Chaya Venice
Chaya Venice

Chaya Venice

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thechaya.com/
  • Phone: (310) 396-1179
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner Monday-Thursday: 6:00pm-10:30pm; Dinner Friday-Saturday: 6:00pm-11:00pm; Dinner Sunday: 6:00pm-10:00pm; Late Supper Served: Monday-Thursday: 10:30pm-11:30pm; Friday-Saturday: 11:00pm-Midnight; HAPPY HOUR 7-DAYS A WEEK 5PM-CLOSE!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Eurasian
  • Executive Chef: Shigefumi Tachibe
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer Full-Service Catering at Your Location or Special Event Planning here at the Restaurant. We offer quality food in a professional manner that will impress all, for any size party.
  • Private Party Facilities: Onsite or not we will cater to your needs. Restaurant buyouts are available with advanced notice.
  • Private Party Contact: Mark Becker 3103961179
  • Entertainment: TV in the Bar/Lounge

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking and Self Parking is available in the structure adjacent to the restaurant. The entrance is located on Navy St.

    FREE PARKING DURING LUNCH MON-FRI!
A word from Chaya Venice
CHAYA Venice is located in the heart of the Venice beach community and imparts a neighborly feel to diners. A well-loved dining destination for 22 years, Executive Corporate Chef Shigefumi Tachibe creates innovative cuisine that blends European and Asian flavors. A lively and comfortable atmosphere, the spacious dining room features high ceilings that draw attention to the dramatic hand-painted Japanese-inspired mural overhead. Expansive windows allow diners to have a full view of Main Street. From a variety of Euro-Asian dishes to a full sushi bar and full service bar, there’s something for everyone at CHAYA Venice.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Chaya Venice reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (69)vibrant bar scene (49)special occasion (48)neighborhood gem (46)hot spot (40)good for groups (38)romantic (30)great for lunch (25)notable wine list (23)late-night find (11)great for brunch (8)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Spectacular service from everyone!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Lovely experience for a first date. The hostess and waitperson knocked themselves out to make the evening special. Food is always first-rate. Chaya never fails! Just wish it weren't so noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paella as I remembered
    racerx
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    It has been 20 years since my last dining at Chaya Venice... My then go to place for Paella in the West LA area. This latest dinner was our engagement celebration, after me and my fiancee having traveled through Valencia and having her become an avid paella fan, Chaya was the obvious choice for our last night in LA. Did not disappoint. The spicy tuna tartare was a pleasant surprise, the side of avocado complemented it better than the menu choice of crispy wontons would. Non pretentious service was welcomed, LA may have changed some since I left. Excellent food at fair price in a busy energetic restaurant, as all good places should be. If you are looking for quiet evening, Thursday nights at Chaya Venice may be a challenge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extremely poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Service was notably bad, food mediocre and noise deafening.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Pretty good but not the best...
    WhatisthisVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Chaya Venice is a good foo-foo stand-by. The service was excellent and the food was good to pretty-good, but not spectacular. A bit pricey for what you get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • seafood restaurant
    drtanya
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    very good fish: had the black cod and seabass. it was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent!
    Optional
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Love the menu, love the ambiance and have for all of these years!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good as Always
    Gr8dinerVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Chaya Venice continues to provide excellent food, wonderful service and a great location to entertain friends in town and out of town visitors. Wine list always has reasonable prices and caters to a variety of tastes. Paella ans black cod and Japanese box good for all tastes. Thanks again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GourmetVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We used blackboard eats 30% off even on alcohol which allowed us to get a nice bottle of wine. Had the bento box, delicious salmon and duck and miso cod amazing. Started with a Caesar salad that was delicious. Great service. Consistently good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    erudite1906
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I've been to Chaya in each location and they all deliver a nice experience. Came late with the wife on a Thursday night. Ambiance and service were stellar, but my sushi was a little tough and flavorless. Maybe I'll avoid or after 10pm. I'd return for happy hour.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I have eaten at Chaya more times than I can count. The food is always fantastic and the service always superb. I highly recommend this restaurant and do so to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointed
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The lunch was lovely. Calamari great. I should have had the cod, as my husband did. My Ravioli flavor was outstanding but the seafood inside was tough!They did treat us to a delicious desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Nothing special and we both chose house specials. Very disappointing esp. compared to Seasons 52 or Houstons. We won't return despite the fact that it is near us. We certainly won't recommend it to friends.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was great, but the service was awful. 2 menus brought for a table of 8. It was 10 minutes before anyone came over to greet us & offer anything to drink. Even longer before our order was taken. I had to ask for iced tea refills twice and after we finished, there were 4 of us who sat with empty plates in front of us for far too long. I actually had someone take my empty glass and leave the dirty plate! Inattentive and disinterested service and not the first time it's happened here. It's not as if the place was slammed with tables to explain being ignored. The server was polite enough, but he never came back to check on us or offer us dessert menus. The food is good and bar is hopping, but not good enough to tolerate the bad service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food & ambiance!!
    doodlelover
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I love their Garlic Fair menu and beer selection^^. Chaya never disappoints me!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great!
    LeoluxukVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I must eat here almost every week and the food is consistently great! The staff are also phenomenal (actually the staff make the place what it is!) Marcia on the front desk and Jeffrey (could be LA’s best waiter!!??) are amazing.. they have fun with us.. they know the menu.. they are friendly and always hall make the night perfect. Even if we are late, more people than we originally thought.. they always try and make it happen! Try the sashimi, the chicken in dijon sauce and the calimari with the wasabi/mustard sauce… oh my! also.. the lychee martini is the best I’ve had in town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot!
    Steve76
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A little loud. Only "complaint" . Every else was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovefood
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I like Asian fusion and there were a lot of things on the menu that I couldn't decide between. I was thinking of the wagyu beef and because the waitress recommended it highly I chose that Unfortunately it was not that great. The presentation of it in the small box was bad - it would have been better laid out flat on a plate instead of all piled on top of the rice in the box. My spouse did enjoy the beef-wrapped scallops. I don't think I'd go back though because I didn't think the wagyu beef was that great for $30+. Maybe if I tried one of my other choices I would have a better impression.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chaya Venice still going strong
    Susan
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I hadn't been to Chaya Venice since I moved away from the beach. I usually go the Chaya on Alden. But I have to say the food was fabulous. My friend and I had a hard time deciding what to eat. Everything looked wonderful. If it wasn't inappropriate, I probably would have licked my plate. I had the NE clam chowder which was yummy (and not too many potatoes) and the glazed Cod which was beautiful. I was in heaven. My friend had the Korean beef bowl (spicy) but she also thought it was delicious. I will definitely be back here more than the 20 years it took me to get back. The wait server was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and came back often to make sure we were taken care of. All in all -- FABULOUS.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Treat
    John
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This time we went for the Garlic celebration, but we've been other times, and the food, service and atmosphere are always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BUBBOVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Very nice meal - well presented - good wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday lunch
    SandyjkVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Mostly this was a delicious lovely birthday lunch. One member of our party tried to get a salad of raw veggies and was given a bowl of greens with a few slices of avocado. She, once again, requested more veggies and finally got a few tomatoes and some cucumber slices. This is really unacceptable as they have the ingredients on other dishes on the menu. The service was mixed. A bit disappointing this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Service always amazing!
    amkag
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was not our first time at Chaya, but each time we visit, we're always blown away. Every item on the menu is simply amazing, and our server Jules is a doll. She was engaging, friendly and knowledgeable about the menu - we loved her!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair, nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Took my girlfriend (who is obsessed with garlic) to Chaya's garlic fest this month. She ordered the steak with 40 garlic cloves and I ordered the branzino (sea bass). Sadly, neither dish stood out as anything more than average. The steak was of moderate quality and seasoned "Safely." The garlic cloves were plentiful but overcooked. The Sea Bass was better, with a crispy skin on it, but it didn't taste flavorful and was cooked all the way through. Additionally, the accompanying vegetables on both dishes were clearly an afterthought. The best part of the meal was the crusty bread and the olive rosemary tapenade at the beginning. For the price, steer clear.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Fine food but nothing special. Overpriced for what we got.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No to sushi bar, regular menu great
    NedFeed
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Don't go here to est sushi, it is sub standard. Main menu is great. Packed on a sat nite so make reservations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 71 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 864 reviews are from the Chaya Venice reviews archive.
  • Terrific Lunch
    four2itusVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Had a wonderful lunch today with my pal. She had a delicious grilled king salmon salad (with grilled asparagus spears and goat cheese) and I had a spicy Ahi tuna burger on a brioche bun with a Caesar salad side. Food was well prepared, nicely presented and delicious. Portions were generous. Waitstaff were helpful and not overly obsequious. The room was perfect for a lunchtime conversation. No shouting necessary. Enjoyed our meals and the ambiance. Validated parking underneath.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DineLA
    Kat123
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We tried the DineLA menu. It was amazing. I really want to go again soon...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent sushi
    Luisa
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food, service and ambience were wonderful. I have been to all the Chayas including San Francisco and I have never been disappointed. Chaya Venice is as good as the first Chaya Brasserie in West Hollywood. My appetizer of grilled shrimp with quinoa and corn was very tasty. My favorite is the lobster and beef roll.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed.
    Where2next
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I decided to try Chaya durning dineLA week excited about a creative and unique meal the chef would have the opportunity to presets. What a huge disappointment. I walked away feeling they just wanted to take advantage of the customer, charge $45 for a really basic meal. The ingredients were subpar and the flavors OK. Nothing to write home about. I feel like I would have gotten the same meal at a local Whole Foods food counter and paid 1/3 of the price - grilled salmon, wasabi potatoes, sherbet. It's really too bad. Chaya missed an opportunity to really showcase their passion for great food which I've heard they had.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always delivers
    TheDezVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I've been going to Chaya for over 20 years and it always is great. Great to take clients and always has the freshest fish and is great for anyone who doesn't like fish. Great service and unique dishes. When I'm back in Santa Monica I will certainly make a point to return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still Great
    Schincat
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    A wonderful place that somehow feels like it is in Europe or some exotic locale. Service is top notch. It is a comfortable restaurant with great energy but yet not too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Love Love Chaya Venice!
    PionsoirVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    What can I say other than every time I go to Chaya, I have a wonderful time! Great food and fantastic ambiance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service.
    AiAi13VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Service sucks, waitress did not even bother to come back and check on us. Paella, so-so. Will not come back!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dine LA menu
    Flav
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    There were 2 dessserts and both of them were terrible. The toffee pudding was not toffee pudding at all and the flourless chocolate cake was dry and tasteless. Very dissapointing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BruceVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Love that the waiters and waitresses have all been there for years and years. Food is always fantastic and the service is impeccable. It is a busy and fairly load fun environment.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Mix up about our booking initailly which they could not find even though I received proof email. Sushi was great though bit pricey. Staff very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with friends!
    Del1c1ous
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great spot for happy hour or dinner with friends. Food was pretty good. We got the soy glazed cod and the lamb burger special. Both were delicious! A little pricy but hey it's Venice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good every Time
    Gr8dinerVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The service is always excellent from the time walking in the door until leaving following a wonderful meal. The salmon and sea scallops are recommended. Even harder to pass up is Chaya's desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wine Half Off on Tuesdays!
    mesmVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I have written many good reviews about this wonderful restaurant. This time I focus on the wine because at one-half off the wine list price, one is able to try new and "newly affordable" examples from the list. Our waiter, Josh, was as knowledgeable and helpful as ever, and led us to great choices. Food continues to impress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Diningout
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Really enjoyed the food here, especially the very salad and cod! Ambience is lively and yet not too noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.