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About IYASARE

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.

1830 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese

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

Cross Street:
Hearst Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 845-8100

Website:
http://www.iyasare-berkeley.com/

Executive Chef:
Shotaro Kamio

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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IYASARE Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (14)
Fit for Foodies (12)
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Neighborhood Gem (11)
Good for a Date (10)
Authentic (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Casual (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Romantic (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Fun (4)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Cozy (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Business Meals (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

superb all the way -around as we enjoyed our outdoor lunch with propane heater on lovely 4th st We will return soon!
the Tempura is a signature dish! try it!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Iyasare is always a favorite! It can be noisy inside, but their outdoor seating is still comfortable with their heaters, even in December.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Fantastic hospitality and upbeat warm modern atmosphere. Beautiful presentation of great food. Squid especially fabulously delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Superb lunch for three. I had the Raman special..outstanding, the other two dishes equally great. Service was excellent. Try the Saki Sampler, a great deal. Highly recommend reservation.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Perfect service and beautifully prepared food. Who could ask for anything more.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Nice outdoor seating especially when in fall where it's crispy air blend with golden leaves colors above makes it a pleasant dining experience. Very friendly staff as well.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food and drink! Creative plating - great cocktails!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We have loved Iyasare since it opened. We chose it for our 1 year wedding anniversary and they did not disappoint in any way!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Delicious and beautiful food, attentive but somewhat impersonal staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Very good Japanese food, harried service, nice ambiance but very loud, until crowd thinned out.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

It is always a pleasure to dine at this restaurant. The food is very good, the service is great as are the atmosphere and the people.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Interesting menu! It was a little bit loud, but they were comfortable. We will probably come back!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Recently the experience of the lunch hour was disappointing, but the dinner there is still quite creative and excellent! They are still one of the best creative Japanese cuisine restaurants in the Bay Area.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Our two main course dishes arrived 17 minutes apart! Drinks arrived late. Kitchen and servers totally out of synch. Poor!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

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...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Fantastic meal, superb service. Superbly creative chef. Every dish we tried surprised and delighted us. Recommend that you visit and enjoy this terrific place

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Organic, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

maybe it was because it was a bit busy today, it service was slow and forgot some things we ordered. usually love it here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Superb menu, creative cocktails (sunomono vesper a must!), stretched yet attentive servers, perfect booths, lovely outside seating on warm nights❤️

Tags: Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food is outstanding, beautifully presented and full of unique flavors. The cocktails are also amazing. A must go to spot.

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great food and excellent service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Excellent food and service! I highly recommend it!

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

perfect in every way.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Inspired but not fussy - unique and skillful combinations of texture, taste and visual appeal, along with delightful outdoor seating and warm but sincere service, made for a very enjoyable evening at Iyasare.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Really great service, yummy food, but on the pricey side.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Try the Ocean Umami it is everything one can ask from the sea.

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great food and service. We did todays specialities. Very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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