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219 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3915 (Dubuque)
+1 319-351-5125
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
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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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Cedar Rapids, IA
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 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 us to take her there! We appreciated the great value of the lunch Bento Box... More 

Thank radiosteveIA
Eldridge, Iowa, United States
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 March 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
Solon, Iowa
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

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

Thank rphagarty
Saint Charles
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Courteous service; superb, high quality sushi / sashimi and exquisite tasting and looking rolls. Seasonal al fresco dining atmosphere just fair. due to sometimes busy ped and auto traffic. Sister restaurant (Formosa; same owner) is two block away in Ped Mall and equally good..

Thank Lee L
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158 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Pretty good sushi. Nice variety on the chef's choice 10-piece nigiri. Tasty ponzu sauce. Server was friendly. Loved the large mug of hot green tea. A nice change from the typical tiny mugs at most restaurants. Overall, a tad pricey, but not a deal-killer.

Thank TomL911
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 

Thank alwazlayt
Iowa City, Iowa
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97 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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 

Thank YourTravelPath
North Liberty
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201 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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 

Thank Lisa M
Dubuque, Iowa
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111 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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. .

1 Thank D24789
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100 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?