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Ichiban

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201 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, Wales
(+44) 02920 668833
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Today
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery

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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tasty big portions

Good food for considerable price. Looks like it was converted from Welsh pub, but actually doesn't look bad. Service was very polite and friendly. We had japanese ice-cream for a desssert and these were quite different what we expected, but very yammy!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
Magdalena C
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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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90 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

My husband and I visited here for one of our first dates 7 years ago. We've visited at least on a monthly basis ever since. We both love the quality and portion sizes of the food and have never been disappointed on any of our many many visits. We've introduced many friends to this lovely small restaurant too and each... More 

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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Good food for considerable price. Looks like it was converted from Welsh pub, but actually doesn't look bad. Service was very polite and friendly. We had japanese ice-cream for a desssert and these were quite different what we expected, but very yammy!

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Myself and my boyfriend love Ichiban and prefer the Canton restaurant to the one on Albany Road (purely because it's smaller). Always pleased with our food when we dine here! One of our favourites :)

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Eaten here a few times over the years but sadly each time the quality and taste of the food declines. Me and my partner have now stuck this one of our list forever suggest you do the same rather than waste your money. The food is way too expensive which doesn't match the quality of the produce they serve. They... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We attended the restaurant for dinner around 6pm while it was empty and requested if we could be seated in a nice area but were told that these seats were 'reserved'. So we were brought to an alternative seating area. Within a few minutes, two 'posh' customers arrived and requested the same seats we initially wanted and were given preferential... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

Having eaten in Japanese restaurants in HongKong and Taipei I was looking forward to replicating the experience in Cardiff. Ichiban was not the place to do it. Food was a little bland and without the wow factor.

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Cardiff
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Always enjoyed my food at Ichiban. Staff are friendly, they serve Kirin Ichiban beer on tap and the quality of the food is excellent. The set Teishoku dishes are the best value for money, and most of them have a nice mix of tempura, noodles and sushi. The soft shell crab hand rolls are excellent too. Well worth a visit

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

My partner and I went here today and both hated the experience. We love to try new food so thought we would give this a go. We both selected a dish from the set menu and found everything bland and tasteless. We both didn't finish our meal as there was nothing to enjoy. I asked for set menu 7, veggie-... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We went there last week because of high rating on TA but we both were really disappointed(not sure why it managed to get so many good reviews though) I ordered chicken teriyaki which tasted nowhere like teriyaki we had in Japan;the chicken was really dried and tasteless and I can tell it was heated up in a microwaved,the sauce had... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

We booked in and it wasn't a particularly busy night, there were a few empty tables. They took our order and, after about three quarters of an hour when we noticed people coming in after us getting served, we asked where our food was. They had lost our order so we had to give it again. When it finally arrived... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 201 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Cardiff
  • Phone Number: (+44) 02920 668833

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 23 - 30
  • Cuisine: Japanese
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?