Iza Whiskey & Eats

4.5
100 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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vipBobblewood
Savannah
67 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed everything from the cocktails to the appetizers to the entrees. Portions were huge. Service was great too. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and drinks were delicious.

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ElizabethA
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend this restaurant! The owner came out to clear our table and was incredibly appreciative of our business and informed us of live music and events going on! Amazing food and the cocktails were outstanding. I can’t say enough good things about this place. Come out and support your hem!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the server was very helpful.

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vipJeffM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is an absolutely fantastic restaurant. All of the food was terrific - try the Japanese Fried Chicken and the house made Ramen is a must. We met the chef/owner and he could not have been nicer. I'm even speaking to him this week to potentially do some business together. Iza has changed the footprint of fine casual dining in the Triangle!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food at Iza!

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal experience! Good and service was exceptional. Chef Young knocked this one out of the park.

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Flowersforthetable2021
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

The steak was very good. The calamari appetizer was not overcooked. The pork bulgogi was deeply disappointing - nowhere near MinGa or H-Mart. Service was prompt. Staff were nice.
Restaurant had an underlying oder of restroom cleaning products. Wasn't expecting a gigantic TV. Not going back :(

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vipKevinJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent in every way. Food, service all of the highest quality.

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StanJ
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best dining experiences my wife and I have had in the triangle. Each course was better than the last.

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vipSMil
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the Triangle!! The food, drinks, and service are phenomenal!! We drive a long distance to eat here because it is that amazing. I highly recommend this place. You will not regret it.

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Jean
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food/beverages, wait staff, atmosphere always excellent. Shared several appetizers, then had small plate main courses- wait staff, managers and owner (Yung) always helpful when needed for food/beverage choices. Highly recommend

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Foodie
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fresh sashimi. Loved the special attention from the chef/owner. Liked the inside decor. We didn’t sit outside, too sunny & next to street. We would go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Poor service, okay food

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CDiner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Interesting menu, food was good; service just felt a bit rushed.

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Bonblitz
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were looking for our first dine-in experience since COVID began. We were not disappointed- waiter Ryan was most helpful, other staff helped as well
TVs we’re on and the noise level was high; too hi. This is not the place for a quiet romantic dinner. But we’ll be nay - the food was fabulous. Sunday 7 .11.

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vipHngry
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the Carolina, 007 and the Firecracker Shrimp. Excellent bourbon selection. Definitely my favorite Sushi restaurant.

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UNCProf
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we ordered was delicious. Two items were outstanding: the tuna tartare & chips appetizer and the miso-marinated sea bass. Highly recommend!

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PrestonM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food owner is so kind. Great place to go for your birthday!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Very disappointed had heard good things about this place. Food was not very good and expensive. Service was not good, waited 15 minutes for a glass of wine was done eating and sent it back. Garlic noodles had no pal or and the ramen noodles were overcooked. Would not go back.

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vipSirena
Raleigh
73 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner. Staff was attentive. We had asked when we made reservations for a quiet table on the side and our table was perfect. Food was amazing especially the gyoza which we almost didn’t order because we had some at home. So glad we did because their gyoza was delicious. The meal was perfect. The whiskey flight tasting was great as well.

Glad we dined there and will hopefully go back again

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ScottE
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here before, another great meal with great service! The owner makes you feel welcome and appreciates your support.
Looking forward to our next visit, on the patio when it’s cooler!

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KimberlyM
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food once again. We had the brussel sprouts, gyoza, and firecracker shrimp as appetizers. The brussel sprouts are excellent! I had the beef bulgogi again, and my fiance and daughter had the Carolina roll, the 007 roll, the Alaskan roll, and the Hollywood roll, all amazing. I had the Scotland whisky flight and fiance had the cocktail with vodka, mango, sprite and something else which was super refreshing and light. Always a great experience here!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food and service were great, but the environment was a lot more casual than I expected

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DavidP
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The gyoza were the best I've ever had, and the miso Sea Bass was perfectly cooked (although the miso became a bit overpowering by the end. The Chili Garlic Noodle with shrimp were also a big hit! Service was friendly & efficient.

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ErinH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The flavors of our dishes were outstanding! Will be going back because there were so many dishes we wanted to try.

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SaravanaS
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Chef Yang was super attentive and so was the wait staff.
Great recommendations on food and drinks.

Only setback was the one item we were there for had run out but we will be back due to the great experience!

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BettyA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service for lunch. Only complaints were that the Reservation system was not working well online and the menu could use a few more tags that would indicate spice level. Not busy when we were there so was very pleasant to eat outside. Well worth the beautifully presented and tasty food!

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PattyB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, super drinks, a fun indoor
or outdoor spot.

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Th3h0ff
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and the service was fine.
The price for appetizers were steep when it didn’t include a lot. Appetizers were more of an amuse bouche.

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GregO
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Large and interesting menu. Lots of whiskey choices as the name implies. We enjoyed every item that our group of four ordered including a calamari appetizer and dessert. The place was full on a Thursday night, so I hope they thrive. We will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great restaurant

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I8well
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

While the food and front of house service were excellent, the kitchen gad several misses in timing. It was as though our party was on separate tickets, with one of us receiving each course long before the rest. That said I will return again.

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vipJoshuaU
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall experience was not great. Really expected more from their dishes. Perhaps it is because I tend to frequent more authentic Asian restaurants. The ramen was very disappointing. The noodles were way overcooked and complete mush. Egg was ok, but not soy marinated. Other dishes were so so.

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LeiaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Seems like they were having an off-night. The fryer wasn’t working, which meant many items on the menu weren’t available. Service was slow. Some of the dishes came out a little dirty. Soup arrived lukewarm and had to be reheated and came out towards the end of the meal. The food was delicious and well-flavored though when it arrived.

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vipAlstonG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really enjoyable dinner. Waitresses are young and earnest, but need more training.

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BrookeR
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, wow, wow! The best restaurant we've been to in Chapel Hill. My husband got the special 20 oz ribeye with uni butter and chimichuri. Amazing! The steak was cooked perfectly and everything else was amazing. The chef wanted to add some mushrooms, so the waitress asked if it was alright beforehand, and they really made the whole meal perfect. I got the tonkotsu ramen. The best ramen I've ever had! It was cooked perfectly and tasted amazing. We also got the Scotland flight and the mango passion cocktail. Would definitely recommend both! Overall, the experience was amazing and everyone was so nice. We loved our waitress. She was so kind and made us feel very welcome. We definitely recommend coming here for your next date night!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience1

Loved the food and cocktails! Will definitely go again

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KayG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great people great food love this place!! We drive from Fuquay for this Great food

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vipPillroller
Raleigh
44 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Only one of the four entrees we ordered were anything special. That was the sea bass. There was over a 10 minute wait for one of our party for his entrée from the time the other three were served and of course the rest of us waited to begin and our food was getting cold. One of the beers on draft was mislabeled. Should have been an IPA but was pale and tasted like a light beer and I have got the IPA many times before at bars and grocery stores and I'm sure this wasn't it. But the bartender wouldn't admit it. Just not worth the money at all.

FAQs

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

Iza Whiskey & Eats is rated 4.5 stars by 100 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.