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Roan Kikunoi, Kiyamachi

#128 of 7,320 Restaurants in Kyoto
#134 of 7,805 Places to Eat in Kyoto
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Shimogyo-ku
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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
A great Kaiseki dinner. Nice experience.

Went to this two-star michelin resturant to experience a full Kaiseki dinner after recommendation from our hotel. The food was good, with some items being extraordinary. Some average. Still a great experience which I recommend. The meal for two persons with the house sake was around ¥32000. Not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Went to this two-star michelin resturant to experience a full Kaiseki dinner after recommendation from our hotel. The food was good, with some items being extraordinary. Some average. Still a great experience which I recommend. The meal for two persons with the house sake was around ¥32000. Not cheap. But a nice experience with great food. Disclaimer: I have never... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We were looking forward to having dinner at Roan Kikunoi given all its acclaim. All of the dishes were beautiful presented but the taste was just average. The only more memorable dishes were the fresh sea urchin tofu and the yatsuhashi ice-cream with warabimochi. The service was attentive and efficient but we could not help feeling a sense of a... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Dinner here isn't cheap, but it is well worth the price. The food is all fresh and in-season, and it is prepared wonderfully. The pictures of the food might only look okay, but the taste is truly amazing. There were dishes I ate that I was not quite familiar with (such as soft-shell turtle), but they were all delicious. The... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We booked the restaurant while we were planning our trip to Japan, we really wanted to experience some amazing food on our trip and Kikunoi was a must! we were lucky to get a table booked through the lovely staff at our hotel in Kyoto. We had already been eating and tasting so many amazing things in Japan, but we... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I was here in 2013 Dec with 2 of my japanese friends and we got seated at the front of the chef after our whole day touring in Kyoto- We ordered the dinner set which cost 18000 Yen ( exclude tax + service fee) and it worth every penny. You got to tell the chef what your allergic and they... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
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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Tsukuba, Japan
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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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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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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>  > Shimogyo-ku
  • Neighborhood: Shimogyo-ku
  • Phone Number: +81 75-361-5580

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  • Cuisine: Japanese

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