Mizu Izakaya

1560 Boulder St.
Denver, Colorado 80211
720-372-7100
Best Of

Details

  • Monday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday noon to 1 a.m.; Sunday noon to 9 p.m.
  • Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Metered Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
What's an izakaya? In short, it's a Japanese pub with food intended to go with drinks. But to experience for yourself how the izakaya concept translates to the hip LoHi neighborhood, head over to Mizu Izakaya, which opened at the end of 2016 in a corner space that had once seemed doomed and now is booming. Yes, Mizu offers sushi, but that's not the focal point of the menu. Instead, think Japanese tapas and order from the binchotan menu — skewers and other small bites cooked over oak charcoal at high heat. Black cod, pork belly and marinated eel are a good start; then try something fried, like frog-leg karaage or whole quail doused in guajillo teriyaki. There's so much to choose from you'll need several trips to sample your way through, with sake, Colorado craft beers or food-friendly house cocktails to wash it all down. Don't say cheers, say kanpai!

Related Stories (8)

  • The Ten Best New Restaurants in Denver
    Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:29 a.m. by Westword Staff

    New restaurants just kept coming last year, with many great ones opening in the final weeks of 2016 — something restaurateurs would never have considered in decades past. But now that the dust has settled and we've had time to taste...

  • Taters and Beer: A Second Helping of Food & Drink, March 6-10
    Friday, March 10, 2017 at 4:57 p.m. by Westword Staff

    March came in like a lamb, at least as far as restaurant openings are concerned. But there was plenty of other action on the Denver food and drink scene, as we toured the town for tater tots, bringing you the ten best for a tempting...

  • Hong Lee on Izakaya Culture, Rare Fish and Mizu
    Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 5:59 a.m. by Laura Shunk

    When Hong Lee first contemplated bringing a Japanese restaurant to Lower Highland, he envisioned a fine-dining concept — but he soon realized that white tablecloths weren’t quite the right vibe. “I picked this neighborhood and chang...

  • Ten Bars and Restaurants Opening in Denver in December (So Far)
    Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 6:49 a.m. by Westword Staff

    December is when commerce usually slows down, but not in the restaurant industry, where holiday parties and revelers pack dining rooms and pad reservation lists. Those who open new restaurants have been busy this month, too. Here ar...

Load More Articles
View All

More Japanese Restaurants in Northwest Denver

  • Sushi Ronin
    Critics' Pick

    Sushi chef Corey Baker garnered such a reputation for his omakase feasts, customers sought him ou...

    Japanese
View All

More Japanese Restaurants in Denver

  • Kokoro
    Best Of

    Founded by Mareo Torito in 1986, Kokoro has specialized in speed, low prices, freshness and healt...

    Japanese
  • Sushi Den
    Critics' Pick

    Since it opened in 1984, Sushi Den has built a reputation based on gracious service and the fresh...

    Japanese
  • Sonoda's Sushi
    Best Of

    Come for the Midwestern Benihana-style decor, stay for the sushi -- because Sonoda's prepares som...

    Japanese
  • Banzai Sushi
    Best Of

    There's not much atmosphere here, but the sushi's fresh, so skip the cooked dishes and eat it raw...

    Japanese
  • Jason's Thai Asian Bistro
    Best Of

    Jason’s Thai Asian Bistro is a clean, updated space in an otherwise seedy South University strip ...

    Asian
  • Osaka Sushi
    Best Of

    On the surface, Osaka could be any one of the dozens of neighborhood sushi bars in this town. It ...

    Japanese

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >