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Isshan Prime Grill

178-3 Zaimokucho, Higashikiyacho Sanjo Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku | 1F Pontocho Hittaka Bldg., Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8017, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-254-8568
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good20%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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178-3 Zaimokucho, Higashikiyacho Sanjo Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku | 1F Pontocho Hittaka Bldg., Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8017, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed April 25, 2018

Lots and lots of choices to eat in the area but we ended up hear and really glad we did. Thankfully they had a English menu which helped a lot. It's a small place with only about 5 tables. We had some excellent food and...More

Thank Andrew C
Reviewed March 7, 2018 via mobile

The restaurant is great from the design of the place to the execution of the plates. Moreover the wine by the glass was great. The steak with truffle saltnis definatally worth going. The duck was not as great though (too much sauce). Veggie were also...More

Thank Ollivier G
Reviewed February 18, 2018

Thing is, the "izakaya" bit here is important. Yeah, you could go in, order dinner, and be done with it. But the vibe you should be going for is more of a "hang out, have a drink, order a snack, chat w/ the chef, chat...More

Thank dieswaytoofast
Reviewed January 16, 2018

Delicious food, cooked just in front of customers. Opened after renovation and seems like new staff around. Very friendly atmosphere and good selection of wine. Easy to find location and not far from the station. Yutaro,the chief was trying his best to satisfy customers. Highly...More

Thank ElenaLe0
Reviewed November 21, 2017 via mobile

Very small place and can easily miss...there were a few dishes that I have never experienced like the tofu skin (tasty but consistency may throw you off) and the Pork/cabbage dish (Kyoto sauce, 1st item on grilled list). Steak was great and the veggies were...More

Thank Cindia1580
Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

Ask for Tenderloin steak and tenderloin foi gras skewer. You will have to wait but it really worth it. If you have good appetite take double steak.

1  Thank Olga P
Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

Me and my brother had the set menus, cooked on the hot plate in front of us. That included squid and sardines. The squid was on the hot plate for no time at all and was then served to us - it was cold and...More

Thank camomileandwhitechoc
Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

My family of four found the whole experience underwhelming. It took about 2 hours sitting in an oily, smoky, sticky small room to have an overpriced set of very small portion "meals". My sons had two portions of the set meal of chicken pieces, two...More

Thank David270
Reviewed April 5, 2017

We sat at the counter for a stone grill meal and had a fantastic experience. The cook was very friendly and spoke english as an American (son of Americans but born in Japan). Kids loved it and so did we. Sake was smooth and his...More

Thank rene z
Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

We searched high and low because of TA recommendations and found it. Good move! Ariel was exceptional and the food was delicious. Loved it

Thank Brendan M
Though small by comparison, Pontocho is one of Kyoto's
most spirited and memorable neighborhoods. A narrow
street straddling the Kamogawa River, it is Kyoto's
busiest nightlife spot. When darkness falls,
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
bars sprawl onto the riverbank, providing a friendly
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$4 - $5
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 11:30 PM
5:30 PM - 11:30 PM
5:30 PM - 11:30 PM
5:30 PM - 11:30 PM
5:30 PM - 11:30 PM
5:30 PM - 11:30 PM
5:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 178-3 Zaimokucho, Higashikiyacho Sanjo Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku | 1F Pontocho Hittaka Bldg., Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8017, Kyoto Prefecture (Formerly Ishiyaki Isshan Pontocho)
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto  >  Nakagyo>  > Pontocho
  • Neighborhood: Pontocho
  • Phone Number: +81 75-254-8568
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