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Jodoji Nishida-cho 114, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8417 , Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-0606
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Amazing place....amazing food

Grotto was a really unique experience in Kyoto. Its a small place, so call in advance. The chef and the staff are very friendly and speak english. The meal was really great....not traditional japanese, but really good.

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 23, 2013
Fabio B
Sao Paulo, SP
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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Grotto was a really unique experience in Kyoto. Its a small place, so call in advance. The chef and the staff are very friendly and speak english. The meal was really great....not traditional japanese, but really good.

3 Thank Fabio B
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

A fantastic find close to the Silver temple in Kyoto - we stumbled on Grotto one lunchtime and enjoyed it so much we went back for dinner the next day. Both the counter downstairs and the larger upstairs room are lovely places to sit and enjoy the great, inventive and beautifully-presented menu. We especially enjoyed the pork belly (meltingly soft)... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

The food was ok but really nothing special. You can find so much better restaurant in Kyoto

2 Thank gianlucagamberini
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

We went to Grotto through recommendations of friends from NYC who were there a week earlier. Tadaka's (former NYC resident) restaurant is quaint and in keeping with the beautiful styles of Kyoto...and Japan. The generous and meticulously prepared 9 course March seasonal meal was not only splendid but a great value at a bit under Y5,000 - any where else... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

After the ten courses, I looked back at the menu we wrote down to keep track of - 1 of 10 dishes was the grand total I would have ordered off a menu on my own. But that's the beauty of traveling, seeing the world, experiencing new foods and leaving your fate entirely in the hands of a skilled chef.... More 

2 Thank crox40
Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

Though this romantic little restaurant was a little hard to find because the sign is small, once found, it was worth the search! There isn't much space so be sure to make a reservation in advanced. It seats about 8, though I do believe there might be more rooms upstairs, but I never personally looked. You sit around the counter... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2011

I'm a fairly adventurous eater... and what we got here was definitely a strange array of dishes. But hey, it's Japanese cuisine; what do you expect? This is a cozy little restaurant on the outskirts of the city. You basically eat at a bar while the chef and his helpers prepare food on the other side. Intimate and friendly, the... More 

Thank PickACard
sydney, australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2010

Travelling by myself in Kyoto I found the thought of going to dinner alone a tad daunting but I'm so glad I sought out Grotto. It's a tiny room, seating about 12 so it's best to book and then for about $AUD60 a nine course feast of subtly flavoured dishes are served to you. The small room encourages conversation with... More 

Thank marrickvillain
Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2010

A friend and I ate at Grotto last week and enjoyed it immensely. The set dinner (that's really the only choice you have) is excellent value at Y4750 a person and the chef used all fresh, seasonal ingredients. As the chef lived in the States for 3.5 years, he was able to explain each dish to us as he was... More 

Thank Mandy_in_Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

We visited this restaurant on our trip to Kyoto for our honeymoon after reading about it in the guide book. It is located near the University and easy to get to on the bus from Kyoto Station. The restaurant serves a set menu of about seven course and each one was an experience of Japanese cuisine. They served excellent wine... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Jodoji Nishida-cho 114, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8417, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
  • Neighborhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-771-0606

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine

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Staying in City Center

Neighborhood Profile
City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.