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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. 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

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