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Izakaya by Yanaga, Philadelphia, PA

Izakaya by Yanaga

4.4
4.4
142 Reviews
$30 and under
Izakaya
Izakaya by Yanaga

Experience by yanaga for yourself!

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Izakaya, Sushi, Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (267) 310-3554

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Yanaga

  • Neighborhood

    Fishtown

  • Cross street

    Frankford Avenue x Berks St

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 142 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first time at there and everything was delicious.
  2. K

    Kevin

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Came for happy hour. First time visiting. The food was fantastic. Service was perfect. I will be back soon!
  3. K

    Kimberly

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! We loved everything we got! The crispy rice, the maki the gyoza! All incredible! Definitely can’t wait to go back!
  4. T

    Trout

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    I don't if the restaurant was understaffed but the service at the bar where we sat was extremely slow. Not great on communication either. Food was excellent.
  5. SS

    SamS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for happy hour and loved it! All the food was amazing and drinks were good too. Would definitely recommend
  6. e

    emmmbutter

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service! Drinks are always good! And the food never disappoints! Highly recommend!
  7. G

    Globaleater

    Philadelphia

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was awesome though po portion were a little slow. Service was good tho at times a little rushed
  8. D

    Dalemashka

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    The best part of the dinner was prosecco. Literally the worst rolls I've ever had in my life. Sashimi was just OK. Food is not memorable. The ambiance was quite nice. All negative reviews you can find are so true. Overpriced, salty, nothing outstanding.
  9. AW

    AlyssaW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was really good , but expensive . I felt the portions were quite small for the cost
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Overall food quality was not great. Sushi did not even come with wasabi or ginger. The name translates to local bar, and it is just what it is. Nothing special, bar food.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. Highly recommend doing the chef tasting. Four courses and the entree was not small at all. We got the Brazino and it was a whole fish with 2 starters and 1 dessert for $28. Although, I would say we got the curry bao buns and it didn’t really taste like curry, but nonetheless it was still very good. Def would return!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    A restaurant where you will leave hun
  13. KP

    KPMG

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Expensive for the portions and freshness of food. Lots of fluff instead of fish/crab in the selections. Gave a pea-sized amount of wasabi--for what? For the fashionable look? Because it's not a great look. Will not be returning.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal, great service! Definitely recommend!
  15. J

    Jason

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks and food were great in the izakaya section. Sushi was really fresh. The staff was attentive and polite. Really looking forward to trying the omakase next time.
  16. s

    steph

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Some food was forgotten, the tempura fried chicken was chewy. Service was very friendly, drinks were good.
  17. DA

    DavidA

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time eating here and I have yet to have a bad item on the menu. Must tries are the wagyu beef and the meet me at the L cocktail. Staff is amazing, bartender even made me a drink that is no longer featured in the menu but I had it previously.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the Omakase experience for my wife’s birthday. Beyond amazing, Chef Kevin and his staff really out did themselves! Everything was perfect, every little detail.
  19. t

    twel

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    This restaurant did not meet the hype.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, great venue
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Killer happy hour!
  22. P

    P1984

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made a reservation last minute and was able to get in! Loved the indoor/outdoor feel with the big windows and doors open. Server was super nice and let us know specials for that day. Food was fantastic! Overall amazing time, would definitely go back!
  24. S

    Shonta19125

    Philadelphia

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I think Chen Kevin has a great menu. All the food and drinks were wonderful. I appreciate the effort and time placed into a unique menu. Love the drink called the Algebra!! The mushroom sushi, crab sushi and other related items like the shrimp taco is mouth watering!
  25. DL

    DerrickL

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The food took a while even though the restaurant didn’t
  26. JS

    JamieS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibes, delicious food and drinks, new go-to!
  27. JL

    JulieL

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great food and happy hour! The sashimi was really fresh and bomb! My favorite was the snow crab taco, waygu skewer, waygu Sando, the fried rice was so good! Wasn’t a fan of the tan tan ramen- the soup broth got mushy. We went with a group of 6 and we all enjoyed it!
  28. J

    Jeremy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Amazing cocktails. A great neighborhood spot with modest prices and upscale presentation. Absolutely will be back.
  29. S

    Samantha

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Everyone in the restaurant was packed into the banquet with no room, even though the rest of the restaurant was empty. The table next to us was sick and coughing the entire time and you couldn’t hear the person across the table from you.
  30. M

    Michaelh

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love this place. Every meal, every item is 5 stars. The restaurant can be really loud. But worth it
  31. SG

    SabinaG

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing time!! The food was delicious! All the sushi and sashimi is really good! The service was wonderful and the vibe is cool. My girlfriends and I had the best night here!
  32. E

    Eatoutking

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Izakaya in this area. Just like real Izakaya in japan, they offer good quality food in good volume at reasonable price. I highly recommend to anyone who wants to try real Izakaya food!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Overpriced and mediocre food
  34. NW

    NotWelcome

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    The food was impeccable. However, after we had our appetizers, ordered more drinks and were getting ready to order entrees, someone random (not our server) just… dropped the check at our table? Our party all had full glasses with drinks we had just ordered, we had been there for only one hour at that point and hadn’t had dinner - we never asked for the check. We wondered if it was a mistake but then our server and the random woman kept doing fly-bys eyeing the check to see if we had paid yet. We felt like we were being kicked out so we payed and left. This is really sad because again, the food was impeccable and I would’ve loved to have more, but it will be hard to consider coming back. I hope the chef knows the employees cost him $100+ of food that night alone.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    The service was good, but the dishes really lacked in good flavor. Got the cucumbers as an appetizer, they were so salty, they had your weeks allowance of sodium in them. Sorry, with all the good food in philly, we will not be coming back here
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made it just in time for happy hour. Delicious food and drinks at a great value!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is beautiful. Very fresh. Lovely setting. Great cocktails.
  38. D

    Dreammaker

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Great concept, food seriously underwhelming. Ramen was basically chicken noodle soup. Gyoza was stuck together from being microwaved on a plate. Sushi was not very good at all. We had a about 15 different dishes and they ranged from blah to blah.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    We were sat against a wall that had a huge painting hanging. This was in a metal frame that had a very sharp edge. As I was taking off my jacket, the sharp edge caught the sleeve and made a hole on my very expensive jacket. I let the waitress know how sharp that edge was and it can potentially be dangerous. She said she will let the manager know. (That was it?!) I was hoping for a nice fusion Japanese izakaya but this place was not it. Pork belly Bao was so so greasy and I couldn’t even cut the meat part with my teeth. I had to ask for fork and knife to shred the meat myself. Shrimp taco was pretty good. We order extra Robata. Octopus was good but the beef was so burnt that we could only eat half way. The meat on Sukiyaki rice bowl was so full of grease and stringy that I took a bite and didn’t eat. My husband’s curry ramen was so salty that he took a chop stick full of noodle and no one attempted to try the soup. My Mother’s Day lunch was pretty disastrous. I kept letting the waitress know but she kept saying “I’ll let the manager know “ and that was it. Not returning to this place… but whose gonna pay for repairing my jacket? So upset just thinking about it.
  40. FM

    FarmersMarketMaven

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EXCELLENT- Wonderfully fresh, delicious sushi and oysters. Staff was attentive and helpful. Can’t wait to go again!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Izakaya by Yanaga offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 310-3554.

Izakaya by Yanaga is rated 4.4 stars by 142 OpenTable diners.

Izakaya by Yanaga does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Izakaya by Yanaga

1832 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125-2416

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Frankford Avenue x Berks St

  • Neighborhood

    Fishtown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Izakaya, Sushi, Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Yanaga

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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