Izakaya Carbondale

4.6
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60 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Thank you for visiting Kenichi Izakaya Carbondale. An Izakaya is a type of informal Japanese pub. At sake breweries during the late 18th century, people in Japan began using sake kegs as stools and snacks were served. This small plates menu was designed to encourage sharing amongst friends and family. Food is prepared in multiple kitchens and arrives as it is ready to ensure freshness. We make the majority of our menu in house, from scratch, and use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
We offer full sushi bar, kitchen and bar.
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4.7
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4.7
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BonedaleNatives
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Super job of COVID-mindful prep for patio or indoor dining. We opted for early dinner patio to avoid unnecessary contact. Great food, awesome service, beautiful covered patio setup, but small portions (especially for the cost): 2 apps, 2 entrees, 2 beers, 1 glass wine and still hungry. We had dessert at home. Would highly recommend if you are light eaters or don't mind opening your wallet for more...hence the meh! rating on Value.

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Mtnmanbp
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Japanese in Carbondale . John and the crew made it for an amazing birthday experience. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

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BillJ
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only is Izakaya an outstanding restaurant, though expensive by Carbondale standards, but our waitress was remarkable. She must have been watching us, because she was at the table when we needed something, and did not come to the table needlessly. Some many servers today do not look around.

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ShoR
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great neighborhood spot. Great bar, great service. I highly recommend it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

We were seated right away, but our server just couldn’t keep up. She seemed very interested in the tables with drinking customers, however, we were a table of five with only one adult. She was rude and condescending all night, making it clear that asking for more water or drinks was a chore. Upon ordering our main course, I asked for plain noodles in broth, for my 10 year old. She made it clear that we were asking for something complicated. Our food finally came out, all but the noodles. I finally, 15 minutes later, had to ask the manager if he could locate the noodles. If the food had been amazing, this snobby service would have been ok, however the food was medium at best. Unevenly cut rolls, clumsily cut fish, and a general absence of finesse, made for a C- experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We have enjoyed many meals at IzaKaya and consider it one of our favorite restaurants. However, Friday night we were not so pleased. While the wait staff, the Sake, the salmon roll were terrific, the veg curry was quite unappealing visually. It tasted only ok. Next time, we simply will order something different. The main upset was that there were 2 black chairs parked in the dark hallway next to the ladies room. After dinner I went to the ladies room...bright lights, then into the dark hallway, and caught my foot on the leg of the dark chair. I fell hard, grabbing onto the metal railing above. Not only was I embarrassed, but my back, neck, shoulder, hand took the brunt. A nice gentleman employee rushed over to help me and acknowledged the chairs needed to be placed elsewhere. Please make certain the hazards in the dark hallways are removed. Thanks.

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LaurieL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous clean and creative food, everything cooked and/or prepared to perfection; service attentive, professional; overall wonderful, but pricey!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a great experience with a surprise dinner for our daughter. Thank you!

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vipIknowquality
Denver
153 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not as great as we were anticipating, sorry to say. Just to qualify, the ambiance and the service from Nash, our waiter, was fine...quite good, in fact. It was the food that was the big disappointment. The edamame was not plump so that the pods appeared almost empty. The filling in the gyoza was mushy with an indistinct flavor that resembled cream cheese. My husband had sushi and I had the chicken salad. The sushi was not rolled all that well and although the fish was fresh, it was not flavorful. My salad was incredibly bland. I wanted to ask for salt and pepper and some dressing, but knew that would be a bit insulting. The price was high for the mediocre meal. They are trying hard, but sadly we won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was good but service was not so good. Didn’t ask if we wanted more drinks or give us any specials or recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely one of the best meals we have had and Nash was a great waiter. Loved it.

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vipLuv2dine32
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Their food is always awesome.
The sushi takes super super long the last few times we have been there. They were very apologetic. But plan 2+ hours if you are going. I am guessing they are training new people. Still love the place !

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julie
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience at IzaKaya is always amazing. Nash, our server, was gracious, attentive and yet gave us our space to enjoy our son's last "supper" before he was off to college! The Spicy Crunchy Salmon is to die for, as is their eel. One can't go wrong here!

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SinjiS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in during first Friday which is normally crazy busy. They sat us immediately, the food was amazing! Healthy options and very creative dishes.

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vipMarisolH
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a great dinner here. Food was really good, service was prompt and attentive, and the ambiance was great.
This is our second time coming and we really enjoyed it.
We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was date night and we had a great time! Service was spectacular! Had great popcorn shrimp and yakisoba. The fresh tuna poke was terrific!

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KathyM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We would recommend! Food was fantastic. Our server, Eric, was spot on attentive. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. We loved it.

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mlsinco
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Would recommend with reservations. Food was very good. Server changed after we were seated and had ordered a drink. Original server said his "time was up". Refill of wine glass, ordered while we still had food was not brought until check was paid. Overall, service seemed a bit absent-minded and scattered.

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judys
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome. Great ambiance. Price was perfect for the value. Went there twice in one week. Definitely will return

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PauN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me encantó la atención y la comida como siempre... espectacular!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal for the 6 of us with highly entertaining server, Jeremy.

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JulietS
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IzaKaya is the dining gem of Carbondale.
The menu is fantastic and the quality of food, service, and ambiance keep our family coming back for more!
With appreciation!

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GaryD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. One of the beast meals I ever had. Great Asian - fusion cuisine. Fast service but very relaxed atmosphere. Easy to find and good location. Great value. Don't miss generous happy hour.

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vipc3033
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Not impressed. Food was ok, overpriced. They forgot my son’s meal and acted like it was no big deal. Much better food and service for the price available elsewhere.

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RoseW
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noise level was very calming and quiet. What a wonderful first experience. Jeremy, our waiter, was great! The Blake roll was my favorite!

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vipwbsherm
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We eat here alot and have enjoyed many experiences at Izakaya and are thrilled they are in Carbondale. However, this time we had a terrible experience. We were a party of four and one of our group wanted to order an entree just for him, not to share. They served our table about 10 dishes but nothing for the one who had just ordered an entree. We finally asked about it and the server came up with some BS about delays in the kitchen. We waited longer, and after everyone was finished, we asked the server where our friends entree was. I said "I am guessing his order never made it into the kitchen" and he confirmed this was the case. No apology, nothing. Finally after an hour or so, they served our friend. He ate while we just sat there waiting to leave. Just horrible service. Hopefully, this was a one time occurrence, but we will never sit at a table covered by this server.

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Danceg1187
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The place itself is in a great location and looks beautiful on the inside. We were really disappointed with the food. The sushi tasted fishy and the edamame was mushy. Probably won’t go back due to food quality and the price we paid for it.

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vipAspenDallas
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Change my rating to 5 stars!

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RR1124
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Several visits to IzaKaya have had varied results. Sometimes great, sometimes not much better than supermarket sushi as was the case last night when the rolls were almost all rice, almost no fish. Great ambiance and good food if you catch it on the right night.

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vipwowowendy
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is outstanding. Great and unique menu and pleasant atmosphere. Will definitely go agin and again.

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Service was slow. Meals were delivered at all different times so food got cold as we waited. When we brought it up later we were told that food is prepared at different stations so this always happens - why weren’t we told this in advance? We were also disappointed in the small portion sizes for the $ $26 for a 3 oz serving of black cod? $25 for a ribs app? Overall a disappointing experience, tho the drinks were tasty and the ambiance nice.

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ToddC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Izakaya is one of my favorite restaurants in the Valley. The food is very tasty, service is good, although Sushi can be slow, so come with plenty of time. The bar is great too!

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mlsinco
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was delicious. Our waiter was very good, solicitous, and fun. Everything worked really well.

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MaggieM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This was my first visit. We ordered the Black Cod, the Wagu Beef, Ramen and a noodle dish. All of these dishes were lacking in flavor. The crust on the Black Cod was non-existant...the skin was just a gelatin...whereas the fish was delicious I was really put off by the texture of the skin. One of our party ordered the Wagu Beef and was disappointed in the flavor from the last time she had ordered it. Having said all that, the rolls, yellowtail sashimi serano and the nagiri that we ordered was SUPREME. I would suggest a little work on the entrees. Having lived in Aspen (Kenichi, Matsuhishu and Taka Sushi) I am delighted to have IzaKaya in Carbondale!! I wish you all the best! I will be back!! Thank you! P.S. - Jeremy ROCKS.

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Sandalwoodgirl
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is super fresh and incredibly tasty. Everything we and our guest ate was superb. The staff is right there when you need them, no waiting when you need something, and they are all very nice. The interior is understated, stylish and welcoming. It is my new favorite place to eat in Carbondale.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food. Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Not sure what all the hype is about...the space is cool, cavernous and drafty...the service was frenzied...the food was phenomenal...the cost was inflated...the saki was like watered down grainy milk and not palatable. We received the wrong app but didn’t say anything and ate it anyway it was outstanding...typical Carbondale scene hyper hype overpriced and not prepared...no warm/hot water in women’s restroom and dish soap in dispenser. Won’t be returning for a second try.

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CatheyM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing atmosphere. Love the servers and prompt service.

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