chaya beverly hills or venice?
Beverly Hills, without question! I've never had a bad bite there, the food is consistently good, and the atmosphere is perfect. Food at Venice more hit more miss, and more dependent on the sushi, and definitely louder, more bar scene-y. Price wise, probably about the same. I'm biased though, Brasserie is my fave restaurant in LA, so I'll always vote that way...
I much more prefer Chaya Venice. It has a nice casual atmosphere and I only go there for lunch, and it's never loud then. Also parking is free in the structure.
I've only ever eaten at BH on other people's expense accounts, but I do know that I can afford Chaya Venice on my own. I always get the feeling that the BH location is too fancy - I have a hard time finding something on the menu there to order.
Thankfully, whichever you choose, both of them have my favorite dessert ever - Banana Banana Banana!
We just celebrated my son's 23rd birthday at the Venice location and we were blown away by the food (we also had a phenomenal, knowledgeable waiter). Three drinks, one sashimi platter, three appetizers, and three entrees for $145. Incredible. The jalapeno crab fritters with homemade guacamole and the lobster enchiladas were incredible as well. I much prefer the Venice location, and I am definitely not the bar hopping kind of scene person.