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219 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3915 (Dubuque)
+1 319-351-5125
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11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Wed 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Thu - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Chicago
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

I've been dining at Takanami for about 6 years and while it used to be awesome as a sushi-infusion restaurant, it seems to have gone to average over the past year. I used to come here at least once a month for business and the 2 owners were constantly in and conversing and checking in. That doesn't happen any more... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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93 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

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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122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 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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Dubuque, Iowa
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111 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 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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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 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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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
Thursday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 219 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3915
    (Dubuque)
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-351-5125
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.

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