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Yoshikawa Inn Tempura

#13 of 7,192 Restaurants in Kyoto
#13 of 7,667 Places to Eat in Kyoto
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135 Matsushitacho, Tominokojidori Oike-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8093, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-221-5544
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent food but service a bit disappointing

It's well worth a visit to try the fantastic kaiseki cuisine but be warned it's pricey! For the amount paid I would have expected perfect service but I had to chase on a few occasions. Nevertheless it's a wonderful experience. If you are going in a large group they prefer one person to pay rather... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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London, United Kingdom
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

It's well worth a visit to try the fantastic kaiseki cuisine but be warned it's pricey! For the amount paid I would have expected perfect service but I had to chase on a few occasions. Nevertheless it's a wonderful experience. If you are going in a large group they prefer one person to pay rather than splitting the bill.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I cannot write enough positive words about our experience at Yoshikawa. If you are in Kyoto you must go - eat and stay. It was spectacular.

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Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Ambience & Atmosphere 7.5/10 Taste & Flavour 4/10 Technique 4/10 Presentation 5/10 Portion Sizes 5/10 Value 4/10 Had much better Tempura at an understated unknown restaurant in Osaka for literately a quarter of the price.

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New York City, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

A good variety of tempura, prepared in front of you in an intimate setting with a small group of other tourists. Good food but a bit pricey for what you got. Staff seemed slightly stiff and less than as friendly as staff in almost all other Kyoto restaurants.

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Southport, CT
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

After reading the rave reviews on Trip Advisor and checking out the restaurant recommendations on National Geographic and Insight travel guides, three of us booked Yoshikawa Inn Tempura more than a month in advance. With great expectations we dined there tonight and could not have had a more disappointing meal in Japan. The food seemed tasteless and cold when served.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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165 reviews 165 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

On our last day in Kyoto we decided to have lunch before heading off to Osaka. We had no plans for lunch, and so just googled for a place nearby. Tempura Yoshikawa came up and after reading the reviews on some blogs, we decided to go for it since it was less than 10 mins walk away. It was just... More 

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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Enjoyed an evening here recently. The setting is intimate and if you get some people speaking the same language the night flies by as you chat, watch the chef in action and enjoy his delicious tempura. The night we were there, we enjoyed shrimp, white bait, sweet potato, eel and asparagus amongst other things. The staff really look after you... More 

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Daniel Island, South Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Simply outstanding perfect tempura. You have seen it in all the reviews. What I can add is that anyone who has an aversion to seafood (like my wife) need not fear. She had tempura veggies galore and was loving every minute. My shrimp, eel, and others were so so tasty. Dessert is served in an adjacent room at a communal... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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84 reviews 84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Beware. You have to make a reservation for dinner. Or land up at opening time for lunch (they don't accept lunch reservations). There are two tempura set options (the small and the larger), and the tempura is out of this world. The chef is thoughtful enough to replace any bitter veggies with sweet potato for the kids, and all of... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Tried to get a reservation here, but no luck as they are booked out a couple of weeks in advance. Learned that you don't require a booking for lunch, so just walked in and sat at the counter. Food was great and lunch is not that expensive.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 135 Matsushitacho, Tominokojidori Oike-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8093, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-221-5544

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Doing business

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