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Karyo

#97 of 7,341 Restaurants in Kyoto
#102 of 7,827 Places to Eat in Kyoto
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Neighborhood:
Gion
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Gion, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 755320025
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Thu - Tue 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer

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  • 37
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Kaiseki

I visited Gion Karyo in August. It was highly recommended by the hotel staff and I was not disappointed. The restaurant is located in the heart of Gion. You have to go to a typical Kyoto alley lit by typical lanterns to get into the restaurant. Once inside, you will be greeted by the staff and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
ignatmd
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Romantic
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I visited Gion Karyo in August. It was highly recommended by the hotel staff and I was not disappointed. The restaurant is located in the heart of Gion. You have to go to a typical Kyoto alley lit by typical lanterns to get into the restaurant. Once inside, you will be greeted by the staff and conducted to your table.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Absolute great service. All staff speak (some) English. Foreigners welcome (50% tourist the night we visited). Food being prepared in front of you. Nice to try the Japanese wines.

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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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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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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Gion, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Gion
  • Neighborhood: Gion
  • Phone Number: +81 755320025

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 10
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Gion

Neighborhood Profile
Gion
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.