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Izanami, Santa Fe, NM

Izanami

4.8
4.8
4299 Reviews
$31 to $50
Creative Japanese
Izanami serves Japanese Izakaya fare: seasonally inspired small-plates meant for sharing, accompanied by the best sake list in the west. Please note that while we do our best to accommodate your seating, we cannot guarantee requests. We have been chosen by OpenTable diners as one of the 100 best restaurants for outdoor dining in America. Heaters and blankets assure you of a comfortable, safe dining experience year-round; dress warmly for optimal outdoor dining.



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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 84 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Creative Japanese, Japanese, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (505) 982-9304
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Kiko Rodriguez
  • Catering
    Please contact our chef for more ideas: kiko@tenthousandwaves.com
  • Private party facilities
    We have a group coordinator to help plan your special events: from small to large, your own room or private area! Contact us at Izanami@tenthousandwaves.com for more details.
  • Private party contact
    Michael Daudier: (505) 428-6402
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Fe
  • Cross street
    Hyde Park Road
  • Parking details
    izanami is on the Ten Thousand Waves Spa & Resort property in Santa Fe NM. Park in the lower lot or along the driveway up and walk up the footpath to the spa and Izanami. There is accessible parking in the top lot near the restaurant and the spa.
  • Public transit
    RTD Mountain Trail Bus Route<br />http://www.ncrtd.org/rtd-mountain-trail.aspx
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • tatami room

    Multiple dates available
    You have reserved a true traditional Japanese experience floor seating (with no well under the table for legs). Remove your shoes, and take a step onto our tatami room. A garden window view completes this unique dining experience. This is a unique experience, but it can be challenging for those with limited flexibility. Please let us know in advance if you need to change these reservations, as we will not be able to offer other options upon arrival. Children under 10 are not recommended.

What 4,299 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Best Overall

  • New Mexico

    Best Food

  • New Mexico

    Best Ambiance

  • New Mexico

    Innovative

  • New Mexico

    Healthy

  • New Mexico

    Great for scenic views

  • New Mexico

    Most Booked

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Overall

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Food

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Value

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Innovative

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Healthy

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Hot spot

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Good for special occasions

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Most Booked

4,299 Reviews
  1. MeghanH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisitely plated, super flavorful, wonderfully familiar adventurous food.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I hesitate to write this review about one of my favorite restaurants, but things were off enough last night that it warrants a pause. Let me start with what was wonderful: Staff is so nice, and the atmosphere is so beautiful, and those are tremendous plusses. Here's what was off: Our waitress couldn't keep up with our order, and even came to take our order AFTER we had ordered. This resulted in things coming out in crazy order. For example, my salad came out as an appetizer "to be shared." This was followed by delivery of one of the actual appetizers and my husband's entree. My entree followed fifteen minutes later, this was then followed by the second appetizer. Certainly none of this is the end of the world, but for this fine restaurant it was quite surprising. My husband's entree (Sea Bass) was wonderful, but the fried oyster appetizer was nearly tasteless. I would've loved to have been able to order their version of hot pot, but it was not available except at lunch, with the waitress adding that that was because it took two hours (which has never been our experience in any restaurant, much less this one). It would also have been nice to have been able to order a sushi roll. Unfortunately the only option was to order the full tasting menu to get sushi. Then to end the unfortunate night we could never get the waitress to come back to the table to take our credit card. We finally gave up, just left cash, and left without so much as a word from anyone. So unfortunate. So I'm not sure what's happening, but it isn't what it should be. I'm hoping the problem is temporary, and we are pausing our patronage of them for awhile in hopes they can regroup.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the first time me and my girlfriend had eaten here and I have to say it was a fantastic night. Everyone working was amazing and generous. The food was out of this world and the presentation was phenomenal. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. I will definitely be planning more date nights here. 

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  4. KatharineK

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sublime-Delicious -Spectacular Service and The surroundings are superb in Every Way!

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  5. StephanieF

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely lunch at Izanami. I just wish there had been more choices on the Restaurant Week menu.

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  6. JonF

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    amazing dinner, each course was fantastic. I came with a photo of a random bottle of Sake from Kyoto not expecting much, the [Sommelier?] was outstanding, was able to know which Sake it was, the region and recommended a related Sake that was the best I've had.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food with great service! Great choices of sake too.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant had a gorgeous view and was so calm and peaceful. The waitstaff was wonderful! They answered all of our questions and gave lots of information on the drinks and food choices. It was quiet and romantic (since we were there as a couple), but it’s also a perfect place to meet friends for lunch or dinner. The food was delicious and although small plates, very filling. Bonus we were there during restaurant week, so we were able to sample a bit of everything.

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  9. boothstar

    New Mexico

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent attention to detail, both in prep and quality of ingredients. Fine wait staff and lovely setting.

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  10. kennyg

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service excellent. Parking not so good!!!

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  11. MaryC

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our experience except for one minor thing was perfect. The sake was lovely. All the food was wonderful. Loved the bibimbap especially--that 500 degree bowl is something else! It did take a long time for our dessert to come out. I thought we might have been forgotten when we saw others around us getting theirs. Then it came out and it was delightful.

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  12. LadyM

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was just okay, unfortunately. The place is beautiful and the people working there are as sweet as can be. Service would have been a higher rating however I asked for a drink and it was only given to me right before I received the check… didn't quite go with dessert. I would have preferred that they asked if I still wanted it rather than bring it to the table so late.

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  13. LeslieW

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We were forgotten for awhile and couldn’t get the wait staff to bring our check.

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  14. Vicki

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Better care needs to be taken in the timing of food delivered to the table. My husband received his entree and completely ate it before my entree was delivered. I waited 20 minutes after his was delivered and in fact had to track down the waiter to ask him to find out why his rote answer was we deliver the food as it comes up. He should have checked to make sure we were receiving food in a timely manor.

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  15. JulieC

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant week menu was terrific. Delicious food, beautiful presentation, surprisingly sizable portions. A wonderful experience We'll definitely return.

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  16. Boulder

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We made reservations to celebrate my husband's birthday, and it turned out to be restaurant week, which was a nice surprise. I am sure a lot of people come here to celebrate special occasions, and so I would think the staff would be a bit better prepared to be in celebratory mode, like bringing a candle with the dessert. Our server was kind of grumpy actually, and I had to remind him that dessert was included with the prix fixe menu we ordered. It came with no candle and no "happy birthday" from the server. The food was great but I think the service needs some work at this price point!

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  17. andres

    New Mexico

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there for Restaurant Week. Loved the food, but the service was quite slow, probably due to Restaurant Week. Will definitely return.

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  18. Yummy

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of the best meals I have had in Santa Fe. It happened to be restaurant week so I chose the pre-fixe menu. Everything was outstanding.

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  19. 3ashultz

    New Mexico

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible!! The food simply blew us away. We have been here many times but this visit stood out. Our server, Sarah, was excellent and paced our food perfectly. We were never hungry or waiting but didn’t feel rushed. The food was outstandingly delicious. I did cringe at paying $13 for rice and $10 for half an avocado but I will definitely be doing it again! The overall experience was excellent. Well done Izanami!

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  20. davidl

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an enjoyable experience at Izanami, recommended!

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  21. MichaelD

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place to be with a good friend or group and relax Japanese style! Excellence at every turn, not overdone.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my 11 yr old for a celebratory luncheon. The support staff were great, especially Dylan! He made us feel very welcome and checked on us whereas our main waiter seemed aloof and slightly annoyed with us. But we were there for lunch, had made reservations, and we ordered the Japanese wagyu, the steak Bimbibap, drinks & dessert which were all terrific. We love Izanami and will always return, and we have been several times with our well-behaved children, but this is the first time I felt tolerated instead of welcomed.

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  23. Chris

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a good atmosphere and the food was excellent. The staff is incredibly friendly and made it an enjoyable experience.

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  24. BrettH

    New York City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter was great....very informative, food was delicious and unusual. We had a wonderful time...

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply said, this is now the best restaurant in town. It’s a gift.

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  26. SarahB

    Greater Boston

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The outdoor pavilion is a lovely and warm place to enjoy the great food and serve at Izanami. Our server gave us a beautiful sake recommendation, and the ceremony at the overflow pouring is delightful.

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  27. Daniel

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our visit to Izanami was fantastic, from the beautiful walk up to the restaurant to the outstanding service & food. Our waiter Omar was attentive and provided us with lots of information about the variety of plates and options. He recommended 4-6 plates for us two, and he hit the nail on the head. We had the: 1. Pork belly skewers (Vday Special) 2. Black sesame cold noodles 3. Wagyu short ribs 4. Fried lotus root w/ chicken 5. Sesame chocolate tart 6. Hojicha pannacotta They were all delicious!! We will definitely be returning as we fell in love with the ambiance and food.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best sushi restaurant in northern New Mexico. My favorite is the spicy tuna tartar. It is sublime.

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  29. KylaN

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was one of my favorite restaurant experiences in a long time! The food was absolutely incredible, the service was kind and professional and the setting was beautiful. This will become a staple for me in my future visits to Sante Fe.

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  30. PattiD

    New Mexico

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I would suggest requesting to sit in the area with windows. We were only the 2nd guests at the restaurant and were seated facing the open kitchen. That would have been ok if all the wait staff, at least 5 people weren't hanging around the area talking and at one point one young man singing.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Little pricey but good. We like the building and would like to stay at Spa next time

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  32. FLJL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    great atmosphere and great food. service is pretty average for it being more of an upscale place.

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  33. EileenB

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Like leaving home and entering a wider worldview city.

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  34. Cielo

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    our favorite place to get excellent food, service, and amazing Sake...selected for us by Mateo...

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  35. NancyS

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food. Wonderful atmosphere . The staff was professional and friendly

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  36. JimT

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my parents out for Valentine’s Day lunch. They use walkers. The staff was incredibly accommodating. As usual, the food was outstanding. We really appreciated the treatment we received. Can’t say enough good things. And did I mention the largest Sake selection in the US?

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  37. RandallD

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been enjoying the excellent sashimi 3 or 4 times a year. Always clean. Great service.

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  38. Carolyn

    Seattle

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We had reservations for the heated outdoor pavilion on a winter's eve. Once we saw the location - it seems like an after thought building without the same ambiance as the restaurant - we went inside and asked to be seated indoors (yes, got seats at the bar). We had made a booking for the outdoor pavilion thinking we'd be able to see the sun set but the building is not oriented in that direction. The staff are welcoming, the ambiance is nice enough, the food is tasty. There wasn't the z factor in any of those regards that elevated the overall experience above 'good'. $36 for literally 2 pieces of waygu short ribs and its veggies is too much. The dish we enjoyed most was the $14 roasted Japanese mushrooms. Overall, it was a fun place to try while visiting Santa Fe. When we came out, the sky was inky black with amazing stars above and the lights of Santa Fe twinkling below.

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  39. MarkV

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant has morphed over the years from its opening. More predictable, less value for money. Rice balls should be deleted from menu. Little flavor, crab filling. Scallops, Oysters were good but let’s face it they don’t need to be imported from Japan. Hey, diners don’t mind paying up for the ambience. Kai sushi in town is an affordable option but not the ambience.

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  40. lukasm

    New Mexico

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was excellent fried chicken was delicious service was not to fast but not slow

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Izanami using the Order Online button.

Izanami is rated 4.8 stars by 4299 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 84 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Izanami

21 Ten Thousand Waves Way, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Hyde Park Road
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Fe
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Creative Japanese, Japanese, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    izanami is on the Ten Thousand Waves Spa &amp; Resort property in Santa Fe NM. Park in the lower lot or along the driveway up and walk up the footpath to the spa and Izanami. There is accessible parking in the top lot near the restaurant and the spa.
  • Public transit
    RTD Mountain Trail Bus Routehttp://www.ncrtd.org/rtd-mountain-trail.aspx
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Kiko Rodriguez
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (505) 982-9304
  • Catering
    Please contact our chef for more ideas: kiko@tenthousandwaves.com
  • Private party facilities
    We have a group coordinator to help plan your special events: from small to large, your own room or private area! Contact us at Izanami@tenthousandwaves.com for more details.
  • Private party contact
    Michael Daudier: (505) 428-6402
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