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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 | 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

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:
Bibiana Deaver: (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 Bibiana Deaver at bibiana@thechaya.com

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Chaya Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (9)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Healthy (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Casual (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fun (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Authentic (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Romantic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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·Dined 3 days ago

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!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Great place to enjoy a night out . Server was awesome

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great as always.
Food and service.
Always creative.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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 (Orange County)·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.

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 (San Diego)·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!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·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....

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I must have hit an off day at Chaya. The food is usually good but, I was disappointed today.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·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

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·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

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Nashville)·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 5.00...food smashing

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Good experience overall. I’d go back.

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 (Los Angeles)·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.

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 14, 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 7, 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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 (Orange County)·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!

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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vip
 (Palm Springs)·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.

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 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Authentic
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vip
 (London)·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.

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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 (Los Angeles)·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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