132 The Embarcadero
(between Mission & Howard)
San Francisco, CA 94105Neighborhood:
Financial District / Embarcadero
EurasianPrice: $31 to $50
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Special Events: Wine Sundays, every Sunday evening. We are offering a 50% off of our entire wine list.
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.Continued
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Chaya Brasserie reviews from OpenTable diners
175 reviews since June 26, 2014
- Ambiance4.4Noise LevelModerate
scenic view (122)fit for foodies (84)special occasion (78)romantic (58)good for groups (47)great for lunch (38)great for outdoor dining (31)neighborhood gem (30)hot spot (28)notable wine list (23)vibrant bar scene (23)late-night find (10)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (7)Show More
- Fantastic!IceT3Dined on 5/22/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- So GOODOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 5/22/2014Have been here several times before and this restaurant doesn't disappoint; the view is San Francisco at it's finestSpecial Features:
- Great asian infusion restaurantDaniDined on 5/18/2014Great view, ambiance, and selection of food. Everything from sushi to french inspired cuisine. Highly recommend reservations.Special Features:
- you can do betterdieterVIPDined on 5/11/2014We 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.Special Features:
- An Outstanding Mother's Day BrunchOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/11/2014Great 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:
- Bay BrunchRappongi27Dined on 5/11/2014Mother'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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lunch in Fi-DiKitkristaDined on 5/9/2014This 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:
- Great foodOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/2/2014The food was really good. But, for the price I rather go elsewhere for better service.Special Features:
- What a disapointmentMichDined on 5/1/2014I 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:
- Allergic Reaction. Nearly died.MarieVIPDined on 5/1/2014I 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.
- Corporate events galoreMoflickaVIPDined on 5/1/2014Lots 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:
- judithVIPDined on 4/29/2014I 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.
- AwesomeekoningDined on 4/26/2014Great food, excellent service, breathtaking views! A SF must. So impressed!
- Great food and drinkJanrcVIPDined on 4/26/2014Maybe 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 place!LiliDVIPDined on 4/25/2014Great view of the bay bridge.very romantic at night . Food was fantastic and service was just great.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Awesome!BuddyDined on 4/25/2014Great Experience all around. Open table wishes to have a review that is at least 50 characters in length. Not sure I understand the reason!! Great Experience all around seems good enough to me to me.Special Features:
- A neighborhood gemFoziaDined on 4/22/2014Came we a group of 5 on Tuesday evening, hung out at the bar for 30 minutes, seated promptly at 7pm reservation time, service was great, and the sushi plus main course was excellent. This is one of the best restaurants on the Embarcadero.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful experiencedrowsysurgeonDined on 4/18/2014We celebrated my girlfriend's birthday at this restaurant. They easily accommodated our group of 6 and gave us a wonderful view of the bay bridge. The service was good, the wine was even better, and the food was phenomenal. They are known for their seafood, but we also had excellent plates of lamb and chicken. Was definitely worth going to and would go again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Service Always a ProblemOpenTable Diner Since 2013VIPDined on 4/18/2014Been there several times, each time hoping the service will improve. Shame on me! Food is good, but the service is always "complicated". From the crew at the front door who are always eager to show you that they are in charge and will seat you where they like (wait, I thought they worked there and I was the customer...?), to the servers who always seem annoyed when you don't have a better knowledge of THEIR sushi menu. More tension than I need for dinner.
- Good food, great view and serviceReviewerDined on 4/18/2014We had sushi and some main entrees. The sushi tasted very fresh, and the filet minion steak that I had was fantastic. We were seated near the window, so we had a great view of the bridge. They also have great happy hour menus and cocktails. I had a virgin drink, which was a pomegranate lemonade, which was fantastic.Special Features:
- Delicious but overpricedOpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 4/17/2014This is a beautiful and romantic venue with a terrific choice of seafood entree's and starters. But even the view and food don't add up to the menu pricing. I felt that the wine prices represented a huge markup -- more so than other restaurants in its league. If you can put it on an expense account, Go For It! Otherwise, you'll find better value elsewhere.Special Features:
- AWESOME TIME AND TIME AGAINCBJONESVIPDined on 4/14/2014Always a favorite for my friends who love seafood and Sushi.....Rib eye was awesome too!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- So-So Experience At CBKennDined on 4/11/2014The food was good, not great. For the prices, I would expect great. My big peeve was the small portions at such high prices. From the appetizers to the entree (petrale sole and blackened cod) to the dessert, the servings were so tiny. I felt that I needed to stop by McDonalds and get a burger afterwards. The service was spotty; it took long time before ordering to when we got our food and drinks. The entire dinner took 2 1/2 hours and we are not slow eaters.Special Features:
- Great Bridge ViewBillDined on 4/11/2014Cool spot overlooking the bay, with great view of Bay Bridge with light show after dusk!Special Features:
- Slow service and too much noiseOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 4/11/2014Next table the ladies were talking very loud the whole time. Service was slow. A lot of staff running around but does not seem coordinate... Disappointed.
- Good for business meetingsOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 4/7/2014Great for lunch too. I definitely recommend it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The atmosphere is scenic withcharminglawyerDined on 4/5/2014The atmosphere is scenic with a wonderful view of the Bay Bridge lights so long as you have a window view, the service was very good (look for Dino the ex-Cypriot) but the food experience was less than expected for the expense of the meal.Special Features:
- My fabulous birthdayOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 4/4/2014Had 2 tables of 8, which were very generously placed right next to each other!! Food and service was absolutely YUM! Fun bar with great cocktails is an extra bonus! we had a blast! Thanks Chaya!!Special Features:
- Will never go thereSFgirl1Dined on 4/2/2014We had dinner reservation for 3, 2 of us got there first my other gf was 8min away. The hostess would not seat us til she got there. They asked us to sit at the bar when there were no seats available, plus we don't drink and the bar was very noisy. So we just stood there by the door. Again, after 5min of standing there I told the hostess that my gf is about to arrive in 3min if we can sit order water and appetizer? Once again hostess refused to seat us while the manager is just standing behind her looking at us and not doing or saying anything. I understand restaurants don't like to seat ppl when the whole party is not there, but 2 outta 3 guest were there it was on a wed night not so busy, there were open tables every where
- FantasticChicagoInSFDined on 4/1/2014As always, Chaya delivered. Great service, food, view, ambience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Food But Not a Good ValueRoadrider125VIPDined on 3/29/2014Six of us ate at Chaya Brasserie last Saturday night. The service was excellent, but we felt the food left a lot to be desired. My dumpling appetizer was lukewarm, with a nondescript sauce. While the chowder was excellent, the salads were ordinary. Main courses tended to have unimaginative sauces (black cod and lamb shank), while the tuna roll was just dry. We all eat out a lot and have no trouble paying top prices for great food. In this case, we ended up walking away thinking we had paid a lot for an ordinary meal.
- Such a great view along withOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 3/28/2014Such a great view along with great food and service. A San Francisco must!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Quiet enough that you canOpenTable Diner Since 2013VIPDined on 3/27/2014Quiet enough that you can hear each other and the food/service were SF quality.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Chaya Brasserie, Nice SurpriseTouristDined on 3/22/2014Saw good reviews so we took a chance on Chaya. Food was the best. Tuna stuffed with crab not only delicious, but imaginative and artistically presented. Liked the crunchy crust. Black cod cooked perfectly, buttery consistency. Salmon and risotto also delicious. All wait staff were efficient, friendly, and knowledgeable. Wine good, too. Our favorite dessert surprisingly was chocolate croissant bread pudding, even better than the cute, tiny ice cream sandwiches. The only thing we didn't like was our table. Not enough space between ours and the others, which detracted from the dining experience. Waiter kicked purse on the floor. Expensive but memorable, so worth the money.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Dining ExperienceSanFranVisitorDined on 3/21/2014Delicious food paired with wonderful ambience and terrific Bay Bridge view! Our favorite dining experience during recent trip to San FranciscoSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food, Great ViewOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 3/19/2014I reserved and requested a table with a view of the Bay Bridge. We arrived early, had a drink at the bar, and were lucky enough to find a table. When we were shown to our table which wasn't a window seat, but close enough so that our guests could sit and have a view of the bridge. It was loud but as the restaurant began to thin out, we could speak in normal voices. It took a while for the waitperson to take our order. I had the clam chowder which was about the best chowder I've ever had. The sushi and sashimi was excellent. Good taste, texture, and presentation. We did have bread pudding which is with a croissant and bits of chocolate. OUTSTANDING! I would definitely return. We ordered no wine. Total bill was about $225.Special Features:
- Class ActLindaTDined on 3/15/2014Fantastic food with a stellar view. Knowledgeable staff who assist without being overbearing. Nicely spaced tables so you feel comfortable. We will be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointing service, bad winemelindaDined on 3/14/2014We ordered sushi, duck and a salmon. I had the salmon, which was very moist, and complementary risotto had a nice balance of creaminess and tanginess. Overall, food was flavorful and portion was filling. Rose wine I had by the glass was one of the worst I've had at a restaurant. It was served too cold; it tasted as if it lost all its original flavor and came out from few days old bottle that was left open. The overall service was good, but we didn't have a great experience with our waitress. After the mains, the waitress just came and left the dessert menu on the table without a word. We felt this was queer, and agreed that we've never had this situation before, not at a place within Chaya's price range. It is courteous to at least ask!
- Downgrade on limited updated menuGfanVIPDined on 3/14/2014While Chaya has been a date night favorite of ours since moving to the Bay Area, the chef inexplicably decided to change the menu to limit diner choice , particularly in the sushi roles selection, which used to be one of the primary reasons , in addition to location and ambience , why my wife and I ate there more than any other restaurant downtown. Not sure why limiting diner choice will be a successful strategy but we will not automatically choose Chaya as our go-to date night spot. We will have to see what the chef chooses to offer us before going there again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Epic but expensive experienceTheNikonKidDined on 3/6/2014It's a great place to impress out-of-towners, but the price-to-portion ratio borders obscene. Stupid prices, really...Special Features: