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Gion Karyo

#61 of 11,442 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
5 of 5 stars 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!

Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Murray M
Hong Kong, China
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70 reviews
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5 of 5 stars 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 .

Thank Roberts746d
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2 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Tagalong71Atlanta
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Rick R
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars 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
Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Kyoto is the more traditional Japanese city and Kaiseki style dining is very well advertised as you walk around the downtown and Gion area. Lots of restaurants would have Kaiseki menu which is the traditional multi-course Japanese meals. If you stay in a Ryokan (Japanese guest house) you would usually have the opportunity to experience Kaiseki style dining, but since... More 

Thank lovebudgettravel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

My friend & I really wanted to try some Kaiseki whilst in Kyoto & stumbled upon this place. I am so glad we did! We sat at the kitchen which was great as you got to watch all the begs at work. The food was truly delicious & the whole evening was spectacular. Considering the amount & quality of the... More 

Thank Betti D
Paris, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

Staff is very polite, ambience is average, food is disappointing. This dinner is not worth the 10,000 yen Bill. Xxxxxxz

Thank Cristina P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
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
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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.