About Chaya Downtown

525 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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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.

Corporate Executive Chef, Shigefume Tachibe is best known for pioneering modern Japanese cuisine and his contributions to the Asian-Fusion movement. His chef coat and knife are in permanent display in the Smithsonian.

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

Cuisines:
Eurasian, American, Japanese

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday 5:00 - 9:00pm

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/

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 15min beginning at 6:45pm.

Executive Chef:
Shigefumi Tachibe

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Special Events & Promotions:
Chaya Downtown offers a private dining room which can accomodate 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 Elaine Asada at 213-236-9577, Ext. 19. Or directly at 310-508-5356

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

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Join us for Mother's Day Brunch at CHAYA Downtown!
Unlimited Kaisen Seafood, Prime Rib, Omelets, Waffles & A Dessert Bar $65
Children 10 and Under $20 Bottomless Mimosas $15

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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.

Chaya Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

fit for foodies (68)
great for lunch (50)
special occasion (47)
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good for groups (35)
romantic (31)
great for outdoor dining (23)
hot spot (19)
neighborhood gem (16)
vibrant bar scene (15)
notable wine list (10)
scenic view (7)
late-night find (5)
great for brunch (4)
kid-friendly (3)
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food5
ambience3
service5
value4

Delicious, great presentation!

Dined 4 days ago

Shared delicious food among friends. Helpful, efficient service. Menu a little daunting, but server explained "fish by the pound" and beautifully apportioned the entire fish, no bones, no problems. Nice "extras" veggies with fish.

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience4
service4

The tuna tartare is excellent!

vip
Dined 6 days ago

The tuna tartare is excellent!

food5
ambience4
service5

Food is always done well, and service us ...

Dined 6 days ago

Food is always done well, and service usually impeccable. Any small problems are resolved easily. This is one of my favorite restaurants.

food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent service by Tanya. Tuna tartar ...

vip
Dined on April 23, 2016

Excellent service by Tanya. Tuna tartar delicious. Whole fresh striped Jack fish, prepared as sashimi crudo sushi and rolls great choice.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

workndine

Dined on April 22, 2016

Chaya's is my favorite to bring my clients for lunch. Always amazing food, great service and my clients LOVE it! Thanks!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience5
service3
value1

Nickeled and Dimed

Dined on April 21, 2016

The waitress tried to upsell everything, which was a turn off. The fish we selected wasn't available so, the waitress returned after taking our order, saying it had just been sold and suggested a larger, much more expensive fish. Even the bread involved an upcharge. Overall, I'm happy to pay for good quality food and a nice dining experience, but at some point I'd rather that you just raised prices than repeatedly try to upsell everything... I left Chaya downtown feeling nickled and dimed.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

We wanted to try Chaya downtown for lunc ...

vip
Dined on April 18, 2016

We wanted to try Chaya downtown for lunch since we have only been here for dinner. We had a really nice lunch, especially the grilled fish power lunch was outstanding. The bento lunch was good also but the fish was a tad better. Will definitely have to try this for lunch again, it was really nice. Our server was very attentive even for a busy lunch time.

food4
ambience5
service5

Pleasant atmosphere. Food is good and se ...

Dined on April 18, 2016

Pleasant atmosphere. Food is good and service is great. The staff is always nice and accommodating. Have been for lunch and dinner and have enjoyed both.

food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Chaya Downtown Still a Classy Experience

Dined on April 17, 2016

A classy DTLA choice. Some new menu changes. Whole somewhat expensive fish makes for excellent and unusual sushi or sashimi or prepared to order. Best paella I've had in LA. Always love the free parking

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5

Chaya has been a favorite of ours for de ...

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

Chaya has been a favorite of ours for decades. This space downtown is as sophisticated as the cuisine. Service is stellar and we will return soon.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

So Far SO O O Good ! ! !

Dined on April 8, 2016

My office is in the Complex, FORTUNATELY, so I've enjoyed dining with Chaya before. Can't say enough good things. Service is excellent! Food is awesome! Drinks, when there after work are super! Atmosphere is great! Get the Bento Box ! You can't go wrong.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience4
service4

We went for Happy Hour, which is generou ...

vip
Dined on April 2, 2016

We went for Happy Hour, which is generously between 4 and 8 pm. What I discovered, however, is that the Happy Hour food prices are no different from the standard menu prices. The drink prices are perhaps slightly lower, but ultimately there is not much incentive to go to Chaya for Happy Hour, unless you can find no other place. That said, the service is good. I appreciate the creativity of the menu offerings, and I would like to see more vegetarian options. The Gobo fries are definitely different and delicious. We also had the octopus appetizer and the brussel sprout chips. The octopus is well-prepared, although the accoutrements arguably detracted from, rather than enhanced it. The brussel sprouts were really tasty. We also had the garlic noodles which were not special. Overall in this growing and competitive market, I'll have to see whether or not I want to return.

food3
ambience3
service5
value1

Fish by the pound way too expensive

vip
Dined on March 31, 2016

Tuna tartare was excellent as were the oysters. But...we ordered whole fish. And even though there were just two of us they prepared a 3-pounder, at $135, without telling us in advance that that would be the deal. Kind of a scheme! Waiter was also heavily pushing for the whole-fish option. And the flavor was nothing special.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Delicious Whole Fish

Dined on March 30, 2016

The grilled whole fish was amazing!! Loved the oysters and avocado and fresh tuna...

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

wonderful

Dined on March 29, 2016

food was wonderful. eclectic menu, great service, wonderful staff, great bartende

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

One of the best in Downtown LA

vip
Dined on March 27, 2016

OK, went there for dinner last night as a follow up to a business lunch in the past week there, and boy was I blown away. My date and I had excellent service, outstanding seafood, and great setting for a quiet dinner together. Got to say that the service was some of the best I've had in LA, and the food -- if you like seafood, this is the place to go. Wasn't crowded on a Saturday night, beautiful setting. No rush. Will definitely return.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Always good

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

Always good

food3
ambience3
service3
value3

Chaya Downtown for lunch - getting old

vip
Dined on March 17, 2016

The food quality has gone down. The service is usually excellent, but the value for the food quality and offerings are not that great.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food2
ambience3
service4
value2

Not as great a place

Dined on March 14, 2016

Used to be an exciting, trendy restaurant with an outstanding menu, always very busy and hard to get into. My first surprise was that it was half empty. Second surprise was that the servers were almost on top of us the whole time - I guess because of the lack of customers. Then the food order came - limp lettuce for salad, several day old tuna (a sushi salad), all produced very quickly after ordering - like it was pre made and just brought out of the refrigerator. Will likely try Drago Centrale next time, it is next door.

food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Chaya: STRONG

Dined on March 14, 2016

Chaya takes the time to recognize regulars and treat them accordingly. I took a great client to lunch there and the meal was superb. Have never eaten anything there that I would say was below average. I had the short rib bowl. Absolutely delicious. I recommended the Parpadelle with porcini mushrooms and Kobe beef to my client. He liked it much. The servers are great.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
food4
ambience3
service5
value3

Convenient for theater goers.

Dined on March 13, 2016

Offers shuttle service to the Music Center and Disney Concert Hall.

Tags: fit for foodies
food2
ambience4
service5
value2

Food

Dined on March 2, 2016

This is the second time running that the food was very disappointing. Pork chops were hard as bricks.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great lunch spot when you want something ...

vip
Dined on February 26, 2016

Great lunch spot when you want something a bit different. Terrific sushi as well as other items.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Good food. Poor seating

Dined on February 26, 2016

The food was amazing. Our only criticism is the restaurant was pretty empty and we were seated right by a very large table.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5

Overall, the food and service was great. ...

Dined on February 21, 2016

Overall, the food and service was great. Very friendly waitress and staff. Parking was confusing and difficult to find. Surprised of a wellness surcharge that was included in the bill. Rather be included in the bill instead of a separate charge. Did not know what a wellness charge was until i googled it.

food4
ambience4
service5

We chose Chaya because we were going to ...

vip
Dined on February 18, 2016

We chose Chaya because we were going to the theater nearby. We called ahead to let them know we were stuck in rainy day traffic, and asked how quickly we could order, eat and get on our way. Morgan, the hostess alerted the kitchen, the manager and our waitress of our tight timeframe. Everyone did their part and we made it to the theater with time to spare. P. S. The food was delicious.

food3
ambience4
service4
value2

Not as good as I remembered

Dined on February 17, 2016

I was a bit disappointed this time. I ordered the simple fish of the day, and my piece of snapper was curled over on itself, the flesh very difficult to remove from the skin. The seasoning was good but still the filet was a little "fishy" tasting. It didn't knock me out.

Tags: great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service4
value2

The Valentine Day that top all the rest Chaya DTLA

Dined on February 15, 2016

Chaya is one the best restaurant I have been to in very long time , from the ambiance, food, and the service. First and for most the rib-eye steak done medium rare is to dead for absolutely. I went to Chaya for Valentina day an honest the experience was amazing.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
food1
ambience3
service1
value1

Disappointing and expensive

Dined on February 15, 2016

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants. Sadly, we chose to celebrate Valentine's Day there. The menu was fixed, expensive for what it was and the food was all prefab. Not particularly fresh or well executed. Service was okay but annoying. We will not waste our time and money there again.

food4
ambience4
service2
value3

Lovely meal

Dined on February 14, 2016

Food and drinks were pretty good. We had the seafood tower, the burdock fries, and the Chaya steak. The seafood tower was tasty and came out quickly. Our steak and fries came out awhile later was just barely warm. We aren't ones to complain so we just ate it. Fries were a hit and steak had good seasoning. Our server was not the most attentive and had to wait quite a bit to get her attention when she came around. Another part we didn't enjoy was the 3% wellness fee that is tacked on to your bill. We are generally good tippers and it bothers me that we have to pay an additional fee on top of our meal. Other than that, it was a nice night. The atmosphere is great and very good for couples.

Tags: romantic, late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

always a treat...great

vip
Dined on February 14, 2016

We've been often and will go back more often whenever downtown. Food is just spectacular and inventive, unique concept, but not crazy. Service is just the best. what else can I say!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

3% Wellness Charge???

vip
Dined on February 11, 2016

What is this?? We later found out it is a added charge to the bill at the owners will to cover the costs of providing insurance to its full time employees. I find this very irritating, why not just raise the cost of the food to cover the added costs. WE SHOULD BOYCOTT THE ESTABLISHMENTS WHO DO THIS...

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food2
ambience5
service4
value1

Disappointed

Dined on February 4, 2016

I was charged a "wellness charge" because I wanted my steak on my salad well done. So disappointed, usually the food is more then great. My salad was advertised as greens with quinoa, but the salad had so little quinoa, not even 1/2 of a cup. Service was great.

Tags: hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Go Dine LA,

Dined on January 31, 2016

Not a bad course on the menu. I was impressed with the beef sushi, and the Sea Bass was out of this world. I just wish I had room to finish the chocolate chip bread pudding. All of it was tremendous.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Not like San Francisco

vip
Dined on January 31, 2016

Having been a fan of Chaya in San Francisco on the Embarcadero for years, I was hoping the bento box and vegan sushi would be at the Los Angeles location .... not so much. But the food was delicious, the cocktails yummy and the bread delish. Great place to go if you are staying at the Bonaventure. First time I saw the Los Angeles 3% Wellness tax ... I am all for it ... !

Tags: hot spot
food4
ambience5
service5
value3

I'll be back

Dined on January 29, 2016

Chaya Downtown is great for a biz lunch. Nestled in some good urban architecture, the ambience is professional with good acoustics enhancing conversations. Removed from adjacent streets the air is cleaner than most outdoor, street level restaurants. People watching is entertaining if waiting for your associate.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Place for Lunch

Dined on January 27, 2016

The location of Chaya Downtown is easy to get to for and the food is phenomenal. We've never had a bad experience there. The also have a great all night Happy Hour!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

I was very excited

Dined on January 22, 2016

My server was really kindly and have a bright smile. I was really happy and I'd like to visit again soon.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
food3
ambience3
service3

Had lunch with 2 other colleges. It seem ...

vip
Dined on January 21, 2016

Had lunch with 2 other colleges. It seems like most of our food was prep made. But ok for lunch time, but nothing to get excited about.

food5
ambience4
service5

The seafood is so fresh and delicious. B ...

vip
Dined on January 17, 2016

The seafood is so fresh and delicious. Brussels sprouts were the perfect texture; the sushi roll was stellar and can compete with rolls at any of the best sushi houses in the city. Oh, the drinks were also really, really good. The bread came fresh out of the oven, and I heard it was delicious. Our waiter, Sebastian was really friendly and gave us great advice on what to order. The staff is just suburb. Both Sebastian and another waiter who stopped by to inquire on whether or not we'd ordered the last of a particular fish were really passionate about the food. We were full at the end, yet didn't have that grossed out, bloated feeling because it was a healthy meal. I highly recommend this place. We came after ring shopping in downtown, and it was the perfect meal to end the evening with. There was a mix of older couples (mostly when we first got there), young couples/double dates, families, groups of friends, and a really large party that seemed to be celebrating something (maybe an engagement). You'll pay for what you get, dinner for two before tip was approximately $190. This is one of the best meals I've had in Los Angeles. I eat out often, so that's saying a lot.

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