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Ishiyaki Isshan Pontocho

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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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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 106
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  • 32
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  • 15
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  • 7
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  • 6
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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
Sociable, open and, most importantly, yummy!

The food was excellent in this restaurant. There was a very friendly English speaking chef who made our meal enjoyable. We liked the open kitchen where the food is cooked in front of you on your table, but by the staff. Service was a little bit slow but you can forgive that for the food and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 5, 2015
Alan C
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Brighouse, United Kingdom
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Brighouse, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

The food was excellent in this restaurant. There was a very friendly English speaking chef who made our meal enjoyable. We liked the open kitchen where the food is cooked in front of you on your table, but by the staff. Service was a little bit slow but you can forgive that for the food and friendly nature of the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

From outside it looks like a very nice place but after few minutes after we got in the place got so smoky, our clothes stank of smoke so badly afterward. We asked the manager but he said it was normal!!! They use nice ingredients but they took ages to bring them and we couldn't understand why since most of the... More 

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Thank london_pig
Singapore, Singapore
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The service is excellent. The staff and the boss is friendly and warm. The boss is able to converse in English, so if you have trouble finding the place, he will be able to assist you in English. The restaurant gives off a warm, cozy vibe. The food is delicious and there will be some new or surprising items which... More 

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Thank leehaoyong
Noosa, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We decided on this restaurant due to a friend's recommendation. Upon arriving it was clear that the chef / front of house was either in a bad mood or did not like people - it seemed quite obvious that our arrival was an inconvenience. After ordering, I asked a number of questions such as what ingredients were in the salad... More 

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4 Thank lifesafeast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

What an amazing place for dinner and atmosphere! We found this great place after walking into another terrible venue (on the main strip of Kiyamachi St.) and deciding to look on TA for a better option. We're so glad we did! It was fantastic food, served to us by Ariel - a japanese chef with American heritage, who spoke exceptional... More 

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1 Thank CJeff44
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

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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Thank Jugajohn
London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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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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1 Thank JBRV_2011
Melbourne, Australia
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96 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 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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3 Thank stylish_30
Wellington, New Zealand
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172 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 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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1 Thank travelyun
Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews
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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 178-3 Zaimokucho, Higashikiyacho Sanjo Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku | 1F Pontocho Hittaka Bldg., Kyoto 604-8017, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Pontocho
  • Neighborhood: Pontocho
  • Phone Number: +81 75-254-8568

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 46 - 52
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Pontocho

Neighborhood Profile
Pontocho
Though small by comparison, Pontocho is one of Kyoto's most spirited and memorable neighborhoods. A narrow street straddling the Kamogawa River, it is Kyoto's busiest nightlife spot. When darkness falls, Pontocho's many signs and lanterns bolt to life, making the area glow with invitations to passers-by to come inside and pull up a chair. Its restaurants and bars sprawl onto the riverbank, providing a friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Verandas are always filled with people young and old crowding tables, biting into hot yakitori or sipping cold beers. It is a culinary heart of Kyoto as much as one of its most laid-back, clamorous, and entertaining evening hotspots. Pontocho has more of an amiable vibrancy to it than an elegant one, attracting newcomers, local veterans, and everyone in between, in casual attire like sneakers and jeans.