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Map & Directions 2130 Center
Berkeley, CA 94703
  • Japanese
  • Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Vegetarian Friendly
  • Dinner, Snack Food
  • Full bar
  • Recommended
  • No Parking


SF Weekly's Description

Christian Geideman, chef-owner of the Japanese yakitori restaurant and shochu bar in Berkeley, uses every molecule he can of the free-range chickens delivered to Ippuku every day. He segments the birds into their various, delicious parts and threads the meat onto skewers. The neck is particularly succulent; so are the hearts, thighs, and oyster muscles. Then he turns the rest into dishes like turnips braised with ground chicken, an exquisite chicken tartare, and ramen floating in a deep-hearted broth. What Geideman makes of the chicken - a bird bred and subdued into ignoble blandness, unloved by chefs, worthy only of nuggetization and neglect - may cause you to rethink the tuna of the land.

Member Reviews

  • mtrifiro
    mtrifiro wrote a review for Ippuku
    on 06/30/12

    I love this restaurant. It has such a funky vibe and the food is really great. They stock about 100 different Japanese speciality liquors, including a great selection of Sake. They have an outdoor bar (at the restaurant entrance). I've been here three times and last night I tried (and LOVED) the chicken tartare (yes, chicken tartare).

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Tips from foursquare

  • SFGate on 04/26/11

    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.

  • Cakes on 07/14/10

    3 words - bacon wrapped mochi!

  • SF Weekly on 05/31/12

    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…

  • Mandy T. on 09/12/11

    Order the knee and/or brest cartilage as soon as you arrive as they always run out. Everything is good on the menu.

  • calixton ★. on 05/17/12

    Ippuku is now open for lunch. The lunch menu is soba-focused, and the soba is excellent.

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