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“One of my favorites to visit again and again.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ichiban
Ranked #135 of 236 Restaurants in Valdosta
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/316/1421946/restaurant/Ichiban-Japanese-Steak-House-Valdosta
Hahira, Georgia
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69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“One of my favorites to visit again and again.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

Ichiban is a blast! You can either enjoy a quiet dinner in the sushi bar area (and what sushi!!! AMAZING!! So fresh and so generous! They definitely pay attention to the RICE which is what sushi is all about!), or you can enjoy a spirited dining experience at one of the hibachi grills manned by chefs with WONDERFUL personalities to go with their flashy skills. The kids get the biggest kick out of the hibachi and the chefs seem to love making the kids ooh and ahh and squeal. They really get involved with the patrons. I can't say enough about this place but maybe knowing that I now only visit there frequently, I also order it take out when I can't be there, should say how wonderful they are.

Visited February 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Vestal, New York
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57 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Not what we had hoped for”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2013

Our evening started out with a very warm welcome at Ichiban, the seater escorted us to our table, and made sure we were comfortable. The server (waitress) was there shortly aferwards to take our drink order and answer any questions we had. Our drinks arrived, and she took our order. They did not have a meal for two, but the server recommended the "Ichiban". followed her recommendation and ordered the "Ichiban". We also had two small children with us and ordered a child's meal to be split between them. The server repeated our order back to us, making sure she had it very clear for the chef to prepare. We were impressed with her concern for our evening.

The chef showed up to prepare our meal, we asked him not to do the big flame portion of the meal, because one of the children was afraid of the fire. What he said floored us..."Why did you come here then?". Our daughter-in-law has an allergy to sesame seeds, so to prevent a trip to the emergency room, we asked him not to use them. Again he said "Why did you here then?".

He did a good job of preparing the meal, even though his showmanship left a little to be desired. When serving my son and his wife, he gave all of the meat to our son, after we had asked it be split between my son and his wife, based on the server's recommendation.

After he had prepared all of the meals, we asked him where the steak was for our granddaughters... he said he cooked it with our son's and his wife's meal.

He then walked away. We were dumbfounded., the waitress noticed our confusion, and came over, we explained what had just taken place, and she immediately had another chef prepare our grand daughters' steak. The server looked as annoyed with the chef that prepared our meal as we were.

Yes, we did get our meals, yes, the food was good, but... we probably will not go back there.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hillsboro, Oregon
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163 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Warm welcome, good sushi menu”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2012

Located a little out of the town centre in a large and slightly run-down building, Ichiban serves up a better experience than might be expected at first glance. The sushi menu is varied, and there are sufficient alternatives to the seafood. The soups and salads are decent. The service is friendly, and the nature of the building means there is usually plenty of space - though some redecoration may be called for. It isn't a thoroughly Japanese experience, but there are sufficient elements to give it a decent Japanese flavour.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Statesboro, Georgia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Excellent Sushi!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2012

The food and service at Ichiban's is excellent. We go whenever we are in Valdosta. I can't wait to go back!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Our new favorite sushi restaurant in Valdosta”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2012 via mobile

We have ordered take out here multiple times and have always been pleased. More recently we have been dining in and have always had excellent service. The sushi is great and the presentation very nice. The sushi bar area is roomy and we are always able to get a good sized table. Would definitely recommend.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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