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“Inexpensive, fast, but very good.”
Review of Ishi Japanese Restaurant - CLOSED

Ishi Japanese Restaurant
Cuisines: Japanese
Restaurant details
Exton, Pa
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Inexpensive, fast, but very good.”
Reviewed July 6, 2012

A college-student destination as the prices are low, nevertheless over six years, we have one lunch or dinner at Ishi's every trip for the chicken or steak teriyaki. Just a fun, easy place to get in and out of, and the seating is comfortable enough, more so than small strip mall places.

Visited July 2012
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English first
Yadkinville, North Carolina, United States
2 reviews
“New Management”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

We have been going to Ishi's for several years, however we had not been in a few months and when we went this evening, they had renamed it Ise and it had all new staff. The food was still as excellent as it ever was, the sushi cheifs were very friendly and they prepared excellent dishes, however we were all VERY disappointed in the atmosphere, it just didnt feel the same as it has for the past several years. They have young american girls as waitresses who know nothing about the sushi, they had a guy standing over the cheifs the entire time just watching them, knowone was laughing and talking and joking like usual. I didnt see but one of the former emplioyees and he was the least friendly of all the employees they use to have. It actually made me very sad as we have been visiting this restaurant for so long and the staff has always remained the same, they knew what we wanted basically. And although I cant stress enough that the sushi was still great and the sushi cheifs seemed as though they might be friendly if they didnt have someone watch their every move, our visit was not pleasent due to the fact that although we love sushi, the atmosphere was one of the things that drew us to the restaurant for so many years. We will not be going back, but if anyone knows where the previous cheif went, the one with the white bandana, and the previous head waiter, we would love to know, they made eating terrific sushi even more of an awesome experience.

  • Visited May 2012
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Pittsboro, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Charming little restaurant with delicious food and great atmosphere.”
Reviewed February 12, 2012

My wife and I had dinner at Ishi while staying in Winston-Salem for a Valentine weekend getaway. We had been in the mood for Japanese food and had made reservations at a chain "cook at your table" restaurant nearby. We did not receive service at the first restaurant for almost an hour, and so left that restaurant in anger. We found Ishi practically across the street, and were so happy we did!

We had no reservations on a Saturday night, but we were seated at the last open table without delay. We ordered a bottle of wine and gyoza appetizers, both of which were delicious. We noticed as we were eating that the place was full of Japanese people, which is a good recommendation for a Japanese restaurant, we felt. My wife ordered a lobster entree and I had a combination of filet mignon and scallops. When the food arrived we said we'd definitely need to take some home with us, the servings were so generous. We found that the food was so good that we didn't have anything left to take home, though.

The staff were friendly and the atmosphere was really enjoyable. A child of the staff was having a birthday party there while we were there, and several times a member of the staff left their table to come check on us. It was a very enjoyable meal: delicious food only made better by the personable and authentic atmosphere of the restaurant. We felt lucky to have found this place, and feel like we've found an off-the-path gem.

  • Visited February 2012
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Bobby234
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Best Sushi in Winston Salem”
Reviewed January 20, 2012

Sushi is good always fresh . I like the noodle dishes better than anything else.

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Auburn, Alabama
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Better than I expected”
Reviewed January 14, 2012

The food was good and you got a lot of it. It is very affordable. I had hibachi steak and some sushi and an adult beverage and my total was under $20.00.

Visited January 2012
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