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About Chaya Downtown

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.

525 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Contemporary Asian, Eurasian

Hours of Operation:
Hours:
Sunday | 10:30am - 2:30pm (Open for Sunday Brunch)
Monday | 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 10pm
Tuesday | 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 10pm
Wednesday | 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 10pm
Thursday | 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 10pm
Friday | 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 10pm
Saturday | 5:30pm - 10pm

Join us for AYCE Sunday Brunch, hosted every Sunday!

Cross Street:
Between 5th and 6th

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(213) 236-9577

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

Catering:
CHAYA offers full service catering at our location or yours! Email Kristel@thechaya.com to set up your next event.

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Joji Inoue

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.

Private Party Contact:
Kristel Kim: (888) 332-0794

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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 Kristel@thechaya.com

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Chaya Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

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4.0

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Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Fun (4)
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Tapas (4)
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 (Nashville)·Dined 5 days ago

It was delicious and the server was delightful. The parking was free and valet was too..Oysters at happy hour 1.00! Yummy drink 5.00...food smashing

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Tapas
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It’s our go-to for the Music Center
Food is always outstanding

Tags: Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The sushi was great, especially the salmon and yellowtail sashimi. Didn't really try anything else.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Perfect pre-theatre dining. Convenient shuttle service to and from the venue. We had Calamari, Tuna Tar-tar, beet salad and the the Black Cod. Beautiful and delicious!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 18, 2017

A coworker and I both became sick from the food we had.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

A perfect place for a celebration. The food was fantastic and the service was great! The chef made a special treat for my friend after our server found out it was her Birthday. It was so special. I have already recommended this restaurant to my peers at work and my family.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Downtown LA is presently (September 2017) a disaster of ongoing construction, but it's worth enduring the ever-present traffic jams to relax over a meal at Chaya. Simply put, this is one of the city's best Asian restaurants, with a diverse menu of both small plates and entrees. The calamari is the best you'll have anywhere, sensationally but not spicily seasoned, and fried to a delicious crisp. The tuna California rolls are equally tasty, as are all of the fresh fish offerings. Service here is attuned to deadlines, with diners regularly shuttling to the Music Center for concerts, plays and the opera. Just plan to leave ample time for the transfer, as traffic (and shuttle drivers) can be unreliable.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I've been coming here for years and have always enjoyed the food and decor. However, what motivates me to write a review today is the restaurant's accommodation of a special request. I was meeting a friend who is somewhat soft-spoken, and the prior times we have met here for lunch, the ambient noise and the background music made conversation extremely difficult.

Today, I called the restaurant in advance to secure a quite table, and Harper at the front desk made sure that I had a quiet and comfortable spot. After scouting out a few spots, I decided on a table outside facing the plaza fountain. It was perfect. Kudos to the restaurant and to Harper providing the right setting for friend.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Chaya Downtown offers some of the most thoughtful service in Los Angeles. To a person, everyone is approachable, engaged in your experience and passionate about the food they serve. This includes the Executive Chef who took time to talk with us at length about the Chaya's seafood offerings and the techniques he used to bring out the flavors of the menu.

We are looking forward to going back to Chaya.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Always great. Always a bit unique.
Will the Waiter (server) great. We were his official first customers at this restaurant.
All great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 7, 2017

The staff at Chaya was so kind. Everyone went out of their way to make you feel welcome in a very genuine way. They really made our experience superb.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy
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·Dined on September 6, 2017

It was awesome!! great venue, the food was delicious and friendly staff.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We had wonderful service and all the food was excellent. The waiter was very attentive and answered all our questions and facilitated our getting to the theatre on time with the dessert to go!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Excellent quality and great staff. The place gets busy real fast during the weekday lunch hour rush. Reservations highly recommended.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Fun, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Great service. Really enjoyed the whole fish for three. Quiet and able to talk with colleagues outside.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 22, 2017

The food quality has gone way down from last year. My chicken was undercooked and had no flavor. My friends had salads that didn't taste good. We won't be returning.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 21, 2017

So-so sushi at top prices. I felt we were paying for the location and not much more.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

The three of us dining all agreed that it was one of the best meas we've had in a long time. Ambiance is great, all of the staff were professional, personable and helpful. Looking forward to my next visit!!!!

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Good convenient place in the heart of the downtown business district. Valet parking easily accessed though be aware that the area is under major construction as they extend the underground Metro.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Young Japanese sushi master chef delighted two of us with a 3 lb Alfonsino (Red bream) which he used half for sushi and sashimi and the other half was baked in salt. Fresh oysters to start with and a wonderful assortment of desserts. A wonderful evening.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

I have eaten at this restaurant many times in the past but it has been awhile. The menu seems to have changed from my memory. I do not remember so many small plates.
My date and I each ordered an entree. The server asked my date if she wanted a starter, she said no, I asked if she liked beets, she said yes so I ordered the beet salad and we agreed to split it.
When the beet salad was brought to the table it was in a large bowl with two large serving pieces. I asked the server if he would split it and he said "No, I can't split it, I will have to charge you extra if I do that." Given the fact that the bill with tip was $128 for two I felt this absurd and small minded. The phrase "And at these prices...." came to mind. The food however was excellent.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

I have seen the menu and chefs change over the years. One thing remains. Always reliable, sometimes spectacular.

Tags: Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great food, sake and service! Highly recommend it and will definitely go back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Food is ok, but not much change, same bento box with big overcharged. Had to ask waiter to bring bread for 3,4 times. Finally came, and the bread is stale.
It's regular business lunch spot, but no more. Never going back.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 26, 2017

The service was excellent, the food was bland, I had the bento box and the fish was very dry and tasteless.

A friend of mine took me the for my birthday lunch. I was highly disappointed, I didn't say anything because I didn't want to complain in front of my friend (it was his recommendation).

For the price it wasn't work it.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 20, 2017

I've been going to this restaurant since it opened, because before I retired it was right next door to my office. (I go to the one in downtown Los Angeles at 6th and Flower .) I also live a few blocks away, and so I go to this restaurant several times a month, and sometimes more than once during the week .

I have always found the quality of food here to be exceptional, and they source their fish from the best places. If I ever have the slightest problem with anything I would tell my server or the manager, and they take care of it immediately. (I do have to say that in the past two or three years I have not had anything to question, let alone complain about.)

Like any good restaurant, if you have special needs you should make it known to the manager before you sit down at the table. In my experience, and particularly at Chaya downtown , restaurants will always do their very best to accommodate any special needs.

I totally Love this restaurant, and people that I've taken there when they visit me always want to come back to Chaya.

My only experience is with the DTLA restaurant, though they have several other locations I think.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Food totally not worth 95+ for the dine LA.
We make a reservation with note saying we are celebrating ur wedding anniversary.
Guess what, no one even taking care of it.
Not even a candle!
Waitress was disappear for a long time.
I drop my chopstick, for like 10mins & I need to take & new chopstick from next empty table.
They clean the table & taken my wife fork... never replace it until I need to take the fork from the next empty table.
Anyhow, will give a try for the Sunday brunch buffet.
Manager offer us will treat us with a Sunday brunch.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 17, 2017

I brought a first-timer to Chaya yesterday. Although he was amazed at the quality of his Bento Box, he couldn't take his eyes off my Petaluma Chicken Dijon (I substituted steamed broccolini and heirloon carrots for the fries). Service was efficient, but to get a table on our timeframe we were forced to dine outdoors on a very humid and warm day. Can't fault Chaya for not being able to control the weather!

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Very fresh food. We were there for the brunch. All items were fresh and service was 1st class.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Chef Joji is outstanding.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 11, 2017

For some reason the service on this occasion was very slow.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Meh... average Asian fusion restaurant. Nothing super special.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 5, 2017

great people, great service, happy to see a new manager.. he's a great person.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Chaya is a top DTLA option for dining. Never disappoints.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Food was slow which meant we were rushed once it arrives. Nice elegant Asian dining. Waitress was professional. Hostess was so so

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 18, 2017

My family and I came to Chya for Father's Day and had a wonderful time. This was our second time here, and both times we came for the Sunday brunch buffet. The service is excellent - the staff is very kind and attentive. We had with us my three year old son who loved the food and many dessert options. I personally feel this is the best buffet I've been to in terms of the sushi and sea food...very good quality and I firmly believe we got our money's worth. Will definitely be coming back!

Tags: Healthy, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Katrina is excellent! Always!

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