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160 E College Dr, Durango, CO 81301-5406 (East College and 2nd Ave.)
+1 970-247-5533
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:45 pm
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Corrales, New Mexico, USA
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Downtown, excellent location, comfortable ambiance, casual, comfortable, friendly. Hard-working,knowledgeable server. Varied, very good menu with sushi, sashimi, fried calamari, salads all very good. Great alternative in Durango from steak houses.

Thank Frederick C S
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188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2014

After hearing good things about them and seeing lines at the door, I stopped in for lunch. I was greeted enthusiastically and then things went downhill. My server seemed distracted and served me in a perfunctory way. The lunch menu looked good, but my soup could have been hotter and my two selections were rather bland. I'll chalk this one... More 

Thank Jim H
Durango, Colorado
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2014

3 of us had a wonderful lunch at East by Southwest today. Food was delicious, as always--but it was Emily, our server, who really stood out. She was friendly, polite, knowledgeable of the menu, attentive, but not hovering. We are locals and don't usually request a specific server, but we will from now on. Table 81/1 1:51pm - JLS

Thank Julie S
Anaheim, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

Great food, great atmosphere, and Randi was the best server ever! If you are looking for a sushi place, with much more - this is it! Oh, and did I mention Randi?

Thank Vernon M
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2014

The food at EXSW is always fresh using great quality products. It is a little expensive, but the restaurant is not located next to the sea so I understand. Zac is a waiter at EXSW and has waited on my family several times and always does a great job! He remembers what my husband orders every time we come. :-)... More 

Thank Sheri A
San Marcos, Texas
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

Food was great! Service was not the best and the food was a bit pricey, but overall happy that we took the recommendation and gave it a try. Looking forward to more hand grenades on our next visit to Durango!

Thank J M
Cottonwood, Arizona
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69 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014

We went to this restaurant, not really knowing what to expect, and we were delighted. The menu has some items you will recognize if you have been to a sushi restaurant before, and some you will not. We decided to try some things we were not familiar with, and our taste buds were very happy. We had the Steamed Banh... More 

Thank Claire253
Durango, Colorado
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2014

East by Southwest continues to deteriorate from the quality house it once was known as. The Hubrus of staff only detracts from the modest food quality. Service can only be described as lacking and attention to detail is absent ( drink order forgotten and appetizer order forgotten and delivered after the main dish). Server served up attitude when politely we... More 

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Hydi9682, Owner at East by Southwest, responded to this review

Dear sir, thank you for your candid review.. I appreciate your feedback, it is through candid comments like yours that we learn the shortcomings of our business. Obviously we need to do some serious re training in regards to service and how to handle mistakes. Rest assured that we are addressing your concerns and please know that we value your... More 

Durango, Colorado
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2014

Really fine selection of rolls, plates etc. Your taste buds will delight, and their mojitos go well with everything.

Thank regular81301
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2014

If you're looking for a delicious meal, a fun and exciting environment, and great service, you must visit East by Southwest! Best sushi restaurant around!!

Thank Niki_Wineholt

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:45 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 160 E College Dr, Durango, CO 81301-5406
    (East College and 2nd Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Durango
  • Phone Number: +1 970-247-5533
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?