Izanami

4.6
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1318 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Izanami is currently open for outside dining for limited service per the current Public Health Order. Our top priority is keeping you and our employees healthy. As we reopen, more than anything, we want you to be safe and comfortable. Masks are required at all times when you are not seated at a table. We kindly request that you wear your mask when interacting with your server. It gets chilly in the evenings, so we recommend bringing something to keep you warm.

We have our menu available for curbside takeout and delivery. Please visit the following website for more information: http://www.izanamitakeout.com/

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.
Izanami is a fragrance free environment.
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JUlieB
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience1

We are on the parking lot. The food was marginal and the server rude.

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MaryB
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience1

They are doing a good job Under the circumstances. We sat in the shade on a hot evening next to the dusty parking lot. Too many cars causing dust. We sat on a slant so the sauce on one dish dripped off onto the table!

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GailHH
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I find everything about Izanami outstanding. The originality and freshness of the food is particularly noteworthy. Examples: chilled tomatillo and poblano pepper soup with watermelon cubes; rhubarb sorbet. We always order the sashimi rice bowl. The service is impeccable. We wish we could visit more often, but the dinner was expensive enough that we can only enjoy going on very special occasions.

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Sandi4050
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During this pandemic Izanami Restaurant has managed to keep the amazing food and atmosphere the same. We love sitting outside on the deck admiring the beautiful views of the mountains of Santa Fe. The Scallops were amazing and the Avocado and Cucumber salad was refreshing! Servers were very professional and friendly! This is one of our favorite places to eat! We will be back soon!

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AnnjenetteT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly beautiful setting in the Santa Fe mountains by Ten Thousand Waves. We sat by the waterfall and had an amazing meal. Excellent service and attention to detail. Highly recommend this dining experience. So glad that Izanami is open during these challenging times.

Izanami
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your kind review! I am so glad to hear that everything was so excellent during your visit. Come up again and bask in our views!

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AmyH
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was okay...service bad. Also 6 dollars for Less than a thimble of wasabi, and the attitude of that was just ridiculous. My family was visiting from out of town and it was embarrassing. My brother snd sister in law own a micro brewery in nor cal and they were shocked at the poor service.

Izanami
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review. We do source our wasabi from an organic grower in Japan and it costs $120/lb and then we hand grate it for each order. I apologize that the price was high for you. Most restaurants that serve wasabi typically use grated horseradish with food coloring - this gives more of a kick and comes at a much lower cost. We appreciate your feedback and we have been discussing potentially bringing this alternative product in for guests that do no want the traditional wasabi.

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vipcynicalseth
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I love this restaurant and will return even though this meal was a bit shaky. They had just reopened on a limited basis after closing 3 months for Covid safety.

Some of our dishes came quickly and were delicious, other dishes took more than an hour and weren't perfect enough. The new outdoor tables have a great view of the sunset. The service was pleasant but not yet up to speed for reordering drinks or getting the dishes out in a timely fashion.

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PeterT
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything I’ve eaten there has been excellent- everything!

Izanami
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much! We feel the same :)

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JoelK
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Izanami is good but not great. They make a good effort to recreate some authentic izakaya style Japanese food but don't always succeed. I tried the miso tonkotsu ramen and it was lacking flavor - couldn't really taste much miso or pork broth. It was also overpriced. The meat bento dish is probably my favorite. Some dishes are good, some are hit and miss. The ambience is great and it's a nice place to have some good quality food but do not expect anything too authentically Japanese or a good value.

Izanami
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your feedback! We are working on redesigning our menu as we started out with an abbreviated menu when we reopened. I will pass your information on to the chef and we'll take a look at our ramen broth to make sure it is consistently full-flavored. I am glad that you liked the bento box - the miso glaze on the wagyu is my favorite! I appreciate you letting us know so that we can improve!

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CathyS
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are very pleased that Izanami has reopened. The sake braised mushrooms are one of favorite dishes. The staff was attentive. We can’t wait until the full menu is back

Izanami
Responded on June 24, 2020

Thank you for joining us - and for your kind review! We're reviewing the menu very soon and will hopefully be bringing back some more old favorites!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Doing best they can in the Covid world. We had a table in a handicap parking stall. Cars and motorcycles occasionally loud. Food top notch although many favorites not on reduced menu. Still, I'll always go there.

Izanami
Responded on June 23, 2020

Thank you for your kind review! I appreciate your feedback - we're working on installing some speedbumps to slow the upper lot traffic and I hope that will help. We are in the process of updating our menu now that we've starting to get the hang of things. I'll talk to the chef about bringing back some old favorites! Thank you for your kindness and patience!

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MaryL
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was excellent, but it seems that some of the Japanese essence is gone with items on the menu, such as tacos. Our waiter seemed distracted. We had to ask two times for a fork.

Izanami
Responded on June 23, 2020

Thank you for joining us last week! I appreciate you leaving us a note. We are going through a few changes as we adapt to the current environment and the menu is soon to change! We do try to incorporate the local cuisine and that of the chef's hometown Veracruz into our Japanese inspired menu. We'll take a look at your comments while we create our next menu. I am sorry to hear that your water seemed distracted - I will talk to them and use your feedback for educational guidance.

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AmbarV
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Went here with very high expectations since the premises of the spa and hotel are so beautiful - sad to say the food was poor - i understand that there is expected to be a certain level of hesitancy and accommodations due to covid -19 but our food came out cold - the rice and chorizo was bland at best - this restaurant can do so much better.

Izanami
Responded on June 23, 2020

Thank you for your feedback - I am very sorry to hear that your experience was anything less than outstanding. If you could contact me directly to let me know some more details, I can speak to the chef and service staff so that we can improve for your next visit.

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AndreaVargas
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived and received everything we were looking forward to.

Thank you for an ambience of beauty.

Izanami
Responded on June 19, 2020

Thank you!! We are so lucky to have such a beautiful space to share with everyone. I am very glad to hear that your experience was all that you hoped it would be. Hopefully we will see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food at Izunami is now excellent.

Eating was outside only and was a very windy and cold evening. Avoid if cold or take warm jackets.

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vipDJMS
New Mexico
48 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Staff making great efforts to offer a safe environment. Service was really slow though, not necessarily waiting for food but waiting for order, drinks, dessert. Chalking that up to changes due to Covid strategies and reopening. Definitely will be back again and again

Izanami
Responded on June 19, 2020

Thank you for your feedback - and your understanding! We are adapting every day and learning our best practices. We will focus on getting our service back up to where it should be. We're installing new systems and protocols and you can be sure to see improvements on your next visit! We look forward to seeing you again.

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vipJKWON
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Too little quantity for the price

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vipKatherineH
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though I live within 3 miles of Izanami, I have lived here almost 2 1/2 years and never been there. I think I was worried about food allergies, but I let them know what my allergies were and they were very good about omitting them, even though they are common ingredients in Japanese dishes. Superb food and ambiance! A must visit for everyone. Next, I have to try the spa.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience! Lovely place, terrific fresh superior food. This is a must try if visiting SF! We eat here every time we visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
36 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite spot in Santa Fe, as it truly takes you away from the daily grind. Food is fantastic & service is a lot of fun💗

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vipDk66
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Professional service. Terrific dining.

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MJK1
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The reception was very good. They even recognitzed our usual seats and make a record of it so that the seats can be available when we come.

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Crackervalley
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My husbands gallery representative was in town to put together a photographic show for Kurt in June New York. A huge show. We were celebrating the final choices for the show. We were shown to the counter instead of our table which was not ready. I was not going to settle for the counter nor was my husband. We were shown to our table and everything turned out well. Meal was great. Sake was superb. Our client had a wonderful time. It could have been a wreck but the problem got resolved.

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3ashultz
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been here a bunch and always like it but tonight was next level. Everything was outstanding from the table to the food to the bubbly water. We took in friends from out of town and it’s an understatement to say that they were blown away. So were we! Paloma did an awesome job. Thanks again izanami!

Izanami
Responded on March 9, 2020

It is awesome to know you were blown away. We appreciate you joining us when you are showing your friends around Santa Fe. I will pass on your compliments to Paloma and the rest of the team.

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vipValerieM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely!! Good was amazing, sake flight incredible and friendly helpful service.

Izanami
Responded on March 9, 2020

Valerie- Good to know you enjoyed the food, sake and service. Hope you can visit us again!

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BrianB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt like I was back in Tokyo, everything was great. The staff's knowledge around sake was truly incredible. HIGHLY recommended.

Izanami
Responded on March 9, 2020

Brian- Thank you for your recommendation and compliments!

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Foodie15
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved everything thing about this place! Wine selection was very good and the food was absolutely delicious!

Izanami
Responded on March 9, 2020

It is a great compliment to hear you loved everything about Izanami. Thank you.

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VanessaF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I was in a group that originally had two reservations which they combined for us upon request and were very accommodating. Everything was superb- service, food, ambiance. My only complaint is that they did not time their courses very well and our group ended up being served at different times or finishing up before others had gotten their food. The restaurant was super busy because of restaurant week, but it would have been better to serve everyone together. Other than that we had a really enjoyable evening!

Izanami
Responded on March 9, 2020

Vanessa- Thank you for the feedback as we are always trying to improve. We will look into the Restaurant Weeks format and make some adjustments for next year.

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vipEvanR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Iszanami is a must if you are in Santa Fe - or it is a place you must put on your list to visit. Excellent food, service, and an incredible selection of Sake (do a flight!). Every bite from the homemade dumplings, to the soup, to the wagyu tomahawk was flawless. Eat in the Japanese seating area in a kimono and it's almost like you're in Japan!

Izanami
Responded on March 9, 2020

Evan- We are pleased to know you enjoyed your service, food and sake. Hopefully you will join us again in the near future!

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SoniaB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed the food although we found the little quail And one of the appetizers more spicy that we would have liked. The Sake was outstanding.
The people in robes for dinner we did not like so much. They did not help the atmosphere.
Parking was tight.

Izanami
Responded on March 9, 2020

Sonia- Glad you enjoyed the food and sake list!

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vipShhhhaf
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience after a great day spent at the spa. All the dishes we ordered were wonderfully executed. The icing on the cake was that we showed up during their happy hour, which was half off all sake. Also our server was awesome! Overall memorably experience, and I'd recommend this place to anyone visiting

Izanami
Responded on March 9, 2020

It is great to hear that you had a memorable experience! I will share your review with the team and we appreciate your recommendation.

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vipLocal
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Izanami. Our server Aine was superb.

Izanami
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you for the compliments. I will share this with Aine and the team.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried chicken and the tempura sea bass was awesome. Friendly and knowledgeable employees. I want o definitely go back for happy hour.

Izanami
Responded on March 9, 2020

Glad you enjoyed your Izanami experience. Happy Hour is form 3-5 every day except for Tuesdays. Kampai!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every respect.

Izanami
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you for thinking we are excellent!

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Egirl
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

It seems there was poor communication between our server and the kitchen. We waited for an hour for all of our food to arrive. Yes, it's small plates served as they come out of the kitchen, but several parties who arrived after us got their food long before we did. We finally started bugging our waiter, who said the chefs were backed up, but that didn't explain why others were getting their food and we weren't. Eventually a manager stepped in and discounted our bill, which was nice. I don't think I'll go back to Izanami, though.

Izanami
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you for your feedback as we are always trying to improve.

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rhchef
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love Izanami and have been several times. This evening was during restaurant week, and although the food was incredible, the way they present their plates does not work for the “3 course tasting menu” idea. There were 4 of us, and for each course someone always ended up without food until the other 3 were almost done with their plates. Perhaps they should rethink how they are going to do the restaurant week menu and just do their normal presentation of small plates and do away with the course designation?

Izanami
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you for the feedback. We will look into adjusting our Restaurant Week format next time.

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vipJGKMD
New Mexico
29 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, seated on time by gracious hostess. Busy night due to being restraunt week but still served promptly with expert service and knowledge of food and sake menu. Presentation, taste, and service all highly rated.

Izanami
Responded on March 9, 2020

We appreciate knowing that you had a great experience with us and hope you visit us again!

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vipCruella
Dallas
118 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really creative and delicious dinner with outstanding sake list.

Izanami
Responded on March 9, 2020

Our sake list is one of a kind so thank you for noticing.

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JenniferL
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very small plates, and we felt it was very expensive for what you got. Half of a grilled avocado was $10, four small pieces of tofu was $7, a scoop of ice cream was $6, a small piece of cake was $12. We went there for my birthday, and while it was lovely and there were interesting choices, I would not return. The portions were just very very small. The table next to us it was her birthday as well and I heard their server offer them free dessert, while our server knew it was my birthday and offered us nothing.
It was a lovely place and interesting though, I’m vegetarian my fiancé is not. He got one lamb chop and found it so delicious I literally think he was considering licking the plate clean. But that’s also probably because after ordering 5 other small plates he was still quite hungry.

Izanami
Responded on March 3, 2020

Jennifer- We try and use as much organic and local ingredients as possible for our dishes. Chef also orders many of our ingredients from Japan hence the food cost. I would be happy to get you and a guest dessert on your next visit if you decide to return just let me know.

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NicoleV
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Izanami never lets us down and restaurant week was no different. The restaurant week menu was phenomenal and the presentation was amazing. Do yourself a favor and try this fantastic Santa Fe spot!

Izanami
Responded on March 3, 2020

Nicole- We are extending our Restaurant Week special until March 8th and glad to know we never let you down.

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FAQs

Izanami offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 428-6409.

Izanami is rated 4.6 stars by 1318 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.