Izakaya Den

4.6
1711 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese

About

Izakaya Den is Denver’s popular Japanese gastropub, modeled after the lively after hours establishments found throughout Japan. The restaurant is located on South Pearl Street and is the second restaurant of the Kizaki brothers, founders and owners of Sushi Den.



The menu is arranged in a tapas style, serving traditional Japanese small plates along with dishes infused with international flavors and textures. The more traditional Japanese offerings include sashimi and nigiri, sourced from daily fish shipments from around the globe, along with dumplings and noodle dishes. The global cuisine experiments with a bevy of different flavors including unique items such as Grilled Panzanella Salad (jumbo lump crab, toasted focaccia, local goat cheese, pistachios, plum wine vinaigrette), Kobe Beef Sliders (seared foie gras, pomme frittes). A gluten-free menu is also available along with a popular weekday happy hour from 5 to 6:30 pm.
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4.6based on all time ratings
4.7
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4.4
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4.5
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vipRobertP
Denver
4 reviews
Reviewed on January 24, 2020
Overall5foodserviceambience

Always great. Grab a seat at the upstairs bar and hopefully the roof is open.

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Molly
Denver
4 reviews
Reviewed on January 24, 2020
Overall5foodserviceambience

Phenomenal to be able to find sushi this good in Denver!

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Florence
Denver
1 review
Reviewed on December 29, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Great food, and fun atmosphere for a date or a family, or a celebration.

JV
JessicaV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Reviewed on December 16, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

This is our go to sushi spot. The food is always fresh and incredible and the wait staff really know what they’re talking about in regards to the menu. We always get elegant descriptions when asking about the food. Not a single complaint

JG
JeffG
Denver
16 reviews
Reviewed on December 11, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Outstanding Japanese dining experience. Toshi has a rock solid sister venue to his famed Sushi Den that shares the kitchen next door.

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ReneeO
Denver
1 review
Reviewed on December 9, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Favorite sushi in Denver! Awesome ambience and food is out of this world!

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vipchristinaG
Denver
12 reviews
Reviewed on December 7, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

ALWAYS FANTASTIC AND CONSISTENT! Order anything on or off the menu and you won't be disappointed. Whether you enjoy craft cocktails or fine saki, all are superb. I love the upstairs rooftop in the summer, but Izakaya Den is wonderful anytime.

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RonS
Denver
4 reviews
Reviewed on November 21, 2019
Overall3foodserviceambience

Good food. Poor service, server was not paying attention to us.

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Mindy
New York Area
5 reviews
Reviewed on November 19, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Fabulous dinner , service, and ambiance, from appetizers to the phenomenal desserts. Can't wait to go back for outstanding sushi

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AnnaI
Denver
1 review
Reviewed on October 28, 2019
Overall3foodserviceambience

Not responsive to dietary needs. Struggled serving a birthday party of 6.

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viprocky
Denver
3 reviews
Reviewed on October 21, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Excellent sushi! Beautiful restaurant! Good service! Very loud!

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SashaV
Denver
3 reviews
Reviewed on October 13, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Still believe that Sushi Den and Izakaya Den are the best sushi restaurants in Denver. Consistent quality for more than 25 years.

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RickO
Denver
2 reviews
Reviewed on October 10, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

the sushi den fish sourcing makes it the best sushi i've ever had, anywhere (izakaya is a sushi-den expansion)...amazing build-out...absolute best and freshest fish (his brother lives at the biggest japanese fish market and they ship from there, everyday) servers and bartenders are intensely trained...do yourself a favor and eat at a top restaurant in the world

MB
MikeB
Denver
1 review
Reviewed on October 8, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Sushi was amazing, service was outstanding. Great experience, a bit pricey but definitely worth it.

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sd123
Denver
8 reviews
Reviewed on October 7, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Always great food and great service. Never disappoints.

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ColoradoNewbie
Kansas City
16 reviews
Reviewed on September 30, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Great food and service. First time I ever tried sushi and the server made excellent suggestions. Highly recommend!

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kendraw
San Francisco
1 review
Reviewed on September 30, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Not SF sushi - but as close as you will get! And a great atmosphere with a diverse menu!

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MichaelS
Denver
1 review
Reviewed on September 23, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Excellent ambiance and the food was on point for everything recommended by a great staff!

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Barb
Denver
1 review
Reviewed on August 13, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Excellent sushi and service. Inside is great! Try it out; you'll love it!!

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jhtvail
Denver
1 review
Reviewed on August 9, 2019
Overall3foodserviceambience

Sushi Den next door is a better sushi restaurant. My mom ate here and got an upset stomach.

JL
JulieL
Denver
3 reviews
Reviewed on July 15, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Our favorite!!! Amazing food, ambiance and service.

TM
vipTinaM
Denver
14 reviews
Reviewed on July 9, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

One of our favorite sushi restaurants. They change up the menu daily so there is always something new.

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vipTraceyD
Denver
14 reviews
Reviewed on June 24, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

The bar on the 2nd floor is the place to be! Great atmosphere and the sushi is to die for!

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vipTruegourmet1
Denver
9 reviews
Reviewed on June 21, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Very good food. Service could be better and more attentive. A bit pricey for what you get. Valet parking is a plus for this busy area.

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Wildshoot
Denver
5 reviews
Reviewed on June 20, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Best sushi in town.
It's hard to make a choice every time we go there ;)
Also great for sake.

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vipLucy
Denver
21 reviews
Reviewed on June 11, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

wonderful sushi and Japanese food of the highest quality.

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Oliver
Denver
7 reviews
Reviewed on June 6, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

This place is so delicious! One of my favorites in Denver. The sashimi is on point

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sit upstairs!! Love love love the food. Service is slow. I think they try and be respectful but don’t forget about us.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect from the ambiance to the wine and sashimi selections. Wade made the experience excellent!

KM
KevinM
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Izakaya Den was disappointing. We came for the Nigiri, but all the fish was underwhelming. I've had great experiences at Sushi and Ototo Den, so it's probably just a bad night, but the fish was average. We spent $100 on Toro alone and I have to say, it was the most disappointing Toro Fatty Tuna I have had in Denver.

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vipSalesTraveler
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Congratulatory meal to a recent graduate.

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MikeS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the wait between our monthly visits to Izakaya Den was worth it. The refreshing house salad, mouth-watering gyoza appetizer, and, of course, pristine sushi amidst Asian Modern architecture in a neighborhood setting. A Saturday evening well spent.

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vipFatDaddy
Denver
591 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love this restaurant. The food and service are killer!

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vipMVG1
Denver
61 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place I try to eat at the Sushi bar ! Always a pleasure . I also I have an onion allergy they always graciously help me eat well and safe

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FrankieP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

They need more skilled servers. The on we had was all over the place. Wish they could work for it more. Paying $$$ Atleast guest deserved more.

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vipMaryGregDenver
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best! Everything is amazjng

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SteveC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Perhaps we caught Izakaya Den on a bad night? Typically, we love the food, the ambiance and the service. This time the ambiance was good (upstairs atmosphere rocks), but we brought friends from Boulder and their first experience was lackluster. The downhill slide began when it took our waiter nearly a half-hour to take our drink order. He said "your drinks should be out real soon..." and then we reminded him that he hadn't taken our drink order yet. Doh! Finally, we got our drinks and thought that it would be a good idea to order our meals before he got away. We shouldn't have had to try to anticipate and circumvent poor service. Subsequently, the kitchen was out of my wife's preferred dish the Hamakama (understandable enough, I suppose) so she substituted Sesame Scallops. That dish and my friends wife's meal arrived - and my wife's scallops were severely over-cooked. My friend's and my Sushi Dinners took another half-hour to arrive, so my wife and his wife were finished with their meals before our meals were even close to arriving. So, our 7:30 reservation saw us eating in shifts until after 9:00pm. There was no offer of recompense, just weak excuses and self-promotion on the part of our waiter - in other words poor service with a "side" of BS. This was a sad introduction for new customers to Izakaya Den and a disappointing experience for previously enthusiastic and loyal customers.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review