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Kikunoi

#63 of 7,192 Restaurants in Kyoto
#64 of 7,667 Places to Eat in Kyoto
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Shimokawaracho, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto 605-0825, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-0015
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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 60
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
The ultimate kaiseki experience!

We booked a private room for dinner here in May and it was simply exquisite. But a word of warning: this place is not cheap and do your research on what is a kaiseki meal and what kind of food is generally offered. Don't go simply because it's a Michelin 3-star. It's not everyone's cup of tea... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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California, U.S.
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English first
California, U.S.
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We booked a private room for dinner here in May and it was simply exquisite. But a word of warning: this place is not cheap and do your research on what is a kaiseki meal and what kind of food is generally offered. Don't go simply because it's a Michelin 3-star. It's not everyone's cup of tea. But if you... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

1. Interesting experience for someone who had not tried kaiseki cuisine before) 2. Most dishes were artfully presented and excellent in taste (my husband and I agreed that the fish dish in the April menu was just exquisite), except the seaweed and fish soup 3. Staff tried their best to communicate in English 4. They catered for special dietary requirement... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Let me start off by saying that Kikunoi is an experience in itself. Yes the food is very good, but the experience of the room, garden view, service and presentation are the real reasons to go. If you are looking to experience a true Kayseri meal, this is the place if you are willing to spend the money. The staff... More 

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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99 restaurant reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 via mobile

We did try to book a sunken table for lunch here, but i'm afraid they were fully booked and so we had to settle for a private room - what a shame, eh? - I can't even reduce this place down to 4 stars even though we, as Western Europeans, were slightly uncomfortable at the Japanese table set-up. It's not... More 

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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280 reviews 280 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
243 helpful votes 243 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Well , when people like David Chang and Anthony Bourdain praise this place and elevate its status to an unparalleled restaurant, you eventually tend to ignore all the bloggers' bad reviews about it That was my mistake Kikunoi failed Dish after Dish , In my mind I was begging for it to end , and I'm a Lunar struck individual... More 

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Iloilo City
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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Being from European culture, I dare not feel qualified to judge whether Kikunoi deserves or not its 3 Michelin stars. It is not for me like I am at Violier, Pic or Troisgros... But does it matter anyway? On few days trip to Kyoto, the few hours spent in the serenity of the place experiencing an incredible variety of remarkable... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I never quite get the Michelin thing, especially when applying on Asian cuisine. However, they got it right this time. I came here because I read a book written by the owner of Yoshuhiro Murata. He explained the cultural behind Japanese cuisine and how everything has a rule and reason behind it; from chopsticks to how to place a plate,... More 

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Paris, France
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

an unforgettable experience; a succession of 10 dishes which all were autumn paintings thet you don't want to destroy... Only seafood based with unique tastes. But over all 2 stars quality tastewise more than 3 ! fantastic service in our own private room where we could sit stretching our legs down (appreciated by all of us, westerners) good pricing at... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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222 reviews 222 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The Kaiseki spirit is Japan aim for perfection on a plate. The Michellin three starts is just the western way to rank everything, even if this is not comparable to any other food experience. It is just sublime. Cooks move like monks on a ritual. They seem modest and focused as if they were performing a sacred art. And, yes,... More 

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Kobe, Japan
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4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Mr. Murata, the representative and managing chef of Kikunoi, is the most famous Japanese cuisine chef in Japan. He is an evangelist of Japanese traditional cuisine and he is also a pioneer of modern Japanese cuisine. I mean that we can enjoy both, traditional and modern Japanese arts at Kikunoi. The taste, flavor, tableware, interior decoration and services, everything is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Shimokawaracho, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto 605-0825, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-561-0015

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 41
  • Cuisine: Japanese
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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