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Yoshikawa Inn Tempura

#17 of 7,283 Restaurants in Kyoto
#17 of 7,767 Places to Eat in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
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135 Matsushitacho, Tominokojidori Oike-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8093, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-221-5544
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  • 70
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Tempura Ever

Went for a tempura lunch and took the set lunch menu. All the tempura was cooked in front of you by the chef and every piece was simply perfect. Highly recommended.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
JohnL7878
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Went for a tempura lunch and took the set lunch menu. All the tempura was cooked in front of you by the chef and every piece was simply perfect. Highly recommended.

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Bonalbo, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Good service and a subtle Japanese elegance. Well presented food in an historic setting with the advantage of genuine local menu.

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Oakland, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We read about this restaurant in a guidebook and had marked it on our map to try if we were in the area. We are so glad we were!! Walked in on a Wednesday night with no reservations, right after opening time (5pm). We chose the smaller if the two set menus, but it was so much food. The tempura... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

You will have the best tempura in Kyoto here. Delicious tempura will be prepared in front of you as you eat one scrumptious dish after another. We were lucky to have great company as well, with an American couple on the right and an Australian on the left, making it a social and fun evening with pleasant conversations and excellent... More 

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Yoshikawa Inn Tempura is the place for some super tempuras. This is a very small place, where you sit around the chef preparing fresh tempura in front of you. Both menus propose a selection of vegetable and seafood tempuras, with a lot of variations, not just the usual shrimp tempura. You'll also get to choose between 1 of 3 additional,... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

We purposely researched and chose this restaurant fir lunch based on reviews here. The restaurant is small and charming. We sat at the counter and ordered the smaller lunch portion. The tempura was light, but was not flavorful nor enhanced the food. It was not better than average tempura I've had in the US. I was so excited to find... More 

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los angeles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

If you're going to splurge do it here. Food superb, ambiance charming, and performance of chef outstanding. Well worth the difficulty in finding it, so take a Taxi

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Or this good, for that matter. Just a pure pleasure to see a very specialised chef at work, a master in what he does.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Your chef for the 11 people seated at the counter in order to receive and taste the chef's choices within seconds of cooking. everything, the shellfish, fish and multitude of differing vegetables all just out of the tempura oil are a delight. quite unique. Book well ahead to get in.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We reached there at 11 am sharp and it was already crowded after we took our seats at 11:05! It is supposedly the best tempura place in Kyoto and after the lunch I do agree with whoever said that. Little overpriced - The least expensive set lunch is 3000 Y and there is just another option of 4000 Y which... More 

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Additional Information about Yoshikawa Inn Tempura

Address: 135 Matsushitacho, Tominokojidori Oike-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8093, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-221-5544
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
Cuisine: Japanese

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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>  > City Center
  • Neighborhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-221-5544

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, 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.