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Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese Restaurant

Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese Restaurant

Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant, Sushi Restaurant, and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Mission Dolores, San Francisco
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    "Soba salad was delicious, unconvinced by the tofu stew"(6 Tips)
    Pelle F.
    "The kinoko miso is great, with lots of mushrooms!"(3 Tips)
    Laura P.
    "Get the curry soup with soba noodles!"(5 Tips)
    J J.
    "The mushroom miso soup & Starlight Roll were delicious."(11 Tips)
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  • Japanese food
  • vegetarian food
  • gyoza
  • casual
  • curry
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  • Luke B.heart icon on user image
    Luke BornheimerApril 15, 2013
    The vege-tofu curry soup with soba noodles is delicious as are the goma-ae and cha-ya roll! If you're unsure of what to order, ask your waitress; They're friendly and helpful for navigating the menu.
  • Gayle M.heart icon on user image
    Gayle MacciaApril 1, 2016
    Third time here. We all order and share. It's so delicious, you can't go wrong. Pumpkin soup -- don't miss. Shattuck role amazing. Stargazer also tremendous!
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    You don't have to be vegetarian or vegan to love Cha-Ya's delicate Japanese dishes, which stick to fresh ingredients and simple compositions that show off the vegetables and fruits on your plate. Read more
  • Jaki L.heart icon on user image
    Jaki LevyMarch 31, 2016
    Every thing is awesome. Save room for sake, try the kinoko mushroom soup and sample some sushi. Going w a few other peeps helps on the sampling bit, but great even on your own.
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    This vegetarian joint is a classic hit for vegans. Sushi rolls options like the vegan roll, and the legendary soba salad, are just two of an array of delicious dishes that won't disappoint. Read more
  • J J.heart icon on user image
    J JohnSeptember 2, 2023
    A gem in the Mission, incredible Japanese vegan food. The mushroom miso soup & Starlight Roll were delicious. Good service; love this place. A+++
  • Kerri V.heart icon on user image
    Kerri VertJune 14, 2019
    8 of us ate here to celebrate a birthday. The food and the service were amazing. Try the curry, you won’t regret it!
  • VegNews Magazine
    VegNews MagazineAugust 30, 2012
    The vegan Japanese restaurant's namesake dish (the Cha-Ya Roll) is a sushi roll stuffed with asparagus, avocado, yam, and carrots, battered and tempura-fried, then drizzled with a sweet sauce.
  • Jennyheart icon on user image
    JennySeptember 30, 2014
    I love this place. I think I've gotten the mushroom udon twice because it's so delicious, but I've tried other things, and they are also wonderful.
  • Nimalan M.heart icon on user image
    Nimalan MahendranDecember 18, 2016
    Mushroom medley soup with iron noodles was fantastic
  • Valheart icon on user image
    ValJune 25, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're vegan, don't skip the gyoza app - which is rarely vegan at other spots. The curry veg noodle soup is another staple.
  • Christine B.heart icon on user image
    Christine BrynnSeptember 14, 2017
    I love everything they're doing here, but honestly the flavors aren't as great as I hoped. Tempura batter on rolls was cake-like and held a lot of oil, and the curry soup was too salty + lacked flavor
  • Josh W.heart icon on user image
    Josh WhelchelDecember 4, 2016
    Vegan Udon is to die for and now our ramen dreams are not dreams any longer 😍
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    BommyAugust 5, 2015
    Cash only and super friendly staff. Dishes taste fresh and don't leave me with that gross, heavy, full feeling.
  • cyn k.
    cyn kApril 2, 2013
    i recommend the special miso soup and the shira-ae salad, which is a variety of veggies with a delish tahini miso sauce.
  • Isha G.
    Isha GujaratiJanuary 29, 2015
    Great place if you like vegan sushi. Their cha-Ya rolls are really good. However, the best part of the menu was agedashi tofu
  • Mina R.
    Mina RAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    There is so much choice here that it's almost overwhelming for the typical veg*n who only reads a small subset of the menu. I often go here to satisfy noodly cravings.
  • Ben M.heart icon on user image
    Ben MackeySeptember 25, 2018
    The food here was so amazing I forgot there wasn’t any meat. Get the agedashi tofu and the eggplant dish.
  • Jenna S.heart icon on user image
    Jenna SJune 14, 2016
    start with the cold soba noodles, my fav! curry soup or any roll then, its all so clean and good.
  • Chris E.
    Chris EdwardsAugust 18, 2014
    Veggie nigiris were unimpressive, but the noodles, tempura and rolls are excellent.
  • Soph A.heart icon on user image
    Soph AhmMarch 13, 2020
    Gyoza and noodles were tasty! Loved the miso soup, too. Their mushroom sushi 🍣 wasn’t worth it.
  • Kidhackheart icon on user image
    KidhackApril 16, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    I really like the veggie gyoza because the come with a mini side of asparagus tips in sesame sauce.
  • Robbie S.
    Robbie SandbergSeptember 12, 2015
    Good, quick service. The Starlight and the Garden Roll are sublime. Never had such good vegitarian food.
  • Ava
    AvaJuly 19, 2016
    loved the mushroom medley with soba and sake flight! cash only and the atm charges a fee, so come prepared
  • Yusun C.heart icon on user image
    Yusun ChungApril 2, 2015
    Surprisingly delicious Japanese food. Everything here is vegetarian yet the selection of food is endless.
  • cyn k.
    cyn kMarch 28, 2014
    i love the special miso soup and the shira-ae salad. their tempura is great too.
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    AleOctober 17, 2015
    Soba salad was delicious, unconvinced by the tofu stew
  • Markus A.
    Markus AarstadOctober 18, 2014
    Japanese cuisine endowed with a vegetarian and vegan sensibility, very fresh and calming.
  • Tessa J.heart icon on user image
    Tessa JohnsonFebruary 24, 2014
    I just ate the best udon soup I've ever had. Definitely try the mushroom udon.
  • Emily C.
    Emily ChangJuly 20, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Vegan gyoza are the best!
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa PadillaAugust 9, 2010
    This place was busy even though it was cold out. People stood happily in line for over 1/2 hour. Good pot stickers. Very, very good tempura -- fresh vegetables. Yellow moon friend banana dessert is al Read more
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DavisOctober 7, 2016
    Pumpkin curry soup! Dumpling soup! Avocado topped sushi roll!
  • Wandering B.
    Wandering BaileyAugust 25, 2014
    Amazing find! Everything is veggie :) Be prepared to be overwhelmed by the menu.
  • Sarahheart icon on user image
    SarahJanuary 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Pretty filling. The Cha-Ya roll is delicious, especially since it's tempura-fried.
  • Nimalan M.heart icon on user image
    Nimalan MahendranDecember 18, 2016
    This sake was really tasty, whether hot or cold.
  • Jillian R.
    Jillian RogerJuly 27, 2013
    Yasai soba was very light and fresh. You can't go wrong with the sushi either.
  • Sean G.
    Sean GJanuary 25, 2012
    Are you concerned veggie sushi you've had at other restaurants may have touched dead fish? No worries here - it's all vegan! And plenty of choices!
  • Yotam T.heart icon on user image
    Yotam TroimJuly 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything we tried was delicious, especially the gyoza.
  • Graeme B.heart icon on user image
    Graeme BoyApril 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite places to eat in the mission
  • René M.
    René MachelSeptember 6, 2011
    Miso Soup was really good but the Rolls where kind of disapppointing. If you are not a veggie/vegan try one rather go to one of the indian or thai places arround!
  • GT B.
    GT BarryFebruary 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Dig the Yasai soba noodles. Tasty healthy hearty lunch on a cool day. Let's hope we have a few more of those this winter.
  • Rob C.
    Rob CFebruary 3, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Like doilies? Get the vegan cake to-go.
  • Alex W.heart icon on user image
    Alex WapniarskiFebruary 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent vegan gyoza. The curry is delicious.
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰June 9, 2013
    Surprisingly not bad for veg Japanese food. Rolls are tasty but small portions. Noodle broth is mushroom based- lots of umami
  • Joe M.heart icon on user image
    Joe Murphy LibrarianApril 18, 2013
    Great food, good choices, great service, fun but unamazing menu
  • Diana G.heart icon on user image
    Diana GalvisAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The kinoko miso soup is awesome. Remember to bring cash.
  • Melodie T.
    Melodie TaoMay 15, 2010
    The miso soup here is delicious. It's the best miso soup I've had! Nice and warm on a cold SF day and extremely flavorful!
  • Chris K.heart icon on user image
    Chris KantarjievMay 2, 2021
    Gyoza and tempura are wonderful.
  • Lilian T.heart icon on user image
    Lilian TellezDecember 7, 2013
    Delicious cha-ya nabe soup. The portions are big!
  • c0uPheart icon on user image
    c0uPSeptember 16, 2013
    The vege tofu curry is seriously incredible. Dat broth.
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