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Chaya
French Restaurant$$$
Today 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:30 pm
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132 The Embarcadero San Francisco, CA 94105
132 The EmbarcaderoUSCASan Francisco94105
(415) 777-8688thechaya.com
$$$French Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
French Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Bar
Today 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:30 pmFriday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:30 pmSaturday 5:30 – 10:30 pmSunday 5:30 – 9:00 pm
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An inventive menu mixes French & Japanese influences in an Embarcadero space with Bay Bridge views.- Google
People talk about happy hour, sea bass, appetizers, filet mignon and black cod
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Noelle Ham
reviewed 3 months ago
Even though we had reservations at 8:30, we came around 8 and were told we wouldn't get seated until our time (understandable, but worth giving a shot to see if we could eat earlier). Since we were starving, we opted to just sit at a table in the bar. For appetizers we got the edamame, calamari, and garlic fries. Eh, okay. Just tasted ordinary. I got the duck medium (as recommended by the chef), and my two friends got the lamb and salmon. I found the duck to be way too chewy and tough. The flavors were fine, but a bit on the sweet side for me. They came with what seemed little croquettes filled with pork (could be wrong) but I wish I was told that there would be pork in my dish before ordering (since I don't eat it). My friend loved his lamb shank and wiped his plate clean. My other friend enjoyed the salmon, but thought the dish was a bit too rich for his tastes. The chocolate bread pudding was delicious! Service was nice, but very slow. Overall, I found it to be too pricey for what you get.
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Jane Nguyen
reviewed 5 months ago
I've heard a lot of great things about Chaya but I never really wanted to try it out until I heard that it was an Asian fusion restaurant with happy hour from 4PM till close! I got there a little bit before 5PM on a Friday and managed to get a window table so I got a great view of Embarcadero and the Bay Bridge. While waiting, I ordered their Lychee Citrus Crush since lychee drinks are one of my faves. It's stronger than I'm used to but I've never complained about a drink being too strong! My friend ordered the El Granada, which is a sweeter drink but still good. For eating, we ordered: Five Spice Duck Confit Spring Rolls - Stuffed with plenty of duck, pretty good and filling! Spicy Ahi Tuna - This was my favorite of the three. I was so confused because I thought the Ahi Tuna were tomatoes at first glance, so I was like, where is the tuna?! Figured it out after I got my first bite. I love the rice cake paired with the tuna. It's a nice crunchy texture. The tuna itself was pretty good too. Salmon Ceviche - I don't think I'd order this again. The salmon was a bit rubbery and something was just off about the taste. Presentation is really nice though. Even though it was happy hour, Chaya isn't a cheap place. I wouldn't go everyday but I do look forward to coming again.
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Jon Chan
reviewed 4 months ago
Chaya is Asian fusion, with a variety of sushi rolls, and other tasty delights. I ordered the soy glazed cod, which was super buttery and tasty! Definitely recommend it. If you're a happy hour junkie like myself, they have an all night happy hour: Mon - Fri | 4pm to Close; and Sat & Sun | 5pm to Close
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Jan Dao
reviewed 5 months ago
Quick tip: Chaya has all night happy hour in the bar. Chaya is a Japanese fusion restaurant, the prices are what you would expect of a fusion place - $25-$35 for entrees. I had the chicken duo which was really moist and flavorful. My husband and I also ordered the tempura okra which was a bit oily for my taste. Chaya is worth trying, but there is nothing super special to make it a go to restaurant.
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Anthony Lusinger
reviewed 3 months ago
Great service. The tuna tartar was great, also loved the wagyu beef roll. The bartender/server for the lounge was a great host and had a lot of information for someone visiting San Francisco. Great view of the Bay and the Bay Bridge. Very enjoyable experience.
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Anton Chuvakin
reviewed a month ago
I really loved their creative ahi tuna with crab and crusted in something very tasty. Also, loved the appetizer. The service was a bit slow