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Kawa Ni - Denver, Denver, CO

Kawa Ni - Denver

4.9
4.9
142 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
izakaya
(居酒屋)
Japanese Pub

A type of Japanese drinking establishment which also serves food to accompany the drinks. They are casual places for after-work drinking. "Izakaya" entered the English language by 1987. It is a compound word consisting of "i" (to stay) and "sakaya" (sake shop), indicating that izakaya originated from sake shops that allowed customers to sit on the premises and drink.

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Almost everything on the menu can be shared.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 49 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Izakaya
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (303) 455-9208
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Bill Taibe
  • Neighborhood
    Whittier
  • Cross street
    Corner of W 32nd Avenue & Erie Street. Lohi area of Denver.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 142 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Denver / Colorado

    Japanese

  • Denver Suburbs

    Best Overall

  • Denver Suburbs

    Best Food

  • Denver Suburbs

    Best Service

  • Denver Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

  • Denver Suburbs

    Best Value

  • Denver Suburbs

    Innovative

  • Denver Suburbs

    Hot spot

142 Reviews
  1. CamilleH

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding! We got the Szechuan dumplings, peekytoe crab Rangoon, and red cabbage to start, then the chicken bao, crab fried rice and the three piece tuna, scallop and hamachi. The vibe of the restaurant was great too, nice ambiance and good for a special occasion. The passionfruit and elderflower lemon cocktail were delicious as well. We will be back!

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    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this place! Portions are generous, food is delicious and they were above and beyond about a tree nut allergy - giving us menu that had details not only of tree nuts but any nuts - just in case they misheard me on the phone! 10/10 spot.

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  3. TristanK

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    fantastic flavors and inventive dishes. The raw fish was excellent. This is my favorite spot in the neighborhood. Service was attentive and friendly. 10 out of 10.

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  4. ellejschroe

    Denver

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kawa Ni is my new favorite spot. We've been twice - and the service and deliciousness didn't falter. Our server was incredibly friendly and helpful. The food is so, so good (don't sleep on the cabbage app!) or the coconut curry. I'd eat here any day of the week!

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  5. Emily

    Denver

    95 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had high hopes. I agree with those who have said that the service was great, but the food was disappointing. TL;DR: The presentation on the food was excellent, but the flavors were rarely on point. As someone else mentioned, the sauce on the tuna nama was bizarre. The flavors did not blend at all. I almost couldn’t swallow the bite. The dumpling meat has no flavor and the dish is only saved by the sauce. We wanted to try the kung pao karaage, but our server sold us on the bowl. The rice was soggy and so was the chicken. It should be crisp fried chicken, but it was drowned in sauce. The highlight of the night was the addictive cabbage, which I know sounds unusual, but it was excellent. The texture of the sesame gave it a great crunch and the sauce had a perfect combo of tangy, spicy, and umami. We would go back only to have cocktails and the cabbage. We probably won’t have dinner again.

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  6. Garrett

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and some of the best service I have ever had in a restaurant.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique and thoughtful menu 💝 awesome food + exceptional service. Dani T took great care of us!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and space. Definitely my favorite place in Denver

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    this place was awesome- great food, nice ambience, the staff were ON IT i dropped my napkin and they ran up to replace it multiple times lol ~its the little things~ but truly 10/10 great restaurant

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Incredible service. Highly recommend.

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Kawa Ni - Denver is rated 4.9 stars by 142 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 49 times today
Google Map for Kawa Ni - Denver

1900 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Corner of W 32nd Avenue & Erie Street. Lohi area of Denver.
  • Neighborhood
    Whittier
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Izakaya
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Bill Taibe
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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