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Giro Giro Hitoshina

#81 of 11,523 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Shimogyo-ku
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420-7 Nambacho Nishikiyamachidori Matsubara Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8027, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-343-7070
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Oakland
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58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Giro Giro offers such a fun and enjoyable dining experience. Sitting at the counter, chatting with the international guests around you and with the friendly team of cooks as they serve you plate after plate of exquisite dishes, it makes for an evening you won't soon forget. The restaurant serves what is basically a multi-course Kaiseki meal, perhaps less formal... More 

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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delicious food served in a buzzy, informal environment. Sitting round a bar with a number of busy chefs working in the open kitchen we were treated to course after course of delicious food. Each plate served looked like a work of art and tasted great too. I would thoroughly recommend a meal here.

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nyc
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Unfortunately we did not get a chance to eat at Giro Giro tonight due to an issue with our reservation. We called 4x from the US to make a reservation 1mo in advance and were very excited when we were able to secure two seats at the counter. Once we chose a hotel they called to confirm our reservation as... More 

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Woodland Hills, CA
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Intimate (less than 20 seated around a bar) so you could watch the chef and interact with him. The food was modern kaiseki taking advantage of locally fresh and in season products. The key was that it was all enormously creative, fun and over the top delicious! Their sake recommendations were perfect and the closer was that the price was... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Very reasonable price for the set menu, which is always a surprise. Seeing some photos here, I guess I wasn't lucky, for my taste of food. A lot of vegetables dishes, lotus roots, aubergine and a cold noodle soup. Dessert was great though.

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Singapore, Singapore
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Giro Giro was what you would call modern Kaiseki, with surprising combination beyond my expectations. Excellently crafted dishes with enough finesse and balance. For 3800Yen, this its one superb meal... A must visit if you want to taste modern Kaiseki

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Sydney, Australia
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

I am amazed that every reviewer hasn't given this restaurant 5 stars. I can truly say that this was one of the best dining experiences that we have had in the last few years. And it is relatively cheap (about 4,000 yen per head, I think) given the complexity and artistry of the food. I challenge anyone to find a... More 

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Birkerod, Denmark
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Surprising and wonderful food to a very reasonable price. The menu is fixed, and we see that it's a very good idea, because it gives the kitchen the opportunity to create a full experience. We had nine small courses which were really great except one that didn't match our taste. It's also great to sit around the kitchen and see... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Wonderful experience must sit at the counter to be able to watch everything being put together---fascinating. The care that is put into the food preparation is wonderful to watch (and from everything I had in Japan, the food prep anywhere is a treat to watch) the food is amazing, multiple courses which are all detailed to you (in English, which... More 

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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and I are always open to new foods and experiences and being in Kyoto we decided to try this spin on traditional cuisine, especially given all the positive ratings. The staff were polite and efficient at the beginning when there were fewer customers - things slowed down later as it got busier but they were apologetic about it.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 420-7 Nambacho Nishikiyamachidori Matsubara Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8027, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Shimogyo-ku
  • Neighbourhood: Shimogyo-ku
  • Phone Number: +81 75-343-7070

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Shimogyo-ku
Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
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