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Ippuku

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2130 Center, Berkeley, CA 94720-0001
+1 510-665-1969
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17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Sydney, Australia
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88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

This is contemporary Japanese Izakaya food at its best. Wonderful decor - but more restaurant than Izakaya in layout (not a criticism). Fabulous staff. Food exciting, interesting, creative and simple but oh so memorable. We arrived at 9.25pm (kitchen stopped taking orders at 9.45pm) and ordered 8 dishes - we were never made to feel rushed, enjoyed wonderful service of... More 

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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

This place tries to be a Japanese Izakaya with a twist. But the food is an odd california adaptation of Japan, with some truly superb entrees and some that simply misfire. It is very low on vegetarian and fish options.

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Thank Jay G
Oakland, CA
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76 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

An interesting design space built by Joinery Structures - a well-known Berkeley construction firm known for their traditional Japanese construction methods - it felt like you are in a restaurant back alley in Kyoto. The "street" is the main circulation aisle with lots of staff walking back and forth between one side that is mostly hard wood booths with Japanese... More 

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Thank design49er
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

For most, regular sushi and sashimi are the way to taste Japanese food. This is quite different. We have ordered shiitake mushrooms, quail eggs, chicken thighs and tails, smelt fish, crab croquets, pickles, fried chicken wings, chicken gizzards, even the Hitachino undrafted beer with plum flavor tasted great to someone like me, who prefers wine than beer. So if you... More 

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Thank Rose C
Berkeley, California
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119 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

The food here is delicious, often very rich flavored. It took me a moment to understand what the problem is- we are used to paying top dollar for many small Japanese dishes, however here you pay a lot, but the dishes are made of often cheap (although high quality) ingredients, making the cost hard to justify. $7 table fee is... More 

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Thank BemusedBee
San Francisco
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

We really enjoy Japanese cuisine and was looking for something original. Ippuku was not it! Ordered a very nice Japanese whiskey which kicked the evening off nicely. Wife ordered a Shochu grapefruit drink that although dramatic in presentation with a half-grapefruit served with a juicer along with the drink glass, the grapefruit was very bitter and the drink was boring.... More 

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Thank camp708
Oakland, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

this is like an Izakaya in a kaiseki style, executed northern californian style. fresh, seasonal ingredients, thoroughly japanese flavors, prepared in a japanese but also very californian way. wonderful yakitori but they sell out of chicken hearts early in the evening! the seating is pretty neat too -you can have bar, floor (private rooms - subject to availability) and private... More 

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Thank Yuri K
San Francisco, California
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

This is the best izakaya, or Japanese pub, in the East Bay. The interior is very funky; someone told me recently a pretty edgy architect designed it. As someone who lived in Japan for 10 years and loves food, I will tell you this is very authentic. I've never had a dish I didn't like. I highly recommend closing the... More 

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Thank Todd N
Ann Arbor MI
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148 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015 via mobile

I went alone and sat at the bar. The yuba (tofu skin), kushi (chicken skewers), uni, and maitake mushroom tempura were all excellent. The chicken meatball kushi is extraordinary.

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Thank TokyoVisitor
New York City, New York
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62 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

We stood at the bar on a Friday night and enjoyed delicious sakes recommended by the knowledgeable bar tender and feasted on delectable dishes. The uni was memorably delicious. I'd suggest calling ahead for reservations. Excellent service and amazing prices, which include tip and tax.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2130 Center, Berkeley, CA 94720-0001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-665-1969

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