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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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Reviewed 28 January 2019 via mobile

My friend and I had lunch on a Sunny Sunday at this restaurant. We have been to O Chame which was the previous restaurant located on this site. It was a totally different interpretation of Japanese food. The restaurant decor is understated and calming. There...is a patio dining area that faces busy Fourth Street where you can take your dog. We chose to dine inside. The servers are pleasant and helpful. I ordered a lime-ade and my friend ordered Oolong tea. The menu is simple, salads, donburi, plates to share, and three kinds of ramen. I read reviews that the portions were large so we decided to split the tempura and Sendai miso ramen. The ramen came first. The broth was delicious with great depth of flavor, obviously cooked for a long time, the noodles were perfectly cooked. The server forgot to bring us the spicy sauce, but it did not need it. The tempura was unusual in that the veggies and shrimp were combined. The dipping sauce was just right. We both enjoyed the meal, the ambience, and the service.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5