The Dojo Sake Bar and Izakaya
9070 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78757Neighborhood:
JapanesePrice: $30 and under
The Dojo Sake Bar and Izakaya
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.dojoatx.com/
- Phone: 5124583900x
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:45am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:15pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
- Executive Chef: Moto Seto
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: We will work closely with customers to provide a perfect menu for their meeting or event. We have many vegan options to suit all customers.
- Private Party Facilities: We can create custom, original teppanyaki menus for parties up to 36. We also have a private lounge area that can seat up to 15 for cocktails and appetizers.
- Private Party Contact: Ken 5124583900x
A word from The Dojo Sake Bar and Izakaya
The Dojo Sake Bar and Izakaya is a restaurant and full bar open late into the night offering small plates of traditional Japanese food, ramen, sake cocktails, shochu, and many original cocktails. We encourage customers to take their time, order slow, eat slow, drink slow, and enjoy the company of their friends and family. A venue for socializing, the izakaya serves mouth-watering and inexpensive small-plate cooking, along with free-flowing drinks.Continued
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The Dojo Sake Bar and Izakaya reviews from OpenTable diners
- Probably won't be open much longerKarenDined on 4/4/2014My husband and I went for dinner last night and had a disappointing experience. There were only two other tables filled even though we were there at 7:30 on a Friday night. The service was poor, even though they clearly were not busy, and the food was not enjoyable. I expect they will close soon and have already lost their ambition.
- Yummy.VeganEaterDined on 3/19/2014Pleased both an omnivore and a vegan. Relatively cheap and tasty wine by the bottle.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Do not miss the Brussel SproutsOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 3/1/2014Do not miss the Brussel Sprouts in Truffle Butter appetizer. It is unbelievaly good. You can mix and match the small plates you order and come away with a different and delightful dining experience every time. We look forward to our next visit.Special Features:
- If you're up for some goodMonicaDined on 2/28/2014If you're up for some good ramen and are feeling adventurous, this place hits the mark every time. I love the large assortment of dishes because we can try some of everything and we have never has something we didn't like. The edamame dumplings, grilled mackrel, and kewpie shrimp are a few of our favorites other than the ramen. I highly recommend this place!Special Features:
- Trying something differentStephDined on 2/21/2014First off, I'm not a foodie. I love to try different things and get to know new restaurants. This place was pretty cool. It's small and personal. The menu is diverse and the drink menu is interesting as well. I tried the fish pate (never had it before) and it was so good! My Dojo Mojito was fantastic as well.Special Features:
- 1st Visit, not so badtunanjingDined on 2/18/2014Some of the foods tasted really good, but some others are not. The ribeye steak with the onion string is really delicious. Miso ramen is a little bit bland, but the noodle and chasu texture are really great. We ordered macha creme brulee and it was really good. The mochi tempura was not so much. The only downside for me is the wait time. The reason they call it an izakaya bar is so that they are able to take longer time to prepare your food. They want you to wait and talk more with your companions. Waiting for our first food took almost 15 minutes, but there are only 4 other occupied tables beside the 20+ empty tables around us. So it is unacceptable for them to take that long.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Veggie Options!ATXWillDined on 2/15/2014They have a full menu of course, but the separate vegan menu here is awesome! The options are varied, from ramen to dumplings, and from crunchy rice to coconut ice cream parfait. Everything we tried was very yummy. Our favorite item so far is the tomato croquette platter. Our server Rob was very helpful, going back to the kitchen several times to get answers to our questions.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Didn't care for itOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 2/14/2014We had a 6 course meal and only liked one dish. The dessert was even disapointing. Our service was fine, but at least 3 tables we saw went without any service for 15-30 minutes, depending on how long they were willing to wait before saying something.
- Chalk it up to love!HogjonnyDined on 2/14/2014We had pre-reserved a table for V-day. We were sat on time... but 40 minutes later had still not been approached by a waiter and had to get up and ask someone to bring us water. Meanwhile, other tables that had been sat near us had already started eating. The food was ok, not great. But they brought two courses out of order, didn't bring us one of the wine pairings until after we complained. And we had 3 of 5 course brought out within 10-15 minutes of each other, so here we are trying to enjoy our entree we just received while they are shoving the noodle dish onto the table. We actually had to ask them to take the desert BACK to the kitchen, while we took the time to enjoy the dinner first. Horrible experience!Special Features:
- Could have been an off night...EatWellDined on 2/14/2014Went on Valentine's Day and they were clearly understaffed, so service suffered severely. Some of the food was great; particularly, the truffled brussel sprouts and infused house sake was good. Many of the other dishes were bland and under-seasoned; again, this might have been due to the greater than normal pressure. Though the food and service were disappointing, the single greatest detriment to our enjoyment of the evening was the running back and forth of the manager/owner? and hostess in high heels on a hard wood floor which saved very little time and only served to create an atmosphere of stress and anxiety. TIP: Never let'em see you sweat. I had high hopes for this place, because I like the concept. We may try on a slower night.
- Interesting concept and good foodOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 1/17/2014This is an interesting little place for something different and new. Some of the food was excellent like the bussel sprouts and salmon pate starters. The other food we had was good but not outstanding. The waitstaff is very friendly and personable. The atmosphere is a little stark. I don't like wooden chairs or benches because after awhile it becomes uncomfortable. If the idea is to take your time and eat a little at a time and drink then they need cushions on the chairs and I prefer booths for a feeling of privacy. It was good but not great.
- Decent but needs improvementdaveVIPDined on 12/22/2013They need to move to real hot towels (not pre packaged ones) and some of the dishes had sauce that is too heavy. Real Itzakaya food in Japan is light and the sauce is an afterthought. Especially the anchovy appetizer was overly full of sweet soy sauce.I would recommend this to a friend.
- GreatGailDined on 12/15/2013I've been 4 times and it's always very good. Love the Vegan Options.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Okay food, service needs helpOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 12/6/2013The food was decent, but nothing stellar. However service was incredibly slow--we were one of only a handful of tables in the place, and only ordered a round of apps and some ramen, but it took nearly 30 minutes for each course to appear. The benches are terribly uncomfortable, and the place was freezing cold. So cold that my hot sake was barely lukewarm by the time it made it to my table. It's a new restaurant, so maybe just needs time to work out the kinks. One highlight: the bartender at the bar was really helpful and knowledgeable, and the sake-martinis were delicious.
- Wonderful Experience All Around!lisabeingDined on 12/5/2013I was dying to try this place after one of my vegan blogger friends recommended it. I went with two girlfriends, all three of us vegan. We were blown away by the food! Every morsel was delicious, from the kinpira to the gyoza to the nasu and scrambled tofu to the ramen. We tried all the vegan items and each one was better than the next! We were grateful they offer a vegan menu and the food is not an afterthought, but instead made with great care and flavor. The service was also incredible. Our waiter (I think his name was Joe) was attentive, accommodating, informative and super nice. I plan to take my omnivore husband and friends there soon because I know they will love it as much I did. There is something for everyone and it is excellent!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great service and fun foodaustinmodhouseVIPDined on 11/23/2013our server was very attentive and informative. the manager stopped by several times to ensure we were doing well. the food was all good too. the only less than optimal element was being seated under the door bell. it was loud and startling whenever guests arrived/left.Special Features:
- Johnny Cool GuyReedDined on 11/22/2013If I'm being honest, this whole review should be about Johnny, but i'll get to him in a bit. The restaurant was awesome; everyone was extremely nice and catering. The Dojo has a unique menu and dining style so the whole staff does a great job to make sure you understand the experience. Enough about the restaurant though... Do you remember that line from Superbad where they say "Have you ever looked into his eyes, that was like the first time I heard the Beatles." Our sever Johnny (pardon if misspelled) was a baller to say the least. Basically his first words to us were "I'm here to take you through your epic Journey that is the Dojo dining experience." And let me tell you, he did just that. 12 thumbs up buddy (2 from each diner).Special Features:
- Nice new placedaveVIPDined on 11/16/2013I love Itzakaya food and this was a nice new place to visit. The location is a little awkward but inside of the restaurant is fun. Staff is VERY friendly and knowledgable. A couple of tips: They need to chill their sake cups/glasses before taking them to the table (the carafe was chilled but they need to chill the cups too). They need to bring hot towels to the table to clean your hands, not prepackaged, sealed cheap towelettes.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing....periodOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 11/8/2013This place is phenomenal in any way you can think of. The food is authentic and delicious, the staff is attentive and skillful, never letting the guests questions unanswered or their glass empty. Our server (Jonathan, I believe) explained the izakaya culture to my friends and I. There is only one thing that was not totally ideal throughout the whole dining experience: the doorbell. I know it's something small and overall insignificant, but it got on my nerves a little bit during my meal as patrons kept coming in and out. It's really no big deal at all, everything else was so ideal and perfect that it just stood out in comparison. The experience turned my friends into what I had already become months ago: a regular customer, without a doubtSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice and Chill4SakesSakeDined on 11/2/2013Feels relaxing there. The food, service, lighting, atmosphere are all good. Good for big groups or dates.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.