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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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4.5

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4.6

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4.5

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95% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2010

We are foodies and expected much more. For this restaurant to stay in business and compete with Drago next door, they are going to have to improve quality in all aspects. We had to ask at least 4 times for the bus boys not give us ice water---water no ice, but none of them spoke English and the waiter was terrible about communicating with them. We ordered a sushi to start--it took 10 minutes to get someone's attention to bring chop sticks and soy sauce. Our entrees were nothing special. We were celebrating a birthday and nice for them to put his name on the menu, but after ordering TWO desserts there was no candle. And how rude to bring dessert menus when one of us was only half way done with their dinner. Won't go back!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2010

our anniversary and they treated us very well and made the evening quite enjoyable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2010

Consistant quality,great fish dishes with an Asian flare,killer sushi - steaks are equally good. You can't go wrong. The Beverly Hills and Venice locations all have different menues and are equally good. Nice big Martinis.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 11, 2010

I had paella and thought it was outstanding. Unfortunately, they made a mess of my wife's blue nose bass - she said it was rubbery and inedible. They replaced it with poached salmon which turned out fine, but the food rating is tempered by her experience with the bass.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2010

Order the pappardelle!!! That's what I go back for.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2010

We've been there a number of times before the opera. They have a shuttle service which makes it easy. The food is very good and so is the service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 28, 2010

Not really a review -- simply a comment: Server was a bit confused during our Sunday meal; brought wrong bottle of wine, dribbled wine all over tablecloth when pouring, brought dessert WITH nuts to guest who had requested "no nuts," etc.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2010

Loved it! Will try to go back soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2010

I've eaten here many times. Never disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2010

Wonderful food, great staff, a little chilly last week but we had a great seat. Again, loved the food. Will return.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2010

To bad restaurant isn't in New York, where the service and overall experience would have made it. won't come back. Maybe for the Happy Hour menu. Service and ambience didn't make it worth while.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2010

Chaya continues to be my favorite restaurant. I have never had a bad experience, we definitely have our favorites on the menu such as the kobe beef roll, which is always fantastic, and the bread pudding. This time we also tried something new, we got the paella, which was awesome, it was loaded with all kinds of seafood, and everything was perfectly cooked. The service was great as usual, we will be going back many more times!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2010

The service was great but the food was what shined here! If it's on the menu, don't miss the New Zealand Sea Bass with Black Kale — layers and layers of to-die-for flavor!!!! It was my favorite, but the Paella was pretty darned good too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2010

Loved that the menu wished me a happy birthday!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2010

The salmon was a little too salty and the gnocchi was just OK. Everything else (the meat and sushi) was amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 29, 2010

Warm, attentive but unintrusive service, excellent food, spied on neighboring table and their food was beautiful as well...the bar with its mirrors was attractive and we noticed a lot of people coming in after work.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2010

Great food, attentive service, and wonderful ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2010

I was very disappointed in my experience. I had eaten at Chaya during Dine LA and the food and service were wonderful. The gnocchi were awful on Saturday. Our server did not come over till we had finished eating. She said she would talk to the manager but nothing happened. We had to wait 15 minutes for the desert menu to be brought over. When we were ready to order the baked peach we were told it was a cobbler not a baked peach and did not order. The server was unfamiliar with the Sakes.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2010

Chaya downtown was excellent. The food was delicious, the service exemplary, and it was an overall superb dining experience. I would highly recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2010

The food was fantastic and the service was perfect. My group loves Chaya.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2010

Great food and cocktails. Good pre-theatre dinner. Our waiter was a liitle weird, however.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2010

The food was excellent. The Japanese client that I brought to the restaurant said the sushi was just as good as in Japan.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2010

Went for DineLA week...really enjoyed the menu! We were also going to the theater that night...our server was kind of enough to keep the dinner moving without us feeling rushed. This was our 3rd time to Chaya and we always struggle with reserving here or at Drago Centro next door for our downtown dinner visits...either way, you won't go wrong!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2010

Visited on 10/15/10. The food was delectable, as always. We were surprised, though, that we were charged $4 for bread, butter, and a tiny scoop of olive tapenade, which in most places comes with the meal. When you are paying pretty good money for a quality meal(the bill was $65 (no wine), with tip, for two), this just seems like getting nickled and dimed. This just seems below them.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2010

The perfect choice for pre-show dining downtown. I switched my reservation from Patina to Chaya because we had an hour and a half for dinner prior to the show and the Patina hostess said that wouldn't be enough time for them. I wasn't sorry. We valet parked (validated) at the building, took the private elevator to the restaurant, had the three course LA Dine menu - which was great, then walked out the front door and onto the free shuttle that took us directly to the Ahmanson. After the show, we stepped directly onto a fee shuttle that brought us back to our car. It was perfect; the saffron clam chowder (light and tasty), crispy orange roughy, and greek yogurt sorbet with balsamic reduction and fresh berries were memorable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2010

Loved the beef tenderloin and the fig salad

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2010

Chaya Downtown was terrific. We loved everything about it. I thought the food was wonderfully delicious and the service was exemplary.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2010

Terrible experience. Our waiter messed up an order and one person didn't even get his food. Waiter did not return to apologize. AND, to top it off, he charged us for all the food we didn't receive! We entertain clients a lot however will not be returning to Chaya Downtown LA for a long time because of the poor service.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 12, 2010

Went for lunch during dineLA week. It was my third time to come here, and as always, the food was amazing. My only complaint is that service is a bit slow. But the servers are all very nice.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2010

The place is fusion but the tastes of the food do not match. The waiter was inattentive.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 10, 2010

me and group of friends went here for my bday and they ere kind enough to print my name on the menu saying Happy Birthday. I felt so special

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 9, 2010

A great experience===far better than expected based on prior reviews.Try to reserve in the garden section--and do not miss the halibut miso[their signature dish].JA

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2010

We went to Chaya Downtown during LA Restaurant Week. It was a good deal, but the food was not fabulous, which I would expect at a place like Chaya. Chaya Venice has always been a favorite, for example. This was the second time we've been to Chaya Downtown, and neither time did I truly enjoy my dinner. Sashimi appetizer had a heavy salty sauce, which I rubbed off. Entree choices for Restaurant Week price fix were limited: two fish choices, one of which was unsustainable, and steak. (Odd when you consider the gorgeous chandelier is made from beach trash...) The apple struedel was delicious. Service was attentive and paced very well.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2010

Went to Chaya for my husband's birthday. It was our first time at the restaurant. We had drinks and tapas at the bar before our reservation for dinner, GREAT drinks, very flavorful and unique. However, the tapas left something to be desired. There was something wrong with each one - not so good. Dinner was good though, the Fillet Mignon was cooked exactly how I ordered it and properly rested which was nice :) Desert was okay, but nothing too special. Our waiter was attentive and gave very good service. We would probably go here again, at least for drinks and the amazing soup du jour we had (it was like a scallop corn chowder with a bacon foam - sooooo good).

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2010

Good restaurant with energetic atmosphere. Skip that salads...Not worth the cost. The rest of the dinner was very good. The service was slow but not terribly. Overall a very good restaurant.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2010

The Dine LA dinner was great. The fish was perfect and everything was timed so I could get the shuttle to the Music Center

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2010

Don't let the ecclectic menu scare you into thinking they aren't focused and will have mediocre food. Everything, and I mean everything, we had was deeelicious. Excellent start to Dine L.A.! Pasta with kobe beef was supberb. Include it in your visit even if you have to share it as an appetizer, along with bison carpaccio. Yellowtail crudo was delightful with tiny garnish of veggies & crunchies and very fresh. The cauliflower soup was perfectly seasoned and silky. The orange roughy had great flavor and a lovely mix of textures, served over flavorful sauteed veggies and a beautiful coating of yet another crunchy topping (panko?) Wow...I would have that every visit if I wasn't so tempted to try other dishes! Great service and deserts too!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2010

My fish was a little dry but otherwise everything was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2010

Great food, especially the seafood. We never get the same entree, but couldn't resist getting 2 of the miso marinated sea bass. It's too good to share!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 26, 2010

I would say that I enjoyed this restaurant for the atmosphere and service. Most of what I ordered was very delicious except for my main dish. That was only because I am kind of iffy about mussels and wanted to give them a try again but I realized I don't like them..HAHAHA The beef tongue and the octopus appetizers were EXCELLENT. The waitress and everyone there were super nice and helpful. I would definitely go again :o)

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