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Kyoto Nanzenji Garden Washoku Restaurant Yachiyo

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#447 of 8,107 Restaurants in Kyoto


$18 - $74
Sushi, Japanese, Healthy, Seafood, Asian, Kaiseki, Shojin, Kyoto cuisine
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
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  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 12/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 12/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed October 4, 2019

An amazing place with choice of dining experience from low tables to floor mats to traditional tables to suit all types of knees! The tofu and various varieties of sea food are amazing. Take an unhurried walk in the Japanese garden after the meal with...plenty of good photo ops. Better to go for an early dinner to get the best service !More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 11, 2019

we got the deluxe sushi kaikeisi meal for myself and my fiance. it was a lot of food but none of the sushi pieces were what you could label deluxe. none of the non sushi pieces - soups, tempura, beef were even above average. The...staff did not explain what we were eating, simply came to drop off food and gather old dishes. For such a premium price, we were expecting much more of an experience as opposed to large portions of food which were not memorable.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed April 18, 2019 via mobile

I was extremely disappointed with the food and the service in this restaurant. The food in the Bendo set were from the basic market materials. They were old and cold. The waitresses were indifference and inpatient. There were even no tissue proved in the restaurant....When I asked for a tissue to clean my hand, the waitress replied with 'NO, No tissue here'. The price was extremely high in regards to the quality and the service they provided. I would not recommend any tourist dinning in this restaurant!More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed April 3, 2019 via mobile

I was extremely disappointed by the quality of the food at this restaurant! The food tasted like it had been sitting for a long time and the tempura was very greasy and cold! The girl that greeted us was friendly and helpful however the other...waitresses were quite rude and impatient! The meal was very expensive for the quality. The ingredients used were basic items of super quality and not fresh! 🙁 I would not recommend this restaurant to other tourists. Very disappointing overall!More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed December 2, 2018

The meal was very ordinary compared to other vegetarian Keisiki meals we had in Japan. Service was poor - they seemed uninformed or didn't care to tell us what they served. We had a slot at 7:30 p.m. and they were hurrying to close off....They even forgot to prepare a kid's meal we had prepaid for, and gave us basic noodles, and tempura, which is what the chef could put together they said. Overly priced and not worth the time. If you are looking for a vegertarian Keiseki meal, recommend restaurants like Bon and Shigetsu instead.More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

Arrived slightly early. 6:40pm when dinner was 7pm. (Thought it will be a good habit to reach early as the reservation did mention to be 10 Mins earlier , 6:50pm) Was ushered to sit on the tables be chair and first dish was served. Not...the best I expected since visiting this restaurant was to experience sitting on tatami chairs and stuff. Have to ask staff to let us sit inside as we are the only couple who was left outside on the normal chairs. The feeling was outcasted and totally unwelcome. This is the first not so hospitable encounter we have in Japan! Overall food was ok. Staff was polite but just going through process that’s all.More

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed December 25, 2017

The place has both vegan and non-vegetarian options. The food is nice overall and the service is fine too. Booking in advance recommended.

Date of visit: October 2017
Reviewed June 18, 2017

My husband and I had a GREAT lunch here last weekend. We made reservations online, but were the only diners at 2pm, so clearly that wasn't necessary. The staff could not have been nicer and the food was delicious. We loved every bite, and found...the price very reasonable for the amount of food we received. We both ordered the tofu set and sat outside, which was very pleasant even in the hot weather. Note the small shrine just next door called Konchi-in. For 400 yen this is WELL worth the visit and was the perfect walk after a big lunch. Unlike the big shrines, this was empty when we went - it makes all the difference to enjoy the serenity of a quiet shrine.More

Date of visit: June 2017
Reviewed May 15, 2017 via mobile

I luckily booked this place for lunch after reading reviews, but have found the food bland in Kyoto so far, eating mostly at vegan places to avoid fish broth. This place was fantastic! The setting of sitting outside in the garden on the ground and...being served very flavorful food, we were very excited and this place lived up to the expectations! The meal served egg, so not vegan, but definitely no fish so vegetarian friendly which was hard to find in many places!More

Date of visit: May 2017
Reviewed April 17, 2017 via mobile

Situated near Nanzenji. Came because of good reviews about the tofu dishes. It is a traditional restaurant in garden surrounding. Had lunch before visiting Nanzenji. They are known for their tofu and shabu shabu. Chose tofu and not disappointed. Also ordered sashimi which was also...nice. Book online and pre-order your food and you get a 300yen discount. Well worth a visit.More

Date of visit: April 2017
Reviewed April 14, 2017

We ate there two nights, Pork & Rice one night and Beef & Rice another. Very delicious. One of us had the Tantanmen Ramen both nights and she loved them.

Date of visit: April 2017
Reviewed March 15, 2017

Flew from Sydney to a wedding in Uji, South Kyoto but stayed in the Ryokan attached to this restaurant. Simply superb. Very traditional but highly recommend this establishment when staying in Kyoto.

Date of visit: October 2016
Reviewed February 21, 2017 via mobile

Visited with friends at 11:00am in fall. I tried to make reservation but the restaurant didn't take any reservation told me to walk in and wait for seats. We waited for 45mins and ordered the famous tofu gozen. Tofu was extremely nice but side dishes...were soso...More

Date of visit: November 2016
Reviewed February 2, 2017 via mobile

When my husband and I first walked in for dinner and saw the garden, we were simply blown away. It is a quintessential Japanese beautiful garden that demands a stroll outside while you are waiting for your waiter to come and take your order and...then again while you are waiting for the food to arrive. It is stunningly beautiful, well kept, peaceful and picturesque! The food is beautifully presented and super yummy. When it is served in front of you, like in most restaurants all over Japan, one doesn't know whether to stare at the art work, take countless photographs or to eat it. My husband had the tofu set while I had the deluxe Sashimi set. They were both excellent! The behaviour of the staff, as in all establishments in Japan is impeccable. This restaurant is a must visit while one is having gastronomical adventures in Kyoto!More

Date of visit: January 2017
Reviewed January 16, 2017

This was a wonderful traditional Japanese restaurant which provides the best service and cuisine. We selected the Shabushabu which was fabulous. Our "Maid" was very attentive and guided us through the table top cooking process.

Date of visit: January 2017
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Kyoto Nanzenji Garden Washoku Restaurant Yachiyo is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5