Izanami

4.6
831 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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. Groups of six or more will be charged $25 for lunch and $50 for dinner per person for cancellations made inside of 24 hours. Izanami is a fragrance free environment.
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 831 People Are Saying
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New Mexico
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutley amazing! Great combo with a soak and massage!

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s
Washington DC
111 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our lunch at this restaurant! Sasha was so kind , friendly and helpful. The food was so fresh and good. We will definitely go back!

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MM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Izanami. The atmosphere is charming and cozy and the food is DELICIOUS!

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MV
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance and service! Love that they have a Sake Sommelier!

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J
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I had a reservation at 5 pm when the restaurant had just opened. The hostess refused to let us sit by the window despite the restaurant being empty. That table was then used for employees to roll silverware...

Great service by our server. Delicious food but tiny portions and highly overpriced. After $110 for two of us without drinks, I left hungry and ready to eat a real meal. However, I did feel thin and ready for the communal tub at the spa.

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NG
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sitting next to a beautiful bay of windows, looking out at the mountains, enjoying a perfectly delicious and nourishing bowl of ramen, was one of the most restorative dining experiences I’ve ever had.

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JM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was amazing! Best meal I have had in a long time!

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ED
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Izanami - one of our top five favorites in Santa Fe - and mid-afternoon Shabu Shabu was a wonderful way to dine!

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S
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambience. Cannot wait to come back!

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JM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

While the food was excellent, the service was not nearly as good as we have come to expect from Izanami. Our group of 6 ordered the tasting menu, and we were frequently waiting for long stretches between courses. Also, I had mentioned on the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday & no acknowledgement of this special day was made for our friend, who was there for the first time. (We did celebrate a birthday there before & some sort of small dessert was brought out with a candle.) Our waitress was ok but not as friendly or knowledgeable of the menu as we have come to expect.

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MW
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Heard fabulous reviews about this place, yet everything we ordered was just ok. Even ordered the hyped burger medium rare and they served it to me well. They did remedy the mistake ( I took it home with me) and gave us a free dessert, but the Wagyu steak and burger were very sub-par to Wagyu I've had in the past. The complementary after dinner coconut chocolate wasabi truffle was literally the best thing we had all night.

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RK
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites in Santa Fe. Dining at Izanami is always and enjoyable experience. They're always upping their game. Fresh NM ingredients, natural and organic meat, fish and vegetables. The saki and tea menus are incredible.

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite and the Best "Go To's". Always creative menu, and an interesting group of customers.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the perfect place to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Romantic setting, interesting food, abundant choices for sake.

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LD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal after a day in the apa

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CW
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great experience at Santa Fe's best restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We absolutely loved the food! We tried one or 2 things from each section and the server recommended a good sake. Loved how everything was plated differently and the izakaya style. Everything was fresh and hot! The tables in the middle were maybe a little too close together because we could hear other people's conversations but it was fine. We will be back.

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LT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Hi, I was really disappointed. My order of Wagyu Beef Ishiyaki arrived and it was 5 small slivers with the appearance listed as an entree for 24.00. The people who sat near us had just finished theirs and were as surprised as I was, that was not a good experience. You lost them too. Also, as a fan of Japanese quisine and a frequent visitor to Japan, I was surprised there was no sushi on the menu but still there were sit on the floor tables. That makes absolutely no sense to me, so I give you a thumbs down. I contacted the persons who recommended this restaurant and gave them my review as well. Sure, now they agree with me!

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E
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, creative food. Very romantic and a lovely start or end to a soak at 10000 Waves. Responsibly sourced meat, amazing beer from Japan - try the dark chestnut beer!

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere. Trent was an excellent and attentive server.

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KM
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Received at glass of wine with someone else’s lipstick on it. The waitress was not informative nor that attentive.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative, well prepared food. Wait staff attentive as well helpful.

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B
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous lunch with view, sake flights, dessert, and Jonah (superb waitstaff)!

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B
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Izanami every time we visit Santa Fe. The food and ambience is always wonderful. This time, my son was very disappointed the wagyu hamburger with foi gras was not on the menu, so he ordered the ramen and found the broth was watery and definitely not up to what we normally see with ramen. My husband and I liked the bibimbop and shared with him, since he was not enjoying his meal. The gyoza and desserts tasted great.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Expected the wagyu beef to be more tender... But most of the dishes were superb!

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JB
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful visit to Izanami. The grounds are beautiful and inviting. I ordered three vegetarian plates (braised mushrooms, shichimi fries, corn kakiage) and all were delicious and comforting in the chilly weather -- I love that they are small plates because it's fun trying several things. The server suggested the Snow Shadow sake because I wanted something warm -- it was absolutely perfect. Every trip to Santa Fe should be highlighted with a visit to Izanami -- for a casual visit or a special occasion.

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FR
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Izanami is a regular go to for me and my wife for multiple reasons, namely, the food is consistently excellent, service is superior, and it is the penultimate setting for natural beauty.

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OT
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The decor was impressive and the food excellent. Great sake

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g
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Hey frequent diner here. Great attention to detail and both food and setting. Service is very uneven. Some weight stack extremely well trained others make you feel like you’re in a diner.

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g
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I had high expectations but I was disappointed on every level with Izanami. Our waitress had an attitude and wasn’t very helpful when asked questions or suggestions. She never came over to check on the meal except when we were done. I felt she got nicer when the check and tip was due.
I’ve been to a lot of very good Japanese restaurants. The food here was average. You could not order sushi unless you were having the tasting menu. No fresh seafood on regular menu which is unusual for a Japanese restaurant. I ordered the Unami burger which was recommended. It was good but a small portion. No sides came with any entree. The food is on the rich side and many of the dishes are fried. We ordered the tempura vegetables which I thought would be large pieces of tempura vegetables but instead were skinny thin match size that you barely tasted anything but the fried coating and it was just zucchini and carrots. My friend ordered a vegetarian rice dish that was very rich and loaded with cheese. I would not return or recommend.

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NS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good, but it was odd, that for a Japanese restaurant, there was not fish options on the "regular" (not Omakase) menu. A little meat heavy, though there were vegetarian and vegan options. They weren't as exciting as they could have been. The meat was apparently very good, however, according to my table mates who ate meat.

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S
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Izanami for a decade. In the past year, the menu has changed and there is cheese in many dishes. Is this Japanese style? Some of our favorite dishes have been removed, alas. We are not as thrilled with the menu as we used to be...But we love dining there and will continue to watch for new additions to the menu.

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b
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We are return customers and will return again. Food, location and overall ambiance are very much to our liking. Restaurant is transitioning to a winter menu, look forward to new dishes.

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TW
Key West
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent but unfortunately zero sea food!! Something apparently happened to their seafood delivery so that was disappointing as no chefs menu was available-
What we did have was excellent though somewhat pricey

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PL
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is very good. There is a large variety of dishes, enough for 4 full meals with no repeats. Each dish is clearly thought through, the sauces are always brilliantly made and unique. They're not just chock full of sugar or salt just to flood the tongue. Not once did I consider using the table-side soy sauce/salt/pepper.

They have a large selection of sake, I'm no sake expert so all I can say is that the ones we tried were smooth, and tasty.

Lastly, the staff is super friendly. They seem to be happy that you are getting to enjoy the food that they provide. Every time I comment how good the food is, they give me the 'see! Told you it was good' feeling. They are genuinely proud of the food they provide.

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BM
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had their relatively new "Shabu Shabu" hotpot for lunch. Delicious, healthy and a lot of fun to prepare yourself at your table. And one order is well more than enough for two. Izanami is little pricey overall but a great place with an outstanding ambiance.

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SM
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere. We had a wait for our table since previous diners were so lulled by the atmosphere they forgot to leave but were offered a free dessert as an apology. We had several vegetarian options...the agedashi tofu was cooked perfectly but the sauce was too bland and without the salty/garlicky bite you need with such a bland ingredient. The fried brussel sprouts were nothing special, corn fritters cooked well but under seasoned, a risotto-like dish that was so heavy duty fat laden (cream, cheese) that it was hard to stomach more than a bite or too. I really enjoyed the experience and would definitely give it another go.

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J
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Unique Japanese experience located high on a hill. You can park at the bottom and walk the 91 steps or take the free shuttle. Great sake & beer selection, hot stone cooking etc. located within spa compound...thoughtfully laid out landscaping. I’d love to go back & use the spa.

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CC
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

A very disappointing and dismal experience. We left early after being ignored and waiting forever when the restaurant was not in the least bit busy. We had a reservation so that wasn’t the issue. While waiting for our table it was taking so long we decided to try and purchase some chopsticks and holders but that never happened since the hostess couldn’t locate the prices. Finally we were seated but then never saw our server again. We waited literally 15 min for our sake. She indicated the gyoza was steamed and it certainly was not, it was pan fried. Menu was weird and disjointed. Who wants to eat a burger at a resort style restaurant?

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AN
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Just ok
For the omakasi we had 8-9 small courses only 2 of which were fish. Just not impressed for the money.

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