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Gion, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-532-0025
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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
Refined, elegant and incomparable

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Peter V
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Boulder, Colorado
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Boulder, Colorado
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272 reviews 272 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 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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117 reviews 117 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
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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72 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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76 reviews 76 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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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305 reviews 305 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
261 helpful votes 261 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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tasmania
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97 reviews 97 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

the reviews from 10th of Oct and 2nd Sept must be a mistake no muzac no westerners all excellent service and I've lived in Japan a long time, this is no tricked up place. This is excellent Kyoto hospitality. It has a serene atmosphere and décor, beautiful food, excellent and intuitive spaced delivery of dishes and 8 courses for the... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This restaurant is wonderful. We had the 10 course tasting menu, I’m not too sure of what everything was but I can tell you that it was all delicious and presented perfectly. Very fresh food with good service (with alittle english). Note: last orders of food at this restaurant is 8pm so don’t go late. Also a great location in... 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 42 - 84
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

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