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 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
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.
My wife and I recently had our second me ...
My wife and I recently had our second meal at Iyasare in seven months and both experiences were excellent in every way. The food is/was absolutely fantastic….among the best meals we've ever had anywhere, and we've lived in a lot of "good food" cities (e.g., New York, London, Washington, DC) and traveled extensively in many foreign countries. Iyasare is definitely on our "Top Five" list!!
Owner-chef Kamio is better than ever! We ...
Owner-chef Kamio is better than ever! We loved Iyasare's creative, unusual dishes when he first opened, but a recent return for dinner showed us that he's continued to up his game. The uni risotto is very different than when it debuted, but it's even more delicious: lighter, with an amazing matsutake broth. The kakiage tempura is as crispy and delectable as ever. The Brussels sprouts, in an area full of 'em, were amazing. Agedashi tofu was light, utterly fresh tofu, with Kamio's spectacular dashi. Our only suggestion: the foie gras chawan mushi should be served warm, with rice. Cold is okay in summer, but the flavor of the foie is always better warm. But we loved that there were NO sweet elements with the offal, we hate the fad of dessert-sweet fruit with foie. Iyasare isn't cheap, but the food is unique and exquisite. Bravo, chef Kamio!
This was my 2nd visit and each time is s ...
This was my 2nd visit and each time is special. The food is creative and delicious, delivered perfectly by knowledgeable servers with great attitudes. No worries here. Everything is amazing. I can't wait to return.
The food at IYASARE is innovative, moder ...
The food at IYASARE is innovative, modern and creative, while incorporating classic, familiar flavors and ingredients. Everything I've eaten here is absolutely delicious and well executed. The atmosphere is modern and simple and has a warm vibe. I will definitely be back!
Visited Iyasare based on the recommendat ...
Visited Iyasare based on the recommendation from M. Bauer, the SF Chronicle restaurant critic. His review was spot on. Iyasare is in the same location as the old O'Chame restaurant in a shopping district in Berkeley. The fare is similar in the sense of Japanese inspired food. The menu seems fresh and creative and the really food pops. Service was terrific and there is no doubt we will be back.
One of the better dining experiences I'v ...
One of the better dining experiences I've had in recent memory. Iyasare's staff were attentive and knowledgeable without being too pushy.
Our waitress recommended two to three dishes each to share, depending how hungry we were. We deviated from this recommendation a bit and went for a fully seven dishes. Rather than arriving seemingly at random or all at once, the kitchen staff timed the dishes beautifully, each coming out one at a time in a thoughtful progression that suited the heaviness of the dishes and was well paced. We ate over two hours and had a couple of cocktails as well, which were unique and interesting.
Iyasare is special.Regularly meet an ea ...
Iyasare is special.Regularly meet an east bay friend on 4th st. berkeley and this is our most chosen spot. Fresh and beautifully presented creative Japanese food through a bay area prism. Attentive and efficient service rounds out an idyllic lunch choice.
We stopped here, exhausted from days of ...
We stopped here, exhausted from days of Bay Area visiting, because it has a dog friendly patio, we remembered fabulous food from a previous fancy dinner inside, and we wanted to try again a lovely Gruner glass of wine. We didn't know we were hungry until we glanced at the next table's beautuful entree's, but wound up having dinner. Just perfectly the quiet pampered delicious moment we needed.
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!
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