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#329 of 8,107 Restaurants in Kyoto
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French, European
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Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Lunch
FEATURES
Reservations, Full Bar, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Table Service, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed January 30, 2020 via mobile

For a European that have been living in Brussels (and now live in Beijing) this place really brought back good memories of neighborhood restaurants in Brussels - good quality food and great atmosphere without being too fancy. If we return to Kyoto we will definitely...visit again.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed June 15, 2019 via mobile

Landed their fully by chance and were enchanted, very nice litle place , good atmosphere of a french bistrot and delicious food. Was good to have a break in our tiring day from temple to temple...

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed April 23, 2019

For homesick Europeans in Kyoto, this is the place to go: a French bar with French food (even though I suspect the owners don't speak a word of French), everything done right. Good quality but not fussy or high brow, a little trendy but not...too much, just as you would like it in Europe. Loved the sardines, cooked inside their tin, with home made potato chips, this was a nice original twist. We visited twice, not for dinner but for the tapas-like snacks and for the friendly and relaxed environment.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

Had a wonderful late dinner at the bar seating at Onze. Great service, friendly and attentive. Both French and English spoken which was fun and convenient. I had the lamb which was tender and tasty with mustard purée which I really liked. The roasted garlic...was also a nice touch. Glasses of wine are affordable and basic table wine at French standards. Had the chocolate mousse and then espresso for dessert which were both delicious. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Kyoto. Also might be known as Au Disco or that might be the pastry side of it which are all handmade by an in-house chef.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

We stumbled across this lovely restaurant as we had a bit of trouble finding somewhere with appealing food for us along the river (we don’t eat meat, only fish). I had the Chestnut soup and my partner had the salmon salad. Both dishes were delicious...especially the chestnut soup! The sparkling white and red wines we had were also good and the price reasonable. You can sit up at the bar and see the chef working in the small kitchen space. All very friendly. We highly recommend this place!More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

nice restaurant, good ambiance, the team is perfect, quality of food, wine, excellent service ! and very very very kind and efficient staff.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

Great ambience! Well crafted food and declious! Wish we had more time in the city so we could go back to explore the menu more Totally worth a second visit and highly recommend to those who want a pleasant experience while visiting gthis beautifully City...of Kyoto.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed April 21, 2017

Many restaurants in Kyoto are closed on Monday, and we ended up here after a good deal of searching. We were glad we did. While we had eaten at L'Atellier Joel Robuchon when were were in Tokyo, we had in general been eating Japanese food...and were looking for a change. We were especially pleased to find a restaurant with a decent and not overly expensive wine list, as good wine had been hard for us to find. The main dishes here will be familiar to anyone who has been to a French bistro: duck confit, steak frites, etc. We can attest that the confit is excellent. The appetizers were in general also typical, except for a few selections such as Serano ham. The pate we ordered was first rate. There was an excellent and unusual onion soup, not at all the clichéd one with bread and gruyere. The restaurant is tiny, with just three tables and some seats at the bar, but it was lively and pleasant. The service was just right for this kind of establishment.More

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed April 1, 2017 via mobile

We missed wine to much after all Japanese enjoyed. Search for French restaurants and this was one of the options that pop up, review where ok. Wise from our previous days did we book a day in advance. Location is along a river with many...nice up scale restaurants to choose from. 15min taxi ride from Kyoto station. Through the door could u see immediately, this IS a French bistro. Home made dishes on the counter, smell was French food and place was full, apart from our table. Enjoyed duck confit and champagne pate as starters. All very good, tastes where there, aromas where there. Main I had, a home made sausage with masked potatoes. Superb texture and wonderful taste. Other mains was lamb that was cocked to perfection and moules meunière also excellent. Fourth main calamares with something. Menu was in Japanese and French and waitresses English not that good. Dish was cold more like a starter kind of thing. If we known would choice be different. Having said that, taste excellent as such. Wine 🍷 deserves to be mention separately. Wine list looked impressive. First bottle we selected a Clos -d'hermitage all good. Second did we go for a cote de Rhone should be a 2012. Disappointing, like blueberry juice no body or character, even though is was prices higher than our first bottle. Our advice to the owner; get another wine dealer who knows his French wines. Your food deserves better than this. Odd about the wines, they open wines behind the counter and bring the open bottle to your table 😱. Also second bottle although we asked them to bring it to our table and open it in front of us. Suppose all about training. All staff was taking care of us well, the chefs came out and explained all question in a gentle and nice, but passionate about my food manner ! A definite go there!More

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed January 2, 2017

Great place. Staff are super-friendly and food is always reliable and tasty. Wine list needs improvement, especially in the cheaper range.

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed December 21, 2016

This spot was recommended to us by a local Frenchman. It indeed turned out to be in the style of a traditional brasserie. There's an excellent counter for eating and drinking. Wine selection is affordable and works well for the simple but well executed menu....Steak frites is excellent. The jambon maison was also a delight if you like charcuterie and want to try something much different than Spanish ham or salami.More

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

We were underwhelmed by the food last week when we visited. The menu looks good and simpl and definitely very French but there are some quality issues especially with temperatures. Below is what we are and what we thought of each dish. Overall not too...too bad, but needs to improve, prices aren't too steep either -Escargot - yummy, mushrooms with esgargot with bread! Heaven and simple - Sardine and chips- anchovies were warm which was bit odd but overall good. Better if it hasn't been hot -Steak cafe de Paris- a bit too cold and way too salty. Overall disappointed -Mâchoires de thon- two huge pieces of tuna on the bone however no sides to accompany -Aligot et saucisson- very good but cold as well... need better quality check on the temperature -Deserts were very disappointing. The Creme brûle was way too runny, chocolate mousse tasted too strong of a liquorish type adder. And the Paris Brest looked really nice but was Super underwhelming. Prices were okay those ~$5/dessertMore

Date of visit: November 2016
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Reviewed November 12, 2016

We were craving something familiar so tried Onze as we are staying nearby and walked by this cute café several time - we loved it. I had the confit de canard (duck) and my husband had steak and fries, with a haricot verts salad. All...dishes were very well prepared and delish! A carafe of red wine and chocolate mousse topped off the evening, which was very reasonable - $75 US or so. Loved the atmosphere - could have been in Paris - staff provided good service and was JUST what we were looking for. Only downside is smoking is allowed - surprising it's still allowed inside.More

Date of visit: November 2016
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Reviewed October 29, 2016

We went as a group of four and we really liked the whole atmosphere of the place. It had a terrific buzz and warmth and was obviously popular with the locals and not just another tourist place. The opening pate - more of a terrine...- was really good, flavoursome, good crust and a generous serving. The mains - lamb, chicken, tuna cheeks were all good. Perhaps not brilliant, but good enough. The desserts - sorbet, tart, ice cream were also good without being spectacular. The service was typically warm and efficient. I'd happily eat here again.More

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

It's always nice to have a good glass of wine and this is a cute bar, with a great, French atmosphere that has few but tasty options. We didn't eat much more than a few appetizers but they were tasty, and well priced. The menu-of-the-day...is written in French and clearly in a pretty good attempt at classic French scripture style. It's quite sweet! There is Pernod, Campari and great Japanese whisky stocked in the bar and there's even a rosé option. We've now been back twice and I will happily keep returning to fulfill my wine needs😊. It's easy to get to and easy to find and I think anyone who gives it a try will be happy to fritter some atmospheric time away in this great little spot.More

Date of visit: September 2016
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4