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“The only authentic Japanese in Evansville area” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Iwataya Japanese Restaurant

Iwataya Japanese Restaurant
8401 N Kentucky Ave #J, Evansville, IN
812-868-0830
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Ranked #18 of 368 Restaurants in Evansville
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“The only authentic Japanese in Evansville area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This is one of my favorite reataurant in the Tri-State area.
There are several other Japanese but this is far better than those in food quality.
Their Shushi, Tempura are sweeeet! The Bento-Box for lunch is the super deal.
They have just renovated too.
I recommend anyone who wants really good Japanese.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newburgh, Indiana
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Magnificent Japanese cuisine. Easily best in town!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

This is very simple, Iwataya is easily THE BEST Japanese restaurant in the Evansville area. No other restaurant can match this place from top to bottom. Super fresh sushi, tempura that is to die for, fantastic appetizers, and even the salad and soup are fantastic. As others have mentioned, Iwataya is located in an industrial looking strip mall. But once you go inside, it feels like you are literally in Japan. There are intimate tables that you must take your shoes off to sit in, or you can dine in a regular table. Very friendly service too. This is a real gem in Evansville!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Evansville, Indiana
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26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Best sushi in town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Authentic and always fresh with excellent rolls that always satisfy. The edamame is very good here as is the saki. One annoyance is the baby music they insist on playing. You may get a laugh because you might feel like you are a baby in a crib listening to the spinning mobile above you. Besides this, if you truly like sushi, this the place in EVV to go.

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Holly Springs, North Carolina, United States
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Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
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“Traditional Excellence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Who would I thought that in Evansville Indiana I could get an amazing Japanese meal? I ate a number of appetizers at this visit. I was a kid in a candy store. I have not had access to this level of traditional Japanese cuisine even in many larger cities.

I had Hamachi collar that was cooked to perfection. Expertly prepare with all the scales completely removed. The skin was crisp and delicious with the interior, moist and cooked too perfection. The kimchi is homemade, fermented and spice perfectly.

They also have a variety of American dishes that will please any pallet. The sushi is also insanely good.

If you care for Japanese food, I will suggest this restaurant is a must visit.

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Evansville, Indiana
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“Consistent Excellence for Japanese Cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Though it is located in a very drab, industrial-looking strip mall north of Evansville, Indiana, Iwataya is a top-notch Japanese restaurant. With a wide variety of seating arrangements (traditional American-style dining table and chairs, booths, or floor sitting on tatami mats). For those who like tatami mats but have with limited flexibility, you will like the recessed well for your legs.

The menu has a wide variety of sushi, sashimi, tempura, and assorted Japanese appetizers. The miso soup, Yakatori, and Gyoza (pork dumplings) are especially good. Overall, the atmosphere is very authentic and the service is top-notch. This is definitely one of the best choices for Japanese fare in the region. Indeed, it can rival restaurants in other urban centers such as LA, NY, or Dallas.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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