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Kikunoi

#64 of 7,248 Restaurants in Kyoto
#67 of 7,731 Places to Eat 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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 62
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 5
    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
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I enjoyed every aspect of this meal; the service, drinks, food and ambience were almost impeccable. The traditional low table was fine as there was in a Japanese context an enormous private room with a stunning view of the garden. The box of beautiful mixed starters were my favourite, followed by... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
Al_Cidd
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed every aspect of this meal; the service, drinks, food and ambience were almost impeccable. The traditional low table was fine as there was in a Japanese context an enormous private room with a stunning view of the garden. The box of beautiful mixed starters were my favourite, followed by the grilled halibut with topped with shiitake and egg... More 

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California, U.S.
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We booked a private room for dinner here in May and it was simply exquisite. But a word of warning: this place is not cheap and do your research on what is a kaiseki meal and what kind of food is generally offered. Don't go simply because it's a Michelin 3-star. It's not everyone's cup of tea. But if you... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

1. Interesting experience for someone who had not tried kaiseki cuisine before) 2. Most dishes were artfully presented and excellent in taste (my husband and I agreed that the fish dish in the April menu was just exquisite), except the seaweed and fish soup 3. Staff tried their best to communicate in English 4. They catered for special dietary requirement... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Let me start off by saying that Kikunoi is an experience in itself. Yes the food is very good, but the experience of the room, garden view, service and presentation are the real reasons to go. If you are looking to experience a true Kayseri meal, this is the place if you are willing to spend the money. The staff... More 

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 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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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Kikunoi

Address: Shimokawaracho, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto 605-0825, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-561-0015
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
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
Average Prices: USD $24 to $41
Cuisine: Japanese

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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 $24 to $41
  • 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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