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Itaru Honten

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3-8, Kakinokibatake, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
+81 76-221-4194
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Beautiful food and warm welcome

Great experience - this is a real izakaya! Very friendly cooks and staff, menu in english. Food is authentic and creative at the same time. Have eaten there on both nights of my stay in kanazawa and had something different each time - everything was delicious. Highly recommend this place which is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2015
Alice L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Great experience - this is a real izakaya! Very friendly cooks and staff, menu in english. Food is authentic and creative at the same time. Have eaten there on both nights of my stay in kanazawa and had something different each time - everything was delicious. Highly recommend this place which is casual, welcoming and friendly but extremely serious about... More 

Thank Alice L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

Very accommodative. Was there with kids n strollers. Staff was very helpful in helping us with strollers.. Had the grilled yellow tail, Steam fish with sake and crab steam with sake. Fish was fresh and tasty especially the steam fish with sake. Crab was not in the English menu so we just pointed to staff for it..was good. Good to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

A nice buzzy atmosphere and good value. I would have rated it higher but we had gone to Koide the previous night where the food was much better (albeit much more expensive). Nonetheless, I'd still recommend Itaru Honten if you're looking for a casual meal full of local colour, decent beer and sake, and not touristy. Reservations are a must.

1 Thank Lizhe
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

Treated as a nuisance from the moment we walked in. Considering the prices the service should be much better than this. Plenty of other restaurants offering better Japanese food in the area. Sadly they assume that all non Japanese customers are tourists with no knowledge of the language or customs.

4 Thank Paul L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This is really The worst restaurant in Kanazawa! I and my girl friend did not finish the sushi because they were not fresh. Ordered another cooked Sardine dish but it has very bad smell we spit it out on the tissue paper. We left in 20 minutes and wonder how everybody still eating such low quality sea foods??? The best... More 

8 Thank Chris C
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We had a fantastic meal here. English menu available. Busy and fun atmosphere. Also very well priced. Highly recommended.

1 Thank emclarkson
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

Local dishes that are sometimes surprising for the western tourist, but your taste buds won't lie! The food is prepared in front of you and you can choose to get a menu (half you never heard of) of 6+ dishes for a reasonable price. It was fun to sit next to locals at the bar and the staff (apart from... More 

2 Thank Martijn710
Barcelona, Spain
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We came to this restaurant according to a lonely planet opinion. We had a 4.000 yen course and having been in Japan for some days the quality was not as good as expected. Too expensive, bad taste dishes. Not even the gelato was good. Very disappointing, would not recommend at all.

2 Thank llroig
Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

We asked some friends and someone I met today for the first time and a number of people recommended Itaru. We came we ate and it was great! Stuffed ourselves with fish, mountain vegetable tempura and nihonshu.

1 Thank Bawaman
San Francisco
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

We had a wonderful evening at Itaru, thanks to the people who surrounded us at the counter. Everyone was friendly and fun (Japanese tourists from Tokyo and Nagoya) and made the meal a real experience, even though we didn't like the food very much. Grilled local fish was tasty but we didn't really like much else. The people around us... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3-8, Kakinokibatake, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Chubu  >  Ishikawa Prefecture  >  Kanazawa
  • Phone Number: +81 76-221-4194

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  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian

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