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2130 Center, Berkeley, CA 94720-0001
510-665-1969
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Japanese art of grilling! Yakitori!!!

Ippuku is one of my favorite joints in Berkeley. This is not a sushi place but introduces you to Yakiori (Grilled Chicken) with vegetarian and seafood selection. I strongly suggest that if you are in Bay Area give this place a try. This restaurant is a hole in the wall on Center St close to Bart... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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English first
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Ippuku is one of my favorite joints in Berkeley. This is not a sushi place but introduces you to Yakiori (Grilled Chicken) with vegetarian and seafood selection. I strongly suggest that if you are in Bay Area give this place a try. This restaurant is a hole in the wall on Center St close to Bart station. The plates are... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

What an exotic interesting experience! At first the menu was overwhelming but once the gentleman server explained a little bit about how it worked we started ordering like crazy! This food is absolutely AMAZING. Little plates but wow does the flavor pack a punch. Literally melt in your mouth good. The atmosphere was unique but fun & I can't wait... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Most of the food were really yummy, the squid ink rice and pork belly were supreme! Will definitely be back!!

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AZ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I admit that I'm not as familiar with this style of Japanese food as some others. But I've been to Japan and eaten Japanese food throughout Asia and North America. I thought the food here ranged from fair to terrible. First, the menu descriptions are almost incomprehensible. We needed help from the waiter but that still didn't assist us. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Love the place. Small booths ( private and warm even if you area alone) , subtle lighting and great service. The menu is little hard to read and has little sushi on it. Of the fried dishes the crab croquettes and corn fritters were delicious. The uni portions were large and delicious. I was not so impressed by the grilled... More 

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Oakland, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Great place with a real authentic Japan feel to it. The atmosphere is fantastic and makes one feel like being on a night out in Tokyo. The food is good to very good -I found some suggestions to be so-so while others were truly spectacular. Unfortunately the selection is a bit limited and some areas are "over-explored," i.e. you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This is some of the best Japanese food I have ever had. In fact, it is some of the best food I have ever had. This is a must visit. Not only is the food great, but the ambiance make the dining experience even more enjoyable. I love this place and have returned many times.

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essex, vermont
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Ippuku transports you to Japan- small but inviting with subtle lighting and an evening on the town flair. Cozy tables invite romance and mystique. The menu items include serious must haves- dungeness crab croquettes and bacon wrapped mochi. The server was very helpful with menu selection and portions to share.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It sounded nice to go to a place and have various yakitori (skewers) but the expectation has not been met. The food was very well cooked but it was not food to die for or to remember for ever. So I would recommend it to people since the idea is very interesting but they should be carefull in what they... More 

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pnjaban
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We were drawn in by the old school ambience of the place and the vast selection of Japanese liquor on display in the bar. The pacing of the small plates food service was very slow and choppy, and the smoke from the open kitchen was choke-worthy. Seriously a health hazard to the people who work there. They need more ventilation... More 

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  • Address: 2130 Center, Berkeley, CA 94720-0001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: 510-665-1969

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  • Cuisine: Japanese

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