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#45 of 11,442 Restaurants in Kyoto
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City Center
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34 Okazakiminamigoshocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8334, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-751-0677
Wed 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Tue 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Munich, Germany
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

It's not only the udon but the combination of the side dishes very friendly staff, free hot complimentary tea during waiting in line and free desert would I wait again for another hour? No. This aside I would be back for lunch. There are more sophisticated options in Kyoto however in general. pasta lover

Thank Gerd123
Tokyo, Japan
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016 via mobile

I waited in the pouring and freezing rain for over an hour for this udon. All I kept thinking is this better be worth it. I better hear angles sing while I slurp these noodles. And I did. So so so yummy, I can't even remember what we ordered but what we got was delicious and unique. The staff was... More 

3 Thank mgbty
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

We arrived on Friday night around 7pm and probably more than 20 people were in front of us. We happened to be the last customers to be received in as right after our arrival, they brought out a sign to alert others not to queue for the night. We waited for around 45 mins to be seated. Love all the... More 

Thank Fatjiejie
Singapore, Singapore
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

So winter was descending in Kyoto and the temperatures were dropping, what better thing is there to do but to queue up in the cold for piping hot, absolutely QQ/al dente udon! Don't worry about whether you'll make it if you are in the queue and it's near closing, management will bring out a sign to alert latecomers if they... More 

Thank karusuper
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

Yamamotomenzo is worth the 90 minute wait on a cold Friday night that we endured before snagging one of the two tables in this small restaurant! The udon is chewy and plated beautifully, the accompanying grated yam or broth cooked to perfection. Tempura was also done well, the chicken tempura particularly substantial and satisfying. Bonus for the lovely staff who... More 

Thank Evelyn C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

Stand in line for one hour but it's very worth for homemade udon and very very polite staff. Price is reasonable, not expensive !

Thank Manussanun
Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 417 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Great udon with chewy noodles in a flavorful broth. The place is small and fills up quickly, sometimes with a long line. English spoken. Inexpensive and great for lunch or quick casual dinner.

Thank drichrx
Hong Kong, China
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45 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Tried the original burdock tempura udon and chicken tempura udon (hot). If you're not sure what burdock is, it reminds me of parsnip. So those looking for meat, this dish is not for you. That being said, I enjoyed the fresh battered burdock and I had the soup base slightly spicy. For me, the soup is equally important as the... More 

Thank FattyToro
Los Angeles, CA
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

We arrived at Yamamoto Menzo right after it opened and stood in line for an hour for this very popular udon joint in Kyoto. There were only about 20 seats in the house. And I can tell you that it's totally worth the wait. It is hands down the best udon noodle soup I've had in my life. The tempura... More 

Thank baglady12
Gatineau, Canada
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

Delicious ramen! The place is a little hidden, but worth it if you find it! Although it is in japanese there is a small english menu and the staff will help you order from the machine and they take your ticket.

1 Thank cedriclaura

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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 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $10
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Okazakiminamigoshocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8334, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
  • Neighborhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-751-0677

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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.