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Iza Whiskey & Eats, Carrboro, NC

Iza Whiskey & Eats

4.4
4.4
203 Reviews
$31 to $50
Sushi
JAPANESE STYLE IZAKAYA SERVING SMALL PLATES, SUSHI, RAMEN, WHISKEY, SAKE AND COCKTAILS IN A MODERN SPACE.
It has always been a dream of Yung’s to open a small place where the community could relax to an evening of delicious food and fun drinks.

Yungs believes in using fresh ingredients in a simple way so they bring out their own essence. In loving foods from all over the world, he has added a Japanese flare to a simple and healthy menu inspired by his love of eating.

Iza is shorthand for izakaya (居酒屋). The word izakaya first entered the English language in 1987. It is a compound word consisting of i (to stay) and sakaya (sake shop). Izakaya originated from sake shops that

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 6 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Sushi

  • Hours of Operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 302-6988

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighbourhood

    Carrboro

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 203 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Durham

    Hot Spot

  • Durham

    Romance

  • Durham

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Iza. My husband and I have eaten most of the menu. The service is awesome and the cocktails and food are beautiful and delicious.
  2. DD

    DistantinDallas

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An outstanding experience. The whiskey flights were perfect and the food was really delicious. When we mommy wife let the server know she had some food allergies the chef came out to talk with us and made some suggestions and it was absolutely perfect and delicious. We’ll be back often when we’re craving sushi.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The server admitted he knew nothing about whiskey and was completely lost when we asked about drink recommendations. The app was “ok” but the main was delicious!! The noodles were outstanding and the 007 was delicious and a good value.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal at Iza. Loved the brüssel sprouts and tuna crudo. We were welcomed by the owner, who is a great guy and understandably proud of his restaurant. We will definitely be back!
  5. GB

    GlennB

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved their apps and very good drinks. Waitress was awesome!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Waygu special was unbelievably tasty! Hunter was our server! He’s such a great waiter and super nice!!!!
  7. S

    Shoshana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our meal at Iza! Our server was lovely and the chef came out himself to make sure he understood a dietary restriction. We loved the food, the mango roll was our favorite. We will return.
  8. BM

    BryanM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing high quality food prepared with care and perfection. Their version of an old fashion is terrific. Cant say enough great things about this place. Exceptional place and I will be back.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good, although the vegetable content of the vegetable green curry was slim and they changed the chili garlic noodle dish to have cabbage instead of wood ear mushrooms and it was not as good as it used to be.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service with adventurous drinks and entrees, excellent!!
  11. KT

    KyleT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love trying new things so we came here for a birthday and we were thoroughly impressed. The food was excellent and interesting and the staff were very friendly and welcoming. We’ll be back, I’m sure.
  12. ED

    ErikD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service. Everything is presented nice and taste even better
  13. GS

    GretchenS

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! My friends and I found ourselves saying that throughout the entire experience. I spent many years in Japan and found the food at this restaurant to be delightful, with a range of complex and unexpected taste sensations. The owner is an excellent chef who pays attention to every detail. He is also attentive and happy to answer questions. The service was friendly and accommodating of special requests. We have had rolls, nigiri, wagyu beef, curry, soup, garlic noodles and the fabulous ramen! All elevated and outstanding! If you are a whiskey lover you will find an extensive menu with some rare and delicious choices. The sake is excellent, too. I rarely recommend restaurants but this one is worth visiting! Bonus: The owner is also a private chef. I would love to be invited to that party or event, lol!
  14. g

    gabawray

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Went because of several beautiful dishes pictured and reviewed online. None were on the menu anymore. What we ended up ordering was okay but not great. Disappointed. Won’t be back.
  15. EK

    EvanK

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sushi was absolutely amazing, and the whiskey was great. Will definitely be going back
  16. MN

    MichaelN

    Wilmington

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. Food service and ambiance all exceptional.
  17. b

    bigpoppa1948

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Incredible food very resonably price. The atmosphere & ambiance was extremely enjoyable. Where Iza Whiskey & Eats fumbled the ball was the service. First we ordered appetizers which took forever to come out of the kitchen. This wasn't because they were busy. At the time there were only anout eight people in the restuarant. We were a party of four. When the main courses came out they were given to the wrong people at our table. I still hadn't recieved my appetizer and had to ask for it. I was told a new chef made it wrong and they gad to redo it. All the food when we got it and got it right was great. When our server brought our checks no pens were provided. I know this might be considered picky but small details make a dining experience great. Finally, I know this is a place specializing in whiskey, but it would be nice if they stocked other liquors. I asked for an after diner cognac which they don't have. I will go back, but hope the service on our next visit has improved.
  18. R

    Rackam

    Salt Lake City

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place, great Asian fusion food, the best in Durham Chapel hill
  19. DH

    DuaneHB

    Atlanta

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    What a great find! The cocktails and whiskey inventory were very much an attraction, but the food (every last thing we ordered), was outstanding! This will be a place I frequent!
  20. AD

    AmandaD

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great experience and will definitely be back
  21. R

    Rtp1

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Seemed slightly understaffed but then every place seems like this due to pandemic.
  22. JW

    JeffW

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food. Tried the Japanese whiskey flight and that was fun too
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the food! It was a Sunday evening, so quiet. Friendly, attentive service.
  24. TR

    ThaisR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service ! The drinks were very unique as well
  25. MW

    MichelleW

    Pittsburgh

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Tuna tartar was amazing! I never had it served with fried seaweed, so good! 007 roll was VERY good. Garlic shrimp noodles were not my favorite. There were way too many flavors going on, it was over done.
  26. LS

    LindseyS

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent. Service was also very good. Sushi and ramen were especially good.
  27. LS

    LiamS

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was good. Beer came in a small goblet cup but charged the price of a pint. Seemed very unorganized but not the waitress’s fault.
  28. l

    linda

    Raleigh

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    They really need umbrellas at the tables outside. This NC sun is brutal. Food is great and John is a terrific waiter!
  29. EC

    EugeneC

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very good experience...enjoyed several appetizers and the Tuna Tartare was awesome!
  30. M

    Michael

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place and the owner is awesome. Get the spicy shrimp noodles!
  31. D

    Dubb

    Raleigh

    65 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    A long whiskey list as expected, and the drinks were excellent. A pretty good menu, but some of the dishes were a bit ho-hum. The service was excellent and a fun, active scene. The lack of excellence of the food would not prevent me from returning occasionally, and if you like to drink, this is a good spot.
  32. T

    Twigg2050

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Excellent Food, Slow service but i understand the labor shortage, So it was no problem at all. The server was great!! Outside patio very nice
  33. CW

    ChrisW

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    An unpretentious setting that, upon entry, will fool you into the expectation of experiencing a mundane dinner ahead. Given that the outdoor space is plopped against a noisy street corner, and the interior space is limited, you're prepared to be underwhelmed. Of course, if you're a whisky fan, any perceived negative is immediately forgotten upon reviewing the spirits menu and seeing the dozens of makers from which to chose. After all, Whiskey is within the name. The quality of the restaurant really begins to shine when interacting with the staff. Quality people; good people, as we say in NC. The sushi and sashimi we selected were very tasty and fresh, and please, reward yourself with the house-made wasabi; it's a refreshing relish made with the actual plant, itself, imported from Japan. It seems a lot of the patrons are local and repeat customers, and while I am not local, I will certainly be back when next in Carrboro.
  34. LG

    LeighG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a lovely evening! We met the owner, Yung, and got to sit outside on the patio!
  35. D

    Deej

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic all around. We got several appetizers, sushi rolls and the garlic noodles and everything was delicious. Drinks were exceptional. We will be back many times.
  37. C

    Chip

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the apps to the sushi rolls - everything was exquisite. The attention to detail, knowledgable and friendly staff, and expert culinary creations combined to make for a perfect dining experience! We loved the 007 and Hollywood rolls, as well as the in-house wasabi. We’ll certainly be returning.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this scene!
  39. SL

    SoleLuna

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was absolutely outstanding, we ordered different things and we all found everything super delicious. The service was slow...very slow for a Sunday evening and the restaurant indoor had just a couple of tables occupied, few more outside. The waiter came many times and apologized many times too, but in the end they totally missed one of my 2 kids main course, we waited and waited again, when his food arrived was very good as well. They knew we were celebrating my Bday. Anyway it was disappointing that they didn't remove any item form the check as a form of courtesy, like many other times it happened in other restaurants when they keep you waiting so long or they make similar misses. When he brought the check he said "next time first round is on me", well I thought why next time and not now? anyway we paid and we left. We had dessert somewhere else. I still recommend the place as food is outstanding.
  40. B

    Bmca

    Cleveland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Friendly service and great food. Hard to beat/

FAQs

Iza Whiskey & Eats offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 302-6988.

Iza Whiskey & Eats is rated 4.4 stars by 203 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Iza Whiskey & Eats

370 E Main St Ste 140, Carrboro, NC 27510-1860

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Carrboro

  • Hours of Operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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