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219 Iowa Ave., Iowa City, IA 52240 (Dubuque)
+1 319-351-5125
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Takanami is located in the heart of Iowa City's downtown pedestrian mall...
Takanami is located in the heart of Iowa City's downtown pedestrian mall blocks away from the historic University of Iowa campus. Takanami specializes in sushi, Asian Fusian and Teppanyaki.
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  • 9
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
East/West in Iowa City

Nice atmosphere and good pacific rim food in downtown Iowa City. Interesting small bar in the back of the restaurant with daily drink specials. Good sushi. Excellent service. .

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 22, 2015
D24789
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Dubuque, Iowa
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Iowa City, Iowa
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64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I used to really enjoy Takanami for their quality sushi. On my recent visits, however, I found the sushi to be sloppily and carelessly made. There was way too much sauce slathered all over my rolls which made them look unappealing. The abundance of sauce drown out some of the flavors of the rolls as well. My sashimi was carelessly... More 

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North Liberty
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172 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

My family and I LOVE to eat at Takanami restaurant! We try to request a window seat because watching people walk up and down the Iowa City street proves very entertaining and interesting. The service is wonderful - everyone is friendly and helpful in regard to menu questions. The sweet potato roll is AMAZING, and our favorite sushi roll is... More 

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Thank Lisa M
Dubuque, Iowa
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86 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Nice atmosphere and good pacific rim food in downtown Iowa City. Interesting small bar in the back of the restaurant with daily drink specials. Good sushi. Excellent service. .

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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I had a spring roll and avocado roll, both quite good. The beer was also good. Staff courteous and we got served in short time. With a friend we ended up paying less than $30 with a shared dessert. But it was happy hour, other wise it would have been more than that. I don't eat sushi quite often but... More 

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Thank TartarugaSenior
San Diego, California
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Beautiful weather made the sidewalk café portion a real treat; plus the sushi was fresh & delicious. And the happy hour martinis were extraordinary.

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Thank Darrell92104
Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I had our second date here where he introduced me to sushi. I'll forever be thankful! Good sushi for starters, not pricey drinks, and after hours a fun bar on the back. Love the outdoor patio - very fun on summer nights after class.

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Thank Paige S
Iowa City, Iowa
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised by the much improved food, happy hour menu specials and service. It's central downtown Iowa City, and the expanded space makes Takanami an excellent option for Japanese food and sushi.. The one recommendation I have is that they serve at least one Asian or Japanese dessert or ice cream.

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Thank IAMermaid
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 via mobile

This sushi is the best. My favorite is the kobe tempura but I haven't found a bad item on the menu yet! Service is great! Wonderful place for a date. We go here to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays.

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Thank Michelle M
Iowa City, Iowa
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Great downtown location. Had lunch with friends and we ordered the Bento Box lunch special. I ordered the seared tuna Bento Box which was outstanding. Great service and reasonably priced. Definitely will be back for sushi and other menu options.

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Thank LGSH
Iowa City, Iowa
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Price is a little higher than expected. Nice variety. Atmosphere is nice. Food is good. Location is in a good spot.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 219 Iowa Ave., Iowa City, IA 52240
    (Dubuque)
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-351-5125

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 30
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Bar, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Takanami is located in the heart of Iowa City's downtown pedestrian mall blocks away from the historic University of Iowa campus. Takanami specializes in sushi, Asian Fusian and Teppanyaki.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?