8741 Alden Dr, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9004834.075384 -118.383162
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Beverly Center
I used to come here for Sunday brunch. I would get the salmon dish, which was perfect if portion and flavor. This location is intimate and the service is impeccable. A great place for a date night or a celebration amongst friends.
Seafood rules at this Beverly Hills outpost of the local chain that mixes Japanese and Italian cuisine.
uninspiring and overpriced food – I was not impressed. the food really didn't taste great. we ordered a variety of small 'bite' dishes since the main dishes were overpriced and didn't sound that appetizing. we tried the mac & cheese (it was ok), the sushi (it was average - if you want sushi, go to a real sushi place), the beets (probably the only good dish of the night), and the shrimp wrap (average as well). Both my wife and I also felt 'heavy' after the meal, even though we didn't eat a lot. The service was good but nothing to write home about.
Overall the experience was average and I don't expect to be back.
Totally over-hyped – Outrageously expensive, ordinary food and service. I personally think it's just the hype that got the people there. Heard good stories about it, went there. I don't feel anything special about it, just a regular restaurant with regular "ok" food. But the price is much higher compared to similar quality and choices in other establishments.
Basically, you do not get your money's worth.
Downright horrible service and food. – Recently visited the restaurant for dinner with a couple of close friends, we were all extremely disappointed, both at the level of service and the quality of food. Not friendly at all, have 7 people, they tried to sit us at a 6-people table when there are a lot of big tables available around, and we made reservations prior to arrival. All of us needed to squeeze in before we can fit at the table, not until we complained about it before they put an extension for the table.
Worst of all, you would not expect a restaurant that is trying to brand themselves as high class to serve you bread that is totally burnt! NO EXAGGERATION! IT’S TOTALLY BURNT, with dark burnt bits coming off the top and the whole loaf was basically charred. You can even smell the burnt odor. When we brought the issue to the waiter’s attention, and said that it is both wrong and unhealthy to serve burnt food to guests. The waiter said arrogantly, “LOS ANGELES HAS AN AIR QUALITY THAT IS WAY WORSE AND MORE UNHEALTHY THAN BURNT FOOD.” The waiter even said that the bread is free, implying that we should not complain. The water we had on the table is free too, I wonder if Chaya will serve sewage water to people and use the excuse that water is free to justify it. The manager does not seem to care either, just horrible service and downright disgusting. At the end, they even had the guts to charge us 18% tip automatically without feeling sorry at all about their mistakes.
If you are going to spend hundreds of dollars for a dinner and a good experience, there are a lot of choices out there. Even a common restaurant chain will not provide this low, crude level of service. I was recommended to this restaurant by my World Elite Mastercard concierge, and they are notified of the issue and will not recommend them to other clients again.
FYI: the server I had named David, I did not have the name of the manager. The restaurant is located in Beverly Hills near Cedar Sinai.
okay food, terrible service – My friend and I decided to take advantage of the restaurant's DineLA menu. Upon arrival, we waited about 10 seconds (not a truly terrible thing) before the hostess placed her call on hold and acknowledged us. She then led us to a small, circular AND WOBBLY table at the back of the restaurant next to the kitchen. When we took a look around, we noticed that there were literally 4 PEOPLE in the restaurant dining area (both couples had much better tables than we did). We asked to be seated somewhere else, and our only other option was the small circular table right in front of our original table. Apparently, the 4-person table next to us was out of the question. Disgusted, I pointed to a table with bench seating. After the waiter went to ask the hostess if that was okay, we were finally seated. Dinner itself was so-so. I understand that perhaps ordering from a prix fixe menu during restaurant week may not be the best indicator of the restaurant's true quality, but it should be similar, no? My short ribs were a bit dry, but my friend did enjoy her risotto. What made the evening worse was when the waiter, Raphael, placed the bill on our table WHILE WE WERE STILL EATING DESSERT. (The restaurant, by the way, was only about half full. And the seats two tables down from us - undoubtedly his territory - was empty.) He even had the audacity to check on it a few minutes later. I only get to see my friend about once a month, so our dinners together are usually a couple hours long. We've never had an experience like this before. We felt so rushed and uncomfortable that we hastily paid our bill and cut our conversation short. So unless you want to eat mediocre food at a table in a subpar location while getting the evil eye from the waiter, by all means, don't try Chaya. In the vast city that is LA, I'm sure you can find a better food experience in a better atmosphere with better service.
My Favorite restaurant – Food, service, ambiance - everything is flawless. I've been to many places, but Chaya is the best by far. You get your moneys worth here.
DO NOT VALET PARK AT CHAYA BRASSERIE – The restaurant is very good. Wait staff was friendly and personable. However, DO NOT VALET PARK THERE. My vehicle was damaged while in their possession and they are refusing to take responsibility. BEWARE!!!
The Best Restaurant in LA – Chaya Brasserie is a fusion of Japanese and French cuisine and it was fabulous! The food was beyond delicious. I recommend the filet mignon. We had a sushi appetizer special that was amazing! The service was outstanding! They were constantly refilling our water and at the end the end of our meal before dessert they cleaned off our table with one of those crumb brushes. Our waiter was great, he explained everything we asked about on the menu clearly and was very friendly. The location is great, right off Roberston Blvd and the atmosphere is great too! I recommend a reservation later in the evening. We had a 7:00 reservation, got there early, and were the first ones to be seated in the main dining room. I think it would add to the atmosphere if there were more people and by the time we left, it was packed. By far, this was my favorite restaurant that I have eaten at in LA!
Amazing place to have a group dinner or party! – After checking out several different places, I chose Chaya Brasserie as the venue to have my birthday party. The manager, Michael, was super-helpful and flexible. He worked with me to make the night exactly what I wanted it to be and I appreciated it very much.
Chaya is a beautiful restaurant and offers many options for a group dinner. We had approximately 20 people for dinner and chose to sit inside the main dining room and then have our cake in the bar/lounge area afterwards. The prices are reasonable, the food and service are both excellent and the ambiance is wonderful. All guests were truly impressed with the fabulous service and the delicious, high quality dinner. I was just so pleased that they helped make the evening so perfect and would highly recommend Chaya to anyone who is looking to have a dinner party at a restaurant in LA.
My favorite Chaya - Great Decor - Wonderful Menu – Valet parking and dress well. If you look right the staff is exceptionally helpful. The entire menu is delicious, nothing to avoid, eat whatever strikes your fancy. Some tables in the back are a little cramped and loud, so make sure to get a table to your liking. The other reviews cover it all. Not nearly as loud or as young yuppie as the Santa Monica venue. Enjoy!
Great Happy Hour! – I've only been for happy hour, but with their happy hour, it's the only time I need to go. Food specials range from $3 for edamame up to $7 for popcorn shrimp. But they have other interesting items on the happy hour menu in between those prices including sushi. My girlfriends and I go and just order one of each and then have a tasty martini. You do have to sit in the bar area, but we haven't had trouble getting one of their cute little seating areas. The ambiance in this place is also great!
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