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Chaya Downtown

1468 reviews
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$31 to $50
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The Chaya restaurant family originated when Hikage Chaya opened in Hayama, Japan. From this initial tea house, that opened 390 years ago, the Tsunoda family has expanded into French bistros and pastry shops throughout Japan and introduced the brand to the U.S. in 1984 with the opening of Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills. Since then, Chaya has opened locations in Venice, San Francisco, Downtown Los Angeles, and LAX. The cuisine at each restaurants can best be described as modern Japanese though each restaurant has a distinct personality reflecting their different locations.

The most important tenet of Chaya’s philosophy is high-level omotenashi (hospitality), bringing the Japanese teahouse tradition of warm and personal service to each guest.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Japanese, Contemporary Asian, Eurasian
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Hours of operation
Sunday | Closed
Monday | 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4:00pm - 10pm
Tuesday | 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4:00pm - 10pm
Wednesday | 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4:00pm - 10pm
Thursday | 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4:00pm - 10pm
Friday | 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4:00pm - 10pm
Saturday | 5:00pm - 10pm

Join us for AYCE Sunday Brunch, hosted every Sunday!
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Phone number
(213) 236-9577
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joji Inoue
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Private party facilities
Renowned for serving innovative cuisine that blends European and Asian flavors, CHAYA Restaurant Group has been tempting palates in Los Angeles and San Francisco for nearly 30 years.
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Private party contact
Kristel Kim: (888) 332-0794
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CHAYA offers full service catering at our location or yours! Email to set up your next event.
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Cross street
Between 5th and 6th
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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.
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Public transit
FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE provided to and from major entertainment venues in Downtown Los Angeles. It runs every 15 minutes beginning at 6:45pm.
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Special events & promotions
Chaya Downtown offers a private dining room which can accommodate 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 Kristel Kim at
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1468 People Are Saying
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vipBrunello007 (San Francisco)
Dined on January 4, 2018

Spectacular food and service! We had a large group, and they served us family style, so we did not need to worry about what to order, and shared lots of great dishes. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the variety.

vipPakman (Los Angeles)
Dined on January 1, 2018

They were kind enough to honor a gift certificate that had a holiday restriction. But we’re not willing to honor the entire amount. They charge an extra fee for employee medical insurance which I find it insulting why not just raise the meal price rather than burry it in taxes which it is not....

vipPasadenaDiner9603 (Los Angeles)
Dined on December 26, 2017

I must have hit an off day at Chaya. The food is usually good but, I was disappointed today.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
Dined on December 22, 2017

Service and food were outstanding. It was a birthday dinner with family attend. They addressed all dietary needs for our table.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
Dined on December 18, 2017

I visited for Xmas lunch with some coworkers and we enjoyed the flavourful, healthy food. Two people had fish (black cod and salmon) and we were impressed at the flavor, and also it was not fishy (as is sometimes the case at restaurants). I had the bento box, which was just the right portions to allow a sample of salmon (very tasty and cooked just right), chicken, California roll and a nice salad. We also started with calamari for appetizer which was nice and lightly battered, and also tasty. The bread was warm and the (real) butter made it even more enjoyable. The waiter was very helpful on recommending selections, how the item was prepared, and the quantity of food, as appropriate. We all agreed it was a good selection and we will return.

MARK (Phoenix)
Dined on December 14, 2017

Bento box lunches are always a hit! Service was solid as always. Great place for business lunches, dinners, and happy hour

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
Dined on December 6, 2017

We have been to the resturant many times prior to going to a show or the Music Center.
We love the food preperation and come for the fresh fish .
However the service has become terrible.The word slow would be a compliment.Ignored would best describe our evening .With a known time deadine the meal became an anxiety attack for the table.
THis is the second Consectutive time this type of lack of service was cast upon us.What a shame to punish the good preperation and good tastes to tastless service!

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on December 5, 2017

My former boss and I were meeting for lunch and believe or not I had NEVER been to Chaya. He loves sushi, I love sushi so we ordered 2 tuna tuna tuna suchi plates. EXCELLENT! We made an agreement to dine here again next year! Thank you, and I have to say that even though there is "noise" it never EVER impeded our conversing--nice job!!! Thank you, Jamie Gong and Blake Murillo

OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
Dined on November 14, 2017

It was delicious and the server was delightful. The parking was free and valet was too..Oysters at happy hour 1.00! Yummy drink smashing

Dined on November 12, 2017

The salad, meat plates are Small portions. Even though it says small medium or large they are all rather small.