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Etsu Izakaya, Mermaid Beach, AU-QLD

Etsu Izakaya

4.8
4.8
1076 Reviews
$41 to $100
Japanese
Etsu is a Japanese izakaya which focuses on local amazing produce in our dishes which are designed to be shared amongst friends. We have one of the largest Japanese whisky collections on our back bar which we recommend served over hand cut ice or try one of our sakes or Japanese tap beers. Our sashimi is the freshest around and our fave place to sit is at the dining bar. Kanpaii!!

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2 people

7:00 pm


Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Izakaya, Sushi

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (07) 5526 0944

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

Experiences

  • $90 set menu

    $90.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Edamame, Sashimi and fresh oysters, Beef Karokke, Aburi Salmon, Prawn and shitake tempura, Wagyu 9+ striploin
  • $60 set menu

    $60.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Edamame, Hamachi Carpaccio, Robata grilled skewers, Fish tempura, Robata grilled duck, Miso soup

What 1,076 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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    Best Overall

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    Best Food

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    Best Ambience

  • Central Gold Coast

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    Vibrant Bar Scene

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    Most Booked

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  1. SR

    ScottR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    5th Visit and still cannot fault this restaurant. Our Favourite by far! Good job Etsu!
  2. S

    Simon

    Brisbane

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favourite restaurant in Australia. Amazing food, drinks and atmosphere - also great with dietary requirements.
  3. ZW

    ZoeW

    Brisbane

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing experience. Not only great food but amazing cocktails!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food ever
  5. E

    Estefania

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    So good! Would recommend it for sure! Beautiful place and amazing food
  6. NS

    NicholasS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly an amazing establishment. The quality of food, service and drinks was second to none. The attention to detail was impeccable. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. One of the gold coasts premier places.
  7. A

    Alex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place outSTANDING service. Loved John and his energy
  8. LC

    LouiseC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Etszu lived up to its reputation. The food was amazing, the wine list expansive and surprising. Our waiter was the best!
  9. LB

    LouiseB

    Gold Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We love Etsu it is one of our favourite restaurants on the Coast. The food is excellent every time. There are a couple of things i would change which is the shared dining table as we prefer not to be sitting at a table with strangers and the noise level is very high. It is definitely worth the visit.
  10. JM

    JoelM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Really good Japanese food love coming back to this place
  11. AE

    AnnieE

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was absolutely amazing. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful in choosing. A bit noisy but we soon forgot when we got our drinks and food😃
  12. AE

    AliEats

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only restaurant worth visiting on the Gold Coast. The food was impeccable. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. The oysters had some grit and bits of shell in them, but everything else we ordered was sublime.
  13. AM

    AshM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John was amazing! Food was amazing! Highly recommend.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the most memorable and satisfying dining experiences I’ve ever had. Our waiter Fox steered us through with great recommendations for food and drinks, which was all prompt and exquisitely prepared and served. Couldn’t recommend it high enough!
  15. M

    Michael

    Gold Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    brilliant restaurant with great service and delicious food.
  16. LH

    LauraH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food the best Japanese I’ve ever had!!! Highly recommend
  17. PS

    PaulS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. We had pacific oysters with dressing, blue fin tuna sashimi, mushrooms and Morton Bay bug tempura. Only complaint was that the bugs were not so tasty, maybe frozen rather than fresh. Prawn Tempura maybe a better deal. Service and atmosphere are great. Saturday night was busy and noisy, but service was timely.
  18. J

    Jaimih

    Deactivated - Far North Queensland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food & service from staff are always exceptional. 10/10 recommend eating here any day and any time of the week.
  19. TF

    TamikaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful place with great food and great service
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Realy good experience and awesome staff. Cant explain how good the food realy is until u try for urself. Can't recommend enough and I will b going back myself.
  21. MG

    MichaelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service, it was our first time going there and I think we'll be returning on the regular. We had the $60pp platter and it was fantastic.
  22. K

    Kaye

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dolan was the name of the waiter - excellent friendly, helpful manner. Attention received was appropriate & excellent. Attentive customer service. Loved the set up and the theme of the venue. Enjoyed its aim to create sense of exploration to find this hidden gem! Clever owners & creators of the restaurant. The hallway to the restroom truly reminiscent of a Japanese alley way amongst eateries - gold! From NSW - open up in Sydney pls
  23. KL

    KerryL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Fantastic food with fantastic energy. Would definitely recommend
  24. AP

    AdrianP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Poor service by a guy but the lady was good. Food was average
  25. SA

    ShelleyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service such a great night with friends
  26. A

    Anzhelika

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were warmly welcomed at the entrance and walked to the table. Thank you to our server Hugo - he was amazing, we had a great time. Spicy tuna sushi roll was a highlight of the evening. Drinks came very promptly every time. Overall food was delicious, but took too long to be served. Keep it up guys!
  27. CG

    ChawkiG

    Gold Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    As always most enjoyable
  28. BW

    BelindaW

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing!! The service the food the whole place - A must do!!
  29. MC

    MattC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and atmosphere, looked after by Michael, was a very charismatic and well-mannered bloke who had great suggestions. Had something off each section and everything was on point flavourwise and plating was lovely. Will definitely be back
  30. AJ

    AllyssaJ

    New South Wales

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks to chef Stefan for looking after us! Always number one booking when coming to the coast!
  31. CL

    CLAIRE

    Deactivated - Far North Queensland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A hidden gem hiding behind the barn doors Great bar tender, never let us get thirsty or hungry!! Loved this place and will be back. Recommend the set banquet for 2
  32. I

    Incanberra2021

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Obviously the cooks have changed as the food was not as good. A waiter spilled miso soup on my friends white pants too- at least they offered to pay for dry cleaning
  33. MJ

    MJackson

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a bit of trouble finding restaurant as it wasn’t signed but once we found it it was an amazing. Highly recommend
  34. MM

    MichelleM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and awesome atmosphere! Loved it
  35. DM

    DebM

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place, great food ( oysters absolutely amazing ) great service. We would go back again definitely.
  36. CG

    CaitlinG

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super fun night and cool venue. Felt like a special find, with access through a hidden sliding door. Great fun and great vibe.
  37. DF

    DanielF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food, terrific service, great ambience. Will return!
  38. R

    Rohanh

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Went to Etsu with friends we are all from sydney. Tried the $90 set menu with matching wines / sake 1st wine proseco - nice 2nd - Sake no good 3rd - white wine - no good 4th - rose no good 5th - red ok Set menu Edmame - ok Salmon balls in garlic - no good Beef balls in garlic - no good Aburi salmon sushi - no good beef sirloin - some overcooked some ok Tempura prawn and mushroom - nice Duck - was not nice I think better go for some sushi and other meals avoid set menu choose own wines there is a nice collection definitely not worth $150 pp
  39. Z

    Zephyrha

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience3
    We booked for our anniversary. We told the staff this and asked if we could be moved to a table as we were sat at the bar. This request seemed to be ignored and we felt forgotten as customers. Our bar man was very nice and genuine, however, it was disappointing to feel not valued as customers on our special night. Sadly, we are unsure if we will come again, especially when celebrating something special.
  40. T

    Tracey

    Sunshine Coast

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the service even better. The sushi is outstanding.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas

FAQs

Etsu Izakaya is rated 4.8 stars by 1076 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Experiences are available.
Google Map for Etsu Izakaya

2440 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach, AU-QLD 4218

Additional information

  • Area

    Mermaid Beach

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Izakaya, Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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