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Ippuku

2130 Center, Berkeley, CA 94720-0001
510-665-1969
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  • English first
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pnjaban
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55 reviews 55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The place was full and lively. The feel and looks of the place was good. There were 4 of us. The menu is rather small and poorly described in English. How many Japanese restaurant are there where you can NOT get rice as a side dish? Some rice comes with tempura order only underneath the fish. The chicken on sticks... More

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Alameda, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

There were 6 of us and it was a dinner party. I could not resist ordering something unknown and so together with 2 others, we shared the urchin. It was good, far from what I imagined and a worthwhile experience. Noisy place and not real comfortable for someone nearing 80, but minor distractions from what was otherwise a great evening.

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London
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119 reviews 119 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

A fun concept restaurant with booths on one side and tatami style small rooms on the other, with traditional low tables. Most small plates (tapas style) cost between $5-12 with a few at $15 and the steak at $20. 2 people would need to share about 8 dishes. The mini ramen at $10 was average. The chicken on sticks, at... More

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Boulder, CO
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Arriving in California enroute to Kyoto, my son suggested we anticipate the trip by enjoying an evening at his favorite izakaya in Berkeley. Slightly skeptical after a n\year in the U.S. looking for "authentic" Japanese food and even drinkable sake, I agreed. As soon as we arrived there, I felt confused; it seemed I was already "home" in Kyoto! Atmosphere,... More

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Berkeley CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Flavorful grilled Japanese food (no sushi) -- interesting and unusual items (quail, medium sized whole squid, chicken hearts, pork belly -- served on skewers). Very diverse collection of Sake and Shochu

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Ann Arbor MI
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78 reviews 78 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

Ippuku serves authentic Japanese ikzakaya food -- mostly yakitori, but some other small plates as well. Try the shiitake mushrooms and the yuba tofu skin. The sake list is short but very we'll curated.

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Renton, Washington
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351 reviews 351 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
220 helpful votes 220 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

So the food here is traditional Japanese and very tasty (but for some people order chicken neck, gizzards, and other parts not usually on American menus might be off-putting). Everything is grilled and flavored to perfection. The plates are very small and served family style so it's great for group dining. The drinks (especially the grapefruit cocktail) are delicious. The... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Eating at Ippuku was the capstone of my west coast vacation. The small restaurant was aesthetically serene, with locally grown wood, walls and seats, different shaped dishes for each food we were served, and friendly waiters. I wanted to try something different, and everything was different somehow. We had tiny roasted local ears of corn that we husked at the... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

I love everything about Ippuku. It is so minimalist yet warm, simple yet complex tasting. We had our waiter pick the best of the best for us and he delivered! The goyza, steak (tartar like), yakitori, sea urchin, rice balls we're excellent. The crab balls were insanely good. We also liked the squid and the fried chicken. We had vodka... More

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