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Diners' Choice: Japanese restaurants in Denver / Colorado

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Japanese cuisine in Denver / Colorado? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Sushi Den restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1268)
$50 and over
Japanese
Platt Park
About the restaurant
For over 37 years, Sushi Den has been regarded as one of the premiere sushi and Japanese restaurants in the United States. Located in the historic Old South Pearl St. neighborhood in the heart of Denver, CO, the restaurant delivers consistently excellent cuisine made from the finest ingredients from around the world.

Master Chef Toshi Kizaki, the visionary behind Sushi Den, continually raises the bar & sets the standard for the restaurant’s high quality cuisine. Youngest brother, Koichi, lives in southern Japan where he makes daily trips to the fish market to purchase fish for the restaurant. The fish is dry iced and reaches the restaurant within 24 hours. Sushi Den’s mission is to maintain one of the nation’s top sushi restaurants through fresh ingredients, innovative, healthy dishes and exceptional service.

We utilize available seating at both Izakaya Den, our sister restaurant next door, and Sushi Den for all reservations through the Sushi Den portal on

Top review
SuzanneTvip
Dined 3 days ago
I really loved it overall but I was disappointed when I tried to order a sushi roll on their menu but was told it’s not available at lunch. It would be better to have a different lunch menu to avoid confusion.
A photo of Banzai Sushi - Denver restaurant
4.8
4.8 (367)
$30 and under
Japanese
Virginia Vale
About the restaurant
Limited seating available on Opentable, please call restaurant at 303-329-3366 for reservation availability.

An oasis of Japan in the heart of Denver, Colorado.
Banzai Sushi features the highest level of Japanese
cuisine crafted with a creative touch.
We're the home of "100 Rolls". Select from 100 sushi combinations ranging from the usual to the outrageous. There is a sushi roll here for
every taste. Or choose from our innovative lunch and dinner menus featuring fully cooked selections of fish, chicken or beef. All prepared in the time honored cooking traditions of Japan.

Top review
DeborahL
Dined on May 11, 2024
This was our first time at Banzai Sushi, so we didn't quite know what to expect. It's a small-ish place, so you should think about reservations. We were there on a Saturday evening, before going to the theatre. We had a wonderful time. Our server was lots of fun, and very attentive. The atmosphere was relaxing, and the food was amazing. We had several types of Sushi, a few rolls, and the Atomic Shrimp appetizer (which I highly recommend). Everything was fresh and delicious, and the prices are very reasonable. Can't wait to go back!
A photo of Matsuhisa Denver restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2598)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Cherry Creek
About the restaurant
Featuring Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature new-style Japanese cuisine, Matsuhisa Denver anchors the ground floor of the Steele Creek luxury apartment building in Cherry Creek, Denver’s premier shopping, restaurant, and entertainment district. Our 7,800 square foot dining room is open for dinner service from 5pm nightly. Takeout available nightly from 5-9pm.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s world-famous cuisine draws influence from his classical training in Tokyo and his life abroad in Peru, Argentina, and around the world, showcasing signature dishes such as Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, Black Cod Miso and Whitefish Tiradito.

Top review
Donny
Dined 5 days ago
One of the best restaurants I’ve been to. Both service and quality of food weee top notch.
A photo of Izakaya Den restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1772)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Platt Park
About the restaurant
Izakaya Den is Denver’s popular Japanese gastropub, modeled after the lively after hours establishments found throughout Japan. The restaurant is located on South Pearl Street and is the second restaurant of the Kizaki brothers, founders and owners of Sushi Den.



The menu is arranged in a tapas style, serving traditional Japanese small plates along with dishes infused with international flavors and textures. The more traditional Japanese offerings include sashimi and nigiri, sourced from daily fish shipments from around the globe, along with dumplings and noodle dishes. The global cuisine experiments with a bevy of different flavors including unique items such as Grilled Panzanella Salad (jumbo lump crab, toasted focaccia, local goat cheese, pistachios, plum wine vinaigrette), Kobe Beef Sliders (seared foie gras, pomme frittes). A gluten-free menu is also available along with a popular weekday happy hour from 5 to 6:30 pm.

Top review
JamesG
Dined 2 days ago
As always, food, service and ambience were outstanding!
A photo of Kawa Ni - Denver restaurant
4.9
4.9 (159)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Whittier
About the restaurant
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.

The basics...
…Order a drink.
Explore the menu.
Ask as many questions as you want.
Almost everything on the menu can be shared.

Kanpai!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food and service is unmatched! We always have a great experience dining at Kawa Ni.
A photo of Kobe An - LoHi restaurant
4.7
4.7 (509)
$30 and under
Japanese
Highlands
About the restaurant
Welcome to Kobe An LoHi. In addition to a full sushi and izakaya menu, our signature dish of “shabu shabu” is a traditional Japanese-style hot-pot meal. The phrase “shabu, shabu” means “swish, swish” for the custom nature of cooking this dish. We're not your typical hot-pot or fondue restaurant. Our "Shabu Shabu" style transports you across time and cultures to immerse you in a deliciously fresh and evocative world. Enjoy the skills of our chefs and bar staff as they complement this gastronomy of the past with quality sushi, crafted cocktails and small plates with a modern twist. In our beautiful dining room , or under Japanese lanterns on our patio, come savor not only the food - come savor the swish and the sushi.
Top review
IE727vip
Dined on Apr 23, 2024
Fabulous atmosphere, food and drinks. Easily the best sushi in Denver
A photo of Matsuhisa Vail restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1295)
$50 and over
Japanese
Vail
About the restaurant
For patio seating or if your desired reservation time is not available online, please call the restaurant at 970-476-6628 and press option 1 between 3:30 and 9:30 p.m. MST.

Featuring Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature new-style Japanese cuisine, Matsuhisa Vail is located in the Solaris Plaza in the heart of Vail Village. Our dining room is open from 5pm nightly. Takeout available nightly from 5-9 pm.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s fusion cuisine draws influence from his classical training in Tokyo and his life abroad in Peru, Argentina, and around the world, showcasing signature dishes such as Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, Black Cod Miso and White fish Tiradito.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 8, 2024
We really enjoyed our dinner at Matsuhisa. The food, beverages, service and ambiance were all excellent.
A photo of Ototo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (333)
$30 and under
Japanese
Platt Park
About the restaurant
OTOTO’s intimate dining room serves Japanese robata-style tapas, sashimi, grilled whole fish, rich Ramen offerings and noodles. The kitchen includes a robota grill, raw bar featuring a catch of the day and Ramen and noodle station.
Top review
FoodiesUnited
Dined on May 4, 2024
A great addition to Sushi Den and Izakaya empire.
A photo of Izakaya Carbondale restaurant
4.9
4.9 (217)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Carbondale
About the restaurant
Thank you for visiting Kenichi Izakaya Carbondale. An Izakaya is a type of informal Japanese pub. At sake breweries during the late 18th century, people in Japan began using sake kegs as stools, and snacks were served. This small plate menu was designed to encourage sharing amongst friends and family. Food is prepared in multiple kitchens and arrives as it is ready to ensure freshness. We make most of our menu in-house, from scratch, and use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.


If no reservations are available, please note that we do have walk in apcae at our bar and sushi bar. We hope to see you!

Top review
Oliviervip
Dined on May 15, 2024
Izakaya always deliver a great culinary experience. This is our place to go for date night in Carbondale. Highly recommend!
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Denver, CO | Cherry Creek restaurant
4.7
4.7 (136)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Cherry Creek
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
KarinH
Dined 7 days ago
Love Gyu Kaku! The quality and taste of the meat and vegetables are delicious and excellent. Love the Habachi.
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