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“Great tempura and fabulous gardens ”

Yoshikawa Inn Tempura
Ranked #61 of 12,331 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Japanese
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: City Center
Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

We find the place by mistake while we look for another restaurant to eat

The service is great and the tempura is tasty and just made in front of you

It take about 2 hours to eat but the experience is totally worth it

The are beautiful gardens inside near the private tables

1  Thank AL1900-2300
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Reviewed May 4, 2014

Sitting at the counter with 8 other very happy, very interactive guests, watching the manic chef preparing everything with great speed, flair and freshness. We don't know how he kept track of who got what. The waitresses extremely charming and gracious. After the main meal, we are ushered into a room in the inn by the fire-pit for a lovely dessert. Expensive, but worth it.

4  Thank Michael K
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Yoshikawa is located in a ryokan, meaning that you get a more traditional experience. The restaurant is small, seating maybe 12 at a time. Everyone is at a counter on three sides of the chef, and conversations among the guests seem commonplace, which was part of the fun. After the meal, you are brought into another room where you are served tea with other guests who have finished. We really enjoyed meeting a British couple during this phase of the meal. The service was attentive and excellent. The tempura itself was by far the best we have ever had, including high end Japanese restaurants in New York. Everything was so light and perfectly cooked. We particularly liked the mushrooms. Overall, it was special experience that we really enjoyed.

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2  Thank LMZV
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

As we were staying at the Inn, we quite easily found this place.

11 seats around a bar- that's it
Fresh seasonal ingredients
Tempura chef who knows his stuff and is beyond efficient (though NOT social- which is fine given what he delivers).
Fun ambiance as there are often lots of tourists and conversations start easily.
Super authentic look and feel.

Took us about 90minutes to get through lunch and with only a 'larger' and 'smaller' option, it was easy to decide.

An absolutely lovely meal that set the standard for me on what tempura should be.

Would return and warmly recommend

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3  Thank LeDude13
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Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

So my daughter picked this place out of a Tokyo guide book. Trip advisor reviews looked good so we decided to give it a shot for lunch. It was our last Japanese meal before we headed back to the good ole USA. I must say that everything was delightful including the service and the other patrons at the counter. The Tempura had a really nice flavor and the traditional Japanese sides of rice, miso soup and cucumber salad were excellent. If you are looking for a traditional Tempura lunch or dinner then Yoshikawa is the place to go in Kyoto.

2  Thank Mark S
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