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) #95 of 566 Restaurants in Berkeley ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Japanese, Asian
2130 Ctr, Berkeley, CA 94720-0001
+1 510-665-1969
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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2130 Ctr, Berkeley, CA 94720-0001
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Reviewed 5 May 2017

This is an excellent place for BBQ Japanese style. If you have not experienced this style of Japanese cusine, then it is a must. I ordered all the Chicken dishes on the menu and they are cooked to perfection. Coupled with Spice and soy sauce...More

Thank HaithamHamed
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Very interesting and authentic Japanese cuisine. Great place. Many selections of sake and delicious small plates.

Thank CaliforniaDreamers55
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We went as a group to Ippuku on a Thursday evening. Busy place. 8 of us squeezed into a 6 seater table. We ordered a bunch of food for sharing. The portions were relatively small and somewhat pricey. Service was a bit slow probably because...More

Thank Dawn L
Reviewed 19 February 2017

It has a good reputation but the service is bad. Although I was the first to put down my name on their list when they just opened, they did not give me the table I wanted (for 2) and instead took me to the bar,...More

Thank Sandy P
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...More

Thank Rodger P
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.

Thank Jay G
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...More

1  Thank design49er
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...More

1  Thank Rose C
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...More

Thank BemusedBee
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...More

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Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2130 Ctr, Berkeley, CA 94720-0001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-665-1969
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