Chaya Downtown
Chaya Downtown

Chaya Downtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thechaya.com/
  • Phone: 2132369577
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday 12:00 - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Eurasian
  • Executive Chef: Shigefumi Tachibe
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Chaya Downtown offers a private dining room which can accomodate up to 36 guests. The Covered Patio can also be reserved for private parties up to 60 guests. For more information regarding all your private events contact Elaine Asada at 213-236-9577, Ext. 19. Or directly at 310-508-5356

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 5th and 6th
  • Public Transit: FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE provided to and from major entertainment venues in Downtown Los Angeles. It runs every 15min beginning at 6:45pm.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The valet is located in the City National Parking Plaza garage on level A. The private elevator will take you directly to Chaya on the ground level. For lunch the first Three Hours are a flat rate of $5.00 with validation, and anything beyond will be charged at the normal rate. Parking for dinner is free for the first Four Hours and a flat rate of $7.00 for anything beyond.
A word from Chaya Downtown
CHAYA Downtown, the newest member of the CHAYA family of restaurants, is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, combining urban chic and European sensibility with Japanese hospitality. The menu plays off its French Japanese culinary tradition as it takes diner on an epicurean journey. The modern, chic ambiance sets the mood as diners enter the lively bar and lounge. The spacious dining room is lined with intimate booths that open to the outdoor patio surrounded by lush landscaping. The garden patio is available for bar seating and full dining. A 12-seat sushi bar features a full view of CHAYA sushi chefs at work. CHAYA Downtown offers convenient lunch menu options Monday through Friday for professionals looking to grab a quick bite. Guests can enjoy dinner seven nights a week. Happy Hour at CHAYA is a popular time for downtown dwellers and professionals to enjoy savory small plates and specialty cocktails. An extensive wine and sake list perfectly complements the menu.
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Chaya Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
145 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (73)special occasion (66)great for outdoor dining (61)great for lunch (53)good for groups (43)neighborhood gem (32)romantic (28)notable wine list (22)vibrant bar scene (21)hot spot (18)great for brunch (9)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Fabulous food in a beautifully
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/10/2009
    Fabulous food in a beautifully designed urban LA space. Our party of five could not have been happier with a wide selection from the menu to suit all tastes. Would absolutely recommend this spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was delicious, the
    Newbie
    Dined on 4/10/2009
    The food was delicious, the ambience was pleasant and the overall experience was enjoyable. I plan to return and will recommend Chaya to my friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Only one word describes the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/9/2009
    Only one word describes the dining experience I recently had at Chaya Downtown - Excellent! A friend and I decided to try the newly open eatery last week and both of us were extremely pleased with everything we had. We opted for a combination of items form the "Crudo" menu, as well as the duck appetizer and an assortment of sushi (e.g. Spanish mackerel,octopus and toro). The sushi was very, very fresh. The two items from the Crudo menu, crunchy yellowtail and the albacore were outstanding! And as if that wasn't enough, the cooked plates we had were also fabulous - House Cured Maple Leaf Duck Prosciutto & Petit Basque Cheese and the Pan-Seared Hokkaido Scallops. All in all, definitely worth the trip. I'm thinking I'll be back again very soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's not a traditional French
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/9/2009
    It's not a traditional French restaurant, which is good, as there are enough of those. If you like seafood, you will be happy, as they have a lot to choose from. I loved all three courses I had, and I love the fact that none of them had a cream sauce, I hate that stuff (although they do have that if you want it). This will be one of the best restaurants downtown, if not in the city.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was there for a business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/8/2009
    I was there for a business lunch and the service was better than I have ever been provided with during any other dining experience. I was with a party of five and we were pampered until we almost didn't want to leave. The food was absolutely delicious and the appetizers were plentiful enough for the table to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was my first dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/7/2009
    This was my first dining experience at Chaya, and it won't be my last. I found everything form the food to the service to be outstanding. The best part was the price. I thought it was quite reasonable including the wine list. You can't beat the Happy Hour prices!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Paella was flavorful and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/7/2009
    The Paella was flavorful and original. The food quality was on par with the location in San Francisco. A must visit when in Downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This location compares favorably
    Michael
    Dined on 4/4/2009
    This location compares favorably to Chaya Venice. Still the very fresh seafood served elegantly with attentive and not over-the-top service. Wine and alcohol selections are complete. We dined thinking that we would keep it simple but were soon taken by the choices on the menu. Plan to endulge your senses and you'll not be disappointed. This is location serves it up nicely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the wine is overpriced. 3
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/4/2009
    the wine is overpriced. 3 of the 4 meals were "good", 1 "fair"
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tempura shrimp roll was a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 4/4/2009
    tempura shrimp roll was a little fishy, but other food very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hip interiors. Very happening
    claudia
    Dined on 4/3/2009
    Hip interiors. Very happening bar for a drink after work. Service very friendly, knowledgeable, and fast. Nice selection of unique drinks. Really good cappuccino. Very good selection, preparation and plate display of food similar or better than the other Chaya restaurants.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went there when they just
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/3/2009
    We went there when they just opened, so service was kinda slow!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food very good but service
    Mike
    Dined on 4/3/2009
    Food very good but service was average. Seated outside in the cold and wind so lunch was somewhat spoiled. Too crowded to move indoors and not enough heat lamps outside. With no wind blowing, sitting outside would probably be very nice. Looks like good bar scene after 5:00 p.m.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, great atmosphere,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2009
    Good food, great atmosphere, and attention to detail. The bar selection is a bit limited though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WHEN I BOOKED THE TABLE ON
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/1/2009
    WHEN I BOOKED THE TABLE ON LINE AND I INFORMED YOU THAT WE ARE COMING TO CELABERATE MY DAUGHTERS BIRTHDAY. IT WAS A VERY SPECIAL TREAT FOR MY DAUGHTER TO HAVE A NOTE PRINTED ON THE MENU WISHING HER A HAPPY BIRTHDAY. WOWWWWWWWWWW. ALSO ALL OF THE STAFF NEW OUR NAMES WHICH MAKES A BIG DIFFERANCE WHEN YOU WANT TO IMPRESS THE ONES YOU ARE WITH AND SPECIAL GUESTS YOU WANT TO IMPRESS. AGAIN WOWWWWWWWWWWW.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Part of our group wanted sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2009
    Part of our group wanted sushi and the rest wanted something else. Everyone left extremely satisfied.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This experience was ruined
    alhatVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2009
    This experience was ruined by the restaurant's earthday celebration when they decided to turn off the lights for an hour WITHOUT ANY ADVANCED WARNING. So we all sat in the dark trying to make sure we didn't eat anything that moved. It showed me that most Californian's deserve Nancy Pelosi and Academy Award winner Al Gore's sermons (and private jets). I will never darken (or be "darkened" by) these idiot's door again!
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  • Excellent, Excellent, Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 3/26/2009
    Excellent, Excellent, Excellent from food to service. So glad Chaya is now in downtown in addition to the one in Beverly Hills which the one we normally dine at. Our Server Elle and Lisa were very accommodating and as well as our Host. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I felt that the staff did
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/25/2009
    I felt that the staff did not know their menu very well. I asked for an item from the menu and when it came to the table and I questioned whether this was the right item, it took 3 people to find out whether it was or not. At the end, they had to make an adjustment to the item so that it matched the menu. But overall, we enjoyed the food and the ambiance. I think it is still too new but I will try again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just opened a week ago. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2009
    Just opened a week ago. The food was fabulous as was the service. They have a wonderful heated patio. Great for before the theatre or any evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was delicious, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/24/2009
    The food was delicious, the service was very attentive and professional. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to all of my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall, was a good restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2009
    Overall, was a good restaurant. Being new, a few service issues (cocktail prepared not as ordered, delayed bread service, waiter seemed unseasoned), but wait staff very considerate, friendly and accommodating and the food was very good. Great decor, potentially a great bar scene, just quiet the night we were there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • it was great. will definately
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/23/2009
    it was great. will definately be back and can't wait until the weather is better for th patio.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for lunch. Love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2009
    Great spot for lunch. Love it, prices were much better than Drago Centro for the amount of food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went on the 3rd night of its
    wq2345VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2009
    Went on the 3rd night of its opening. Much fancier and higher end than the other Chaya's in the city. Felt it was a bit overpriced however excellent standards overall
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The restaurant was, unfortunately
    TioBoniVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2009
    The restaurant was, unfortunately for them, not busy. But that said, the service was attentive and prompt and our fish dishes were excellent. Everything combined to make it an outstanding dining experience. We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the staff was very attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/18/2009
    the staff was very attentive to a sophisticated clientele. great after-work spot. delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We started with the dragon
    Babs
    Dined on 3/18/2009
    We started with the dragon roll - beautiful presentation, delicious and good portion size. There were 3 of us and we each tried different salads entrees. Each one was unique in presentation and favor combinations. I loved the pomegranite (japenese cillantro?) seasoning on my chicken medalians. We will definately return and look forward to trying the happy hour from 3-7.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was delicious. This
    LoveSushiVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2009
    The food was delicious. This restaurant just opened this week in downtown L.A. The service was terrific, however they still need to work out a few of their computer glitches.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chaya Downtown is brand new,
    SantaMonicaFoodie
    Dined on 3/17/2009
    Chaya Downtown is brand new, and there are still issues. The waitstaff was a little "eager." Good news: it's very beautiful inside, with a fabulous "beach glass trash" chandelier, lots of windows, and a large patio; the beet and chevre salad was delicious; they serve "bottled-style" water without the bottles (very eco-conscious); they are served by the restaurant-to-Staples-to-Music Center shuttles, so it's very convenient. The bad news: I had pasta dish with tagliatelli, urchin, and avocado--the uni was wasted by deep frying (it's far better sushi-style). Bottome line: we'll give it another few tries--it has great potential--including the happy hour, which appears to make a fine substitute for a weeknight pre-concert dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate