Denver >Food & Dining > Restaurant Japon
1028 S Gaylord St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020939.697823 -104.961646
Neighborhoods: Washington Park, Southeast Denver
Decent Sushi But Poor Service – I have to say I enjoyed their sushi and sake. I sat at the sushi bar and enjoyed the conversation I had with the Japanese sushi chef (I am Japanese, too). It wasn't a busy night, but our waiter kept rushing me and my date by bringing the check (we weren't done) and repeatedly returning to see we had already paid (God, don't you hate that?) When my date got up to use the restroom, I asked the waiter if he were ending his shift soon and wanted to close our tab, to which he replied no. I spoke with the owner and told him that I was annoyed by the rushing. The owner spoke Japanese and apologized for the poorly trained waiter. I'm glad I said something. But my overall experience at Japon was just "okay." I'm pretty sure I'm not going back there again. It simply wasn't a fun place. There are many other sushi places in Denver, so I recommend that you try them first before you go to Japon.
Cold, expensive, and pretentious feel – Too pricey for the quality of the food. I'm a sushi-lover, and to me It' was nothing special for sushi. The atmosphere was really nice--it looked expensive to keep up a place like that, but maybe that's why the food is expensive? Service was terrible. We waited forever to order or to refill tea. The wait-staff was most of the time unavailable and/or not paying attention.
All day sushi happy hour on Monday! – I first went to Japon for my birthday and fell in love with the place! I eat sushi a few times a month and this is one of my favorites in Denver! The sushi is always fresh with excellent fresh fish, ginger, and wasabi! The atmosphere and decor is beautiful. The servers are sometimes slow but there is a bar in the back that is great about getting you any drink that you need right away.
Consistently Average – We have gone to Japon 4 times now. We keep giving it a chance because it is within walking distance but they continue to fail to impress us. This place is in a good spot and really needs to step it up. Our first plate of sushi came with no wasabi or ginger. My "cold" sake came luke warm, and although the carafe had a compartment for ice, I had to ask to get some. The Tuna was OK, Spicy Tuna roll was mushy, Miso Cod was average. With prices near Sushi Den and Hapa, the quality, attention to detail, and overall experience dont compare.
Atmosphere is nice but everything else needs an upgrade.
Best sushi for the money! – Love the location of this trendy little sushi restaurant (water fountain behind the sushi bar is neat!). I have always enjoyed the sushi here. It is perfect for celebrations or for a romantic date night. The sushi can get a bit pricey but well worth the money. Love the Japon rolls! Yummy! Parking can be difficult during peak times.
Great find in a fun neighborhood! – I've been to Japon on a few occaisions now and will continue to be an avid fan. If you happen to sit at the sushi bar and get Mickey, consider it your lucky night...your experience will be especially great! The sushi chefs are very attentive to your satisfaction. The table service is always friendly, but sometimes very slow. The difference between Japon and "the others" is they recognize that and will work very hard to make you happy. The agadashi is worth seeking out and the diablo roll (I think I'm butchering my spelling) is AMAZING!! The atmosphere is contemporary but warm and inviting, and the charm of the surrounding area adds to that. Also, the price point is very inexpensive compared to other places. All of this contributes to why I drive over an hour every week to go there...what can I say? I get cravings! Easily my favorite sushi joint so far.
Good sushi, service poor, but seated promptly – I really like the sushi and thought the salmon teriyaki was very fresh and cooked great. However, we were seated at the sushi bar and the sushi chef only gave us half our order filled other orders that came way after ours first. He kept saying, your order is coming, and ever filled it. After eating half of my regular meal, I told him to forget it that I didn't want it. My husband ordered the tofu steak, it was mushy and he hated it. But we loved the sushi and would go back again. Was not impressed with the service at all. The restaurant gets busy on weekends. The drinks were good too.
fresh sushi – I came here on a Sunday night for a rather early dinner. The restaurant wasn't too crowded but definitely got busier as the evening went on. The atmosphere is great. The wall of water is almost hypnotic. The sushi is fresh and tastes great.
This hip Asian joint floods Wash Park with a fresh sushi wave. – In Short
From the street, it looks like a Japanese fast-food joint--a small space tucked into a strip mall. But inside, colors dance on walls and glass, a surfer rides down a painted wave and the dining room feels comfortable. The fish includes rich salmon, salty mackerel and the vivid Hawaiian roll, which is layered in seven types of fish and packed with crab and avocado. Cooked items include calamari steak, teriyaki chicken and miso with noodles.
Long-time customer never dissapointed – I usually order sushi - which has never faltered in quality to me. After trying ALL of the well-known sushi restaurants in Denver I have always found the fish to be extremely fresh and highly recommend Japon to my friends. They have a great assortment of rolls, the unagi has none of that rubbery fat that you find in other locations, the California rolls use real crab (without the bits of shell I found in another location) and the tobiko has to be my favorite. The Gaylord location still retains its cozy, neighborhood atmosphere close to Wash park, with great modern designs like the cool circulating water wall behind the sushi bar. What I really like best is the non-pretentious factor that other locations have. I feel comfortable here and able to relax. Overall, its one of my favs in Denver.
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