Izakaya Carbondale

4.7
82 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KatherineW
New England
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pricey, but overall very well prepared food . Interesting menu

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MonicaL
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Always consistently great with great service.

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Andy
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding evening at Izakaya, food and service was terrific!!

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vipCBCC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Barely any one at the restaurant yet it took over 2 hours to receive of food. Inappropriate music playing. Our waiter was nice but other employees (the hostess) were rude. Food was okay. Would not recommend this place to a friend.

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MonicaL
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful experience at Izakaya. The service is always great, the food reliably delicious and the ambience perfect.

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KellyV
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my favorite spots in the valley. Great atmosphere, amazing and fresh food. Creative sashimi dishes.

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Kase
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best meal at Izakaya that we came back for dinner following night! We were happy to learn that Izakaya has 5 outdoor tables. Night 1, we ordered off the Specials menu - they were all outstanding (special spicy tuna roll, a short ribs, lamb buns, a Japanese cowboy dish with pork belly and soft-shell crab to name a few). Night 2, we got the pork buns (a must-try), the boar pot stickers, pork & kimchee fried rice (enough for leftovers the next day!) and the Dakaya roll. For dessert we tried both the peanut butter cup and the fried rice ball pudding, both were great - but we still need to try to cheesecake that was sold out! Our server was super nice and even was willing to my Chu-Hai cocktail a little sweeter for my liking. Overall, this place is not to be missed if you are in Carbondale.

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Sarahg
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the whole value - the quality reminds me of what you find in NY or San Francisco. I would love to see them change the menu more often.

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LaurieL
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent. And so joyous finally with a sense of normalcy. Godd mask use by staff and seating adrquately distanced for safety and comfort.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El servicio,la comida y el ambiente del lugar nos gustó mucho ! Felicidades !

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was fantastic. We were disappointed that our table was not ready at our reservation time. We had to leave because we could not grab drinks at their bar and wait for the table to be ready. We left and only just ordered drinks at a neighboring bar to be called back. They were gracious enough to give us 15 minutes to finish our drinks and come back to the restaurant. We had a fantastic evening of delicious food and sake. We look forward to going back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Todo muy bien el servicio un poco lento

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must go place to eat.

Made to feel very comfortable despite COVID restrictions.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

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MalM
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had a great date night here. We loved the Dino more popcorn shrimp and the pork buns! We were less crazy about the wild boar gyoza, but it was still good. We then had the pork belly confit and Kimchee fried rice. My boyfriend doesn’t like kimchee, but he loved this dish. The kimchee was not mild and just served to give the dish extra texture and a little bitterness. We also has the Blake roll which was pretty good. Finally, we ordered the peanut butter cup mousse which was one of the restaurants most popular desserts. We were not disappointed. Thanks for a great evening!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing New Year’s Eve celebration here. Everything was beautiful and delicious. We felt very fortunate to have enjoyed such a spectacular evening and meal that was a welcome respite from the pandemic. I would highly recommend this restaurant and plan to return next time we’re in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A little disappointed in our dinner. I’m not one to be picky about eating out but this was my birthday dinner and I know opentable specially asks about special occasions so restaurants can make the experience for the customer more personal. I listed that it was my birthday on the reservation and mentioned to one waitress and

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TiffanyH
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re looking for a date night restaurant, celebration with friends, or overall a great dining experience come to Izakaya. Everything on the menu is delicious. The plating of each menu item is beautiful. We love this place!

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vipgreggp
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good sushi in Carbondale. Staff are excellent and the setting if very nice. I like the sushi and rolls and there are happy hour specials on Fridays.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi place in RVF!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent.

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LDR36
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely meal on the outdoor patio. After ordering at the bar counter, our food was brought to our table, perfectly paced between the small plates and entrees. Great flavors, great service and a wonderful ambience.

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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
4 reviews
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
6 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
10 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
5 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
156 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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JimE
Houston
2 reviews
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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MarisolH
Denver
24 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
17 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!

FAQs

Izakaya Carbondale is rated 4.7 stars by 82 OpenTable diners.

Izakaya Carbondale does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://kenichiaspen.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

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.