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
175 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
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!
    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.
    Special Features:
    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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    ekoning
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Great food, excellent service, breathtaking views! A SF must. So impressed!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
  • Great place!
    LiliDVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Great view of the bay bridge.very romantic at night . Food was fantastic and service was just great.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Buddy
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Great 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A neighborhood gem
    Fozia
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Came 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:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    drowsysurgeon
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We 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:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Always a Problem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Been 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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, great view and service
    Reviewer
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We 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:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious but overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    This 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:
    Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AWESOME TIME AND TIME AGAIN
    CBJONESVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Always a favorite for my friends who love seafood and Sushi.....Rib eye was awesome too!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-So Experience At CB
    Kenn
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The 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:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Bridge View
    Bill
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Cool spot overlooking the bay, with great view of Bay Bridge with light show after dusk!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow service and too much noise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Next 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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for business meetings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Great for lunch too. I definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The atmosphere is scenic with
    charminglawyer
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The 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:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My fabulous birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Had 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will never go there
    SFgirl1
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    We 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
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  • Fantastic
    ChicagoInSF
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    As always, Chaya delivered. Great service, food, view, ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food But Not a Good Value
    Roadrider125VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Six 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.
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  • Such a great view along with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Such a great view along with great food and service. A San Francisco must!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet enough that you can
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Quiet enough that you can hear each other and the food/service were SF quality.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chaya Brasserie, Nice Surprise
    Tourist
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Saw 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    SanFranVisitor
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Delicious food paired with wonderful ambience and terrific Bay Bridge view! Our favorite dining experience during recent trip to San Francisco
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Class Act
    LindaT
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Fantastic 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:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing service, bad wine
    melinda
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We 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!
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  • Downgrade on limited updated menu
    GfanVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    While 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:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Epic but expensive experience
    TheNikonKid
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    It's a great place to impress out-of-towners, but the price-to-portion ratio borders obscene. Stupid prices, really...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic