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
173 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (120)fit for foodies (86)special occasion (82)romantic (53)good for groups (49)great for lunch (37)neighborhood gem (34)great for outdoor dining (33)hot spot (27)notable wine list (26)vibrant bar scene (22)great for brunch (10)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (9)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    DineDontEat
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We ordered the four compartment lunch - sumptuous. Sat outside on a perfect, sunny afternoon day with a glass of rose. Just perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect lunch for 2 + 1
    alwaysroom4dessert
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    My wife and I both had the 4 option lunch box. We both enjoyed the salad, tempura ahi, duck, and sushi. A hot from the oven, crispy bread pudding was a perfect way to end our meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delicious!
    SFdining4us
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were very pleased with our choice of this restaurant! The food was absolutely delicious and the chocolate croissant bread pudding was one the best desserts I've ever had! The service was very good. We sat near the window with a lovely view of the Bay Bridge. A wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    jdnoVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The service was great. Not intrusive but attentive. The food was good as usual. Portions were just right for lunch. The seats by the window offer a nice view of the bay and some people watching.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot, slow to bring food out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Was there for a business dinner so it was a little bothersome that we had to wait >30 min between courses Otherwise, food was good, attractive and service was polite
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dinner nice view
    Hancock5590VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at Chaya but were disappointed that they were out of the sole that we both originally ordered. This was the reason we came here because our friends said the sole was exceptional. We had the lobster dumplings for an appetizer which were good but not great and then ordered sushi rolls for our entree in lieu of the sole. My wagyu beef roll was excellent. My husband had a nice spicy shrimp roll as well. After getting the first glass of wine ordered wrong, they brought out the bottle to confirm it was what I ordered. I think I expected a finer dining experience for the price but the atmosphere was great, the view great and the food very good but not exceptional.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    JulieR
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I had a fantastic meal and enjoyed the wonderful ambiance. Chaya has a fantastic view of the Bay Bridge (on a clear night)! Waiter was a tad bit snooty but I would absolutely return back because the food was the amazing. Had three courses and left very satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdated
    SFFoodie77
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I used to love Chaya but I feel like this place is kind of dated. The sushi was uninteresting and the meat was oversauced. Really disappointing.
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  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Had sushi while my dad has the sole - both were amazing! Great wine, great service - will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine2dine
    Wine2dine
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Crowded, noisey Servers too chatty so people waited
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view and SF location
    WinedaddysrVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We have eaten at Chaya at least 3 other times. Service is always excellent. The menu was not as Mediterranean as past experiences. It seemed more Asian and a bit stark. I would like to see more of a selection but the food we had was very good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with a fantastic view
    Elayman
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I really loved the menu. With sushi and french inspired entrees, you can definitely find something you'll enjoy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for a special occasion
    FoodFan
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We celebrated a family birthday dinner here and everyone had a great time. The food was exceptional -- everything from sweetbreads to salmon was cooked perfectly. The view of the bridge, once the sun set, was perfect for our out of town guests as well as the locals. Chocolate croissant bread pudding and ice cream sandwiches were amazing. I recommend requesting the side room away from the bar if you want to be able to hold a conversation without yelling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A GEM
    MaximillianeVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Will certainly return for dining - our host was amazing - luv your seafood & dessert menu
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chaya was Amazing!
    Foodsmything
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I have been wanting to try Chaya for a while and I was not disappointed. First of all we arrived early enough to score a table next to the window. The view of the harbor and Bay Bridge was incredible. We ordered a Yellowtail appetizer, a salad and the Tuna Ahi entree. All were delicious. We had the banana cake dessert which was good, but a bit overbaked for my taste. I will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Restaurant in SF?
    Chris94507
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    This is as good a restaurant as I have ever been too. Naval Suchi appetizer, and clam chowder were As good as any my any in Asia according to my Chinese/Korean guests. I agree. Blacked cod was good, but not awesome.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 108 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1467 reviews are from the Chaya Brasserie reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Michael was very accommodating to our needs. I truly am impressed with the seafood platter-- all the items were fresh, the scallops were sweet, the amaebi was delicious, and the scallop ceviche was fantastic! I was disappointed because of the seating policy, i.e., all need be present to be seated. Is this even on the website? Do all restaurants advertise their seating policy on their website? If so, I will avoid these restaurants. We are paying no matter what!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    IceT3
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I had been to Chaya Venice years ago for business and loved it. So when I discovered Chaya Brasserie here in SF, I decided to take my wife there for her birthday - best decision I've made all year. :) The staff was super friendly and thoughtful. I asked on OpenTable if we could get a view of the Bay Bridge for the occasion. The place was packed and they could have put us in a good enough spot just to turn tables; instead they waited for the best seat in the house to open and the view was SPECTACULAR. Our waiter was funny & friendly (reminded us of actress Judy Greer) and the service was impeccable. And the food. The FOOD. Unbelievable! I had the duck breast, wife had Black Cod and we were in heaven. I totally recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So GOOD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Have been here several times before and this restaurant doesn't disappoint; the view is San Francisco at it's finest
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great asian infusion restaurant
    Dani
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Great view, ambiance, and selection of food. Everything from sushi to french inspired cuisine. Highly recommend reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • you can do better
    dieterVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We visited Chaya for a Mother's Day dinner with a party of 4. We have dined @ Chaya a half dozen times over the past 3 - 4 years. Overall, both the service and food quality has declined ... while the prices make Chaya a relatively expensive meal. The views and ambience remain great. If you want the view and are willing to pay ~ $100 per person (with drinks), I would suggest going to Waterbar across the street.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Outstanding Mother's Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great experience overall for the whole family. My mother thoroughly enjoyed her brunch experience. Bathroom had only one stall working while we were there, making it a bit crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bay Brunch
    Rappongi27
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Mother's Day brunch for 6 was wonderful. Of course, the perfect weather made the view of the bay that much more lovely. There was a special menu allowing one to choose one appetizer, one main course and one dessert for a fixed price. All were extremely good -- personally, I went with the french toast (best I've had in many years), made with some kind of Japanese sweet bread and served with a small fruit salad, very good whipped cream and maple syrup; the duck confit hash, which was very rich and the envy of the table; and the bread pudding. And, I must say the coffee was great. I cannot speak to the regular menu, but this was very good. That said, a special shout out to the bar -- best bloody mary in years.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch in Fi-Di
    Kitkrista
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is another among many local restaurants that do not seem to understand that a business lunch shouldn't be at the leisure of the restaurant staff. Seated immediately at 1, had a reservation but didn't need one, the restaurant was about half full. We got water after 10 minutes, put in a drink order at 15, ordered our meal at 25 minutes and started eating near the 40 minute mark. It is great to have a relaxing lunch but I'd like time to actually eat it. The staff were nice but very slow. The food was good to very good. I'll try it at night when I have more time on my hands.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food was really good. But, for the price I rather go elsewhere for better service.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a disapointment
    Mich
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I have dine here several times before and I definitely had good experiences in all levels which is why I came back. However this will be my last time, both the appetizer and the main course were very disappointing in terms of taste and presentation. I had the ahi tuna tartar which was not soft and tasted like tuna salad and the black cod which was over cooked very salty and just very ordinary in the bad way. I did not finish both dishes which is a big sign for me, it was not tasty...sorry. Same was with the desert. The only thought that came to my mind was this was the chef's free night. Waiters were not as professional as you would expect. Did they change management?
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Allergic Reaction. Nearly died.
    MarieVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I am severely allergic to milk and nuts and told the staff very clearly before ordering their fish dish. Soon there after I went into anaphylactic shock and was rushed to the emergency room. I do not recommend this establishment for those with allergies. If you have no allergies then this message does not apply to you. Wish they were more serious about allergies.
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  • Corporate events galore
    MoflickaVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Lots of corporate events that are loud, the steak tartare was the only good thing, poor execution on the rest. Great view of the bay bridge if you can get it.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • judithVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I was unable to join my guests, so I polled them for a reaction to share. Two diners. Two divergent opinions. One thought her food close to inedible. The other liked what she ordered. Wish I could share a personal reaction but I can't.
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  • Awesome
    ekoning
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Great food, excellent service, breathtaking views! A SF must. So impressed!
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  • Great food and drink
    JanrcVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Maybe it was starting at the bar with the Blood Orange Margarita but this is my second great meal at this restaurant. This time I figured out they have a nice happy hour. Great calamari appetizer. Tuna tartare was delicious. I tasted my husbands cod and that was tasty and I don't even like cod! I'm sure we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic