Izanami

4.5
728 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. 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 728 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful experience, great service, great food, awesome views!
Thanks Izanami!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food always very good — but service and wait staff need to improved. Waited over 20 minutes in-between tapas orders

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The sake (Seven Spearmen) a semi-dry junmai was delicious. We were delighted when we got to choose our own sake cups. (See photo of mine.) Four of us shared many dishes including the wagyu tartare, seasonal pickle, house-made gyoza, grilled japanese eggplant and our favorite - the grilled avocado. We also tried all of the desserts. We love this restaurant and would go more often but it is a six-hour drive for us. I read a few of the reviews that were not complimentary and at least one review had to be a mistake because Izanami does not make traditional hamburgers. So, if you are reading reviews before deciding to go, look at the menu. Izanami serves Japanese bar food somewhat like tapas. Small plates, designed for sharing. They source meat and produce from purveyors they know and trust. In season, they grow much of their own produce or buy it locally. Fresh ingredients are emphasized in all their preparations and they make their own desserts, ice cream, and pickles in house. A+ Compliments to the chef and the entire team.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The service was spotty and though we requested a table with a view well in advance, we were told the empty view tables we did not get required a wait. And after years of great dining experiences there, we found the changed menu disappointing.

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

Used to be great. Now it's no good. Never going back. We've eaten there 10 times or more but this last time ruined it forever.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Wonderful...we’ve become regulars. Keep it up!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Great experience! Loved sitting at a traditional table on the floor!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Izanami never fails to please. Took friends who had not been there and they loved it. Our waitress, Erica, was very attentive, and anticipated our needs... cannot ask for more. Food as usual was delicious, happy to go back every time we come to Santa Fe!

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The food was served in such a hurry! Our hamburger came out first and appeared to have been pre-cooked and then warmed up. There was a tempura chili relleno pepper on top of the hamburger that was room temperature, which was still yummy, but would have been so much better if it had been actually hot. Before we'd finished the burger, the waiter brought our appetizer salad (which should have been served before the main course) and the table was truly crowded. The food was still good and the locaton and ambiance were great, but it could have been much better.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Power was out, they were running everything on a generator that kept cutting in and out...waited a long while for them to figure out if they were going to be able to bring us the dishes we ordered or not. Not a bad experience by any means, and kudos to the staff for keeping things working while the power issues continued. Would have been nice to get a comp drink or dessert for the inconvenience, but that didn’t happen. Thankfully the power came back on in time for our soak at the spa!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Really delicious and unique food and a wonderful sake selection.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We enjoyed the seafood Omakazi tasting menu and every dish was fabulous. We so enjoyed the dinner and our evening at the restaurant. The service was great and we would highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Amazing. Everything we ordered was coursed appropriately. Table outside on the patio offered beautiful mountain views. Waitstaff friendly and professional. Even the bathrooms were impressive because they had bidets. If you go to the spa, you can eat in the restaurant in your robe and go back to the spa for a soak after your meal. The grounds are absolutely beautiful. It is definitely worth the price. I’ve paid a lot more for food that was not as good so the value in my opinion is good.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

We went to Izanami for our anniversary. We sat in the traditional seating area (where you remove your shoes and sit on the floor) and we opted into the tasting menu, although it was a little higher than we normally pay. It was so worth it. Such delicious fish dishes and other tasty tasty bites. We also sampled some sake, which was a unique experience. The service was great and we had a lovely experience.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Chef's Menu took almost two hours to present, far more time than I expected. At that, the final course was too late; I had to turn it down, pay and leave.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Food was good, sake was great and the view/ambiance was very nice for a day trip. Our server would not let me add foie gras to my lunch even though it was on the dinner menu. That was a tad disappointing. overall good.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Fine cuisine, excellent service, and a truly beautiful environment

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Everything we tried was amazing! Definitely get the pork ribs- so so good!

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

very nice experience after a day of treatment at 10000 waves

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Lovely setting, good food. Alex was a great server, very knowledgeable. Saki flight was fun and tasty. Gave us a new appreciation for saki.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Amazing experience with the chef's choice tasting menu. We just relaxed into a long conversation and the amazing food kept coming and coming. We paired it with some out of this world saké flights. We always go to a special place for our anniversary, this was one of the top experiences in 8 years of anniversary dinners :)

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

I live Izanami but was terribly disappointing need that you have removed the edamame from the menu. We had a vegan with us who found many options, a gluten free and one who doesn’t eat egg or dairy. All were happy

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Wonderful meal in a wonderful space!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The food is sensational. We had requested patio but could not be accommodated because we were a group of six. Inside, the temperature was much too hot. Air conditioning has to be improved.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Amazing in every way. Izanami is my go to favorite restaurant, and I am often alone.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Izanami is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Fe, whether it's a date, a quick snack before or after a massage, or coming down the hill from a hike or from skiing. Always delicious!

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Love this place

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2018

We had the tasting menu, which was excellent - service very good too. Only regret was that the fish segment of the series was a bit small for two people. Very tasty, original dishes at a reasonable price. Note however that sales tax is not included in the prices on the menu.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

We went there for my birthday and had the most wonderful meal ever. Our server, Mateo, truly knows his sakes and directed us to perfect pairing with our food. His suggestions for starters and dishes to follow were exceptional and it all turned out to be delightful. Thank you for a memorable birthday!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Excellent food and service, lovely view, terrific sake. I always eat here when I'm in Santa Fe

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Amazing. I wish we could go every day. The daily pickle selection was our favorite part.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

This was a phenomenal and memorable dining experience. I hope I get to return. Our server Matteo was wonderful and extremely knowledgeable. We couldn't have been happier with our experience at Izanami.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

This is a really special place. We did the chef’s tasting menu and we were not disappointed. We also did sake tastings. Such a fun evening!

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

A bit out fo the way however if you are getting massages at Ten Thousand Waves it is fine. The service was good, not great. The selection of 'sake' was excellent, much better than the wine selections.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Please add more vegetarian-vegan options with the changes to the menu there are less than there used to be.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

What a great spot to chill after your spa visit. Make reservations and sit outdoors (weather permitting) to enjoy the killer view. If you are not a sake aficionado this is the place to begin your journey with one of many great tasting flights. Food was exceptional and would highly recommend the "build-your-own" skewer. Pork ribs were phenomenal as well. Not sure you can really miss here.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I was disappointed with the service. We were seated at 6:45 and given water and menus....at 7:15 I had to ask for someone to find out waiter so we could order. Food was certainly tasty, but not much of value...one stalk of asparagus with tiny piece of bacon was $5.50 and other appetizers were slightly bigger portion but priced accordingly. For the price, I simply expected better service and better value. However the views did not disappoint....beautiful setting.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Innovative food at the highest quality! Delicious and creative concepts. Terrific service, and very friendly. We will be back!

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2018

A novel experience, the waiter’s banter seemed somewhat canned & he seemed disappointed we didn’t opt to order from the extensive & expensive sake menu. The food was well-prepared and very flavorful but the “tapa” sized portions had entree-sized prices. The wine by the glass ($16.00) & beer ($9.00) seemed excessively expensive. The setting is beautiful and there is potential for a very memorable evening, but we likely won’t return. ;(

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Wonderful evening! We always enjoy the omakase menu -- so many well prepared dishes, beautifully presented. Our server was delightful and well informed about the food preparations and the sake menu. Thank you Izanami!

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