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Ishikawa

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Yotsuya / Iidabashi
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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
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 4
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
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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
Sublime Kaiseki Dinner

The 10-course kaiseki dinner is spectacular and highlights the best parts of Japanese cuisine. The service is outstanding.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
globalsoul
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
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45 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

The 10-course kaiseki dinner is spectacular and highlights the best parts of Japanese cuisine. The service is outstanding.

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London
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Ishikawa has redefined my expectation of both service, and of elegant kaiseki when i thought i was already blase' with culinary experiences! Michelin stars can frequently in the UK signal an unfortunate transition to stuffiness and stilted formality in terms of service, but it could not be further from the truth at Ishikawa, where the smiling and self effacing waitresses... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

A little bit off the beaten path but we'll worth it. Had the Horsehead snapper and it was great. Very fresh and flavorful. Recommended this place for sure!

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Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I’ve been to a 3 Michelin Star Restaurant but this experience was unlike the other. Ishikawa personalized my experience – made me feel THAT much more special. My name was ON the menu – the restaurant name, the date, and my name – first and last! I was not the most optimistic patron walking into the restaurant because when my... More 

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Danbury, Connecticut
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177 reviews 177 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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161 reviews 161 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
197 helpful votes 197 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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191 reviews 191 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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22 helpful votes 22 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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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: Romantic
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

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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.
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