Izakaya Den
Izakaya Den

Izakaya Den

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.izakayaden.net/
  • Phone: 3037770691
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday 5:00PM-10:00PM, Friday & Saturday 5:00PM-11:00PM,
    Lunch: Saturday 11:30AM-2:30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Master Chef Toshi Kizaki
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Menus custom designed for both business and social occasions. Available from 20-50 ppl. Please call to inquire.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private party room can accommodate up to 45 people sit down dinner. Private Party Contact Name: Yuki
  • Private Party Contact: Yuki 3037770691
  • Special Events: 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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: S.Pearl Street and Florida Avenue
  • Public Transit: 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.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet service is available in front of our sister restaurant, Sushi Den.
A word from 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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Izakaya Den reviews from OpenTable diners
136 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (92)special occasion (84)neighborhood gem (79)hot spot (69)romantic (48)good for groups (36)great for outdoor dining (25)vibrant bar scene (24)scenic view (10)late-night find (10)notable wine list (8)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    One of the best meals i have ever had. Sashimi is amazing. Server was attentive and accommodating. Good drinks. Restaurant no longer has elaborate desserts as they used to but the food is so amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as Old Izakaya Den
    onedayillbeafoodcritic
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I liked how the old izakaya den was a different experience than sushi den. But now it seems too similar and a touch stiff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection On South Pearl Street
    SteakStarved
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Almost too many choices to even think about making a decision, but not to worry, as the services staff is right there to help you with the navigation. The small-plates concept is at its prime here, allowing you to experience a wide variety of taste sensation. And it's not just about the fish, as some incredible meat selections are offered as well. We will definitely be returning SOON!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great.
    CaninekidsVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This place has the freshest fish in town. And the service is consistently great. The place is beautiful, too. Best sushi in Denver...and they take reservations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre at best
    ImnotyourmommaVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Went in with high expectations left greatly disappointed. Place has a nice vibe, attractive decor, friendly service but the food was not very good starting with the seasoned Edamame, (pretty hard to muck this but the seasoning was awful). Get Zengo's XO recipe ASAP guys. Sushi-tuna not very fresh and very fishy. Black Cod over cooked and bony. Lobster dumplings tough and over cooked like rubber. My dinner date agreed and we will not return for food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent sushi
    Cara
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great sushi. Some rolls, like the new salmon style roll, are pricey but delicious. Definitely the best sushi in Denver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TEresa
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Great overall experience Thank you We will tell all & be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JennaBVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food and ambience were good. However, I was put off by the restaurant staff's level of Protesiousness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best sushi in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    If your looking for a great scence, incredible food and tucked away in a neat lil neighborhood you have found your spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of wine
    tbtbVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    While dining at Izakaya, they ran out of the wine wee were drinking and an item from then menu that we ordered. Instead of the waiter asking us what we may want instead, he took the liberty or ordering replacement wine and entree without consulting us first. Neither of his choices were what we would have requested and both were not very good. He was clearly too busy to handle the number of people he had in his area and I think we all suffered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    DianaK
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a good night! The restaurant was busy, but allowed me to add 2 other people to my reservation and did so with a smile. The food, well that was soooooooo good!! We had to order 2 of the 'special' tuna appetizers because the first round went down so fast. We ordered cold unfiltered sake, Red Dragon roll, Salmon roll, the Unagi special (very tender and moist) and I don't even usually eat Unagi. Overalll we really did enjoy ourselves. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a pleasant experience
    cofoodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We go here a few times a year...usually on date nights without our daughter. This time we went for our anniversary...so I was a little disappointed we were seated in between 2 couples with little kids....haha. We ordered sushi, with 2 apps edamame and some eggplant dish that was really tasty. Had 2 gimlets that were very good as well and got out of there for $160 with 20% tip...more than our average date night out which is why we don't go here all the time. If we had more funds to burn, we'd come here more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The only place in Denver that has good uni. Portions are tapas sized and expect to pay 100 a person of you want to get a good sample if the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Have always gone to Sushi Den. Decided to try Izakaya. The service was so lacking. Ordered Lobster Ramen. Waiter didn't enter order. Asked for lemon slices...looked at the bill and was charged $.01. A penny. Waiter said he didn't know how to enter a misc. item. He so no problem of letting the invoice system charge us a penny. Have never experienced this. You would think the food would be the same as Sushi Den. Don't think so. Will never come back to Iz again. Service at Sushi Den is polished and more attentive. Water was never refilled. Didn't receive a pencil to file out sushi order. Ordered the $30.00 sushi deluxe. Very ordinary. At least we received the proverbial smile when given our check.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    luvgreatrestaurants
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Izakaya is a fantastic place to dine and offers the best Sushi experience in Denver!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi Den's Prettier Sister
    demsum
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    For sushi, I'll now ONLY go to Izakaya Den! We made a reservation with ease, something you can't do at Sushi Den. There was almost no wait here as well, though loads of people were waiting outside Sushi Den... With the same sushi menu, why wait for the sister restaurant when you could eat right away at, as our waiter called it, "Sushi Den's prettier sister."?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Izakaya Decided to Let Me Down
    KellUtopianEventsVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I've visited Izakaya on many occasions & always enjoyed. I'm hoping the disastrous visit detailed here was a fluke & nothing more. I invited two new prospective clients to an initial consultation with me over dinner & drinks hoping to secure their business. Seated at 6:00 pm we waited 35 min for a member of wait staff to acknowledge or speak to us. Not even a hello, let alone water or a beverage. They didn't actually come until after I notified the manager. From there 4 persons attended to us, not one person visited more than once. Each time someone would come they had no info about us or our orders. For this terrible impression on my guests the manager purchased only one small item of ours. Unacceptable all around. I'm very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    Kuni
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It was a great meal especially if you can dine on rthe oprn roof seating which you must reserve and request. Excellent sushi very fresh!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    monumentalwestVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Always wonderful. The new space is beautiful. Fun sitting at the sushi bar and watching all the magic happen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most Delightful
    MagicArtiste
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Magic, ID is magical. The relaxing atmosphere and attentive service staff transform the finest sushi in the city into magic... We came to celebrate a birthday and had an oustanding experience. We will certainly return- especially for the Miso black cod!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Okay Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was good but I don't see the hype. The service however was very nice though.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful place, horrible taste
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful. But the noise level was so loud my friend and I could barely hear one another across the tiny table for two. The menu is very limited. We ordered sushi and a couple "entrées" to share. The entrées were very small, more like appetizers. Perhaps it was just what we ordered, but the crab cakes and the sushi both had a foul fishy aftertaste. I love seafood and have had an array of different varieties of sushi, but the food was horrible. I'm not a picky eater and I'm willing to try almost anything. I also do not like wasting food, but I could not force myself to take another bite even though I was still very hungry. Nor did I want to box it up and take it with me.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Check It Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We found our server to be extremely friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and well worth the price. The only downfall is that the atmosphere was loud and not quite as romantic as we had hoped. Try the duck confit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Sushi
    KDog
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is the place to go in Denver for really good sushi. The service was very good, the house cocktails are great and the food is the big payoff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum Yum
    FatDaddyVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was GREAT! The service was strong. Love it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with my daughter
    tkaysm
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was fresh and the service was fast. We will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic evening
    bbernard
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was amazing! We have always loved eating at Izakaya Den and Sushi Den because the food is so delicious. This was out first time dining in the new space. It is gorgeous and reminds us of New York. Our table was in the upper dining room adjacent to patio. The weather was perfect so they had the windows open. Our server was exceptional. Everything made for a fabulous dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi
    JoeP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Izakaya Den never disappoints! We went with a group of 9 and it was a blast! I recommend the top floor bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the Best
    insoulater
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Between Sushi Den and Izakaya Den its worth avoiding all other sushi in Denver and saving your craving for either of the two. One of the best meals I have had in months.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Worth the Price
    buddyVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had a wonderful time at this exceptional restaurant. We shared many of the dishes and followed the recommendation of our server who knew what he was talking about. We were there for a business function that was made more enjoyable because of the food and ambiance. We were never rushed even though they were busy. I would definitely return again and again as long as the budget would allow the indulgence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gingerlita
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Overall, it was a good dining experience, but nothing remarkable. The ambiance/ environment is very chic, open-air concept pretty cool. The hostess that was stationed at the front door seemed to be distracted and didn't really do anything other than tell us to go upstairs. the upstairs wait staff was thorough and attentive. The duck confitte apps were amazing. The sushi was fine, but not any better than what I can get at my local neighborhood sushi restaurant in Aurora. Seems more of a place to see and be seen. Prices were inflated, accordingly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushi date night
    wineanddine
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Been to Sushi Den many times but never tried Izakaya Den. After seeing many posts of Japanese food on instagram from my friends visiting Japan, I HAD TO try the chirashi - sashimi over a bowl of warm sushi rice. We made reservations a few days before, so we were able to get seated right away, which is nice. The food was excellent, as expected, but I was a little disappointed with our server, which was unexpected. My order came with soup & salad, but he didn't bring them until I asked. My husband asked for a substitution but the order didn't come out with the requested substitute. He did correct that without charging the substitution fee. And we never got the edamame that we ordered, but it wasn't on the bill, so no big deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is the second time it has taken nearly 10mins to have a waiter come to the table after being seated by a disorganized group at the host/hostess station (sometimes with attitude). Seaweed salads ordered both times were forgotten both times, some food comes from sushi den and takes >20mins to arrive. Good food, great ambiance but an exercise in frustration.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi goes hipster
    DidiKVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We have been fans of Izakaya Den since they first opened, the food is fresh and inventive as are the seasonal cocktails. The new location next door to Sushi Den is a modern-Japanese fusion experience on all levels. The décor is intriguing, the food is still excellent as are the drinks. But the prices have gone up. The crowd is now more hipster and the super "beautiful people." If you're not wearing couture, you might not get in the door. This creates a bit of sadness in my heart. It's still unique, but I don't feel like it's part of my neighborhood anymore. The price of progress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great sushi, service just okay
    Brad27
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food at Izakaya is great, both sushi and other type dishes are nicely prepared, tasty and fresh. However, the service was just okay and not worthy of the preparation and food quality. If you don't mind mediocre service then go for it. The interior design of the space is very attractive, noise level was a bit loud for our liking, was hard to hear each other at times, but it is a trendy hot spot so that does come with the territory I guess.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • enchanting
    2plz
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Could not have had a more pleasant experience. The restaurant is beautiful. It was very mood setting. The service was slow so go with good company and enough time; its meant to be relaxing so don't go in expecting the usual service. It allows you time to really catch up with a loved one!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect every time!
    katie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    we spent our 6 year wedding anniversary there last Saturday. Our server (whose name I cannot remember) was so polite, helpful and sweet. Loved her, the new location (although loved that other building too!) and the food, as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Staff!
    Heather
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Not only was the food great, but the wait staff was wonderful as well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 98 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 601 reviews are from the Izakaya Den reviews archive.
  • Never dissappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Once again, Izakaya impresses us. It is not only our "go to" for sushi, it is our go to when we have to meet up with business colleagues or friends.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    beachbaby
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We have been eating at Izakaya for years and the sushi is always good. The best! Also the service and atmosphere are wonderful. If you are looking for sushi in Denver, don't go anywhere else! The food is fresh and presented beautifully. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate