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
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Bar Dining, 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
I have been to Iyasare about 6 times, in ...
I have been to Iyasare about 6 times, including lunch and dinner. First several times, the food was outstanding, especially their tempura burdock with tiger prawns. The last two times, the dressing for their salads have not been as flavorful and the portions were smaller. Small complaints for an overall wonderful dining experience.
The service here was excellent and every ...
The service here was excellent and everything I ordered was delicious. I started out with a miso caesar salad that had fried tofu croutons and crunchy red peppercorns. It was light, tangy, and an interesting take on a fusion salad. For my main course I ordered the grilled octopus with peppers and fingerling potatoes. It was incredible!
One of my most favorite restaurants. Th ...
One of my most favorite restaurants. The food is excellent, wait staff engaging, menu interesting and it is easy to park on 4th Street in Berkeley. It is one of the few restaurants where a conversation can be had without having to contend with too much noise. I highly recommend this restaurant.
This is my fourth visit to Iyasare, wher ...
This is my fourth visit to Iyasare, where the food continues to amaze (and definitely satisfy). Everything about this restaurant says Michelin Star — except the prices, which are an incredible bargain. The menu, the wine and sake and beer lists, the creative cocktails, the service, everything is clearly thought through. I can't recommend Iyasare highly enough.
Wonderful, attentive staff and fun tapas ...
Wonderful, attentive staff and fun tapas-style dining. Sitting near the kitchen, we were afforded the chance to be visually tempted by everyone dish presented by the chef to the awaiting servers! Wanted to try one of everything on the menu.
I love that every time I eat here, it's ...
I love that every time I eat here, it's better than the last time.
Each time they have creative dishes that are delicious to explore. The tempura is my favorite and sometimes I wonder why I order anything else!
Thank you Iyasare! Keep them coming!
Our server Claire was very warm and frie ...
Our server Claire was very warm and friendly and she did a great job of explaining the dishes. She made for a very nice experience.
Menu selections were more than sufficient to meet three different food preferences, including vegan.
Wine selections were well thought out reasonably priced.
Fish dishes were excellent!
We really enjoyed our dinner here. We fe ...
We really enjoyed our dinner here. We felt that Iyasare offered something different. We loved all our dishes. Everything was amazing. Service was friendly but everyone was on top of it and bonus points for the waiter checking and seeing it was our anniversary and giving us a sparkly treat for a toast! Can't wait to go back.
I had an amazing crab risotto served ins ...
I had an amazing crab risotto served inside of the shell topped with shaved truffles, uni and roe. Simply rich perfection. Crab legs were served on the side. Our server was awesome. The rest of the food was very memorable as well.
We savored very bite of the unique offer ...
We savored very bite of the unique offerings at Iyassare. It was my husband birthday, and though we had been there for lunch a week earlier we went back to enjoy the creativity and favors again. Totally satisfied, we will return often. The silky black cod appetizer, the crunchy pancake, the yellowtail cheeks were each prepared with exquisite care. Susan
Iyasare is always great. I have lunch t ...
Iyasare is always great. I have lunch there frequently and love the very unusual tempura with shrimp. The staff is flexible and cheerful. It can get very noisy but on a warm day, the outside tables are perfect for hearing.
I work nearby so had been there for lunc ...
I work nearby so had been there for lunch and thought lunch food was pretty good. This time was dinner with friends, one being vegetarian. They did have vegetarian options and my friend was pleased with her dinner. My other friend and I shared the kaki agi, grilled octopus and the scallops dish. The grilled octopus was really salty, we had to take the rest home to eat it with white rice! The scallops (3) were tasty but fermented garlic, seaweed, small turnips and shaved lemony daikon were just ok. The kaki agi is always tasty. Our server was really nice but our water glasses were empty often, bad when there is salty octopus. I think it is hit or miss here. I've eaten dinner here in in the past where the food was good, maybe we didn't order the right things this time.
This was our second meal at Iyasare & I ...
This was our second meal at Iyasare & I'm sorry to say we probably won't be back. We had both the ramen special (duck confit), and the pork belly ramen. The duck confit was sort of odd, with too many things going on: duck, jalapeños, shitake mushrooms, spinach & bamboo shoots in a shoyu broth. The duck had lost its essence & even with all the components the broth was just ok, not a lot of flavor. The pork belly ramen was slightly better but again just missed the flavor profile . We also had the tofu, avocado & seaweed salad. The dressing was good but not enough. The ingredients were pristine except for a too ripe avocado, but the dish fell flat again. It was a strange combo & we shouldn't have ordered it.
Service was good, it was busy & the food came out promptly.
To sum it up the restaurant generally just fell flat. I think good ramen is hard to do, and they just missed it.
I generally love the food at this restau ...
I generally love the food at this restaurant. Been coming here for quite a while. I found out a couple things about it though: if you sit inside it can be really really noisy. They have outside sitting which are good when the weather is OK. Second thing is that I loved nasu miso and they took off the menu for quite a long time and then put it back on this weekend -- it was terrible. I mourned the loss of that item on the what is otherwise a great menu.
A friend recommended this spot as her fa ...
A friend recommended this spot as her favorite restaurant, and we weren't disappointed at all! I always feel that if I'm going to go out to eat, it had better be something I couldn't make myself, and this was it. Every mouthful was a taste explosion!
The food was not as good as our previous ...
The food was not as good as our previous visits. The food comes out two at a time, with a small table it was too tight.
We ordered 7 dishes plus dessert and we were done from start to finish within 45 minutes. The check came immediately after our dessert was served. Seems like the are in a rush to close down the restaurant even thru it is only 8pm.
And do require a credit card for the reservation and be charge 30 dollars each for no show. It is such a no taste policy with there caliber class of service.
Have been here several times but were qu ...
Have been here several times but were quite disappointed this time and not sure we we will be back. Food was generally good but we had reservations at 8:30 pm and by 9:10 without even being finished with the main course, we were asked if we wanted dessert and handed the check before we finished. Might work in a diner but not In an upscale restaurant that requires a credit card to book. It was a strange experience.
Everything is great about this restauran ...
Everything is great about this restaurant EXCEPT its reservation policy. Seems like someone is a bit insecure about no shows. To commit to a $30 per person charge for canceling a reservation is a bit of an overkill. Things happen in this unpredictable world. Cancellations happen sometimes! I think all restaurants will just have to live with it. You can say you are going to give the table away if the party is 20 minutes late or something. But to say you are going to charge on that credit card used to hold the reservation is really really not ethical.
A Sunday night birthday dinner. Welcome ...
A Sunday night birthday dinner. Welcome at the door was low-key to the point of mechanical. Menu is different and interesting. Cocktails were well-done, albeit a touch sweet. The raw tuna starter was outstanding. Grilled flying squid with squid-ink mashed potatoes was too heavy; the scallops were slightly smoked, and excellent. Sake menu was extensive and (for us non-sake drinkers) seemed well-chosen. Overall, we'll go back - but not a home run.
We wandered in to IYASARE a few months a ...
We wandered in to IYASARE a few months ago, sat at the bar to dine and were thrilled with every aspect of our experience. We've been back several times for Sunday lunch and have not been disappointed. We've tried just about everything on the menu and it's all been delicious. Most people go for the ramen but the other offerings are also delicious. Sake and wine list also great. Our favorite place on 4th St.
The restaurant is not as Japanese as I t ...
The restaurant is not as Japanese as I thought it was going to be. Asian fusion restaurant... should be categorized as new American restaurant instead of Japanese.
The hamachi sashimi/octupus/ pancake/ eggplant/bun/ tofu (one of the best dishes)/all taste pretty yummy. Glad we only ordered one dessert (Sunday Sundate)... huge proportion... service is excellent/attentive.
The reservation was provided by the wind ...
The reservation was provided by the window which was very nice. Service was prompt and efficient. A nice selection of both appetizers and entrees. The former were very good, the fish entrée was overcooked. The sake taster was a nice addition. Somewhat over priced but not excessive. Easy access from the freeway and adequate parking.
The food is meant to be shared, we enjoy ...
The food is meant to be shared, we enjoyed our choices. The flavors were deep and complex but also had a freshness to it. Each dish was plated beautifully and the plates themselves were hand made . The combinations of the different ingredients, their texture and the deep sauces made our time at Iyasare a food lovers delight. Our friends also loved the dinner and we will return!
We have also had lunch - ramen, it's the best broth ever rich and deep, complex...the noodles springy and chewy, and above all, HOT!
Our server was the nicest! I'm sorry I d ...
Our server was the nicest! I'm sorry I didn't get his name. He let us try two different wines by the glass, and my cousin picked one and I picked the other. As always the Kakiage tempura and Okomo pancake were great. We tried the chicken udon and the chicken was fork tender and moist. The noodles toothsome and made in-house. The flourless chocolate cake w. kinako dusted graham crackers and rasberry gelee was very satisfying, but the chocolate coated marshmallows were not. All in all, a delightful experience. Thank you Iyasare!
I took my daughter-in-law here for lunch ...
I took my daughter-in-law here for lunch. We'd asked for a quiet table so we could talk, and were offered a table on the outdoor patio, which was perfect. The food was wonderful--delicious and beautifully presented, and the service was thoughtful.
I visited Iyasare over a year ago and I ...
I visited Iyasare over a year ago and I have to say the food is not quite as good as it was the first time I went. The flavors were not quite as crisp and clean -- seemed more formulaic this time around. I didn't get a feeling for the Japanese aesthetic that I so enjoyed the last time I was there. Still not happy with the $30 charge for no shows on reservations although encouraged to see that you can at least apply the charge to your next visit. Sometimes, things come up -- illness, accidents, etc. Am willing to give Iyasare another try -- I would suggest the owner take a look at who is in the kitchen and see if more training might be needed -- to capture that Japanese touch that is so hard to teach.
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