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219 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3915
+1 319-351-5125
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good42%
  • Average19%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“sushi rolls” (7 reviews)
“salmon” (5 reviews)
“rice” (2 reviews)
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
$$ - $$$
219 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3915
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Reviewed August 8, 2018

My wife and I have been here several times and it keeps getting better. The sushi here is phenomenal and its very fresh. The atmosphere is great but make sure you get there early to get a seat. They fill up fast. The wait staff...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank Bryan D
Reviewed July 17, 2018

The major factors in a sushi- oriented restaurant are freshness and quality. Takanami excels on both!! The salmon, tuna and other rolls were a sushi-lovers paradise, even though the enormous catfish prowling the environs in a table- side aquarium was a bit unsettling. A newly-...More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2017

What sets this place apart, is the quality of their rice. Perfectly cooked, aromatic, generous portion size. Bento boxes are great for for lunch. Adequately priced. Experienced waiting staff. NICE!

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank Irina I
Reviewed July 19, 2017

Food is good and atmosphere fairly nice but can be loud. Service varies a lot. Sushi fresh but doesn't knock my socks off. Still, I go often. Convenient.

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank IowaCityProf
Reviewed July 16, 2017 via mobile

Food was very good, but portions gigantic. Atmosphere a bit contrived. The Japanese experience is not about gluttony and ostentation. That said, it was better than average, although far from the best. Then, I am from California.

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank KatrinkaSD
Reviewed July 16, 2017 via mobile

ideal for a lunch break...you can have a box of your choice...I had one containing beef with teriyaki sauce, steamed rice, noodles, and 3 crab makis, and a complementary miso soup...excellent service...I like it!!!

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank issamaalouf
Reviewed June 28, 2017 via mobile

I met my family for lunch here and enjoyed a tasty and filling lunch box special. The seafood is delicious, service was good and the environment was fun. I would definitely visit again!

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank meredithann2017
Reviewed June 16, 2017 via mobile

The service was very slow. Food was overpriced. Teppanayki were in need of repairs but could still order just no cooking in front of you. Two of our party asked for steak medium rare but came out well done. After a 25 minute wait for...More

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank Storyteller555626
Reviewed June 11, 2017

Had an tasty lunch outside. The waitress, Hannah, was superb, timely and pleasant. We each had a Bento box, one Salmon for $11 and one Japanese Seafood for $12. It is very filling and fresh. I do miss the ginger dressing on the salad, but...More

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank GailCheryl
Reviewed March 31, 2017

We appreciate Takanami for the location as well as its fine Japanese dishes. It has become a favorite for us in part because our granddaughter (A U of I student) spent last summer working in Japan. She knows what Japanese is about. and she wanted...More

Date of visit: March 2017
Thank radiosteveIA
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 219 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3915
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-351-5125
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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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