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Kikunoi

#22 of 7,542 Restaurants 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: Reservations

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  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
No word can describe this place ...

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
Thomas L
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English first
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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201 reviews 201 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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9 reviews 9 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Fantastic foody experience, had our own room for two, own kimono clad waitress ferrying in each of our 12 courses, we had the 20,000yen meal. Not cheap but worth every penny if you love Japanese food. Top tip, stay away if you do not eat fish.

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7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We were lucky enough to have a meal for 2 arranged by a close friend and her family for a wedding present. It was the most wonderful experience and food I have ever experienced. This was the first time we had the chance to try kaiseki cuisine. The resturant is beautiful, the private room we had was tranquil. The staff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Let's start with that was one of the most amazing meals of my life. The food was of the highest quality, beautifully presented in wonderful surroundings Kikunoi is uncompromising in what it does which is what makes it so special but it is not for everyone; dishes may be challenging both in texture, temperature and ingredients. Would not have changed... More 

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Shanghai, China
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

My girlfriend and I went on a Friday night. We were led to a private room down a couple of steps. The room was gorgeous...very spacious, lots of light colored wood and sliding glass doors with a view to a very small but beautiful scenic garden. Upon sitting down, I noticed that the room smelled a bit damp...like a wet... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We visited Kikunoi for Kaiseki lunch at the end of August. We were escorted to a private Japanese room which had a view of the garden. Our course started with mint jelly and cold green tea which were served to cool us off from the summer heat. Then, the second course ゛Hassun゛or an assortment of cold dishes was served. Hassun... More 

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Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I went here with my husband, 11 year old son and mother in law for the Kaiseki meal. When making the reservation my husband told them our son has a sesame and tree nut allergy. They were wonderful and accommodating when preparing the dishes. My son had the same dishes as we had but with a substitute dish or ingredient... 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 - 42
  • 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?