Izakaya Den

1487 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210
Critics' Pick
Best Of


  • Tuesday through Thursday 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 4:30 to 11 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • $, $$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • ATM, Banquet Facilities, Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Online Reservations Available
When Izakaya Den opened in 2008 in a brand-new, Japanese country-style building on South Pearl Street, it snagged our Best New Restaurant award. Now, five years later, Izakaya Denver is bigger and better than ever. After a one-year construction project that carved out the original home of the Pearl Street Grill and replaced it with a modern, multi-level structure (if you're lucky, the retractable ceiling upstairs will be open), the new Izakaya Den has opened right next to its sibling Sushi Den, a mainstay on South Pearl Street for close to three decades. The two share a big basement storage area and workspace, but the stunning look and menu of Izakaya are all its own. There’s still sushi on the menu, and a roster of sake offerings more than a hundred varieties deep, but there’s an increased emphasis on izakaya-style dishes, small plates that you might order in a sake bar in Japan. At the same time, master chef Toshi Kizaki has put a greater focus on global cuisine, merging Japanese techniques and traditions with contemporary flavors.

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