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2130 Ctr, Berkeley, CA 94720-0001
+1 510-665-1969
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good22%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Japanese, Asian
$$ - $$$
2130 Ctr, Berkeley, CA 94720-0001
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The short story is the service was so bad we had to finish our meal at another restaurant. You walk in excited by the casual, interesting atmosphere. You are soon disappointed by the staffs lack of knowledge about their menu and it is difficult to...More

Thank Lance A
Reviewed 28 July 2017

We ate at Ippuku while visiting Berkeley over the weekend. This was the most authentic Japanese restaurant we have found. You had your option of sitting American or Japanese style. It had the feel of a restaurant in Japan and the food was amazing. I...More

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 22 July 2017

I grew up in Japan, so perhaps I have overly high expectations of Japanese restaurants. Ippuku is a beautifully designed space, seeking to evoke the feeling of walking down a small alley in Tokyo or Kyoto with a series of izakayas (grilled food stands) on...More

Thank David H
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 27 April 2017

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

Thank CaliforniaDreamers55
Reviewed 13 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 22 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 28 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

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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
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  • Address: 2130 Ctr, Berkeley, CA 94720-0001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-665-1969
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