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Gion Karyo

#70 of 11,475 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
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570-235 Giommachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 755320025
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Thu - Tue 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Exquisite food, great service, very nice chefs; all in all worth the price. Make sure to make a reservation in time by phone.

Thank Rbrench
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

Invigorating dishes. The food is very visually nice and colorful. It is like eating japanese garden. The taste is so good never taste food like this before. The service is very good.

Thank Arnold A
Hong Kong
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

Recently ate here at the end of a day touring Kyoto. Welcome was good and service was excellent throughout the meal. The main room with counter seating was warm and ambiance was very good. Unfortunately the food was pretty hit and miss with more misses than hits. We had the ten course Kaiseki at 13,000 Yen. Highlights were: Sweet fish... More 

Thank donnytrvl
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

An unforgettable dining experience and the highlight of our trip. Food, service and atmosphere were all impeccable. A must do.

Thank Oliver O
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

This beautiful restaurant was the highlight of our trip to Kyoto. The staff were wonderful and the food was literally out of this world. A 'must do' for any Kyoto visitor!

1 Thank OSCOD
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

The small entrance to this restaurant, with no English sign, can be easily overlooked. It's on a very attractive Edo era street in the Higashima district, in or near Gion. We had reservations, and no sooner did we venture onto the large-stone path that led inside a staffer appeared calling us by our family name. We had asked for the... More 

2 Thank Murray M
Hong Kong, China
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71 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

we were delighted with the menu- everything was creative and, although not very traditional, very nicely cooked. I recomend making a booking on their facebook page .

1 Thank Roberts746d
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

The restaurant is beautiful but our pleasure stopped there. I had done enough research that I knew what to expect so I was not turned off by the expense or the size of the dishes. What did turn me off was the taste or lack of taste of the food. Anything fish was overly fishy, Anything smoked was overly smoked.... More 

1 Thank Tagalong71Atlanta
Tucson, Arizona
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016

Yes, it might exceed your budget for dinner. However, it is definitely worth every JPY (Japanese yen)!! If you count dessert, this was a ten course meal that took approximately 2 1/2 hours. The food was so beautiful to the eye, we took a picture of every single course. While I am quite sure every seat in the restaurant is... More 

1 Thank Rick R
San Francisco, California
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2016

We wanted to try Kaiseki in Kyoto and Gion Karyo came highly recommended by guide books and blogs. Kaiseki is the apex of Japanese fine dining. Courses are served in the same order based on seasonal ingredients. There are 8 courses served in the same order. It's a little hard to describe, but it's like an extremely refined pre-fix meal.... More 

Thank JaneinSF

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $12
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 570-235 Giommachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Gion
  • Neighborhood: Gion
  • Phone Number: +81 755320025

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Staying in Gion

Neighborhood Profile
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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