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219 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3915
+1 319-351-5125
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good45%
  • Average20%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“bento box” (9 reviews)
“sushi rolls” (6 reviews)
“salmon” (4 reviews)
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17:00 - 22:00All hours
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
$$ - $$$
219 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3915
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 17 June 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 12 June 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 1 April 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 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
Reviewed 15 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
Reviewed 6 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 30
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
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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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