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Ippuku

Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar$$$$
Downtown Berkeley, Berkeley
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    "Delicious yakitori, decent drink selection - they even have awamori!"(18 Tips)
    Carolyn M.
    "I love the thigh oysters and chicken knees!"(6 Tips)
    Byron W.
    "Highly recommend going Omakase and getting whiskey highballs."(3 Tips)
    Leanne V.
    "spicy chicken tartare with quail egg yolk can't be beat."(4 Tips)
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  • Victor O.
    Victor Oliveros3 weeks ago
    Best yakitori in the Bay Area. Order the chicken sashimi and squid ink fried rice.
  • The Taste Sheriff
    It's ridiculously expensive if you consider what you are offered. Most plates were ok, one was bad (pancakes) and one exquisite (wagyu skewers). It's not worth $200 for two people whatsoever though...
  • May L.
    May LeeJuly 17
    One of the best yakitori restaurants in the west coast - they don't serve big portions but these lovely yakitori can feed you well! My personal fav is トマトベーコン (bacon wrapped tomato)!
  • Cecilia Z.
    Be prepared for a long wait!
  • KT
    KTMarch 6
    Sit at the counter and it'd feel like you are at a local izakaya in Japan. Delicious yakitori, decent drink selection - they even have awamori! A little pricey, but authentic taste & experience. おすすめ!
  • Chenjing W.
    Come early FTW. Try the ume su
  • Reemz
    ReemzNovember 27, 2016
    Squid rice, wagyu beef? Halibut , scallion pancakes, chicken tail, beef tongue are amazing
  • Mike A.
    Mike AuYeungNovember 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Intimate spot for trendy Japanese pub fare.
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyNovember 11, 2016
    A fantastic izakaya. The standing bar is quite fun.
  • Anniek V.
    Anniek VOctober 13, 2016
    Great gyoza, great service, beautiful restaurant.
  • Paulina S.
    Paulina SerranoSeptember 29, 2016
    The food is great and the place is unique. The chicken is delicious!
  • Miguel L.
    Miguel LeboreiroSeptember 16, 2016
    Nice ambiance and authentic food; mostly Yakitori and chicken is delicious!
  • Sophie Z.
    Sophie ZhouAugust 28, 2016
    Amazing chicken: chicken karaage, all the chicken yakitori, the thigh oyster especially
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangAugust 1, 2016
    Cute date night spot. Get the squid ink fried rice and chicken thigh oyster yakitori.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LauJuly 27, 2016
    Love their bacon wrapped mochi, and squid ink pasta if it's on the menu!
  • Skye J.
    Skye JMay 30, 2016
    pretty fancy, pretty yummy. I'd go back again
  • Linda Y.
    Linda YangMay 8, 2016
    Yakitori omakase, everything
  • Mari
    MariApril 24, 2016
    Yakitori omakase!
  • Marta T.
    Marta TapperoApril 22, 2016
    Ippuku is cozy, good ambiance, service is so nice. The menu is a bit confusing. If you're getting the specials, risk it. The gyozas are good. Rice and chicken also great. Bit expensive.
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.March 25, 2016
    Chicken oyster, squid ink, chicken wing, beef tongue
  • Don G.
    Don Goodman-WilsonMarch 18, 2016
    Shochu, yakitori
  • Byron W.
    Byron WilkesFebruary 11, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Ippuku is wonderful for dates or intimate outings with friends. Highly recommend going Omakase and getting whiskey highballs. Bacon-wrapped mochi sounds weird but is soooo good! 💘
  • Ting S.
    Ting SFebruary 7, 2016
    Soba lover.
  • jansen c.
    jansen cJanuary 27, 2016
    Good authentic meal, hard to find parking and need to make reservation ahead of time. Try their drinks!
  • Ally M.
    Ally MJanuary 23, 2016
    Absolutely too expensive - don't be fooled by the cool and authentic looking atmosphere
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonJanuary 17, 2016
    Get 5-6 plates. Pretty good price for the amount of food!
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarkhamDecember 13, 2015
    Raw diced chicken in spices with an egg. Chicken and rice porridge.
  • Marissa C.
    Marissa CuiDecember 7, 2015
    Amazing food. Can't go wrong here. Make sure to try to sweet potato and squid ink rice.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PlattypusSeptember 19, 2015
    Famous for Yakitori but they also have a very impressive selection of sake
  • Fred S.
    Fred Stevens-SmithSeptember 8, 2015
    So amazing. So amazing. Wish there was something this good in the city.
  • Ryszard S.
    Ryszard SzopaJune 29, 2015
    Smart drugs in food form.
  • Trella R.
    Trella RathJune 11, 2015
    Great for a fun date night!
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiApril 22, 2015
    Romantic, yummy food, great service.
  • Jenn C.
    Jenn CMarch 22, 2015
    Bacon wrapped mochi! Minced chicken with egg yolk! Stand at the bar to avoid paying the $6/pp service charge.
  • Jenn C.
    Jenn CMarch 21, 2015
    Bacon wrapped mochi is a must order! Really cool spot for a date.
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterFebruary 17, 2015
    Get the bacon-wrapped mochi, the squid ink fried rice and chicken knee cartilage.
  • Jacqueline T.
    Jacqueline TopeteJanuary 11, 2015
    Come with a japanese friend so you can really appreciate the food! Great atmosphere!
  • Alex M.
    Alex MomtchiloffJanuary 3, 2015
    Amazing tavern style Japanese. Everything is delicious - especially skewers of assorted chicken parts. Extensive Japanese drinks menu & very knowledgeable staff.
  • Edna L.
    Edna LoJanuary 3, 2015
    This place reminds me of japan. From the atmosphere to the waitress to the interior design. A must go for all foodie. Only place I no in the bay area to serve raw chicken and it tasted delicious
  • Frances J.
    Frances JamesDecember 1, 2014
    Cosy and delicious Izakaya over in Berkeley. The raw chicken sounds scary but it's delicious. As are all the grilled meats and veggies
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.November 17, 2014
    Loved the mackerel, the chicken skin, and the chicken neck. The fattiness is perfectly countered with a clean Japanese beer like Asahi.
  • Gerard R.
    Gerard ReyesNovember 17, 2014
    Get the okra
  • Saul S.
    Saul SutcherNovember 6, 2014
    Some of the best yakitori in the United States
  • Caitlin B.
    Caitlin BOctober 21, 2014
    The squid ink fried rice tastes heavenly. So is the bacon-wrapped mochi and gyu tan. Make sure to reserve beforehand!
  • Zachary A.
    Zachary AuerbachOctober 21, 2014
    Be prepared to wait and for slow appetizer service at the bar. It's been 45 minutes since the maitre'd told us 20 minutes, and our appetizers took twenty minutes to come.
  • Carolyn M.
    Carolyn MSeptember 28, 2014
    The fresh fruit cocktails are strong and delicious. I love the thigh oysters and chicken knees! The whole grilled squid is also amazing.
  • Olof M.
    Olof MoriyaSeptember 20, 2014
    Try the cow tung and the yakionigiri. Great place with a really nice atmosphere.
  • ivy♥
    ivy♥September 15, 2014
    Pretty authentic - the ambiance, the food, and the portion! It's like you're dining in Japan! Try chicken heart yakitori with tare sauce. Delicious!
  • Alex T.
    Alex TenetteSeptember 10, 2014
    The uni is good. The beers are large. The staff is very friendly. Wanted to try the ink fried rice but they serve it on Wednesday and we came on soba Tuesday. The menu was a little complicated for me
  • Claudia C.
    Claudia ChangSeptember 2, 2014
    Great japanese tapas. Quail eggs, karaage, cabbage and miso paste (:
  • Benjamin O.
    Benjamin OrtizAugust 25, 2014
    It was pricey, but the atmosphere and the foods that you can't get anywhere else made up for it.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Ricky Yap, chef of Akiko's Restaurant, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Chicken thigh oyster. Read more
  • Agatha Y.
    Agatha YuAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They used to have soba for lunch on Friday and Saturday. But now it's for dinner on Monday and Tuesday :(
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie H.August 9, 2014
    Yakitori is awesome. Check out the chicken tartare on the secret menu.
  • Kat F.
    Kat FukuiAugust 7, 2014
    Bacon-wrapped mochi and umeshu on the rocks. Be sure to make a reservation!
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Specialties: Yakitori; handmade soba; chicken tartare; bacon mochi. Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    A not-to-miss dish: bacon-wrapped mochi ($5) which brings together the smoky crispness of the wrapping and the chewy gooey goodness of the rice balls. Read more
  • Doug B.
    Doug BruhnkeJuly 7, 2014
    We're considering building a shrine to the grilled squid. Absolutely exquisite, as was all the yakitori we tasted.
  • Doug B.
    Doug BruhnkeJuly 7, 2014
    Grilled squid OMG
  • Joanna W.
    Joanna WanJune 14, 2014
    It's all about BACON WRAPPED MOCHI. I loved their dessert. Very trendy and intimate environment.
  • Euge H.
    Euge HernandezJanuary 31, 2014
    The best squid ever !!
  • .
    .November 14, 2013
    The best selection of Japanese alcohol in Northern California. The staff is great and can guide you based on your tastes.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BiegaNovember 6, 2013
    The pork stew and chicken skin were amazing! Everything was stellar. I tired chicken heart and tail and was blown away!
  • Sam R.
    Sam RichardOctober 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Gotta have the bacon wrapped grilled mochi and the dungeoness crab corquets
  • Georg K.
    Georg KuklickSeptember 14, 2013
    sake galore
  • Hiroshi T.
    Hiroshi TanakaJuly 7, 2013
    Awesome small plates and very interesting desserts!
  • Lucy H.
    Lucy HawkinsJune 22, 2013
    Bacon wrapped grilled mochi is so amazing that after nearly a month back in the UK, still 20% of my brain is trying to figure out ways to get more. :)
  • Jane N.
    Jane NhoJune 2, 2013
    Get the asparagus and bacon yakitori. You won't regret it!
  • Earth T.
    Earth TerminalMay 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try to avoid sitting by the grill or else factor in another shower and the dry cleaning cost to the bill.
  • Ernesto R.
    Ernesto RamirezApril 24, 2013
    Black sesame ice cream. Do it.
  • Fabio R.
    Fabio ResendeApril 14, 2013
    Ten Zaru Soba is on the list of 21 best noodle bowls by San Francisco Magazine
  • Alex M.
    Alex MyersMarch 15, 2013
    Top 3 faves: bacon wrapped mochi, pork belly skewers, and chicken oyster skewers. Must get all three!!
  • Guillaume R.
    Guillaume R.March 2, 2013
    Very solid izakaya, worth the BART ride from SF.
  • Elisa W.
    Elisa WickstromFebruary 25, 2013
    It was once great. We came all the time. It is now woefully inadequate. Disinterested service, drunk cooks, average food, and a woefully under engineered hood make for an undesirable experience.
  • Motohiro T.
    Motohiro TakayamaFebruary 18, 2013
    Ten Zaru Soba
  • Leo L.
    Leo LibermanOctober 24, 2012
    They don't have forks, yes really.
  • amy c.
    amy chenOctober 1, 2012
    40 min wait. Make reservations!
  • Jennifer O.
    Jennifer OrrSeptember 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pretty big wait so get a reservation before hand. Everything was delicious! My faves were the albacore, quail eggs, chicken and leeks.
  • D D.
    D DowellAugust 11, 2012
    Try the mackerel!
  • Kristina Z.
    Kristina ZhegunovaAugust 3, 2012
    This place is really special! I might say - unique!
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 31, 2012
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Winner – Editorial Pick – Best of the New Izakayas Ask anyone who’s moved from Japan about San Francisco’s izakaya boom and they’ll roll their eyes, agreeing with you… Read more
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 23, 2012
    Get the kakiage soba, in which the noodles are paired with an oversize vegetable fritter: Read more
  • calixton ★.
    Ippuku is now open for lunch. The lunch menu is soba-focused, and the soba is excellent.
  • Raymond L.
    Raymond LiuMay 6, 2012
    Try the gyutan and nankotsu
  • Gregoire J.
    Gregoire JacquetApril 22, 2012
    Have you try the raw chicken.... I did.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BMarch 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Fun, exciting, and something new. Staff is very helpful.
  • BARE M.
    BARE MagazineOctober 17, 2011
    Go out on a limb and try the black sesame ice cream with tempura crumbs, red bean paste, and mochi. We guarantee you won't regret it!
  • Richard C.
    Richard ChenOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Seemingly crazy but genuinely delicious: Tori Yukke. They'll also keep shochu bottles for you.
  • Mandy ✨.
    Mandy ✨💫September 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the knee and/or brest cartilage as soon as you arrive as they always run out. Everything is good on the menu. Read more
  • Oren J.
    Oren JacobJune 7, 2011
    The ramen is shockingly good here. You need to try it. Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateApril 26, 2011
    Don't fear the chicken tartare with quail egg. It sounds scary, but it's loaded with spices and chiles and scattered with radish sprouts. Read more
  • Callie D.
    Callie DeardorffApril 16, 2011
    Really nice ambiance. Wear nice socks.
  • Inga C.
    Inga ChenApril 9, 2011
    Try the 5 skewers-- chicken heart, gizzard, skin, etc. Ramen and udon are yummy as well
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfFebruary 27, 2011
    Excellent yakitori and best agedashi tofu I have eaten outside of Japan!
  • Huw T.
    Huw ThorntonJanuary 28, 2011
    might be my fave restaurant in bezerkely. lovely grilled chicken bits, and things like pork belly, agedashi tofu, beef tongue and more. chix thigh oysters and livers particularly good.
  • Pam S.
    Pam SatjawatcharaphongJanuary 25, 2011
    Pacific squid is a great deal for $10!
  • Angie C.
    Angie ChangJanuary 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    No photography!
  • mkohpotts
    mkohpottsJanuary 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    FYI as of 2011 ippuku now takes reservations! and is often busy so it helps to call.
  • Amy W.
    Amy WalkerJanuary 4, 2011
    Get the duck and the chicken tartare. Oh, and the grilled mochi. And the pork belly. Don't forget the thigh oysters! Oh, just get one of everything and enjoy!
  • Leanne V.
    Leanne VanderbylNovember 10, 2010
    spicy chicken tartare with quail egg yolk can't be beat.
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