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Kikunoi

Shimokawaracho, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0825, Japan
+81 75-561-0015
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Ranked #37 of 3,355 restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $29 - $48
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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93 reviews 93 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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Hong Kong
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This restaurant provides a wonderful introduction to Kaiseki cuisine. We were escorted to a private room, and served the evening's selection of exquisite dishes. The chef, who has also authored a cooking book on Kaiseki cooking (featuring a foreword by Ferran Adrià and Nobu Matsuhisa), cooks up a seasonal selection of often local ingredients. Staff patiently explained the dishes and... More

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new york
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The food here was absolutely terrible and I'm Asian and enjoy eating weird Asian things... This was just terrible all around. Fish had tons of bones everywhere, got bit by mosquitoes, had children running upstairs (not zen at all). We didn't eat even 1/10 of the meal. The bamboo and milt were awful and repeated through out the courses. To... More

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sydney, australia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I am surprised by the many negative reviews of this restaurant on tripadvisor. It remains one of the best restaurants we had during our trip of its class (comparing with other kaiseki restaurants within the price range) This is a much more formal affair compared to Kikunoi Roan. On arrival, you are greeted by the main host and ushered to... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

This place is like no other I have ever been to service is out of this world food is so divine that can be be traced back hundreds of years just blows ur mind so much perfection in every single plate and to top it all off a meeting after dinner with mr. Murata

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We were in Kikunoi in both June and December 2013. Yes, it was that good that we came back twice in the same year. The first time we came it was summer and a lot of the dishes featured the various vegetables that were in season and the second time in winter the dishes had a lot of varieties of... More

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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We arrived at the courtyard and immediately relaxed by being ushered through a gorgeous other worldly property. The woman that helped us was in a gorgeous traditional kimono and seated us in our private room with our own garden to enjoy. Course after course of incredibly meticulous works of art came our way in well paced timing. I really enjoyed... More

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Manila, Philippines
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150 reviews 150 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Booking is the hard part but the food was great. Pricey i would advise to choose in between the courses as only few difference as you go up the menu

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