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Chaya Japanese Cuisine

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Squirrel Hill South
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2032 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217-2104
+1 412-422-2082
17:00 - 21:30
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Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:45
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2014

Just got home from another good meal at Chaya. The sushi chef is in view of diners. The toro is excellent. BYOB a plus.

Thank Marie H
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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101 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

There is no 5-star sushi in Pittsburgh. But Chaya is consistent and better than your average local joint. It can be slow to get a seat and slow to get your food so don't drop by if you have a hard stop to your dinner hour. Also, bring your own as they do not serve alcohol. The kitchen items are... More 

Thank JakeCincinnati99
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

We ordered chicken teriyaki, beef teriyaki and salmon teriyaki. Usually those teriyakis cant go wrong in jap rest but this tht the meat has no taste as its been soaked in the water.

Thank Sg8899
Los Angeles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014 via mobile

Have you ever bought sushi from a grocery store? You know the type, it comes in a plastic box with the soy sauce and wasabi in a packet. The rice is like one solid mass and the seaweed is chewy. That's exactly what this sushi was like, only worse. I think they prepare the rolls in advance. Couldn't say for... More 

Thank Garcarcha
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013

First of all, I am a person who is very picky about their sushi and if I don't find it satisfactory then i never return. Let me tell you that I plan on returning several times. The atmosphere is great, it makes you feel like your in an authentic and traditional Japanese restaurant with everything made of wood, even the... More 

Thank Chris O
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

For my wife and me, CHAYA is the BEST restaurant in the world! Really. We are world travelers and have tried many cuisines and categories of establishments, but the overall dining experience, quality of food, service, value, etc. is Chaya. We absolutely love the sashimi and sushi at Chaya and all of the authentic Japanese food put together by Yasu... More 

Thank ep-doGG
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2013 via mobile

Delicious sushi, beautiful presentation, friendly and attentive service, Japanese decor. The mochi ice cream was yummy, too (comes with one each: green tea and red bean). Love it!!!

Thank gonefeising
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2012 via Local Picks

Best sushi I've tasted so far in Pittsburgh!! The sushi is very good quality. The only downside is the price. It's quite expensive and the portions aren't that large... spent over $30 and wasn't even near full

Thank E L
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2012

Great little place on Murray Avenue. The only frustrating aspect is that they don't take any reservations (unless you are going to go for Kaiseki, which is also very nice) - this makes the wait times rather long, especially on the weekends. The two things I like best about Chaya are Yasu-san's excellent sushi (definitely the freshest we've had around... More 

Thank alexdavit3
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2012

It's ironic that, as a big fan of sushi, I so strongly disagree with so many other sushi fans. I've been to Chaya once. Only once, and I will not go back. Fine, it's expensive, the decor is boring... none of that really matters all that much if their food was anything like what most people seem to think. However,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:45
17:00 - 21:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2032 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217-2104
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh>  > Squirrel Hill South
  • Neighbourhood: Squirrel Hill South
  • Phone Number: +1 412-422-2082

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?