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Iwayaki Pontocho Kotoshi

) #6,443 of 11,745 Restaurants in Kyoto $$ - $$$ Japanese
163 Matsumotocho, Pontocho Shijo-dori Agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-252-5003
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  • Excellent4%
  • Very good23%
  • Average17%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible42%
May 15, 2017
“Feeling ripped off”
2 weeks ago
“Feel Ripped Off”
Restaurant Hours
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163 Matsumotocho, Pontocho Shijo-dori Agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For $113 we were served around 8 paper thin slices of beef which we cooked at the table. The meat came with dipping sauce but nothing more. For an extra charge we ordered a green salad which was nothing more than large lettuce leaves and...More

Thank ZipperSF
Reviewed May 15, 2017 via mobile

We ate in Kyoto for 4 nights. This was by far the worse we had & the most expensive. Extra for sitting outside (10%) plus cover charge. Staff very polite but very not very efficient. Should have checked trip advisor first!

Thank Lesley H
Reviewed May 1, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful view and able to help with gluten free options! The chef was very helpful and provided the servers with menu items that I could try including gf soy sauce!

1  Thank Catherine M
Reviewed January 2, 2017

Great menu and an awesome meal was experienced. Service was terrific and the food was well priced. Do your self a favor and try this one. Enjoy.

Thank Chris E
Reviewed January 1, 2017

We had early evening dinner so the place was not very busy. It was winter time so we opted to stay inside and the dining table looked really nice. We had a very tender grilled pork that we ordered a second serving. The steak rice...More

Thank rhodeslao
Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

We were strolling along the famous canal side trying to find a restaurant with both outside seating, tasty food and reasonably priced, that was not fully booked. First try at this one ended up with no seats. We went back a few minutes later after...More

Thank UlfLes
Reviewed June 18, 2016

We were walking this famous Pontocho alleyway after dinner. We needed a few more drinks but most bars and restaurants have a per person cover charge. One establishment was almost empty but wanted 1000 yen per person to sit at the bar. We walked away!...More

Thank FredOH69
Reviewed June 9, 2016

Fantastic waiter who explained and suggested very well-- we had the seafood set for lunch and really enjoyed it. We certainly didn't find it expensive at all -- very good value for the meal received

Thank Seamunkee
Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

This is the type of restaurant I generally try to avoid: located in a heavily touristed area, on the shore or with a pleasant view, food preparation which depends on a "gimmick." We had been shopping nearby and it was our wedding anniversary. My wanted...More

Thank DoctorPaul
Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

It looks like a very nice restaurant, and it is very expensive, but the food is far from worth it: we had two different meat dishes, and they were fat more than anything else, disgusting to see and to eat; the salad was bland. Service...More

1  Thank wonderlehn
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
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 163 Matsumotocho, Pontocho Shijo-dori Agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Pontocho
  • Neighborhood: Pontocho
  • Phone Number: +81 75-252-5003
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