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1221 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302-4805
+1 303-440-0733
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good17%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“sashimi” (8 reviews)
“fried shrimp” (2 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 21:30All hours
Japanese, Asian
$$ - $$$
1221 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302-4805
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Still sooo good, after many years! This is an izakaya, with small dishes intended for sharing. If you want sushi, you need to go next door to the sister restaurant Zanmai. Tempusa soft shell crab, miso glazed eggplant, broiled green mussels, grilled chicken, excellent sashimis,...More

Thank swall387
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't eat out a great deal, in part because so many restaurants serve food that, with some effort, I could achieve or excel at producing at home. But not this wonderful eatery. Each of the dishes we ordered had wonderful, layered, and subtle flavors...More

Thank GonzoDon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Izakaya Amu is by far my favorite place in Boulder. Incredibly fresh sashimi, remarkably unique and flavorful dishes (don't come here for sushi or rolls). Sure to impress, especially when you take the chef's - or Jeff's - suggestions. Wonderfully attentive and educated staff, including...More

Thank worldtrot
Reviewed 30 June 2017

I have lived in Boulder for 18 years, and have been frequenting Amu since they opened a decade or so ago. It is, hands down, my favorite restaurant in our very foodie town. Why? First, the food is amazing! It is delicious, unique and beautiful,...More

Thank Sylvia B
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

The food is really good. I lived in Japan for a few years and it was really very authentic. For two of us, the bill was $157 before tip, so you should be careful if price is an issue.

Thank GMar2K
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Amu is that wonderful kind of restaurant that feels like a bit of a secret. It's tiny. It's not at all a typical Sushi place, but rather a kind of Japanese pub called an Izakaya. For sheer consistency and creativity and value they rate right...More

Thank maegabby
Reviewed 26 August 2016

If you ask the typical American about their favorite Japanese food, if any, they'll probably say "sushi" or "hibachi". As tasty as both of those are, anyone restricting themselves to either is missing out on an entire world. Moreover, both sushi and hibachi (hibachi actually...More

1  Thank GettysburgLocal
Reviewed 25 July 2016

We decided to sit outside, with a little bit of concern for the service which with only two tables there could have been out of sight, out of mind. No worries, the waiter was right on the service the entire meal. He was not Japanese...More

Thank MunichEricJ
Reviewed 24 April 2016

Very small space and can be difficult to snag a seat at the bar. But worth the effort. Not a sushi bar, although related to Sushi Zanmai next door. Very good fresh seafood, both raw and cooked. Nice tempura soft shell crab. Very good fried...More

Thank sazeracker
Reviewed 22 April 2016

We enjoyed it, but hadn't read the reviews & thought we were going to regular sushi place. Place is run by a bunch of anglos who are serious Japanophiles (sp?), so for starters you must take off shoes when you enter. The staff have all...More

Thank RCWashington
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1221 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302-4805
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Boulder
  • Phone Number: +1 303-440-0733
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