Chaya Japanese Cuisine

★★★★☆
  • 2104 Murray Ave

    Pittsburgh, PA 15217

    Map & Directions
  • 412-422-2082

About Chaya Japanese Cuisine

Hours
Mon. - Sat. 5pm - 9:45pm;Sun. CLOSED

Food

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Chaya is an excellent neighborhood Japanese restaurant. They recently just moved to a location right up the street, which allows for much more space for seating. (Before it had a smaller seating area and, due to the fact that it is so

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★★★★★

Chaya is an excellent neighborhood Japanese restaurant. They recently just moved to a location right up the street, which allows for much more space for seating. (Before it had a smaller seating area and, due to the fact that it is so

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The customer service here is the WORST. The waitstaff rushes you out as soon as you pay. My friend and I were in the middle of a serious conversation about an ill parent, and the waitress interrupted our conversation within 2 minutes of us paying our bill to tell us to leave.

Moreover, the fish is not particularly fresh, and is overpriced for what you get. I have lived in New York City and Tokyo, and people who say that Chaya's sushi is so authentic clearly have never eaten high-grade sushi in their lives.

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★☆☆☆☆

The customer service here is the WORST. The waitstaff rushes you out as soon as you pay. My friend and I were in the middle of a serious conversation about an ill parent, and the waitress interrupted our conversation within 2 minutes of us paying our bill to tell us to leave.

Moreover, the fish is not particularly fresh, and is overpriced for what you get. I have lived in New York City and Tokyo, and people who say that Chaya's sushi is so authentic clearly have never eaten high-grade sushi in their lives.

Pros: Nothing

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Chaya has the best Japanese food in Pittsburgh by far. Definitely the best sushi. It is a true gem. We go almost once a week

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★★★★★

Chaya has the best Japanese food in Pittsburgh by far. Definitely the best sushi. It is a true gem. We go almost once a week

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Awful!!! The waitress was very rude to us and when we received our check. On a credit card receipt from a restaurant, you know that blank space after the word "Tip"? Well the waitress wrote herself a $10 tip which is illegal! Even if gratuity is automatically added, a restaurant has to state that on their menu, and who ever heard of automatically adding gratuity for a party of 3? She's lucky I didn't complain about this because I wanted to get out of there for how mean she was to me and my two friends.

Terrible, terrible service! I don't understand why she was so rude to us, we weren't making a fuss like we could have... even after she altered our credit card receipt which is extremely illegal.

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★☆☆☆☆

Awful!!! The waitress was very rude to us and when we received our check. On a credit card receipt from a restaurant, you know that blank space after the word "Tip"? Well the waitress wrote herself a $10 tip which is illegal! Even if gratuity is automatically added, a restaurant has to state that on their menu, and who ever heard of automatically adding gratuity for a party of 3? She's lucky I didn't complain about this because I wanted to get out of there for how mean she was to me and my two friends.

Terrible, terrible service! I don't understand why she was so rude to us, we weren't making a fuss like we could have... even after she altered our credit card receipt which is extremely illegal.

Pros: It's in Squirrel Hill

Cons: Small space, rude staff, OVERPRICED

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I would suggest getting there early, or you will wait for a table. Authentic Japanese cuisine and atmosphere, but at authentic Japanese (Tokyo metro area) prices. The sushi and sashimi are as good as any inland restaurant can be. Overall, I would recommend this place over any other Japanese restaurant in western PA.

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★★★★☆

I would suggest getting there early, or you will wait for a table. Authentic Japanese cuisine and atmosphere, but at authentic Japanese (Tokyo metro area) prices. The sushi and sashimi are as good as any inland restaurant can be. Overall, I would recommend this place over any other Japanese restaurant in western PA.

Pros: Authentic Japanese cuisine

Cons: Wait for table, a bit pricey

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The sushi is great, but other regular japanese food is way to overpriced for its taste. And the waitress is really rude. Avoid going at peak times, you will have to wait for at least an hour to get seating since the place is real tiny.

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★★★☆☆

The sushi is great, but other regular japanese food is way to overpriced for its taste. And the waitress is really rude. Avoid going at peak times, you will have to wait for at least an hour to get seating since the place is real tiny.

Pros: Good sushi

Cons: Price and service

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One of the problems with Japanese places in Pittsburgh is that so few have staff that actually speaks Japanese. Chaya is NOT one of these. If you are trying to pick up Japanese and want to try it out on people who 'wakarimasu,' this is your place.

Aside from that, the food is excellent. They have an amazing selection of sushi, including the extremely hard to find Toro (fatty tuna). Their dinners offer a lot of food.

The only negative I'd say is that the price for Sushi is a bit high for this area, but if you are looking for quality over quantity, Chaya wins hands down.

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★★★★★

One of the problems with Japanese places in Pittsburgh is that so few have staff that actually speaks Japanese. Chaya is NOT one of these. If you are trying to pick up Japanese and want to try it out on people who 'wakarimasu,' this is your place.

Aside from that, the food is excellent. They have an amazing selection of sushi, including the extremely hard to find Toro (fatty tuna). Their dinners offer a lot of food.

The only negative I'd say is that the price for Sushi is a bit high for this area, but if you are looking for quality over quantity, Chaya wins hands down.

Pros: Food Quality, Selection, Authenticity, Friendliness of Staff

Cons: Parking, Limited Hours

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Surprised by the 1st (&only) negative review of Chaya, thought I should respond-it's rated so high because it's excellent! Just returned this evening & again were not disappointed. Sure, the proportions aren't what you'll find in Kyoto, but are certainly par for American restaurant standards. The quality, however, is 2nd to none in the area. Also, it's the only place in Pgh that makes their wasabi in house-fresh off the root! Go & decide for yourself.

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★★★★★

Surprised by the 1st (&only) negative review of Chaya, thought I should respond-it's rated so high because it's excellent! Just returned this evening & again were not disappointed. Sure, the proportions aren't what you'll find in Kyoto, but are certainly par for American restaurant standards. The quality, however, is 2nd to none in the area. Also, it's the only place in Pgh that makes their wasabi in house-fresh off the root! Go & decide for yourself.

Pros: wasabi, atmosphere, quality

Cons: oversized miso spoons, ^_^

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We just ate at this place for the first time based on the city search rating. It was awful. Everything. Here is a list of what we ordered: edamame, miso soup, chicken teriyaki, spicy tuna roll, dynamite roll, tuna nigiri, salmon nigiri, and ama ebi. Nothing tasted good, the rolls were real scroungy, the nigiri was thinly cut, and the chicken had an awful consistency. Basically I dont know who rated this place so high but it was awful and we will never be returning.

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★☆☆☆☆

We just ate at this place for the first time based on the city search rating. It was awful. Everything. Here is a list of what we ordered: edamame, miso soup, chicken teriyaki, spicy tuna roll, dynamite roll, tuna nigiri, salmon nigiri, and ama ebi. Nothing tasted good, the rolls were real scroungy, the nigiri was thinly cut, and the chicken had an awful consistency. Basically I dont know who rated this place so high but it was awful and we will never be returning.

Pros: Good Parking, Small Restaurant

Cons: Bad Food, Expensive, Bad Food

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I travel a lot for my job, and we go to many great restaurants while we travel. This place is right at the top of my lists of favorite sushi places in the US. I put it at the top of my list, up there with Nobu. It is no-nonsense, unpretentious, incredibly delicious sushi. I have no idea where he gets fish like this in Pittsburgh.

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★★★★★

I travel a lot for my job, and we go to many great restaurants while we travel. This place is right at the top of my lists of favorite sushi places in the US. I put it at the top of my list, up there with Nobu. It is no-nonsense, unpretentious, incredibly delicious sushi. I have no idea where he gets fish like this in Pittsburgh.

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Very good oysters and sushi -- much better than most Japanese restaurants in Pittsburgh. Atmosphere is excellent -- room is well-lit and peaceful.

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★★★★★

Very good oysters and sushi -- much better than most Japanese restaurants in Pittsburgh. Atmosphere is excellent -- room is well-lit and peaceful.

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Twice now, I have taken Japanese visitors to Chaya for dinner -- in both cases, the food, ambience, and staff have made them feel at home, and both visitors actually made that comment. I usually go early to avoid waiting, but even when I have had to wait for a table, it has been well worth it! Some of the Japanese traditional dishes Yasu makes are things I've eaten in Tokyo but have rarely seen in the US. Chaya is way more than sushi! One thing I really appreciate is that Yasu won't serve items that are not fresh enough/ripe enough to make the perfect dish - I know few chefs that are that meticulous!

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★★★★★

Twice now, I have taken Japanese visitors to Chaya for dinner -- in both cases, the food, ambience, and staff have made them feel at home, and both visitors actually made that comment. I usually go early to avoid waiting, but even when I have had to wait for a table, it has been well worth it! Some of the Japanese traditional dishes Yasu makes are things I've eaten in Tokyo but have rarely seen in the US. Chaya is way more than sushi! One thing I really appreciate is that Yasu won't serve items that are not fresh enough/ripe enough to make the perfect dish - I know few chefs that are that meticulous!

Pros: Great Value, BYOB, Extensive Menu

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Very small place, very little waiting room. Weekends can have long waits; they do not take reservations. Sushi is excellent and the Japanese food is tasty too. Can be very expensive, but it is worth the money.

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★★★★★

Very small place, very little waiting room. Weekends can have long waits; they do not take reservations. Sushi is excellent and the Japanese food is tasty too. Can be very expensive, but it is worth the money.

 

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