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Kitchen Rakuraku

inoke 2-3, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
+81 75-462-9156
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Ranked #607 of 3,151 restaurants in Kyoto
Cuisines: Japanese
Most recent review
- May 15, 2014
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English first
Houston, TX
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I was a guest in Shunkoin-In temple and this place was recommended. Bit hard to stop. Go out the north entrance, turn left. On the same dide of the street, maybe 5 minutes max, look for a little corner place with a blue wnd red neon "ZIMA" sign in the window. I LOVED this little place! Yes, another writer was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We came to Rakuraku having been on the suggestion list of Shunkoin temple on our first night in Kyoto, and was satisfied that the recommendation was confirmed by the tripadvisor reviews. I was shocked however to see how much had been overlooked by these reviews. For a starter, there are no hygeinic standards in this place. The grill, which is... More

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Plantation, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

My hubby and I had dinner at Rakuraku a few days ago. We are very adventurous a d just love tasting all the local treats. So we left it in the chefs hands to make up a dish of his choice. The meal was overly delicious. He took us on a trip through salads with shrimp and octopus, followed by... More

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San Francisco, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

Like others, we also stayed at the Shunkoin Temple and walked to this nearby tiny family restaurant, not knowing what to expect. We had a blast, and it was the first (and only?) restaurant experience we had in Japan where we got to know the proprietor and some of the other customers. And they were really fun to chat with!... More

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Hong Kong
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2011

A while ago we spent couple days in Shunkoin temple guesthouse and our host Rev Taka pointed to Raku Raku as a great local diner. And were we happy that he did! :) Great atmosphere, fun people, tasty sake, wonderful food prepared in cast iron pot hanging on think chain above live coals right in front of you while Bob... More

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Austin, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

We noticed Rakuraku the day before because of its brightly decorated exterior walls. The chef, Akira Mizobuchi, obviously loves to cook. One of our party is allergic to fish (a real problem in Japan), and he was happy to work around it, and make a beautiful meal. We sat at the counter and watched as he prepared an appetizer, beautiful... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2010

Rev. Taka and his wife at the nearby Shunkoin temple recommended we have dinner at Kitchen Rakuraku. We are very glad we took their advice. The chef at Rakuraku spoke excellent English and whipped us up a delicious dinner. This was a custom creation - we did not receive a menu, but were simply asked what we wanted to eat.... More

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