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Karyo

#140 of 7,195 Restaurants in Kyoto
#145 of 7,672 Places to Eat in Kyoto
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Gion, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-532-0025
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 0
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  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Kaiseki Experience

We made a reservation for lunch and got lost while looking for the restaurant. However, we met two friendly ladies who called the restaurant for directions and one of the Karyo staff was out on the street looking for us! That was a good start and of course the food was good and presentation lovely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Mary 瑪麗 S
Good for:
  • Romantic
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48 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We made a reservation for lunch and got lost while looking for the restaurant. However, we met two friendly ladies who called the restaurant for directions and one of the Karyo staff was out on the street looking for us! That was a good start and of course the food was good and presentation lovely. There was a detailed menu... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Tonight May 5 I took my ypungest dougther to Karyo to let here teast hout Japanase quisine. I have been around so I know some about dining. I had dine in all top retairants of Asia, South America, Africa, the Midle East and Europe We ordered the 10 dish menu of 10750Yen. Non of the 10 dishes had the level... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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198 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This is kaiseki unlike my other experiences of the cuisine in Japan and the U.S. The dishes were highly refined with countless subtle touches. Fish is featured of course but so is tofu and seasonable vegetables such as fiddlehead ferns, fave beans and bracken. Each of the ten dishes was a standout. Together in small portions they constituted a remarkable... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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55 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Terrible food in surroundings with very little atmosphere. The only plus is the staff are wonderfully polite, and welcoming which is nice, but there's a hefty price-tag (USD130) for food we honestly found inedible during most of the 10 courses.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

It is like dining at a Michelin starred restaurant without the hefty price tag. Don't get me wrong it isn't cheap but for what you get its good value. As with a lot of good places in japan it's not the easiest to find. It's opposite gion corner look for a door leading down a dimly lit path to a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This is my go-to restaurant to take visiting friends and family to. Very accommodating of non-Japanese-speaking guests, as well as dietary requirements (if notified in advance, of course). And the Y8000 course means that people can try kaiseki without it being hugely expensive, as kaiseki so often is. The interior is modern and tasteful and the food has incredible attention... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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25 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Was really excited to try a traditional Kaiseki meal while in Kyoto and had this place recommended to us. What a disappointing evening it turned out to be. Food was extremely average for the price ($100 per person) with no wow factor at all and the place has little to no ambience to speak of. There are so many excellent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Visited this wonderful little gem in Gion with family. From entry to exit the service, food, and drink was superb! From the chefs to the waiters there was attentiveness to details and perfection in presentation. The food was a ten course Kaiseki culinary adventure of high calibre. The staff exhibited a clear passion for their art of food preparation and... More 

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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

In the highly regarded Gion district across from Gion corner. Beautiful restaurant and hospitality. Not a ton of English but thoroughly enjoyed the experience of a 10 course authentic Japanese lunch, very well presented and tasty. Honestly didn't love everything we tried but that's likely more a preference thing and I would definitely still recommend for the experience! Lunch course... More 

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Richmond North Yorkshire
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265 helpful votes 265 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We came on this restaurant by chance....and what a find... Having read various criticisms about some of the three star Michelan establishments especially some of the prices it was a joy to find this place creating food of a Michelan starred restaurant but without the crazy price tag! The service was delightful... Friendly. Unpretentious. The food was staggeringly good We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Gion, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-532-0025

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 81
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

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