Izanami

4.5
677 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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Izanami serves Japanese Izakaya fare: seasonally inspired small-plates meant for sharing, accompanied by the best sake list in the west. Booths are always at a premium and generally reserved for parties of 4 or more.
A credit card is required for parties of 6 or more. A cancellation fee of $20.00 per person will be charged if cancelled inside of 24 hours.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Yakitori
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm - Closed for lunch on Tuesdays

Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(505) 982-9304
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kiko Rodriguez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hyde Park Road
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Parking details
izanami is on the Ten Thousand Waves Spa & Resort property in Santa Fe NM. Park in the lower lot and walk up the footpath to the spa and Izanami. There’s a call button at the bottom of the path if you want a ride. Follow the handicapped signs to drive to the upper lot, closer to the restaurant.
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Public transit
RTD Mountain Trail Bus Route
http://www.ncrtd.org/rtd-mountain-trail.aspx
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Special events & promotions
see our facebook page for special sake pairing tasting dinners
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 677 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

It was fun to wear our kimonos from the spa to dinner. We got to eat in the room where you take your shoes off and sit on the floor. It was a special experience for Father's Day. Sharing all the little plates was a fun way to try a lot of different things. I highly recommend this place for a unique alternative to New Mexican food in Santa Fe.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

As locals, we have enjoyed many meals at Izanami, and recommend it often. Last night, however, was a bit of a disappointment because the menu had no surprises. Oh, the food was good enough (although the tray of pickles was only so-so). And the beer list could benefit by a range of local craft brews instead of odd, fruity beers from Japan.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Lived in Japan for 3 years and while the innovations are fun, I miss some authenticity.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Izanami is one of the dining gems in Santa Fe! After a morning, afternoon or evening of luxurious, calming and beautiful spa treatments...Izanmi is perfect. It is an exquisite building, built with Japanese imported and local elements in the architecture. The menu is seasonal and always fresh and inventive. Seafood is flown in on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from seaside sources, including Japan. The freshest available! Service is gracious and relaxed. Sitting on the deck as the sun sets behind the Santa Fe ski mountain...gorgeous! Definitely try the Chef's Choice--Omakase menu! It is memorable for a special event.

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2.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Average food, really bad service. Pretty disappointing, tbh, and we had high expectations...

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants, and a place I always take out-of-town guests.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Absolutely lovely dinner. Food was the best I have ever had. Took the waitress’ recommendations. Baby spinach salad, croquettes, wagyu beef on the hot rock, ribs and honey lavender ice cream were all fantastic! Can’t say enough good things.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

A bit overpriced.. but excellent service and food .

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Hats off to the chef - food was flavorful and well presented. My waiter however, was curt, unwelcoming and snobbish. All in all the server ruined my meal as I could not wait to get out of there. This is a place to see and be seen by the local Santa Fe elite. Add to it the privileged guests , of which I was one, at Ten Thousand Waves and you have quite a mix! Some fun. Can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

my very favorite restaurant in the area, the food is extraordinary, their Saki list is beyond fabulous.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Amazing food and experience

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3.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Have been to Izanami 3 Times in 3 years
The menu change is disastrous; either mostly fried or burger type items
The innovative mix of vegetable and meat, cleverly done and arranged, in prior years is now gone
The service was a little halting; previous servers knew to regulate the flow of dishes to the table. This time it was hard to find the server after the first pass. Maybe they were short that day
It’s a great restaurant that may have been off its game; but the menu change is disappointing

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We tried the Omakaze chef’s menu with a flight of paired sake. We had such an amazing evening. Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Great food, fun sake, zen like atmosphere, a different perspective of Santa Fe.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

I have dined at Izanami many times for lunch or dinner and every meal makes me want to hurry back as soon as possible. The standard is consistent with regards to food and great service. I can not recommend Izanami enough.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Nice meal. Couldn’t get a booth. Small table near large party. Service was great. Food was very good. Love the sake flights.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Spa followed by Izanami and the fight of sakes for tasting. A memorable experience in Santa Fe.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

I wish I lived in Santa Fe so I could eat at Izanami every night. The sommeliers were over the top, teaching me more about sake in two days than I could have learned in a three month course. The chefs produced a dazzling array of fresh, inventive, delicious food offerings. If you go, be sure to buy them a complimentary six-pack as advertised on the menu.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Fantastic food, great service, and reasonably priced.

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2.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Not sure what has happened. Izanami has always been one of our favorite places. The service was terrible. One of our guest got up and looked for the server. We had to send the Fois Gras burger back. I one asked if would like to order something else and they did not take it off the bill. We had to tell our server to take it off. The food was very average.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Have been to Izanami many times and always love it! The food is exquisite and the Sake menu is tremendous. The staff is about the best in Santa Fe - very knowledgeable about the food and especially the Sake.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

An exotic stop in our Santa Fe vacation. Izanami did not disappoint. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable and the food and saki were world class. Excellent evening!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Perfect. Very good cuisine overall. The Age Tofu was not up to the other things we ordered but everything else was superb. Interestingly different from usual sushi based cuisine. Good to eat Japanese food that reflects the variety of the mountain region and different interesting ways to cook meat as well as fish. Delicious!! And the service was EXCELLENT on every way. Great value for the money as well and gorgeous ambiance.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

I asked for a quiet table as my dinner partner was hard of hearing. They sat us right next to the kitchen and the only walkway for the servers, so there was a lot of foot traffic and noise by our table. The service was also very slow.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

This is the one place we always take out-of-town guests! The food is unique, the service perfect, and it's like taking a trip to Japan without dealing with homeland security!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Our group of 7 were treated especially well by our server. He was super attentive to our needs and we appreciated his recommendations for food. Everything was prepared perfectly. The menu had many choices.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Beautiful venue after a spa morning at 10K Waves. The mood remained mellow and the food was very satisfying.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

I ADORED my meal here! We were two couples in NW for the first time to celebrate my 40th birthday. We came to the spa to soak and then headed over for dinner. I had booked a few reservations for dinners for the week we were in NM and Isanami was the one I was most worried about. It seemed like an odd choice for our first trip to NM and I wasn't sure about the concept of "Japanese tapas". But man was I impressed! Our whole group was.

The food - we tried 12 dishes - was super amazing. There was something for everyone and each dish was beautiful and super tasty. I couldn't even pick my favorite!

The service was impeccable. Our waiter was very helpful and attentive. Empty plates were removed from our table immediately. The sake list is the biggest I've ever seen! Even if you don't like sake, I bet there is something on that menu you will like. And the waiter, like a sommelier, was very knowledgeable about them all and made great suggestions. We all especially loved the JOTO Yuzo after-dinner sake. The sake is infused with yuzo fruit (whatever that is) and it's divine. A crowd pleaser, even for the two in our group who really don't like sake.

You can't go wrong with this place. And combined with a hot springs soak, it makes for an amazing evening.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Small servings of tasty, well presented dishes. Think tapas and you won't be disappointed. I had 4 savory plates and dessert, while not being a big eater. Original flavors and combinations. Nice outdoor seating, but limited to maybe 6 two seat tables. Great view across the valley to tree covered slopes, fading to pink of an evening sunset.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

I've written several reviews about Izanami and overall the food and everything else is fantastic. But there does always seem to be one item that disappoints....either due to portion size or price or (less so) quality.
This visit was fish night and they were out of the what I think was yellowtail sashimi.
I'm sympathetic to restaurants having to stock perishable items, but I am less so when it comes to specials...and it wasn't 9:30pm, it was 7pm.
But a bigger problem was another special, the smoked salmon. It was excellent quality and presented beautifully but I have to say that given the price and the quantity of salmon, it was the worst value in any plate I can remember ordering...anywhere.
I certainly hope this wasn't an indication of a change in direction and just one miscalculation.
Everything else was excellent - especially the tuna special...the portion size was exactly what I expected and the preparation was terrific.
Finally, a warning that parking can be tough. There's not enough up at the restaurant and the parking on the narrow road leading up the hill is a parking challenge and a fair hike if you have to park at the bottom (which I did). If you're in good shape....it's refreshing, but you are at over 7,000 feet and it's pretty steep...so be aware.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Ate here two nights in a row, while staying at Ten Thousand Waves, and considered returning for lunch. Great menu of small plates, plus a chef’s choice tasting menu featuring mostly sashimi and veggie dishes. Pricey, but fresh and delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Really lovely space and yummy food.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Great service great food even better sake!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great mother’s day :)

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Once again, I booked with special request asking for a booth by the window. Instead we got a table for two near the kitchen and restrooms! Waiter was inattentive - had to ask twice for wet washcloth that normally comes when seated. Menu has changed, so a lot of friend food, which we don't eat or more expensive red meat. When bill came it was incorrect - charged us for 10 skewers vs 6 - a difference of $22 plus tax...

Last two visits were same thing - not honoring request for a booth. On one of those occasions we got stuck sitting on tatami mats, which was horribly uncomfortable as we are both tall.

Only way I will go back is midweek for lunch - better menu, quieter and usually a booth can be had....

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Beautiful food beautiful restaurant. We stayed at ttw for one night and ate at izanami after our soak in the hot tubs .
After moving to an Airbnb we found that the food at izanami was unbeatable in Santa Fe . On our second visit we had the tasting menu .If I lived in Santa Fe I would be a regular. The muscles will be something I crave forever.

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1.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Don't waste your time or money! Staff is rude and inflexible, food is mediocre and over priced, service was extremely slow, waiter was not willing to discuss the menu and after about an hour when the appetizers arrived we never saw the waiter again. After nearly two hours, we walked to the front to pay, since we never saw our waiter, and was not able to order the remainder of our meal.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Izanami is FANTASTIC and quite surprising. The sake selection is the finest we have seen in the States. The chef's balance of flavors and textures is spot on....and his creativity with Japanese cuisine is comfortably outside the box. Such a delight!

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

The food, beer, sake, and service was all fantastic. My partner and I had a wonderful experience at Izanami. I had a gift card to the entirety of Ten Thousand Waves and decided to use it on date night. Otherwise we would have never eaten here as it’s much more expensive than we’re used to. It was so nice to have a fancy treat, complete with delicious drinks and amazing tapas. The smoked pork ribs are DELICIOUS. As are the sake braised mushrooms, and the miso glazed chicken drummettes. We ordered 6 dishes total, a sake flight, one beer, and one glass of sake. Our bill was about $100 so I guess that’s not too bad! If we come into some money we’ll definitely be back! Thanks to our wonderful waiter (whose name I can’t remember) for making our evening special!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Amazing! If you are staying there you can wear your robe to dinner. Order the omakase.

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