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Ishiyaki Isshan Pontocho

178-3 Zaimokucho, Higashikiyacho Sanjo Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku | 1F Pontocho Hittaka Bldg., Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8017, Japan
+81 75-254-8568
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Ranked #55 of 3,376 Restaurants in Kyoto
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
Melbourne, Australia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
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110 reviews 110 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
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111 reviews 111 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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
2 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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Avon, CT
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60 reviews 60 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Our group of 6 ended up at this restaurant by accident. We had thought that we had a reservation at a nearby restaurant with a similar name. While we realized our mistake, we thought it better to make the most of it and stay for dinner. The food was quite good but since it is grilled right in front of... More

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Taiwan China
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

What a discovery! This small restaurant is a true delight: all kinds of foods are grilled on a stone between the guests and the chef who takes care of everything before our eyes! The meal is punctuated by salads, various vegetables, various sauces, sticky rice and miso soup. All accompanied by a good Japanese beer! The menu is in English... More

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