East by Southwest

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Sushi
A taste of the Far East in the heart of the Southwest. We create vibrant fusion cuisine rooted in the flavors of Japan & the Pacific Rim. We are proud to serve all organic meats & poultry, such as American Kobe, Kurobuta Pork, & Natural Black Angus Beef. At our sushi bar enjoy cutting edge sushi & sashimi made from the best quality seafood & fresh line caught fish from Hawaiian waters. Our menu offers many tantalizing small dishes. We encourage you to order a variety of them and share amongst your table.
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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Bring back the cotton candy!

DS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service3ambience4

The food was amazing as always but the drinks from the bar are severely lacking. I order 2 drinks, 1 double tall Jack and Coke $17 and a Manhattan $15. The first drink tasted like all Coke, the second one was in a tiny glass full of ice, I watched the bartender make it, she had no idea how to make a Manhattan. She poured a shot of Bourbon followed by a shot of water or club soda and then way to much bitters. It was undrinkable. I took one sip and left the rest. If they are going to be an upscale restaurant then they need some serious training for their bartenders. For the prices they charge for drinks they should be amazing.

JV
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was excellent, however as soon as we sat down the waitress proceeded to tell us that we needed to keep our dining experience to 1 hour. We felt extremely rushed which kind of ruined the experience for us. This was supposed to be a special date and having the staff do this to us was frankly rude and uncalled for, especially considering the cost of the dining experience. The waitstaff didn’t even offer us a dessert menu after dinner but tried to immediately bring us our check. Very distasteful for such a nice restaurant. I’m not sure if we’ll want to go back.

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Don't get sashimi! fish tasted bland and gave me a stomach ache :/

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

East by southwest is a great date night or night out with friends. There was a louder table near us when we first arrived. But it was a birthday and they were obviously having a good time. Great service and great atmosphere!

R
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This establishment is soooo Flippin Yummy, I was utterly gagged! My two friends n I enjoyed spilling Tea and the latest drama from work while stuffing our mouths with delisous cuisine. If there was a discriminatory vibe, we certainly didn't feel it, although there was a lack of diversity if you catch my drift, but it was just my observation during this visit. I recommend looking at the menu before coming because the options are endless, but be open to new things n just try, you'd be surprised. I spent 60$ during this visit, my bill was 42$ but our waitress was polite, attentive, and kept our drinks flowing that I request she keep the change. Unfortunately idk if they still give complementary cotton candy at the end of the meal anymore. I was looking forward to it but it somehow slipped my mind once the bill was paid for and already out the door. I plan to continue supporting this fine establishment for the most part of my trips to Durango. Oh and when we went, it was colder than sh*t outside, they offer a quaint variety of herbal Tea options that'll warm you up instantly and tastes sublime, plus you'll have a cute Tea Pot that'll warm your hands right up over the course of the meal, like your own personal stove. Have fun ^-^

TB
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best sushi in Durango. Fresh. .............and the desserts are to die for.

DN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place for Sushi and Fusion in Durango! Never a less-than-perfect experience.

LH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was our special date night. The food was amazing! Wish the server was a little more attentive.

SU
Durango
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh sushi and more - nice design and ambiance. We love this place.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great martinis and rolls. Always a favorite!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best dinner on NYE. We had a reservation and were seated right away. The server was great, and food came out of a very busy kitchen at a perfect pace. All the apps and sushi were delicious.

L
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our overall experience was excellent. The food and drinks were delicious. The atmosphere was great. I highly recommend it.

P
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, we had a great time. Food is on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for. Enjoyed our evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

The food the very good but the service was terrible. We were in town for the Polar Express and made dinner reservations at 5:00 thinking we had plenty of time to eat before the train ride at 6:50 unfortunately we had to inhale are food and a few people in our party did not get to eat because our food didn’t come out until 6:15.

L
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful way to celebrate our daughter's 18th bday!

r
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We've been to East by Southwest many times and the food is always great. Service can be a little slow sometimes because they're always so busy.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a birthday. They were friendly and prudent. Love this place.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and prompt service. One of our favorite places in Durango.

LV
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always one of the high points of our visits to Durango! We order different things every time because everything we have tried has been a delight. But we always end with Banana Fritters! Thank you for another memorable meal.

HT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food incredible and beautiful as always. Still better than any sushi place we ate at in New Orleans or Hawaii. It was a bit loud this time, but it was also homecoming night and teenagers were crowding in without reservations and wanting a million separate tickets. Our poor waiter was gracious and humorous regardless. The food is VERY expensive relative to other places in town but also worth it. I only come once a year, if it was more affordable I would come here at least 2 times a month.
If you are contemplating a second amazing mojito the answer is no. Unless you want to lose your expensive sushi in about 30 minutes. Just sayin.

JR
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

YUM! Excellent service with very friendly wait staff. Very easy to drop $65 per person, so we can't go very often, but East by Southwest leaves you with a memorable and positive experience.

OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Made a reservation for special occasion date for my son and his GF. Arrived early for reservation. Hostess was frantic. Had to speak with the manager to get the kids seated after a 20 or so minute wait. Food is always on point. Only a handful of restaurants we choose to spend our money at and ExSW is one.

G
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sushi was amazing. We had a great time sharing 6 different rolls and we truly loved them all.

MS
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

This was probably my worst ding experience in the last 20 years. We ordered 2 mains and 2 starters as well as a bottle of wine. My “top quality “ sashimi set arrived first. The server said it was probably because the kitchen wanted to get it out of the way. The rest of our order showed up a few minutes later. The dumplings and the squid were tepid at best. My wife’s chicken pad thai had tofu instead of chicken. The replacement was marginal. My premium sashimi set had salmon that was off color and mushy in texture. When I complained the server brought out a proper serving of salmon.

This meal with a bottle of wine cost me over $200. I will never consider returning to this restaurant.

ET
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No complaints. Will go again.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best service and sushi in town!!!
My favorite restaurant in Durango!!

L
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Gustavo was awesome!! Service was fast and delicious!

h
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

East by Southwest Sushi has long been a favorite of ours. We hadn't been there in a few years since we moved out of the area, but it was as good as we remembered. Maybe even better. The double Hamachi roll was amazing, and our favorite of the night. Everything was fresh and beautifully presented. Our waiter was attentive but never pushy or rushy. The restaurant is lively and fun. We sat at the sushi bar and had a great time!

ML
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food is great, but, unfortunately the service and atmosphere have changed. I hope they get their staff more concerned with excellent service again, and less concerned with socializing with one another.

HR
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brussel sprouts were amazing! Sushi was also good.

P
Houston
55 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined at many sushi restaurants in one of the largest Gulf Coast cities in America and none of them compare to East by Southwest. The seafood items are always very fresh and the preparation second to none. If you are a sushi lover as I am and you haven't given this restaurant a try, YOU are missing an incredible treat!

P
Denver
83 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Visiting my son and he loves this restaurant. Food was very good and service was great.

L
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a pleasure to dine here!

SG
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a birthday, but that information didn’t make it to the waitress from our reservation.
Waitress was late getting to our table (they seemed short handed). Another waiter came by and told us she had a large sushi order and would be there soon. When she showed up she said she didn’t know we were there. He could have offered to get us drinks if she was busy.

Can’t win them all. Still an awesome place to eat!

BP
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Seated was soon as we arrived, waiter was prompt took our drink orders and brought water. Pot stickers were good as a starter. Order some sushi and shared Pad Thai. Both we good and more than enough to share. Will return when we are back in Durango

P
Houston
55 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Living on the Gulf Coast, we are used to fresh fish but I have to admit, East by Southwest has the best sushi/sashimi I have ever had. The fish is always fresh and the preparation creative. I tend to enjoy sashimi more than sushi and their variety of fish is better than any place I frequent on the gulf coast. This is one of my Durango go-to spots on a regular basis.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. They missed an entree and we had to keep asking about it. It finally came after everyone else was finished. The bill was pricey.

SG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the whole experience! Great service, food and atmosphere. Looking forward to returning.