East by Southwest
East by Southwest

East by Southwest

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eastbysouthwest.com/
  • Phone: 9702475533
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Sergio A. Verduzco
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Hydi Verduzco 9702475533

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East College and 2nd Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking available on 2nd Ave between 5th Street and East College. Also surrounding streets
A word from East by Southwest
A taste of the Far East in the heart of the Southwest. We create vibrant fusion cuisine rooted in the flavors of Japan & the Pacific Rim. We are proud to serve all organic meats & poultry, such as American Kobe, Kurobuta Pork, & Natural Black Angus Beef. At our sushi bar enjoy cutting edge sushi & sashimi made from the best quality seafood & fresh line caught fish from Hawaiian waters. Our menu offers many tantalizing small dishes. We encourage you to order a variety of them and share amongst your table.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
East by Southwest reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.8
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (50)special occasion (42)neighborhood gem (38)hot spot (36)good for groups (28)great for lunch (25)kid-friendly (21)vibrant bar scene (12)romantic (9)notable wine list (4)late-night find (4)Show More
  • Family visiting
    Susanne
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As always the food is fantastic with excellent service. It is definitely a special occasion place to eat as it is expensive but that being said the food it exceptional. We always make reservations as it is always very busy it can be very hard to have a conversation our waitress had to go to each of us to hear our order. But it was a Friday night on Labor Day so please take that into account.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luvtotravelluvtoeat
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great menu selection, something for everyone! We have vegetarian and gluten intolerant members in our family and there is something for everyone on the menu. Great cocktails and fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappointed
    Tryanythingonce1121
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    East by Southwest has the best sushi around. The atmosphere and people are great and it always makes for an enjoyable dining experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not just for sushi lovers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It gets busy here on the weekends. We are not sushi lovers per se; but the menu is very diverse and is great for both sushi lovers and those that want their food cooked. Bun Bo noodles were very good as were the California roll and Surf and Turf roll (both of the cooked variety). It gets loud when the room is full, so it's not for a romantic dinner, but the food and service are very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Sushi
    breakfastloverVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The Hamachi Love role was one of the best sushi roles I have ever eaten. The menu was filled with interesting and creative roles and different types of sushi/sashimi platters. I regret that I could only pick one. And the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very very good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had 8 hungry cyclists doing our 8th annual two day ride from Telluride and back, we've always had our traditional dinner at East by Southwest, and we've never been disappointed by the food or service. Always delicious and always friendly. Thank you. Erik
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique fusion cuisine
    GuidoVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The extensive menu features unique flavor combinations - such as a salmon roll with bacon, among other things. It was fun to be adventurous. Some of the small plates are actually quite filling - the portions were generous on our visit. This restaurant would be a star in a city like San Francisco - yet it is available to locals and travelers in Durango. Service was very attentive. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey but delish
    RoadWarriorAZVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I loved the fish selection here--there were several sushi and sashimi items that you normally don't find at American sushi restaurants, particularly in the Colorado mountains! I'm a stickler for uni (sea urchin) and ramen (the real stuff, not the 25 cent block kind). Here, the uni was available with the quail egg and the urchin was impeccable. The ramen broth was rich without being too greasy and the noodles, while a teeny bit overcooked, were flavorful. The roll selection is creative and I like that they didn't put cream cheese in everything (cream cheese in sushi is one of my pet peeves). This place is $$$$ however, especially if you order the out of the ordinary stuff, so be warned! Totally will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our favotite date spot
    Wise11
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I eat here on special date night. The mix of East by Southwest is wonderful. Great atmosphere and food.Wise
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Japanese Food!
    LocalTouristVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I went here with a friend who had recently came back from Japan. He said that the sushi was better than he had in Japan, and it was excellent in Japan! I had the vegan carrot soup - excellent - the brussel sprout chips - wonderful - and the rice paper roll - also excellent. We shared the spicy edamame - great sauce. We also had fabulous service from Jen, and an attentive Manager - Mitch. Overall is was a perfect 10 and the best Japanese restaurant I've ever been to, and I've been to really great ones in San Francisco. Just YUM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great experience
    peaches43cream
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Can't eat spicy foods, but had a wonderful salmon entree, edamame appetizer, and noodles--very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    TopNotch
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We came to E by SW while visiting Durango due to a friends recommendation as were not disappointed. Everything was excellent from the service to the dining choices. We will come back again when our travels take us through Durango again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    BummerVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We have been coming to East by Southwest for about 6 years now and have noticed the food sizing has dramatically changed. I also had the tempura lobster roll that had hardly any lobster in it when in the past I never had a problem tasting the lobster. This visit I only tasted mango. Also they served fewer pieces than before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    DragonflyChic
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I love dining here and the service has always been great. Took my husband for his first sushi experienced and we had a great time!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi in Colorado? Sure.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Staff here was great - very attentive and friendly. The vibe is frenetic and funky, which is probably what they were going for. There was a pretty wide range of diners, and they were all loud. Gyoza, salads and teriyaki were tasty, but the sashimi was cut a little thick. However, you can't beat fresh sushi that doesn't make you ill when you are 775 miles from the ocean.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • abf49er
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was really tasty and the portions were out of sight, ended up taking a lot home and enjoying it the next day. Our server was great, very knowledgeable and attentive to our needs. Had the duck and it was so good and much more than I had received at other locations, plus it melted in my mouth.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great food and service.highly recommend . First time in Durango and very pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    hikrkas
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Incredible sushi ... and great overall. The meal was a highlight of our two-week hiking/climbing in beautiful Colorado.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent surprise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Did not come to Durango expecting to eat at an Asian fusion/sushi restaurant. But the food was most excellent. We loved the tapas style dishes and everything was very tasty and fun.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LarryVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The finest Sushi in Colorado and a rare find in a smaller city like Durango. Amazing and varied menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food.
    kathryn
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Recommend for a great evening. Food and atmosphere perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Excellent food. Service a little slow due to large crowd and what appeared to be a little short on staff for the 4th of July week.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ninguno Mejor!
    rockinJVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Absolutely the best in the Four Corners ... scratch that, the best between the coasts!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sushi in Durango
    Wayne
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Excellent experience: superb sushi rolls, service, and the Brussels sprout chips and unique cheesecake were terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hot Location in Durango for Fusion
    whsearfus
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I came here for my high school graduation dinner and had an amazing time with my family. The number of people in my party changed multiple times over the course of the day and the restaurant was gracious in accommodating my changes. Service was prompt and orders were taken accurately, but at this restaurant be aware that food comes out as it's ready so don't expect for everyone to receive their orders at the same time or for your "appetizer" to show up before your "main course". Food quality here is incredible. This restaurant would not be out of place in the food capitals of the world like New York or San Francisco. I'd recommend getting the High Roller, a California roll wrapped in seared salmon and topped with macadamia and sweet soy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best around
    Hotrod13
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Simply the best sushi within 200 miles. No complaints at all you won't be disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day Request
    SushiSavvy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our family goes here for special occasions including Mothers Day. We particularly love the "philly" and "crunchy asparagus" rolls. Their specials for rolls are delightful treats!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food, but poor service.
    matt
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Server was slow, brought the wrong order, forgot our appetizer, and generally acted hurried and rushed. Good food though.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 222 reviews are from the East by Southwest reviews archive.
  • None Better!
    rockinJVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Unsurpassed Japanese fare and service. The sushi doesn't get any fresher ... you'd swear Durango is right at the ocean!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi and friends
    blaster
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Love celebrating here with friends as the food comes out continually rather than all at once so you just keep grazing and celebrating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Lunch Date
    StanMan
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 18th anniversary here for lunch. Sushi was best we've ever had, service was good, restaurant is very nicely decorated, would highly recommend East by Southwest anytime you are in Durango. And they even have a very price friendly lunch menu that we were surprised by.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi in Durango??
    tandp
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    A big fat yes on that one. Have the Hand Grenades and an East by SW roll. Terrific in every way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • second to none
    iluvsushi
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I'm not sure if this is sentimental but it seems to me there is none other. I have never had better. My favorite restaurant of all time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were so excited to try
    FoodLuvers
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We were so excited to try this place! Has been recommended by everyone. Service was horrible with waiter blatantly ignoring us and taking forever to take our order and bring drinks and such. The food was even worse. Out of the 9 rolls ordered - only one was edible. And the noodle dish that our guest ordered - it came as a soup with pork meat the size of pork chops floating in it and horrible meatballs and half hard boiled eggs - all served with a ridiculous plastic spoon - how are you supposed to eat it - and the flavor was nasty. All in all - very very very disappointed. For sure not worth the time or the money
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  • Fave in Town
    Rosine
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in town!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Durango Colorado star!
    Dave
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Super sushi- the Mackerel Special was fabulous and waiter Josh Bensic is very knowledgable and one of the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service, great food
    Foodie1234
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Our reservations were made for 7:30pm. We received our drinks at 8:10pm and our food at 9:37pm. When the waitress finally brought our drinks, we asked if we could have split checks, to which she blatantly rolled her eyes. When our food came, she informed us that the kitchen was closing and if we wanted anything else, including dessert, she needed to know ASAP. We hadn't eaten our dinner, and we had to think about dessert? Interesting. It was a special occasion, and our waitress put a damper on the entire evening. I would think twice before celebrating a special event here again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food HORRIBLE SERIVCE
    Julie
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    For the amount of money you are paying you think the service would be spot on - but it is quite the opposite. We usually come to East By for the good sushi, knowing we are going to get horrible service and wait FOREVER, however this time was the last straw. We waited 20 minutes for a drink - had to ask for water, waited over an hour for even edammame to come to our table (you can imagine how long everything else took) and were not offered compensation of any kind.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I try to eat here
    Wise11
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I try to eat here once a month. It is one of our favorite places to go because of the great fusion with Asian styles. Our grown kids love it also.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect food and prep as always.
    Sfkf
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Perfect food and prep as always. Sushi staff and bar staff was overwhelmed on valentines day which was to be expected. Still memorable night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall