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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (8)
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Romantic (5)
Scenic View (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Authentic (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
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Healthy (3)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Love this restaurant...fabulous food and drink and perfect service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Great seafood. Scallop ceviche and a cod dish that melts in your mouth.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Food was amazing, everything the 4 of us had was absolutely fantastic, mouth watering and perfect sized portions. However the service fell short, especially when I was trying to make it a special lunch birthday for my sister where my whole family made great lengths to meet in SF for this.

It seemed like the entire restaurant was only waited by one waiter ( I wish I was wrong) and à sommelier and a hostess. It took a good 10 minutes before we had our waiter come by to take our orders, then waited another 20 Minutes for food to arrive, mind you we're on a lunch time frame. Then when we were done with our meals, the waiter asked if we wanted dessert. I was annoyed at the fact that I had already specified during booking on Open Table that it was my sister's birthday and to please include a dessert with a candle on it. So basically the surprise was ruined, and I had to ask for the dessert with a candle in front of my sister, and my brother was already antsy, having to leave to get back to work. The waiter was kind enough to give us 4 truffle pops.

For me, the waiter really tried his best to serve us the best he could while waiting on the other tables in the restaurant, so I can't say the fault was with him. But the fact that management only allocated one waiter for the entire lunch service was just bad call. And whoever was supposed to relay the Birthday dessert request to him pretty much ruined the visit and surprise for my table.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Chaya was a magical experience. We went at sunset so we was able to see the oakland bridge light up . The resturant moved our table closer to the window without us even asking. The staff themselves were amazing and so friendly. Overall amazing experience. This place is a must for anyone visiting San Francisco.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Hot Spot, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2017

great haunt in the hood for special sushi rolls, scrumptious black cod and other fish dishes, good wines and crazy good bowl of fries. The cheesecake with truffle oil was a bit odd but otherwise a perfect meal. Request a table with a Bay Bridge view.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

We stopped at Chaya almost by accident but made it early enough to get an outside table. So it was both beautiful and noisy because of the Embarcadero traffic. We had a selection appetizers and I really enjoyed the meal and the company. You can go their to create a similar meal. The company is up to you.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Love this place. Their bread pudding dessert is to die for. Great service and quality of food. Chaya is one of my favorite places to go in SF.
I'm really sad to find out that Chaya has closed its door in SF. :(

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Waterfront, People Watching
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Excellent dining experience and I would dine here again. Would recommend it. The flatbread special was unique and tasted marvelous. The Waiter and hostess were top notch.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Organic, Vegan, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Everything was wonderful, we loved the food, service, and atmosphere!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Went with a friend from Indiana and she absolutely loved her experience in SF, especially with dinner at Chaya! My friend from SF recommended it because he loved the view of the bridge and the service, and I absolutely agree that the location of the restaurant (RIGHT next to bay bridge view on the edge of embarcadero) and the service is amazing!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Arrive early and enjoy great cocktails. Dinner selections are all remarkably tasty.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Awesome Seafood and dessert! Love their goat cheese cake and Mochi cake!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2017

My wife and I and a friend were really looking forward to eating at this restaurant. My wife hadn't see her friend in 35 years. The food was really good the atmosphere of the restaurant was nice but the server that we had was really very bad at the end of our meal. The server kept on coming to our table asking if we were done eventually she pushed us to leave. Now this was on a Sunday evening and the restaurant didn’t have anyone waiting to get a table that I could see. We're spending over $175 on our meals I didn't expect this type of treatment. This unraveled all of the enjoyment of our restaurant experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2017

This was the 2nd time in one week I was at Chaya. The 1st for casual dinner with a friend. Easy access for folks coming in from out of the City. We grabbed a table in the bar area....nice atmosphere. But noise level not too loud that we couldn't talk and catch up.

The 2nd time was for a business lunch. Again, good food, good service and a well lit place to have a casual business meeting. Nice job to the Chaya staff....very friendly.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Absolutely delicious with wonderful service! We 3 women all agreed....we shared every delicious and wonderfully presented dish:
Ahi tuna tartare, Cara Cara orange salad, Crab, shrimp avocado sushi roll, Scallops with asparagus and risoto, Salmon burger, Crispy Brussels sprout leaves, and Chocolate croissant bread pudding with caramel sauce. Have it all!
Our server who also sat us (female, Venezuelan), was attentive, friendly and knowledgable ((we're sorry we don't remember her name)! We loved her....
But all the wait staff helped each other and every single person was friendly and welcoming

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Authentic, Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Haven't been here in awhile but raw oysters were spot on and drinks/wine went down smooth. The scallop/risotto was the only disappointment, it was a green color like from a Dr. Seuss book but everything else including the sushi rolls were delicious. Our waiter Jeremiah was very professional and provided outstanding service. View of Bay Bridge is always super !

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, People Watching, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 2, 2017

I would come back just for the "Brothers" tuna sushi roll.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 2, 2017

We were originally having a small birthday get together for my sister, pre the big celebration. At the last minute she was unable to attend so it was just my brother, my husband, and myself. We were seated promptly and ordered some delicious food. My husband had a cocktail with mescal that he really liked. The citrus salad was wonderful, refreshing and tasty. We also had the shrimp cocktail, gnocchi, and seafood sushi roll. All were good. Our dessert – the mochi pound cake was spectacular, better even than the croissant bread pudding. My brother had 3 glasses of pinot noir, I think he liked it and he is a wine person. He also enjoyed the foie gras, gnocchi, sashimi, and cheese plate. Service was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Really enjoyed the hospitality of the staff the most. The host, server, and support staff all worked well together to ensure we had everything we needed. Steven our server was very attentive, had great recommendations and paced our meal perfectly. The food was equally amazing and the staff was well trained in all of the components. The fresh seafood platter was a perfect start to the meal and the Tako Tacos were a nice twist on traditional octopus tacos. You must save room for dessert, the chocolate and strawberry soufflé was one of the best things we have eaten while living here in SF. We will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Very friendly staff and service and the food was fantastic!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Slow service, had to ask for my drink 3 times(6:30pm). Finally got the attention of the hostess. Also was told that I had a window table ( not, 3rd row).
The kid @ the next table was making loud noises, hard to talk or listen. My ribeye was tasteless. Not a fun evening at Chaya. Extremely disappointed.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 20, 2017

We love Chaya! The service is great, the small plates just right and the large ones are generous. The view of the lights on the Bay Bridge can't be beat. Always quiet enough to talk but lively enough to feel casual. For fine white table cloth dining that isn't fussy and for sincerely great service, and fresh, fresh seafood and sushi, Chaya cannot be beat in the City.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Food and service was good. The sashimi
Slices were disappointing. The slices were so thin can't possibly be called sashimi. Maybe fish slivers more appropriate.
The rest of the food was delicious, especially dessert.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

An excellent night of great food and wine made even better by our hostess Sophia.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Solid sushi rolls, a tad overpriced for the amount you get with each roll. Tasty dipping sauce and ginger to accompany it

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 16, 2017

The Japanese inspired menu is fabulous! The cod melts in your mouth. Creative rolls! Not inexpensive but worth it every once in a while or everyday if you have a trust fund. The two of us had a couple of appetizers, couple of main courses, and 4 glasses of wine and the bill was almost $300. We did have a unique culinary experience though.

Tags: Authentic, Organic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 14, 2017

I was disappointed in the food and the value. I started with the Scallop Ceviche. It was fresh but lacked substance and at $18 it was way over priced. My main was the Monterey Bay Black Cod
with pea tendrils brown rice, tempura vegetables. The portion was very small and the sauce was overpowering. I couldn't taste the fish. Also, the $33 was over the top and not a value at all. My waiter was pleasant but seemed disorganized. I was looking forward to the experience, but doubt I will return.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Nice menu with creative Japanese-inspired cuisine. The tuna tartare was delicious. Plus beautiful view of Bay Bridge at night.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Been here many times over the years with different chefs and menus. Found the flavors lacking. Our waiter made up for what lacked in flavor in our dishes. Went to my old standby Bolevard around the corner for a dish of scallops which was far superior in flavor profile. Good time however needs some work!

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Fabulous food and great ambiance. Wonderful service too. Love Chaya.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 5, 2017

As advertised, Chaya Brasserie is a tasty blend of Japanese and French cuisines. Food is more Japanese influenced and ambiance more French. We primarily went for the Wagyu and were delivered taste, quality and value - it is a must! The cod was equally divine and the tako tacos starters were awesome. We capped our meal off with two incredible desserts: the coconut mochi pound cake and the chocolate croissant. Read pudding. From the reception, to our waitress and the help - a well run staff! Kudos!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Outstanding Value, Waterfront, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

We were very excited to try Chaya - and in arriving, the decor and ambiance was decent, but the food was sub par and did not wow our expectations - specifically the sashimi - which was not very fresh and cut into super wide, thick chunks - not a pleasant eating experience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Fresh food with a great view on the water and bridge. The starters are small so order enough. We had the tuna tartare, bean soup, chicken curry salad and edamame for lunch. Great service. We will go again and bring more people so we can try more things.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 22, 2017

I was disappointed by the quality of food. I probably should not have had the high expectation but for the price you pay, I expected better...

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 20, 2017

Really liked the food .
We had an exceptional waitress & lovely Hostesses !
We will return .

Tags: Quick Bite, Cozy, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Everything was outstanding. Cool mule drink = awesome , refreshing

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Great unusual sushi. Would definitely go back. Also really thought the black cod was good, although not exceptional.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 17, 2017

View of the bay bridge lights was great. Laid back atmosphere and great service. Food was excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 15, 2017

The duck breast is very good

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

3 course tasting menu. After waiting 30 mins, they brought out the 2nd course first, then had to wait longer to actually get our first course. food was good though.

Tags: Good for a Date
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