Sisu Izakaya

4
75 reviews
€30 and under
Japanese

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Casual

About

Established in late 2018, Sisu Izakaya is one of Dublin’s newest dining establishments. Our kitchen team have developed a menu that pays homage to the best of Japanese casual dining cuisine with some ‘twists’.

We have paired our food with a mix of some interesting wines from around the world which will further enhance customers experience. Our decor is distinctly casual made using a mix of hand-crafted reclaimed wood and wrought iron.

Our venue is spread over two floors with a windowed kitchen on the ground floor for any foodies interested in seeing our kitchen in action.
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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Terrible service. Food for the party arrived at different times and one guest did not receive their main. When we asked the waiter to check on it he never came back to us. When we asked a second time they said it would be 20-30 mins. This was 1.5 hrs after we ordered.

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GraceK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food in Sisu is absolutely fabulous. I would definitely recommend the Chicken Gyozas and the A-GE Sushi Roll. The prices are fairly standard and the interior is very cute/romantic

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LaurenM
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was very slow but they were nice and friendly. The food was good. Spicy tuna roll was delicious. Atmosphere upstairs was only OK.

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Bern
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very good (really) but just a super slow service, not for when you’re starving !

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CKay
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really nice food, but menu a little limited outside of sushi.

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Niamh
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The menu needs to be updated from what is online. The choice is not the same. It had been a few months previous and found the standard much better. It would be nice if the food could be served at the same time to all of the party. Although the food was very food I’m not sure I’d go back mainly based on the menu being much smaller than online and the drinks list had a lot crossed out in one as it was unavailable.

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Goddess
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous unfussy and low key Japanese eatery in the heart of town with all the buzz and bars beside it and nearby. we had a table for 6 the service was good-natured attentive and polite. The food timing was perfect not too fast or slow with food and orders arriving. The Food itself was simple, delicious and very reasonable we all had lots of beers and two bottles of white wine and lots of sparkling water with our meal and we felt satisfied, healthy and happy at the end of our meal. we sat downstairs in the basement room which was minimalistic clean decor Not too many tables all of them were full with other diners and groups. Great atmosphere without being too loud or crowded. Will definitely return and recommend!

LW
LorraineW
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great, really enjoyed it. I would recommend the restaurant to anyone who likes Japanese food.

The seat's are a bit small though, and it would be nice if a jug of water was left on the table instead of having to ask for a refill.

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GeraldineG
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Food was excellent but same cannot be said for the rest unfortunately...

We made a booking for 8:45 and were not seated til 9:10. No apology. They seemed really disorganised.

Staff understanding of English was too basic. On multiple occasions they didn’t understand myself and my guests.

Asked for slimline tonic & they didn’t have it.

Prosecco was served in wine glasses because they ran out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our table wasn’t ready. We waited over 30 mins.

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SiobhanD
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've eaten here a number of times and always find the food absolutely delicious the service is always efficient & a pleasant atmosphere. No matter what we order it's really super quality food and that's why we keep coming back.

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Yass
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was AMAZING! My boyfriend and I went there for my birthday 2 days ago and we loved it! We loved the food and everything around the restaurant! What a pity that we don’t have this restaurant in our home city...! Thanks a lot for the sushi!!!!!! It IS tasty.

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Siofraidh1
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Second time eating here with a group of friends. Making and changing the booking online was easy. Food was great; only downside is that it's not byob as it was the last time we were there and only realised when we arrived. Was one of the main reasons we booked so was a bit disappointing and might turn us off returning.

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JoelleM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food was great but arrived at different times. All starters and mains arrived together but for a table of 6 people we had food arrive slowly over 20 minutes. The first dishes were cold by the time the other dishes were arriving.
Asked for water for the table and it never arrived.
Slow service generally but very polite staff, they just need to be more attentive.

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GillianW
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and value

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Theo
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Upstairs is darker and has more vibe to it so book up there if you can.

Dishes were hit or miss, some were pretty good (katsu curry, eal) and others a big miss (tuna sashimi).

It was ok for a night out but I won't be back for the food.

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DCcc
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The lunch bento box was really good with a good value and overall the food was delicious. However the other food, apart from the bento box, might be slightly overpriced. If you want to order sushi, the food portions could be awkward as it is not filling enough. However, if you order 1/2 other items, it might be too much. Also the in-house menu is quite different with the online one. Not enough staff - waited for some assistance a few times.

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DP20
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Really tasty food, BYOB, loud music, service not great, main course came before we finished starters

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Nice food, but food comes out very slowly. I have been here about 6 times and each time it is very slow

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LoriF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Not fresh and only sushi offered was salmon and tuna

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dublin
6 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Wouldn’t rate the food, far superior Japanese restaurants in the city

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great little sushi bar where you can see the chef cooking food in the kitchen. Service very good & food fast & efficient. Not the best sushi place I’ve been to in Dublin but ideal for lunch or a quick bite to eat

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Juliana
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really nice food! Reasonably priced, staff were lovely. Place we were seated was a bit compact for 5 but other than that I highly recommend!

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JS2019
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is now my favorite restaurant for Japanese food. Seriously good bento box.

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AislingC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food wasn’t great, and service was even worse. We ordered a starter and a main each, my starter and main came out at the same time while my friend’s starter came out ten minutes later.

Lovely interior, staff were very friendly but unfortunately would not recommend.

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Marcus
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Despite having booked n advance we were put in the table inside the door which is draughty.

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Aaron
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Food wasn’t great.

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YotaK
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

It's a fair venue in downtown Dublin, with decent food (no pickled egg in my ramen, although it was on the food description and it is expected in a bowl like that). The waiting service was obviously non experienced (although very friendly), the menu was short as a lot of the options were not available on the day (especially from the drinks menu). This place is an ok choice, however, given the options of Izakaya places in the vicinity, this one would not be on the top of my list.

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Ndos
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Have been for lunch twice and really enjoyed the sushi sashimi bento. But that’s not available in dinner menu - although it’s shown on the printed menu. I ended up ordering two main courses ... I was hungry ... but that ends up being €30 for 2*mains which is probably ok. Bentos are great the other dishes fine but less exceptional. Service is always excellent.

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RachelM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best sushi in Dublin! Great quality food at a reasonable price.

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BarbaraF
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went on a Friday after work. I'd recommeng going for freshly made sushi. Bento boxes (not available at dinner which I urge the owners to reconsider) look really good from photos we saw before going.

We had gzoya, katsu chicken curry and pork ramen in miso soup. Expected miso to be salty and ramen to be thick and spicy. Quite plain and shockingly not salty enough. Gzoya and katsu were nice but unremarkable. Sushi was being made fresh in front of us and seemed to be what everyone else was getting. Kirin beer was on menu but not available. Sake was nice.

Decor is cool, quite Japanese but not trying too hard and staff were friendly and quick.

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MarP
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We ordered the rainbow roll, the chicken gyoza, edamame, kimchi and chicken skewers. The food was not great. The sushi didn't seem very well made or really fresh. The edamame portion was quite small also and the kimchi lacked real flavour. The chicken skewers were barely cooked and therefore tasted unusual and jelly-like. We ordered a glass of prosecco too and weirdly only got half a glass. The staff were nice although inexperienced. Toilet facilities were awful. Disappointing because I'd heard good things about the restaurant. Perhaps I was there on an off-night but I won't be going back to find out.

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SueM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, especially the seven spice calamari. Highly recommended.

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Marta
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very helpful and caring staff. Food was tasty. Overall pleasant experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious. Very fresh, great menu choice, a good alternative to the typical Japanese restaurants in Dublin.

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EleanorO
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sisu Izakaya had very nice food and was accommodating when I let them know I had another person joining the table. We were a little squashed but the atmosphere and food were good overall.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I ordered a Korokee and waitress said she’ll comfort if they got it, and until I finished other dishes, there’s no reply! And chicken karaage and goyza are all not that good...

MF
MichelleF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great value, top class service 👌

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Esja
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Staff were very polite.

My Chicken Gyoza starter was very tasty and my wife's starter was also delicious.

I'd the Tonkotsu Ramen for my main and my wife had the Chicken Katsu Curry. She enjoyed hers and my Ramen was simply great, full of flavour.

Ambiance was very relaxing and we will certainly be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The food was extremely delicious and flavorful. However, the service was extremely rude. We were forced to leave after 2 hours, while we were still enjoying drinks. When I booked the table, they did not mention a 2 hour time limit. This is something that the customer should be informed of when booking the reservation, and not during our dinner, that too while entertaining our guests. This is extremely inconsiderate treatment of your paying customers, and I will think twice about ever coming back.

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Sisu Izakaya is rated 4 stars by 75 OpenTable diners.