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Shimokawaracho, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0825, Japan
+81 75-561-0015
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Ranked #24 of 3,520 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $42
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Santiago, Chile
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133 reviews 133 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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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UK
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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2 helpful votes 2 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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Watertown, Massachusetts
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81 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Up there with Pierre Gangiere in Paris and other absolutely fine meals of my lifetime. Went on my birthday, and was totally taken in by the long, slow, amazing meal. Private room ambience was incredible. Service was truly top notch. Food was a surprising range of items, with incredible colors and textures. Not the kind of place to go each... More

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Kyoto, Japan
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14 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

for a 3 michelin star restaurant I expected more. The setting is gorgeous, the rooms are beautiful and the service excellent. The food was disappointing, it wasn't bad, but I expected it to be amazing which is wasn't. Its not really worth the money.

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Additional Information about Kikunoi

Address: Shimokawaracho, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0825, Japan
Phone Number: +81 75-561-0015
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
Average Prices: USD 25 - 42
Cuisine: Japanese

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