Izakaya by Yanaga

4.6
45 Reviews
$30 and under
Izakaya
Izakaya by Yanaga

Experience by yanaga for yourself!

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 45 people are saying
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vipILikeYumYums
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greta variety of food and drinks.

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Chloe
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service staff was so friendly! Our waiter helped us go over the menu, suggested cocktails, and was incredibly attentive! Food was incredible. I will definitely be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food came quick and service was great! The vegetable ramen was delicious and o highly recommend the When East Meets West cocktail! Can’t wait to go back!

LJ
LoJord
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great plates to share. Yummy cocktails and sake selection. And a refined atmosphere that is above and beyond your everyday hangout.

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Micah
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great atmosphere. Service was 100%

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere!!

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CO1234
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Was alllwed to book but the restaurant was actually closed so did not get to sxperience

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vipEricC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best sushi I’ve had in a while. Fresh fish, ingredients that only enhanced the quality of fish, fair prices, allergen friendly, attentive staff and fun cocktail list. Will be back many times.

TJ
TeneishaJ
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cool, fun ambience…great place for night out with friends or a date.

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Haley
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ramen, maki and robata! We will definitely be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Small plates, the soup and drinks were absolutely delicious. The sushi were not that great. Dry. Very casual and very noisy.

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BradR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were at the restaurant for about 30 min with no background music and few people so it felt like everyone working could heard your convo. Recommend background music at all times

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Nicelunchskimpycocktails
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful…. Our waiter Jeff was very patient explaining each dish and it’s preparation. Delicious dinner!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Cool place! Great staff!

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Edrazu
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Ordered 3 small plates, karaage chicken, soft shell crab bao, and pork gyoza. Small plates were excellent! Everything was cooked perfectly and I thought the sauces were unexpected and really delicious. Also ordered the Spider Roll and it was perfect. I gave 3 stars for food because of the Kawasaki chicken ramen. I was shocked when they brought it out. Probably the worst ramen I've ever had anywhere. You can go to any tourist trap in Chinatown and get a decent bowl of noodles for less money. Ajitama literally translates to seasoned egg...and the eggs were just plain softboiled eggs. Completely unseasoned. Broth tasted like Campbell's canned soup and the noodles were essentially spaghetti. And it was 18 dollars! Whoever prepared the ramen clearly has never had real ramen in their life. This restaurant is a cool place if you stick with small plates and beer...avoid the ramen at all costs.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food selection was great and so was the ambiance. I loved the bartenders!

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dwolo3
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

this place is amazing. I made the second reservation while still sitting at the table for the first time- and i'm glad I did. We got completely different things the second time around- and everything is amazing. Will definitely be going back in the future.

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JohnD
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here not knowing what to expect because it was billed as omakase but that’s not what the menu or the pricing reflected. I’ve heard that omakase is coming in the future though? The Drinks were interesting. I preferred my yanaga highball over my bourbon cocktail. However, the tequila cocktail was great. Sake selection was great. Our server (name escapes me as two days have passed since our visit) was impeccable. (Very tall skinny convivial man.) Food was a 10/10. Every dish we had was great. This was THE Best uni that I’ve had in the city by far. Service wise, my only note would be to include wasabi with the maki courses. Also maybe think about adding more vegetarian options for those diners in the future. That had no effect on our party or meal though. Fantastic job everyone! I brought a finicky diner with me and that was the best meal we’ve ever had with them in a restaurant. I really can’t express how great this place is and how it’s lore approachable than aether was. Kudos

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here with 2 of my friends for a birthday get together. We had a bottle of Saki for the table, and ordered a bunch of appetizers. We had the short rib bao, beff skewers, octopus skewers, tuna sashimi, shrimp tacos, and the duck rice thing i forget the name. Everything was delicious. We also had a bunch of sushi rolls which included the toro scallion, sea bass, spicy tuna, and soft shell crab. All so fresh and amazing. Cant wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is super nice! The food is good and server are super nice and professional. Nice place for a date

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emmmbutter
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and attentive staff. Loved the vibes there! Food was fresh and portioned very well as shareable dishes, that were still very filling! Cocktails were ON POINT! Definitely should try out.

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JenniferH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool vibe, great food and excellent service. I will definitely be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We ordered a smattering of maki which were actually really good. All 4 rolls showed up at once which crowded up the table and made it a bit uncomfortable to eat. Then the two small plates of pork dumplings and mushroom bao came out. Both were average. We also ordered the tan tan ramen which came out cold. The noodles had great bite. Service was lack luster.

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Gigi
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with excellent service. Make sure you arrive super early if you need to find parking. The parking was a nightmare!

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Nicole
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, we loved everything we tried. Service was great and all food came out quickly

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Matt
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kevin Yanaga understands the flavors of sushi better than anyone in this city and this is exactly the setup he needs to prove that

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JessK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday with friends

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vipHollyP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful twist on sushi restaurant. Food was excellent. They need to balance lighting and insulate front door area from cold air flow.

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HarryT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

had a great time and all the food was great so was the service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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Lulu
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday celebration

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vipLizzyY
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were so good! Service was great. Can’t wait to go back!

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SapanMaj
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

not the best.

food was certainly not bad, but uninspired at the least.

service was hurried. waitress was very rushed. seemed overwhelmed despite half empty restauraunt.

greeter at the door watched as my wife struggled to open the small entrance door and get our stroller inside. didn’t even offer to hold the door. i thought that was a little weird. he also watched as we struggled to get out of the restaurant.

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SylviaM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice date night with my husband. Food was very good. Cocktails were fancy!

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CharLatte
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Definitely would go back, but not for a full meal. The drinks were yummy and so was the food but they are still working out the kinks.

The meal is coursed by the chef but all our food came at a rapid fire pace that kind of made us feel rushed. Additionally, the servers cleared plates super quickly which added to the rushed feeling (and we missed some of the yummy extras!)

The food was yummy but… maybe a little overpriced for what you got.

This restaurant has poor acoustics. It is super loud. We went when it was Aether and had the same problem. It’s hard to hear each other across the table. I think some padding on the ceiling walls/help. It’s not their fault, it’s just the space!

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EileenC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! From the service, food and cocktails. We have a new favorite restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent - very impressed with the flavor and care placed into the dishes served. Definitely the most flavorful ramen I have had in Philadelphia and the the sashimi and maki were quality fish and quite tasty. One downside, it is very noisy in the Izakaya - so if looking for a quiet dinner, this is not the place. I am looking forward to the omekase portion of the space to open and have high expectations. Overall, recommend Izakaya by Yanaga!

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Juju
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing, the vibes were perfect for a date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out for a casual dinner date; the food was delicious and the server was friendly!

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Greg
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

food was pretty good and the servers were friendly. nice ambiance. my only critique would be the timing at which the food came out. by the time we ordered, within 5 minutes we had 6 dishes on our table at once which was a bit overwhelming and took away from the total experience of enjoying each plate. the restaurant is new however and i could tell they were still getting used to the flow of things, and so i will be back because overall i was satisfied with my experience and i’m curious to see how the restaurant will continue to improve.

FAQs

Izakaya by Yanaga offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 310-3554.

Izakaya by Yanaga is rated 4.6 stars by 45 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.