Fodor's Expert Review Izanami

$$$ North Side Japanese
Set in the pine-scented foothills northeast of town, the ethereal boutique resort and spa Ten Thousand Waves has always cultivated a tranquil East Asian aesthetic, so it made perfect sense when it opened a long-awaited restaurant in 2014 that the look and culinary approach would be Japanese. Paper lanterns hang from the lofty, pitched ceiling, and a traditional tatami room is available for patrons seeking a completely authentic vibe. Even the washrooms, outfitted with the latest in lavatory technology, are more Land of the Rising Sun than Land of Enchantment. The menu is izakaya-style and features an extensive list of shareable small plates—two or three per person is typically sufficient. Highlights include roasted sweet potatoes with a miso glaze and black garlic–brown butter, grilled avocado with nori sea salt and fresh wasabi, and wagyu beef cooked table-side on a hot stone. The burgers, one topped with foie gras, are delicious, too, and there's a nice selection of kushiyaki skewers. Sushi is not an option, given that, as management helpfully points out, Santa Fe is thousands of miles from the ocean, but seafood does appear on the occasional omakase menu, tasting like it just leapt out of the sea. Service can be spotty, but food is consistently excellent.
Japanese Romantic Trendy Trendy Lunch Dinner $$$

Quick Facts

21 Ten Thousand Waves Way
Santa Fe, New Mexico  87501, USA


Known For:
  • The omakase chef's choice tasting menu
  • The foie gras burger
  • An outstanding selection of first-rate sakes
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: No lunch Tues.

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