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 WinnerGreat for Lunch
Japango Sushi Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (20)special occasion (17)good for groups (13)hot spot (10)great for lunch (9)neighborhood gem (9)romantic (8)vibrant bar scene (8)great for outdoor dining (8)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (4)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • I wish the nigiri sushi was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    I wish the nigiri sushi was better quality but the rolls were very good and brussel sprouts crips were out of this world. Never heard of them before.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food...lots to try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    Amazing food...lots to try especially if you take advantage of the happy hour specials. Service was perfect, pleasant and very attentive. I've found a new favorite sushi spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad service. Good food.
    Jimie
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    Our waitress was not very helpful in explaining the menu items or the specials. Also we got our drinks after our food arrived. All of the food we got was very delicious, though. In the past the service has not been great as well but if you can look past it you will get a tasty meal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun place to dine - some of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    Fun place to dine - some of the best sushi we've ever had.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good sushi. Wait staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    Always good sushi. Wait staff is great. I go there often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The atmosphere is good and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    The atmosphere is good and the sushi is good as well but, not great. Its definitely a good place for a quick sushi fix.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • surprise hide-away on Pearl St.
    Zbest
    Dined on 12/19/2012
    Really FRESH, creative recipes...different combinations than at other sushi restaurants...lot of attention to detail...AND all-you-can-eat sushi on Tuesday notes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great team, good food, super
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    Great team, good food, super personable and attentive - I would absolutely recommend and make a point of taking friends!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I am somewhat of a Sushi snob
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    I am somewhat of a Sushi snob and IMHO this place is a winner
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My friend and I were headed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    My friend and I were headed for the Ailey II dance performance at CU, and I'd been wanting to try Japango's for a long time--we were NOT disappointed! The server was friendly and 'right on' with timing; and the food was beyond expectations. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wasn't amazing but still love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2012
    I have always liked Japango during the early afternoons. At night especially a busy one, it isn't very comfortable to be with a big group of friends there. Just for the fact of how small the dinning area is, along with the tables. My group actually had to ask to move to a bigger space cause it just felt so compact. The sushi is always good, The menu needs some changes. One thing I don't enjoy is when the sushi isn't nicely cut or wrapped right, (To thin of cut or loose in wrapping) because as your eating it kind of falls apart and that was something that happened a lot while we were there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tucked away on Pearl street,
    DiddleDen
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    Tucked away on Pearl street, a fine sushi restaurant with a nice sake list. This is not the typical chain sushi bar. The staff can actually educate you on sushi, sashimi and sake.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Japango was a good dinner.
    Nat511
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    Japango was a good dinner. Their fish was fresh and they had a goid variety. There were two of us and the two top tables were way too small for a suishi place. We were juggling drinks, plates, soy all evening. If we go again I'd sit at the bar or go with 4 and get a larger table.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Japango is our "go-to" sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    Japango is our "go-to" sushi restaurant (~90% of the time we eat sushi) in Boulder. We've probably dined there 30+ times over the past years. The quality can vary, although we've never had a "bad" meal, but last night's meal was a high quality standout. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My most recent visit was not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    My most recent visit was not up to my usual dining experience. The restaurant was crowded (bringing to mind the famous statement that "it is so popular no one goes there anymore) and therefore noisier than I like. Perhaps it was only what we ordered, but the food was not up to par. Japangos has always provided that little extra that takes food from good to excellent. That was missing on this visit. I'll go back but will try to pick a less crowded time when the chef can spend a few extra minutes on each meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Japango was fairly good. We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2012
    Japango was fairly good. We went for happy hour and most of the plates were good. Shake was on special (as it is on Wednesdays), and I would not recommend getting it then because it wasn't fresh. The rolls were fine, nothing special. My opinion is that I get more bang for my happy hour buck over at Hapa and fresher fish at Zanmai. The general ambiance was nice. At one point it took several minutes to track down our waitress to order more drinks and rolls. Generally was satisfied with the experience.
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  • Lobster tail Napalm and Mahi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    Lobster tail Napalm and Mahi Mahi appetizers were delicious. The Diablo roll was really good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've been before and have
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    We've been before and have enjoyed sushi. Their sushi is not better than say, Sushi Zanmai, a mainstay for decades in Boulder. Their prices have moved up and we are not so sure that what they serve justifies the price. Their tables for two are too small especially if your going to have a pot of tea taking up table space and a large plate of sushi for two. This restaurant doesn't knock you over with their service. There seems to be a lot of employee turnover and, hence, service inconsistencies. If you are going to have a pot of tea, make sure the water is at least hot. We've been served temperatures not high enough to steep. Goes without saying, be sure to time the steeping of your green tea at about three minutes.
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  • Okay...
    AyoOVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2012
    The service was great. The sushi was not bad however having better elsewhere in various places, I would choose not to return to Japango.
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  • Everything was great as always
    6oldtimers
    Dined on 6/25/2012
    Everything was great as always at this excellent restaurant. We took a guest, and he thought it was wonderful too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good sushi for Boulder. They
    champagnepowder
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    Good sushi for Boulder. They have a pretty good selection of rolls and sashimi. I just returned from a trip to San Fran and LA and unfortunately there are several places there that blow Japango out of the water but Japango is great for us landlocked people here in Colorado. It would be nice to see some more creativity and variety in the menu with changing items throughout the year. Great place overall.
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  • Japango is our favorite sushi
    Kevin
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    Japango is our favorite sushi spot in Boulder. Food is always great, service is tops.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, good selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    Great food, good selection on menu. A bit small and noisy. Service was great except they took too long to bring the check, I had to ask for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was very good. It
    iceman
    Dined on 5/10/2012
    The food was very good. It was very busy and the seats are fairly close, so our chairs kept getting bumped by the servers and in some cases other customers. I received a call on my cell phone 15 minutes after we were seated to check if we were coming for our reservation - obviously there was some confusion with the hostess/check in.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place! I would highly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    Great place! I would highly recommend their happy hour...one of the best finds in Boulder!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vibrant, very busy also pretty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/23/2012
    Vibrant, very busy also pretty noisy. Convenient location right on Pearl. The quality of sushi was great, just not outstanding. Prices are good, not overpriced as some of the Boulder places. Overall enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The tempura was terrific here...del
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/1/2012
    The tempura was terrific here...delicate and crunchy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    Surprisingly good food, from trditional sushi (love that unagi) to a Cactus Roll (a little spicy--good!--with a touch of cream cheese to make it even more delectable) and even desserts (usually in short supply at Asian restaurants). Their cocktail with the house-infused chili vodka was really delicious. The prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've been to Japango several
    alee
    Dined on 1/21/2012
    We've been to Japango several times and the sushi is always good and interesting. This time we had a server who was in training. The person doing the training was excellent and that's what kept things on track. However, all the times we've come, the food has been really, really slow. The worst was this time when we ordered edamame. We ordered when we sat down (before ordering our full meal) and the edamame didn't come until after we'd ordered, with our salad. We watched as tables who were seated with orders taken after ours received their food.
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  • A Delicious Experience
    6oldtimers
    Dined on 1/13/2012
    We've tried to pinpoint what it is exactly we like so much about this restaurant, aside from the wonderful food, perfect service, cozy atmosphere, and pleasing decor, and we've decided it's something about the energy, which is all positive: friendly, upbeat without being the least bit pretentious or noisy, but with just the right amount of buzz. Whoever owns and runs this place is doing everything right. We've been twice, both for special occasions with family members, and look forward to going again with just the two of us. The kitchen did get a little backed up, so we had a bit of a wait a couple of times (when we were with a larger group) but not enough to deter us from going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Plenty of sushi choices around,
    Jeff
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    Plenty of sushi choices around, including Hapa right across the mall. Food here was uninspired, nothing special at all. Wouldn't bother going there again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushi is so yummy! We come
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/5/2012
    Sushi is so yummy! We come here for my fiance's birthday almost every year because he loves sushi so much. We always enjoy the delicious food and nice service. My only tip for interested diners would be to consider the noise level. It can get really loud depending on where you sit and how the acoustics factor in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have been going to Japango
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/30/2011
    We have been going to Japango most Friday nights since our youngest daughter was a toddler. Now she's 6 and it has become a nice family tradition. Mom and Dad get top quality food and drink and our daughter loves the kids' plate!
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was quite nice and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/24/2011
    The food was quite nice and we'll definitely be back for more sushi. The place was fairly empty the whole time we were there on our date night and there was really no good reason to stick my wife and me in a corner table, pressed up against an awkwardly placed rail so that we had so little table space.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food! Two tip tables
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2011
    great food! Two tip tables are small though and shoved against a wall. feels cramped.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There was a strong fish odor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/11/2011
    There was a strong fish odor that hit me as soon as I walked in. I didn't like the food as all the sauces on cooked dishes seemed to be soy variants. The price is reasonable. Maybe I just hit them on a bad night
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  • Our Friday Night Favorite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/11/2011
    We've been going to Japango most every Friday night for dinner for the last 5 years. We started going there when our daughter was a toddler and now she is 6 years old. She loves the tried and true "kids plate" and devours every last bite! Last night was a special treat because we ventured outside our comfort zone and tried the 3 course price-fix menu. It was wonderful and we discovered 2 new dishes that are on the menu that we have never tried!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Check it out!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/4/2011
    Nice spot for a quiet get together. Food is always good and plentiful. Wait staff doesn't hover, but visually checks often for hints as to any service needed. Really enjoy this place for family gatherings, anniversaries, birthdays and just a place to eat and hold a conversation. Check it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very busy -- local college
    BellVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2011
    Very busy -- local college Homecoming time. Service was very good -- recommendations followed.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this restaurant! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/15/2011
    I love this restaurant! The food is excellent and moderately priced and the servers are all very friendly and professional. I also love that it never gets too loud, even when completely full, because the acoustics are awesome! I would definitely recommend this place for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate