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Hafuu Honten

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471-1 Sasayacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0983, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-257-1581
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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The place is not the easiest to find, and out taxi dropped us outside the annex. We were walked over to the main restaurant by a staff member. We ordered two of the 13000 yen set dinner. The maitre d came around to say it was too much for us and recommended the 9700 yen one instead. He was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The place is not the easiest to find, and out taxi dropped us outside the annex. We were walked over to the main restaurant by a staff member. We ordered two of the 13000 yen set dinner. The maitre d came around to say it was too much for us and recommended the 9700 yen one instead. He was right.... More 

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Jerusalem
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12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW via mobile

Not much to add to previous reviews A truly great meal A bit hard to find the place but absolutely worth it The steak was one of the best we'd had so far.

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Plainville, Connecticut
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39 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Kobe beef is upwards of $300 a pound in the market, but just plain Wagyu beef is a close enough taste of heaven, and this is the place to have it. We never had a better steak, and though I thought it was expensive (42,000 yen or $40 for a smallish portion) when I got to Tokyo I learned that... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We couldn't get a reservation at Hafuu Honten ( the original ) but did get a reservation at their second restaurant,Hafuu Gosyo-Minami ( the annex) just around the corner. The food,wine,service and atmosphere was first class. The Wagyu beef was melt in the mouth delicious and the other courses wonderful. Fantastic value for the amount and quality of food.We had... More 

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Lima, Peru
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3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This restaurant exceeded my expectations, the beef is incredible, mouthwatering and as many people have stated in their opinions, is like butter that melts in your mouth. Incredible, both myself and my wife had a great time. As well the quality of the salad was superb, and pricing is very reasonable for quality. Will return Next time in Kyoto, is... More 

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Bahrain
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5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

As we were staying a mere 11 minute walk away from Hafuu Honten, we opted to take a chance and show up without a reservation -- and we were very lucky to find 2 seats at the counter where Yasuhiro Kashikura made us feel like royalty. The food was superb and we did opt for one of the set menus... More 

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Hong Kong
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14 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This place served excellent Wagu fullstop. The set dinner I ordered came with both Wagu sirloin and fillet. No knife and fork. You eat with chopsticks.The other courses that came with the beef were nice as well including the dessert. A wonderful dining experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We were steered to this place by the plentiful and positive recommendations on Tripadvisor. Before we reserved, however, we were slightly reticent at whether it would represent an authentic Japanese dining experience ... that all said we were so pleased that we did choose to come as without doubt it is one of the best meals we had in our... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

The meal was sublime. We went with the set courses and each appetizer was great, but the meat was the star of the meal. Melt in your mouth. I have never had meat like that before and it is easily the best I've ever had in my life. A must eat in Kyoto.

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We went to Hafuu without a reservation and were seated at the counter, the better option! The owners (a Japanese couple) were both amongst the chefs, making sure that everything was correctly served and presented, and that all the customers were well taken care of. Needless to say that service was incredible! The owner explained each course that arrived, and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 471-1 Sasayacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0983, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-257-1581

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 42
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse

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