Kyoto Restaurants

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  • 1. Giro Giro Hitoshina

    $$$ | Shimogyo-ku | Japanese

    Popular Giro Giro has a lively atmosphere, excellent food, and great Takase-gawa River location. Sit at the counter to watch the busy chefs...Read More

  • 2. Kikunoi

    $$$$ | Higashiyama-ku | Japanese

    The care lavished on every aspect of dining is unparalleled here, thanks to the conscientious attention of Kikunoi's owner, Yoshihiro Murata...Read More

  • 3. Mankamero

    $$$$ | Kamigyo-ku | Japanese

    Since 1722 Mankamero's specialty has been yusoku ryori, cuisine intended for members of the Imperial Court. Every step of the meal is incredibly...Read More

  • 4. Somushi Tea House

    $$ | Nakagyo-ku | Korean

    Dark-wood furnishings create a provocative and intimate environment for sampling the bountiful brews at Kyoto's top Korean teahouse. Unlike...Read More

  • 5. Arashiyama Yoshimura

    $$ | Ukyo-ku | Japanese

    This old-style soba noodle shop two blocks south of Tenryu-ji Temple sits right in the thick of things and has a splendid view of the river...Read More

  • 6. Baan Rim Naam

    $ | Thai

    The two well-trained Thai chefs here prepare several dozen of their country's dishes at very reasonable prices. Spicy green papaya salad, hot...Read More

  • 7. Bunnosuke Jaya

    $ | Higashiyama-ku | Japanese

    On the road to Kiyomizu-dera, a wooden archway plastered with senja-fuda (name cards pilgrims affix on the entryways to shrines and temples...Read More

  • 8. Ca' Del Viale

    $$ | Nakagyo-ku | Italian

    The signature dish at this well-regarded trattoria is handmade pasta topped with a flavorful tomato sauce. Carefully selected organic vegetables...Read More

  • 9. Café Bibliotic HELLO!

    $$ | Nakagyo-ku | Café

    Leafy banana trees visible from several blocks away mark this airy two-story town-house café that's especially popular at night with young people...Read More

  • 10. Café Indépendants

    $ | Nakagyo-ku | Café

    A great backpacker hangout, this café is especially popular midday, when a devoted clientele of students and artists comes for the cheap, bountiful...Read More

  • 11. Ganko Nijyoen

    $$ | Japanese

    The estate of a former prime minister has been turned into a kaiseki (multicourse-meal) restaurant, and the stroll garden by landscape artist...Read More

  • 12. Gion Kappa Nawate

    $ | Higashiyama-ku | Japanese

    In contrast to the expensive restaurants favored by tourists, residents seek out just-plain-folks places like this fun one. It's a late-night...Read More

  • 13. Ichiwa and Kazariya

    $ | Kita-ku | Japanese

    Ichiwa and Kazariya have been serving tea and aburi mochi —charcoal-grilled and skewered rice-flour cakes dipped in sweet miso sauce—for centuries...Read More

  • 14. In The Green

    $ | Café

    This combination trattoria, pizzeria, and café in a contemporary glass, metal, and wood space borders the northern side of the Kyoto Botanical...Read More

  • 15. Izama

    $$ | Japanese

    Patrons enter this restaurant through a dark-blue curtain on the east side of Shinmachi-dori. The design inside is pure contemporary, minimalist...Read More

  • 16. Izusen

    $$$ | Kita-ku | Japanese

    Vegetarian cuisine plays a part in all major Kyoto temples, and one of the most scenic restaurants in which to sample it is in the southwestern...Read More

  • 17. Kerala

    $$$ | Nakagyo-ku | Indian

    Imported spices and very fresh vegetables are the secrets to this second-floor Indian restaurant's success. Dishes may not be as spicy as you...Read More

  • 18. Kikusui

    $$$$ | Sakyo-ku | Japanese

    Near Nanzen-ji Temple, Kikusui serves elegant kaiseki ryori (traditional cuisine) with an aristocratic flair. Dine on tatami mats at low tables...Read More

  • 19. Kisaki Yudofu

    $$ | Sakyo-ku | Japanese

    Tempura and tofu hot pots cooked at the table are staples at this attractive two-story restaurant along the tree-lined Philosopher's Path. Try...Read More

  • 20. Kyo-machiya Suishin

    $ | Nakagyo-ku | Japanese

    Not far from Gion Kaburenjo Theater, a black-and-white latticed storefront with a lantern above the door conceals a vegetable lover's paradise...Read More

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