One could describe a dining experience here as "the best-tasting show in town." Knife blades glisten and diners "ooh" and "ahh" as they watch the chef ... More
Ichiban Japanese Steak House
One could describe a dining experience here as "the best-tasting show in town." Knife blades glisten and diners "ooh" and "ahh" as they watch the chef chop and twirl his utensils while preparing the meal tableside. While watching the show is a great part of the dining experience, the food matches the show. Teppenyaki, sushi and a tempura bar are featured, and a sushi bar buffet is featured Wednesday and Sunday from 4:30pm-9:30pm. Voted "Best Japanese Restaurant in the Twin Cities" three years in a row.
My husband and I, along with 5 others, went out to eat at Ichiban this past Saturday. I called and made reservations for 7 people. We arrive 5 mins late, due to a full parking ramp. We had to park two blocks away and walked there. I even called to tell them that we were running a little late but that we were still coming. When we got there, the guy at the door told me that being that we were late, we would have to wait a while til they get a table ready for us. He told me... "Don't worry, the food will not run out... there's plenty of food in the kitchen to feed everyone..." I was mad at that comment. It was not that i was in a rush to eat. I was just simply trying to make a point at why we still had to wait when we made reservations, weren't they suppose to reserve a table for us already? Isnt that what reservations are for? So everything started out bad. We waited 15 mins before we were seated. Then once we put our orders in, we had to wait another 45 mins before our chef came. She was very friendly and skilled. The food portions were small, but very tasty and good. The show was really entertaining. We all enjoyed it alot. The bill came out to be a bit over $400 for all of us. I will tell others about my experience here and how the chef was highly skilled and the food delicious, but i will not recommend this restaurant to anyone. Although the chef was great and the food was good... i will not go back there. The front door people were really rude and made comments that were not called for. I understand that they are a very busy place, and things can get frustrating at times, but what was the use of having to make reservations when we still had to wait 15 mins to be seated... and then making lame excuses to justify it.
We had a young, white girl as our chef---mistake!!! Big mistake!!! She dropped a whole bowl of rice in my husband's lap. The head of the staff came over and stumbled out an apology but no $$$$ off!!!! No free meals!!! We had had GOOD experiences before this and had brought in 7-10 people at a time but the chef makes all the difference!!!Needless to say WE WILL NEVER GO BACK. SAVE YOUR MONEY and walk down the Nicollette Mall-LOTS of great things to do.
It's been almost 6 months since we went to Ichiban, and I'm still unhappy about it. The meals start at around $40 per person, and include an appetizer of chicken livers. If, like most people I know, you don't want chicken livers, expect to pay about $10 more (each) if for something else. The atmosphere was similar to a hotel banquet room--not intimate in any way. Service was OK, but not stellar. The food was not memorable. Next time we go out for a special meal, it won't be at Ichiban.
The Ichiban restaurant is a great cultural experience. We took our 2 children and they were thrilled (we all were). As a matter of fact they still talk about the flying food and the fire! We love love seafood, travel and trying new things so for us Ichiban's was like a mini get away!
There is always either a cook or a server at the table. Not like a regular restaurant were they sometimes leave you hanging forever! Things to consider is your bill will not be cheap I would say average of $45 a person. But just remember part of the bill is you are also getting a show. The portions have always been so big we always end up with 2-3 take out boxes between our family of 4.
I love the ichiban martini. The take home mugs are kind of fun to. The Green Tea ice cream is the best! Now if only they sold it in bulk to go!?!?! I would say it is a show worth every penny. I know we will continue to go back.
I would not recommend this restaurant. I think it's highly over-rated. I felt that the restaurant wasn't clean at all. Our chef was very pleasant and skilled, but his uniform was very dirty. (Our waitress was very pleasant as well.) The food was not worth $200 for 3 people. I think they charge a lot because they consider that you're being entertained while your food is cooking in front of you, but for that much money, the food should be exquisite and the restaurant immaculate. I wasn't impressed at all. Four and a half stars is 2 and a half stars too much for this restaurant.
I was disappointed with the recent visit to this establishment. For years I have wanted to dine here. I decided to take my brother and his girlfirend for her birthday. We approached the outside and heard the music- I expected a memorable experience. I have seen reviews on the television for the past couple of years and thought we were going to have an awesome time.
Service was very slow. Even the others at the table commented " it never takes this long to receive service". Again, I expected something totally out of this world. First the appetizers- scallops were "fishy"-this to me equates to not fresh. I could do a play by play but why??? Ventilation was poor.
I would not recommend this restaurant. The bill totalled 113.00. All three of us will not be returning nor will we recommend dining here.
We have been to Ichiban three times now and each time has been fun and exciting. Food is consistantly very good and the sushi bar is great for a business lunch or casual dining. Everyone can have a good time from kids to adults, and the food is farmiliar enough that even those who have a less mature palette will be very pleased. It does cost alittle more than your average dining experience, but you must remember that there is a element of entertainment as well as food. I feel that it was well worth the time and money and I would recomend it to anyone looking for a mid to high class evening.
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