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

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    Very good
  • 4
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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Favorite restaurant in Japan

This was one of my favorite restaurants in Japan trip in terms of food & service. i reached the restaurant area much before my dinner time since finding restaurants in tokyo isn't easy. The can driver couldn't find the place and called the restaurant. The staff in kimono came to the cab and showed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
New London, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Romantic
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English first
New London, Connecticut
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was one of my favorite restaurants in Japan trip in terms of food & service. i reached the restaurant area much before my dinner time since finding restaurants in tokyo isn't easy. The can driver couldn't find the place and called the restaurant. The staff in kimono came to the cab and showed me how to get to restaurant.... More 

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South Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bookings at Ishikawa are hard to come by - it took sheer perseverance to finally get a 9-9.30pm booking one and a half months away for our honeymoon through Japan. We opted for the 19,000 Yen option and did not regret it. If at first you don't succeed in getting a booking, try and try again. While it wouldn't be... More 

Thank lizzee_06
Sydney, Australia
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47 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently spent the evening of our 10th wedding anniversary at Ishikawa. It was lovely. The food was amazing but what we loved even more was how find and accommodating they were. We are used to Australian restaurants where you never see the named "chefs" in Japan we found the opposite at great restaurants. this is a 3 Michelin star... More 

Thank PhilippaL
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No kidding. Eating in Ishikawa is like living in heaven. The most perfect dishes in an ultimate 'zen' environment. Extremely friendly, professional and hospital staff (I fell in love with Chichiro the she-restaurant manager) that make you feel at home. Ishikawa san is a master cook, and yes funny too!

Thank Cunovanthoff
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This is a once in a lifetime kind of meal. You will receive very traditional japanese food - so don't expect any kind of modern cuisine kind of twist which is so popular with the michelin set nowadays. The flavors are subtle and understated. Half of the beauty of the plates are in the pottery itself. This place is like... More 

1 Thank Yuiwah
New Delhi, India
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110 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

If you are in search for good authentic japanese food then this is the place you should straight head to.

2 Thank foodzilla2015
Oakland, California
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Chef Ishikawa and his staff are incredible! We were so impressed by the service, timing, execution, and warmth at this restaurant. Chef Ishikawa presented two courses in our private room: fried ayu fish and the rice course. We chatted briefly about his San Francisco trip, and how he ate at all of his fellow Michelin-starred Bay Area restaurants. Our server... More 

4 Thank Kristen L
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We were greeted by a waitress dressed as a geisha as we arrived at the tucked away restaurant behind a temple. We were taken to our seats which were in a bar like setting with our head chef and sous chef behind the counter, personally serving us the whole night. There were 7 seats in this room. In front of... More 

1 Thank Samwllee
Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

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 

4 Thank camcarp
Los Angeles, California
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249 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
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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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
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
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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