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Reviewed January 26, 2021 via mobile

I have been here numerous times and this is a top choice for me and my family. The chefs are excellent and the food is as well. I think this is a good alternative for a large group. Short wait time as well. The volcano...sushi was incredibleMore

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed March 1, 2020

Multi-course tempura encompassing delicious seafood, mushrooms and vegetables. We experienced great service in a private dining room which had a window out onto a beautiful garden... lovely peaceful ambience and friendly, helpful and very attentive staff mark this as a must-do dining adventure. the building...itself is over 100 years old. The food is delicious and served with advice on which salt or sauce to use. We drank sake with our dinner for the full experience. Oishii!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2020

Thank you very much for coming to Tempura Yasaka Endo. We are also happy in being able to hear that you liked it. When you come to Kyoto by all means please visit our restaurant again. We will be very much looking forward to your...More

Reviewed February 27, 2020

We've been to Tempura Endo several times and take all visitors here. They offer several price levels reflecting the items served. Great service, lovely ambience, a beautiful counter and friendly staff mark this as different from others. The food is fresh and served hot with...helpful advice on which salt or sauce to use. Beer and sake are available for the full experience. We are always happy with our visit.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2020

Thank you very much for coming to Tempura Yasaka Endo. We are very honored to receive the words from you. We will make further efforts in providing better service. When you come to Kyoto by all means please visit our restaurant again. Yours Sincerely,   Tempura...More

Reviewed January 17, 2020

am a aficionado of tempura. Once spent a year trying 30+ restaurants in japan , including Tokyo , Kyoto Hakata , and ten top ryokans . As was staying in Higashiyama-Ku, decided to try endo’s main branch. ( honten ) most trip advisor reviews were...gushing ; one review dissed the place pretty badly. From my perspective & with 30+ years in Asia; i would fall in between . The items served were surprisingly greasy . Maybe there is an issue with batter . Even the shrimps were oily . I was at a 1:30 seating ; and am pretty sure the oil was not fresh . Nice wine offerings , but no draft beer or champagne by the glass —- the right accompaniment to tempura. The decor is amazing . Service is also pretty flawless . But the tempura itself falls short . I actually left before last course , a bit queasy due to the oil being a bit off Not terrible , but not good either Reminded me of the Chinese philosophy: if the decor is too nice , food will be average ( as all money already spent on decorations) Try elsewhereMore

Date of visit: January 2020
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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2020

Thank you for coming to Tempura Endo. I would like to thank you again for your comments. I am sorry that it became such a thing though i was satisfied with the service and the location with great pains. For oil, we will thoroughly instruct...More

Reviewed January 3, 2020

Don’t even bother. Firstly, they have a branch JUST for non-Japanese people where their D- grade staff seem to work to cut their teeth. Our sake stayed in its bottle, without one single waitress being considerate enough to A) pour the top-ups for us B)...for It to be kept cold (or decanted) After the appalling first 10 minutes, we proceeded to begin our tempura set meal, in which we were hurried and rushed to finish each piece of tempura by our chef. So much so that by piece 6, I had to tell the chef to stop serving us too quickly, because piece 3,4, and 5 were still sitting on my plate. Lack of eye-sight? I don’t think so. He looked keen to get home quickly as we were not worth his time or effort. Tempura was oily and some were soggy. Best way I can describe it without completely tearing the chef’s efforts apart. We’ll leave it at that. Let’s just say we left 50% of our pieces on the plate with neither Chef nor waitress even nothing to ask us if anything was wrong. It was very clear they did not care in the slightest. Fast forward to the end of our meal, our tendon came. Having dined at superb tempura restaurants in the past, we had an idea what a proper tendon should taste like. None of that here. Our tendon came soggy and room temperature. Tempura aficionados will recognize that this is a huge no-no. This clearly shows that the tendon was pre made, casually sitting in the counter while we were wrapping up our meal. We barely touched ours. Last but not least, when it came to clearing our table, only the plates were cleared but even then only after 2 or 3 had collected. The actual counter space in front of me was not wiped clean even once. And the icing on the cake? Our sake wasn’t even done and we were indirectly told to leave by the bill being brought over to us unprompted. For $150 USD/ per set, with a solid bottle of sake, my advice would be, save the disappointment, DON’T EVEN BOTHER.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2020

First of all, thank you for visiting to our restaurant the other day and your valuable opinion. We deeply regret we couldn’t enjoy you our meal. We will sincerely reflect on that and make efforts to prevent a replace. Tempura Yasaka Endo from all staff

Reviewed January 1, 2020 via mobile

great omakase tempura dinner in the heart of gion. the service was superb, accomodating for our allergies, and the food was sensational. fish with shiso, green beans, and the wagyu were the highlights. highly recommendedMore

Date of visit: January 2020
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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2020

Thank you very much for coming to Tempura Yasaka Endo. We are also happy in being able to hear that you liked it. When you come to Kyoto by all means please visit our restaurant again. We will be very much looking forward to your...More

Reviewed December 22, 2019 via mobile

Visited on a rainy night in December - one of the young waitresses was waiting in the street with an umbrella to shepherd me into the restaurant - a good impression right from the start. I selected the Special-Tempura-Kaiseki “Higashiyama” meal (20,000 Yen) and it...was simply sublime. The sashimi was so full of flavour and freshness - top way to start the meal. The tempura dishes kept appearing at just the right time - I even noted that the paper under the tempura showed no sign of oil residue - how do they do that? Highlights were the Nori-Wrapped Sea Urchin, tempura abalone with bottarga (so delicate), the tempura mushroom with truffle and the tempura Wagyu (with mild hot English mustard). The meal was concluded with a Seasonal fruit and Yasaka Moon baked dessert with a dessert wine (which had peculiar whiskey-type notes but it was delicious). Service throughout was typical Japanese style - just brilliant all around. A simply incredible evening!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2020

Thank you very much for coming to Tempura Yasaka Endo. We are also happy in being able to hear that you liked it. When you come to Kyoto by all means please visit our restaurant again. We will be very much looking forward to your...More

Reviewed November 29, 2019 via mobile

We had a great experience here, set dinner by the bar. Great service. Mostly tourists when we visited. We reserved the same day and managed to get seats a Friday which was great for a high quality restaurant. The place was still full when we...arrived and they only have 12 seats or so by the bar. It’s probably on the expensive end of the spectrum for what you get but all taken together it was worth it for us to have a last minute reservation at a great experience tempura restaurant I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for that.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2020

Thank you very much for coming to Tempura Yasaka Endo. We are very honored to receive the words from you. We will make further efforts in providing better service. When you come to Kyoto by all means please visit our restaurant again. Yours Sincerely,   Tempura...More

Reviewed November 23, 2019 via mobile

I love dining in Japan as the attention to detail is unmatched, Tempura Endo was above and beyond. We had the ¥15k prix fix menu with sashimi and 9 tempura plus desert and rice dish. Highlights include the sashimi, shrimp heads, white mushroom stuffed with...truffles, and the final course of Eel. I would highly recommend this restaurant for dinners who appreciate more than just how much is on their plate.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2020

Thank you very much for coming to Tempura Yasaka Endo. We are also happy in being able to hear that you liked it. When you come to Kyoto by all means please visit our restaurant again. We will be very much looking forward to your...More

Reviewed November 14, 2019 via mobile

We had a reservation for two in advance for Tempura-Kaiseki "Kiyomizu" (9 pieces tempura plus side dishes and dessert) and were seated directly in front of the head chef. Service was excellent and the variety and quality of each dish was exquisite. The atmosphere was...lively and comfortable. Easy for tourists as the service was highly accommodating. They had a small space to store our backpack and a coat rack. We felt the overall value was good for a nice dinner out in Gion and would come back again in the future.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2020

Thank you very much for coming to Tempura Yasaka Endo. We appreciate your compliment. We are so glad to hear that. We will do our best to live up to your expectations. We will be very much looking forward to your next visit. Yours Sincerely,  ...More

Reviewed November 11, 2019

Our most expensive meal in Japan, but I would go back in an instant because the food, service, and atmosphere made it totally worth every penny (yen?). From start to finish, the service was incredible. The staff was so attentive, even going so far as...to pour my sake for me when my cup was empty. The food was an experience, watching the chef prepare each bite kept my mouth watering and the tempura is SO delicate, it's not heavy or oily at all. It seems to just enhance the natural flavor of the ingredients. The chef would always recommend a type of salt or sauce for each bite as he described it to us. I also had an excellent sake while I was here. As we left, staff asked if we needed a taxi and saw us out. Absolutely lovely restaurant, I would love to visit again.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2020

Thank you very much for coming to Tempura Yasaka Endo. We are very honored to receive the words from you. We will make further efforts in providing better service. When you come to Kyoto by all means please visit our restaurant again. Yours Sincerely,   Tempura...More

Reviewed November 2, 2019

If you can go to one restaurant while you are in Kyoto, choose Tempura Endo. It was memorable from the beginning to end, not just for all the mouth-watering carefully crafted bites, but also for the impeccable service. When exiting our taxi, we were greeted...by a staff member and escorted into the beautiful warm and intimate setting. Our seating was at the Tempura bar, perfect for watching the chef do his magic. For the lunch seating, we chose the second set "Gion" menu option and paired it with Japanese white wines. It was not typical tempura, the bites were light and fresh. There were so many unexpected surprises throughout, like seaweed wrapped sea urchin, a japanese sweet fish, and mushrooms stuffed with crab. If we could, we'd return this week. It was a fantastic food adventure.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2020

Thank you very much for coming to Tempura Yasaka Endo. We are very honored to receive the words from you. We will make further efforts in providing better service. When you come to Kyoto by all means please visit our restaurant again. Yours Sincerely,   Tempura...More

Reviewed October 29, 2019

Everything about the restaurant is amazing. First of all it is one of the few restaurants near Gion that accepted our resevation request one day before while walking in the area. We were assigned a private room for diner, and the person who served us...everything could not have been nicer. She was amazing in every aspect. We told her we were celebrating our honey moon and even brought us presents from the restaurant, which was a great gesture. Talking about food, tempura was the best I have ever had. The mushroom ones with truffle and the one with shrimp were WOW! Trust me when I say this is a must stop in Kyoto!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2020

Thank you very much for coming to Tempura Yasaka Endo. We are also happy in being able to hear that you liked it. When you come to Kyoto by all means please visit our restaurant again. We will be very much looking forward to your...More

Reviewed October 13, 2019 via mobile

This is once again a place that deserve 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 👍🏻 Here tempura became an art but a fine art that amazes your taste buds AND the eye 👁 Chef Endo is a great wizard and friendly too. His fried...Kyoto beef !! His shrimps l, his filler mushrooms ALL wow ! Yes it is a expensive but that applies also for the locals and they also only go for a special occasion and then enjoy it as much as us 👍🏻👍🏻More

Date of visit: October 2019
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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2019

Thank you for coming to Tempura Yasaka Endo. We are very honored to receive the words from you. We will make further efforts in providing better service. We look forward to you visiting our restaurant again. Yours Sincerely,    Tempura Yasaka Endo from all staff

Reviewed October 9, 2019

Very pricey but delicious and worth the experience. Everything is perfect from food to presentation and service. You are treated royally.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2019

Thank you for coming to Tempura Yasaka Endo. We are very honored to receive the words from you. We will make further efforts in providing better service. We use seasonal ingredients just right for that season. We look forward to you visiting our restaurant again....More

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Hi, I haven't seen your question until now, sorry. I wouldn't recommend the restaurant for children under 12 years. The food is very sophisticated and not adequate for small children. Furthermore the ambiance of the... More
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  • Food: 4.5
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