Chaya Brasserie

Just in time for its 10th birthday, this fall, Chaya Brasserie is experiencing a rebirth, with a totally new menu to celebrate its French and Japanese roots. Look for entrées like a rich and satisfying artichoke and pearl-barley ragout with spinach, edamame and wild mushrooms. Or an impeccably grilled fish, so fresh and flavorful it can stand on its own or take on a hearty wine-reduction sauce. Everybody seems to have noticed. A young bar crowd keeps things buzzing all night as the waitstaff scurries around them from table to table. In the dining room, the restaurant draws visitors, after-work suits, and couples who might be celebrating a milestone of their own. Crystal chandeliers hang from a bamboo ceiling outside the open kitchen, and there’s a sushi bar in the corner of the second, quieter dining room. The space is chic, the menu new, and the East-West fusion as fresh as ever.

sweet seats

The window tables up front allow you to look out at the Bay Bridge.

chew on this

Chaya Brasserie in San Francisco is part of a 390-year-old culinary dynasty, launched when the Tsunoda family of Hayama, Japan, began offering refreshments to travelers.


lunch: Mon.–Fri. 11:30 AM–2 PM
dinner: Mon.–Wed. 5:30 PM–10 PM;
Thurs.–Sat. 5:30 PM–10:30 PM; Sun. 5:30 PM–9 PM

price range

$20 (artichoke and pearl-barley ragout) to $39 (filet mignon)