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Sake Ichi

Closed Now: 5:00 PM - 12:30 AM
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Extremely knowledgeable, very friendly

My friends and I stumbled upon this place in search of a restroom on a Friday night – wow was the... read more

Reviewed February 21, 2019
Yaesu, Japan
via mobile
Sublime experience

This was truly a special find... A gracious hostess....she was so much more than a bartender... read more

Reviewed September 29, 2018
Samoa, California
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Feb 21, 2019
“Extremely knowledgeable, very friendly”
Sep 29, 2018
“Sublime experience”
Thank you for your visit. As of now, to provide same service to the all our customers, we cannot accept the people who do not speak Japanese on the weekend. Our wish is that all our guests enjoy drinking Sake equally at Sake Ichi. We welcome your...more
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373-1 Kamiyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8024, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed February 21, 2019 via mobile

My friends and I stumbled upon this place in search of a restroom on a Friday night – wow was the caliber of this place a pleasant surprise. Once we came in, we were told that an English-speaking host was on the way. ~10 minutes...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank federdan
Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile

Read half of the reviews about this place were bad. English speaking waitress has attitude, unfriendly to non-Japanese, etc...it’s true! While they have lots of sake, and the waitress speaks English so she could explain but rudely, it is not worth the while to visit....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

This was truly a special find... A gracious hostess....she was so much more than a bartender.... with a thorough knowledge of the range of Saki made this an incredible experience. I never knew there was so much variety ...there were over 200 kinds. It was...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed July 7, 2018

I recomend this lovely place. If you are a foreign, you should go any day except saturday (if i am not wrong), when there is a kind waitress who speaks english and explains all types of sakes and meals and suggests you depending on your...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Carola M
Reviewed April 17, 2018 via mobile

We loved this place so much that we stopped by two nights in a row. Our new bestie :) recommended what has now become our favorite sake at the moment. She was incredibly kind, patient and knowledgeable when recommending new sakes to try. We had...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2017 via mobile

A very welcoming, English speaking waitress helped us choosing our sake. Wide variety of choice, very professional, excellent experience.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Carmelo Z
Reviewed September 23, 2017 via mobile

Sake Ichi claims that they cannot accept non-Japanese speakers on weekends. However, I am fluent in Japanese, and was refused service on Saturday, even though I was speaking Japanese. The owner told justified it by saying that he has the right to choose his customers....More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed April 14, 2017 via mobile

We had two servings of small sake each, it's delicious and great recommendation by a very friendly waitress. She spoke great English, will definitely return if back in Kyoto.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank yuhchienf
Reviewed March 23, 2017 via mobile

Great sake and knowledge, very friendly staff with great English. Highly recommend. The recommendations of what me and my partner usually drink are spot on.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Blake S
Reviewed January 29, 2017

We went here from reviews on this site and I must say it turned out a better experience than we expected. The owners are very knowledgeable with their Sake and love to assist people who have never had Sake before. Their English was near perfect...More

Date of experience: December 2016
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Pontocho's many signs and lanterns bolt to life,
making the area glow with invitations to passers-by to
come inside and pull up a chair. Its restaurants and
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