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Ishiyaki Isshan Pontocho

178-3 Zaimokucho, Higashikiyacho Sanjo Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku | 1F Pontocho Hittaka Bldg., Kyoto 604-8017, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-254-8568
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Ranked #70 of 3,584 Restaurants in Kyoto
4.5 of 5 stars 159 Reviews
Price range: $46 - $52
Cuisines: Japanese
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Look for the window and door which are made from Bamboo and Glass. When you enter you will be greeted by Ariel, the manager, in English with an international accent! Be guided by him and you will have the best flavoured best cooked meal. Really nice friendly and very knowledgable about japanese foods and drinks. Could have sat there all... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

Thanks to other reviewers on here we decided to try it out and I'm so glad we did. Not only was the waiter fluent in English (a first for us in 2 weeks), he was sympathetic to our Gaijin appetites. Delicious food, cosy and clean setting, great service.

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Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This place is in Pontocho, off the famous alleyway. It is difficult to find as the signage is only in Japanese. We had almost given up when a kind native passerby offered to help and led us there. The experience is just as others on Tripadvisor have described it. The chef brought us an assortment of ingredients and cooked them... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
Top Contributor
138 reviews 138 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This was our last dinner in Kyoto. Having eaten at 3 other really good ones, we found Issian Pontocho to be rather average and did not meet our expectation. There's nothing wrong with it - we were seated at the counter, the chef cooked the food for us, we chose the Y3500 menu, and it was smoky. The meat selection... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

It's on a side street, only seats 24, and serves VERY fresh food. You should try some of the exotic dishes, but the chicken thighs, squid legs, and scallops are to duke for.

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We decided not to do the set menu and rather focus on the meats. As you can imagine after a week in japan we have eaten quite a bit of rice so we didn't need to do the set menu which includes rice and dessert . The waitress and chef spoke just enough English to help. The menu is served... More 

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Cambridge, UK
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We really enjoyed our meal here. We had the menu that gave you some of everything, so we could try it all, and the waiter (owner?) was very helpful, for example in asking us if there were any bits of a chicken we'd prefer not to eat, and advising us on which sauce goes best with which meat. We felt... More 

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Okinawa, Japan
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I was skeptical to come here based on some of the negative reviews below but glad we came. Myself along with my family 5 of us total (and one 2 yo) came here to dine. I will say that the restaurant is small and does get quite "smoky" when all the burners are going and you will leave the restaurant... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

Made this a destination based on its ranking - an glad i did. Intimate, friendly to a solo English speaker and delicious and artfully prepared. Excellent ingredients, prepared simply. Sometimes that is all that is required.

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Kyoto, Japan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

This place is really popular. The food is very good and the chef's course is the way to go here as it includes wagyu beef (other courses only include chicken and veges). Request to sit at the chef's counter if you can. Chef Ken spent 16 years in the States and obviously speaks fluent English so there is no lost... More 

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Additional Information about Ishiyaki Isshan Pontocho

Address: 178-3 Zaimokucho, Higashikiyacho Sanjo Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku | 1F Pontocho Hittaka Bldg., Kyoto 604-8017, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-254-8568
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
Average Prices: USD 46 - 52
Cuisine: Japanese

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