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2130 Center, Berkeley, CA 94720-0001
510-665-1969
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
We were brought there by my niece to celebrate her graduation from Berkeley

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Mary L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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

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

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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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