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Roan Kikunoi, Kiyamachi

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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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  • 36
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Sublime Kyoto dining

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
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52 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Milan, Italy
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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82 reviews 82 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
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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Shanghai, China
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18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Houston
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95 helpful votes 95 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
40 helpful votes 40 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
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20 helpful votes 20 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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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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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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