Excellent as always. This time we had omakase (chef's choice) and was not disappointed There was ample delicious food from seafood to chicken to pork to beef. This is still our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe.
As always, this place never disappoints. We are great fans and rate this as #1 in Santa Fe!
I have been coming to Izanami for many years, and it always impresses me with the creative production (Chef's Omakase), extensive Sake list, and outstanding service. It is good for any occasion: e.g., dining before Santa Fe opera, a date, lunch before a long, relaxing spa treatment, etc. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to experience Japanese-fusion culinary delights (that is not sushi).
Excellent food & service! We'd been hearing about Izanami from friends, but just hadn't gotten around to taking the drive up the hill... I wish we'd have gone much sooner! Not a typical "Japanese sushi joint" by any means, the selection of entrees are meant to be shared by the table. My wife and I really enjoyed the Pancetta wrapped asparagus spears, the chicken meatballs, the spicy sausage, the pork ribs and the baby spinach salad. We were going to end our entrees with the Wagyu beef, seared on a hot stone placed on your table, but we were just too full! So we shared a scoop of lavender-honey ice cream and then waddled back to our car.
We will be back... soon!
Enjoyable. Ramen was very good
We've been for dinner, lunch and just now special birthday Sunday lunch. We love the outdoor patio when in season and the new construction to allow more outside view tables sounds great. I was pleased to see more large plates which satisfied our guests better than sharing many small plates would have been. I still got the Bento box which I like.
Beautiful setting. Not flexible, how can a Japanese restaurant not offer sushi, sashimi or fish unless you are willing to get tasting menu. Everything was over-salted. Disappointing overall.
Enjoyed a wonderful meal with the company of my wife. We experienced numerous menu items, all fantastic. Extensive sake list, delicious custom cocktails, and a comforting tea selection. Will definitely return.
Overall we love this place. Fun energetic atmosphere, excellent Tapas style Japanese cuisine, Friendly servers. This time we sat at the countertop in front of the chef which is usually entertaining. The food was good and we had the Omakazi menu which means they pick for you. The only disappointing item was the dessert which was a very basic chocolate ice cream that didn't fit the magnitude of the meal at all!!! Also the wait staff was a bit inattentive and we had to keep asking for stuff.
The burgers are amazing and cooking your own steak on a stone was an interesting experience and delicious.
Easily one of the most creative and consistently excellent restaurants in Santa Fe.
We did the omasake (?--the chef's special), and all three of us loved it! Each dish was unusual and incredibly tasty. Plenty of food--enough for leftovers. Although the restaurant was very busy on a Saturday night, the service could not have been better. It was a great experience!
Izanami was such a joy. I ordered from the Omakase menu, and was not disappointed.
We did the Omakase menu and it was wonderful! Paired with sake flight. So much food, so delicious. I lost count of the courses. We had a blast!
Great service, burger was good if not great. Advice on sake was superb. Ambiance nice as well. Thanx
This is a very special, uniquely Japanese place in the hills of Santa Fe. Part of the spa resort known as 10,000 Waves, I love this restaurant and have several very good experiences here. They outdid themselves this time with the tasting menu. My only possible complaint was that it was too much food for three of us to manage but my son took home three small boxes to eat later. The food is fantastic, the service is excellent and the decor is beautiful. We did not partake, but the sake menu has to be the best and most comprehensive in the US. It is not cheap but the value is quite good...especially compared to anything in New York.
Beautiful setting, authentic food and sake selection. We lived in Japan for a few years and this place took us back there.
Excellent food and service in a lovely location. It is not Japan, but it feels close.
Food was very delicious. Creative take on Japanese dining; definitely not what you get at your average Japanese restaurant. Service was just okay.
the experience was incredible. The way 10,000 waves has integrated into the landscape is spectacular!
Took friends out for dinner. Fabulous Experience.
Izanami is a Santa Fe treasure. Unfortunately, over the tenure of Chef Kiko Rodriguez, the flavor profile here and there in the menu has drifted away from the traditional Japanese combinations. Also, the quality standard is not maintained on each plate as it had been in the earlier days of this wonderful place. As a result, our family now dines there far less often. We hold out hope that the 10,000 Waves owners, as knowledgeable as they are of Japanese cuisine, will someday put a halt of this drift and return to a kitchen product worthy of their gorgeous building and location.
Food was delicious and very fresh. The tapas style made it great to share with friends and try a wide variety of things. Our favorite was the ahi tuna sashimi chef's tasting special and the brussel sprouts. Server was knowledgeable as well and made good recommendations. The tatami room was cozy but roomy and quite enough to hold a conversation. Would highly recommend, especially after spending a relaxing day at Ten Thousand Waves spa!
This is my third time here and every time I’m in Santa Fe, it’s a must stop. The whole Japanese spa/lodge/dining experience is well worth it.
Had excellent service from our server and the food was some of the best I've had in a while. Myself and my boyfriend absolutely enjoyed ourselves. Good food and Sake. Great place for a special occasion or group dinner.
We had a fabulous post-spa meal at Izunami. It was an adventure to sample several of their small plate offerings and relax and enjoy the ambiance. Hip, friendly, and unique.
Amazing! We got the tasting menu and it was delicious!
Awesome awesome place. Go for a soak and enjoy the tasting menu. Everyone on the staff is amazing
Exquisite and creative. Seven highly knowledgeable regarding the food, it’s origin and preparation. Wonderful ambiance. We went for our anniversary lunch.
Izanami is one of our favorite Japanese restaurants in North America. The food is always superb and the service great.
Great food, good service. Authentic experience. Lots of vegetarian items (contrary to other reviews). Great dinner after the spa!
Izanami still offers a nice dining experience, with a fantastic sake selection, but the food was less impressive than on previous visits. We come to Izanami every time we visit Santa Fe, and this time we were disappointed by a number of the dishes we ordered. We'll still be back because it's a lovely place to be, particularly pre or post-bathing at Ten Thousand Waves, but the food isn't what we had experienced before.
We had lunch at Izanami. The food was alright , but hot food wasn't actually hot and the flavors were not notable in any way. The service was rather indifferent, however, the host who greeted us was charming and made us feel very welcome. We went away happy but more with the setting than with anything related to the food or the service which I would have to characterize as just ok.
Simply fabulous, as always. The staff are amazing, the food is out of this world and the sakè is the best I've had anywhere.
We invited friends who had never been and it was a total hit! out of the park I should say. In addition to ordering from the delicious variety on the Restaurant Week menu, we shared 2 different flights of Sake - the Sake was fabulous! We licked our plates, our palettes were dancing, the stories and conversations flowed with the sake...We will continue to bring and surprise friends. Grateful we have this gem of a place here in Santa Fe.
The saki selection is beyond compare in this country.
A great place to have an authentic Japanese meal. We shared the beet salad with goat cheese tempura, veggie and meat skewers and the pana cotta. Food was outstanding, server was terribly rude.
This was a great visit. The best I had was the sake braised mushrooms. One of the best dishes I have ever had anywhere. Staff was very knowledgeable.
Just a fantastic place to eat!
We had high expectations, but the food was not quite the authentic Japanese we were after. Also felt like the front of house staff were not very organized - service was slow, staff were chatting at the pass, which was in full view of the restaurant
Wonderful food in a magical setting
Our server Trent is simply fantastic