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Ishiyaki Isshan Pontocho

) #866 of 11,819 Restaurants in Kyoto $$ - $$$ Japanese, Asian
178-3 Zaimokucho, Higashikiyacho Sanjo Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku | 1F Pontocho Hittaka Bldg., Kyoto 604-8017, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-254-8568
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good19%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“hot stone” (12 reviews)
“stone grill” (8 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Japanese, Asian
$$ - $$$
178-3 Zaimokucho, Higashikiyacho Sanjo Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku | 1F Pontocho Hittaka Bldg., Kyoto 604-8017, Kyoto Prefecture
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1 - 10 of 148 reviews

Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Me and my brother had the set menus, cooked on the hot plate in front of us. That included squid and sardines. The squid was on the hot plate for no time at all and was then served to us - it was cold and...More

Thank camomileandwhitechoc
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

My family of four found the whole experience underwhelming. It took about 2 hours sitting in an oily, smoky, sticky small room to have an overpriced set of very small portion "meals". My sons had two portions of the set meal of chicken pieces, two...More

Thank David270
Reviewed 5 April 2017

We sat at the counter for a stone grill meal and had a fantastic experience. The cook was very friendly and spoke english as an American (son of Americans but born in Japan). Kids loved it and so did we. Sake was smooth and his...More

Thank rene z
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We searched high and low because of TA recommendations and found it. Good move! Ariel was exceptional and the food was delicious. Loved it

Thank Brendan M
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

We spied Issian while walking the streets around Pontocho Alley one night. We planned to eat dinner there the following night, but we could not remember the exact location. We walked up and down ALL the little streets and alleys until we finally found it....More

Thank Jonathan P
Reviewed 13 October 2016 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...More

Thank LucaDo996
Reviewed 27 September 2016 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...More

Thank Mitchel T
Reviewed 11 April 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
Reviewed 14 February 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...More

1  Thank SlackerHacker
Reviewed 5 September 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...More

2  Thank Alan C
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
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
USD 46 - USD 52
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
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
  • Neighbourhood: Pontocho
  • Phone Number: +81 75-254-8568
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