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2130 Center, Berkeley, CA 94720-0001
+1 510-665-1969
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Oakland, CA
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76 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 walking back and forth between one side that is mostly hard wood booths with Japanese... More 

Thank design49er
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46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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 

Thank Rose C
Berkeley, California
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112 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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 

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 16 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 

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 

Thank Yuri K
San Francisco, California
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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 

Thank Todd N
Ann Arbor MI
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143 reviews
95 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.

Thank TokyoVisitor
New York City, New York
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58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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.

Thank egabelia
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015

Look, in Japan really good Yakitori tend NOT to be expensive. Quite to the contrary. That said, close your eyes and the tastes will fool you that you might be in Japan. The Yakitori is excellent. The atmosphere fun

Thank dougiedd
Northern California
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50 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2015

In the Bay Area where there are Japanese restaurants galore, Ippuku stands out as the real thing! When you first enter, it seems like an okazuya or a small street eatery in Tokyo. The sake bar has maybe a hundred sake bottles on display, dozens hanging inverted with dispenser hooked up like IV bottles -- ready for emergency administration. A... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Asian
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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 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?