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Amu Sake Bar and Restaurant

1221 Spruce St. Boulder, CO 80302 | Boulder | 303-440-0807

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Amu Sake Bar and Restaurant is the yin to the yang of the rest of the restaurants in this small empire. It shares a wall with the raucous Sushi Zanmai, but it's a tiny oasis, an authentic izakaya. You won't find sushi here; instead, the gracious staff serves you classic Japanese country food and shabu shabu, which you can pair with Boulder's most extensive selection of sake. You may have to wait for one of the handful of bar seats or low tables, but your meal with definitely be worth the wait. And fair warning: The Japanese menu contains dishes that are not translated into English, so if you're feeling adventurous, make sure you ask your server for more exotic recommendations.

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  • Cuisine(s): Japanese
  • Hours: Sun 5pm-9:30pm, Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm
  • Price: $, $$
  • Serving: Late Night
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Parking: No Parking
  • Features: Patio/Sidewalk Dining

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