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East by Southwest

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Japanese, Asian, Mexican, Sushi
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160 E College Dr, Durango, CO 81301 (East College and 2nd Ave.)
+1 970-247-5533
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings
Description: A taste of the Far East in the heart of the Southwest.

We create vibrant...
A taste of the Far East in the heart of the Southwest.

We create vibrant fusion cuisine rooted in the flavors of Japan & the Pacific Rim. We are proud to serve all organic meats & poultry, such as American Kobe, Kurobuta Pork, & Natural Black Angus Beef. At our sushi bar enjoy cutting edge sushi & sashimi made from the best quality seafood & fresh line caught fish from Hawaiian waters. Our menu offers many tantalizing small dishes. We encourage you to order a variety of them and share amongst your table.
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  • 138
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
It's Good

Don't go here very often but does have good sushi and good chicken teriyaki. Service could be better though. Looking forward to visiting again soon.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Lupita68lm
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Dallas, Texas
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I went with a group of close friends to enjoy the food and atmosphere. We had requested a specific waitress, and the manager was doing her best to accommodate our request. After we were seated, the owner barged in and REFUSED OUR REQUEST! We were appalled at this. Three times, we made it clear we wanted our specific waitress. Our... More 

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Thank MasonMiller
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28 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't go here very often but does have good sushi and good chicken teriyaki. Service could be better though. Looking forward to visiting again soon.

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Thank Lupita68lm
Poland, Ohio, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for happy hour. The Philadelphia Roll was the best I have ever had. They fried the outside edge and it was warm and the crunchy texture made it delicious!

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Thank Susan J
Durango, Colorado
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to Easy by Southwest three times over six years. The first two times, the service was slow, unhappy and unhelpful. The food was blah. I recently went back for a third time hoping things have gotten better. They haven't. SERVICE: Our party had reservations. While a table existed for our party, it was not set with cutlery, etc.... More 

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2 Thank COTravelerGirl
San Francisco Bay Area
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to East by Southwest in the middle of January 2016 in the non-tourist season. Well, if it was indeed the low season the "locals" with money are keeping this place going as it was packed not long after opening. Okay, pretty full on a Saturday evening, I suspect that the place will hold 150+ customers. As I was... More 

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Thank ToneGarcon
Casa Grande, Arizona
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It started when we walked through the door. All the staff were VERY angry and extremely rude. The restaurant was nearly vacant yet they set us within 6" of the only other table in the place so we spent our entire meal time listening to the conversation from the table next to us. Our server never came to the table.... More 

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1 Thank desertangel27
New Mexico
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73 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good desert sushi. Pretty much wholly indifferent, sloppy, useless service, but tourists love it so it keeps going. Our waitress got our sushi order wrong, our drink order wrong, our rice order wrong, and left us for 15 minutes at a time, but that's about standard for here unless you are up front.

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Thank GhengisWan
Sergio V, Owner at East by Southwest, responded to this review

Dear Sir , I have read all three reviews you posted. I am dismayed at the continued bad service and food quality you describe. I have to wonder if there might be some personal dislike or disdain driving your reviews. Nevertheless please know that we take a lot of pride in offering the best quality in our product with service... More 

Bloomfield, New Mexico
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Almost every time we are in Durango we eat here. The wait staff is extremely nice and attentive and the food is awesome! We always get the "Hand Granades" as an appetizer and when the Palasade Peaches are in season we get the "Peach Mojitos" for our cocktails. If you haven't tried this place.....You NEED TO!

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Thank lauralujan
Durango, Colorado
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

The food served is excellent!!!!!! I have enjoyed everything I have tried. The ambiance is nice and the location is great! I slipped in just before they were going to close, and they were gracious and kind allowing me to order and enjoy my meal. Good place to go.

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Thank Christina C
Durango, Colorado
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The food is impeccable and beautifully presented. Their selection of fish is plentiful and interesting and always fresh. The service is usually great - no one is perfect all the time - that's the hardest job a business owner has - to find excellent employees. This restaurant is pricey, but worth it.

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Thank Eugenie S

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 160 E College Dr, Durango, CO 81301
    (East College and 2nd Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Durango
  • Phone Number: +1 970-247-5533

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Mexican, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings

Description

A taste of the Far East in the heart of the Southwest.

We create vibrant fusion cuisine rooted in the flavors of Japan & the Pacific Rim. We are proud to serve all organic meats & poultry, such as American Kobe, Kurobuta Pork, & Natural Black Angus Beef. At our sushi bar enjoy cutting edge sushi & sashimi made from the best quality seafood & fresh line caught fish from Hawaiian waters. Our menu offers many tantalizing small dishes. We encourage you to order a variety of them and share amongst your table.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:45 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?