This low-key Lakeview eatery, whose name is a localized take on the Japanese term for pubs that serve small plates (izakaya), is easy to spot from the street: It’s a standalone building with ornate shingles on the outside. Inside, the dining room incorporates lush wood tones and two colorful Japanese-style ceiling murals; there’s some communal seating fronting the open ktichen to enhance the convivial neighborhood vibe. The seasonal menu balances Japanese techniques and flavors with local produce from sustainable farms, exploring Japanese fare beyond standard sushi. Various yakitori, noodle and rice dishes (cold soba noodles, braised pork ramen, blue crab congee), and a variety of snacks (puffed pig ears, teriyaki string beans, homemade tofu, marinated snapper) make for sharable, cocktail-friendly grazing. An extensive beverage program of Japanese beer, American craft beer, sake, shochu and Japanese whiskey add to the exotic flavor.

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Harold Jurado / Chizakaya

Harold Jurado / Chizakaya

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