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Ishiyaki Isshan Pontocho

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178-3 Zaimokucho, Higashikiyacho Sanjo Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku | 1F Pontocho Hittaka Bldg., Kyoto 604-8017, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-254-8568
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 rubbery! The main was marinated chicken - again, was served to us still pink! We... More 

Thank camomileandwhitechoc
London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 sardines and a few squid pieces with mixed veg. My wife had the two pieces... More 

Thank David270
Pinilla, Costa Rica
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98 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 soy based house sauce was delicious.

Thank rene z
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
Guam, Mariana Islands
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 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. It was worth the effort! Ariel was super friendly, and all the food was incredible.... More 

Thank Jonathan P
Lexington, Kentucky
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18 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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 the menu and make food and drink pairing suggestions according to your tastes, he does... More 

Thank LucaDo996
1 review
Reviewed 26 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 in a broad American accent said "we can deal with that". He went on to... More 

Thank Mitchel T
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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 most go back before we leave. :)

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Brighouse, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 bit slow but you can forgive that for the food and friendly nature of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$46 - US$52
Japanese, Asian
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Pontocho

Neighbourhood Profile
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 atmosphere and delicious food. Verandas are always filled with people young and old crowding tables, biting into hot yakitori or sipping cold beers. It is a culinary heart of Kyoto as much as one of its most laid-back, clamorous, and entertaining evening hotspots. Pontocho has more of an amiable vibrancy to it than an elegant one, attracting newcomers, local veterans, and everyone in between, in casual attire like sneakers and jeans.
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