1136 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302, USA

About Japango

4.4 / 5

from reviews

    Peter Docteroff
    October 29, 2023

    Stopped by for First Bite restaurant week. The first bite menu consisted of 3 pieces of sushi. We didn't realize that it was only going to be 3 pieces, and for $30 it was way more than I'd ever knowingly pay. However, no denying they were delicious. Would have been nice if the waitress called that out but wasn't necessarily expected of her. In addition we ordered basic yellowtail rolls and some specialty spicy shrimp rolls (which summed up to be cheaper than the prior 3). Both were good, I especially liked the shrimp one. Ultimately rating on this experience alone, the value was not there so I'll go with 3 stars. However, next time I think I could make it a 4 star experience.

    David Chang
    August 09, 2023

    Really nice atmosphere. Sat at the sushi bar and had a really nice solo meal. Happy hour prices are great, otherwise a bit pricey. I ordered two apps, a hand roll, a specialty roll, and a drink - about $60 with tip. Make sure to order a lot, as the portions are small. Overall I left pretty satisfied but I would recommend coming for a date or an occasion to take advantage of the ambiance.

    Dan Rawlins
    September 20, 2023

    Fantastic and expensive. :) Well worth the price and they have some great custom sushi rolls and other menu items. The sake list is pretty good and they have a fairly expensive custom cocktail list. Would definitely go again!

    January 31, 2024

    I think this place is doing too much with its decor to compensate the fact that the food is lackluster. Sure it’s sophisticated and spacious and there’s couches for having a drink or two, but this just tells me that they’re not really giving the food much thought. It’s way overpriced for a few slices of fish that aren’t even fresh. All of mine was dry and one even looked like it was falling apart, a sign that it was not fresh. Happy hour in fact won’t save you tons of money. For what they’re charging, I can get better quality stuff in the area, or I could get a lot more portion for the same type of quality in the area for cheaper. The plates they use also don’t measure up to this place’s apparent sophistication. It’s plain white ceramic that had scratches on them. In any case, I won’t come back again and don’t recommend people to try it. Whoever thinks this place is good must have never had real good sushi. Sorry but not sorry. Source? Me, someone who’s lived in coastal cities for almost my entire life and know what fresh sashimi tastes like. That is how much I think this food is too underwhelming for what they’re visually trying to achieve with the price point and atmosphere. Honestly, if one really wants to try a good Japanese restaurant with good atmosphere, there are plenty of options in Denver, or go across the street to Izakaya Amu, which is actually the same price point. The only reason I did not give a 1 star is because service is not unfriendly. Would’ve been a 3 star if it weren’t for the ridiculous price point and under delivery.

    October 25, 2023

    Good atmosphere only got better. All cuts beautifully prepared and Boulder fresh, except ikura tasted old. Not bad caviar (or it wouldn't have eaten it), just getting stale & mushy means chef should have caught it and opened fresh-or stocked better. They were also out of silver needle tea.


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