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Kikunoi

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Shimokawaracho, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto 605-0825, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-561-0015
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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my first negative review, and I believe the title summarizes the experience my husband and I had. In addition to the cold and unwelcoming experience we had, I believe the restaurant is coasting on old laurels. This was an expensive and relatively tasteless kaiseki meal where aesthetics had no part.

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Thank luvbach
Miami, Florida
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is so well knowm, our cab didn't even need my directions. The location is in a quaint house environment and each fa,mily that is lucky enough to get a reservation, gets a beautiful room of their own where you sit tatami style on the floor. But fear not! The floor goes in so your feet are comfortably hanging... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner visited this kind of Japanese restaurants first time but very much impressed and satisfied. The cared service as well as foods, presentation, quality of staff and rooms, are totally superb!

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Thank masanorik44
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

5 star service, love the quiet ambience, great atmosphere. Flavour of the food was just so-so. (July kaiseki menu) not a big fan of the hamo (pike conger eel). The presentation, however, is beautiful beyond words. Overall, I was expecting more from a 3-star Michelin but still worth trying!

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Thank Gaby D
Taipei, Taiwan
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The setting is in an elegant traditional tea house. The service is gracefully excuted with Japanese omotenashi tradition. The dishes are creatively and exquisitely presented. The taste of the season is flavorful and varied. Perfect in all senses.

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Thank Autumnmn
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96 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a Kaiseki lunch and every course was such a work of art. We loved especially the sea urchin with doufu -the two bonded together perfectly with such consistency of texture - the chef had taken 5 years to perfect this. The grilled river fish had a simple charcoal fired taste but with a bittersweet aftertaste. So perfect. And... More 

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San Francisco, California
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Celebrity chef writes a book, phones it in at his own restaurant. Service was excellent and the room was lovely. Food looked nice but the ingredients and flavor were not commensurate with price. We did the top end kaiseki menu. (We're experienced with Japanese kaiseki and ate and 6 high-end kaiseki restaurants on this trip). Much was made of the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 594 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

This place never stop to surprise me with their food. Have visited more than 5 times and loved their food. Highly recommended !

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Stavanger, Norway
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Been here in a 8 party group and had closed out one tatami for ourselves. We were all foodies and people in the food business, that had wondered around Tokyo and Kyoto preciously trying out the best restaurants we could find. Ended up in this one and honestly a bit disappointed with this 3 Stars experience. Restaurant and surroundings were... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

I've given a few five star reviews and I felt the places deserved them, Kikunoi makes me wish that I could give a six. This was a dining experience that was unlike anything else I've ever had. We were taken to a private room with an overview of a beautiful zen garden. Our waitress was amazing, she introduced each dish... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$29 - $48
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shimokawaracho, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto 605-0825, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-561-0015

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