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Amu Sake Bar and Restaurant

Map & Directions 1221 Spruce St.
Boulder, CO 80302
  • Japanese
  • Sun 5pm-9pm, Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Late Night
  • Accepted
  • No Parking


Westword's Description

Amu Sake Bar and Restaurant is the yin to the yang of the rest of the restaurants in this small empire. It shares a wall with the raucous Sushi Zanmai, but it's a tiny oasis, an authentic izakaya. You won't find sushi here; instead, the gracious staff serves you classic Japanese country food and shabu shabu, which you can pair with Boulder's most extensive selection of sake. You may have to wait for one of the handful of bar seats or low tables, but your meal with definitely be worth the wait. And fair warning: The Japanese menu contains dishes that are not translated into English, so if you're feeling adventurous, make sure you ask your server for more exotic recommendations.

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  • Denver Westword on 04/11/11

    Voted Best Japanese Restaurant in Westword's Best of Denver 2011!

  • Lana on 10/01/11

    Had an amazing experience. Skip the menu and ask for the chef's recommendations.

  • Melissa S. on 12/28/13

    The Japanese vegetable roll wrapped in thinly sliced Kobe beef - to die for!!!

  • KarinAnne B. on 09/18/12

    Scan the menu, but your best bet is to just chat with folks at the bar--they will ask you whay your likes are and recommend amazing options. The Japanese pancake is a must try!

  • Alex K. on 01/23/12

    Probably the only Izakaya place in Boulder which is OK since it would probably win over any others. The pickles are outstanding, the Gyoza sublime, and the fish of highest quality.

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