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Shimokawaracho, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0825, Japan
+81 75-561-0015
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Ranked #59 of 2,985 restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $29 - $49
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
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78% Recommend
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English first
Vancouver, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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151 reviews 151 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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Ko Samui, Thailand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Kikunoi was recommended to me by a very good source, so when I read some of the relatively poor reviews here I thought, well, maybe some of the reviewers aren't used to this kind of food or to traditional Japanese restaurant atmospheres. However, having dined here in the second week of November, I regret to say that I tend to... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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82 reviews 82 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

Had the 26,000y course meal and really enjoyed the total experience. Since we are foreigners and dining for the first time in a Michelin kaiseki place and do not speak Japanese, we decided to invite some Japanese friends and that was the right thing to do to truly understand the Japanese culture as well as enjoy a kaiseki meal. The... More

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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

This was my husband and my first kaiseki dining experience. We left with the feeling of just not getting it. The restaurant and dining experience was zen like. Extremely peaceful and like being transported to another century. But it's also about the food. We just did not like or appreciate most of what we ate. The server was wonderful but... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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260 reviews 260 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

This restaurant is famous in Kyoto for its high quality food and the chef has a name that precede him for creative Japanese cuisine. However, for me it was a bit disappointing. The quality was good, but not better for instance then our Japanese restaurant at the Hyatt Hotel in Kyoto. Prices were accompanying the name of the chef in... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

I have had genuine kaiseki before and was callenged by it, but thoroughly enjoyed it. So I approached this dinner with great hopes and anticipation, only to be diappointed, especially since I also wasted a night in Kyoto. This establishment is subpar for many reasons. Our server was very nice but served in a casual manner, not worthy of such... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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66 reviews 66 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

Kikunoi is an absolute indulgent culinary experience. It is comparable to a 5 star kitchen table dinner in the states. Our hostesses were very nice and efficient. They almost anticipate your needs. We loved the house sake and we chose the 11 course dinner. It was expensive but well worth the price. Each course was artistically presented and the flavors... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

Had lunch as it is a bit cheaper than dinner. The restaurant is located in a quiet cul-de-sac and very traditional old building. We were sat in a lovely tatami room with a view over the front yard. The ceiling is marvellously handicrafted and floors creaky in a cosy way. The courses arrived promptly and with through description of the... More

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