Ichi Ni Izakaya - St Kilda

4.4
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276 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Asian
Melbourne’s premier Izakaya experience. Ichi Ni has taken it’s place alongside neighbouring St. Kilda institutions with it’s unique design and central location. Providing a casual and lively dining atmosphere, Ichi Ni offers an extensive menu complimented with unmatched views overlooking Port Phillip Bay.

The Izakaya style restaurant is a visual feast that has combined modern dining with a traditional twist. Multi level seating, private booths and year round heated decking ensure each visit is as original as the first.

Ichi Ni accommodates a full and traditional Japanese menu that caters to all tastes – yakitori, sushi, sashimi and Japanese tapas. You won’t have difficulty finding the perfect drop to go with your “Tabemono” either… an extensive beverage menu offers sake, cocktails, fine wines and a range of Japanese beers to compliment each meal.
What 276 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
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4.4
Ambience
4.0
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Melbourne / VIC
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Celebrating a milestone birthday with my friend. Immediately took a soggy umbrella and stored it. Service was excellent. Quick thinking from the waiter to confirm the banquet option could be done for two diners (not the 4 min. Stated in the menu). Cocktails were fab and the food was continuous and delicious. One improvement would give comfortable seats!

PO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Host for booking was fantastic (mail). Really accommodating and flexible.

CH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, great service as per usual.
Sushi was very fresh.
View was amazing.

KM
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place. Sit outside and enjoy the view :) The food is always delicious and service efficient.

OT
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Staff was amazing.

GK
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant. Good service, delicious food. Loved the outdoor space. Seats could be a bit more comfortable.

JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Chefs sashimi selection was very overpriced. Service patchy at best . A shame as really is A lovely spot .

GM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent food, service and setting, great views over the beach

BC
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfection perfection perfection perfection perfection.

JB
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was amazing and so friendly !! We loved all the dishes they were so delicious and served in really good time !! Will definitely be coming here more often ! Really good prices for serving sizes too

DB
Denver
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Table was dirty and sticky. Two small slices of grilled eggplant for $10 is hardly good value. Good setting but supposed beach view not really panoramic given road and buildings in front. Overall- very overrated.

M
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Great food and location. 2 dishes were forgotten about so there was long wait times in-between each dish.

KK
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as usual. Great staff, super professional and charming. Food delicious and varied. Good vegan options; for our family gatherings essential. Freezing cold Asahi black on tap and great views.

h
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic place for lunch with friends and lovers of Japanese food! Local favourite and highly recommended.

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great from welcoming to dining to good bye

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

We are glad the restaurant was open on Christmas Day. The food was very good but the service was slow. However, the rolls were quite pricey and the kitchen is very inflexible with regards to special requests for allergies etc. the blankets were a nice touch for outdoor dining but heaters would have been better. Good but not great.

NT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a favourite place. Fantastic food, ambiance and service in a beautiful location!
Especially recommended for those with Coeliac and GF issues. Menu designed to cater with so many suitable offerings It’s hard to choose. (Staff have excellent understanding and awareness).
Easy for parking close by.

Can’t wait to visit again!

MK
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Wagyu was a bit dry and the onigiri rice was a rubbish. I thought about requesting a refund immediately but it seemed that represents the restaurant itself. I could assume that they used frozen and defrosted rice and just simply microwaved it with a bit of cheese and soy. And then we had scewered ricecake with some meat and it was also disappointing. Only the chef's choise was just edible. It is simple. I will never get back here.

K
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A beautiful experience......amazing food and service was spot on. Loved the decor We are still raving.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came in a large group with a baby and Ichi Ni were very accomodating. Very friendly staff who attended to all of our needs and the food was beautiful. Will be coming back soon!

AE
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

We use to love this this place but this time we where really disappointed this time. Didn’t taste as good as normal and the sushi was falling apart.

SS
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Too expensive and gluten free choices were limited. Servings were small and vegetables were not included in the dishes

RP
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’m still thinking about the food and it’s been 3 days since we went!! Absolutely divine in every way!!

LS
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience2

After having an amazing experience at the Fitzroy venue, I recommended the St Kilda one to friends for dinner which I now absolutely regret!
Arriving for our booking for 4, we were informed they would require our table in one hours time for another booking. After negotiating and waiting for 5 minutes in the foyer, they found us a table for a 2 hour seating.
Thinking that we were now able to enjoy our night, we ordered a banquet each and obviously drinks to accompany throughout the meals.
Before we had been served the final savory dishes on our banquet, we were approached by staff to say that they would be requiring the table shortly, however they seemed unaware there was still food to be served which we had to awkwardly inform them of.
After the last savory dish was served, a staff member approached us at our table to settle the bill with the portable eftpos machine in hand. This is prior to being served dessert for our banquet!
At this stage, we were feeling quite the push to leave the venue, after being inside for 2 hours.
To say the least, being presented with a bill nearing $500 prior to finishing the food, in addition to having staff approach us multiple times for the table was less than desirable.
Having worked in hospitality for a decade, I understand that it is a busy time of year, however I highly recommend that this venue learn how to stagger their bookings more appropriately considering the price that people are spending within the restaurant! Needless to say, I will not be recommending this to anyone in the future after the service we received!

JA
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ichi Ni was a fabulous dining experience. We had the 10 course banquet with matching sake. Thoroughly recommend trying this.

M
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

We had the $85 banquet and were very disappointed with the quality and quantity of what we received. The only redeeming course was the dessert.

KV
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was wonderful - very friendly, patient and attentive staff. The food was delicious, prompt and nothing was too much trouble. The actual venue is stunning, dining looking over the Bay. Beautiful!

SE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Very, very slow bringing drinks ..and when we ordered our share plates ..only one of each came out ..2 serving each for our table of 6 ..made no sense.

AB
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Came as a large group, but left feeling still hungry.
Small serves, which don't go far when sharing.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had a small table by window for our group of 3. Great view and fresh shashimi. Good service, small portion.

AM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service is phenomenal, the food is off the charts and we will be back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location, friendly service and delicious food. Good whisky list too - added bonus.

A
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

The service was very slow, We had to order drinks three times before they would arrive. Our drinks were also cleared off the table before they were even finished. We have dined at This restaurant several times, and from the last experience there is a notable decline in quality and service.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Overall the food was good, great service. However, I thought the rice cake with chicken mince skewers were very basically and over priced, i wouldn’t order that again!

SC
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

First time at this venue. When we arrived it wasn't busy, but we sat at our table for at least ten minutes before anyone came to us. And that was because we caught someone's attention.
When the waitress came she said are you ready to order. But we hadn't even had a chance to order drinks. Once we got the drinks order in and started ordering the food, things went quite well after that.
We have eaten a lot of Japanese, and whilst all the savoury dishes were pretty good, the icecream to finish off with was amazing. We chose the trio - presentation and flavour was so good I'd go back just to have that dish again.

DW
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Always love the food at Ichi Ni Izakaya. The only drawback was we were placed at the Sushi Bar next to the kitchen. It felt like we were in a corridor and was always conscious of possible wearing the next meal as the staff rushed by. We also had our back t the bar and we had a couple of accidents where we had to stand to let them sweep up the broken glass. Also, being at the Sush Bar is usually a bit of a treat watching the chefs go through their paces. Unfortunately the cabinets you would normally look through were full of containers and you couldn't see anything. Will always go back for the food but will never get placed in that location again.

N
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is one of my favorites been coming here for a long time never disappoints

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Staff were rude. Restaurant was empty and we left before ordering.

NL
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Good food but very small servings and expensive. Think this restaurant is better for 2 people than groups ( there were 6 of us) Bots left hungry!

R
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food!! Fantastic location, great service and friendly staff