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. 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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Ristorante Azekura

    $$$$ | Kita-ku | Italian

    The huge darkened beams and white plastered walls of the former farmhouse this Italian restaurant occupies create a sophisticated rustic atmosphere...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Yamabana Heihachi-Jaya

    $$$$ | Sakyo-ku | Japanese

    Along one of the centuries-old exit roads from the city into the mountains, this roadside inn is beloved for its multicourse kaiseki ryori...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Mukadeya

    $$$$ | Nakagyo-ku | Japanese

    Homestyle o-banzai cooking is the specialty of this sophisticated restaurant found in a beautiful machiya (town house). Bonito sashimi,...Read More

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