Ippuku

2130 Center St, Berkeley
(510) 665-1969

Recent Reviews

Yuan Z

Fresh but some chicken breast is still red inside.

Gannon Clayton

I adore this spot! They offer tasty dishes, their menu is decent, The cook in that spot is very experienced, I love a lot trying all their dishes. The dishes are always of high qualtity, the attitude towards the visitors is very good too. I often go to this place and I was never disappointed. I recommend it to all.

Edward Moloney

The place offers a nice variety of fresh food. I enjoy dining here. Staff members are always very welcoming, pricing is reasonable and the spot is always neat.

Robert Forehand

One of the best places for yakitori in the east bay. The management and cooks really love yakitori and it shows in their food. One of the few places that knows how to cook gizzard and make it something anyone can enjoy. Good selection of beer and sake, but one of the few and rare places in the US with an extensive shochu bar. Highly recommended, the kotatsu seating was available and good prior to the pandemic.

Bo Hurst

I meet with friends this great spot quite often! This is my favorite place to dine. I go there many times. The meals are great, the workers are helpful and the payment is affordable. I enjoy meeting in this spot to have a good lunch.

brent griffith

great spot for an appetite of any size. the staff was very sociable and kind.

F Bowers

This spot is worth a try. They serve big portions for affordable rates. Consistently well kept and with awesome vibes. Will visit here again.

Easton Grimes

Highly overrated. High prices and very small portions. In Tokyo, there are better places for half these prices. I'm Japanese, and grew up in Europe and Japan. This place was okay for awhile, but success has gone to their heads. I heard the bartender in the front bragging to his friends (in Japanese) that: "I was hired because I'm good-looking, and it brings in the women". Haha....no.

Jessie Beck

Ippuku is one of the best spots in the Bay for Japanese food, and one of the best spots in downtown Berkeley if you’re looking for a nice, special occasion dinner. The bartender is super knowledgeable about sake, so nerd out.The yakatori is what they’re known for. Don’t miss out on the Tsukune.

Ernest Sexton

Cool atmosphere. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Good food!!

Rika N.

Highly overrated. High prices and very small portions. In Tokyo, there are better places for half these prices. I'm Japanese, and grew up in Europe and Japan. This place was okay for awhile, but success has gone to their heads. I heard the bartender in the front bragging to his friends (in Japanese) that: "I was hired because I'm good-looking, and it brings in the women". Haha....no.

Ed U.

** The following review reflects my takeout experience DURING the shelter-in-place order currently in effect. ** Five stars for a sandwich? Well, when it's chicken katsu on soft-as-a-pillow Acme pain de mie, how could I not? Jamie W. and I had never tried this spot on Center Street because we just figured it was for young Berkeley students with excess cash. Back during my Cal days (heavy groan), I got my sandwiches from a roach coach where it was wrapped in saran wrap cut in a diagonal and the halves stacked on top of each other.The mayo was squeezing out from the pressure, but frankly I still like my egg salad that way. Flash forward a few decades and here we were in this somewhat pricey izakaya in the middle of a pandemic. We briefly stepped inside and noticed they were selling $20 Deluxe Bento Boxes and $15 Tori-Katsu Sandos on their takeout table. Jamie was immediately drawn to the sando. It was really a sandwich for two people.That's because four sando halves were offered immaculately in a travel box (photo: https://bit.ly/3kfZgVJ). It reminded me of the sandoitchis that I got at the Family Mart in the JR station before boarding the Shinkansen in Japan. And that's a good memory because those were made with precision and a lot of mayo. This sando was gratefully not mayo-saturated, and the chicken katsu was thick and succulent with the shredded cabbage providing a nice contrasting crunch (photo: https://bit.ly/2PCm6Jn). Great choice, Jamie!FOOD - 5 stars...don't underestimate an awesome sandoitchi during a pandemic AMBIANCE - n/a...looked like there were nice private spaces for socializing but it's rather moot at this pointSERVICE - 4 stars...already made and packaged so not much interaction TOTAL - 5 stars...I want to get another boxRELATED - Looking for a good sandwich? Here's a collection of places I've tried and reviewed: https://bit.ly/2DjJTuU

Flecha

This place is amazing...feels like you're walking into Japan and food is great

Christina L.

The food was really good and flavorful. However, the wait was quite long, as the restaurant seating is limited.However, the portion sizes are very small and quite pricey. It was nice to try, but I would not come back again for this price point.

Elaine E.

The world just needs more izakayas & yakitori joints. Went here in 2017 & I miss the sake & yakitori pairings. I love finding places that actually serve the tasty bits - scapula, cartilege, hearts - but still manage to keep mainstream appeal.

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