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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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11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Thu - Tue 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Unreal Wagyu

Damn. This steak is good, really good. I love me a good steak dinner, and this might be the best one I've ever had. We were very lucky as we walked in at 7pm and were asked what our reservation was under. After telling them we didn't have one it seemed like we were out of luck, but the host,... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Gregory R
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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Damn. This steak is good, really good. I love me a good steak dinner, and this might be the best one I've ever had. We were very lucky as we walked in at 7pm and were asked what our reservation was under. After telling them we didn't have one it seemed like we were out of luck, but the host,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is just all perfect from top to toe! Everything was extremely tasteful. My boyfriend thought it was the best piece of meat he'd ever had. For me, not big on steak I still loved all the courses in our eight our meal, except from the second starter which I thought was too raw.. But that's just me. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

After out first visit in 2013 we were back in Kyoto and revisited Hafuu. The menu has not changed a lot and this is a good thing. I rarely say this about a restaurant. The steak is still perfect. So when in Kyoto make a reservaton at Hafuu.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Let me first say that I came here with high expectations from TripAdvisor. These were easily met. This restaurant offers excellent steak at a fair price considering its quality. I would fully recommend the set menus which offer courses each of which I thought were very good. My only recommendation would be to bring a jumper with the air conditioning... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

They provided the best gluten-free meal we have had in Kyoto --- a perfectly prepared steak together with potatoes and rice (all gluten-free). We went there twice, and the second time we went, he ordered another portion after finishing the first....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Three words: Go there asap! This place has it all! Wonderful staff, AMAZING beef, and a sense of detail adding that little, but essential something to make an evening perfect! PS: Our kids aged 11 and 13 loved it as well! They had a lot of fun sitting at the counter following the busy, but friendly masters of the kitchen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed a delicious meal at this restaurant and would highly recommend it to all meat lovers. Being able to sit and watch the kitchen at work was fantastic. Every course was delicious, the steak was cooked to perfection and the dessert had a perfect balance as a way to end your meal. I would recommend the set menu, it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

There are two Hafuu restaurants almost next door to each other - both belong to the same owner and serve the same menu. We went to the Gosyo Minami annex - the more modern, "fashionable" restaurant (vs Hafuu Onten which is more Japanese in style). We sat at the counter which is always the best experience in Japan, and absolutely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The steak here is abso amazing! Just rebooked my table for more. This is one of the best restaurants I have visited in my life! Go please Go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We visited the Hafuu Annex We got the counter seats which I preferred rather than on the table where you can't see the chef. Great service, very friendly staff. Food was very nice (could be a bit hotter), the beef was so nice and soft. Very nice desert and ice cream too. Highly recommended, try to make a reservation a... More 

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Additional Information about Hafuu Honten

Address: 471-1 Sasayacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0983, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-257-1581
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 1:30 pm  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 1:30 pm  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 1:30 pm  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 1:30 pm  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 1:30 pm  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 1:30 pm  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 24 - 40
Cuisine: Japanese, Steakhouse

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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>  > City Center
  • Neighborhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-257-1581

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 24 - 40
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Steakhouse
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in City Center

Neighborhood Profile
City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.