Takanami
Takanami

Takanami

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://takanamifusion.com/
  • Phone: (319) 351-5125
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are able to cater our entire menu for your events! Please contact us directly for inquiries
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a private dining room that seats up to 15 guests. Please call or email us with questions on reserving this space!
    For parties larger than 15 guests, we are flexible and can plan for other arrangements in our main dining room.
  • Private Party Contact: Jason 3193515125x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dubuque
  • Public Transit: Takanami is on the Iowa City public transit, University of Iowa Cambus and Coralville Public Transit bus routes.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Guests can park in front of the building on Iowa Ave. There is also a parking ramp on the corner of Iowa Ave & Gilbert Street.
A word from Takanami
Takanami is located in the heart of downtown Iowa City, just blocks away from the historic Old Capitol and the University of Iowa. Takanami is the perfect place to enjoy a dinner with family and friends, a business lunch, or to celebrate a special occassion. We take pride in using the freshest ingredients and providing you a truly one of a kind experience. Takanami offers private dinning for smaller groups as well as the theatrical and interactive teppanyaki tables for larger events.
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Takanami reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (4)special occasion (4)fit for foodies (4)neighborhood gem (3)romantic (3)good for groups (2)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Takanami
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Great values and relaxing atmosphere. Great place to meet a friend for lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine for IC
    regulardinerVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Went on a Saturday night with our pescetarian (eats fish, not meat) son. It was easy to get a table through OT. Service was fine. The food was good but not great. The grilled items were in a heavy sauce with cooked cucumbers, which surprised me, but it all tasted fine. We all smelled like cooking oil when we left.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our group of 6 ordered quite a bit is sushi and kept him busy! He was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    catcharmer
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    One of our favorite spots for date night. Restuarant menu has recently been upgraded along with some decor. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi and more
    Geokam85VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Another surprising sushi gem in IC. The sushi was fresh and presented well. Service was fantastic. This is a very large restaurant so seating no problem. Menus is diverse Japanese not just sushi you can even get a burger.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 89 reviews are from the Takanami reviews archive.
  • Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/1/2012
    After being seated no one waited on us or even brought us water even though wait staff walked past us many times. After 25 minutes of being ignored we alerted staff to being ignored and chose to leave. Needless to say we won't be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Went before michael mcdonald
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    Went before michael mcdonald concert. Sushi perfect. Service great. Try it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hadn't been in a long time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Hadn't been in a long time and service had been slow in the past. We were pleasantly surprised with efficient and cheerful service. The salmon sushi was excellent. The seared tuna dish was somewhat disappointing because though served rare, the slices were thick and the meat not as tender as expected. All in all it was a pleasant dining experience and will stay with the sushi next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Graduation celebration
    Sadly
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    We celebrated a U of I graduation and could not have been happier with the food, service, ambience. Loud enough to be lively but still good for conversation. Didn't order wine but the cocktails were great. Food excellent, very accommodating to a Very picky eater in the group, and the graduate was totally happy with the dinner and place. Couldn't ask for more.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My son was graduating from
    AlanalonVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    My son was graduating from University of Iowa and he wanted to go here for dinner. The sushi was very fresh. The waiter was good and very knowledgeable. They were very accommodating in that we didn't want the cream cheese that came on some of the rolls. A pleasant surprise!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service very slow and inattentive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    Service very slow and inattentive. Have eaten at Takanami several times now in hopes of better service but keep coming away disappointed. Will not try again, too many better sushi places in town.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On a date, we had both never
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    On a date, we had both never been there and left thinking we have to come back very soon. Everything about it was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    Takanami has excellent sushi and service. It's beautiful inside and has a nice atmosphere which fits multiple occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best IC Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    Outstanding sushi. Absolutely outstanding. The kobe roll...genius. The Alaskan took...genius. As a standard we get a few traditions rolls like the avocado, the eels...even those were to notch. No lie, this is a gem. It is loud, but staff moved us to make it better. It was tough to talk. More party sushi than romance but, if you want to imposed her with good stuff, this is your spot.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Takanami has to be my favorite
    LoveFood
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    Takanami has to be my favorite spot for lunch! The bento boxes are so filling and for a great price! I love the beef option but I recently tried the crab sandwich... Wow! My new favorite! It's a must try !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Takanami's is clean & comfortable,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/24/2012
    Takanami's is clean & comfortable, with an attentive wait staff. They have an interesting & abundant cocktail menu. I recommend the miso soup, salmon entree, and the vegan maki roll. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really enjoyed the sushi.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    Really enjoyed the sushi. Got to sit in the side front room with our large group - worked really well for our group to enjoy food and company.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect and the service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/6/2012
    Perfect and the service was perfect too! Thank you so much!!!!!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I returned to Takanami because
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/21/2012
    I returned to Takanami because I'd had a good lunch there a month earlier. I ordered the same thing, the vegan sushi roll. This time the rice was mushy, and the sauce lacked flavor. An additional roll of sushi had the same pasty rice. When Takanami first opened, it was great. There were innovative vegetarian options that were appealing in their color, textures and flavors. Those dishes are no longer on the menu. In recent years, the quality of the food has declined. Although I'd given up on Takanami, a friend brought me there a month ago and I was pleasantly surprised. However, it seems that much depends on who is running the kitchen. Because this restaurant's performance is so uneven, I will not recommend it.
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  • Service was excellent as always,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/23/2011
    Service was excellent as always, my only little pout was that they were out of the ginger-infused wrap dessert that I love, and we tried the rice wrapped ice cream instead. It was interesting, but I wouldn't order it again. Our server also asked us if we wanted a second roll (which I did!), and also was very good about keeping the table free of used plates and our water glasses full. We sat next to the fish tank, which weirded me out just a little bit, there was a fish that funneled sand and rock through its mouth, and one with teeth. While these are fun and fascinating, I didn't necessarily like them being right next to my head as I tried to eat and talk with my friends.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and service were both
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/26/2011
    Food and service were both excellent. We were seated promptly, our server was attentive and polite, and our drinks and food were delivered in a timely manner. Not my first time dining here, nor will it be my last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday treat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/18/2011
    Takanami's sushi is always wonderful. Very fresh, imaginative, and gorgeous on the plate. Their entrees, especially the tortellini, melt in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Takanami is a big hit for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/12/2011
    Takanami is a big hit for my friends and I! We are always happy with our food and service! The staff greats us with warm welcomes! We love it here!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was delicious, well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/11/2011
    The food was delicious, well cooked, and beautifully plated. The service was efficient, attentive, and friendly. Our group really enjoyed the experience. Note that on a Friday evening, the place really picks up by 7:30 or 8pm, and is quite vibrant (also a bit noisy, but not too bad).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and presentation,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/4/2011
    Excellent food and presentation, as always!!! Lots of new specialty menu items to choose from. Service was awesome! Always a great place to go for a night out with friends!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was excellent and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/4/2011
    The food was excellent and the service was great! A great place to enjoy dinner. I loved it!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great evening -- the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/13/2011
    Great evening -- the food was fantastic. We ordered sushi and Kobi Beef, and is was excellent. The service was great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our entire group loved the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2011
    Our entire group loved the excellent food and the service was great. We had a great time. My compliments to the CHEF!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • We always enjoy Takanami.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/21/2011
    We always enjoy Takanami. The food was excellent. Great evening, great food, and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything was great except
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2011
    Everything was great except for the Cheesecake Springroll. The strawberry sauce was exceptionally watery. This is unusual. Normally it's amazing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Probably the best steak I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2011
    Probably the best steak I have ever had...It was definitely worth the expense
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was great, and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/21/2011
    The food was great, and the service was fantastic. The entire evening dinner was spectacular!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant! The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2011
    Great Restaurant! The food was excellent and the service was great!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great spot for lovers of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/29/2011
    A great spot for lovers of sushi and those that are not. Attentive wait staff that made our evening very enjoyable, even when the sake bomb went off course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's always wonderful - food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2011
    It's always wonderful - food is great, service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved the food - it was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/18/2011
    We loved the food - it was delicious. I liked the glass of wine I had - an Argentinian pinot grigio. I did not rate it a 5 because I don't think it was over the top fabulous and the ambiance was nothing great. The desert menu was lacking - friend cheese cake - not classy! We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and it would have been friendly if they had asked it there was a special occasion and it they had acknowledged it. They did so at other fancy restaurants on all of our previous anniversary dinners. Oh, well- it's probably just part of that strange friendly Iowa experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Good sushi if a somewhat traditiona
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/13/2011
    Good sushi if a somewhat traditional menu variety. Good martinis. A little loud but fun atmosphere.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice but hard to carry a conversati
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/15/2011
    Nice but hard to carry a conversation due to noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the entire
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/8/2011
    Thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. We were seated next to the fish tank which I loved. Food was great, everyone around us was having a good time. It got a little loud for my liking but not to the point that I would not come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was seated very quickly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/8/2011
    I was seated very quickly and greeted instantly. Service was great, we didn't have to ask for anything. Food was great and came out promptly even though the restaurant was fairly busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic