Chaya Venice (originally opened in 1990) has underwent a refresh. In addition to a new look and feel, the Venice location has a new private dining room and the sushi bar was semi-converted into the Kaisen Bar (which is more a raw bar). Kaisen has been a bigger initiative within the company (at the downtown location first) to highlight the varieties of fresh fish they get flown in from Japan almost daily.
Chaya is a legacy brand and property owned and operated by the same Tsunoda family both in Japan and California for nearly 400 years. In California, you can find Chaya in Venice, Downtown Los Angeles and San Francisco. The décor represents the union of CHAYA’s history and contemporary Californian design. At Chaya Venice, furniture for the space was custom-designed by Bogus Studio consisting of C.S. Valentin and Alexander Diaz Andersson. Valentin was the designer and creative director for the well regarded Hotel Esencia in Tulum.