Iyasare is an excellent restaurant with imaginative turns on traditional dishes. The staff is knowledgable without being condescending. When I dined with friends there two days ago, we enjoyed our meal, though there was some concern that the main eggplant dish did not use Japanese eggplant. I’m disappointed that they have put in place a draconian credit card reservation policy that charges $25/person for no shows or changes after 48 hours before the res. It’s a very popular restaurant, always full with people waiting — is this policy gaining more than losing in customer loyalty?
Iyasare is always tasty but especially when the chef is in the kitchen. This time he wasn’t so a couple of the dishes were less presentable than normal. The eggplant marinated in miso was just ok and it had way too much miso paste on the finished dish. The tempera with shrimp was a little sloppily presented. The best dish was the duck confit risotto. Very tasty.
Excellent food and presentation
Great Japanese bowls and sushi and tempura
did not like the tempura, preferred "traditional" tempura.
I've been to Iyasare many times. Always, always on top!!
My husband and I took our son and daughter-in-law out for a late dinner. It had been awhile since we had been to Iyasare and chose it. We really have to think about restaurants since my son's recent marriage to a pescatarian.
Iyasare did not disappoint. We had the kakiage w/shrimp which is a family favorite. We loved the Ocean Umami – the tastes were amazing! Other hits were the beet cured trout, portabella & unagi, the maguro tataki, and the fuyu sorbet. Good but not outstanding were the gindara and the nasu miso. Each dish was elegantly presented - a feast for the eyes as well.
Iyasare has nice booths which are great for a small group. Noise level was fine and we could hear each other well without shouting – that is so unpleasant in many eateries.
We are looking forward to our next meal there.
The food was extraordinary. We ordered 4 small dishes for 2 people (plus 2 deserts), which was plenty. The first dish was a raw scallop creation that was so delicious I almost fell off my chair. The blend of flavors and textures was awesome. The sea eel tempura was also excellent. Dungeness crab custard was really unique. The custard somehow captured the essence of the aroma of the sea, without being intrusive. The crab pieces were rich and firm. The deserts were also wonderful. Service was efficient but friendly. Cocktails and mocktails were a treat. Definitely worth a journey.
After our cooking dinner for 30 guys at C.U.R.A.'s half way house in Oakland, my cooking pal and I went to Iyasare one of our favorite lunch places in the East Bay. We had Sea Salt Edamame, a small pot of Genmaicha, for entrees she had Roasted Salmon and I had the Spicy Sashimi Salad, and we finished with the Mochi ice cream (one strawberry, one green tea).
We at inside for a change. Outside is so much fun but sometimes you need some variety. Each of the elements of the meal was fabulous, which is what we've come to expect over the years.
A special shout on the service side to the greeter, Eden, who found a table for us even though we were 30 minutes early to our reservation. And she noticed our credit cards on the table at the end of the meal, scooped 'em up, and brought us the bills so we could do our shopping. Nicely done, Eden!
Delicious, refined Japanese cuisine. Fresh, healthy and delightful
Fantastic meal, everything delicious. Attentive and informed service. A+
Our previous experience was at higher rating... service not personal as prior.... food was flavorful as expected.
Spectacular! Favorites: ocean Umami, Kakiage Tempura with Shrimp, and Duck Risotto. The deserts were stunning. Had a delicious “80”’sake and a Hitachino white beer.
My favorite restaurant in the world!
Great location! Awesome service and attention to detail. Restaurant is wonderfully designed with a cozy vibe. Definitely will be back!
Probably our fault for choosing our order, but it was all so rich. Server might have advised us to help balance with some lighter fare. Still, all very tasty.
My main complaint this visit was the tea. They really need to get Teance to train them in making eat. Specifically, what temperature water is appropriate for which tea 9it was WAY too hot for the tea selected), and they should serve it in a vessel that lets you remove the tea leaves once it has steeped - not in a big tea pot that only strains out as you pour. A 2-3 cup tea pot will not all fit into one or 2 4-ounce cups. So the tea leaves sat in the way-too-hot water for way too long.
Also - much too noisy for a special occasion out.
I have been to Japan three times, and I love the food. IYASARE fills the bill in this regard.
Service was attentive and knowledgeable. The cocktail list was novel and good. Many dishes to choose from -- as I saw the servers carrying orders to other tables I wished I could have all those interesting dishes.