About Izakaya Den
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:
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
Have been next door to Sushi Den and wan ...
Have been next door to Sushi Den and wanted someplace new, but still positive that it wouldn't disappoint. Big win. Dante took excellent care of us, explained the menu and gave excellent recommendations. Perfect first date place, and now we cannot wait to return again. Best sushi in Denver.
Nice overflow option when you're not wil ...
Nice overflow option when you're not willing to wait for a table at Sushi Den next door. First time there and thought it was pretty good, but not great. Wait staff was a little slow to recognize us once seated, but after that the service was very helpful & attentive.
Went many years ago and remember having ...
Went many years ago and remember having great small plates. Brought my girlfriend here recently for her birthday dinner, as she appreciates good quality sushi after spending many years in FL.
This time, the plates were good but nothing remarkable in my opinion (and the girlfriend agreed). When it comes to value ($150 for 5 small plates and 2 crafts of sake), I was extremely disappointed. I also noticed server having issues multiple times finding the correct table for plates/food.
The sashimi is fantastic here. I brough ...
The sashimi is fantastic here. I brought a friend who has lived in NYC here and she thought it was amazing and was impressed. It is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Denver. The decor is stylish though it is a bit noisy. The food is fabulous.
We did not get the rolls we ordered. Ins ...
We did not get the rolls we ordered. Instead our waiter put our rolls in as Nigiri, instead of sashimi so everything was incorrect. The rolls were still good - but I do not eat rice, so my date ended up eating everything and I picked off fish -just a bit annoying.
We went here for my birthday and weren't ...
We went here for my birthday and weren't disappointed. Long time Sushi Den customers, first time Izakaya customers. Liked Izakaya more as far as ambience. Loved that they have an elevator to the second floor. Gorgeous decor.
I have been to the sister restaurant, Su ...
I have been to the sister restaurant, Sushi Den, many times, but this my first trip to Izakaya. The food was outstanding. We booked on OpenTable, but apparently they don't take day of reservations. Even though I had a confirmation email, the restaurant did not have our reservation. If you are booking day of, make sure to call! Luckily we were early enough that they squeezed us in.
Great atmosphere and food. We ate only sashimi, and it was fantastic. So fresh. We liked our servers recommendations, but she was definitely not on her A game. Spilled wine on us (I mean, it happens, but we were dashing around cleaning it up while she put drenched glasses back on the table and walked away), and from then on she avoided our table. It's a little disappointing for an expensive meal.
Everything else was great!
The past few times I've been to Izakaya ...
The past few times I've been to Izakaya Den the experience has been lacking. The Crispy Tuna appetizer is always tasty, but the sushi rolls seem to be declining in quality - both in the quality and cuts of the seafood and the sushi rice. I'm marking Izakaya Den off my list of places to go for special occasions. It's no longer consistently good or worth the price.
Also, we recently requested a seat in the upstairs seating area and were stuck at two tables in the back of the restaurant about two feet from the bar - normally this wouldn't bother me but it was early in the evening and the restaurant wasn't full when we sat down or when we stood up. I'd also offered to arrive even earlier to secure a good seat, as I was celebrating a special occasion. Had the food been as delicious as I've come to expect, I would have overlooked this. Not planning on returning.
A must do when in Denver. The best Japan ...
A must do when in Denver. The best Japanese restaurant I've eaten at in the world! The freshest ingredients served in superb ambience by engaging, enthusiastic staff. The adjoining Sushi Den is similarly outstanding. Both restaurants have bar tables and if you are eating on your own you will feel very welcome.
With all the good sushi in the Denver ar ...
With all the good sushi in the Denver area, it's disappointing to spend the time and money at a restaurant that seems to be riding on the coat tails of its sister restaurant. The fish in the sushi was not fresh and the wine pour was the worst I've had in a Denver restaurant in a long time....too bad.
Our server was new--she has to be. After ...
Our server was new--she has to be. After waiting for water for 5 minutes, I had to ask for water and a drink menu. My girlfriend wasn't over the moon with the drink menu options so she asked whether the bartender could make a drink with gin, some sort of citrus, and mint. The rest would be up to him to fill out. Server came back with a glass of gin with an orange and mint leaves in it. Lol.
I'll just stop there on the review, as I really think this was new server-related. But she definitely shouldn't have been on her own. We didn't trust her opinion on anything and would stop other servers instead. They were aware of our hardship and were gracious about it.
We'll come back, as izakaya is typically MUCH better than this. But I really hope it's not a trend.
Sadly did not live up to reputation. Foo ...
Sadly did not live up to reputation. Food is good, not outstanding. Very pretentious. Waiter went on and on about how terrific everything was, explained in too much detail that left us bored, kept interrupting us with more information. Why not ask for questions instead of rambling on about how popular each dish is, which ones are favorites, how spectacular the fish is and so on. Izakaya has an inflated opinion of itself.
It's hard to find a Japanese restaurant ...
It's hard to find a Japanese restaurant in Denver with both excellent ramen and sushi, but I'd wager Izakaya comes the closest. However, I would go back for their signature menu items as opposed to ramen or sushi as these were just "fine." Very cool decor and attentive service.
This is definitely one of the best resta ...
This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Denver. The sashimi is amazing as are the tapas. I would say that the service is definitely not as good as it was in the past. I go fairly often and the waitstaff have been less helpful and friendly over the past year or so. I still enjoy it since I live in the neighborhood and I love the food.
Loved every dish we ordered. We were set ...
Loved every dish we ordered. We were set on specific dishes, but were (happily) persuaded to try specials and the eggplant . Our server, Michael, read us perfectly, and we are thankful to him for his suggestions. We had a great evening!
We have always had a stellar experience ...
We have always had a stellar experience here, but this weekend's was nothing near stellar. The food was good but not exceptional (except the miso black cod) and our server was very scattered. He kept coming by and asking if we got dishes (we ordered 3 different apps, 2 sashimi plates, and several different rolls). When we told him we wanted another bottle of wine and could he bring the list, he just brought a second bottle of what we already had. Not very attentive. Too bad.
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