Ichiro Izakaya Bar

4.5
73 reviews
$40 and under
Japanese

Top tags:

Casual
Seeking to combine the best of both worlds, we have combined the familiar flavours of Australian dining with traditional Japanese Izakaya dishes, in order to create the tastiest food we can for you. We also have a lovely range of Japanese sake and beer for you to compliment your food, if you're keen to experience Izakaya like they do in Japan.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 73 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect as always

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food and service were terrific, thanks

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Very enjoyable experience celebrating freedom day (end of lockdown)

JR
JessR
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place! The services was friendly and fast, and the food was delicious. We'll definitely be returning :)

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Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

The menu items are quite limited, more like a cafe than an izakaya. The quality of food is average except for the skewered ox tongue which was so tough we gave up on eating it. Appears to cater more for the hungry uni students living in the vincinity.

OT
OpenTable Diner
6 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect as always!
Glad to be back.

CM
ChristyM
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Finding great Japanese food is much harder than you would think but we have found it here. This is my fav Japanese place and has great taste, beautiful presentation, friendly service, and a great variety. As a pescatarian, its great!

MW
MarkW
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Nothing special about this venue, cost $80 and left Hungary. Food of average quality

JJ
JessJ
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious, fast service & staff were really friendly & attentive. Will definitely be going back!

RR
RRSS
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Brilliant food as always, and mostly great all around, would have been better if both set meals had been delivered at the same time, but that's really the only criticism. Every time I've been has been spectacular.

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Alwaystryingnewthings
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

My family (3 people) enjoyed the feed me menu that is suitable for 3-4 people. We thoroughly enjoyed the range of food that was provided especially as we were not sure what to order. I would say the only improvement I would suggest is that the dessert could be bigger in size to share between the group though all other dishes provided were just the right amount. Friendly customer service was a highlight as well.

KL
KarenL
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My girls always like dining at here and we will definitely be back

JS
JohnS
Singapore
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Authentic Japanese food at reasonable price and good service.

SS
SharonS
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great service and great food. We love it here and eat here regularly. Everybody here makes you feel welcome and comfortable. The food is easy, fresh and clean. So pleased this is our local.

TJ
TJA1704
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Sensational food and really great service. Not too noisy considering it was a full house. Highly recommend

MD
MariamD
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time and the service was wonderful and the food delicious and I felt generous size except for my seaweed salad was a bit on the small side. The only other thing was they have these vegie patties on the menu which are in fact a potato cake. However I would highly recommend for a yum, enjoyable and friendly place to meet with friends for a casual dinner and catch up.

YA
YoshiA
12 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great selection of food on offer. Dessert is matcha themed and all very delicious. Ordering is very easy using their ipad with clear diagrams and pricing. Good value for money ~$50/head if you get lots of seafood can easily do it cheaper and be content. Staff very friendly.

DJ
DebbieandJohn
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love Izakaya and eat there nearly every week before we do our grocery shopping. We were joined there for dinner recently by our long term friends, he is a vegetarian and she is a well known Asian foreign language journalist. He was able to find wonderful vegetarian dishes and she found her favourite fish dish. We all had such a good time we have agreed to meet up there soon for another night of dining. On Thursday, my daughter and I were running late for our dinner and when we told the staff were hoping to catch the start of a movie, they managed some how to get out dishes out to us in enough time for us to complete the meal in time. Fantastic service. Thank you Izakaya. Izakaya is our favourite restaurant in Melbourne.

GB
GeetaB
3 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our family had a lovely birthday dinner here, delicious food, quick and lovely service, if I had to be picky then atmosphere could be improved.

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Wavydelights
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Had an amazing dinner on Sunday evening with friends.
Staff were all so friendly from the moment we entered the restaurant.
Food came out quicker than we had expected.
Overall, quite a pleasant dining experience. Would definitely return.

MW
MaryW
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Ordering using the ipad at the table was easy and convenient. Service was very quick. However, we had ordered a selection of dishes and rather than staggered, everything almost came at the same time and some dishes got cold. Overall the food was very good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
6 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great

OT
OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Upon arriving at the restaurant we were greeted nicely but were not briefed on how to order and what the process was (ordering solely on the iPad). This was fine for us because we had young people on the table although some older people may not know that’s what you have to do, without being told first.

The food was overall quite tasty, although we were rather disappointed with the cold, virtually frozen, Edamame. This somewhat ruined my experience as that’s usually my favourite part of eating Japanese!

CJ
CJ29
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have eaten here many times and the experience continues to be amazing each time. Highly recommended.

SM
SarahM
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious! So great to eat locally. Fast service. Had to get the hang of ordering on an IPad.

OT
OpenTable Diner
6 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect as always.

OT
OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is exceptional. The range and quality can’t be faulted.

MR
MichelleR
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the restaurant was really lovely, the service was excellent and the food was fantastic and of great value.

TS
TrudyS
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So pleased this is my local Japanese Restaurant. Quick service and the same quality every time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Friendly staff. Prompt food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Was pretty good. Did feel that the wait staff had their hands full.

OT
OpenTable Diner
6 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous lunch as always!
Thank you.

AN
ANDREWM
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wide selection of dishes, each well presented and tasty.

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Nance
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Great Japanese restaurant at Brickworks. Food was very fresh and delicious.

MA
MarieA
20 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and plentiful. Would definitely be back.

CJ
CJ29
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, best Japanese we have had. The food is always fresh, excellent presentation and great selection. The staff are very friendly and the service is excellent. We have been here many times and the experience never fails to impress and delight. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Bree
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ichiro has fantastic food and kind staff. The restaurant has a great atmosphere.
They use an electronic ordering system for each table that lets you add items to your order (also has pictures and very interactive interface) without waiting for the staff to come over.

GE
GrantE
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant had a great selection of food including a wide range of vegetarian options. Overall I was impressed and would recommend to others.

OT
OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Had a wonderful dinner at Ichiro Izakaya Bar. The wait staff were welcoming and humorous, happy to engage in conversation or assist us in any way.

We ordered takoyaki, okonomiyaki, soft shell crab sushi and fried crab claws. We absolutely loved the takoyaki, they tasted fresh and revealed large chunks of octopus. The okonomiyaki was a bit doughy and floury without much of anything else. The soft shell crab sushi was well presented and tasty, but I personally found the crab claws a bit too heavy and overwhelming, although they did taste good. The only downside is the food took a long time to come out, we waited around 30 minutes for our first dish to arrive and spent over an hour in the restaurant before our last dish arrived. However, we didn’t mind the wait as the atmosphere was lovely and the staff were friendly.

Price wise, everything was very affordable and we didn’t have to break the bank to eat to our heart’s content. Also, we loved having the option to order through the tablet at each table which had information and pictures for all the dishes available.

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Steph
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Food was good but they weren't accurate with allergies and intolerances. We asked if one of the sushi contained soy and the waitress checked the back and confirmed no. However it came drenched in teriyaki sauce (which contained soy).
The iPad to order was a bit of a pain to use and kept locking out, which discouraged us from ordering more food.
Apart from that, ambiance was nice and I would recommend to anyone that doesn't have allergies / intolerances.

FAQs

Ichiro Izakaya Bar offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9077 1229.

Ichiro Izakaya Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 73 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.