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Kikunoi

#27 of 7,589 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

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  • 55
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    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 most beautiful meal we've ever eaten

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... read more

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5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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160 reviews 160 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW 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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305 reviews 305 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
235 helpful votes 235 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
80 helpful votes 80 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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202 reviews 202 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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
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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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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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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?