Izanami

4.6
786 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
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j
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

thank you,,,,,, it was my friends birthday and it was totally wonderful for us.... everything,,,,,,,, thank you.. very special.... we often think of you on special occasions and tell many people love love

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DH
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and ambience. Always try something different and never disappointed

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AR
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Amy was our waitress for a friend’s bday, there were 3 rude comments made during our visit “we’ll if you just read the menu...” snobbish attitude, hurried us the whole time until the food was cleared and we were waiting for the dessert and check- then didn’t come around. Food is always good, atmosphere is great. Recommend another server.

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d
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

new lunch shabu shabu is the bomb! perfect spa food

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JT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is phenomenal!! Highly recommended, excellent food with amazing taste combos and beautiful presentation, beer and sake choices and gorgeous scenery. It is by far the best restaurant in Santa Fe. I have been two nights in a row and will be hard pressed to find another place with such amazing flavors!

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OT
Anchorage
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We had lunch. It was very nice. We enjoyed the food and our server was terrific. I have eaten here a half dozen times in the last 3 yrs. and wasn't always impressed with food, nor service. It has improved.

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JG
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

saki expert was right on very helpful all the staff was high quality service oriented always very pleasant experience and from my experience in Japan, the food is authentic and beautifully presented. a consistently great experience.

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N
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Our daughter loves coming here every year on for her birthday after a soak in the private tub. We got a table in the room that we sit in the floor and had to take off our shoes. So fun. The restaurant is beautiful. Great ambiance. We got several Japanese Tapas, sake and desserts to share. It is very expensive for the small amount that you get so the bill adds up very quickly. The highlights were the fried veggies, the food in the stick, the burger, the fried avocado and the desserts. Try the sake sampler.

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C
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Front of the house was very accommodating getting us in.
Food is good, but don’t expect sushi. Wait times for Order being taken can be long. Flag your server down ASAP to get a drink or you may just sit with water for 20 minutes or longer.

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JD
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The food was ok at best. Our server was rude and not helpful when we asked questions. We will never return

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M
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just outstanding! My friend & I rented a private hot tub at Ten Thousand Waves and made a reservation for dinner to celebrate his birthday.
The hot tub was even better than I expected and dinner was just excellent. We decided to spring for the Chef's Choice Tasting Menu and we both loved it. The delightful and engaged staff brought us wonderful dish after wonderful dish to enjoy. And we did. We lost track of how many creative, delicious, beautifully presented dishes were delivered to us. It's really nice to have the tasting menu since many of the dishes I would not have ordered since I didn't know what they were. We liked every single one.
I also had a flight of local beers, all of which I liked. My friend ordered a heavy chestnut beer that he liked so much he ordered a second.

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MR
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal and great service! The same tasting menu was fantastic, the food creative and beautifully presented. Will go back!

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Y
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great anniversary spot —omakase was amazing. will go back to try the menu items

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KJ
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Only 10 mins outside Santa Fe ( by Uber) lies this authentic Japanese restaurant. It’s authentic in terms of its surroundings and it’s dedication to Japanese rituals but the food has a definite American twist to it, which is no bad thing. Makes for an interesting evening! It’s v peaceful as you might expect given that some diners are obvious guests there and have dinner in their bath robes. Can recommend the Wagyu beef,self cooked on a hot stone on your table. The pork ribs, chicken karaage and salad were all excellent. Not cheap but worth the trip! Ps. Just make sure the Uber drops you at the top of the flight of stairs not the bottom!

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SN
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Izanami 3 times while staying at Ten Thousand Waves over 2 days. It was very good! Trent was a fantastic server for our 1st experience having dinner. He ensured we were taken care of on our anniversary. Mateo was our server for lunch and his sake expertise was excellent. We did a flight and chose a bottle after that. It was great sake! Our last evening was a late dinner and I can't recall our female server's name but she was great. Over our 3 days we tried: the bibimbap, nami burger, wagyu tatar, sweet corn kakiage (our fav), and a bunch of kushiyaki. Overall the food and service was great. We will return!

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H
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Having had their tasting menu 4 times before, I have to say, the food was not up to snuff this past Saturday evening. The meat was fatty and not tasty, few vegetables. I’ve always felt it was worth it before, but not this time.

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AB
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

truly unique restaurant. delicious with fantastic mountain setting.

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TC
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've eaten dinner at Izanami twice when visiting friends in Santa Fe. Each time the food provides a taste sensation that I really enjoy. Lots of small dishes to share with your table means lots of chances to taste something new and wonderful. Beers that you've never heard of and will enjoy trying. Located on the grounds of a spa/hotel high up above Santa Fe. Lovely.

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OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spa day for two girlfriends ended on a high note with this wonderful lunch and our server was excellent

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c
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Izanami never disappoints. Creative Japanese inspired food in a great atmosphere. Soak before or after at 10.000 Waves for the full experience.

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CF
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful meal after soaking in a hot tub and receiving relaxing treatments at Ten Thousand Waves Spa. We had the Chef’s Tasting Plate with sake. Everything was absolutely delicious, gracious service, lovely atmosphere. We think the meal we savored at Izanami ranks among the top ten meals we’ve shared over the past 18 years we’ve been adventuring together.

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JA
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mateo took care of us. Thanks to him we had outstanding sake selections. Food was superb, the new corn dish was excellent. The new room felt private and conducive to uniterrupted conversation.

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D
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I started out frustrated because they don't answer the phone. You have to leave a message and they call you back at their convenience. They don't seem to care that you might not be available and driving your car or something like that. Anyway, instead I made my reservation through OpenTable and requested the tatami room. They never bothered to call me back and say it wasn't available which was a disappointment since it was a special occasion. We had the tasting menu but a couple of folks of my party were still hungry by the end. It didn't seem really worth it, paying $79 per person and still hungry. The food was tasty and high-quality but still not worth it.

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DJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The setting is lovely, the facilities remind me of some of the restaurants I have visited in Japan, and generally speaking the food was tasty, nicely prepared and fairly authentic. Only dish that did meet expectations was the Ramen. Not really up to expectations, but in full disclosure we have eaten Ramen in some of Tokyo’s best shops. However, we would happily return to Izanami as it was a great experience.

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ML
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The two of us enjoyed a lovely dinner, trying a variety of vegetarian dishes. The staff were all pleasant & oh so helpful & accomodating. The table near us was quite boisterous, but they were enjoying good company & excellent food for what seemed a special occasion. We found the aesthetic most pleasing. We would highly recommend this fine restaurant and would dine here frequently if we didn't live in Maine.

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MC
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Amazing decor and ambiance, with authentic Japanese timber framing and some repurposed, vintage keyaki beams to boot - not something you tend to see in the States. Cool to see authentic, hand-painted chochin lanterns hanging everywhere - stunning effect!

The food was hit or miss, however: House-made tsukemono were great, shiitake & gobo were fantastic, yellow cross-cut daikon and purple kimchi not so great. Gyoza were all wrong, weird pie-crust-like wrapper & over-smooth filling, like a crab rangoon. Tempura veg (kakiage) was very nicely done - finely divided & crisp. Cucumber/wakame/radish salad was nice. My fellow diners raved about their tomato burrata. Shishitos were wonderfully aromatic & tasty. Pork belly was way undercooked for my taste, with an unappetizing, bland purple sauce. Nagoya tebasaki was fun to try, but doused in a sweet/heavy soy sauce of some kind which overpowered and muffled the crispness, and the monstrous drumettes were too large for proper handling (also found some bone shards). Kushiyaki were mostly a disappointment, esp. the wagyu which was very tough. Was intrigued by the idea of shiso chicken, but it was dry & flavor combo didn't work for me. Bacon-wrapped broccoli were fine, (but anything wrapped in bacon tends to be at least fine!) We got the kitchen a six-pack, but no noticeable feedback for the effort. This place is worth a visit for the wonderful building & decor, hopefully they'll get the food firing on all cylinders.

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KK
New Mexico
45 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a pleasure to visit izanami. The unique Japanese pub-style food, similar to tapas, are absolutely excellent prepared and presented and enjoyed.

The staff helps you navigate the menu and what interesting ingredients are, and are courteous and prompt.

We always have fun here because the meal becomes part of the conversation and everyone is sharing their small plates of Japanese Delicacies!

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GL
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The place is great, I was a bit disappointed by not being able to get a warm Sache. The waiter told me that they do not serve them in this season and that I could not get one from the menu anyway (which is not true because I got it several times before)...

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RR
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and wonderful service. Creative Japanese food and an excellent selection of Sake.

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L
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was phenomenal. The sake menu was absolutely incredible and the most extensive I have EVER seen. We spent 2 hours eating and it was over in the blink of an eye. I would definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone.

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VS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Izanami is amazing! We have been here before, but we were celebrating my brother's birthday. It was perfect! They were really great about providing meat alternatives as my brother's partner is "pescatarian". The staff were absolutely amazing, very helpful and prompt. We never felt rushed and the views were absolutely amazing. This is a true Santa Fe gem!

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ME
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary food, spectacular wine/sake list, superb service. Authentic izakaya in Japanese setting. Unique, special, worth going out of your way for.

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L
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was very good but portions were too small.
We each had a starter plus entre and left still hungry!

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l
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and a beautiful setting, would definitely come back

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J
New Mexico
28 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always consistent. Service good and pleasant atmosphere.

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t
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ordered the chef’s pic. Mostly very good but too much fried foods... and at $69 I think you could do better with personal choice small dishes. The fries calamari was tasteless and overwhelmed the delicate nature of the other dishes. Too full at end of meal so don’t start late at night if that’s what you are ordering. Excellent sake menu, by the way.

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SC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful spot with some, but limited outdoor dining. Wonderful if linked with a soak/massage or whatever at the adjacent 10,000 waves Japanese spa resort. Food at the restaurant was terrific (delicious, well presented, and ample), especially if ordered for the table and shared. Great adventure to try a flight of saki, or just stick with more known wines. Service was very accommodating, pleasant, and receded into the woodwork when not needed (not a common trait in Santa Fe where service, honestly, can be amateurish). Very quiet spot, much like the whispers required at the adjacent spa. Definitely worth a trip. Recommended highly among Santa Fe locals. Wide menu, even for those who do not want meat.

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M
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding selection of sakes. And I look forward to trying other food items from their creative selection.

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c
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The expectations set by the adjoining spa and the level of quality were not met. Far from it. The bicameral approach to dining just doesn’t work for me. I expect fresh succulent seafood from a Japanese restaurant: without a significant set of barriers. The other options were ok but not diverse or friendly enough; too pedestrian or too expensive. I had to send an item back. Service ok: to presimtuous that is had any idea what Japanese Basil is; retain Japanese names or descriptions. I am not surprised: there is a clear effort o be innovative but the execution leaves a lot behind and off the table. As for flavors: all on the surface of the main ingredient not infused inside. Was disappointed the chef was not on site on our nite but who can expect someone to be on site 365 days a year?

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CV
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were amazing and very accomodating. The food was phenonmal and simple. I would recommend this to everyone. A bit pricey but well worth it. Come for lunch instead of dinner if you have limited budget.

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