Berkeley, CA 94710
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
Spectacular food - everything was delici ...
Spectacular food - everything was delicious. But REALLY noisy. We had difficulty understanding each other between the music and the reflective walls. The old wall decorations (when it was OChame) didn't have the same effect.
My wife and I had a wonderful time at Iy ...
My wife and I had a wonderful time at Iyasare! The food was incredible, both in flavor and in presentation. The service team was attentive, informative, and very welcoming. All around, one of the best restaurants we've been to in the Bay Area.
Iasare is an excellent, creative, Japane ...
Iasare is an excellent, creative, Japanese restaurant with reasonable prices, excellent service, and a very well thought out wine list. Until recently, I would recommend it to anyone. However, it has grown extremely, painfully, loud at dinner inside. It is very difficult for a party of four to conduct a conversation. On our most recent visit, even the barman was shouting to make himself heard.
If this is your thing, great. Otherwise, beware.
We have eaten at Iyasare several times a ...
We have eaten at Iyasare several times and have enjoyed the food every time. There were three of us and we shared dishes--always love the hamachi dish and the nasu miso (eggplant). Our guest enjoyed the okonomi pancake which comes with a very nice presentation -- in fact, we should have made a video to show her husband who couldn't come. Our other dish was the special for the day--branzino--delicious--The sauce they put on it or the vegetables around it, which included truffles, it was sooo good. Wait staff is very knowledgeable about the sake choices to pair with your dishes.
Delicious, delicious every time! We nev ...
Delicious, delicious every time! We never get tired of eating here. There are favorites that always remain on the menu, but there are also new offerings. The miso cod was like butter and the hamachi sashimi was divine.
I have to say this is the most exquisite ...
I have to say this is the most exquisite, impeccable restaurant I have been to in ages. I am so tired of other restaurants' expensive prices and poor quality. Iyasare has the most gracious, present staff as well as food which is as impeccable as the dishes on which they are served.
Even the glassware is perfectly clear, elegantly thin and beautifully shaped like fine crystal. It felt like a privilege to be at a restaurant which still respects quality, value and elegance.
We had a nice lunch at Iyasare. We were ...
We had a nice lunch at Iyasare. We were greeted right away and seated in a booth. It was ramen day so we ordered chashu ramen, the sendai miso ramen, the unagi donburi, and the kaki tempura. They were all very well prepared and we enjoyed it very much. The prices are on the high side so don't be shocked to pay $100 for a ramen meal for four.
Innovative Japanese cuisine! Really en ...
Innovative Japanese cuisine!
Really enjoyed our lunch here. Was super busy on a Boxing Day shopping trip. Place is very popular and easy to see why. The chicken kaarage was amazing and one of the best I've had (and I have had a lot!) The ramen was very good, rich with pork. They also had a duck confit ramen that I will try next time.
My friend had a crab donburi that was very delicious as well. Nice selection of drinks, reasonable prices.
I highly recommend and also suggest making reservations even for lunch.
I can't wait to come back and try their dinner menu.
The restaurant was packed for an early F ...
The restaurant was packed for an early Friday night date night. Made reservation for 2 and only requested to be seat away from restroom. My date had arrived earlier than I and of course was settled into the closes table to both kitchen and restroom. Thankfully the evening progressed and went very well! Menu can be intimidating but the service staff were great and accommodating. Started with tempura veggies and quickly onto the Brussels sprouts which were amazing. Black cod was also spot on. Will be back
I had the prickly pear margarita paired ...
I had the prickly pear margarita paired with the octopus, while my husband had the fish and pork belly. Both were great except for my octopus wasn't as tender as expected and a bit chewy. They're very quick with getting our drinks and food. We also had the ice scream for dessert which was excellent! Iyasare is pricy but definitely worth it!
This is my favorite Berkeley restaurant ...
This is my favorite Berkeley restaurant to take people to who appreciate something other than "California Cuisine."
My favorite course which everyone always thinks is extraordinary is the complexly composed shrimp tempura. Order a double portion and you won't be disappointed. The cook's creativity shines on this course which may be one of the Bay Area's ten best courses.
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
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