We were at our table, finishing wine, after the bill was paid and the host came over to ask us to move to the lounge to finish our wine as they had other reservations waiting for our table. We had also made a reservation and had been there for only 2 hours at that point. I think it is totally inappropriate for any restaurant to do, especially while we were still finishing our drink and after only 2 hours, but especially for a higher end restaurant like this. It was a big disappointment and on our way out, the host tried to defend himself in the middle of the restaurant and made mention of Dine About Town, so maybe we weren't as respected having chosen the Dine About Town Pre-Fixe menu?
MUST try the chocolate bread croissant pudding.... out of this world!!!
I've gone to Chaya in the past for special occasions, and for my birthday for the past two years. This year, the restaurant was a bit of a disappointment this time. The butterfish was too salty and nothing else tasted spectacular. I've definitely had better dining experiences at Chaya in the past. It doesn't feel like French-Japanese fusion anymore, it's just unenthused French food with sushi as an appetizer option.
This was my fourth or fifth time dining at Chaya, and now I am wondering why it was so long between visits. As always, the food was terrific, as was our service. My friend and I both got the rib eye and as a self proclaimed steak aficionado, I found it prepared perfectly and I savored every bite. Portions were very generous. We were very disappointed in the crème brulee however. It was plain old pudding served in a ramekin and not all that tasty. But overall we found the Prix fix dinner well worth the price.
Our experience was wonderful. The bartenders knew what they were doing; had a great attitude and made a good Manhattan. The wait staff and food made for a lovely evening. thanks for being there! The food choices were excellent.
Came here for dine about town and was quite disappointed with the food. Ordered salmon tartare and butterfish and both we're fishy. I often love salmon tartare and was greatly disappointed. Probably the worst I've ever had. As for the service, it definitely was not up to par. Would not come back here.
Second time dining at Chaya B both times food was excellent.
Service most recent time not seamless or sophisticated, really a few major guffaws.
They can be overlooked due to quality of food and front of house staff was superb, view, location great.
We will go again.
Our party of 4 was seated promptly and our orders taken shortly after. However, our appetizers took 45 minutes to be served. Then it took another long 30 minutes after to receive our entrees. The waiter apologized for the long wait, but did not do anything else to compensate. I thought a $250 bill for 4 would've gotten us better service. We will not return, even though the food was pretty good.
The experience on Saturday evening was great. The restaurant setting was semi-romantic. Tables were too close together for intimate conversation. Food was great. We started off with the tuna tartar and I had the new york steak and my partner had the filet. Both were cooked to perfection and the sauces made the dishes. We had a nice bottle of wine and the waiter was very helpful in the selection. All in all it was a nice relaxing night. I would reccomend Chaya.
We were misled by the SF dine about advertisement, we signed up for a special dinner and when we came to restaurant we were informed that they dont participate in this promotion on friday. it left a bad taste in our mouth even though we liked the food.
This restaurant was wonderful in every aspect of the word. Our reservation was for 11:30 and they seated us by the window overlooking the Bay Bridge. A lovely touch, was they had black napkins for those wearing black pants..
We chose the beautifully plated salad of romaine, fennel, parmigiano reggiano cheese, pecan apple.and watercress. The dressing was light and complimented the romaine.
Our large piece of pan fried king salmon arrived on a medley of pan fried mushrooms with asparagus and fennel slices, and balsamic fondue and herb oil surrounding the dish. Beautiful to the eye and deliciously cooked.
The wait staff was attentive but not overly so.
The ambiance was perfect as was the experience.
Chose the "Dine About Town" prix-fixe menu; food presentation and quality was above average, along not sure that the menu options really showcased the cuisine niche the restaurant is trying to occupy. Ambiance and service were excellent.
Great food, nice and friendly staff. Great for a business lunch - not too noisy and polite staff. Could use more food options for vegetarians.
Wonderful evening: food, service, views...
Took a party of four to Chaya on Wednesday night for the "dining around" menu, a three-course, fixed-price offering with two options each for appetizer and entree. The salmon tartar appetizer was excellent; the butter fish entree was tasty but not memorable. The beef option--a steak--recommended by the waiter was disappointing with respect to both the cut of meat and the preparation. The creme brulee dessert was mediocre and inexplicably lacked the brulee. Our wine selection, a Spanish red from the Ribera del Duero region, was excellent and well priced. Our waiter was well skilled but inattentive. On balance, I did not think our dining experience at Chaya was commensurate with the price of the meal.
The food at Chaya was great, but the service wasn't. I had made a reservation for six people but were seated by the bar at a high table big enough only for four people. When we asked for a table, we were told it would be another 30 minutes wait.
Once we were situated though, everything was good. Our order was taken promptly, the food came quickly and was prepared in such a way that exceeded my expectation. I definitely recommend the place although not for a party any bigger than four.
The food is always amazing. The portion sizes are smaller (which I like) but intense with flavor. The view of the Bay is an added bonus. Service was a bit slower for our table than the people around us (I think there was a VIP tale next to us) but we weren't in a hurry so it was okay. The only thing I was disappointed about was that I had written a note on my Open Table reservation that I would like my friend to be greeted and congratulated on her engagement. We were there to dine as part of her bachelorette party. Neither of the hostesses nor the server said anything to her.
The third time I had been to Chaya, but the first time for my wife (her 45th b-day). Service was great, food was fantastic -- the lobster salad, ahi tuna tartar and the filet are my favorites -- and the wine list is solid and not too expensive (really good wines in the $45 - $75 range). Only issues (1) 2 tops are squeezed pretty close together and (2) it can get somewhat loud. Overall, outstanding evening.
Good sushi, fresh and all. So-so King Salmon, nothing special about it, for almost $30 I was expecting a more integrated experience. Felt that ingredients had been thrown together without much inspiration in their choice or in how they were cooked. Translation: I think I could have done a better job.
Fun lively atmosphere and great food.
Second time there while in San Francisco. Great food, great atmpsphere and beautiful view of the Bay Bridge from the front room. We will be back.
Great food but our waiter was clueless..he kept forgetting to bring our wine and then brought the wrong glasses for the wine..
I think he was new and didn't really know what he was doing..Otherwise the place is great! I think on our last visit that waiter was 86'd.
not sure if they used farmer salmon...the mushroom sauce was much better than the salmon!
Perfect, as always. The best overall value for an elegant business lunch in all of San Francisco.
An amazing restaurant with fantastic food.
A blend of French and Japanese cuisine that really does work. We had swordfish and steak and everything was great. We finished the meal with chocolate croissant bread pudding, which was perfect.
The decor is pretty cool and the place has a very lively atmosphere. depending on where you sit, you can have a nice view of the bay.
The crowd is very chic and cool and there are a ton of business people "sealing the deal" so make sure to wear something appropriate and don't show up in a t-shirt and old jeans.
The food was wonderful; the view of the Bay Bridge was magical; a perfect evening for me and myt family!
This was my first time at Chaya, my husband's second. We had a cocktail and appetizer at the bar before we were seated. I was happily surprised that their Happy Hour extends to 8pm (all day on weekends). Great deals on $5 drinks and a handful of appies. Once seated, the service was a bit spotty. Our waiter came by to introduce himself and then we didn't see him again for about 10 minutes. Bread came much later after we ordered. But, the food was delish. We shared the crab cake appetizer, it was a bit on the small side for the $16 price tag, but very well prepared and tasty. Swordfish and Lamb mains were both excellent. Dessert was the chocolate croissant bread pudding. YUM! We will be back for sure. Great spot for special occassions.
The review before my dining experience of late would have been excellent.I will not be going back to this restaurant again.They treated us poorly.First the waitress was too busy for us, she walked away 3 times. We could not get a drink for over 30 minutes, she was rude over all. When we order starters and ask her to come back for our main course order because we were not ready yet. She refused to just put in that order she said she needed our whole order before she left, then in the middle of us ordering while one of our party was still thinking she walked away. Then we were finishing our drinks the bill was paid and the hostess came over and asked us to move to the bar because they needed our table we just spent $400.00. it was unbelie
Great portions here. I loved the creme brulee desserts!
We had a wonderful experience at this restaurant. The service and food were amazing.
CHAYA IS ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS I'VE EVER BEEN TO. THE LOCATION, SERVICE AND FOOD IS AMAZING!!! I WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK!
Food was excellent as I expected (I had Crispy Yellow Fin Tuna). However, the table was like in the middle of an intersection and our chairs were hit by waiters and servers several times, sometimes very hard, and they seemed to have paid no attention to it. It would have been nice if we got a window side table. Also, the waiter was too friendly for us as we couldn’t help comparing to Chaya restaurants in Hayama, Japan.
Food was great and my compliments go out to the Chefs. I believe overall service would have been good however with the luck of the draw I had a very poor waitress? The kicker was on top of the poor service from her they added a $69.00 tip for her on the bill and I had a party if two? Was great location for New Years to catch the Fire Works which helped me to overlook the poor service.
The sushi was excellent, as was the pasta with bolognese sauce; but the swordfish I ordered was overcooked and dry, which surprised me, considering they serve sushi. I was disappointed with my lunch and would not order cooked fish there again. The service, however, was excellent, and I would return again for lunch or dinner.
The majority of the appetizers are fish. If you are someone like me, who doesn't eat fish, that could be a problem. The entree and dessert were excellent. If you love a chocolate martini, they offer three on the menu. Overall, a very enjoyable meal.
Food is adequate, but not spectacular considering price.
Yummy French-Asian fusion. Great service. A very special night.
Fabulous restaurant, fabulous food and service. Would definitely return any time even though 2 of the 3 of us were not sushi fans! It was a wonderful meal and evening. Definitely a go back again and tell others!
The food was good. The waiter was good. Everything was good. It just wasn't great and after spending over $600 for 8 people i wanted something great. We liked our waiter and he was very helpful, but little things like getting bread seemed to take way too long. The coat room closed before we got dessert and everyone had to gather their jackets. This seemed crazy. Why take a jacket if you're only going to give it back before the check is placed on the table? I guess that kind of sums up my experience... spotty.
Food was OK but it was hard to really enjoy the dining experience because the tables are packed so tightly against each other.