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Inspired by the artisanal ingredients and simple, rustic flavors of his native Tohoku region, chef-proprietor Shotaro Kamio blends the obscure with the familiar for surprisingly extraordinary tastes. Craft beer, wine and sake. Seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Comfortable, casual indoor and heated patio garden seating
If there is no reservation available at your desired time, please call the restaurant. We accept phone bookings for our communal table, Chef's table and patio.
Berkeley, CA 94710
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Mon-Sun 11:30am-2:00pm
Dinner: Mon, Wed Th, Sun 5:30pm-8:30pm
Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:30pm-9:00pm
Special Ramen Night Menu on Tuesdays 5:30pm-8pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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IYASARE Ratings and Reviews
Iyasare never disappoints. Delicious, fresh Japanese food. Not your average sushi place. The offer composed plates of supremely fresh seafood, tender lettuces, lovely dressings. The fried chicken and the fried burdock are our favorites! Service is very professional and attentive. We often go for lunch. Makes a perfect break after wandering around Fourth Street in Berkeley.
Really special food. This time we had the seaweed salad (intriguing, delicious) and their famous tempera, this time with shrimp added. Their tempera is lots of vegetables in a crispy coating that tastes better than any tempera I've had before. The addition of shrimp gave it body and another texture to enjoy. If you don't have wine, the prices are very reasonable. With wine, prices are still below average for a standout restaurant.
Full flavor of the ocean. We ordered a special whole crab - presented with a risotto served in the shell of the body, flavored with the crab fat and topped with uni and ikura - wow! Before the crab we started with the Ocean Umami which is a small starter but full of intense delicious sea flavor. Next we had the Kakiage tempura that provided more substance and a delicious earthy flavor profile. The cocktails were very good - we can recommend the Japanese Gimlet, and the Smoked Pear. I also asked the bartender for a whiskey based drink and he prepared the best I've had in a long time made of rye, cognac and some magic juju. Highly recommend!
What memories! Just like ratatouille. I used to buy the same salmon eggs served with the Umami plate at a bait shop on San Pablo Ave and Appian Way. And the Okonani pancake smelled just like the bait I used to dress my hook with for fishing in the San Pablo Bay. What a treat is was to actually taste it!
Fishing comparisons aside, this was the worst meal I’ve had in a long time. It did actually remind me teen years living in Pinole and I told my wife “now I know what fish bait actually tastes like”. I can’t remember the last time I told a waiter that the plate wasn’t edible and sent it back. It was a stinky pile of slop. We won’t return.
Excelle nt and well prepared Japanese food; great umami savory age-dashi Tofu, kaki age, and other wonderful delights. great to share many dishes when dining in a small group! miso soup is out of this world, too! healthy and light and just simply perfect. Will definitely come as often as I can when in Berkeley!
I’ve eaten here many times and was extremely disappointed in the caliber of food this time
Salads were over dressed & not fresh, rest of the food was average, certainly not what expected from previous experiences.
I will try again but will not continue to patronize this restaurant if the food does not improve back to what it once was.
Very generous portions, wait staff should recommend splitting appetizers. 1 appetizer per person is definitely too much. Steak and duck risotto were excellent; the pancake was a little disappointing. It had chili peppers, and I don't like spicy food, but I guess I didn't read the description very well.
The food was exceptional - I’m definitely coming back to try the other items on the menu. The salmon had a delicious sauce, all the vegetables accompanying the main courses were tasty. It’s a little tight because they were very busy, but that’s a small price to pay!
I really wanted to like this restaurant, but certain elements were off. We asked our server to bring one dish first- he did not, but instead brought it in the order he felt like, even though we asked. The flavors were interesting, but the textures were clumsy and really not working in some cases such as the bacon mochi (not nice to bit through what felt like a mealworm, even if wrapped in bacon.) The pancake was filled with some kind of octopus and other seafood, but everything was rubbery and chunky and inedible. The sashimi plate was excellent and the fig tempura was not bad. The "fluffy" (it was not really) cheesecake had great, subtle flavor. Overall the flavors here were good, but again: the textures were too much. Not sure if I will be back, maybe, maybe not.
As SF food critic Michael Bauer describes it, I is what fine dining would be in Japan. This is not a sushi joint. Great seafood dishes with a variety of spices and sauces. Unlike any meal we have had before. Suggested it to our kids via text as we were at the restaurant. Go early and kick around 4th Street. Very fairly priced as well. Good Japanese scotches. Definite do over.
Iyasere offers the type of concise cooking style of Japanese cuisine with a bit of Californian fusion influence. Awesome choice for a great night out. Even better, it is in a part of Berkeley where you don't have to fight for a parking spot.
Try their fig tempura! Sounds "interesting" but it is the best thing out of our dinner...
Food was not as impressive this trip. The duck ramen was too spicy - tasted like there was an extra large dollop of kim chee paste in it. Quite a lot of garlic. The chicken karaage was not moist and tender - might have been overcooked. The dipping salts that came with it (macha tea, powdered seaweed, and togirashi) were good, though.
Service needs to be polished. My open table reservation was noted as no shoe although I told the hostess 'I have reservation. Cleaning table top before coffee without me asking would be very basic service skill. Food was good. Sashimi salad was boring. Could be better.
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