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Local Cuisine Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Taro-ya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo Ward Shijyo Town Shinchoncho Kaeru First Eye East Entrance Kannondo Town 473
    This izakaya is located a four-minute walk from Karasuma Station in Kannondo-cho, Nakagyo District, Kyoto City. It features a wide selection of Kyoto-style home cooking, from standards to seasonal recommendations, and of course the “obanzai” in large pots lined up on the counter. In particular, the croquette with special demi-glace sauce is popular.
  • Kintame Kyoto Nishijin Main Restaurant
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    4.5
    17 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Kamigyo-ku Sembamon dori Itsutsuji Uruboru Town 576
    This is an old Kyoto-style tsukemono (pickled vegetables) shop established in 1879 and located a three minute-walk along Senbon-dori Street from Senbon Imadegawa bus stop. The shop’s exterior with its large noren curtains has classic Kyoto charm. Aside from being able to buy seasonal Kyoto tsukemono, at lunch (only) the shop offers tatami “chazuke seats” inside for eating chazuke (rice with tea poured on). From the partition in the tatami room one can glimpse the washbasin and look out over the typical Kyoto machiya inner garden while dining—the height in sophistication. The popular Otsukemono Course contains a variety of foodstuffs including an assortment of seasonal tsukemono, sliced dried daikon radish, and light-brown miso zoni (soup containing rice cakes and vegetables).

    京都の西陣にある近為さんの本店にて、お茶漬け席があり、お漬け物をふんだんに頂けます。白味噌のお雑煮や切り干し大根も絶品です。中庭の見える和室で、京都らしさを味わえます。

  • Kyoto Hotel Okura Villa Kyoto Cuisine Awata Sanso
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Awataguchisanjoubouchou 2-15
    This is a traditional Japanese restaurant located in Kyoto Hotel Okura specializing in Kyoto Kaiseki cuisine. The building is a renovated villa once owned by a textile manufacturer who made his fortune from Nishijin brocade before the war. From the window of the extravagantly built sukiya-style building (traditional Japanese style) guests can enjoy a view of a well-kept garden, beautiful in every season. Plans including accommodation at Kyoto Hotel Okura and a relaxing enjoyable dinner are available. A lunch menu is also available for guests who want to enjoy the cuisine.

    we are travelling with our japanese friends that didnt know this restaurant. we all had a great dinner and a relaxing evening. the suggested menu was an excellent combination of different tastes and...

  • Akebono tei
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 2-222
    A traditional Japanese ryotei restaurant which once served as lodgings for such historic figures as Sakamoto Ryoma and members of the “sonno joi” movement to expel foreign influences from Japan located in Kyoto City's Higashiyama Ward. Visitors can practically sense the history of the building. The first floor is decorated with folding screens painted in the Kano school style while the second floor is enlivened by fusuma sliding screens dating to the late Edo period. Diners can enjoy a variety of reasonably priced meals to suit almost any occasion, from Kyoto-style bento box lunches to boiled tofu kaiseki course cuisine. The “Ryoma gozen” meal, taking its name from Sakamoto Ryoma, is also a popular menu choice. Sakamoto Ryoma fans and history buffs from around the country come to this popular restaurant cum tourist spot.

    After a visit to Kiyomizudera I was after a good lunch, and chanced upon this at the start of Sannenzaka off Kiyomizudera. The ambience was that of a quiet teahouse with serenity. My tempura set...

  • Kyoto Cuisine Kotoume
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 506-1
    This restaurant for Kyoto cuisine is located close to the southern entrance of the Kyoto sightseeing spot Yasaka Shrine’s Minami Romon gate, and is the sister shop of Kyoto Cuisine Ume-Mura where Ito Hirobumi regularly stayed. Located in a restored old Japanese house, its appearance is also attractive for its full Kyoto ambience. For lunch the popular choice is the Koto Bento lunch box in which sashimi, fried food and takiawase (different types of boiled food) are packed into a container shaped like a plum, while for dinner the gorgeous and authentic Koto Kaiseki course is popular. Amidst a relaxing Japanese-style atmosphere enjoy the taste of traditional Kyoto cuisine that makes the most of the flavors of seasonal ingredients and is prepared with delicate craftsmanship. The closest station is Gion-Shijo Station.

    It sits at the corner of Yasaka shrine and entrance to Maruyama Park. Nice location but traffic is low volume. Perhaps the pricing is not catered to the masses! The bento boxes looks wonderful and it...

  • Obanzai Nanohana
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    3.0
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Oimasu-machi Temple Hexagon down Le Iseyamacho 338
    This Kyoto obanzai shop on the restored first floor of a machiya (townhouse) which was used as the residence of the female owner-manager, has seating that includes views of the inner courtyard as well as horigotatsu (recessed, heated floor seats), and the restaurant has a relaxed home-style atmosphere. The obanzai, which is perfected by the okami’s preferred raw materials and seasonings, is Kyoto-style home cooking that is easy on the body. The limited lunch set is popular for allowing guests to try four types of obanzai dishes with tempura, soy milk gratin or namafu (wheat gluten) dengaku (tofu (or fish, etc.) baked and coated with miso) and rice all at once. The closest station is Kawaramachi Station.

    We went to this restaurant as we wanted to try out Japanese Obanzai food. When we arrived the owner told us in a a loud and unfriendly manner to take off our shoes, then mocked us in front of his...

  • Kyoto Cuisine Takasawa
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Sennyujitourinchou 37
    This old restaurant offering Kyoto cuisine near famous autumn leaves viewing spot Tofuku-ji Temple is proud of its fresh fish dishes stretching back to the first generation owner who operated a fish market. The seafood that the chef obtains himself from the market is outstanding in both flavor and freshness. The mackerel sushi with its fatty topping and salt seasoning is an exquisite local specialty. The colorful course meals full of Kyoto vegetables are all well renowned, with the Square Bento at lunch and Kyoto Course in the evening being popular. The closest station is Tofukuji Station.

    在这儿欣赏着窗外美丽的红叶,品尝着面前美丽的枫叶便当,真是人生享受!虽然只有固定的便当可选,但每一个都精心搭配,非常精致美丽,舍不得下嘴!窗外的枫景更是迷人!就在东福寺旁边,价格也不算大贵,非常值得体验,推荐!

  • Kashiwai
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Kamigamoimaigaharachou 55
    This is a Japanese restaurant in joint establishment with Japanese tableware store “SAISON DE JAPON” near the Kyoto Municipal Botanical Gardens in Kitaku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. Here one can try courses full of Kyoto flavor with locally grown vegetables, kumiage yuba and duck. The Tsumami Sushi is a popular takeout option, with its cute small rolled sushi of mackerel and pickled tuna on red vinegar sushi rice making it a great gift or personal picnic companion.

    仕事で京都訪問。仕事先に近い所で、京都らしい昼食を取りたいと考えて選んだ。 駐車場もあるのも選択肢の一つ。 予約の電話を入れて、15個のお寿司のセットを事前予約した。 和菓子のような色とりどりの寿司を見て、食べて、同行者の二人は感激してくれた。その画像をFBにあげると、友達がおせちの予約をしたという。

  • Hyotei
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    4.0
    140 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Nanzenjikusagawachou 35
    Hyotei has enjoyed a 400-year history. This unassuming restaurant follows the spirit of the tea ceremony, bolstered by tradition and their renown. It's a great place to experience the essence of Kyoto cuisine. It consists of five elegant buildings, including its Kuzuya that was built at the time the restaurant was established, and Tansentei, which was reconstructed during the Meiji period. Guests enjoy relaxing meals in their various buildings.

    Most Western foodies are familiar with the famous Michelin rating system, from Bob Gourmand up to the highly sought-after three stars. However, in Japan, the country with the most Michelin stars in...

  • Ishibekoji Mamecha Kyoto
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Yasaka Shrine Minami-do gate Le stone wall street
    This restaurant close to Kodaiji Temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, is located on Ishibekoji, a beautiful cobblestone lane. It specializes in traditional Kyoto obanzai. The two-floor shop occupies a refurbished Meiji period house. With elegant counter seating, a tatami room that looks out on the temple's five-story pagoda, and a tasteful inner small garden, it lets guests experience the ambiance of Kyoto. Large dishes of obanzai carefully prepared with seasonal ingredients line the counter. Their Mamecha-no-Obanzai Bako box with seven kinds of obanzai is highly popular.
  • Torimatsu
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    4.5
    23 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Aminochouamino 146
    This establishment, located in Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture, is a sushi and kaiseki cuisine fine dining restaurant. Here, one can enjoy the traditional regional Kyotango City dish, bara-zushi, Various ingredients, such as marinated mackerel, bamboo shoot, kanpyo, shitake mushrooms, and slivered egg are garnished on top of sushi rice, prepared according to their own special style. Nigiri-sushi or donburi are also available.

    They are producer of Bara-zushi, popular local specialty of Tango peninsula! Also have Good seafood cooking

  • Kyoto Cuisine Juntei
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nishikyou-ku Katagiharashigitani 50
    Juntei is a restaurant that serves traditional Kyoto cuisine in the city's Nishikyo Ward. It grows its own fresh bamboo shoots and treats customers to seasonal menus featuring bamboo shoots, with names like Takenoko Tray and Moon Princess Tray. Customers who want to try these specialties need to make reservations, except in April and May. Both local residents and tourists enjoy eating an elegant traditional while admiring the scenery in the changing seasons.

    10名たらずの団体での夕食でお邪魔しました。お食事は、個室にて、ゆっくり頂戴し、その後は、五山の送り火を、こちらのバスに乗り、比叡山を眺め、京都の町が一望できる場所へ案内して戴き、20時の点火を待ちます。「大」の字が見え、「妙」「法」も見て、またお食事処まで送迎がありました。個人でも、頼めば、連れて行って戴けるのではないでしょうか。こちらでゆっくりお食事をして、五山の送り火を見に行かれたらいかがで...

  • Imobo Hiranoya Honten
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    2.5
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto prefecture Kyoto city Higashiyama ku Maruyama park Chirene In front of the Minamige
    Imobo Hiranoya Honten is a venerable Kyoto-style restaurant located near Maruyama Park and Chion-in Temple in a quiet, atmospheric building surrounded by shrines and temples. A long tatami room with a narrow street facade, as is typical of Kyoto, the restaurant has been serving kaiseki cuisine centered on imobo for 300 years. A traditional Kyoto dish, made by boiling taro with dried cod, it is simple but has a rich flavor, which brings customers back time and again for more. An Imobo Tray, with imobo and side dishes such as Gion tofu, is very popular and serves as an easy introduction to this dish.

    平日の午後に訪れましたが、自分以外に1組客がいる程度でした。幼少期にはお客さんが多いというイメージでしたので、大人になった今、たまたま近くを通りかかったので、利用しました。作り置きなのでしょうか、冷蔵庫の中で冷えた鉢物に始まり、いまいちなお料理でした。

  • Ikemasatei
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Nishiki Shoji Tsuyoshi Baba East Toyofiya Machi
    This Japanese restaurant is run by a veteran fruit and vegetable shop in the Nishiki Market in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City. In addition to set meals made with fresh seasonal Kyoto vegetables, they also have rice bowls and more. It opens as a pub in the evening, where guests can try the Kyoto dish obanzai with seasonal vegetables.
  • Ashibinoten
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kidugawashi Kamochounishio Futaba 56
    This is an eatery close to Jyoruri-ji Temple in Nishiofuda, Kamo Town. They serve their Tororo Teishoku and Sansai Teishoku set meals with homemade low-salt miso, naturally brewed soy sauce and homemade tsukemono pickles, as well as Sansai Tororo Soba, ice cream and zenzai (sweet red bean soup made with red beans). They also sell souvenirs including their nama-fu tsukudani, (preserved food, steamed white gluten flavored with soy sauce) and hand-made low-salt miso.

    浄瑠璃寺参拝の後に門前にある「あ志び乃店」に立ち寄りました。 甘味や麺類もありちょっとひと休みや昼食にも便利なお店です。 ぜんさいを美味しくいただきました。

  • Yoshiya Oku no Niwa
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujitsukurimichichou 31
    A five-minute walk from Keifuku Electric Railroad Arashiyama Station and a 10-minute walk from Saga-Arashiyama Station. This restaurant is located in the inner parlor on the first floor of the Yoshiya Main Restaurant, a restaurant which serves Saga cuisine and which is located a little ways east of the Togetsukyo Bridge on Sanjo-dori Street. Open to small groups from one to a maximum of 10 people, here customers can enjoy unique Kyoto cuisine such as a Saga boiled tofu tempura meal and a raw yuba tofu skin meal. The restaurant's original selections such as its yuba fondue meal, made with tofu skin and cheese, are also recommended. The restaurant has also been certified by the Kyoto Halal Council and can accommodate Muslim dietary needs. The restaurant's curry, croquettes, and karaage fried chicken are available for takeout.
  • Togetsutei Bekkan Shofukaku
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Saga Nakanoshimacho Kanyuchi
    A tofu and tofu skin shop next to Togetsu-kyo Bridge in the heart of Sagano. They are especially conscious of female customers and over traditional kaiseki course meals and healthy lunches focused primarily around tofu and tofu skin. During the daytime they offer a buffet with over 30 options including fresh fried tempura, Japanese rolled omelets cooked by the chef at the venue, and nigiri sushi. In the evening they offer tofu and tofu skin kaiseki meals, as well as seasonal bamboo bento box meals with seasonal ingredients in bamboo baskets. They're well known for serving meals befitting a traditional Japanese inn while sitting in their tatami room gazing out at the sites of Arashiyama including Mt. Ogurayama and the Ooigawa River.
  • Shunkan Shokusai Ranman
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nishikyo-ku Arashiyamaasatsukicho
    This out-of-the-way izakaya (Japanese-style pub) offers a wide variety of cuisine including Kyo-ryori (Kyoto cuisine), Italian, western-style cuisine, and more. Its interior has a chic and relaxed atmosphere. It features counter seating suited for casually dining alone as well as table seating and tatami mat seating ideal dining with a group. Their specialty is their sashimi assortments. Each features a selection of fresh seafood personally sourced by the owner and is packed with seasonal flavors. The pub even has its own wine cellar. We recommend that you have them recommend the best drinks to enjoy with their food.
  • Kyo no Obanzai Waraji-tei
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Mibuhigashiotakecho 14 (Onmaedori Rokukaku Nishiiru Hokuto Sumi)
    This restaurant is located on Rokkaku Street a three-minute walk from Saiin Station. Look for its red door curtain and paper lanterns. The restaurant serves heart-warming obanzai (Kyoto-style home cooking). Its counter is packed with a stunning selection of around 25 dishes such as simmered bamboo shoots in the spring, or blanched eggplant in a soy-based broth in the summer, sweet-potato vines cooked in sugar and soy sauce in the fall, and simmered Yodo round daikon in the winter. Guests can choose which of the seasonal obanzai made with seasonal vegetables on display they wish to eat. Many people purchase their additive and artificial color-free chirimen-sansho (a preserve of dried young sardines and Japanese pepper) to take home as a side dish for rice or as an appetizer to enjoy with drinks.

    Stepping in the owner warned us no noodles here. Well, best experience in a week in japan. All homemade, ephic courtesy and also other customers were outgoing to chat in english (we were the only...

  • Shunsai to Obanzai Pontocho Karaku
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Pontomachi Sanjo Sagaru Zaimokucho 188-7
    This restaurant is located along Pontocho Alley a five-minute walk from Sanjo Station. It serves a variety of Kyo-ryori (Kyoto cuisine) including heart-warming obanzai (Kyoto-style home cooking). The restaurant's specialty is its Kamonasu dengaku. This dish, which comes strongly recommended by the owner, features large Kamonasu eggplants that have been sliced and quick-fried before being broiled with flavorful glaze of two different varieties of miso paste. The contrast of soft and springy textures with crispy textures gives this popular dish an addictive quality. The out-of-the-way restaurant has a homelike atmosphere and is visited by many people casually dining alone.

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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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