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Roan Kikunoi, Kiyamachi

#126 of 11,443 Restaurants in Kyoto
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118 Saitocho Kiyamachidori 4-jo Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8012, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-361-5580
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 618 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant and the main branch and the branch in Tokyo have always been my favourite place... Love the food. Love the ambience and love the presentation.. Highly recommended !

1 Thank yeoc468
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We were lucky to get 2 counter seats on a Sunday night at fairly short notice through our hotel. Easy to miss the entrance, but our friends ate there the night before and pointed it out to us. All of us at the counter were foreigners, but we could hear happy Japanese voices coming from the rooms. I guess you... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

We had brunch here last week on a sunday after noon, after making the reservation 1,5 month in advance. Even on such notice it was impossible to book for dinner. But we were surely not disappointed with the brunch setting. We took the small taster menu and ordered some nice sake to drink with it, based on the house recommendations.... More 

Thank Ulrik J
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

Nice restaurant with excellent service in Kyoto. Although the food is great it is expensive, but if you are looking for Kaiseki food, the price is fine. This 2 star Michelin is located in the nice area in Kyoto, so after dinner you can enjoy the city. Reservation is recommended.

Thank Marco A
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

Reservations highly recommended, made mine a month + in advance. You need to be able to speak japanese to reserve. The menu changes each season as they use the seasonal veggies to cook the food. Quality of the food was pretty good, sashimi was fresh and the arrangement of the food very well done. They even provided an english explanation... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

Don't expect this to be cheap: you're looking at some $150+ (US) per person, for lunch. But this is Murata Yoshihiro's informal kaiseki place, and Murata is the current doyen and ambassador for this finest of Japanese cuisines. What you receive will stun you, one way or another. Let's be clear. A lot of Japanese foodies hate kaiseki, even (or... More 

Thank Christopher L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Of the numerous restaurants I bookmarked for the Japan trip, the lunch at Roan Kikunoi was the one I was looking forward to. My partner and I went to great lengths trying to make a reservation for two, including making numerous calls to the hotel, getting Japanese friends and colleagues to call for us etc., but to no avail. So... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Food OK but not memorable, staff attentive and menu described food well. Complicated dishes, but nothing seemed to come together in a way one would expect at a place with this reputation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

Went to this two-star michelin resturant to experience a full Kaiseki dinner after recommendation from our hotel. The food was good, with some items being extraordinary. Some average. Still a great experience which I recommend. The meal for two persons with the house sake was around ¥32000. Not cheap. But a nice experience with great food. Disclaimer: I have never... More 

Thank Vineet S
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We were looking forward to having dinner at Roan Kikunoi given all its acclaim. All of the dishes were beautiful presented but the taste was just average. The only more memorable dishes were the fresh sea urchin tofu and the yatsuhashi ice-cream with warabimochi. The service was attentive and efficient but we could not help feeling a sense of a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining, Waitstaff
Good for
Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 118 Saitocho Kiyamachidori 4-jo Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8012, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Pontocho
  • Neighborhood: Pontocho
  • Phone Number: +81 75-361-5580

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Staying in Pontocho

Neighborhood Profile
Though small by comparison, Pontocho is one of Kyoto's most spirited and memorable neighborhoods. A narrow street straddling the Kamogawa River, it is Kyoto's busiest nightlife spot. When darkness falls, Pontocho's many signs and lanterns bolt to life, making the area glow with invitations to passers-by to come inside and pull up a chair. Its restaurants and bars sprawl onto the riverbank, providing a friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Verandas are always filled with people young and old crowding tables, biting into hot yakitori or sipping cold beers. It is a culinary heart of Kyoto as much as one of its most laid-back, clamorous, and entertaining evening hotspots. Pontocho has more of an amiable vibrancy to it than an elegant one, attracting newcomers, local veterans, and everyone in between, in casual attire like sneakers and jeans.