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About Permanently Closed - Chaya Brasserie

This restaurant is permanently closed. Inspired by the flavors of Japan and the harvests of California, CHAYA Brasserie serves Contemporary Japanese food with strong New American/French influences set to sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, Treasure Island and the Bay Bridge.

132 The Embarcadero
(between Mission & Howard)
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, French / Japanese, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Hours:
Monday | 11:30am - 2pm, 5pm - 9pm
Tuesday | 11:30am - 2pm, 5pm - 9pm
Wednesday | 11:30am - 2pm, 5pm - 9pm
Thursday | 11:30am - 2pm, 5pm - 9:30pm
Friday | 11:30am - 2pm, 5pm - 9:30pm
Saturday | 5pm - 9:30pm
Sunday | 5pm - 9pm

Happy Hour 7 days a week! Bar and Patio Only.
Monday- Friday 4 pm - close
Saturday and Sunday 5 pm- close

Cross Street:
Mission & Howard

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 777-8688

Website:
http://www.thechaya.com/

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, Jena Leventhal at 415-777-8688 or through Email at: jena@thechaya.com

Parking Details:
Chaya Brasserie offers valet parking directly in the front of the restaurant. Lunch Valet: $18 - Dinner Valet: $18

Public Transit:
Walking distance from the Ferry Building. Embarcadero & Folsom, Metro Embarcardero Stations

Executive Chef:
Yuko Kajino

Private Party Facilities:
Chaya can host private and semi private events in our Bay bridge room for up to 100 people for a standing reception, or 60 people for a seated meal. In addition. our lounge offers the flexibility to host standing receptions for up to 30 people and seated meals for up to 12 people. In keeping with CHAYA's tradition of exceptional hospitality inspired by generations of knowledge, the special events manager works directly with each guest ensuring a truly memorable experience

Private Party Contact:
Jena Leventhal: (415) 777-8688

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Chaya Brasserie - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (8)
Waterfront (8)
People Watching (7)
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Good for a Date (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Scenic View (5)
Romantic (5)
Authentic (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Business Meals (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Healthy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Fun (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2017

I went there for my birthday celebration on 08/15. Our seat was by the window, looking at the bridge. The service was excellent. The host was super nice. We really enjoyed the food and the view. Thank you for making my day special.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Love this place. Love the location. My favorite was the scallop ceviche and the bento box

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Authentic, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food5
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Always love coming here. This time my girlfriends and I had only Sushi. It was so fresh and amazing. The hostess was very sweet and our waiter was great!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Healthy, Business Meals, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Fantastic sushi. Possibly the best on west coast. So fresh! Great ambience! Great views of the Bay Bridge and Bay Area!

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food5
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·Dined on August 14, 2017

I was very looking forward to have dinner at Chaya .but this place was a bar .if you are looking for having dinner this is not the place .

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Absolutely fantastic! Food, service and our waiter was the best highly recommend.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

We enjoyed Chaya B. before the Lady Gaga concert. Service was excellent, two people came over to wish my wife happy birthday which I listed on the reservation. They gave us a nice window table with a great view. The Tako Tacos and Fresh Salmon Spring rolls were great flavor filled starters. My Black Cod was cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious; the Mussells were tasty (although my spouse was hoping they would have been the larger style). The dessert (chocolate Crosissant Bread pudding) was absolutely out of this world and they added a cute birthday touch as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 7, 2017

What a delightful evening! From the moment we walked in & greeted so warmly to the authentic connection with our waiter, Hunter! The service was impeccable, food delicious, & treated like royalty, who wouldn't love this place?!!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

We had a lovely window seat with a view of the bay and the bridge on a perfectly clear birthday day. Service was attentive, and the food was both delicious and interesting.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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food4
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Wonderful service spectacular views and delicious variety of flavor and texture

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food5
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service5
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Amazing, just go

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We were so impressed with the quality of service and our delicious meal at Chaya Brasserie. Our server, Hunter, could not have been more attentive and helpful. The sushi was so fresh and creative!! The decadent desserts were simply divine! My entree included fresh fish and pasta- both cooked to perfection. Portions were generous and overall a top notch experience!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Didn't get the table we reserved.

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food3
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service2
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Wonderful evening. Great food. Great service. Highly recommend. Save room for the bread pudding!

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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

As always Chaya was great and the staff was always super friendly! Just breaking some cash with their bartender to have enough for tips was nice. Always want to spread the tips around because everyone is so nice from the hostess taking my jacket to my server!

Tags: People Watching, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Horrible waitress. Everybody else and the food were super

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food5
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Waiter made us feel super special and host even wished us a great dinner and said goodbye as she gotten off her shift and went home. Definitely will return

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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Service was really bad. Messed up my order, my clients had to wait for me to get an entree. Follow up when you didn't want it. Brought no ketchup nor mustard for the burger. Client wait 10 minutes for that. Weird menu unless you eat sushi.

Tags: Scenic View
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food3
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service1
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

This was our first time to the restaurant and we chose this as it was recommended by a friend. Overall experience was good but little disappointed we they knew we were celebrating our 30th Anniversary and the dessert was not offered on the house. Most good restaurants do that and it would have been a nice gesture.

Tags: Cozy
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The service was great and the food was delicious beyond words. So glad I spent my 18th birthday here!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

We had a nice evening sitting in the bar area. Sashimi was terrible. Fish seemed a bit old. Waitstaff great! Lovely SF clear evening so views were nice.

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food2
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2017

I have always enjoyed dining at Chaya's. The food is always fresh and tasty. I took at friend for lunch as it was her birthday and she loves it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

I went here based on a review I saw in the program "Check Please Bay Area". It was a big let down. The food was average we had to wait for our table despite booking it and the prices were simply too much. Even the waterfront view was wasted owing to dredging or construction. The view wasn't their fault but the waiting and prices offset against, average food and service were. I don't care about your rent and overheads but they must be why everything was over priced. I won't go back and I can't recommend it.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

New menu is outstanding. Octopus tacos were amazing! Cod entree was prepared to perfection.

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food5
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Great place to sit outside, if tables are available, enjoy an appetizer or drink al fresco and watch the light show on the Bay Bridge. Menu is limited for entree's, happy hour specials good. Second visit to restaurant, first visit a year ago was much more memorable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Excellent California - Japanese hybrid cuisine. Very fresh fish and other ingredients. Unique in offering excellent sushi / sashimi selections and small number of excellent California apps and entrees. Neither suffers and both are served in dining room with spectacular view of Bay Bridge and the bay.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Scenic View
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2017

We had a lovely corner table overlooking the Bay Bridge. Food and service we're good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Anniversary

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Very friendly and attentive service from the entire staff. Beautiful presentation of the delicious small plates. Convenient close access to Ferry, Bart, and Embarcadero.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Food, service and view were excellent; prices seemed high for what it was.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Good food. Great price. Beautiful view. We asked for a window seat and was seated right in the front and got a full view of the beautiful bridge with the animated lights as the night came. Overall, quiet ambience. Was with friends for a girls night out. Food was good. Just enough for us. Drinks were decent price. We were all happy with the bill, not too pricey. Just enough.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Great ambiance especially in the evening since you can see the Bay Bridge light show. The Tako Tacos and Salmon belly are two of my favorite dishes.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We both ordered a panko crusted sole. I normally lightly salt my food if at all; my wife is the opposite and uses much more salt than I do. I thought the sauce was too salty, and surprisingly, so did she. The other dishes were good, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Hostess, Denise, was TERRIFIC!!! She was very warm, friendly, welcoming, and attentive.

While server, Hunter, was also warm, friendly, and knowledgeable, he was not an attentive server. He explained the menu in detail, took our orders, and then disappeared. When we had an issue with our adult beverages which were not served to us by Hunter, we had to have another employee request his presence.

When our first courses were served to us by someone other than Hunter, it was Denise who later stopped by our table to check on us. She had Hunter return to our table to address our issue.

After our main courses, Hunter never stopped by to see whether or not everything was being enjoyed. In our opinion, shortly after any course has been served, someone should stop by to make sure all is to the satisfaction of each guest.

The food is very fresh and inventive. The oysters of the day were delicious as was the salmon roll. Unfortunately, the special fois gras parfait was overpowered by the overly sweet topping, and the San Francisco sushi roll was filled with a mushy minced shrimp/crab salad.

The salmon on beans was very good, but the vegetable pot-au-feu had less broth than expected and was over salted.

The croissant bread pudding and berry tart were delicious desserts. The chocolate cake with the cream cheese filling was unexciting.

The interior of the restaurant is beautifully decorated, has a very nice, warm feel, and is a comfortable space in which to enjoy a meal.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Everything was excellent. But portions were small

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

A business lunch that was a little more relaxed on a Friday. The service was great, the food was very tasty and I think for a business lunch the value was very good. The location is fantastic and if you sit outside or facing/near the large windows the views are awesome of the bay.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Always very good food and service at Chaya
Clean Fresh sushi

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Wonderful Mother's Day meal with fantasy service! Desserts...try the chocolate croissant bread pudding...simply yum!

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Impeccable service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

You get treated to a wonderful Bay view looking east to the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island. The fries with that mustard dip are reason enough to visit this establishment but if you save a little space--- the desserts will not disappoint.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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