Japango Sushi Restaurant
Japango Sushi Restaurant

Japango Sushi Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boulderjapango.com/
  • Phone: 3039380330
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Iwasa Yukigi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Japango offers a range of catering options for all types of occasions and party sizes in and around the Boulder and Front Range area. We can provide you with freshly made Sushi catering in personalized trays for those important business luncheons all the way through to five course Japanese catering meals made at your Boulder home for special occasions with friends and family.

    If you’re local to Boulder, we can bring the Sushi Bar to your house for parties where you can watch our Chef make Japanese delicacies to order for you and your friends.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Off street and garage.
A word from Japango Sushi Restaurant
Japango, set in a historic building just West of Broadway on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO, offers a dynamic combination of traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine. In many ways this wildly popular restaurant feels like a direct extension of Boulder itself--sophisticated, casual and healthy. Guests enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in an award winning space designed by nationally acclaimed architect Scott Rodwin. It’s a dynamic setting, the perfect place for a first date, a family gathering, or a night out with friends. The dining room is intimate and lively while unpretentiously elegant. Japango features a large central sushi bar, vibrant colors, and a rich material palette of wood, stone and metal, which always provides an upscale dining experience. In addition to offering one of the best happy hours in town, Japango is also home to Boulder's original all-you-can-eat sushi night. The restaurant's full bar hosts unique house cocktails and an extensive sake menu.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Japango Sushi Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (23)special occasion (18)good for groups (13)hot spot (12)neighborhood gem (11)vibrant bar scene (8)great for outdoor dining (8)romantic (7)great for lunch (7)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Good and not too croweded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were there on Saturday night and there were still a few empty tables. We love their Nigiri sushi. It seems they're trying to compete with the trendy places across the street and around the corner by offering many "special" rolls and other cooked apps. These tend to be overpriced and small portioned. If you really like traditional sushi, and not trying to impress, skip the trendy, fancy concoctions and stick with the sushi: you'll love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Aquaman
    BdrFoodie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This is my favorite sushi place in Boulder. Great rolls, good prices, good service. You have to try the aquaman roll. Easily one of the best on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!!!
    memememeVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We heard the food here was good, but it was actually great! Very nice presentation. Delicious. Great variety of choices. Service was excellent. Our server was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Attentive without being overbearing. This will not be our only visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation time doesn't matter
    angelabl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We arrived right on time for our resrevation at 7pm to be seated at 7:40pm at a table that was clearly for 4 people with a chair added at the end. This meant that the person who sat here was right up against the table behind her (we were seated at a booth) and this couldn't have been a pleasant experience for them either. Food was delicious but it took a very long time. After being seated at 7:40pm, our food didn't arrive to our table till 9:20pm. I had also mentioned that it was my daughter's 16th birthday, and while I saw many other tables receive a dessert with a candle (I can only assume this was a birthday recognition), nothing was done for us. Not even a "Happy Birthday"!
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  • Great place to go for any occasion
    blustorm17
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This place has wonderful sushi, and no fish smell, so even your non-sushi friends will be able to enjoy the atmosphere and something on the menu. The food/sushi offerings are diverse enough to enable you to try something new, and limited enough not to be overwhelming with choices. The bar tender and chef also occasionally offer up new things as specials, so you don't get bored with the same things every time. I have returned here repeatedly, and only once was the service less than attentive and helpful. The atmosphere is modern and sleek with a jellyfish tank right in the center. Tables for dining or couches for relaxing, and not so pretentious that a new person feels out of place. I highly recommend Japango.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meh
    JillyGVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Unfortunately, our last visit was not so great. Cocktails were tasty, the gyoza and veggie tempura (sauce was boring) was good and the restaurant is vibrant. However, nothing was remarkable. The beef and asparagus had dry, paperthin beef wrapped around it and was tasteless. The Japanese fried chicken was under seasoned and without a dipping sauce. Both boring. The bartender did take them off our check as we did not eat them. Sitting at the bar, one should not have to wait to order drinks or get a check. We experienced both scenarios. Japango needs to step up their game to get us back in the door.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for lunch or dinner!
    Neetsie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I can always count on great service and great food at Japango.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New waiter
    STLFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Meal very good, but new waiter made multiple errors. Manager came to apologize and got it right in end. Would return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi
    JoWCL
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Sushi was very fresh and tasty. Love the fatty tuna and smoke salmon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, friendly staff
    RandJ
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Had a great dining experience. We will be back...very soon! Especially loved the Sake Sangrias!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Upscale Sushi
    Foodie1161
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Although the sushi offerings were pretty good, the outstanding qualities of this "hip" place on Pearl Street is the very relaxing ambience and superior service. A few outdoor tables are available for those who want to people watch on Pearl St, but you definitely sense an upscale feeling sitting at the various table seating options and couches inside. My friend and I sat at the sushi bar where we struck up a conversation with the three chefs preparing rolls. We told them we were new in town and they quickly asked us some unique questions before recommending some items from the menu. They even offered some gratis sampling of the rarer offerings. They also offered up some info on late night half priced rolls on the weekends. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good drinks, ok food.
    Run1fast
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Nice spot for dinner, but dont expect it to be quiet. If you are looking for a more energetic (a bit noisy) spot, this is a good place to try. A lot of your typical rolls and few unique combinations. Drink list was quite extensive with a number of Gluten Free beers. But the Gluten Free crab meat was an extra 5.50 per roll. Way too expensive to add on, so we stuck with the sushi. Fish was typical but not outstanding. I would come back here maybe if Hapa Sushi (across the street) was all filled up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We booked a reservation for my Fiance's birthday. Upon arriving we were shoved in a small two-top table no more than six inches away from two couples on either side of us. Not the romantic celebration we had in mind. We asked to move to a different table and our only option was outside. We ordered our drinks, which took 15 minutes. Ordered appetizers and at the same time we ordered our meals; two separate sushi dishes. Food was great and the only saving grace of the evening. My Fiance's food came after about 30 minutes and mine came 25 minutes after that. She finished her meal before mine even arrived. Once we got our check after waiting 15 more minutes the bill was incorrect and we were billed for two entrees we did not order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The craft needs refining
    Steve
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I used to go to Japango weekly of not twice a week but the decline in how their nagiri was made caused me to stop. This was first time back in over a year. I noticed they expanded and redid the interior. The updates are really nice, service is still great, but sadly they let some untrained rookies make the sushi/nigir. The rolls contain too much rice and frequently fall apart before making it to your mouth. They usually contain low amounts of fish as well. The sushi cuts are not consistent...some too big, some too small. The product tastes great which is the most important. I just they can teach the rookie chefs some refinement.
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  • terribly disappointed
    motoman
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    By making our reservations through open table early in the morning we hoped for a choice table. Instead we were placed by the front door where waiting guests crowded around our table. Waitress never asked if we wanted drinks! Service sincerely lacking as we had to ask for whatever we needed. Shame. We were so looking forward to this occasion. Not going back.
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  • A Boulder Must-Go Restaurant!
    HappyCamper
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had heard about Japango from friends and decided to go for dinner on our only night in Boulder. That was the best decision we could have made! The staff greeted us warmly, and the ambiance is beautiful ~ unusual and effective lighting & decor. There's a wonderful vertical fish tank with jellyfish too! A full bar and an excellent wine list. Food was delicious, beautiful presentation, and perfect service! Try the Lobster Tail Napalm! The whole experience was highly satisfying. The Owner/Manager Jonathan stopped by to say hello and explained to us about the fairly recent renovation and about their amazing Chef. He was so personable ~ it was a night to remember. Go and you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not good
    Munchpup
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Sushi was tasteless, rice was dry. It was a Friday evening, expected much better.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine sushi
    WsweVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great meal! Restaurant is right on the Pearl Street Mall. Very pretty inside with a fish tank of floating jellyfish (which was awesome!) Good happy hour deals including some good appetisers! My daughter liked the sake sangria. Service is almost too quick as our food get showing up before we were ready for it. I had a Boulder bowl which was very good. All in our party enjoyed their sushi!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    neverfollowVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Service was good and efficient. The ambiance is nice . Food was standard / average.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • Good
    neverfollowVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Food and service was average - does not live into its ambience and reputation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 115 reviews are from the Japango Sushi Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Outstanding Sushi Bar
    BillSedona
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The Sushi bar selections were excellent along with the conversation with the chefs. Best Sushi in Boulder!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    LOVE the Bento boxes! Try the salmon one! Fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Japango gem
    ElectraVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Japango is modern, urban and has some of the best sushi and sake in Boulder.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi in Boulder
    bmanthy
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    When Japangos was closed for their expansion we tried every other sushi restraunt on Pearl St (5), and none came close!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food bad service
    WicthuyVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Half way through our meal we reminded the waitress we hadn't even got our miso soup. Then we asked the waitress when we would get the other half of the food we ordered. It was completely forgotten about. She had to bring out the menu to mark down the things she forgot to order for us, even though we clearly marked down what we wanted.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Japango
    GOBUFFS
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    The food is great, the service was absolutely amazing, and the ambiance is wonderful! I would highly recommend this place for all sushi lovers. Much better than Hapa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great food, great atmosphere! Japango is a great find in Boulder, CO. We sampled several kinds of sushi and love them all. I highly recommend the coronado roll.... tuna, avocado, jalapeno and carrot on a tempura rice cake. Super yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good
    Koda
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    No complaints. The food and service was very good and will continue to visit Japango
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi
    Luvsushiandweed
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Japango has amazing sushi the atmosphere is great and definitely pick this place out of any other sushi places in boulder
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anne
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    A friend and I had a wonderful meal of sushi. She was very happy with it as she had never been here before
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi Rice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The Sushi rice was on the harder side taking away from the quality of the fish.
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    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Sushi
    Hencye
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Sat at the Sushi bar and the sushi chef takes your order which is nice because so many sushi places make you hand the order to the waitress when she finally comes by, then she has to hand the ticket to the sushi chef who then has to give the order back to the waitress then to us. Everything was great!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great remodel
    ChristinaS
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Love japango's new layout. Seems more like a sushi restaurant with excellent service. Great wine and sake list. Quiet enough to have a conversation. Excellent sushi bar staff - friendly and knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Sushi Ever
    Lindsey
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    I always come to Japango for special occasions. It's the best sushi I've ever had. The servers are nice and attentive. Conversations can be had with no trouble due to noise. The remodeled restaurant is beautiful and modern.
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  • Best Sushi in town
    boulderdotVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I don't go out for sushi often - maybe every 3 or 4 months - but when I do I want it to be really fresh and tasty and creative. That describes the sushi at Japango. I can't define exactly why I think it's the best in town, but every time I leave there I am moaning from the fabulous tastes I've just enjoyed. Highly recommend their unique "special rolls"!!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great everything
    RealJaps
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We came had a reservation. Were seated promptly. I went to Japango with 3 Japanese friends and a Thai friend. 2 of the Japanese consider themselves as traditional. They had a very good time and a lot of happy hour hot sake. We had a waitress that was around all the time. And the best - she spoke Japanese. Great experience. And the best of all was of course the food. We went for all you can eat on Tuesday for $35. I recommend Japango.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasantly surprised!
    Jamie
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    5 of us went out for a young birthday and had a 930pm reservation. I was skeptical walking up and thought I'd made a mistake on taking kids here, but even though the bar was busy and energetic it was a less rowdy crowd and felt quite sophisticated inside. Our waitress was a bit stiff yet very professional. The tuna 3 ways as an appetizer was a little disappointing and had me fearful of what was to come. But the sushi, by far, they best I have had to date, and where's the ocean? The rolls we different and combinded interesting flavor and were amazing. I will be definitely returning to Japango my next time in Boulder, CO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better nearby
    PlaneCrazyVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    If you didn't have other options so close by, you'd be pretty happy you have Japengo. But in downtown Boulder there's Hapa, Sushi Zanmai, and Sushi Tora. In my opinion, all three have better Sushi. The prices seemed a bit elevated compared to the others as well. One of the things you do get for that extra money is a more elegant and chic Sushi experience. So in all, its not terrible sushi by any means, but with better options so close, we won't be back.
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  • This was my first time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    This was my first time at the restaurant since the renovations. The ambience is much nicer now. The chef who made our sushi was not very good this time. The nigiri was cut too thin. Sometimes the fish did not touch the plate on either side of the rice. Sometimes it was too long and crumpled on the plate. The rice was not the right texture. It was too gummy. It seemed like the chefs were not being consceintious. We waited about 45 minutes for our food, so I would have liked it to be more appealing when it arrived. The service was good and the fish was fresh. Hopefully this was just an off night.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Japango Poorly Managed - Don't Go
    BillyStjohns
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    This poorly managed, restaurant is lucky to be situated in an area where pot-influenced students with the munchies and Mom and Dad's money - abound. The Denver Japango would never last with management like this one. -Five tables in the restaurant; Sunday evening; 25 minutes to get one drink order from the bar and only then when I went to the bar myself and asked for it after watching the ice melting as it set there for 10 minutes; -55 minutes after ordering food - no food had arrived. Manager only showed when we were leaving after paying for drink.
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