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Giro Giro Hitoshina

#76 of 11,670 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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420-7 Nambacho Nishikiyamachidori Matsubara Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8027, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-343-7070
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44 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was looking forward to this following the great reviews on here so we're slightly disappointed that it didn't live up to expectations. Booked a counter seat a month in advance. Upon arrival at 8pm were asked to go upstairs. We insisted we wanted a counter table, so were told we would have to wait 10 minutes. After 2 minutes, we... More 

Thank harriszena
Honolulu, Hawaii
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

Situated in an old "minka" style house sitting on the edge of a tranquil and pretty canal, this is a place where you will be a little crowded in and exposed to the kitchen fireworks, smells, and chatter--but that is really the point of going, isn't it! The kaiseki/omakase type dinner was just sublime in the range of flavors, beautiful... More 

Thank msakurai
Sunnyvale, CA
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77 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

I made reservations through my hotel about 2 weeks in advance. I was told that I would have to leave my CC in case I did not show which was fair. One thing about the restaurant is that it is baby friendly! We wondered what my toddler would be able to eat since it’s a set menu. I was told... More 

Thank albutt27
Gothenburg, Sweden
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36 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

A lively restaurant serving contemporary kaiseki. This place is really fun, at least if you manage to get a counter seat where you can talk to the chefs and other guests. They serve a set course dinner, and I had eight beautifully presented and excellent tasting dishes. To that I drank beer and sake. It is surprisingly affordable, and a... More 

Thank Roger E
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

Kyoto Japan has offered so much tasty food but giro giro has just stirred my senses, and re energised my food soul.

1 Thank Cheeyuan L
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67 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

Giro Giro offers such a fun and enjoyable dining experience. Sitting at the counter, chatting with the international guests around you and with the friendly team of cooks as they serve you plate after plate of exquisite dishes, it makes for an evening you won't soon forget. The restaurant serves what is basically a multi-course Kaiseki meal, perhaps less formal... More 

1 Thank Bill H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Delicious food served in a buzzy, informal environment. Sitting round a bar with a number of busy chefs working in the open kitchen we were treated to course after course of delicious food. Each plate served looked like a work of art and tasted great too. I would thoroughly recommend a meal here.

Thank Deborah B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

Unfortunately we did not get a chance to eat at Giro Giro tonight due to an issue with our reservation. We called 4x from the US to make a reservation 1mo in advance and were very excited when we were able to secure two seats at the counter. Once we chose a hotel they called to confirm our reservation as... More 

Thank gokh
Woodland Hills, CA
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

Intimate (less than 20 seated around a bar) so you could watch the chef and interact with him. The food was modern kaiseki taking advantage of locally fresh and in season products. The key was that it was all enormously creative, fun and over the top delicious! Their sake recommendations were perfect and the closer was that the price was... More 

Thank Kouji N
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

Very reasonable price for the set menu, which is always a surprise. Seeing some photos here, I guess I wasn't lucky, for my taste of food. A lot of vegetables dishes, lotus roots, aubergine and a cold noodle soup. Dessert was great though.

Thank DeniseV25

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Asian
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 420-7 Nambacho Nishikiyamachidori Matsubara Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8027, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Shimogyo-ku
  • Neighborhood: Shimogyo-ku
  • Phone Number: +81 75-343-7070

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Shimogyo-ku

Neighborhood Profile
Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
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