Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Menbakaichidai
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    4.5
    1032 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Minamiseyachou 757-2
    This ramen shop is located in Kamigyo Ward of Kyoto City. This unique Negi Onion Ramen is made with spring onions harvested right in Kujo, Kyoto and heaps of the shop's own spring onion oil. Also called, Fire Ramen, flames erupt when pouring the spring onion oil onto the ramen. Making this a multi-sensory experience of entertainment and taste, which many enjoy.

    Recommended to go during weekdays or off peak hrs so queue within 20-30min still reasonable. The entire near fire experience by the bar with video recording was great. Afterwhich will be ushered back...

  • Kyoto Gion Tempura Yasaka Endo
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    4.5
    429 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Komatsuchou 566
    In 1885, Tempura Yasaka Endo was founded under the name Ochaya Omie. There you can dine from a menu that includes their famed Kyoto style tempura bursting with local ingredients. It's housed in a traditional Kyoto sukiya style building constructed 90 years ago in the early Showa period. They offer a variety of dining spaces from easily accessible counter seating to rooms with different feels perfect for entertaining or formal occasions. People also enjoy their lunch menu.

    I have been here numerous times and this is a top choice for me and my family. The chefs are excellent and the food is as well. I think this is a good alternative for a large group. Short wait...

  • Kyoto Takabashi Honke Daiichi Asahi
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    4.5
    600 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Higashishiokoujimukaihatachou 845
    "A five-minute walk from Kyoto Station. This ramen restaurant is located a short distance south of the Takakura-dori Street and Shiokoji-dori Street intersection and is open from 5:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. the following morning. So popular lines of customers form outside its door from early in the morning, this long-standing establishment has been in business for more than 50 years. Particularly recommended is the ""Tokusei Ramen"" as well as the menma boiled bamboo shoots ramen, chashu sliced roast pork ramen, yakiton grilled pork, and gyoza pot stickers. The restaurant also offers a reasonably priced student discount ramen for people of high school age and younger. The restaurant's ramen is available for takeout and can also be ordered shipped from the official website."

    It is a famous Ramen restaurant in Kyoto, and to enter inside I had to wait for a while in line. However, I found their Ramen as just average. It is of course not bad. But maybe it doesn’t deserve...

  • Arashiyama Yoshimura
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    4.0
    213 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Arashiyama Togetobashi Kita-nishi West second elephant
    A handmade soba noodle restaurant standing near the Togetsukyo Bridge, a popular spot in Kyoto City’s Arashiyama area. The shop’s handsome sign, decorated with characters that read “Busho” written by the great artist Rosanjin, welcomes diners. Inside, you can look out over the Togetsukyo Bridge and enjoy the beauty of the season while savoring the flavor of buckwheat noodles crafted by a culinary artisan. The shop’s Kyoto vegetable soba is particularly popular with women customers.

    A nice place to have lunch after visiting arashiyama. Be sure to go early. There is a nice view from the table. The soba mushroom soup is delicious so is the cold soba.

  • Yamamoto Menzou
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    4.5
    200 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakiminamigoshochou 34
    This udon restaurant is in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. It makes use of the features of the old merchant shop it's in and prides itself on udon with an appealing texture that goes down smooth. Their crispy Tsuchi Gobo-Ten tempura with curry powder and udon broth is also popular. They offer a wide variety of items including tenzaru udon and tsukemen dipping noodles, making it one of Kyoto's leading udon restaurants.

    Udon are savory , its really worth a stop. Their sort of reservation system is really nice so you wont have to wait in line for hours. Staff is very friendly which is rare for a restaurant this...

  • Demachi Futaba
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    4.5
    34 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi, Kamigyo-ku Ichimachi-dori Imadegawa Kamiru Aerosecho 236
    Located along Kawara-machi Street, this Japanese confectioner was founded in 1899. Their famous “nadai mamemochi” features red bean jam and red peas wrapped in freshly-made mochi. It has been around since the founding, and is a standard Kyoto souvenir, popular enough to see people lining up to get some.

    テレビの番組で、外国人シェフが選ぶ和菓子ランキングで出町ふたばの豆大福が2位入っていたので、京都に行った時に訪れました。テレビでは、売り切れて買えないこともあるとの事でしたが、コロナの移動制限が解除された直後の金曜の昼頃ですが、10人程の列で10分ほど待ちましたが買えました。豆餅、黒豆大福など購入し、夜に頂きましたが、あんこが甘過ぎず、柔らかな触感で美味しくいただきました。賞味期限は1日のため、地...

  • Kyoto Uji Tea, Itohkyuemon Main store
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    4.0
    198 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Uji City Hojimami Araki 19-3
    An Uji tea specialty shop founded in 1830 which sells high class teas made with hand-picked, first-grade tea leave, as well as other tea varieties. Past the distinctive white noren curtains, patrons can enjoy matcha green tea, gyokuro high quality green tea, sencha green tea, and sweets made with fresh ground matcha in a Japanese modern atmosphere. At the sample counter, shoppers can also taste wares they are interested in purchasing. The adjoining teahouse space serves unique, Uji sweets such as Uji matcha parfaits made with high quality Uji tea and matcha anmitsu sweet beans covered with syrup and green tea powder. Closest stations: Uji Station and Mimurodo Station.

    This restaurant came up as recommended on TripAdvisor while planning my day trip to Uji. I am so glad I found this place because it is delicious! The cold soba matcha noodles are unbelievable... You...

  • Shinpuku Saikan (Main Shop)
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    4.0
    301 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Higashishiokoujimukaihatachou 569
    Shinpuku Saikan (Main Shop) is a popular ramen noodle shop that started as a food stall in 1938. It's known for its rich yet simple soy-sauce based soup with a tantalizing accent of Kujo onion added to deepen the flavor. They also have popular dark fried rice (called yaki-meshi) that's just as good as their dark hued soup.

    It’s an interesting experience for tourists to mingle with local working men slurping their noodles! Prices are most reasonable but food was too salty for my taste

  • Kyogoku Kaneyo
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    3.5
    198 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Hexagon Tong New Shin Kyogendo Entrance Matsukeba-machi 456
    A venerable eel restaurant founded at the end of the Taisho period located in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. The warm and retro looking exterior looks the same as when the restaurant was established and stands out all the more amongst the throngs of buildings in Shinkyogoku. The key to the shop’s flavor is a secret sauce passed down for one hundred years which brings out the savory deliciousness of plump eels from Lake Hamana. Particularly popular are the standard eel rice bowl and the restaurant’s famous “kinshi-don”—eel rice bowl topped with an egg fried Kyoto style. One of the restaurant’s customs is the “Kaneyo Yose” held each month, an event which includes live entertainment with a meal.

    Average quality of unagi and very overpriced. It was around $25 for a small bowl of unagi on rice (only three small pieces of unagi). Would not recommend.

  • Miyakoyasai KAMO Shijokarasuma Branch
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    4.0
    145 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-shi, Shimogyo-ku, Toonno-ku, Aya Fuji Road Arai Azabu-cho 276
    A restaurant a short walk from Shijo Station and Karasuma Station where patrons can enjoy a buffet of dishes made with vegetables picked that morning stocked directly from local Kyoto farmers. The buffet includes over 15 types of obanzai Kyoto home cooking dishes which maximize the deliciousness of vegetables, soups, steamed vegetables, curries, and desserts. The restaurants also serve course meals which include shabushabu. The salad bar includes vegetables not often seen in supermarkets such as kinbi ninjin carrots and black daikon radishes served as sticks and slices. Open in the mornings, Kamo is also a popular place to eat breakfast after staying the night in Kyoto.

    We were a group and the dinner was fixed by our travel agent AJT with Miharu as our guide. Was a great experience cooking our own meal on the table with all the raw ingredients given to us...we...

  • Ippodo Tea (Kyoto flagship shop)
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    4.5
    76 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Teramachi-dori Nijo Le Ru
    A venerable Japanese tea specialty shop founded in 1717 facing Teramach-dori Street in Kyoto City. The shop mainly carries renowned Kyoto teas characterized by a delicate fragrance, refined sweetness, and mild flavor. From teas which require a whisk and teapot to teabags, the shop carries a wide array of products, and customers can taste before they buy. The shop also provides a takeout service, making it the perfect place to stop by while strolling along Teramachi-dori Street of the Kamo River on a sunny day. You can also enjoy making your own tea in the adjoining Kaboku tea room.

    For tea lovers this is the place to go. You can experience a wide range of excellent teas and have them prepared in traditional styles. Their staff is very gracious and friendly. You can sit in or...

  • Gion Muraji Ramen
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    4.5
    212 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomotochou 373-3
    Gion Muraji Ramen in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward offers customers rich, white-broth ramen made with straight noodles and chicken bone stock. Simmered for a long time, the broth contains collagen and is made to be appealing even to people with smaller appetites. This restaurant does not look like a typical ramen shop and is on the second floor of machiya town house that seems hidden away from the rest of the city. Its traditional-style Japanese interior decor is also noteworthy.

    Below a steep stair is a ramen shop situated which is runned by a single woman. We had to wait a while because all 12 seats were occupied. But it was worthwhile! The lady was very friendly and made...

  • Mishima Tei
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    4.0
    238 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto shi Kyoto shi Chukyo-ku Teramachi dori Sanjo down
    This veteran Japanese restaurant is located about five minutes on foot from the Keihan Railway Main Line's Sanjo Station in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City. They feature the highest grade of Japanese black beef which they mature themselves. You can dine on delicacies like sukiyaki, shabu-shabu, and mizudake hot-pot with seasonal vegetables. Founded in 1873, tourists pour in from home and abroad for an ambience of the time when Japan was opening to the world.

    Do not go to mishimatei takashimaya. Very BAD service from the young lady with the glasses and stars on her hair. Anyway, the food was good.

  • Torisei Main Store
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    4.0
    162 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Kamiaburakakechou 186
    This izakaya is five minutes on foot from the Keihan Main Line's Fushimi Momoyama Station in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City. They feature a variety of chicken-based cuisine including skewers made with domestic poultry. Housed in a refurbished Shinsei sake warehouse, they have tanks of Kuradashi unprocessed sake delivered directly to the brewery that guests enjoy poured fresh. They have private rooms and can accommodate group banquets, too.

    Excellent yakitori experience ! other dish are also good. Lot of choice Menu card in English and a waitress speaks English Cheap prices You are served really quickly

  • Ganko Takasegawa Nijoen
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    4.0
    212 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Kiyachou Toichuzu town descending two ordinances 484 - 6
    This Japanese restaurant is in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City. Takasegawa Nijoen is a historic Japanese garden constructed by the merchant Suminokura Ryoi in 1611. The restaurant is used for celebrations and receptions, and focuses on elegant kaiseki course dining, as well as dishes like shabu shabu made with Omi beef. Lots of tourists come to dine while taking in the seasonal view.

    This place was once a villa of Suminokura Ryoi, a multimillionaire. Then, it became the possession of Yamagata Aritomo, a powerful politician in Meiji Time. Now it is transformed into a Japanese...

  • Menya Gokkei
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    4.0
    82 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujinishitojikawarachou 29-7
    This ramen shop is in the ramen mecca of Ichijoji in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City and is a frequent haunt of ramen fans. Featuring a rich broth, they use noodles of medium thickness that have some give from the Kyoto noodle maker Men-ya Teigaku. They close shop as soon as the soup runs out.

    Despite the title of my review, there is also broth made of seafood but I didnt taste it yet. But the chicken original versional ramen is very delicious. I can eat it without difficulty although the...

  • Nakamura Tokichi Honten (Byodoin Branch)
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    4.5
    164 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Ujishi Uji Renge 5-1
    Nakamura Tokichi is a Japanese-style confectionary in the city of Uji, Kyoto Prefecture. This venerable shop has its own onsite cafe overlooking the Uji River where customers can enjoy traditional sweets. In addition to ice cream and gelatin desserts made with powdered green tea, customers can also order green tea soba and udon noodles. The restaurant also offers take-out service. Due to its location near the Byodoin Temple, it is a popular refreshment stop for tourists on weekends and holidays.

    Best sweet restaurant in Uji. As you might know, Uji is the capital of matcha in the world. At Nakamura Tokichi Byodoin, they utilize matcha to its fullest extent. Try out the matcha kakegori, soba...

  • MACCHA HOUSE Kyoto Kawaramachi
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    3.5
    75 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Kawaramachi Dori 4 rice Yoneya Town rising 382-2
    This store specializing in matcha green tea is located in Kyoto's Shijo Kawaramachi, and among the nine branches they have opened mainly in Asia they provide an original menu that has arranged items reimported from the matcha green tea culture that has developed overseas. Known for using matcha from Kyoto's long-established shop Morihan, on off-days it is so popular that there will be lines several hours long. The most popular item is the matcha tiramisu, in which mascarpone cheese and sponge cake are placed into a masu (traditional square measuring cup) and given a sprinkling of matcha on top. The thick texture with the fragrance of the matcha makes for an exquisite combination and is one of their specialty sweets. The closest station is Kawaramachi Station.

    This is a quaint place. It cashes on on the tourist interest in Japanese tea houses in Kyoto, in the bittreish Matcha tea and the quick service of a Starbucks kind of cafe. It lies on the heart of...

  • Yudofu Sagano
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    4.5
    95 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 45
    This is a boiled tofu restaurant near the grounds of Tenryu-ji Temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto, around a five-minute walk from Randen Line’s Arashiyama Station. The pure Japanese sukiya-style architecture that stands in the quietness like a tea-ceremony arbor along with the wide Japanese garden is one of its attractive charms. There are casual counter seats for single diners, tatami room seats for families and groups, and even outdoor seats where one can enjoy the garden at proximity. The “Yudofu” on offer comes with 10 dishes including Kyoto traditional Saga boiled tofu, Kyoto vegetable tempura, gomadofu (crushed sesame seeds boiled in water and chilled like tofu), and deep-fried tofu. The “melt in your mouth” healthy tofu flavor is extremely popular with more elderly diners too.

    Food is my life and although I am not vegetarian, I was really intrigued by the concept of this restaurant.The place is so beautiful that is worth just visiting because of the setting. You only have...

  • Gion Komori
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    4.0
    91 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Gion Shinbashi Motoyoshicho 61
    Sweet shop and café located in Gion Shirakawa at the intersection of Shirakawa-minami Dori street and Shinbashi-dori street. The shop offers sweets made with select ingredients such as Tokachi dainagon adzuki beans roasted only in sufficient amounts for the day each morning and kudzu with anmitsu syrup made with Yoshino kudzu to order. In addition to standards such as warabi mochi bracken starch dumplings, anmitu sweet beans in syrup, ice cream, and zenzai sweet bean soup, the shop also serves dinstinctive choices such as matcha green tea bavarois parfait. Visitors can buy sweets for souvenirs and even mix and match selections.

    Popped by for parfait and wara mochi and hell yeah, it was amazing. Delicate and delicious. The store would bring you back in time with the traditional atmosphere. Love it.

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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