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, 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
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.
Nice birthday celebration and our meal w ...
Nice birthday celebration and our meal
was delicious. Our server, Kim was attentive without hovering. My only complaint is the noise level upstairs.
We had 7pm reservations and were seated
next to an open sliding door which improved the noise level but we still found
it deafening. With today's technology there are many baffling options. Consider checking out what Tojo's in Vancouver did in their space, beautiful and very affective.
The setting is stunning. The food was gr ...
The setting is stunning. The food was great, though we were disappointed there were no noodle dishes available on the day we dined. The service was not what we expect at these price levels--one of our dishes was forgotten, water and tea not filled until reminded, server disappeared for awhile.
The service was impeccable; never intru ...
The service was impeccable; never intrusive or lacking, food items were brought out at a very nice pace, never felt rushed, and there was always time in between dishes. My wife and I had a few nigiri orders and some small plates. Everything was delicious but I especially enjoyed the nigiri. The restaurant is beautiful on the inside. Both levels have a wonderful feel and the tables are spaced far enough apart that you feel like you can have a private dinner with your special someone.
This restaurant is highly rated and had ...
This restaurant is highly rated and had been recommended to me by several people. The staff was friendly and attentive, we were seated quickly, and able to order drinks immediately. The ambiance is nice, and could be a good date location, but could also be great for groups.
The downside for me was the excessive flies buzzing around the restaurant and our food. The sushi came out just slightly cooler than room temperature, which is too warm for sushi. The flies were constantly trying to land on the food. We were not the only ones dealing with them. For a higher end restaurant, this was unacceptable for me.
For those reasons I would not recommend this restaurant.
We love Izakaya and specifically selecte ...
We love Izakaya and specifically selected it because they do take reservations and this was a birthday dinner. Sadly, when we walked up to the hostess station we were told that they had just seated another party at our table. Not my problem. I was disappointed in how this was handled.
Other than that, the food was fantastic as always! Our server was attentive and did great. We had a good time and it was a successful birthday dinner.
It took our waitress forever to take our ...
It took our waitress forever to take our order for dinner. Then once we did they were out of one of their sushi specials. So we order another item from the special sushi menu and they were out of that as well. Kind of crazy they were out of two specials at 6:30 on a Saturday. I love Izakaya Den and have never had this kind of service before. But it was a shame.
Wish I could give a 4.5 star....We had g ...
Wish I could give a 4.5 star....We had gyoza, hamachi sashimi, and a few sushi rolls and really enjoyed all of them - all were fresh tasting, not fishy and not too much sauce which really let the fish shine. The only complaint I would have is the service was a bit lack luster. Probably not our servers fault, it was a Saturday night and really busy, however maybe they should consider getting a couple more servers for more attentive service. Overall, great spot and definitely will be back!
The restaurant was training wait staff b ...
The restaurant was training wait staff but we were ignored for 20 minutes or until I complained to the hostess. Several staff looked right at us, amazing. Also the warm appetizers were never delivered with some lame excuse that diners prefer gyoza later. I have traveled extensively in Japan, gyoza is an appetizer or first plate.
Service aside the food is great and valet parking is a plus.
The interior designs are amazing and sup ...
The interior designs are amazing and super tall bamboo plants are adjacent to the staircase. A large glass window in the 2nd level ceiling mechanically opens to give diners the feeling of being outside. Food and service are "ichi ban" #1. It's much quieter than Sushi Den.
I have been here a number of times, most ...
I have been here a number of times, mostly with my elderly mom and my kids (who are 8, 5 and 3). The food is excellent, the service is great and we have never had less than a stellar experience.
Our waitress (Toshimi) was awesome.
I don't know how it is for brunch or "hot spot" or "late-night" because we have been there in afternoons/ early evenings. I would imagine it gets noisier as it gets more crowded later on; it's a pretty big venue.
Adult bday celebration. Wed. dinner (6:3 ...
Adult bday celebration. Wed. dinner (6:30pm), upstairs in seating against the open windows along Pearl.
Extremely loud - very difficult to hear each other speak normally. Outside noises were unexpectedly loud (cars, people standing outside on the sidewalk).
Food: miso soup perfect. house salad not "asian" in any way (despite the ginger tofu dressing) - really could just remove this from the menu - completely uninspiring. We ordered two sashimi dinners and one sushi deluxe platter. Sushi/sashimi were very good. Fresh, nice presentation. Delicious. Our bday boy ordered the sake flight (3 different sakes) and two of us ordered a hot sake to share. The flight choices were really nice. They give you a description of each and the waiter was very nice to add some comments about each of them.
We also ordered some a la carte items (toro, unagi, unakyu, ikura) to share. THESE DIDN'T ARRIVE AT OUR TABLE - we had to cancel the order because we asked several times and the a la carte items never arrived.
Dessert was great (although no discount or "happy birthday" or anything): pineapple upside down cake was outstanding, warm chocolate cake was more like a mousse cake (wondered what the choc. mousse cake on the menu was like...we speculated they sent the wrong cake).
Overall, the wait staff was very attentive and gave us great service. Sushi chefs let us down with the forever delay on our a la carte items.
I probably won't go here again. Sushi Den is better for reliability and consistency. There are also other far better sushi/sashimi grade fish restaurants in Denver.
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