Delightful. The restaurant is positioned so that almost every table, a glimpse of the Bay Bridge is possible. The food was a bit pricey, but delicious. The sashimi is unbelieveably fresh and it's presentation beautiful. A few of us had the prix fixe, some tried the filet w/foie gras, halibut, and seared tuna. We all split the sorbet sampling and creme brulee. Nothing was regrettable. But again, the price is bit of an eye opener.
If hungry, go elsewhere. Shame on them! We were stunned to see that size of our $26-$33 entrees were the same of our $15 appetizers. To be sure, $15 appetizers are absurdly expensive, but to receive two 1" medallions of monkfish wrapped in greasy bacon, accompanied by 3 inches of a lobster tail (looked like langustine) and about .25 oz of veggies for the $26 price was shameful. Big eaters and small at our table were shocked at the portions. I have had this dish elsewhere and paid as much, for much more. I will say the service was excellent, but it is excellent at my local Chinese restaurant, too.
Amazing!!. Thanks to all at Chaya for a wonderful evening. I would especially like to thank Osaki-san for an amazing dining experience. If chefs are considered artists, you should change your name to Picasso! To Charlene, Claude, Pedro, Pedrom, and all the staff at Chaya, we love you guys!! Keep up the great work!
Chaya! Chaya! Chaya!. Chef Osaki is just awesome in all his creations, I recommend the Butterfish it is "Unbelievable" and will have you coming back for more. The great chefs at Osaki's side just ensure you'll be enjoying the best Chaya has to offer with wonderful food and great presentations. Every item listed on the menu will please the palette. Shigefumi Tachibe has done a great service by bringing his great culinary creations and delights through his wonderful restaurant Chaya and there staff. Thanks again for the great food and service Tachibe, Osaki, Claude, Pedrom, Pedro, Scott, Alex, and Charlene.
Best in San Francisco.
Hands down would win every award for food, service, location, atmosphere. Excellent sushi menu, excellent everything other menu. Bring clients here the whole time and convert people.
Great experience. After reading some of the reviews on poor service and small portions, my wife and I were unsure if celebrating our 24th year together there was a good idea. We ended up having our best dining experience since arriving in the Bay area. The food was excellent. A house selected appetizer of sashimi was nice light start to our meal. The fois gras on a roasted pear was perfect. We selected duck and seabass and could not have been more pleased. The service was very attentive but not overbearing or pretentious. As to the complaints about portion and price, perhaps a trip to the local buffet trough at $6.99 would be more in line for their taste. We will return!!
SF Scene. I tried this place by chance and was pleased with the experience. Chaya has a bustling scene, especially at the bar. The crab salad and crab cakes were very good. The salmon and sushi/sashimi was well done. This place has great service, our waiter was attentive and our water was always filled. This place is not cheap though, expect $50-$60 a head with a couple drinks. I would like to try it again on a weekend night.
Disappointing!!. Chaya was such a major disappointment. I made reservations a month in advance to bring out of town guests to a nice, San Francisco-esq restautrant and it stunk. The portions for the price were outrageous let along the meals weren't anything special. The waitress was so rude - not cool when you have a $250 tab! Overall my Chaya experience was a let down.
Chaya, yeah. I read all the user reviews and was worried it would kill my budget, but happily there was a prix fixe menu. My lunch included a seafood minestrone, a mahi mahi entree and a trio of sorbets for dessert; all was fabulous. The bento box was a huge hit as well. Service was prompt and friendly. We were seated by the window giving us a great view of the bay bridge and the numerous runners.
Warm atmosphere, good food. It's lively enough to spend an entire weekend night out there, and it's so warm feeling inside that it's great for a cozy dinner as long as you dont mind the up-beat music. We went for Dine Around Town and had the only dinner choice for the deal, and of course it was EXCELLENT. I would imagine since this deal was a chance to lure new customers they would pick a dish to do so, but I could also imagine that the rest of Chaya's cuisine is just as exquisite. It's a very classy, chic sushi spot as well. Overall it is one of my favorites and I would return in a heartbeat.
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