Izanami

4.7
1986 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.

Per governors orders, we are now open for outdoor and indoor dining, with limited capacity. Please note that while we do our best to accommodate your seating, we cannot guarantee requests. We have a beautiful new outdoor pavilion with cozy seating surrounded by heaters for a comfortable dining experience.

Our outstanding take out and delivery is available to order at www.izanamitakeout.com

Our top priority is keeping you and our employees healthy. We have installed state-of-the-art MERV13 filters in the HVAC system and upper air germicidal UV lights to kill 99.9% of airborn particulates. We pride ourselves on being the safest indoor dining in Santa Fe!

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 our serving staff.

Experiences

  • tatami room

    Multiple dates available

    remove your shoes, and take a step into a true japanese dining experience in our tatami room. comfortable floor seating and a garden window view complete this unique dining experience.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1986 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Anonymous
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I will state that I have been to Izaname twice before and have had an amazing experience. Great food and ambiance- which is why my husband and I were so excited to go back. This time... I made a reservation on Open Table for an outdoor table.. had to wait 3 weeks to get that table.. and when we got there... they sat us inside at a table next to the emergency exit- saying there was no room outside. I fail to understand the logic... I believe you make reservations to avoid this scenario... nobody called us to inform us- on top of that.... the hostess was very sick. Considering the sensitive situation that we find ourselves in with the pandemic- it feels like the worst idea to have your first impression of the restaurant be with a person who is too ill to be working their shift. We ended up leaving.. because we were totally annoyed. There was no attempt made to make amends- just an: "I'm sorry." Very unprofessional in my experience. I hate to leave bad reviews.. but this was too much for me to let pass by.

We were very disappointed...

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vipFelds
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Great Restaurant

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vipmhall
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a beautiful restaurant in an attractive setting,,,Ask for a view over the valley,,,The food is Japanese pub food much like you get in Kyoto.The sake list is very good.The wine and beer selection was good.I thought the waitstaff excellent,Luke was a charming waiter.This was a good value dinner.....and a nice break from Southwest chili....

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vipVisitorFromSanFran
Bath
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was terrific. Food, weather, ambiance, design, etc. etc. Only hiccup was that server forgot that we were celebrating a birthday after having promised a birthday dessert. We were able to get the dessert after asking but it was a little awkward. But except for that, the wait person was great.

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vipSusanB
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having a meal at Izanami is like taking a mini-vacation. Amazing food made from fresh local ingredients, warm and gracious service and a beautiful location - one of my favorite restaurants.

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AnaB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, ambiance
And great waiter! He knew all about Sake!

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Holly
Nashville
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed it, menu options were creative.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time at Izanami. Would recommend to anyone. We will definitely be back. The sea bass was amazing along with everything else. The WAGYU on the hot stone 100%.

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EricRobin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of the top five restaurants in New Mexico. Our eating experience was outstanding. It was like taking a trip to Japan.

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vipJenniferJ
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

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marylene
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat there - A5 beef is so special.
Great staff too.

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Anne1951
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was incredible. Server had a bad attitude and actually tried to start an argument which bewildered us. We asked for advice several times but she only gave us sake advice.

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LadyDi
New Mexico
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten at Izanami many times and have always enjoyed it. The food is always delicious and the setting is lovely. The sake is wonderful and the sashimi is delicious. Staff is excellent and very knowledgeable. About our favorite place for dining out.

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JakeF
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, a beautiful experience!

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ShapeShifter
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!
Had the meat bento and (of course) a side of the shishimi fries! My lunch guests had the sashimi - the freshest fish in New Mexico!
I will be back!!!

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DonnaP
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was beautiful, even magical Japanese-style place up in the hills above Santa Fe, a perfect place for a special Anniversary meal. Gorgeous flowers and lit-up (at night) hillside pine trees with steps and old-style Japanese architecture on separate buildings for spa, rooms, and restaurant. Casual yet elegant and fun designs in the restaurant, with really nice attentive service staff. There's a big range of small plates, from perfectly made gyoza, a mushroom and bean sprout stir fry dish, 2 pea and shisho croquettes, a daily special of sashimi, to a crazy good and crazy-pricey Japanese A5 Wagyu slices you cook on a burning hot stone ($48!). We did spring for the $99 Nebraskan Wagyu tomahawk steak to share...which was very large and perfectly done, with 2 dipping sauces and slices of chilled wasabi butter--magically delicious and would say it was worth it! Finished with a lovely cake slice with macadamia nut ice cream. Just WOW. One day I'd like to try out their traditional onsen spa rooms with beautiful gardens too. I would recommend this place, but peek at the menu online for the costs!

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okbyme
New Mexico
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious but not precious or aggressive. Generous portions.

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RachelV
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience. The over all mood was great. It kind of reminded me of when I went to Japan with the amount of care they put into it! Great food

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AmandaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had such a great time here. We can't remember the last time we had a meal so good. And it reminded us of some great experiences we had at a few Japanese restaurants in NYC when we first met. Truly unique and amazing in its own right and we will definitely come back!

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SantaFeFoodie
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with dear friends from out of town. Food great. Service great. We were inside the restaurant which has amazing ambiance. You feel like you’re in Japan. Quiet. Almost empty inside or a 1:30 lunch reservation. We weren’t rushed at all. One of our favorite places to dine.

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RenR
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was amazing and everyone felt like an old friend. Knowledgeable about everything on their menu and made me feel very welcome!

Can’t wait to go back!

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RebeckaM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was beyond fantastic, the pace of the meal was relaxed and really allowed us to enjoy each dish, and the sake tasting flight was a lovely option. We'll definitely be back.

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foodie
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday celebration. The food was amazing especially the Colorado Lamb chops & Wagyu beef (Miyazaki A5–Japan) Ishiyaki

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience in Santa Fe! Incredible food, gorgeous space, and wonderful staff. Thank you, Izanami!

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vipmscleare
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Cool vibe. Very authentic Japanese but your server can help navigate. And less expensive than expected.

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joshg
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience5

I came to this res

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food presented elegantly, and waiter staff was exceptional.

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Foodie
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service & beautiful views. What more could you ask for.

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vipMartyF
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I usually give 5 starts to Izanami and never disappointed but last night the food was not up to par! The pork ribs had too much spicy chili rub and too fatty. The Waygu steak did not live up to the past quality and very chewy...not worth the cost! We waited a half hour to get seated and a half hour to get served because they were short a waiter. I hope this was just an off night all around!!

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vipsmcc
New Mexico
159 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pablo was wonderful - the restaurant was quite busy and we took that into consideration. As usual, the food was so good. We love this restaurant and are very glad they kept the outdoor pavilion! We didn't get to sit there last night, but will get back there soon. Support your local restaurants - we're so happy to be able to visit them again without COVID restrictions.

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VaneJ
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Amazing food, hostess and server on the snooty side.

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DonaI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great location with spectacular views. The service and food were impeccable!

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vip1000xCowboy
Denver
40 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

To call this place pedestrian would be a compliment. Japanese? We couldn’t find out the cut of beef -
and they graded wagyu (which is nothing more than a cross with Angus) as though it were Kobe A-5. We asked if they had maduro and our waitress said what’s that? Hello. They had no sushi. We were rushed. We will never go back. If you’re going to eat in Santa Fe go to Geronimo or the compound. If you love fine dining you will avoid this place like the plague.

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ritas
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is such an oasis. It manages to have a relaxed and calming atmosphere despite how busy it always is. And the sea bass was divine.

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Jesse
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

This was a huge disappointment. The rice was overcooked to a point where it was almost porridge. The fried chicken tasted a bit like liver and the fries were limp. The sashimi was fresh and excellent but overall it was a meal that left us sad.

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GaryH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Our wait staff was excellent. After a week in Santa Fe and all of the wonderful Southwestern restaurants there, Izanami presented a welcome change and a wonderful experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing - we loved everything about this experience

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FoodieClaire
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Izanami is always a treat for the soul, spirit and senses. Thank you for a delightful meal to celebrate our anniversary.

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vipYuminGolden
Denver
43 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch after soaking. Will come again next time we are in SF. Thank you.

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SantaFeCindy
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mary Beth has a fabulous server. It was our first time. It won’t be our last. Good was wonderful. Beautiful venue. Lovely evening. We are be locals. It is our new favorite restaurant.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Izanami using the Order Online button. Izanami also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 982-9304.

Izanami is rated 4.7 stars by 1986 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.