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Japanese, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Japanese techniques and Californian ingredients blend harmoniously at this charming getaway, which flaunts a buzzing dining room and delightful (heated...
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I absolutely loved the food and wine. I will go back at first opportunity. My husband got ramen. I got wild Alaskan black cod with exotic mushrooms and roe. We shared the autumn salad with Asian pears and persimmon. Everything was gorgeous and delicious. The...wine was perfect temp and in perfect glasses. Altogether a lovely lunch. Do make reservations.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent Japanese food, service, and space. The food was delicious. Everything was great though the vegetable tempura was my personal fave — light and tasty.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there with the kids for my son's birthday for dinner. Ordered two soups , sushi and an appetizer. The food was not tasty, soups were overly salty and sushi was dry. But that was not the worse of it. We ALL (even my...6 year old daughter and 14 year old son) came back home with horrible stomach upset. It took us more than a day to recover from this experience. Needless to say, the birthday evening was ruined. I called the restaurant to let them know of this incident hoping they would take it seriously. Instead, the manager only wanted to mention how many people were there last night and how they had a city inspection that went well??? Not sure what does that have to do with anything and why the manager was disregarding our complaint. Basically, all the manager was like a tape recorded on repeat and never even responded to anything I had to say. This is probably the worse experience I ever had in a restaurant not only because of food but also because of the service. Sad to see an establishment caring so little about their customers after they messed up an entire family for a day and ruined their evening.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 30 September 2022

The fried chicken and fried tofu were insanely delicious. We all got the tasty ramen -- bit too many sprouts for my taste though.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 26 April 2022

i ate here 2-3 times a week. I asked to return an inexpensive dish for the first time in months. They refused. There is an end to the arrogant abuse diners can be put to while supporting robustly expensive restaurants. Apparently, the restaurant is asking...Trip Advisor to take down my review, as it disappeared. This is a "take it or leave it space", regardless of diner loyalty or support. i would go to kinder restaurants, like Ippuku, Soba Mochi, Fish and Bird.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 26 March 2022 via mobile

A fun take on Japanese food. Loved the miso with beautiful tofu & tiny Nameko mushrooms. The Agadashi Tofu & NASA is nothing like the traditional but is like traditional Japanese dishes in its beautiful mix of vegetables & presentation in a light sauce. Iyasare...is nice because you can go more Japanese it stick to the Tempura safety zone making it possible to dine with friends & family. I have only sat in their patio at lunchtime every visit - but find it really private and enjoyable. Great service. I will be back!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 8 October 2021

p4.5 Iyasare Berkeley Japanese Expensive Need reservations; very popular; indoor and outdoor seating Free parking in the back lot Shiro was a great food server Ordered several delicious appetizers; one with burdock root The kakiage tempura with shrimp was awesome Hamachi donburi was good The...mochi with bacon with tasty Minus: needed an extra bowl and our waiter was unavailable on the other side of the room. Asked the blue-eyed, non-Japanese waiter who was literally at my elbow for a bowl. He rudely replied that he was not our server and was too busy. My companion and I were shocked. Never experienced that at a restaurant, especially a Japanese one.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 24 September 2021 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised at a different way of presenting Japanese food, which we welcome. The quality and taste of foodand the service did not disappoint either. We had a great time her and would definitelt come back. If and when we have out of...town visitors, this would be one of the suggestions!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 19 May 2021

Six of us were well taken care of very well by waiter who knew some of the dishes new to us very well. Somewhat pricey partly because of the wine list. 2 bottles of an ordinary Italian white plus food, tax and tip totaled around...$75 each but food like no other I have had.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 26 April 2021 via mobile

Wow the ramen here is fantastic! Not to hate on the Ramen Shop in Berkeley, but this is my new favorite place. We also had the bacon mochi and that was also fantastic. Our waiter was super nice and there was great service all around....Very cute little restaurant, they have outdoor dining with sun umbrellas as well. Highly recommend. It’s also a nice stop if you’re shopping around on 4th street and need to refuel.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 9 March 2021

We had a gift certificate which we used to enjoy an excellent take-out lunch: Iyasare kakiage tempura, suzuki yaki and sashimi mori. Portions were plentiful, enough for two lunches for the two of us. We would definitely order the same thing the next time. We...know that if we had eaten the tempura, it would have been over-the-top excellent but by the time we got the dish home, it had lost some of the crispiness. The sashimi mori had a wonderful collection, but our most favorite plate was the grilled suzuki yaki (grilled sea bass). A wonderful treat in the time of Covid!!! Highly recommended. A big shout-out to Dan for helping us with our order.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 22 August 2020 via mobile

This review is long overdue. We had an amazing celebratory dinner for my son’s wedding at Iyasare. There were 12 of us and Daniel did a great job of separating the tables on the front patio to ensure safety. He and the chef created an...incredible menu for us. I mean really incredible!!! The food and service was outstanding. It made our celebration so memorable, especially in these difficult times. His wine and sake suggestions were perfect. Simply an outstanding evening. I heartily recommend this restaurant. Daniel and team - if you see this, THANKS!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 6 November 2019

creative style, ingenious combinations - sushi joints are boring in comparison. Evolved from an outstanding Japanese fusion restaurant with new management and even better now

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 26 March 2019 via mobile

I met friends here last night for dinner and was very impressed. Drinks were tasty and creative. Excellent sake. Veg tempura was really tasty. Seaweed salad was outstanding. Ramen noodles are not to be missed.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 6 February 2019 via mobile

Japanese cuisine with Californian ingredients blend at this quaint but busy Berkeley restaurant. The small plates included a wonderful smoky eggplant with miso a delight for the senses. SAKE YAKI a cedar plank grilled, tamari-konbu cured scottish salmon served on shimeji mushroom and baby bok...choy. I had the yam dessert which not too sweet and perfect for my palate-perhaps a crunchy element with it would have been great I will be back !More

Date of visit: February 2019
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