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CHAYA Modern Izakaya

4.2
4.2
1213 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
CHAYA Modern Izakaya is a modern izakaya dining destination with an innovative team of chefs that have come together combining their skills and expertise to showcase their Japanese-Californian cuisine, along with an unprecedented beverage program that includes handcrafted cocktails, premium spirits, Japanese Whiskey selection, eclectic sake and wine collection, Japanese and local craft beers.

While using only local seasonal ingredients, the highest-quality seafood, poultry and meats, Corporate Executive Chef Yukou Kajino, Executive Chef Joji Inoue and Kaiseki Chef Katsuyuki Wako introduce a contemporary menu of shareable hot and cold small plates, sushi, rice, noodles and soups, while also introducing special omakase menus showcasing a sampling of each Chef’s passion and ingenuity as they present the best bites and specials of the day, allowing guests to enjoy individual culinary adventures by way of technique, presentation and flavor.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Contemporary Asian, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 396-1179

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Joji Inoue

  • Catering

    CHAYA Venice offers full service catering, at our location or yours! Contact Bibiana Deaver at bibiana@thechaya.com to set up your next event today!

  • Private party facilities

    CHAYA offers a range of catering and private dining options. From omakase to passed hors d’oeurves, our events are intimate, comfortable, and inspired by you. We can entertain at your place or ours. We are available for large groups or special events in our main dining room or private dining areas.

  • Private party contact

    Bibiana Dever: (213) 393-1837

  • Neighborhood

    Venice

  • Cross street

    Main Street

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking and Self Parking is available in the structure adjacent to the restaurant. The entrance is located on Navy St.

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wine

What 1,213 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. GV

    GitaV

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful birthday dinner! Staff was so friendly and all their recommendations were spot on.
  2. LN

    LindaN

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our neighborhood gem. This visit was last Saturday night, when one mentally ill person started screaming at the top of her lungs and appeared disoriented. She was incoherently speaking and yelling. The police arrived, and, were very, very patient in escorting her out of the premises. Not one patron left because of this incident. The management worked hard not to incite her, it all was over in about 20 minutes. These are common incidents now a days. Will still keep coming to this outstanding restaurant.
  3. M

    Mattlocksf

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LI was given a gift certificate for the location in San tccto the location there.
  4. E

    Eatingwell

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Japanese inspired new menu offerings were a welcome change! The sushi and sashimi were fresh and delicious and the highlight of our meal was the 1.5 pound sea bream that came prepared half as sashimi (sweet and buttery texture) and the other half grilled to perfection! We also loved the tuna tartare on the crispy rice bed and the grilled octopus. The specialty seaweed salad was crunchy and fresh but definitely needed more dressing. All in all, a great dining experience and especially so when they treated the birthday guest in our party to a complimentary dessert!
  5. JJ

    JudiJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Choae Chaya for a biz dinner. A bit noisy for that and unfortunately the quieter booths were taken when we arrived. Service was good. Could have been more attentive after we paid the check as we stayed a while. Sushi was fresh. Portions a bit skimpy.
  6. LN

    LindaN

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our neighborhood gem, great fresh fish, sashimi and sushi, and in a great ambiance! They have been changing the menu and getting it all figured out, the fish is always so fresh!! Keep coming back year after year!
  7. M

    Mauigirl

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2018

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    The food and ambiance are nice. The waiter was really slow and we kept having to ask the people who deliver the prepared food to the table if they could bring us things (silverware, plates) / get us our waiter so we could order more things. The drinks also took a very long time to come when we ordered them.
  8. f

    flymuck

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for a big dinner with our team from work, including some visitors from another [land-locked] office. Everyone really enjoyed the fresh seafood and fish, and the cocktails were fantastic! We are definitely planning to go there again (hopefully we'll get lucky and get another 3 pound sea bass -- it was very fresh and amazing!).
  9. GD

    GaryDuboff

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellant restaurant. great food and service. Highly recommended. We will be back soon
  10. BL

    BronwenL

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2018

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    V disappointed with the new Chaya ! The menu is limited, portion sizes are ridiculously small, the food was decidedly mediocre and incredibly expensive. Service was fine but not warm or personal. The Chaya Venice of old was streets ahead of this new iteration. I’ve been going there over 15 years but that was my last meal there. Change is not always good.
  11. FF

    FiveFoodies

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Watermelon margaritas got us started in the right direction. Sushi and sashimi sea bream special was delicious. The cod was fantastic, get a side of rice to enjoy the soy sauce. The other 1/2 of the sea bream special really capped the meal and was like no other dish I have had before. Overall highly recommend dining here.
  12. DM

    DanM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been coming to Chaya Venice / Modern for years. This new evolution of the restaurant is the best. Food and service best on west side. Truly an everyday please that is amazing
  13. LA

    LAron

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Our very young server hovered over and injected himself into our meal and conversation far more than I appreciated.
  14. E

    Eliane

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, very appealing interior and very friendly staff.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Excellent!
  16. SM

    SMLong

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2018

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The food was good over all but the veg. options are limited and the Tofu dish was not at all what I expected; it came totally uncooked with only some light toppings a terrible replacement of what used to be an excellent Veg./vegan friendly Tempe dish.
  17. L

    Lauren

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was delicious. We attended Chaya for a company gathering and I would not recommend this restaurant for that type of occasion. We had 11 people and our waiter suggested we do "family style". I was disappointed in this recommendation. Each dish we ordered was enough for one individual so we kept having to place orders for more food even though our waiter told us originally each plate would serve 3-4 people, this was a lie. Not to mention, we had to ask five times for serving utensils. For some reason the kitchen kept bringing out one plate at a time, so at one point we had 11 people sharing one piece of salmon. I would definitely go back here because the food was delicious but I don't recommend sharing plates with a group of more than 4 people.
  18. G

    Gene

    Atlanta

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was very nice. Easy to get reservations.
  19. y

    yummy

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect night out, excellent service and mouthwatering dishes. Great cocktails and wine list. Can’t wait to go back!
  20. m

    miami

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Beware of hidden charges like “wellness fee” sneakingly added to bill
  21. F

    Foodlover2

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2018

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Great menu and delicious food - very creative. Nice atmosphere and not too loud. Service could use some polish. Previous staff was much better.
  22. s

    sdp90404

    Los Angeles

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chaya Izakaya is a restaurant which has successfully rebooted itself. The food is better than the prior format. Chaya serves a variety of interpretations of Japanese dishes. The dishes were excellent: tofu, sushi. Innovative and tasty cocktails as well. Really glad i went and visited
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall excellent
  24. KC

    KarliC

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    HORRIBLE. Tiny menu, they charged me for food they never brought, the food that they did bring was nothing special. I will never go back.
  25. SM

    ShingoM

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasant atmosphere & Professional wait-staff, The Calamari appetizer was perfect with a light, crispy, batter. The seafood platter appetizer for the table was tasty. My hangar-steak was savory and prepared as requested. Both locations, Venice Beach & Downtown, are enjoyable and worth the trip. .
  26. s

    sarahk

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved everything about this restaurant and Our waiter Kyle was wonderful!
  27. h

    happydiner

    Los Angeles

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place with friendly staff. Fish is great quality. squid was tender and nicely done. noodle was ok. Salad was good. The only thing is that to me it is not Izakaya at all even if you call it modern. This is like a very nice Japanese restaurant.
  28. C

    2Canucks

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for the chefs plates and it didn’t disappoint. Fabulous meal, great flavors, nice setting.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2018

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Food was subpar
  30. AB

    AbdielB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Everything was great, but I had requested a small desert be brought up as a cute birthday gesture for my girlfriend. But to my surprise, nothing ever came to out table. I didn’t want to bother, or make a fuss, so I simply payed the bu and thanked the waiter.
  31. TA

    TnAMDR

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Went for the 5 course omakase izakaya menu. While pairing wines with the courses can easily send the tab over $300 (for 2), the dishes are all remarkable and I may have tasted the single most delicious piece of red meat ever in the history of ever. Sit at the counter for a special experience.
  32. JD

    JayD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not only the food but the service is always great. I like the casual yet sophisticated atmosphere.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2018

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    I gone to Chaya for 20 years, 5 times per year. Chaya has changed, now the food is bad, wine are local only, and you wait 1h to have a glass of wine !!! Incredible.... Will never come back
  34. B

    Best

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We met family after my sons high school graduation and it was perfect! They sat away from the busier part of the restaurant so it was just our little party of 7! Food was as delicious as I remember. Hadn’t been there in awhile and it was better than I recall. It’s not cheap, but if you’re looking for good quality food and excellent service , come here , you will not be disappointed. Definitely will come back a lot sooner though.
  35. JD

    JenniferD

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Very cool casual place. GREAT sushi. Good to meet friends. Eat before a show. Small plates. Light meals
  36. NA

    NilA

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    it was very crowded and loud. The service was slow but it was so crowded but the food was good. I would go back, but not on a Saturday night again.
  37. AB

    AllyB

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2018

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The food was very disappointing.
  38. J

    Judy

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2018

    overall2food3service5ambience2
    We used to love Chaya but no longer. Current menu is terrible. The servers and our sushi chef are excellent but the old menu was so good and this one doesn't make it. So disappointing. We have given it multiple trys. The only positive is they finally got rid of the awful sushi bar chairs.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2018

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food was excellent
  40. XL

    XavierL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really good and innovative we came two time. We try as take away, was so good that we decided to come back and eat in the restaurants the days after.

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CHAYA Modern Izakaya is rated 4.2 stars by 1213 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Main Street

  • Neighborhood

    Venice

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Contemporary Asian, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking and Self Parking is available in the structure adjacent to the restaurant. The entrance is located on Navy St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Joji Inoue

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (310) 396-1179

  • Catering

    CHAYA Venice offers full service catering, at our location or yours! Contact Bibiana Deaver at bibiana@thechaya.com to set up your next event today!

  • Private party facilities

    CHAYA offers a range of catering and private dining options. From omakase to passed hors d’oeurves, our events are intimate, comfortable, and inspired by you. We can entertain at your place or ours. We are available for large groups or special events in our main dining room or private dining areas.

  • Private party contact

    Bibiana Dever: (213) 393-1837

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