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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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5:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 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
Our most enjoyable restaurant experience in Japan

Dinner at Ishikawa definitely rates as our favourite of our Japanese trip. A dark, intimate space set in wealthy suburban Tokyo - Ishikawa offers a true culinary experience. While keeping within some of the broader traditions of Japanese cuisine the chefs prepared an inventive and inviting array of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
camcarp
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Melbourne, Australia
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Dinner at Ishikawa definitely rates as our favourite of our Japanese trip. A dark, intimate space set in wealthy suburban Tokyo - Ishikawa offers a true culinary experience. While keeping within some of the broader traditions of Japanese cuisine the chefs prepared an inventive and inviting array of delights. Occasionally one of the meats used might be a bit of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This is noted as one of the best Kaisei restaurants in Tokyo and it's in Shinjuku, but down an obscure alley behind a Temple. We stayed at the Park Hyatt and concierge made the reservation and gave up a map with address we can show our taxi driver. On entry, we're escorted to our own private room and service is... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We enjoyed a lovely kaiseki dinner in one of the private rooms. This restaurant is peaceful and zen, with the decor reflecting the ultimate in minimalist zen Japanese style. The service was beyond friendly and helpful......the Chef was so humble and kind and came by to greet us and have a bit of chit chat. Every dish was presented beautifully.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

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

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 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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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
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 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
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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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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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Additional Information about Ishikawa

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

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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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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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