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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.
Berkeley, CA 94710
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
Party of five for my wife and mines' 34th wedding anniversary. My two daughters and a boyfriend. My oldest daughter visiting from Kauai, where she is a chef and has her own restaurant. Came on a recommendation from a friend and we were not disappointed! Very creative delicious food. Not your average Japanese restaurant. Comfortable and casual ambiance, with a friendly staff and attentive service. We were having such a great time that we lost track of time, and soon realized that we were the only ones left, still no pressure from the staff. Certainly a memorable time and would reccomend Iyasare to anyone who enjoys Asian food with a twist!
I adore Iyasare and eat there frequently. Food is amazing and out of town guests are impressed. Receptionist, servers, all are lovely and professional. The problem is the noise level which is extreme especially at lunch. I wish there were some technology to help that!
My family had a wonderful time at Iyasare despite some set backs at the beginning. When we arrived, they claimed that we had made a patio reservation despite the fact that it was freezing outside. However, they managed to serve us delicious appetizers and sake free of charge before quickly seating us at their next available table. That definitely made up for sitting in the cold because their food was exceptional. Overall, we had an accommodating waitress and superb food throughout the entire dinner. Its a bit pricy to go to on a regular basis, but if you do go, it's worth it!
I had eaten here before and have had much better value. Given the exorbitant price of food and the extremely miniscule portions one leaves here extremely hungry and out-of-pocket in the hundreds. Very low value. The food was tasty but, come on, a $12 appetizer that involves a slice of sweet potato? A raw tuna appetizer for the same amount that was the equivalent of perhaps 2 ounces of fish? Our server was very warm and I feel bad leaving a negative review but it had nothing to do with him and everything to do with disproportional cost to food ratio.
Super friendly service, from the hostess to our server. Had a lovely birthday brunch for Grandma--the chicken karaage (& its variety of spices and accompaniments) was terrific, the grandparents' bowls of ramen was delicious & generously portioned, and our seven year old enjoyed her miso & rice. My husband really like his una-don, but i loved my chirashi special--not only was it beautifully arranged, but it was heaping with so much fresh, diverse, flavorful sashimi--salmon, tuna, spicy tuna, yellowtail, shrimp, egg, salmon roe, dungeness crab, & scallops. Each piece was exceptional....
All in all, a very nice dining experience at an exceptional Bay Area Japanese restaurant. We would return in a heartbeat.
I love this place! This is my #1 go to place for Japanese fancy food. We celebrated Andrew's birthday at this place. This time their menu signifies purée. We ordered the following:
eel w/ mushroom: 4 star, fresh eel!
on special lobster & foie gras: 5 star, lobster feels like just coming out of water!
squid: 4 star
Sashimi: I would give 5 star for its creative combination with pickled strawberry. Andrew doesn't like this combination.
Cheesecake: 3 star. I need it to be more creamy than that.
5 star service all the time! Such a romantic night.
Very unique & delicious. Honors Japanese tradition / Flavors while executing dishes with amazing creativity and yumminess! No sushi, but the "ocean umami " raw scallop creation, and the sashimi salad were both incredible.
Delicious cocktails, mocktails, hot & iced teas and coffee.
I had been meaning to come to Iyasare for a while. I like creative Japanese cuisine a lot and Iyasare seemed like a very ambitious restaurant. We had cocktails to start and they were excellent. Two of us ordered the Vesper, dry and perfect. Then we moved to the on-tap Sauvignon Blanc which was extremely drinkable and a good value. We shared a ton of dishes throughout the meal: Bacon Mochi. This is a classic and very good. Definitely filling as well, a must-try (and a good value). Hamachi salad was good not great. The edamame paste was superb but overall not a standout dish. The Kakiage Tempura was great, delicious and fun to eat. Like a fried Japanese pizza. The Tuna Tartare was solid but a bit redundant and not too exciting. The grilled squid was superb, a really good and creative dish. Finally, the Okonomiyaki was very solid and savory but a bit expensive for what is quite a basic, homey Japanese dish. Desserts were pretty great actually, we had a strawberry fudge cheesecake thing and a sort of lemon sponge cake with green tea flavor. Iyasare is definitely an interesting, ambitious restaurant that is mostly great but the menu could use a bit more variety and balance. However, I will be back to try more from the menu. If you really like this type of cuisine, it's absolutely worth it.
Kakiage tempura was so salty that I couldn't eat it without drinking a lot of water. And mentaiko spaghetti was salty too, with a weird smell of garlic. So different form the ones I had had when I came to the restaurant before. In the past every time I came here it was at least a rating of 4 stars but this time 3 stars is max.
The space is beautiful, but it's another high-priced, East Bay disappointment. My friend and I ordered all the small plates and their chirashi special. The $32 chirashi special was anything but special. Their version of tempura left much to be desired. Their kara-age fried chicken did not satisfy in any way.
Iyasare is MUCH better for lunch when the menu isn't so limited. It's truly AMAZING for lunch actually! And quieter. The dinner menu was so limited ( we could not even get miso soup), and wasn't as good as last time I had dinner there. There were all kinds of empty 4-tops when we got there yet they refused to let us sit in any table beside the one next to the bathrooms, saying others had requested those other 4 tables. Since they were empty at that point, I found this terrible service. We ended up sitting at a communal table so as to not be next to the bathrooms. And it was SO LOUD! We couldn't hear each other. Again, their lunches are outstanding and worth every penny. I probably would think twice about going back for dinner though. Too bad.
Iyasare is the most interesting Japanese restaurant I have enjoyed, out of many. The menu items are innovative. All dishes were perfectly prepared, including the fish (unusual for restaurants), and beautifully presented. The shrimp tempura is a must, but is only one of several that deserve that recognition. The service was excellent and non-intrusive.
We ordered the eel, tofu, tuna and the scallops and uni, the lobster special and the beef. The portion was great to share. Seasoning was right on, seafood was fresh and the beef cooked to a perfect medium rare. Got a 5:30 pm table on a Saturday night, and the place was happening. We will come back to have the ramen for lunch next time.
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