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7:00 PM
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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
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4.5  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLosAngelesLover (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 7 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.

JamesS (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Disappointing as it is only 1 block from my office. Filet Mignon was very tough, black cod only ok. Would not re-visit.

AlexanderL (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

VanJovi (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great place to enjoy a night out . Server was awesome

JARUSD (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 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.

theatredining (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

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