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#46 of 7,706 Restaurants in Kyoto
#47 of 8,010 Places to Eat in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
City Center
Noodle, Asian
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Okazakiminamigoshocho, Sakyoku, Kyoto 606-8334, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-751-0677
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    4 of 5 stars
Best udon in Kyoto

Stand in line for one hour but it's very worth for homemade udon and very very polite staff. Price is reasonable, not expensive !

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stand in line for one hour but it's very worth for homemade udon and very very polite staff. Price is reasonable, not expensive !

Thank Manussanun
Brooklyn, New York
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707 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 389 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great udon with chewy noodles in a flavorful broth. The place is small and fills up quickly, sometimes with a long line. English spoken. Inexpensive and great for lunch or quick casual dinner.

Thank drichrx
Hong Kong, China
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45 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Tried the original burdock tempura udon and chicken tempura udon (hot). If you're not sure what burdock is, it reminds me of parsnip. So those looking for meat, this dish is not for you. That being said, I enjoyed the fresh battered burdock and I had the soup base slightly spicy. For me, the soup is equally important as the... More 

Thank FattyToro
Los Angeles, CA
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

We arrived at Yamamoto Menzo right after it opened and stood in line for an hour for this very popular udon joint in Kyoto. There were only about 20 seats in the house. And I can tell you that it's totally worth the wait. It is hands down the best udon noodle soup I've had in my life. The tempura... More 

Thank baglady12
Gatineau, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Delicious ramen! The place is a little hidden, but worth it if you find it! Although it is in japanese there is a small english menu and the staff will help you order from the machine and they take your ticket.

1 Thank cedriclaura
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233 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Two excellent noodle restaurants are right next to each other north of the zoo (not worth visiting) and east of the Heian Shrine and Garden (definitely worth visiting). One is Okakita and the other is Yamamoto Menzou. They both often have lines, but the night we went to the latter,there was no wait at all. This tiny restaurant is more... More 

2 Thank paoseattle
Naples, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

During my trip in Kyoto with my girlfriend, one dinner I was alone because she was very tired: then i searched a restaurant near my hotel and I found this great one! Noodles and tempura were great, cooks and owners were so nice too!

Thank KarmaDiamond
London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Vegetable tempura was some of the best I've had. Waited in line for over 2 hours, but it was definitely worth it.

1 Thank meglondon14
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46 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Cozy, lots of ambiance and simply outstanding udon noodles in superior sauces accompanied by very good tempura...expect to wait for the 16 seats fill quickly

Thank Steve M
Wilson, Wyoming
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Stumbled upon this place on a hot June day of temple hopping in East Kyoto. Not only are the noodles fantastic, but the veggie tempura was the best I had in Japan. Made to order with the freshest vegetables, not at all greasy, it was a perfect complement to the noodles. Well worth the wait. The owner seemed very grateful... More 

1 Thank lauraladd

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Okazakiminamigoshocho, Sakyoku, Kyoto 606-8334, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
  • Neighborhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-751-0677

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 8
  • Cuisine: Noodle, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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.