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637 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20850
301-670-0560
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Today
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet

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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great place for Korean food

Nice, casual restaurant serving both Japanese and Korean dishes. Despite its Japanese name, what Ichiban excels in is Korean cooking. The Japanese options are the usual, sushi-centered fare, but the Korean menu is broader and tastier. They have very flexible hours on weekends, but I swear that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 7, 2014
PipoJones
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Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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19 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

I was craving uni (sea urchin) and decided to eat japanese for dinner last night. I invited my neighbor to come with me and my Mom. I have not been here for dinner for a long time. But I always came for their buffet. When we arrived, the table near us said they have been there since 6:30 p.m. And... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This place is literally 5 mins walking from my house and it took me 4 years to discover it, but it was totally worth the waiting! Ichiban is a true authentic Korean delight, offering tasty dishes for a very reasonable price... Don't get fooled by the outside (as I did for 4 years), once you get in, you'll find yourself... More 

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Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

Nice, casual restaurant serving both Japanese and Korean dishes. Despite its Japanese name, what Ichiban excels in is Korean cooking. The Japanese options are the usual, sushi-centered fare, but the Korean menu is broader and tastier. They have very flexible hours on weekends, but I swear that there is a marked difference on the quality of the cooking depending on... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My wife and I have enjoyed eating at this restaurant several times for lunch. There are many food selections, and the price is very reasonable, considering that it is an all-you-can-eat buffet. It’s a great restaurant to enjoy some delicious Korean and Japanese food.

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Rockville, Maryland
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73 reviews 73 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is the sort of place that natives go to. Great sushi and also great Korean BBQ spread. We have not explored all of the menu but judging from the number of ethnic guests enjoying the food, it ought to be good. We will definitely return and would recommend this highly

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I have passed this place for years and never ventured in but last week I took my son there for his birthday and it was outstanding. We had three courses (steak, pork and shrimp) all BBQd at our table. The side dishes were simply out of this world. Reasonably priced and the service was great. I'll be back for sure.

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UK
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Japanese food can be very expensive. This place isn't. My dinner bill was under $40 including a glass of wine, and I ordered some of the higher priced items. The food is good, but not outstanding. I liked the feel of the place. It is a warm, family friendly restaurant.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Great food, nice ambiance and reasonable price. We really enjoyed it. And defiantly come again. Recommended

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Okinawa, Japan
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113 reviews 113 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Strolled on in here on a very cold day for lunch. I was seated by myself as I'm staying down the road at the Holiday Inn. Knew nothing in advance of the restaurant so this was a surprise. Food is advertised as "Korean and Japanese" cuisine, although I think the owners and staff are Korean. Walked in and was greeted... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

I have been going here for the past 15 years and I have never been disappointed. They staff is friendly and the food is great. I lean towards the Korean dishes, particularly the Hwae Dup Bap and Bulgogi (this is Korean BBQ), but their Sushi is also very good. If you want to do BBQ, be sure to get a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 637 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20850
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Gaithersburg
  • Phone Number: 301-670-0560

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Korean
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?