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Iza Whiskey & Eats, Carrboro, NC

Iza Whiskey & Eats

4.4
4.4
194 Reviews
$31 to $50
Sushi
JAPANESE STYLE IZAKAYA SERVING SMALL PLATES, SUSHI, RAMEN, WHISKEY, SAKE AND COCKTAILS IN A MODERN SPACE.
It has always been a dream of Yung’s to open a small place where the community could relax to an evening of delicious food and fun drinks.

Yungs believes in using fresh ingredients in a simple way so they bring out their own essence. In loving foods from all over the world, he has added a Japanese flare to a simple and healthy menu inspired by his love of eating.

Iza is shorthand for izakaya (居酒屋). The word izakaya first entered the English language in 1987. It is a compound word consisting of i (to stay) and sakaya (sake shop). Izakaya originated from sake shops that

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 302-6988

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Carrboro

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 194 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Durham

    Hot Spot

  • Durham

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service with adventurous drinks and entrees, excellent!!
  2. KT

    KyleT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love trying new things so we came here for a birthday and we were thoroughly impressed. The food was excellent and interesting and the staff were very friendly and welcoming. We’ll be back, I’m sure.
  3. ED

    ErikD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service. Everything is presented nice and taste even better
  4. GS

    GretchenS

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! My friends and I found ourselves saying that throughout the entire experience. I spent many years in Japan and found the food at this restaurant to be delightful, with a range of complex and unexpected taste sensations. The owner is an excellent chef who pays attention to every detail. He is also attentive and happy to answer questions. The service was friendly and accommodating of special requests. We have had rolls, nigiri, wagyu beef, curry, soup, garlic noodles and the fabulous ramen! All elevated and outstanding! If you are a whiskey lover you will find an extensive menu with some rare and delicious choices. The sake is excellent, too. I rarely recommend restaurants but this one is worth visiting! Bonus: The owner is also a private chef. I would love to be invited to that party or event, lol!
  5. g

    gabawray

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Went because of several beautiful dishes pictured and reviewed online. None were on the menu anymore. What we ended up ordering was okay but not great. Disappointed. Won’t be back.
  6. EK

    EvanK

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sushi was absolutely amazing, and the whiskey was great. Will definitely be going back
  7. MN

    MichaelN

    Wilmington

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. Food service and ambiance all exceptional.
  8. b

    bigpoppa1948

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Incredible food very resonably price. The atmosphere & ambiance was extremely enjoyable. Where Iza Whiskey & Eats fumbled the ball was the service. First we ordered appetizers which took forever to come out of the kitchen. This wasn't because they were busy. At the time there were only anout eight people in the restuarant. We were a party of four. When the main courses came out they were given to the wrong people at our table. I still hadn't recieved my appetizer and had to ask for it. I was told a new chef made it wrong and they gad to redo it. All the food when we got it and got it right was great. When our server brought our checks no pens were provided. I know this might be considered picky but small details make a dining experience great. Finally, I know this is a place specializing in whiskey, but it would be nice if they stocked other liquors. I asked for an after diner cognac which they don't have. I will go back, but hope the service on our next visit has improved.
  9. R

    Rackam

    Salt Lake City

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place, great Asian fusion food, the best in Durham Chapel hill
  10. DH

    DuaneHB

    Atlanta

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    What a great find! The cocktails and whiskey inventory were very much an attraction, but the food (every last thing we ordered), was outstanding! This will be a place I frequent!
  11. AD

    AmandaD

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great experience and will definitely be back
  12. R

    Rtp1

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Seemed slightly understaffed but then every place seems like this due to pandemic.
  13. JW

    JeffW

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food. Tried the Japanese whiskey flight and that was fun too
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the food! It was a Sunday evening, so quiet. Friendly, attentive service.
  15. TR

    ThaisR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service ! The drinks were very unique as well
  16. MW

    MichelleW

    Pittsburgh

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Tuna tartar was amazing! I never had it served with fried seaweed, so good! 007 roll was VERY good. Garlic shrimp noodles were not my favorite. There were way too many flavors going on, it was over done.
  17. LS

    LindseyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent. Service was also very good. Sushi and ramen were especially good.
  18. LS

    LiamS

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was good. Beer came in a small goblet cup but charged the price of a pint. Seemed very unorganized but not the waitress’s fault.
  19. l

    linda

    Raleigh

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    They really need umbrellas at the tables outside. This NC sun is brutal. Food is great and John is a terrific waiter!
  20. EC

    EugeneC

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very good experience...enjoyed several appetizers and the Tuna Tartare was awesome!
  21. M

    Michael

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place and the owner is awesome. Get the spicy shrimp noodles!
  22. D

    Dubb

    Raleigh

    65 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    A long whiskey list as expected, and the drinks were excellent. A pretty good menu, but some of the dishes were a bit ho-hum. The service was excellent and a fun, active scene. The lack of excellence of the food would not prevent me from returning occasionally, and if you like to drink, this is a good spot.
  23. T

    Twigg2050

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Excellent Food, Slow service but i understand the labor shortage, So it was no problem at all. The server was great!! Outside patio very nice
  24. CW

    ChrisW

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    An unpretentious setting that, upon entry, will fool you into the expectation of experiencing a mundane dinner ahead. Given that the outdoor space is plopped against a noisy street corner, and the interior space is limited, you're prepared to be underwhelmed. Of course, if you're a whisky fan, any perceived negative is immediately forgotten upon reviewing the spirits menu and seeing the dozens of makers from which to chose. After all, Whiskey is within the name. The quality of the restaurant really begins to shine when interacting with the staff. Quality people; good people, as we say in NC. The sushi and sashimi we selected were very tasty and fresh, and please, reward yourself with the house-made wasabi; it's a refreshing relish made with the actual plant, itself, imported from Japan. It seems a lot of the patrons are local and repeat customers, and while I am not local, I will certainly be back when next in Carrboro.
  25. LG

    LeighG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a lovely evening! We met the owner, Yung, and got to sit outside on the patio!
  26. D

    Deej

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic all around. We got several appetizers, sushi rolls and the garlic noodles and everything was delicious. Drinks were exceptional. We will be back many times.
  28. C

    Chip

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the apps to the sushi rolls - everything was exquisite. The attention to detail, knowledgable and friendly staff, and expert culinary creations combined to make for a perfect dining experience! We loved the 007 and Hollywood rolls, as well as the in-house wasabi. We’ll certainly be returning.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this scene!
  30. SL

    SoleLuna

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was absolutely outstanding, we ordered different things and we all found everything super delicious. The service was slow...very slow for a Sunday evening and the restaurant indoor had just a couple of tables occupied, few more outside. The waiter came many times and apologized many times too, but in the end they totally missed one of my 2 kids main course, we waited and waited again, when his food arrived was very good as well. They knew we were celebrating my Bday. Anyway it was disappointing that they didn't remove any item form the check as a form of courtesy, like many other times it happened in other restaurants when they keep you waiting so long or they make similar misses. When he brought the check he said "next time first round is on me", well I thought why next time and not now? anyway we paid and we left. We had dessert somewhere else. I still recommend the place as food is outstanding.
  31. B

    Bmca

    Cleveland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Friendly service and great food. Hard to beat/
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and wonderful food. Very creative food combinations. Highly recommend it!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and a service. Waygu was amazing
  34. BI

    BIGAL

    Raleigh

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Much better service than our 1st visit. Food and service were good and the tuna tartare appetizer very good!
  35. JG

    JanieceG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well decorated in Asian style ambience.. reasonable prices for tasty food. Calamari was some of the best ever tasted! Ramen was delicious, not too salty. Japanese whiskey sampler was refreshing. Go try it out, worth the experience !
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, amazing service!
  37. JG

    JinG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Food was good presentation-wise. But the taste for everything was very very bland and simple.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, drinks and food was outstanding!
  39. BG

    BirthdayGirl

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great energy in the restaurant and among staff. Not easy to find a restaurant that both 50-somethings and their 17 year old son enjoy! Chef/owner clearly passionate about his business; he came out to greet our table, and I saw him doing the same at other tables while we were there. Delicious food, generous portions. Homemade wasabi was really good, and I'm not a wasabi fan! Waitstaff both friendly and efficient, which is not a given these days. Would definitely recommend.
  40. JW

    JeffW

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Over the pandemic we had tried Iza a few times and always loved it. Last night we sat inside and got to enjoy the while experience. The service as great, the food inventive and tasted awesome, and atmosphere great. We loved it! What a gem!

FAQs

Iza Whiskey & Eats offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 302-6988.

Iza Whiskey & Eats is rated 4.4 stars by 194 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Iza Whiskey & Eats

370 E Main St Ste 140, Carrboro, NC 27510-1860

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Carrboro

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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