From $25 to $50
2130 Center St., Berkeley 94704 Driving directions
  • Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking: ≤ £30 / 40 € (IRE) ‘Bibs’ are awarded for simple yet skilful cooking for under £30 or €40.
  • Simple standard. Our best addresses.

Additional information

  • Japanese
  • Rustic
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking retsaurant
  • Wheelchair access
  • Private dining room
  • Restaurant

Useful information


Can’t swing a ticket to Tokyo? Dinner at Ippuku is the next best thing. With its low Japanese-style tables, extensive woodwork and enormous selection of sake and shochu, it feels like an authentic izakaya transplanted into a corner of downtown Berkeley. The low-profile entrance adds to the feeling that you’ve lucked upon a special dining secret—assuming you don’t stroll right past it, that is.

Yakitori is the big draw here, with smoky, salty chicken thighs, necks, hearts and gizzards arriving fresh off the binchotan. Other excellent small plates include korokke, or golden-brown Dungeness crab croquettes, crisp on the outside and with a creamy interior, or yaki-imo, caramelized white sweet potato with a sweet-and-salty glaze.

- MICHELIN guide inspectors


  • Route from this place
  • Directions to this place
  • Route via this place
  • Nearby hotels
  • Nearby restaurants

Where to eatnearby

  • From $25 to $50
    MICHELIN 2019
    138 m - 2200 Oxford St., Berkeley 94704
  • From $25 to $50
    MICHELIN 2019
    182 m - 2020 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley 94704
  • From $25 to $50
    MICHELIN 2019
    293 m - 2190 Bancroft Way, Berkeley 94701

Where to sleepnearby

Things to see and donearby