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Thu, 2/22
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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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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
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipgreat2dine (London)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

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

AteThere (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 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!

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on September 18, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 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.

Katsuobushi (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 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.

vipgreat2dine (London)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 6, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 1, 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!

OCfoodie (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 28, 2017

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

vipDoodlebug (Los Angeles)
3.0  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.