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Kikunoi

#53 of 7,324 Restaurants in Kyoto
#55 of 7,810 Places to Eat in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 70
    Excellent
  • 16
    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
My best 3-start at its best value for food and service!

Ambiance Service Presentation Tastes Portion Takeaway packaging Farewell This beats any expectation in each and every way. As a foreigner, we truely appreciate the staff explained to us on the craft in each dish verbally and showing us the intricacy in Kikonoi's book. This adds another... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
PhoebeTanggy
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Singapore, Singapore
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  • Japanese first
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English first
Singapore, Singapore
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Ambiance Service Presentation Tastes Portion Takeaway packaging Farewell This beats any expectation in each and every way. As a foreigner, we truely appreciate the staff explained to us on the craft in each dish verbally and showing us the intricacy in Kikonoi's book. This adds another depth and allow us to understand the stories behind the palette. A sensational, wholesome... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

I have had the fortune of going to some of the best restaurants in the world and I have no doubt in my mind, that this is the best ever dining experience I have ever had. The decor, the food, the skill of the chef, the ingredients and the service. Using my amateur Words to describe the experience would simply... More 

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This 3-star Michelin restaurant keeps up its standard. This is the second time my family is dining at Kikunoi and as expected, the food is excellent. Chef Murata uses the freshes ingredients of the season and prepares them very well. We went in June and the preparation of the ayu fis is fantastic. The ambience is very nice and quiet.... More 

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HONG KONG
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16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I was here in Aug and had it for lunch. Remember to make a rsvp through your hotel or else they won't accept personal rsvp. The lunch set is really nice and we both enjoyed it very much. Food is fresh and nicely displayed. We got seated in a large room that can fit 4-5 groups of people. It's nicely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We booked Kikunoi months in advance for lunch during the peak cherry blossom in Kyoto and I'm so glad we did. We were blown away by our leisurely afternoon meal there. The food was amazing and the presentation was impeccable. They also had chef's book out which had descriptions/explanations about most of the food/ingredients we were eating that day. I... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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25 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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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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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