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Izakaya Den
Izakaya Den

Izakaya Den Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.izakayaden.net
  • Phone: (303) 777-0691
  • 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: Japanese, Global, International, 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 (303) 777-0691
  • 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.

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
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food was GREAT! The service was strong. Love it."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food was fresh and the service was fast. We will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Izakaya Den never disappoints! We went with a group of 9 and it was a blast! I recommend the top floor bar."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Not only was the food great, but the wait staff was wonderful as well."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Went AGAIN to their new location. As good as neighbor but less formal, takes reservations and more innovative restaurant. Sushi Den always good but this is friendlier and more unique choices."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Food was amazing and very reasonable prices, very intriguing menu will have me coming back to try new things. Upstairs is rather large and open, unfortunately made it a bit loud for a table for two. Will be returning."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Izakaya Den is an incredibly well conceived, designed and executed restaurants. The menu and food are both great with lots of interesting sake choices as well. But the star is the room - the interior designer should be commended. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "New location is stunning, main floor is crowded and awkward. Upstairs is so much better it might as well be a different restaurant. The food was lackluster. Of course the sashimi was good, but the rest was so overpriced. Lamb carpaccio was maybe .2oz total for $18. there was literally not enough food to taste the texture and flavor of the poorly executed dish. The service was well executed, bussing, table maintenance etc was exemplary, our server however was clearly "over it" for the night and completely ruined the experience single handedly. Stop calling things Kobe there's no Kobe. in USA both the Wagyu slider & Foie and NY were such low grades of wagyu that USDA choice would be better for half the $$$ I won't be eating there again."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "If I had to choose my favorite Denver restaurant (thank goodness I don't) I would have to select Izakaya Den for its consistently wonderful, fresh food and gorgeous atmosphere. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "A group of girlfriends and I came to Izakaya den bc of the atmosphere and quality sushi. We actually like it over Sushi Den bc of those two things. However, the service needs some help. I ordered 2 rolls and 1 didn't come out until I asked about it for the second time and every one was already done eating. It's never comfortable to eat when everyone is done and ready to leave. We also had to look for our server several times and flag him down, as he wasn't coming by regularly. The service needs some major help. Other than that, we will continue to go here over Sushi Den. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Wonderful, fabulous, terrific food and ambience! The sushi and small plates were to die for and the atmosphere was very hip and beautiful. The only minor negative is that our waiter offered to bring out ice cream for my husband's birthday while we were looking at the dessert menu because "that's what they typically to for birthdays", but then we were charged $5 for the scoop (which we assumed was on the house!). Other than that, couldnt have been better!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Izakaya consistently delivers excellent food and service. The patio and upstairs with retractable roof is spectacular, a relaxing spot and completes the package. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "They have an extensive selection of very good quality sake here. Also, since I didn't know this the first time I went, good sake is never served hot, nor does it taste like jet fuel. Good sake is more like the white wine world, with a lot of subtle flavors and wonderful smoothness. Yes I'm a convert, and I highly recommend you try it too. The food is also all delicious. You can't go wrong with anything you order, and I highly recommend the pork and kimchee. I know it doesn't sound exciting, but it's delicious, and I'm someone that never orders pork. The sushi is also delicious, and the seaweed salad is amazing."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "I took some friends from out of state visiting here in Denver. They were impressed with the ambiance, the sustainable materials used in the restaurant decor, the delicious food with gorgeous interiors and great service. I take all my out of town guests here to Izakaya Den and people often love it. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Despite changing their menu and removing some of our favorite items, Izakaya Den remains one of our favorite restaurants"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Great food, atmosphere, and service! The server was knowledgeable, made great recommendations, one of the best!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I had been here back when they first opened and they had amazing sashemi. I decided to bring my mom here for Mother's day since I hadn't been here for a while. They did run out of a few of their specials that I wanted to try out (but our res was also at 9pm, so it was understandable) We ended up getting the whitefish appetizer which was very good. The rolls were a little disappointing (for the price), except the scallops. The scallops were fresh and smooth. I ordered the strawberry shortcake for dessert, which not too many restaurants have, and I was very excited. They brought out a cake. A cake that was NOT strawberry shortcake, it was a wannabe Whole foods cake. I may be back later, but probably not in the near future."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We arrived with reservations for two. We were seated in a back room with larger tables and no view. Fortunately our waiter was young and honest. We went not only to serve food but to also have sake, our favorite. We order sake and we're advised that the establishment doesn't allow sake bombs. As some previous patrons ruined it by letting it evolve to a frat house night on the town. We both ordered he lobster ramen with the seafood deluxe. My guest, a seafood lover truly enjoyed the seafood selection but the flavor and presentation were quite mediocre. To be owned by the same people who own sushi den, I was surprised to see how unorganized the menu is as well as the lackluster food. Yet the location is supreme, as well visual aesthetic. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "So nice, bright, and open! Retractable roof is a great addition. Good, as always, was amazing! Sushi, ramen, small plates, drinks and sake.... Every time we go, it's always the same level of good. Consistency is key!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Friendly, knowledgeable staff and excellent food!! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Izakaya Den was by far the most incredible Japanese food I've ever had in my life in one of the more beautiful restaurants I've visited. That says a lot, considering that I was a chef for 7.5 years, and am a Japanese food connoisseur. Their sashimi plates were delectable, and their plum infused hot sake was the best I've ever tasted. Forget money when you walk through the door. A feast we barely finished for my wife and I cost $115. Don't be interested in the price. Go an enjoy. We will be remembering that meal for a long time."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Love this place every time we go!!! Sushi is always wonderful and the service is always great . You get what you pay for!!! We will always be loyal customers ."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "After moving Izakaya next to Sushi-den, the place became even better. A great two-level layout works great. You can find a quieter place on a first floor and you can be in a center of the crowd on second floor with a great bar. The food is great, very fresh fish - no surprise. As my Japanese friend said this is the best Japanese restaurant outside of japan."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This time, it just wasn't up to par. I ordered the spicy tuna spring rolls...no jalapenos, no crunchy noodles...even the "spicy" dipping sauce...well, wasn't. I chalk it up to an off night. Nothing was bad...just not as good as usual."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Food and atmosphere were absolutely great. However, a few other things fell way short. We had a booth and the table was very unsteady and we were told it could not be repaired. You could not even lean on it for fear that your plates and drinks would slide off. Also, as hard as the waiter tried, he continually forgot to bring out the food items we ordered. We also had to ask twice to straighten out the dinner bill because it was all wrong. Otherwise, a good place. Maybe he just had a bad day. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The food is always fabulous at Izakaya Den. We brought our friends here - there first visit - and they loved it!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014