South Pearl Street has a string of fine restaurants, including the legendary Sushi Den, but none is more astonishing than Sushi Den's year-old sibling, Izakaya Den. The menu is an amazing mix of sushi, Japanese classics and fusion from around the world -- and somehow it all works. The interior is a soaring architectural achievement, with soaring, rural-style beams and and a very urban bar setting.
And in the summer, with the doors open wide to the walled-off outside patio, country and city come together at Izakaya Denver for one of Denver's singular experiences, both in taste and setting. Come for one sensational piece of sushi; stay for an incredible evening.
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Izakaya Den 1518 South Pearl Street 303-777-0691 www.izakayaden.net