Mizu Izakaya and Sushi

4.6
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130 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese

2017 Top of the Town, "Best Japanese Restaurant in Denver"


Dipped in the Japanese arts and architecture, the Mizu Izakaya and Sushi restaurant offers an authentic experience of Japanese culture. The restaurant offers contemporary Japanese dining and a comfortable, young and hip atmosphere. The food is served hot and its assortment of dishes are popular among the locals and are nicely complimented by innovative drinks.



Mizu Izakaya and Sushi restaurant, despite being a Sushi place, has a diverse menu and it offers a variety of Japanese dishes. Some of the dishes include King Mushroom Carpaccio, Grilled Whole Squid, Grilled Lamb Chop and Brussels Sprouts. These are some of the favorite dishes for diners at the Mizu Izakaya and Sushi, a place that diners prefer for the quality of their food.


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CD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi/ramen I've had in Denver. Pllllllllllllllllllllllllllllt!! There that's 50 letters.

JJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This restaurant is great. Great ambiance and quality food. The only downside is that it's popular so this leads to slower than ideal service...

RJ
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Timing off again on second visit, food so so, waiter great but won't go back as kitchen can't get timing right.

A
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent service! Yo all made his birthday extra special! Our favorite new spot! Thank you!

JK
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks, atmosphere, and service were all outstanding.

n
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good sushi and sake. The prices were great for the quality of fish and meat. The service was great too

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience ! Hospitality was top notch - I will come back again when I’m in the area !

NV
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great modern take on a classic Japanese Izakaya, a concept that’s largely missing in the states. Delicious small plates + sushi + sake/beer = great night. All the food we tried was delicious and authentic, sushi was fresh and service excellent. We enjoyed the modern, upbeat ambiance as well. This is a place you can visit over and over and not get sick of due to the wide variety of food offered. Also great bar scene for drinks. Bravo to the owner for bringing this concept to Denver! You have a pair of loyal customers now.

HO
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our experience on this particular night was just "off". We got seated right away as we had a reservation. But the servers were a little frazzled, management was avoidant, and their ticket system went down. We didn't know this until we were waiting for our final appetizer (that came after we were done with both of our ramen). Managers asked several tables AROUND us how they were doing and informed them of the ticket system issue, but not once did anyone come over to us to ask how we were or to let us know that their system was down. We ended up canceling our last appetizer that never came out, paid the bill, then left. It was just a strange experience overall.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!! Great service!!! Just really loud.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, amazing service and surprisingly great price. Double date for my sister’s bday and they did a great job making it special.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

We came to celebrate my birthday. My friend did not get his food until after my husband and I were done with ours. He decided to just not eat it because the timing was so bad and we had other arrangements we needed to get to.

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.

JU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good, and we were happy with the service.

BH
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m new to the neighborhood, but Mizo is quickly becoming one of my favorites. To start the Gimlet is delicious! If you like a nice vodka drink I highly recommend it. The Gyoza is one of the best I have ever had and I mean it. You can taste the pork and they cook it perfectly. I had a tuna sashimi special that was perfection. For rolls we tried the Sea Monster and will definitely get it again. The only negative was the Seaweed Salad - very strange and unappetizing but the House Salad is a very good alternative. The bartender works at a pace that could be quicker! Will be back soon!

NE
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully pleasant server! Amazing happy hour options and an adorable patio.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lunch service felt slow given it appeared to be a good sized kitchen staff and two-maybe three tables during the 11am hour.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was just OK, service was friendly but spread thin as it’s a pretty busy spot.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, great service, great food!

NK
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

When we got to Mizu, several people who arrived after us were seated on the patio. We had reservations on the patio and when we were finally seated we were told there were no patio seats left and were seated at the most uncomfortable seat. We asked to be moved to a different table which took over 10 minutes for the hostess to do even though there were open tables everywhere. Our waitress was nice enough and the food was decent, nothing to write home about, but the overall experience was terrible. Our bottle of water was empty on our table for almost 10 minutes and it took so long to get a beer that we ordered with dinner, it came out after we had finished most of our meal. As we were eating we watched the hostess turn away half a dozen diners because they “had no tables” even though there were 8-10 tables open next to us. Overall the evening was disappointing and we don’t plan on coming back anytime soon... in all honesty we should’ve left when it took the hostess 10+ minutes to re-seat us.

KM
1 review
Reviewed on January 9, 2019
Overall1foodserviceambience

Worst dining experience of my life (no exaggeration)

I work as a waitress myself and I have never seen an establishment with such a lacking disregard for customer service. They should be ashamed of themselves. If I could, I would give them negative stars. My fiancé and I had planned a trip to Denver that we had been looking forward to for months. My fiancé loves sushi and he researched all the restaurants in Denver and was very excited to try Mizu...and we were planning to drop a pretty penny (sushi is a special treat for us). But we never got a chance to try any of the food because our waitress never came back after initially serving us water. It was as if she was ignoring us, we watched her serve other tables 3 or 4 times but she never came back over to us. The manager was also walking around greeting tables, but skipped right over our table like we weren’t even there. It was like we weren’t hip or posh enough to be there....After almost 45 minuets of sitting and waiting for our waitress (and trying to catch her eye to no avail) we got up and left. Neither of us have ever walked out of restaurant before, but the way in which we were clearly ignored was truly upsetting and appalling. We were both nearly in tears. Again I say, shame on them, they clearly take no pride in customer service.

SA
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to the Denver Dining Passbook I am enjoying so many restaurants around the city which I may not have otherwise visited. Such is the case with Mizu Izakaya. I took a friend to dinner with me last night and from the moment we entered to the moment we left we had a great experience. The decor is eye catching and creative and the overall atmosphere was very laid back (albeit it was a Thursday night). We dined on the patio even though it was a hot evening and the breeze made it plenty comfortable. We ordered the Goyza and asparagus to start which were both excellent but didn't hold a candle to the Miso Marinated Black Cod. The plates are small and it is important to note that when you order the Cod that is all you get (save a pinch of house made pickled veg) but the quality and flavor makes a small plate into a feature dish. This Black Cod is by far the best fish I have ever eaten. We were not finished enjoying our dinner at Mizu Izakaya so we ordered the Lobster Tempura and Spicy Salmon rolls before calling it a night (and a good thing too since the passbook did BOGO rolls not meals like so many other restaurants). The Tempura was my favorite of the two but I tend to love the fried rolls regardless of where I dine but both were clean and light and the perfect finish to an excellent meal. It is pricey so perhaps special events and dates are better than a typical dinner out but regardless it will be worth it to dine at Mizu Izakaya.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We actually thought the food was quite good. Our biggest concern was the service. It seemed quite slow and was fairly on attentive to her needs. We had to request drink refills. We were not asked if our food was and it came out slowly and sporadically.

SB
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious sushi! Try the sashami and jalapeño appetizer.

MG
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The quality of the food is overall very good. Sushi rolls and nigiri are comparable to other places in the Denver area in quality. The less common izikaya style items are fun, flavorful, and thoughtfully made, but overpriced. Note that the larger plates no longer come with the vegetables mentioned on the menu, so you will pay $25 for a piece of (excellent) fish on a plate by itself.

AK
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Complete and absolute perfection! I compare this awesome restaurant to so many others!

VR
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Service was terrible. Our sushi order was lost and server didn't notice until we asked for sushi. Nobody apologized. When sushi came out, it wasn't fresh, had been sitting out for a while. Definitely lacked the service and care factor.

JA
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Food was good but the service ruined it for us.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this spot. Can't wait to visit again.

JM
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This was our second time dining at Mizu. Service was exceptionally slow - over an hour wait for our food, while other tables came and left. Our server was not particularly friendly or apologetic for the wait. It’s a cool scene and a Good menu but our experience was sub par.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The ambiance and service was really great. We also thoroughly enjoyed the sake on draft. Unfortunately the food itself was not great. We stuck with Sushi and then a couple of other dishes and we were disappointed with the sushi. It fell apart and didn’t have much taste to it. The egg rolls were awesome though! Just wish we could have been more wowed culinary-wise.

JH
Dallas
41 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent sushi and service, great bar, the jalapeno sashimi was the most flavorful I've ever had.

HS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I got the octopus dumplings and they reminded me of Japan. This is a restaurant that has great Japanese food but does not focus on Sushi. I highly recommend getting the Japanese "tapas".

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor is so pretty and unique. The menu has a bit of everything and is not just sushi, So it’s safe to take someone who won’t eat sushi. The fish was very fresh and extremely high quality. Would definitely go back.

Only negative was it’s impossible to park, so I recommend taking an Uber instead!

JA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was incredible. Our server took the time to go over the entire menu, recommended various dishes based on our preference for spicy foods, and all items she recommended were delicious.

VT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Some of the best service I've ever received at a super busy restaurant. It was very loud which I did not mind, yet the server was incredibly helpful and full of information. She really made our first visit memorable and made sure we would come back again.

KG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and service! What more does anyone need?!

o
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The restaurant was staffed very poorly with seemingly only one waitperson on the floor on a busy friday night. It took over 30 mins for an order of edamame (which was overcooked and mushy), i had to ask for water and for water refills because no one came around. Our waitron was nice but couldn't do much more for us as she was always waiting for the bar or for the kitchen. We sat for a half hour without any food and then all of our food came at once. We left hungry but didn't even want to attempt to order anything else for fear it would take another 45 minutes. The food itself was nothing special. Our "lohi" roll came with hardly any filling, mostly rice but not sushi rice, this rice was like eating glue. So, needless to say, we won't go back when there are so many other great sushi places in town with great service as well.

J
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Our experience was hit and miss. We liked the ambiance and our waiter was great under the circumstances. We all had thumbs up on the Gyoza, Tiger Shrimp Tempura, 7X Wgyu Steak, Ginger Shashimi and Hamachi Nigiri. The Honey eggplant was very good to half of us and just OK to the rest. The Scallop Binchotan was not cleaned the way we like and the foot or Roe made it very chewy. The Buta Shiso did not have the rich fatty taste I expect with pork belly. And the Negima (chicken) Binchotan was extremely raw on the inside and we stopped eating it as soon as we realized it. No manager came by to apologize but fortunately so far no one is sick. The Crispy Spicy Tuna, which came out about fifteen minutes late when we were already getting ready to leave, was bland and mostly rice. This restaurant has potential but it has a long way to go to get in the top tier of Japanese restaurants where the likes of Sushi Den and Matsuhisa reside. Even our small, neighborhood sushi restaurant is quite a bit better than this.

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