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Ishikawa

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Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-5225-0173
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Good for:
Romance

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  • 34
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  • 3
    Very good
  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Elegant, Relaxed Kaiseki Experience

Ishikawa deserves its Michelin star status and then some. My husband and I had an absolutely stunning and sublime culinary experience at Ishikawa. We sat at the counter and had a fantastic time enjoying all the beautiful courses and interacting with Chef Ishikawa and his team. I made the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Danbury, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Reservations
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40 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Danbury, Connecticut
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Ishikawa deserves its Michelin star status and then some. My husband and I had an absolutely stunning and sublime culinary experience at Ishikawa. We sat at the counter and had a fantastic time enjoying all the beautiful courses and interacting with Chef Ishikawa and his team. I made the reservation via phone about two months in advance - there is... More 

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Taipei
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The food is awfully great and suprised! Otherwise we like the service there. The chef and sous chef are nice and talk in English well. Just have a new impression on japanese food.

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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160 reviews 160 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Try and get a seat at the counter, there are tables for more private rooms, however, the counter is where it's at for us. You get to talk to the chefs including Mr Ishikawa. Who, by the way, is just about the most amazing man you will see prepare food. He wields a knife that;s about the same size as... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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184 reviews 184 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

An absolutely fantastic meal. Easily one of the best I've ever had. The meal consisted of nine courses following a traditional keiseiki order. Each of them were delicate, delicious, and beautifully presented. I had two favorites. The first was the sashimi, which included sea bream and sea urchin with fresh seaweed and Japanese herbs and blanched blowfish with Japanese herbs... More 

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Hong Kong Region, China
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is undoubtedly one of the best Japanese meal I have ever tried. The tastes are subtle, to the extent underwhelming in some dishes, but this is essence of great Japanese food. Light, gentle and delicate, very much like the tea, the Japanese garden. Not every Michelin 3 star restaurants live up to their reputation, but for this one, it... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

http://missneverfull.com/?p=918 We sit at the counter, the chef can speak a little bit English and he tried his best to communicate with us. Very friendly people around, and most importantly, the food was really impressive.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

It's 3 star rated for a reason and deserves every one of those stars - the food, the atmosphere, the wine list, the staff, a special treat for breakfast the next day, AND Ishikawa himself walks us out to our waiting taxi. Unforgettable and worth every penny. Lovely waitress who chatted easily about the food, the sake, and Japan, who... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Michelin 3 star rating, ranking No. 16 in Asia in 2014, I was certainly expecting lots out of this kaiseki restaurant. The 9-course kaiseki meal at Kagurazaka Ishikawa exceptionally done, with the best in season served at its purest. Pure because each dish was served to elevate the original taste of the main ingredient rather than the use of excessive... More 

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California
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75 restaurant reviews
310 helpful votes 310 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Omg, they take rice to a totally different stage (than what is commonly found at most restaurants, even in Tokyo). Superlative flavor and texture of their rice. The text and photo report of my meal at Ishikawa: http://tinyurl.com/m4dssk7

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This was our first taste of '3 star Michelin' food and it was wonderful. The service is impeccable yet very friendly / down to earth and the food is so fresh and pure that you'll probably want to eat the whole menu again for breakfast the next day! I'm not sure I have the palette to truly differentiate from 2... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Shinjuku>  > Yotsuya / Iidabashi
  • Neighborhood: Yotsuya / Iidabashi
  • Phone Number: +81 3-5225-0173

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am

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Staying in Yotsuya / Iidabashi

Neighborhood Profile
Yotsuya / Iidabashi
Yotsuya and Iidabashi are areas that developed around the outer moat of the Imperial palace. Nearby in Kagurazaka, there is an old red-light district with a photogenic feel evocative of the ambiance of old Tokyo. Narrow paths with stone paving remain to this day, and there are long-standing restaurants with geishas and quaint old cafes in townhouse buildings.