About Izakaya Den
Denver, CO 80210
Izakaya Den is Denver’s popular Japanese gastropub, modeled after the lively after hours establishments found throughout Japan. The restaurant is located on South Pearl Street and is the second restaurant of the Kizaki brothers, founders and owners of Sushi Den.
The menu is arranged in a tapas style, serving traditional Japanese small plates along with dishes infused with international flavors and textures. The more traditional Japanese offerings include sashimi and nigiri, sourced from daily fish shipments from around the globe, along with dumplings and noodle dishes. The global cuisine experiments with a bevy of different flavors including unique items such as Grilled Panzanella Salad (jumbo lump crab, toasted focaccia, local goat cheese, pistachios, plum wine vinaigrette), Kobe Beef Sliders (seared foie gras, pomme frittes). A gluten-free menu is also available along with a popular weekday happy hour from 5 to 6:30 pm.
Japanese, Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Thursday 5:00PM-10:00PM, Friday & Saturday 5:00PM-11:00PM,
Lunch: Saturday 11:30AM-2:30PM
S.Pearl Street and Florida Avenue
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Menus custom designed for both business and social occasions. Available from 20-50 ppl. Please call to inquire.
Complimentary valet service is available in front of our sister restaurant, Sushi Den.
Izakaya Den is conveniently located a few blocks from Light Rail and a 10 minute drive or taxi ride from downtown Denver and convention sites. A RTD transit stop is on the corner and B Cycle has a pick up and drop off site nearby.
Master Chef Toshi Kizaki
Private Party Facilities:
Our private party room can accommodate up to 45 people sit down dinner. Private Party Contact Name: Yuki
Private Party Contact:
Yuki: (303) 777-0691
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
SLICED! is the fun and educational sushi making class at Izakaya Den. Join the seasoned chefs behind the Den Corner restaurants- Sushi Den, Izakaya Den and OTOTO Food and Wine- for a tasty, informative culinary experience where you’ll learn to create all styles of sushi rolls and nigiri sushi. Held in the exquisitely designed private dining room at Izakaya Den, classes are taught by Yasu Kizaki, who has perfected the art of fish selection and sushi preparation with over 30 years of experience.
After the class, the group sits together for a meal that includes over 20 pieces of sushi, miso soup and traditional green tea. Sliced! offers a hands-on learning experience sure to be enjoyed by novice and veteran cooks alike. Price is $70 per person.
SLICED! is held every other Wednesday throughout the year. Call directly for reservations.
Izakaya Den Ratings and Reviews
Lots of different areas to dine in at this restaurant. There are 2 places on first floor and another upstairs. This visit we were seated in the room near the entry. Nice view of the street but kind of felt like we weren't part of the energy happening elsewhere in the building hostess stated that we could have requested in our reservations where we wanted to be seated. Upstairs is pretty loud as it's near the bar so if you want to get to know your date and easily understand the conversation at the table, eat downstairs. Great food!
We had a wonderful meal. It was a little crowded and felt like extra tables had been set up for Valentine's, which is understandable. It would have been nice to have been in a more private/intimate setting, but I understand why that business decision was made. Overall we had a wonderful meal and we will certainly return for more date nights.
With the freshest fish in Denver and always an offering of "in season" fish, this is an exceptional place to eat sushi. Sushi Den, the next door sister restaurant, is more upscale by design. If you're looking for a slightly more casual setting, you'll get the same great food.
Even with a reservation, we were given a terrible table. Service was slow even though the restaurant was half empty. When our food finally came, the tempura was not even warm. Nothing worse than cold fried food. The restaurant did comp the meal as it was so bad. Would rather pay for edible food any day. Won't go back, ever.
Consistently good sushi, never fishy tasting. I prefer Izakaya den to Sushi den because 1) you can actually make a reservation under a party of 6, 2) the actual restaurant is more updated and cooler looking and 3) i think they share the same kitchen so they are pretty much the same restaurant?
Izakaya den all the way!
The food was amazing as always! My only complaint would be, not having any sort of dress code... My husband and I made reservations a month ago for NYE. It kind of killed the vibe for us, when a group of guys came in, wearing sweats. I love the place, but that took Izakaya Den down a notch for me.
As with Sushi Den - Toshi Kizaki's restaurants are excellently executed without pretension as seems common in newer trendier restaurants of the moment (many in LoHi) that don't have the same track record nor will be in business in 20 years most likely. I was at Linger for the first time the other day and was shocked that Open Table diners give it such high reviews (higher than Izakaya even) and it pales in comparison. Clearly not a very sophisticated clientele that would think such. Izakaya is fantastic. Highly recommended.
Trendy, beautiful food and atmosphere! Recently enjoyed an amazing Blood Orange Cocktail at the bar followed by a beautiful meal that included Brussel Sprouts with Pork Belly, Lobster Wontons and California Rolls made with real crabmeat! All perfectly prepared and presented by their amazing servers!
I had an enjoyable meal at Izakaya, but it was not the ecstatic experience i would have expected given the cost and reputation.
Went on a Wednesday night (we had a reservation), it was moderately lively but not unusually busy for this sort of place. Took awhile to get seated, even though we had a reservation.
When seated, our first two menu choices were sadly both rejected--we could not have the lobster ramen because the ramen chef was not in that evening, and evidently they'd run out of cod for the miso-marinated black cod. Perhaps bad luck, I understand. But since there is a whole section of the menu that is Ramen, wish they had a backup plan there. I ordered a similar miso-marinated dish, but with salmon collar. At $10 they gave me a surprisingly large portion: a good value. But very difficult to cut and eat with only chopsticks (there was no silverware on the table)--and you have to navigate around bones as well. I'm willing to pick up sushi by hand, but salmon collar is incredibly greasy and there needs to be a better utensil option for this dish.
$12 crispy tuna cake was pretty good--not out of this world, but not bad.
We had some sushi as well. A few rolls were very good (the asparagus, which was smoked and amply stocked). Some were meh: though I'm not going to hold a meh firecracker roll against them too much: my feeling is that you're going to a place for this for something more ambitious than firecracker rolls... something like Uni (sea urchin): which I got and was quite good.
The green tea tempura ice cream was slightly weird: I can't say much for the tempura breading on it, and while some might like chocolate sauce on that concoction, I sure don't!
I would like to try many other dishes on that menu. If i lived nearby, I'm sure I'd go there often. Given where I live and my experience with the dishes I had, if I'm going to venture 40 minutes to a restaurant, I'm more likely to try some of Denver's other highly regarded restaurants.
I loved my overall experience at the sushi den, however for the price. The service was less than exceptional. Granted it was a very busy night. There should be no excuse for having a table come in after you and get out before you, due to an lack of service. Perfect if you love conversation, less than ideal if you don't.
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