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Ishiyaki Isshan Pontocho

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178-3 Zaimokucho, Higashikiyacho Sanjo Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku | 1F Pontocho Hittaka Bldg., Kyoto 604-8017, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-254-8568
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Lexington, Kentucky
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'd actually give it 15. Excellent doesn't begin to describe the food, service or atmosphere of Ishiyski Isshan. The attentiveness of the staff is stellar. Ariel is a superstar who has a great story and is extremely helpful. Not only will he guide you through the menu and make food and drink pairing suggestions according to your tastes, he does... More 

Thank LucaDo996
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here last night on the recommendation of our tour guide. Great atmosphere, attentive staff and lovely food. I showed Kelman, our server, my Japanese gluten free cards (you can download celiac cards in Japanese explaining what you can and cannot eat) He smiled and in a broad American accent said "we can deal with that". He went on to... More 

Thank Mitchel T
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2016 via mobile

It is a very good restaurant and the staff is really helpful. All three beef cuts are the best. Ask for the beef tongue. Chicken meatballs really good. Don't ask the Glass of beer, it's ridiculously small.

Thank Alejandro A
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2016

I went to this restaurant last night with my wonderful parents in law who are a bit anxious about trying new food. This place was perfect for us! They loved the grilled food and the waiter/chef who served us was lovely. We've already decided we most go back before we leave. :)

1 Thank SlackerHacker
Brighouse, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

The food was excellent in this restaurant. There was a very friendly English speaking chef who made our meal enjoyable. We liked the open kitchen where the food is cooked in front of you on your table, but by the staff. Service was a little bit slow but you can forgive that for the food and friendly nature of the... More 

2 Thank Alan C
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

From outside it looks like a very nice place but after few minutes after we got in the place got so smoky, our clothes stank of smoke so badly afterward. We asked the manager but he said it was normal!!! They use nice ingredients but they took ages to bring them and we couldn't understand why since most of the... More 

Thank london_pig
Singapore, Singapore
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2015

The service is excellent. The staff and the boss is friendly and warm. The boss is able to converse in English, so if you have trouble finding the place, he will be able to assist you in English. The restaurant gives off a warm, cozy vibe. The food is delicious and there will be some new or surprising items which... More 

Thank leehaoyong
Noosa, Australia
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2015

We decided on this restaurant due to a friend's recommendation. Upon arriving it was clear that the chef / front of house was either in a bad mood or did not like people - it seemed quite obvious that our arrival was an inconvenience. After ordering, I asked a number of questions such as what ingredients were in the salad... More 

6 Thank lifesafeast
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2015

What an amazing place for dinner and atmosphere! We found this great place after walking into another terrible venue (on the main strip of Kiyamachi St.) and deciding to look on TA for a better option. We're so glad we did! It was fantastic food, served to us by Ariel - a japanese chef with American heritage, who spoke exceptional... More 

1 Thank CJeff44
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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

Look for the window and door which are made from Bamboo and Glass. When you enter you will be greeted by Ariel, the manager, in English with an international accent! Be guided by him and you will have the best flavoured best cooked meal. Really nice friendly and very knowledgable about japanese foods and drinks. Could have sat there all... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$46 - $52
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 178-3 Zaimokucho, Higashikiyacho Sanjo Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku | 1F Pontocho Hittaka Bldg., Kyoto 604-8017, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Pontocho
  • Neighborhood: Pontocho
  • Phone Number: +81 75-254-8568

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

Staying in Pontocho

Neighborhood Profile
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 atmosphere and delicious food. Verandas are always filled with people young and old crowding tables, biting into hot yakitori or sipping cold beers. It is a culinary heart of Kyoto as much as one of its most laid-back, clamorous, and entertaining evening hotspots. Pontocho has more of an amiable vibrancy to it than an elegant one, attracting newcomers, local veterans, and everyone in between, in casual attire like sneakers and jeans.
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