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Posted by Anonymous on 05/22/2011
I've been a vegetarian for 38 years and long ago I said goodbye to Japanese food because it's so difficult to find "fish" free! Found Cha-ya with my phone app coming from the airport after a grueling day of travel. Almost gave up when we couldn't find parking...but then a spot opened. OMG! Delicious! Fresh! Beautiful presentation. Clean and friendly. I am already studying the menu for our next trip there. Absolutely delious! See you all there! Could you save us a parking spot? Thanks!
Posted by MagicOctopus on 02/08/2009
Athough the service at atmosphere leave something to be desired, they are by no means abysmal, or anything below "good" for that matter. Even if the service and atmosphere WERE terrible, and the food was 3 times as expensive, it would still be well worth going for the for the best quality vegetarian Japanese food in California.
Posted by davivid on 09/01/2008
"veggieslover" who criticized this place is crazy. Maybe that person is used to inauthentic, overly greasy Americanized versions of these dishes. Cha-Ya makes very authentic & delicious vegetarian food with real Japanese elegant simplicity. I dined here with several Japanese people who went crazy for this place. Every dish is carefully prepared, affordable and delicious. Highly recommended.
Posted by [s][a][m] on 10/20/2007
i love this place. thinking about it makes me want to eat there right now! you probably have to wait to be seated on the weekends but it's well worth it. try the udon and soba dishes. the broths and seaweed salad is what dreams are made of. really.
Posted by Grant on 07/25/2007
The food is very good, but they do not have a high chair or a booster chair, so unless you bring your own this is not a place to bring a toddler.
Posted by B.N. on 12/25/2006
Japanese food is my favorite so I was extremely excited to discover that there was a vegetarian Japanese restaurant that exists. Many Japanese restaurants have a stinky fishy smell that always precluded me from dining there. Cha-ya is purely vegetarian, serving all the typical Japanese fare like tempura, sushi, etc. I highly recommend the soba salad and the deep fried sushi rolls. They could get more creative with the sushi rolls, putting more unique ingredients in.
Posted by VegiesLover on 11/18/2006
I so much looked forward to coming here, since I heard so much about this place. I was thoroughly disappointed. Service was poor. Food was barely mediocre. I ordered some of the dishes I have had elsewhere. No comparison. Go elsewhere and have the real good quality - of both food and service!