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219 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3915
+1 319-351-5125
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good44%
  • Average20%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“bento box” (9 reviews)
“sushi rolls” (6 reviews)
“salmon” (4 reviews)
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
$$ - $$$
219 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3915
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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!

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.

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.

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!!!

Thank Issa M
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!

Thank meredithann2017
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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

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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

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

Thank radiosteveIA
Reviewed March 30, 2017

Fantastic atmosphere. I attended a birthday party for a work colleague at Takanami. The food was fantastic, the sake was wicked and the service was outstanding. A continuous array of different dishes were being brought out every 15 minutes or so. Highly recommend!

Thank Lisa J
Reviewed February 14, 2017

We have always had good service and food, I just can't say the best. I still favor Tokyo in Waterloo

Thank rphagarty
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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, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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