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
We had the special Chirashi, which was r ...
We had the special Chirashi, which was really delicious! The fish was fresh and the varieties were all interesting. We didn't want the rice, so the wait person suggested substituting salad underneath, which was wonderful!
Service was terrible, our waiter kept dr ...
Service was terrible, our waiter kept drooling over the couple next to us since they were ordering multiple sake/wine/etc. I think the couple was on a date and he was very intrusive.
For us though, we had to call him over several times. Meal time was 2 hours most of it waiting for our waiter
2 dishes were inedible:
-Miso cod small plate -fish was not fresh and slimy consistency. (waiter said this dish was removed from the bill, but actually this dish remained and a less expensive dish was removed)
-Chocolate 'pudding' with brulee bananas-awful. Pudding was tiny dollops of chocolate frosting (fudge like consistency super super sweet) with cut up raw bananas
2 dishes OK
-Wagyu beef-really a good dish, even though it came out quite rare rather than medium
-Roasted eggplant-very tasty dish, but eggplant is not really roasted (very under cooked, prob only put under the broiler)
Additionally the restaurant gets as loud as a sports bar, we could not hold a conversation.
Would not return.
My 5th visit (2 at lunchtime and 3 in ev ...
My 5th visit (2 at lunchtime and 3 in evening). Consistently delightful and delicious food. Excellent range of saki. In all this time I (and the people with me) have had just one disappointment - a banana based dessert that was unimaginative and clunky looking. Every other dessert tried has been magical. This is a restaurant worthy of Micheline stars and though on the pricey side is worth every cent. Great ambience, excellent service. Well up there in my current Top 10 of all bay area restaurants.
Despite the fact that I worked 2 blocks ...
Despite the fact that I worked 2 blocks away, I never tried this incredible restaurant because my co-workers heard it was "weird" (meaning not just chicken teriyaki and rice . However, after reading all the great reviews, we decided to give it a try. WOW is the word that best describes it. Something for everyone's taste in Japanese food and the presentation is something to go for alone. Whats more, you can bring your dog for outside dining. And the service? Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Cocktails are original and tasty. Our only regret? that we have wasted several years not eating here before. Dang. Can't wait to go back!
we take our special guests here for the ...
we take our special guests here for the food and service, both of which are excellent. I love the choice of mocktails and the delicious and exotic (to us) dishes--especially the soup and vegetable combinations. We highly recommend this.
Family style Japanese food is a weird co ...
Family style Japanese food is a weird concept as Japanese cuisine is usually proportionately served out in individual small plates and bowls for the individual diner. However, having said that, the dishes at Iyasare were plentiful to share for our party of two (probably could have fed a party of four). The tofu puree with the Portabello Mushroom and Unagi was an unexpectedly delightful spread. The Buta Asa combined a few unlikely entrees into one tasty dish. Server was very attentive throughout the night.
Iyasare has long been a favorite for the ...
Iyasare has long been a favorite for the lovely food - always tasty and innovative. Even my favorite dishes have novel and interesting twists. Staff can sometimes forget to "be right back" so you may need to be patient. But it is worth the wait.
This was our third time at Iyasare, so o ...
This was our third time at Iyasare, so obviously we anticipated the satisfaction we experienced in the past. Unfortunately I asked myself if the kitchen really could make pork belly and clams work together -- it can't; the pancake, drenched in ponzu and with no differentiated flavors, was actually worse. I'll try lunch next time, because Iyasare is in my neighborhood, but not dinner again, until perhaps I see they've lightened up the menu, a lot.
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.
Had a very nice lunch with my boyfriend ...
Had a very nice lunch with my boyfriend at Iyasare last Sunday. We arrived at ~11:30am and were the first ones at the restaurant for lunch. It was pretty empty for the first half an hour but filled up quickly, and by noon, the place was packed. Definitely make a reservation beforehand! Overall, great food, great service, and wonderful ambience; will be back very soon!
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!
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