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Misoguigawa

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Sanjosagaru, Pontochodori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8011, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 752212270
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5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Thu - Tue 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Okinawa, Japan
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66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Misoguigawa was recommended by a friend and it came with fair warning that we would spend a pretty penny. Indeed, we probably spent about as much on dinner as we did for 3 nights at the hotel, but it was certainly worth it (and that included several adult beverages.) The kaiseki style is a Japanese/French fusion, and the chef takes... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

From the start to the end of our time in this restaurant we were treated as VIPs. Lovely welcome. We had a lunch menu which was beautifully presented as KAISEKI style. The Foie Gras and Duck were delicious. As was the Green Tea Brulee with Black Sesame Ice Cream. Planning to try the Dinner menu next visit. Fantastic service right... More 

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Japan
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236 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Every little details was exquisite- the serving, the staff, the decor, the seating, each and every dish and more so even the flavor- everything was delicious. A unique meal presenting French kaiseki with beautiful pottery and dishes. Highly recommended.

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Thank Mish_H50
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116 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

This restaurant in the well-known Ponto-cho Dori street has 150 years of history since they started business as "Chaya" in Kyoto traditional history and culture. Foods are integration of Japanese delicacy and French excellence. Nothing is ignored to make you feel comfortable and think you will come again for sure. Yes, it is a bit expensive here. However, you will... More 

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NY
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

We decided to go a la carte at Misogigawa, as we had had some excellent kaiseki dinners in Japan already... We asked for the a la carte menu and were still given the hard-sell to do a tasting menu. After insisting on the a la carte menu, we noted it had no prices on it. Anyway, long story short...It took... More 

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ムッシュ1981, オーナー at Misoguigawa, responded to this review

Dear Mr.Lanabot, Subject: Complaint (Tripadvisor) comment response This letter is regarding the comment you posted on Tripadvisor after visiting our restaurant Pontocho Misoguigawa. Having read your post, I am appalled by the treatment you experienced. My name is Teruo Inoue from Restaurant Pontocho Misoguigawa and as the Owner-chef of the restaurant,I would like to sincerely express my apology for the... More 

London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Like many typical London families, we're a bit stupidly blase about eating out, as we're lucky to have probably the most cosmopolitan range of eating choices in the world. So when our friendly concierge in Kyoto (hats off, Granvia, great call) suggested this place we were ready to be moderately impressed, in that slightly English way. Misoguigawa is SO much... More 

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

When I heard this place served "French kaiseki", I was totally unprepared for what that meant! This restaurant has a traditional Japanese interior, with all Japanese style service and plateware, but with Japanese-French fusion dishes. For example, imagine eating a creamy foi gras rice dish with chopsticks! Come hungry - we ended up with 9 solid courses of food for... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Had the most expensive menu (Yuragi menu). Service was great but lacked the gracefulness found in other similarly priced restaurants. Wine list was somewhat limited. Food was beautifully presented and tasted great. The head chef also came to greet us and made sure everything was ok, which is always an appreciated effort. Overall very good but there were enough small... More 

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new york
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Let me start out by saying that I don't mind paying to have an exceptional meal. Was this meal exceptional? No. Was it very good? Yes, but I'm not sure it was worth the cost. I had high hopes for this restaurant having read about it for over 2 years. And I love French food. In total we had about... More 

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Harvard, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

In this era of fusion cuisines, one of the finest culinary marriages is that of classic French and classic Japanese kaiseki! The success of French Kaiseki is perfectly demonstrated by Misoguigawa -- a wonderful French restaurant, located on the banks of Kyoto's Kamo River in the historic geisha district of Pontocho. From the main Sanjo-dori street in central Kyoto, wander... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
French, Japanese
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sanjosagaru, Pontochodori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8011, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Pontocho
  • Neighborhood: Pontocho
  • Phone Number: +81 752212270

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Staying in Pontocho

Neighborhood Profile
Pontocho
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.