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.
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.
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
Between 5th and 6th
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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.
FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE provided to and from major entertainment venues in Downtown Los Angeles. It runs every 15min beginning at 6:45pm.
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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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
Delicious, great presentation!
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.
The tuna tartare is excellent!
The tuna tartare is excellent!
Food is always done well, and service us ...
Food is always done well, and service usually impeccable. Any small problems are resolved easily. This is one of my favorite restaurants.
Excellent service by Tanya. Tuna tartar ...
Excellent service by Tanya. Tuna tartar delicious. Whole fresh striped Jack fish, prepared as sashimi crudo sushi and rolls great choice.
Chaya's is my favorite to bring my clients for lunch. Always amazing food, great service and my clients LOVE it! Thanks!!
Nickeled and Dimed
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.
We wanted to try Chaya downtown for lunc ...
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.
Pleasant atmosphere. Food is good and se ...
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.
Chaya Downtown Still a Classy Experience
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
Chaya has been a favorite of ours for de ...
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.
So Far SO O O Good ! ! !
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.
We went for Happy Hour, which is generou ...
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.
Fish by the pound way too expensive
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.
Delicious Whole Fish
The grilled whole fish was amazing!! Loved the oysters and avocado and fresh tuna...
food was wonderful. eclectic menu, great service, wonderful staff, great bartende
One of the best in Downtown LA
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.
Chaya Downtown for lunch - getting old
The food quality has gone down. The service is usually excellent, but the value for the food quality and offerings are not that great.
Not as great a place
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.
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.
Convenient for theater goers.
Offers shuttle service to the Music Center and Disney Concert Hall.
This is the second time running that the food was very disappointing. Pork chops were hard as bricks.
Great lunch spot when you want something ...
Great lunch spot when you want something a bit different. Terrific sushi as well as other items.
Good food. Poor seating
The food was amazing. Our only criticism is the restaurant was pretty empty and we were seated right by a very large table.
Overall, the food and service was great. ...
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.
We chose Chaya because we were going to ...
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.
Not as good as I remembered
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.
The Valentine Day that top all the rest Chaya DTLA
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.
Disappointing and expensive
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.
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.
always a treat...great
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!
3% Wellness Charge???
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...
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.
Go Dine LA,
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.
Not like San Francisco
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 ... !
I'll be back
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.
Great Place for Lunch
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!
I was very excited
My server was really kindly and have a bright smile. I was really happy and I'd like to visit again soon.
Had lunch with 2 other colleges. It seem ...
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.
The seafood is so fresh and delicious. B ...
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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