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Hafuu Honten

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City Center
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471-1 Sasayacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0983, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-257-1581
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Thu - Tue 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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London, England, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was at this restaurant two years back and remembered it to be better than it was the second time around. The service was still excellent, but the food lacked something. We sat at the bar and have at other restaurants too (so we have a benchmark). There seemed to be a bit of a rush in preparation and lacked... More 

Thank viceroy99
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Attracted by the good reviews we decided to give it a go on our last night in Kyoto. Amazingly, they had a place for 2 at 8,30pm, but it was a Tuesday, so better to book in advance as it only sits 30-32. Decided to splash out and went for the "Original" menu, yours for 10000 yen p.p., drinks excluded.... More 

Thank cincischio47
Perth, Australia
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Simply stunning. Expensive level is high. Superb dining experience watching the action unfold right infront of you with a view directly onto the kitchen! Located in the back streets of kyoto, about 10mins walk from the Royal Park hotel, Hafuu answers the call of the 'special back street dining experience' your looking for in Japan. The exterior looks like a... More 

Thank Decz05
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing restaurant, the best beef you will eat. Better for lunch as menu is cheaper. Staff speaks English

Thank Anonymech
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went to the other restaurant which had the western theme (hafu gosyo) First of all, We ordered 2 Wagyu steak fillets and that was during lunch time and the beef was overall good, but not like melt in your mouth like what everyone says. The last few bits was hard and seemed like bad bits and the last 3... More 

Thank ryan l
New York City, New York
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this restaurant while hidden in an alley, is an absolute gym. Please do the tasting menu, all of them are good, but the one for 10,000 yen is awesome. The steak is great, the service is awesome, really friendly chef and staff and great ambiance. The tuna tartar dish is amazing, sweet potato soup is great as well and lastly... More 

Thank raees e
Bari, Italy
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47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I always wanted to try the campus wagyu beef in Japan and after reading some reviews on here I decided to go for this place. The restaurant is small, so make a reservation in advance. I also was a bit concerned about the price, yes every real wagyu is really expensive but half tried it I can tell you that... More 

Thank francynemesis
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very unassuming restaurant very near the Kyoto Imperial Palace and tucked away in a suburban setting producing the most delightful meals. There were three of us visiting Kyoto and we asked the Receptionist to recommend a place. Hafuu was not her first recommendation (although when we returned to the Hotel we told her it should be.) One enters into... More 

Thank Anthony B
06216070 Osasco
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice place. My wife and I ordered wagyu beef. It was awesome! Very tender, melting in the mouth. The price was reasonable considering it was Kobe beef. Total was 11,000 yen with two glasses of wine. I certainly recommend.

Thank Erick M
Shanghai Region, China
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87 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The long story short is that the steak is great, the rest is lacking. The Good: - We ordered two different steaks - the filet and the sirloin. The sirloin has a much higher fat content, and melts like butter. The filet had a bit more enjoyable character (meat flavors) and consistency for our tastes. The steaks are served with... More 

Thank Keith E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$29 - $48
Japanese, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 471-1 Sasayacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0983, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
  • Neighborhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-257-1581

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Staying in City Center

Neighborhood Profile
City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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