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Cha-Ya

4.36 out of 5 stars 4.36 / 5.0, 22 reviews
Address: 1686 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 94709
Area: East Bay
Phone: (510) 981-1213
Hours: Lunch: Tue-Sun 12pm-2pm (lunch not served on Mon); Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-9:30pm and Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm
Category: Restaurant/Food Vendor (Vegan)
Restaurant Type: Japanese/Sushi
Average cost: $11-$20  per person after tax and tip$11-$20  per person after tax and tip
Vegan Dessert: Yes
Accepts credit card: Yes
Parking: Street

Notes: Cha Ya is a tiny but popular vegan Japanese restaurant carrying on a tradition of centuries old Buddhist temple cuisine. They expanded from their original small location into the adjacent space. Has 2nd restaurant in SF.
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Added by chris on 2004-04-27, Last update: 2011-07-20, Viewed 45382 times
Last 5 Reviews (Show All Reviews)

Average rating:4.36 out of 5 stars 4.36 / 5.0 Based on 22 reviews. (Add/Edit your own review)

Rating Comments   Reviewer Date
5 out of 5 stars I've probably had everything on the menu and I haven't disliked anything. Everything is delicious. I eat a lot of vegan/Buddhist Japanese food so this is "comfort" food for me and they do it well. Not good for big groups (really small place!) and there's frequently a line -- be sure to get there early. cinnazimt
Reviews: 20
  2010-03-21
0 out of 5 stars I went to Cha-Ya for lunch because of the reviews on this site. It was after the lunch rush so it was not crowded. No one would wait on me for a half an hour. The waitress barely spoke English and could not answer my questions about items on the menu. I just ordered a "clay pot" dish. The vegi's were way overcooked and so hot I had to wait another 15 minutes. The clay pot was "aluminum" Yuk! uridev
Reviews: 1
  2008-09-07
4.5 out of 5 stars Rule #1 - arrive at 5 to 5. At 5:01 PM on Wednesday 4 of the 5 tables were occupied, although the counter was still empty. Rule #2 - if you're hungry get a combination meal. The service was laid back but good. The food was good but not exciting (it is Buddhist inspired). I won't eat an $18 dinner every day, but this is a nice place for a change and 100% vegan is great. greg
Reviews: 133
  2008-08-20
4.5 out of 5 stars Good food. Bit on the pricey side if you're hungry. Fast service. chris
Reviews: 82
  2008-06-02
5 out of 5 stars This is a fabulous restaurant - the food is creative and delicious, the prices are good, and it is vegan! My 9 year old daughter enjoyed the food and the fact that the serving style allows everyone to share their dishes. The full moon sushi plate is my favorite, but everything I have tried I have enjoyed. terryvshaw
Reviews: 5
  2007-06-13
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