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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Louran

    $$ | Chinese

    Exquisite Chinese fare is presented French-style at a wooded resort in Kyoto's northwestern quadrant. The chefs focus on the cuisines of four...Read More

  • 12. Maeda Coffee

    $ | Café

    The lively café occupies a classroom in a former elementary school the city converted into an arts center. Maeda serves simple fare, an assortment...Read More

  • 13. Manzaratei Nishiki

    $$$ | Uradeyama-cho | Japanese

    The unpretentious vibe, the sense of adventure, and the superb cuisine—Japanese-based, with European and other Asian influences—have made Manzaratei...Read More

  • 14. Mishima-tei

    $$$$ | Nakagyo-ku | Japanese

    Five generations of chefs have preserved the delicious sukiyaki recipe prepared since 1873 at this restaurant that was among the nation's...Read More

  • 15. Omen Nippon

    $$ | Nakagyo-ku | Japanese

    This branch of the famed soba noodle shop is convenient to the downtown shopping area, just across the river from Gion. It's a perfect place...Read More

  • 16. Ponto-cho Robin

    $$$$ | Nakagyo-ku | Japanese

    An adventurous menu sets this restaurant inside a 150-year-old town house apart from its competition. The chef here goes to the market daily...Read More

  • 17. Restaurant Ogawa

    $$$$ | Nakagyo-ku | French

    The best in Kyoto-style nouvelle cuisine is served in this intimate spot across from the Takase-gawa Canal. Dishes depend on the chef's whims...Read More

  • 18. Shinsen-en Heihachi

    $$$$ | Nakagyo-ku | Japanese

    South of Nijo Castle, this touristy restaurant is on the grounds of the remaining garden of the original Imperial Palace. The 1,200-year-old...Read More

  • 19. Yoshikawa

    $$$$ | Nakagyo-ku | Japanese

    Adjacent to an inn of the same name, Yoshikawa serves multicourse kaiseki ryori lunches and dinners. The beautifully presented meal includes...Read More

  • 20. Zezekan Pocchiri

    $$ | Nakagyo-ku | Chinese

    A Taisho-era kimono business office and home was meticulously renovated into this restaurant whose Chinese cuisine is prepared as though it...Read More

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