A vegetarian Japanese restaurant in
the heart of San Francisco

(415) 252-7825

762 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

No reservations accepted.
First come, first served.
Due to limited capacity, please be mindful of  the need for your table during peak hours. Your cooperation is appreciated!


Dine in, Take out, Delivery &  Saké shop

In these unprecedented times, your safety, health, and well-being, as well as that of our staff is our highest priority. We are open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.
For everyone's safety, we adhere to COVID protocols

We aim to bring you comfort and familiarity with our menu, and continue to expand the menu as demand increases. 

We  have also transformed to become a premium saké shop where you can taste before you buy and explore the beauty of saké. 

We thank you for your support during the pandemic.
If it were not for you, we could not still be here!

Hours of operation:

Wednesday-Friday: 5:00PM - 8:30PM

Saturday & Sunday: 12 Noon - 8:30PM
Last seating is at 8:00PM nightly
CLOSED on Monday & Tuesday

(415) 252-7825

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Open for takeout and limited indoor or outdoor seating. We do not have heaters, so please dress warmly!
Dine-in seating closes at 8:00pm nightly

Hours of operation:

Last seating 8:00PM
Wednesday-Friday: 5:00PM - 8:30PM

Saturday & Sunday: 12 Noon - 8:30PM
Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED



Proudly Serving Vegan Japanese Cuisine

We are a family owned and operated restaurant in San Francisco's Mission District. Cha-Ya serves contemporary Japanese vegetarian and all vegan cuisine inspired by "Shojin Ryori," or Japanese Buddhist cuisine. Specialties include stuffed eggplant tempura, vegan sukiyaki, various traditional soba and udon noodle soups, as well as all vegan sushi. The Cha-Ya Roll is our signature sushi roll; a tempura sushi topped with a soy ginger glaze. All of Cha-ya's dishes are vegan, and inspired by Zen cooking.



- All items served as prepared and ready
- We encourage eating “family style” Sharing is good! 
- 18% gratuity will be added for parties of 6 or more 
- Minimum charge $10 per person during peak hours 
- Only one check is presented per table 
- Additional charge for extras (Please inquire) 
- Some vegetables may change subject to availability 
- We are not responsible for lost or stolen articles
- We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone 
- Your health and well-being depend on your actions please see our food safety information below


Please inform us if you or someone in your group has a food allergy. 

Cha-Ya makes every attempt to identify ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies. Every effort is made to educate our staff on the severity of food allergies. However, there is always a risk of contamination. There is also a possibility that manufacturers of the commercial foods we use could change the formulation at any time, without notice. Customers concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk. 

For those with Celiac disease, or gluten sensitivity, we caution that most of our dishes contain gluten through the use of soy sauce. Soy sauce is a main building block of our recipes. We are often asked why we don’t use tamari instead of soy. Our answer is two-fold. Tamari is not the same as soy sauce, and we remain committed to the recipes left by the founding chef. We also caution that not all tamari is gluten free! We have a very limited number of items that are gluten free. We also offer gluten free tamari upon request. Please ask your server about these items. 

The same principle is true of our claim to be a vegan eating establishment. We make every effort to ensure all items on the menu and in the kitchen are vegan. However, there is always the risk of contamination by our food vendors. 

Cha-Ya will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to food consumed, or items one may come in contact with while in our establishment. 

If you feel that communicating with our staff is difficult or you are uncomfortable with their responses to your concerns, we politely ask you to consider finding another place to dine. 

We remind you that your health and well-being depend mostly on your actions. Thank you for your understanding.