was the best I've ever had. We will come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, better bartender
    spocius
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had reservations but we arrived early and stopped at the bar for a pre dinner drink. After 5 minutes talking with Eric we decided to eat at the bar. Great drinks, great conversation, excellent (non traditional) sushi. Loved it and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wowed again
    FoodEnthusiastVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This was not our first time at Chaya but it has been a few years since we were there. The place still serves great food and when you have the chance to sit near the large windows you get a lovely view of the Bay Bridge/Bay/Embarcadero. The drinks from the bar are masterfully mixed so that is another plus. And as for dessert you have to get the chocolate croissant bread pudding. I am not a bread pudding person at all but this is the only one I will eat and would go out of my way to eat here just to get it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • accomodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Accomodated well with large party and LATE guests. Food was really good as well. Would come here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dorset
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The seafood choices are not only delicious, but the presentations are beautiful. A bit pricey for lunch, but the food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    dining4fun
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was amazing. Every dish was delicious. The view of the bridge with the lights are perfect at sunset moving into night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our view was looking at the new illuminated Bay Bridge which is gorgeous. The food was good but the service wasn't great.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so-so experience
    lovedelishfoodandgreatsvcVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We dined at Chaya this past weekend on the fly-we hadn't been there in years and have always enjoyed both the food and the service. Our host greeted us warmly and seated us at a fabulous table. But it took at least 15 minutes for our server to come over and even acknowledge us. Once he was there, he was delightful and knowledgeable...but the level of attention (or lack thereof) continued ALL evening. The busboy was good & it would have been an all out horrible experience if it wasn't for him. We were very surprised at the lack of attention of our server. I don't think we were the only ones - they must have been short on staff that day. But atleast acknowledge, apologize and gain our empathy! I don't know if we will go back any time soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Party of 8
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was a special occasion, a gathering of 8 old friends that had not seen each other in quite awhile. I called 2 days ahead to confirm and everything was good, the restaurant also called one day ahead. The hostess was very attentive to our party and my special requests of ordering appetizers ahead of time so that they were at the table soon after our party was seated. The food was fantastic, from the sushi appetizers to the bread pudding dessert. The filet melted in your mouth. What I also appreciated was the staff did not rush us, we lingered for quite awhile after dessert ordering more after dinner drinks and we never felt that we had to rush out. It was a very lovely evening. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is Everything
    AtYourService
    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
  • Terrific experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My diners thought the service, atmosphere and the food were all wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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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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  • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was Amazing!
    Cattt
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Sushi with a French flair? Yes, it is possible and very good! We were told you can't go wrong with what you order and it was proven after each of our three appetizers and then main dishes all arrived. Only gripe is I wish you could get a little more food for the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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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.
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    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.
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    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Was Not Great
    YummyInMyTummyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    For the price, Chaya disappointed. We were given the wrong menu and then when we received the correct menu, our food was not very tasty. Both of us left most of our food due to disappointment. Will need to think twice before coming again.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate