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Kikunoi

#53 of 11,594 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
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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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Melbourne, Australia
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A group of 4 of us was fortunate to dine here for lunch to celebrate my friend's birthday whilst visiting Kyoto. We made the reservation 6 months in advance. We booked the private tatami room, the food and service were impeccable. Being April, menu ingredients were based on the season, SPRING - like tile-fish, bamboo shoot, cherry leaf, egg-bearing octopus... More 

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Thank PrincessS0116
Provincetown MA
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105 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We chose Kikunoi to have our final meal on our trip through Japan and what a memorable dining experience it was. You dine in a private room and partake of numerous courses of beautifully and artfully prepared dishes. This is not a meal or experience for the unadventurous diner as the food is pretty sophisticated. The only dish that I... More 

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Thank SteveTait
San Francisco, California
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Everything about this meal was exquisite. The ingredients, presentation, plates, ambiance, just everything. You dine in your own private dining room on tatami mats, with a big window that looks into a beautiful bonsai garden. We were amazed at how delicious yet simple, earthy and natural everything tasted. What an experience. Perfect place for that memorable, romantic, highlight-of-the-trip meal.

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italy
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60 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

No doubts, one of the best restaurants in my life. Five full stars for the location and for the food. And 6 stars (or more) for the service, really unbelievable. Unmissable restaurant.

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Thank Adriano C
San Francisco, California
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157 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did not know anything about this restaurant when the concierge booked it, other than it was supposed to be good. What an incredible surprise! We ate at the "counter", overlooking the garden. The meal was one of the best I've ever had, despite being "only" a lunch. If you can get a reservation here, count your lucky stars, you... More 

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Thank CaWineGuy
Miami
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2017

What a lovely place , What a great service What a fantastic presentation. What a terrible food . I have been to 3 stars restaurant everywhere in the world , and this one checks all the boxes , except that the food is terrible . I like to go to a 3 star restaurant to have a wonderful experience ,... More 

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Thank brodalo
Tokyo, Japan
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270 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2017 via mobile

Definitely lived up to its reputation, with food beautifully presented and very tasty. Private dining room makes the experience extra special as did the service and attention from Murata-san's wife. My favourite dish the konbu, uni and abalone. I strongly suggest skipping lunch as it is a very big meal and even though we had very light lunch we were... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2017

I have had the cookbook of this place for over 10 years and am fascinated with Kaiseki cuisine. This is also the place I proposed to my partner so this meal meant a lot to me to say the least. The food, decor and service were fabulous. I would have liked to meet the chef however I believe he was... More 

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Den Bosch
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46 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed December 24, 2016 via mobile

One of the few michelin star restaurants in Japan where you can book directly online. The entrance was a little bit hard to find, but once you are there enjoy from the high service level of the restaurant. We received our dinner in a private room where a lovely lady dressed in a kimono explained to us each course of... More 

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New York City, New York
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed December 24, 2016 via mobile

For a very sophisticated occasion, expensive and worth every Yen. Eleven courses made up an excellent menu based on what is available. Lots of fish, root vegetables, etc. in Dec. Though each party has its own room, palate too adult to make it suitable for children. The server for the duration of our lunch spoke English and embodied the professionalism... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$27 - $45
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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