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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.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Japanese, Contemporary Asian, Eurasian
Hours of Operation:
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!
Between 5th and 6th
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
CHAYA offers full service catering at our location or yours! Email Kristel@thechaya.com to set up your next event.
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.
FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE provided to and from major entertainment venues in Downtown Los Angeles. It runs every 15 minutes beginning at 6:45pm.
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
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
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!!!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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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