Kyoto Restaurants

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Omen

    $$ | Sakyo-ku | Japanese

    The country-style exterior of this popular noodle shop near the Philosopher's Path echoes the hearty fare served within. Men means noodles...Read More

  • 8. Rakusho

    $ | Higashiyama-ku | Japanese

    Here's a good spot to take a tea-and-sweets break while wandering the stone-laid streets of the Gion district. The house specialty is warabimochi...Read More

  • 9. Ramen Santouka

    $ | Higashiyama-ku | Japanese

    Inspired by the classic food movie Tampopo (1985), directed by Kyoto-born Juzo Itami, this ramen shop's soups are well made and satisfying...Read More

  • 10. Taian-en

    $$ | Sakyo-ku | Japanese

    Within the Nanzen-ji temple complex is a restaurant designed by Ogawa Jihei 11th, a renowned Showa designer whose predecessor Ogawa Jihei 7th...Read More

  • 11. Tozentei

    $$$$ | Kita-ku | Japanese

    Among the antiques stores and kimono shops on Shinmonzen-dori, Tozentei emphasizes to-the-letter traditional Japanese cooking. The meals here...Read More

  • 12. Yagenbori

    $$$$ | Higashiyama-ku | Japanese

    Kimono-clad waitresses serve fine traditional fare inside this three-story, 130-year-old teahouse south of a tiny bridge that spans the Shirakawa...Read More

  • 13. Yojiya Café

    $ | Sakyo-ku | Café

    This treasure of a café just off the Philosopher's Path is inside a traditional house that overlooks a low-lying garden with a pond and a miniature...Read More

  • 14. Minoko

    $$$$ | Higashiyama-ku | Japanese

    Rooms connected by charming wooden passages look out onto this restaurant's expansive garden, and tables are set with simple but sumptuous...Read More

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