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637 N Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20879-3306
+1 301-670-0560
11:30 - 22:30
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Washington Grove, Maryland
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Everything I have ever gotten in this restaurant has been excellent. Service was friendly, the appetizers were delicious and the main meal very tasty.

Thank Kathi K
London, United Kingdom
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338 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2016

Really disappointed by the fact that there is no buffet and lunch specials at weekends as advertised. We had to wait ages for the waitress to even ask her if they were available or not. Conference lunch was held here and it was really disappointing. The waitress did try to accommodate us but we were next to something else (a... More 

2 Thank Garfield_1990
Bloomingburg, New York
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40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2016

Yes, I think the place is pretentious. Expensive, and service and food are fair. I never had Korean food before so it was unfamiliar. I was handed a very extensive menu and no explanation was given. I asked what was served with the bbq short ribs and the server told me not to order it because I would not like... More 

1 Thank dceagle
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016

We had an excellent lunch of tofu soup and a pot-sticker combo of vegetables and rice. The dishes were served in large stoneware bowls they must put into a blast furnace because everything comes out sizzling. The hostess was very helpful in suggesting things to try, and she brought over 4 nice portions of vegan items (seaweed, kimchi, spiced cucumbers... More 

Thank Bill L
Germantown, MD
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220 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 303 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

In addition to fantastic sushi at night, I took a friend to the lunch buffet during the week. For about $16, it was really good. Even at 1 pm, the sushi choices were nicely stocked with tuna, salmon, California roll, fish, and eel choices. There were soups and other sides. The shrimp and vegetable tempura was lukewarm though. We had... More 

Thank GodLovesYou
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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152 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2015 via mobile

I was craving uni (sea urchin) and decided to eat japanese for dinner last night. I invited my neighbor to come with me and my Mom. I have not been here for dinner for a long time. But I always came for their buffet. When we arrived, the table near us said they have been there since 6:30 p.m. And... More 

1 Thank Parisbreakfast
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2015

This place is literally 5 mins walking from my house and it took me 4 years to discover it, but it was totally worth the waiting! Ichiban is a true authentic Korean delight, offering tasty dishes for a very reasonable price... Don't get fooled by the outside (as I did for 4 years), once you get in, you'll find yourself... More 

Thank Peter K
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2014 via mobile

Nice, casual restaurant serving both Japanese and Korean dishes. Despite its Japanese name, what Ichiban excels in is Korean cooking. The Japanese options are the usual, sushi-centered fare, but the Korean menu is broader and tastier. They have very flexible hours on weekends, but I swear that there is a marked difference on the quality of the cooking depending on... More 

Thank PipoJones
Miami, Florida
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72 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2014

My wife and I have enjoyed eating at this restaurant several times for lunch. There are many food selections, and the price is very reasonable, considering that it is an all-you-can-eat buffet. It’s a great restaurant to enjoy some delicious Korean and Japanese food.

Thank Iconoclast526
Rockville, Maryland
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81 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2014

This is the sort of place that natives go to. Great sushi and also great Korean BBQ spread. We have not explored all of the menu but judging from the number of ethnic guests enjoying the food, it ought to be good. We will definitely return and would recommend this highly

Thank vinodgeorge

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Korean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 637 N Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20879-3306
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Gaithersburg
  • Phone Number: +1 301-670-0560

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