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Hyotei Honten


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#259 of 3,782 Japanese in Kyoto
#365 of 8,057 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2017 Winner


$135 - $225
Japanese, Kaiseki
Lunch, Dinner

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Reviewed November 13, 2019

It is impressive to eat in restaurant that has been around for 450 years. It is nothing like other traditional 3 star restaurants in the world. This is a once in a lifetime experience. The atmosphere is very Zen. The food is excellent off course...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 7, 2019

I have been to Japan many times. Kaiseki has always been my favorite. Hyotei offers Cha kaiseki, which is a little bit different from ordinary Kaiseki, despite some modification. Hyotei offers a very unique dining environment. The place is near the Nanzen-ji Temple and very...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank Nathan L
Reviewed July 12, 2019

I have done many different Michelin-star restaurants all over the world and I can say that by far this has been the worst experience ever. It is a mediocre restaurant for the normal restaurant standard and an abomination for the Michelin-star reputation. Dishes were tasteless,...More

Date of visit: July 2019
4  Thank BringuierR
Reviewed April 19, 2019 via mobile

Two couples and the 42,000 yen per person dinner. It was a very nice experience, the service was wonderful. The atmosphere was equally good. The variety of the 12 course meal was interesting. Was it worth almost $ 800.00 per couple? I don’t think so....More

Date of visit: April 2019
2  Thank RobertHA
Reviewed December 18, 2018

A lovely well-known restaurant with historic features and traditional menu. (1) Food We booked the restaurant through Pocket Concierge for the Kaiseki Dinner. The dishes are artfully prepared, and we felt that several were creative. We particularly enjoyed a flavorful crab dumpling as well as...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

We ate lunch at the tea house. I would ignore most of the complaints about the tea house for lunch and the comments about the stars. Is lunch there good? Yes - definitely. We had the bento box which wasn’t cheap for Japanese but the...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Vegemitelover
Reviewed March 10, 2018

We read somewhere that Hyotei first gained fame by its breakfast and decided to give it a try. Price for breakfast was also a lot more reasonable than its lunch or dinner offerings. Service was polite and well paced, the garden view tranquil and beautiful....More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank halconnen
Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

We are adventuresome travelers and eat food all over the world. I can honestly say this was truly a horrible experience. It was a multi course meal with not one thing being good. The fish courses tasted old and overly fishy. The vegetables were awful....More

Date of visit: January 2018
8  Thank Vivian242
Reviewed December 18, 2017

400 years ago, this place was founded as a tea house. And up to now, this, in my opinion, is one of the best traditional kaiseki restaurants in Kyoto. When you come here, you seem to be carried away in time. Small traditional houses surrounded...More

Date of visit: November 2017
1  Thank 475vladimirm
Reviewed November 4, 2017 via mobile

We were looking forward to try traditional kaiseki cuisine and stumbled upon this place that looked amazing from the photos. Unfortunately, only the photos...I don't usually write reviews, but could not forget the disappointment after having a lunch there. Would this place have not been...More

Date of visit: November 2017
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