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Roan Kikunoi, Kiyamachi

118 Saitocho Kiyamachidori 4-jo Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8012, Japan
+81 75-361-5580
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Ranked #27 of 3,410 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Shanghai, China
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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105 reviews 105 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We sat at the bar (as some trip advisor reviewers suggested) which was more fun for us than a private room. It was so interesting to watch your chef prepare dishes just for you! After an amuse bouche, our appetizers arrived in a gorgeous gift box; each morsel a little jewel. The set menus are 130, 150 or 180 yen.... More

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

This is a unique experience and a superbly appointed location. We were lucky enough to have our own private room with impeccable service. It falls short of excellent as for the money we paid we expected each dish to be faultless and delicious. Standard was very good, but we've eaten better for a similar price.

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New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Every time I've been in Kyoto. I stop here for lunch. Excellent food, Michelin starred, good service. If you want kaiseki cuisine, but don't want the entire kimono clad experience whilst sitting on the floor, then this is the place. About an 8 course meal- changes monthly to reflect the season. However if you decide to come twice during your... More

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153 reviews 153 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

We made lunch reservations 2 months ahead with the help of our Japanese landlady and picked the kaiseki meal - literally going all the way with experiencing what they had to offer. Meal was more than lovely with about 8 courses, very interesting offerings and innovations one would not see in a regular high end restaurant. Presentation was impeccable and... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

My wife and I made reservations for lunch and went with the middle option for meal size. The experience was truly remarkable and outstanding from the moment we walked in. Despite the Michelin star hype and reservations-only status of this fine dining establishment, we felt very welcome, comfortable, and at-ease. Our meals were delicious. The food is brilliantly prepared and... More

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Sydney, Australia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Everything was perfect from arrival onwards. The setting of the restaurant is great as it is located in one of the preserved districts in Kyoto. The air of old Japan is everywhere. Building exterior and interior photogenic and extremely clean - and I mean cleaner than even most clean Japanese establishments. The lady owner of the restaurant gave us the... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We booked a bit late and could not get in for dinner, nor for a kaiseki lunch. But we did get the "lower end" sashimi lunch for 60 USD. The food was simply fantastic - from the various kinds of sashimi to many other cooked delicacies. The taste of every item is well balanced and usually has depth. We also... More

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