Akebono

Sushi Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines
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  • Ranked #2 for sushi restaurants in Des Moines
  • Mikel M.
    "Tuna and Tazmanian Salmon were great!"(2 Tips)
    Chelsey D.
    "Wasabi Tao is 110x better than this place."(2 Tips)
    Rachel W.
    "complimentary miso soup and soy vinaigrette salad"(2 Tips)
    Estepha F.
    "Get miso soup and the salad!"(2 Tips)
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  • Veronica G.
    Not at all impressed
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolAugust 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Deep-fried pork dumplings are top rate! So crisp and flavorful.
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolAugust 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Tofu fries are quite good!
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolAugust 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Colorado Bulldog features Stoli vodka, Brown Jug bourbon and St. Brendan's Irish cream liqueurs, with a splash of cola.
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolAugust 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Akebono's namesake edamame in butter, garlic, soy sauce. I like an appetizer that involves squeezing and sucking.
  • Jess N.
    Jess NicholsDecember 9, 2015
    Tazmanian sashimi is on point
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolJuly 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Bacon-wrapped asparagus.
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolJuly 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Apara Niku Maki at Akebono. Rib eye-wrapped asparagus, glazed in soy mirin. A tidy appetizer for body and spirit.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RMay 11, 2015
    Carb conscious sushi!
  • Thomas
    ThomasMay 7, 2015
    Excellent ramen.
  • Estepha F.
    Estepha FrancisqueApril 26, 2015
    Great atmosphere and food! Get miso soup and the salad! Great dressing choices.
  • Jesse C.
    Jesse CrumApril 11, 2015
    Everything is good here! Even the Dirty Martini
  • Patrick O.
    Patrick O'BrienFebruary 28, 2015
    Great sushi - ask for Chuck at the sushi bar.
  • Becky K.
    Becky KAugust 2, 2014
    Fabulous! First Saki Bomb!
  • Brian S.
    Brian SwansonJuly 27, 2014
    Service and food outstanding!
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockJuly 22, 2014
    Happy Hour menu items quite good and service was great.
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockJuly 8, 2014
    Happy Hour Sushi and drinks are awesome
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockJune 28, 2014
    Exceptional sushi
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockJune 28, 2014
    Don't miss this place if you like superior sushi!
  • Drue W.
    Drue WolfeJune 6, 2014
    Amber is an awesome server!!
  • Jamee P.
    Jamee PickensMay 19, 2014
    The mussles are delicious!!!! Ask for the waitress named Stephanie!!!! She is awesome! Not over attentive and sweet! AND coursed out our meal perfectly!
  • Chelsey D.
    Chelsey DavisMay 6, 2014
    The atmosphere was great, service was great, drinks great... sushi, not so great. Didn't taste fresh at all. Wasabi Tao is 110x better than this place. Sorry to say, not going back
  • Anna L.
    Anna LMarch 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome sushi!!
  • Gordon Z.
    Gordon ZhengJanuary 22, 2014
    Amazing place. Great food, great servIce, great staff. Accepts Dwolla.
  • Marissa B.
    Marissa BanksDecember 6, 2013
    Free lunch shots!
  • Alexandra V.
    Alexandra VermillionOctober 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Freshest fish in town! Try anything from the fresh from Hawaii section. Akebono roll is a must.
  • Kylie M.
    Kylie MurrayOctober 17, 2013
    Aaaahhhhhhmazing! :)
  • Anna K.
    Anna KellyOctober 5, 2013
    Fiji Roll was amazing. Sit at the bar. Great atmosphere.
  • Kristin B.
    Kristin BrantleySeptember 13, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Great service
  • Jake S.
    Jake ShkolnickSeptember 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Talk to the guys at the sushi bar and they'll make you something amazing!
  • Becky M.
    Becky MuselmanSeptember 8, 2013
    Great food, great atmosphere, great guys!
  • Derek B.
    Derek BrooksAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the Tasmanian. It's not on the menu and is both super fresh and super tasty.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DeNatoAugust 10, 2013
    Great place for lunch if you get there before noon - it fills up very quickly
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel W.August 7, 2013
    Great spot! Big plus is the complimentary miso soup and soy vinaigrette salad with your order. Will stop in again.
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineAugust 7, 2013
    The bottom line: the atmosphere and menu is distinct enough to differentiate itself, much like Miyabi 9 and Wasabi Tao. We’ll be back for more ponzu sauce soon. Read more
  • Mikel M.
    Mikel MorrisJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Very good quality fish. Tuna and Tazmanian Salmon were great! Awesome sushi chefs!
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