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“Awesome beef”
Review of Hafuu Honten

Hafuu Honten
Ranked #11 of 12,141 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $45
Cuisines: Japanese, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: City Center
Dublin
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Awesome beef”
Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

Myself and my girlfriend shared the premium set menu meal (13,000 yen) and the Japanese steak sandwhich (5,000 yen) - it was some of the tastiest beef we have ever had. You sit at a counter watching the chefs prepare it in front of you. The restaurant is small (about 15 - 20 seats in a row) so there is a cosy atmosphere to it. A worthwhile experience!

Visited October 2013
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Houston Texas
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Japanese steak house”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Great service and attention. We were there with 2 other couples on a Tauck tour and had a free nite to eat out. The previously nite we had steak prepared before us at the hotel. And it was good, but nothing exceptional. At Hafu (sometimes spelled Hafuu) the steak was superb and cooked to perfection, but the appetizers of slow roast beef and grilled tongue were almost as good as the steak. All 6 of us had the 150 gm. sirloin. The total meal consisted of two appetizers, salad, bread or rice, the steak and desert for a fixed price of Y7500 ($75.00). Almost a steal at that price. We sat at a table (not at the counter) in a small room and it was almost like a private party. They take MC/Visa for amounts over Y5000 ($50.00)

  • Visited October 2013
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Bucharest, Romania
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best beef in Kyoto”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

We found out about Hafu from TripAdvisor and I'm very glad we went there. Me and my husband are big "beef fans", so of course we each took the beef set menu, which is around 9000 yen if I remember correctly. It is totally worth it, the beef literally melts in your mouth. I was also surprised by how good the dessert was.
I recommend going there feeling hungry, as we did, but I don't think it was too much food. I mean, I'm a 100 pounds woman and I didn't have any trouble finishing all the courses. :)

P.S.: Stay at the bar so you can see the whole cooking process

  • Visited August 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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95 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Hard to find”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Kobe beef, but other items very well prepared. Very nice service. Adequate wine list, good humor end deserts which were quite good. Seemed like a Japanese take on a us steak house. Did anyone notice the top rated tripadvisor restaurant is an american one. So much easier to fly to Los Angeles and eat.

  • Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Meat heaven”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

I couldn't agree more with the reviews of this restaurant. We made an impromptu visit last night (warning: it doesn't have more than about twelve seats) and were lucky enough to get a table. The service was impeccable, the experience to be seated directly in front of the kitchen was great and the food was out of this world. A tip: two set menus might be a lot of two people. We ordered one set menu and one steak sandwich (which is incredible value for money) and still ended up very full. All in all, an amazing experience.

  • Visited September 2013
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