Inspired by the artisanal ingredients and simple, rustic flavors of his native Tohoku region, chef-proprietor Shotaro Kamio blends the obscure with the familiar for surprisingly extraordinary tastes. Craft beer, wine and sake. Seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Comfortable, casual indoor and heated patio garden seating
If there is no reservation available at your desired time, please call the restaurant. We accept phone bookings for our communal table, Chef's table and patio.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Mon-Sun 11:30am-2:00pm
Dinner: Mon-Th, Sun 5:30pm-9:00pm
Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10:00pm
$30 and under
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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IYASARE Ratings and Reviews
We've been to Iyasare many times for lun ...
We've been to Iyasare many times for lunch the past few years. We really enjoy the exquisite, beautifully prepared Japanese food that is on the expensive side. My son and I went for lunch this past week and he had his usual unagi-don. The last time he had it, it was in a larger bowl and was a reasonable amount of food for $18. This time, the bowl is much smaller and thus less food and he was still hungry after his $18 entree and a side of egg like they serve for ramens($2). We are not happy with the value of our meal here anymore.
While the ambience was nice, the waiter ...
While the ambience was nice, the waiter seemed rather distressed that we were not eating and drinking more. He encouraged us to order more with some frustration in his voice. The prices of all of the dishes were quite a bit higher than posted on the menu on the website and because of that we needed to exercise more discretion in our choices.
Overall the food itself was excellent. But $12 dollars for a large Sake (4" carafe) was a bit steep. Also, they serve room temperature tap water if you don't order bottled.
Sashimi salad was outstanding. Great com ...
Sashimi salad was outstanding. Great combination of greens and sashimi and just the right amount of dressing. Ramen was the best we've had so far (over Orenchi and Ippuku NY). The noodles were the right consistency, texture and doneness. The broth was delicious and there was a substantial amount of pork that was both tender and flavorful. The nori topping was a nice touch along with the other vegetables. I would skip the egg next time though. It was a bit too strong in flavor for us. We would've preferred a regular soft-boiled egg. Real loose leaf tea was an added bonus to the meal.
Service can be improved. We were confused about who was actually serving us since the servers kept changing. We were asked how we were doing a bit too often. They almost took away one of our bowls when we were still halfway done so we felt rushed. It was Sunday lunch and not crowded.
My friend and I met for lunch and the in ...
My friend and I met for lunch and the interior noise level was uncomfortable. We expressed a desire to sit on the patio and immediately arrangements were made to provide comfortable heat. The service was outstanding -- superb. The food, delicious and special. Our new favorite "haunt"!
It took a little too long to be greeted ...
It took a little too long to be greeted on arrival and much too long before our waiter gave us menus. It was also annoying to watch people who arrived after us get service before we did. But once our order was placed and the meal began to arrive, the experience was wonderful. The Hamachi yellowtail sashimi and Maguro Oroshi appetizers were extremely interesting and tasted great. Seared wild scallops were divine and the Okonomi pancake was unique and very good - if a little filling. This was our third visit and the food is always interesting, different and very delicious.
The house sauvignon blanc was perfect to accompany our meal and the ability to order a 500 ml carafe is a very good idea and quite affordable.
My aunt, elderly grandmother and I all g ...
My aunt, elderly grandmother and I all got food poisoning. Very disappointed, it was scary due to my grandmother who is 83 getting sick. We were all sick for a few days, i had to take time off work. Be careful eating here.
We all had miso soup, shrimp tempura, and scottish salmon.
The special for the day was a duck ramen ...
The special for the day was a duck ramen. It was wonderful. There were four of us, and we all enjoyed it equally. The wait staff also suggested the tempura. It is something that they recommend to all first time guests. It was also a pleasant surprise. It was a tempura cake cut into quarters. We picked it up to eat like a slice of pizza. The food and special cocktails along with the friendly staff make it a very pleasant dining experience.
The menu is quite unique. We ordered one ...
The menu is quite unique. We ordered one too many main dishes. The server suggested two small dishes and two main dishes and that is what we ordered. In the future would order two small dishes and one main dish to share.
Dessert was delicious!
I have had lunch at Iyasare before and l ...
I have had lunch at Iyasare before and loved it, but the menu at night is completely different and I found it a bit fussy, too many ingredients in a dish that muddle the whole. O'chamie was simple and elegant and I found Iyasare that way too when it first opened.
Service was very attentive & food was gr ...
Service was very attentive & food was great, too! This was the second time we dined at Iyasare. We were impressed the first time; that's why we brought our friends to try this place.
We love the Ocean Umami (Scallops) & the Kakiage Tempura with Tiger Shrimps. Our friends also enjoyed the special corn soup for the night. Coffee was very nice and we loved our Corn Ice-cream and "Summer Camp" chocolate cake.
Thanks Iyasare, we will definitely be back.
We made a reservation for 8:30pm and cal ...
We made a reservation for 8:30pm and called to say we were running 5 minutes late. Although everyone was pleasant, it was clear that they wanted to leave early that evening. There were at least 3 other tables that were still being served when we left a short time later, but every other part of the restaurant had been dismantled and prepped for the next day while we were attempting to relax and enjoy our dinner. The food was truly delicious and our server was quite pleasant, I just would have enjoyed my meal more if I hadn't felt the need to cram it down my throat.
Another wonderful lunch at Iyasare. Our ...
Another wonderful lunch at Iyasare. Our first time with our server, Sabrina. Great experience! I shared the edamame, had the seaweed salad as my starter and the unagi don as my main. Skipped dessert and went across the street to the chocolate shop for a dark chocolate cone. A fun lunch with my "cooking wife." We cook at C.U.R.A.s SLE in Oakland every Wednesday.
This is our new go-to Japanese restauran ...
This is our new go-to Japanese restaurant which, sadly, is 50 miles away from home. On our next visit, I am having the Ramen, which looked like a huge meal on the table next to ours. I guess one sign of the authenticity of the cuisine, was the presence of many customers of Japanese origin. A word about the service: I had a mishap and spilled a lot of tea on our table. The clean-up was done with grace and style and spared me any embarrassment.
Had lunch with my bride. My bride had b ...
Had lunch with my bride. My bride had black tea and the Japanese Fried Chicken. I had the green tea (Sancha) and the wasabi salad as a starter and the Sashimi Don as my main. Good service and delightful weather with the outdoor seating. Great!
It is absolutely fantastic restaraunt, l ...
It is absolutely fantastic restaraunt, loved it, we went twice on Friday and Sunday this week. I was thinking about asking for political asylum at this place. it is terrific. My favorite non-sushi place in Berkeley now.
Having had a great lunch here, we went w ...
Having had a great lunch here, we went with winemaker friends to Iyasare for dinner, and had a truly memorable meal. Every course was a revelation: inventive (but never arbitrary or "random"), beautifully executed (but not overly fussy), and with astonishing and beautifully balanced flavors. Surprised that Iyasare doesn't have a Michelin star. And the moderate prices make this a real bargain. The only thing that could be better is the wine list (concentrating as they do on sake) which though decent and way overpriced could be more extensive.
Iyasare does it again. This was my 4th ...
Iyasare does it again. This was my 4th visit here, and aside from the growing pains in the first visit, it's been exceptional every time since.
The food is great, always try whatever tofu they have (I do not like tofu, and I go nuts over their preparations), fresh seafood, and prices aren't ridiculous, good cocktails.
Not Japanese food. It's just a bunch of ...
Not Japanese food. It's just a bunch of gringos and their impression of it with a bit of fusion.
The uni (sea urchin) wasn't fresh. The eel was decent. They need to figure out what the hell they're doing with the tempura cuz it was a mess.
Not worth the price. Gone in a year or two.
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