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Sanjosagaru, Pontochodori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8011, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-221-2270
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 7
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Unique Experience for a Price

When I heard this place served "French kaiseki", I was totally unprepared for what that meant! This restaurant has a traditional Japanese interior, with all Japanese style service and plateware, but with Japanese-French fusion dishes. For example, imagine eating a creamy foi gras rice dish with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Alexandra B
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San Francisco, California
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29 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

When I heard this place served "French kaiseki", I was totally unprepared for what that meant! This restaurant has a traditional Japanese interior, with all Japanese style service and plateware, but with Japanese-French fusion dishes. For example, imagine eating a creamy foi gras rice dish with chopsticks! Come hungry - we ended up with 9 solid courses of food for... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Had the most expensive menu (Yuragi menu). Service was great but lacked the gracefulness found in other similarly priced restaurants. Wine list was somewhat limited. Food was beautifully presented and tasted great. The head chef also came to greet us and made sure everything was ok, which is always an appreciated effort. Overall very good but there were enough small... More 

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Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Pennsylvania
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136 restaurant reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We were here for the first time in 2012, and we experienced an outstanding dining; this made it our second visit, still an excellent meal, however it seemed to have faded a little bit since 2012. We ordered the 2nd and 3rd prefixed menu as we want to try different dishes. If you ordered from their 1st choice (highest price... More 

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new york
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Let me start out by saying that I don't mind paying to have an exceptional meal. Was this meal exceptional? No. Was it very good? Yes, but I'm not sure it was worth the cost. I had high hopes for this restaurant having read about it for over 2 years. And I love French food. In total we had about... More 

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Harvard, Massachusetts
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15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

In this era of fusion cuisines, one of the finest culinary marriages is that of classic French and classic Japanese kaiseki! The success of French Kaiseki is perfectly demonstrated by Misoguigawa -- a wonderful French restaurant, located on the banks of Kyoto's Kamo River in the historic geisha district of Pontocho. From the main Sanjo-dori street in central Kyoto, wander... More 

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KL
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58 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

My wife and I had dinner in Misoguigawa on the night we arrived in Kyoto. To me, the restaurant serves French food, Japanese style, which was very interesting! We were ushered into room with a U-shaped counter table before selecting our set menus. After a while, our dishes came. Much to my surprise, they were very very good, as if... More 

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Zurich
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144 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

My wife picked this restaurant and what a surprise! I certainly didn't expect to be having a conversation in good French (his, not mine!) with our Japanese chef Inoue after the meal about our experience. We had the middle menu and started with langoustine and a cauliflower mousse, scallops and a light, lemony bearnaise, and fried fois gras with apple... More 

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Washington D.C.
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26 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We went here for a French Kaiseki dinner in August. Chose it because it seemed interesting, had good reviews, and the chef was willing to accommodate non-meat eaters. We were ushered into a basement style room with one other couple in bar style seating, and served by a young woman in a kimono who kept in constant touch with the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I was in Kyoto for a few days and asked the hotel receptionist for a recommended restaurant in the city. Wow, was I surprised. Possibly the best meal I have ever consumed. Each course was a masterpiece......... and there were 9 of them. My host was so supremely talented in the art of French cooking, which, combined with the subtlety... More 

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Los Angeles
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13 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Outstanding French food, serve kaiseki style. Each item was terrific, service was attentive and informed (in a small room with counter, with seating for about 8, there were 2 and sometimes 3 servers), good ambience and an interesting voluble chef afterwards (speaks little English but good French). Expensive but worth it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Sanjosagaru, Pontochodori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8011, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-221-2270

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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