Chaya Brasserie, known for its views of the Bay Bridge and Japanese cuisine, closed its doors for good on Friday, August 18. It has been operating for 17 years on a prime stretch of the Embarcadero that doesn’t see much turnover, next to Perry’s and down the street from classic Boulevard restaurant. In a statement, the restaurant said its lease was not renewed.
“After 17 great years, CHAYA Brasserie San Francisco has closed its doors. Sadly, our lease cannot be extended, so with much regret, we must say goodbye. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank the City of San Francisco and all the guests that have visited and supported us throughout the years. Most of all, we would like to thank our incredible staff, as we have been truly honored to have had such a talented, professional and loyal group of coworkers,” said President of CHAYA Restaurants, Yuta Tsunoda.
The Japanese-based company got its start in the U.S. when it opened locations in LA’s Silver Lake and Beverly Hills neighborhoods, serving what it calls a “marriage of French and Japanese traditions.” San Francisco’s location opened in 2000, in the heydey of fusion cuisine. Chaya was known for signature fusion dishes like spicy tuna tartare, a salad of golden beets with goat cheese, and papardelle with wagyu beef ragu. The restaurant group’s two other locations in Los Angeles remain unaffected.
In the meantime, there’s no information on what might take over the roomy space left behind, a sought-after location on the Embarcadero in a very hot real estate market.