About East by Southwest

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.

160 E. College Dr.
Durango, CO 81301
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - close

Cross Street:
East College and 2nd Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 247-5533

Website:
http://www.eastbysouthwest.com/

Parking Details:
Parking available on 2nd Ave between 5th Street and East College. Also surrounding streets

Executive Chef:
Sergio A. Verduzco

Private Party Contact:
Hydi Verduzco: (970) 247-5533

Additional:
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

East by Southwest Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Healthy (5)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Authentic (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Business Meals (3)
Casual (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Tasting Menu (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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Cozy (1)
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined 7 days ago

Based on a friend's recommendation, we went to East by Southwest in early December (12/9). The restaurant was full with people enjoying their dinner and having lively conversations. It was an excellent first impression at the door. The service and food, however, were less than par compared to other reputable Asian or Asian fusion places I had a chance to experience. For instance, my Chirashi came out almost an hour after other dishes for the people at my table came out...followed by the wait staff completely ignoring you. The taste and presentation were less than impressive. I gave it another chance this time, and my experience has significantly improved compared to the last one. I may give it another chance, but this is just a hot spot in a small resort town.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent Sushi and Sashimi. Beyond fresh!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Extremely busy and crowded. Was also very noisy. The food was wonderful great flavor and very fresh. The service was great very friendly. Overall a nice experence.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

First time here in a long time and the experience was awful compared to prior visits. Server was sub par, one in our party received his steak entree and had finished it 10 minutes before the rest of our meals arrived. Shrimp Udon was awful. Way too expensive for such a sub par experience. We also weren't given the cotton candy at the end of our meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

NYNY is my absolute favorite roll! We stop everytime we're in Durango visiting!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

This was hands down the worst $300 meal I've ever had. Good sushi, but the experience was overpriced and very disappointing.

We got a reservation and were seated precisely on time. This was a misleadingly auspicious start.

The service was slow and infrequent, and our server lacked knowledge of the menus. It took almost 15 minutes to get waters and we hand to grab our own menus. It was almost 30 minutes before we got our drinks. More on this later.

The food was pretty good, and the fish in particular is very nice. Stick to nigiri or sashimi--the rolls are overpriced and underwhelming.

The problem with the food was that the meals came out at very different times or not at all. Of five entrees, the first came out on the heels of the apps and the fifth never came at all. We asked our server to check on the meals several times, and eventually told him that we had to leave soon. His response to our disappointment was "have you ever been here before?" I had. And I have also been to sushi restaurants elsewhere in the US, Japan, and several other countries. Literally no other sushi joint, fancy or humble, has failed so abjectly at serving food.

We eventually got a $300+ bill and had to ask them to remove the last entree that never came. They comped $25, but were never apologetic about the timing and quality of service. The manager was actually a bit rude.

Bottom line: good sushi, but that's about it. Poor service ruined an expensive experience. This place just isn't worth the price tag.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The best restaurant in Durango and the best sushi I have ever had, including trips to Japan. There is a super creative menu with excellent choices for vegetarians and fishitarians. It's great!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Nice atmosphere, attentive service. Food was tasty and plentiful. Value was fair. Noise level was much better than the first time I visited. Perhaps it was the table location or day of the week (Tuesday). Nice change since we wanted to converse and had no problem doing that. I would go back and recommend to others.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for a Date
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Went for happy hour in a very busy night and sat at the bar. Great service and great happy hour food and drink specials- not just the usual California roll and edamame. Consistently good!

Tags: Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always great experience! Server Sammy went above and beyond to make sure my son's birthday dinner was a success! Thank you!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Courtney our waitress was the BEST!!! Also Mario the chef was amazing, he made us a surprise roll that was amazing.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 1, 2017

A great happy hour! Love their Philly roll.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

😍 regular destination from Ouray. Best sushi on the western slope.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Don't order tempura off the kids menu, it will come after everyone has finished their dinner, and your child will be in tears.....unless you order before you get.there. It is super tasty, but takes at least 40 min. Also noticed some of the rolls just aren't as good as they have been the past 15 years.....I hope that it isn't a new trend.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was excellent as always, as was the service!!

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We had an early reservation prior to a concert & happened onto happy hour! Nice choices from the regular menu at happy hour prices! I love the teriditos! Sushi/ sashimi is always absolutely fresh. Reasonable choices of microbrew beers & wines by the glass & sake.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great as always! Shawn and his team are attentive and friendly. We will return.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Most of my experience was ok coukd have been better. Food was not as expected. For a Friday night seems the sushi bar was very understaffed as well as the service staff took a while to get drinks and the order tajen not to mention the time it took 1 salmon skin roll. They are better equiped to provide sercive to partues no larger than 4. Shame because the firts experience I had was about a year ago and it was a little better than this one. Only because I truly belive that it was 2 of sutting at the sushi bar. I will still visit but only by sitting st the sushi bar since service their seems to be more of an express service.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food is always great but the service is not. Lucky to get the server to come bye the table & end up asking the bus person for service. Still a great place to eat!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

It was good food but terrible 4 top table crammed in with a bunch of others and out food didn't fit on the table. Should get better seating with a reservation....

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We didn't have a good experience w food or service

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 5, 2017

We started the evening at East by Southwest but were surprised to see that the Pad Thai entree is now only served next door in their 'sister' restaurant, The Golden Triangle. Although the two restaurants seem to share a kitchen they would not serve Pad Thai at East by Southwest, probably in an effort to get more patrons into The Golden Triangle. So we enjoyed a sushi appetizer at E by SW then walked thru the hallway into The Golden Triangle to enjoy our Pad Thai entree! Seemed a little strange but we felt like we enjoyed a nice nite out at 2 enjoyable Asian restaurants. That being said, we were there early on a Wednesday evening. There were plenty of tables available at both restaurants. This option would certainly not be so convenient on a busy evening with limited table availability!

Tags: Healthy
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Food was awesome and the lunch specials are good value for money. Service was pretty slow and the server could not get the orders right for the tables that he was serving at.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Incredible combinations of flavors. Could have done with more hand-holding. Service lovely when in evidence. Was there on a holiday weekend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 25, 2017

I had dinner reservations for four people at 5:30 on August 25th 2017. The food was excellent but the service well awful really doesn't cut it. We ordered our food and it was brought out in the most haphazard manner.

Everything started out okay. we received our appetizer and then shortly thereafter my out-of-town friend received her main course. That seemed odd to her and the rest of us since she also had ordered a salad. I then received my entree while our other companions continued to wait for their entree. Eventually their food arrived and we ate our meal. After that they finally brought out the oysters that we had ordered. Two of our dinner guests ordered another round of drinks. Our waitress brought the drinks and shortly thereafter handed us our check. She never asked us if we wanted coffee or dessert. While we were having our conversation and figuring out the bill she leaned in from the Little tea station area and said that there were two other groups waiting on this table.

We all looked at each other and our conversation after that had to do with whether we should cut the size of her tip and how incredibly rude that was. It wasn't our fault if scheduling wasn't done properly and not enough time was allotted between tables. We were so annoyed that we considered just sitting there and teaching the staff a lesson.

We discussed how this has never happened to us at any other restaurant and we generally spend two to three hours enjoying our meal and drinks leaving a generous tip behind. Never has the staff ever made us feel unwelcome the way your staff did this evening. It was move them in and move them out and if they're not moving out fast enough basically tell them to get out.

I think Ken and Sue's will be getting our business from now on. They never rushed us out the door.

Sincerely a very disappointed local guest

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Always a great experience - great staff - great food!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We were so disappointed with our meal here. We LOVE JAPANESE food and sushi so we were really looking forward to it. The server was inefficient and took one order wrong, which we corrected later with him. Then my main course, scallop and foie gras, arrived before the sashimi, sushi and other starters and got cold. It was also horrible, smothered in a sweet jammy pickle which drowned out the other flavours, and very small for a main course so we sent it back in exchange for teriyaki chicken. Can't go wrong, right? Wrong! The sauce was syrupy sweet. Meanwhile my husband's tempura was fatty and unpleasant too. The sushi roll and sashimi selection were both good.

The worst thing was how the staff handled our bad meal. They hid from us, did not apologise, did not bring us the complimentary candy floss which every other table had with their bill and made sure they did not speak to us, even to say goodbye, although they had made a point of showing every other diner out and saying goodbye.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Great variety of sushi and everything we ate was fantastic.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fun
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 13, 2017

I don't want to leave a great review, why? Because I still want to be able to eat here. Seriously, we have been telling our friends about the "best sushi" we have ever had in Durango, CO. I love this place and it's at the top of my list whenever we get to Durango. But be warned, this restaurant will ruin all other plain jane sushi restaurants for you. Go if you want to have the best sushi ever, stay away if you like your sushi with a side of boring.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 12, 2017

One of our all time favorites!!! We prefer it over many restaurants in Dallas for sushi. It is a MUST if you are in Durango!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Always a favorite when in Durango. Great food and great service. Order the Vampiro.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Doug was great server.
Squash blossoms were delicious!

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 24, 2017

So yummy! one of my local favs! We frequent here for a nice dinner or casual lunch. Great for special dates too!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Vegan, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Great spot for sushi and wonderfully uniques cocktails. Never had a bad meal. My family and my friends all enjoy it so we go here quite a lot. Would recommend for anyone you enjoys sushi and there are menu choices for those who don't enjoy sushi.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Always a great meal. The owners care about their business and treat everyone well. Thank You

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Excellent food. Server good but too busy. Service scattered. Not enough front of the house staff
Lots of tourists and families

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Vegan
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 27, 2017

I don't do negative reviews normally, however... I had checked this place out the day before to make sure it would be great to celebrate my sister 's birthday. My second experience (the party of 5) was abismal. Our server was clearly unprepared to serve. I'm not sure if she didn't get proper training, but it took so long to receive our drinks that my brother went to the bar to get his drink himself.

One entree came out before the appetizers (we never did receive one of our appetizers). The entrees came out at about 10 minute intervals. The carrot ginger bisque was amazing, unfortunately that was the only truly amazing food of the night.

The manager did come and attempt to help us out...he comped a couple of drinks and desserts. The mousse was yummy.

My question is, if management knew about our server not being ready for the job, why let her serve. Especially on a special occasion party.

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Great sushi and atmosphere. Just as good, if not better, than large city sushi bars. I go here frequently for lunch and dinner and would highly recommend this establishment to others.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Our server was fantastic. Attentive and fun even though it was prom night.

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Great service, fresh fish, local ingredients, cool atmosphere

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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