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Ichiban

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(14 Reviews)

1015 E Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821

(714) 529-6157

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Today: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tomorrow: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
32
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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General Info
Ichiban's menu offers a wide variety of Japanese specialty items including sushi, sashimi, cut rolls, hand rolls, tempura, appetizers and dinner entrees. Located on Imperial Hwy., near Brea Mall, Ichiban Japanese restaurant has been serving Brea for over 25 years, is open for lunch and dinner and offers online ordering for take out orders. Restaurant Hours Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:00pm Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5:00pm-9:30pm Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm
Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Thu:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:
Payment method
all major credit cards, discover, visa, mastercard, amex
Price Range
$$
Location
Brea Village
AKA

Ichiban Restaurant

Ichiban Japanese & Sushi Restaurant

Categories
Japanese Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Restaurants, Sushi Bars, Take Out Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Take Out, Sushi

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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Tian W.

01/21/2012

Overall
I used to go to this restauran...

I used to go to this restaurant years ago and it was one of my favorite restaurants, but in the past 10 years or so the quality of the food and service have gone way down. Their tempura shrimp is rubbery and the taste of their food is not much to be desired anymore. The service sucks. The young people these days really need to get their act together and be more professional and courteous. You don't get ahead in this world by being rude. Also, when I placed a large take out order by the time I got there to pick it up it was not only not ready, but they hadn't even started on it. I ended up waiting another 20min. or so. I won't be going back.

Oggie Oggie

12/22/2011

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Ichiban

We have not dined here for quite a while now, but we thought that we should give it a shot again.

When I had to wait an hour to get our food I was thinking in my head that I should have listened to my fellow yelpers! We had to wait literally an hour to get our first order, I am not exaggerating. I was counting the minutes! So if you do not mind waiting for a long time to get a table and to get your food for just a mediocre sushi, ignore what I am writing here by all means.

We ordered one of the boats. Teriyaki chicken tasted like it was pre-cooked a day before and heated up right before they put it on the boat.

Seared halibut appetizer did not have any taste at all. It tasted like fish without any seasoning even with their lemon sauce on top (imagine that!). Definitely not worth $11 for that.

We ordered baked salmon, salmon skin, caterpiller roll, fuji roll, philadelphia roll, and a few other rolls since there were about ten people in our party. Salmon skin hardly had salmon skin in it. Cream cheese in the philadelphia roll was just way too soft. Caterpiller roll was ok to me, but way more avocado than eel for some in our group (don't get me wrong, I like avocado, but there was hardly any eel).

We ordered a few assorted sashimi and the fish were fresh enough, but definitely not one of the best.

I guess Ichiban is not ""ichiban"" after all. This place used to serve great food about 5 or 6 years back, but the quality and service had gone way....down since then.

We are not going back again for sure. If the food was just outstanding, I would not have cared about waiting for an hour to get my food, but there are many Japanese sushi restaurants way better than this place around the area for that.

flying_hipp0

07/28/2011

Overall
I love they're food and tasty ...

I love they're food and tasty sushi but I had to wait for almost 45 minutes just for a single table... I think if they had more spaces this wouldn't be a problem.

lotusflowers

07/27/2011

Overall
I used to enjoy coming here bu...

I used to enjoy coming here but over the years but it has suffered a slight decline... a shame but perhaps inevitable. The food is hit and miss and the staff can be very rude at times... some of whom were arguing while they were still serving us! My husband and I used to come here quite frequently but nowadays not so much.

Visit at your own risk.

paul-n-michelle

04/21/2011

Overall
Thank you to the entire staff ...

Thank you to the entire staff at Ichiban! My family and I had a great time! We took my brother-in-law who is Japanese and was visiting from Hawaii there and he highly recommends Ichiban,Brea. We went to a couple of other sushi places here in Brea and we did not like them at all. We love Ichiban,Brea! Good food, good service, good people, Awesome sushi! Thank you MASAKO and TAKA! ICHIBAN!!!

crackerjax229

09/11/2010

Overall
A taste of heaven!

I love this restaurant, every time we visit we have a new and unique experience. I love talking with theSushi chefs and trying new types of sushi. Best of all, this place has the finest marriage of Eastern and Western influences, creating an ultimately fun and delicious experience! Highly recommended for anyone who is willing to have a relaxing and soothing time in Brea! 5/5 stars!

oikora461

09/11/2010

Overall
Best sushi ever!!!

I went with my family for many years to this resaurant.

I have never gotten bad service or bad food there. This is by far the best japanese restaurant around Orange County. I highly recommend this place to anyone. Fresh fish, hot grill, peaceful atmosphere and friendly servers. Perfect for any occasion.

cooki3monster

09/10/2010

Overall
Sushi Heaven

I love this place, great food, great location and a great staff! I love their unique experiments with familiar foodstuffs by adding an eastern twist! To risk sounding cliche- I would say this place is fun for the whole family!



5/5 Stars!

panopticon

09/10/2010

Overall
Some of the finest services in the last 23 years!

I have been dining over at Ichiban for almost 22 years and I have never had a single problem with their services. The food is reasonably priced, the variety is always new and exicting and the quality of food merits yet another star in this star scale. I enjoy the atmosphere and friendly staff and some I even know by first name. This is a family restaraunt where people can relax and have a great time. Some previous users may be judging this place a little too harshly. Rule of thumb for any restaraunt- GOOD FOOD TAKES TIME TO COOK! I highly recommend their 'Crazy Rolls' and their Curried Chicken plates! Overall Six out of Five stars! Previously poor reviews be damned!

Equinox2021

08/28/2010

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Overall
Great food and service

I have been going to Ichiban for years and was surprised to read the negative reviews. Every time I go there the fish is fresh and the people are friendly. I would recommend trying the Sashimi Latina and Mt. Fuji roll they are both excellent. The owner is also a very nice lady, it is no wonder that Ichiban has been open for 23 years.

sushiplace

06/02/2010

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Overall
Stay away for now. Worst service I ever had in sushi place

On the memorial day I decided to take my folks for a good sushi. Ichiban used to be great! Now all of the previous servers are gone, instead there is a bunch of young yuppies who do not understand what good service means.

I call for service, they look straight at me turn around and go in a different direction. I said that tea is cold; the guy tells me that it is steaming, so it must be hot. Get the f%^& out and get me some nice hot green tea.

If you are in the area go to Magaroya in Placentia or or Kiory in Fullerton.

This place needs a major attitude change before I ever go back there again. After 10 years of frequenting this place, I am done unless something visibly changes.

I never had service like this in Japanese sushi! What a dump.

fgruner

01/06/2010

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Overall
Pretty Good Sushi

Try to volcano roll.. Very good.

Chicken/Beef teriyaki are good. Friendly service and nice owners

po0207

07/24/2009

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Overall
I do not recommend here!

I went to Ichiban long time ago. At that time it was great.
However, these days it is terrible. There are a lot of items in memu, but nothing to eat...
I don' t recommend this place...

denba

04/27/2009

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Overall
Worst sushi place ever!

Unfortunately.....I thought this is the worst sushi place in the U.S. The service was terrible and sushi was not so fresh.
I don't recommend this place especially to the Japanese born in Japan.