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Chaya Downtown

1485 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
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 | Closed

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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
Bibiana Deaver: (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 Bibiana Deaver at
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1485 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLosAngelesLover (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Wait service was excellent! Everyone working there is attentaitve. We had lobster ravioli and shrimp salad, both delicious. My friend had to step away for 10 minutes and the manager took my plate back to stay heated until she returned. Noise level was moderate. We were there on a Friday for lunch before the holiday weekend, was not jam packed. Yes, dine here if considering between the adjacent restaurants.

JamesS (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Disappointing as it is only 1 block from my office. Filet Mignon was very tough, black cod only ok. Would not re-visit.

AlexanderL (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Came here on Valentine's day, had to wait an hour in line even though we had a reservation. The sushi was bad, but the filet mignon was pretty good. Not worth the $172 bill though!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Made a reservation for 8:45 waited, came to see about 40 people who also made reservations wait in a messy "line" after waiting over half an hour and only one party ahead of us were seated we left and went eat somewhere else

VanJovi (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Not the best first impression of this place, it was busy but you would think having a reservation would get you to avoid the wait and lines but it doesn't. There was a long check in line that took possibly 40mins to a table and no one really directed where the line should be so it started overlapping. The service was alright and the food wasn't bad. We ordered the kaarage, oysters, tuna tartar, and the wagyu donburi. The food came out slow, the only ones I recommend were the oysters and the chocolate lava cake with matcha. Overall I believe there are better places I could of chose for valentines and a better experience

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We went to Chaya on Valentine’s day. We had 8:00 pm reservations. It took them 11/2 hrs to get our food. The server said that they overbooked and they were slow
In the kitchen. So many people were waiting for their food. The wait alone killed Valentine’s day. They served a prix fix menu, therefor you would think they would
Be more prepared. The food edible, but nothing special.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great place to enjoy a night out . Server was awesome

JARUSD (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great service. We were stuck in traffic and were about 15-20 mins late but still honored our reservation. Great service. Our server was helpful in making sure we had a good cross section of food and helped us pick our main dish (Black bass) and guided us on the preparation style (Sake Steamed). Celebrated my parents 39 wedding anniversary. Was a nice night, with exceptional food and attentive service.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

We were running lAte for a play at the Music Center and besides the food being wonderful, the staff and manager seemed to go out of their way to make sure we got to the play on time. The attention and service was all first class and made us feel very special.

theatredining (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

came from San Diego before of us felt ill so waiter brought her complimentary soda and kind and it helped....i had delicious sushi and my spouse had sushi rice.
we will return again to truly looked fabulous...

vipLorriB (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent restaurant- great ambiance, wonderful menu choices. Pricy, but you get what you pay for here. The parking underground was a little tough to find with all the surrounding construction, but nice to have.

Marty (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

My "go-to" choice when I am Downtown for a business lunch. Vegetarian/vegan options are rare at DTLA restaurants, so I appreciate that they are available at Chaya. I wish they would include a couple more. Love the ambiance and service. Validated parking in the building makes for easy in-and-out from DTLA. Although the cuisine is fresh and creative, I do think that Chaya is very overpriced, especially for lunch.

vipDMK627 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Our server was excellent, very attentive! And the round table for our party of 5 made conversation so much nicer. The food was, of course, wonderful, as well.

vipgreat2dine (London)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great as always.
Food and service.
Always creative.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Was there for a client lunch, usually an hour. We were there an 1:45!! Service could have been more swift. Not enough sushi options. I ordered the curry dish, and while yes it was hot and had good ingredients, it did not leave me pleased. This was NOT a curry dish, yet had curry flavorings. My clients were happy, so I would try it again, but the reputation did not meet or exceed my expectations. I'll try the happy hour, which I hear is good.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Service was excellent and the food was amazing, highly recommend the Uni pasta as well as the oysters. Will be back here for sure!

vipVfromHermosa (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

I had the Kobe beef bowl which was good. I mistakenly opted for the egg well done which was disastrous for the dish. It was made for a soft boiled egg which cooks in the very hot container.

The service was lovely and the wine was good.

vipBrunello007 (San Francisco)
5.0  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)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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)
3.0  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)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 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)
5.0  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)
5.0  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

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on December 5, 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 (Los Angeles)
5.0  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)
5.0  Dined on November 13, 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

Lizeth (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

Good experience overall. I’d go back.

sillypaperrabbit (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Did you know that tuna tartare was invented at Chaya Brasserie? I'm not a big fan of Asian Fusion cuisines but I love the food here; excellent quality and flavor. They serve sustainable fish line-caught from Japan. Also, great cocktails.

vipTrebla10 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2017

Excellent lunch venue in DTLA, especially for business lunch! Food as always, never dissapoints!