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Sushi Den – Denver, Colorado

Even if I can’t personally get on board with eating sushi, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a good sushi restaurant.

Sushi Den has been around since 1985 and while we haven’t been going quite that long, we have been going there for some time now. Their food never disappoints.

The Kizaki brothers own and operate the business together and have since added a couple of other restaurants nearby, Izakaya Den & Ototo. Izakaya Den features smaller tapa-like dishes which are creative and sometimes unusual. It’s a good alternative to Sushi Den since they also have some sushi options, too.

Ototo is the newest addition and replaced Den Deli, a short-lived venture. Den Deli was a more informal restaurant but one of the best things about it was they had a small deli-like area where you could buy some fresh fish to make at home. I wish they’d bring Den Deli back but that’s just me. At least we still have Sushi Den.

Chopsticks and plates at Sushi Den in Denver

They did a good job of creating a Japanese aesthetic in their restaurant. Clean lines and simple furnishings.

Sushi Den in Denver

Some of the best edamame I’ve had.

Edamame at Sushi Den in Denver

Since I don’t eat sushi much I can’t personally vouch for it, but my husband can. He loves the stuff and can’t speak highly enough of the sushi here.

You’d be hard pressed to find fresher fish here in the middle of a landlocked state. One of the brothers lives in Japan and personally selects the fish from the local fish market, then flying the fish from Japan to Denver. It all arrives in Denver within 24 hours.

Sushi at Sushi Den in Denver

If you’re like me and want something other than sushi, there’s still plenty of delicious options to choose from. I’ve tried the tempura (very good), sukiyaki (the beef was incredibly tasty), the bento box (quite an array of delicious choices – and huge!) and the butterfish black cod, which is what I usually tend to order.

You can’t go wrong with the black cod. Lightly flavored miso black cod that simply melts in the mouth. Soooo good!

One thing that’s a little frustrating is that they changed their menu. The black cod used to be served as an entree complete with soup or salad and rice. Now it’s ordered as an appetizer and everything else is extra. I guess for those who don’t want rice it’s a good thing, but I prefer it all together as a meal.

Butterfish Black Cod at Sushi Den in Denver


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4 Responses to Sushi Den – Denver, Colorado

  1. Carol November 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    What a fun tour of Sushi Den and its food. I loved the pictures and descriptions…artistic pictures which reflect the care taken in the chef’s presentation of the food. I’m ready to try the sushi and the black cod. looks yummy!

    • Kim Olson November 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

      Can’t argue with you there. Just looking at the photos makes me hungry for Sushi Den! :)

  2. Cadie August 23, 2012 at 4:05 am #

    Sushi Den is one of my favorite restaurants- EVER! These photos are so beautiful. Have you attempted an sushi since your list visit?

    • Kim August 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

      My husband agrees with you 100% and it’s one of his favorites, too. I did try some sushi my husband ordered last time, but I enjoyed my sukuyaki much more. :)

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