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Roan Kikunoi, Kiyamachi

#116 of 7,205 Restaurants in Kyoto
#120 of 7,682 Places to Eat in Kyoto
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118 Saitocho Kiyamachidori 4-jo Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8012, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-361-5580
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Inexpensive great Kaiseki lunch in a Michelin 2 stars restaurant in Kyoto.

This is a famous 2 Michelin Stars restaurant for Kaiseki cuisine in Kyoto. It is located in Kiyamachi street close to Shijo street, Kamo river bridge and Kawaramach station. We visited this restaurant for the first time. Their Kaiseki dinner course costs at least 15,000 yen, so this time we had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I don't usually care to make a grand statement about my disappointing experiences in restaurants, and just relate a few points where improvements can be made. However, in the case of Roan Kikunoi that perhaps leans on the established achievements of the sister Kikunoi in Kyoto, I simply had to speak out. I was dazzled by the 3 star michelin... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is a famous 2 Michelin Stars restaurant for Kaiseki cuisine in Kyoto. It is located in Kiyamachi street close to Shijo street, Kamo river bridge and Kawaramach station. We visited this restaurant for the first time. Their Kaiseki dinner course costs at least 15,000 yen, so this time we had their lunch which was inexpensive (just 4,000 yen) yet... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

From a restaurant with two Michelin stars, twin of a restaurant among the most famous of the city, I expect much more. Apart from some beautiful sashimi, the rest of the dinner was modest. The place is very cold, with annoying drafts. Many plates was irritatingly too cold. Despite the beautiful presentation, many dishes were anonymous. The flavors too often... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

Fine dining in Kyoto is about being locavore. That's what dining in Kikunoi does best. This easy-to-locate restaurant in the Kawaramachi shopping district (turn left at the edge of the bridge before crossing to Gion) without having to navigate a labyrinth of alleys lacking translated English road signs compared to other famous Kyoto restaurants. Have your hotel concierge make a... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

If you want an authentic Kaiseki experience in Kyoto then Roan Kikunoi is ideal. I found a reference to the restaurant on the lady iron chef blog (worthwhile reading for Kyoto tips) and booked the ¥15000 dinner for 2 people through our hotel concierge (they don't take English bookings over the phone). Although relatively expensive for that price you get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We went for the ¥7000 lunch menu and sat at the counter. We were thrilled to be presented with a personalized menu (Mr. Alex) on our arrival, which we have kept as a memory. The food was seasonal, fresh and innovative, each course presented beautifully. I particularly enjoyed the dish served in a sort of tea pot with the sudachi.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

One of the most beautiful aspects of Kaiseki is how chefs make use of different kinds of ingredients and infuse its flavours together to produce a unique and unorthodox dish. Every dish of the 10 course meal (which my family ordered) was prepared in the most interesting and unique fashion I have ever come across. Some of the most notable... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

We booked the 13,000Yen per person menu which has to be arranged through the hotel concierge. They do not take direct bookings from foreigners or actually non-Jap speaking. The chef greeted us before the meal and introduced us the menu which is printed out in English for you. 11 courses all delicately prepared and the presentation is so beautiful, too... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Let me preface this not-so-flattering review by saying that the service was excellent. The food at Roan Kikunoi didn't seem terribly traditional to me. Instead, it was ambitious -- actually maybe be more so than my usually adventurous palate could handle. I had some texture issues with the food, like the puréed yuba over a tomato broth with water shields.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Recommended by our hotel concierge and well reviewed generally, we chose this location for a kaiseki meal when we were in Kyoto. Classic kaiseki served in a traditional setting. Quite good, but a little overwhelming for our taste (perhaps we should have chosen a lesser menu). Not inexpensive, but the quantity and quality of service and space no doubt contribute... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 118 Saitocho Kiyamachidori 4-jo Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8012, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-361-5580

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  • Cuisine: Japanese

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