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157-159-1 Matsumoto 4-chome, Pontocho, Sanjo-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-213-4445
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Guangzhou, China
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78 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Nice restaurant with a wonderful view over the river. The food is good but the servings are quite small. The price is acceptable for this hot tourist spot. The staff is friendly but the servings are quite slow.

Thank Stephane V
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

If you like fried food you are in the right place.. They put everything in the same oil and everything tastes the same. Bad presentation and they even try to charge you the additional drinks. We don't recommend you this place. Unlike you are looking for touristic over-price food.

Thank Andreita P
Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

We stumbled upon this restaurant by chance in one of Kyoto's many laneways. It has a lovely ambiance (we sat in the casual area near the bar). We especially loved the fillet beef with 3 sauces so much so we ordered another serving & then returned a couple of nights later just to order the same meal! Meal sizes are... More 

Thank wazandbob
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

We just stopped by on a random chance meal at 10 pm and loved it. I wholeheartedly recommend it. We ordered the wagu beef cutlet and the wagu beef and porcini pasta. Both were exquisite. We would definitely come here again!

Thank amandastorey
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3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

We chose this place because the menu was interesting and the prices seemed affordable as well, ranging from about 700 Yen up for a main dish. But if this place is NOT something, then affordable! 1. The main dish may have been quite inexpensive, but beware, there is no side dish included. So it's just a tiny portion of whatever... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

There are two restaurants same name on same at. One is Italian. We went to the Japanese one. It was our wedding anniversary. The service and food was amazing. Tuna divine, Lobster small but melt in your mouth. My favourite was kyoto roll too beautiful to eat. Two Lovely Japanese gentlemen sat next to us and brought us drinks for... More 

Thank dandkmullin
Newcastle, Australia
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016

I think the menu may have changed since previous reviews, as this restaurant in pontocho alley is italian all the way - no Japanese or asian fusion here. The meals are small, but that is typical of modern cuisine these days. The meals were outstanding in presentation and flavour, we were very impressed. Would definitely come back for the food.... More 

Thank Danbelsofh
Varkala, India
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015

Finding this restaurant in Pontocho was perfect. The queue / wait to be seated was not as long as feared (ten to fifteen minutes ). The food was very affordable, beautifully presented and delicious. Staff were attentive and helpful. So much so we made a return visit!!

Thank Josephine G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

At each restaurant I visited in Japan, whether free standing or in a hotel or department store, I received very polite service. I speak no Japanese and the wait staff rarely spoke any English, yet we always found a way to communicate. The food was consistently fresh and delightfully presented. I kept waiting for the "outlier", but either I was... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

We walked into this place on a Saturday night and were told there was a 50 minute wait. We opted not to wait - after reading all the horror stories in trip advisor about long waits for Kyoto restaurants. Good move as we came back early the next week and had a fabulous time. We were in Kyoto for 8... More 

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Restaurant Details

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Japanese, Asian
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
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Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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  • Address: 157-159-1 Matsumoto 4-chome, Pontocho, Sanjo-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Pontocho
  • Neighbourhood: Pontocho
  • Phone Number: +81 75-213-4445
Phone 075-213-4445; located on Pontocho about halfway between Sanjo and Shijo, on the river-side of the street just south of a park; modern Japanese Kyoto-style cuisine.

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Staying in Pontocho

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Though small by comparison, Pontocho is one of Kyoto's most spirited and memorable neighborhoods. A narrow street straddling the Kamogawa River, it is Kyoto's busiest nightlife spot. When darkness falls, Pontocho's many signs and lanterns bolt to life, making the area glow with invitations to passers-by to come inside and pull up a chair. Its restaurants and bars sprawl onto the riverbank, providing a friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Verandas are always filled with people young and old crowding tables, biting into hot yakitori or sipping cold beers. It is a culinary heart of Kyoto as much as one of its most laid-back, clamorous, and entertaining evening hotspots. Pontocho has more of an amiable vibrancy to it than an elegant one, attracting newcomers, local veterans, and everyone in between, in casual attire like sneakers and jeans.
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