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Roan Kikunoi, Kiyamachi

#140 of 11,527 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighbourhood:
Pontocho
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118 Saitocho Kiyamachidori 4-jo Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8012, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-361-5580
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11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 20:30
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This restaurant serves a modernized version of traditional kaiseki in a casual setting. They have a counter with 10 seats, and a few tatami seating areas and private rooms. I was here for dinner and had a counter seat, which I really enjoyed. Some of the chefs also speak English. They have several set course menus, and I had chosen... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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53 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The dinner presented what seemed like an endless assortment of brilliant colors and flavors. In the end, we couldn't do justice to the food because we were so full. The richness of the food (duck liver pate, abalone, sea urchin, baby tuna....) added to the feeling of a surfeit of food. The service was impeccable. Each item on the menu... More 

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Oakland
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58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Kikunoi is such a famous restaurant in Kyoto, and so highly praised, it's difficult to find much new or original to say about it. A meal here- mine was lunch - really is an experience of food transformed into high art, and it is a meal you will not soon forget. Looking at the menu I brought home and taped... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Not cheap but what an experience! I took my wife were for her birthday. We were given a private room which was so much fun. The food was amazing and the service even better. If you've got the cash do it!

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Singapore
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127 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

First time to this place and I am highly recommending it. Reservation is necessary and no last minute cancellation as pre-preparation is needed, catered to your specific diet restrictions. Had the lunch kaiseki and if was amazing. Some of the rather interesting ones to me are: 1) Yuzu flavoured one with tofu skin (infused with mushrooms) and folded into a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

This restaurant and the main branch and the branch in Tokyo have always been my favourite place... Love the food. Love the ambience and love the presentation.. Highly recommended !

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Singapore, Singapore
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183 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

We were lucky to get 2 counter seats on a Sunday night at fairly short notice through our hotel. Easy to miss the entrance, but our friends ate there the night before and pointed it out to us. All of us at the counter were foreigners, but we could hear happy Japanese voices coming from the rooms. I guess you... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

We had brunch here last week on a sunday after noon, after making the reservation 1,5 month in advance. Even on such notice it was impossible to book for dinner. But we were surely not disappointed with the brunch setting. We took the small taster menu and ordered some nice sake to drink with it, based on the house recommendations.... More 

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48 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

Nice restaurant with excellent service in Kyoto. Although the food is great it is expensive, but if you are looking for Kaiseki food, the price is fine. This 2 star Michelin is located in the nice area in Kyoto, so after dinner you can enjoy the city. Reservation is recommended.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

Reservations highly recommended, made mine a month + in advance. You need to be able to speak japanese to reserve. The menu changes each season as they use the seasonal veggies to cook the food. Quality of the food was pretty good, sashimi was fresh and the arrangement of the food very well done. They even provided an english explanation... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 20:30
Monday
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 20:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 20:30
Thursday
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 20:30
Friday
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 20:30
Saturday
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 118 Saitocho Kiyamachidori 4-jo Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8012, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Pontocho
  • Neighbourhood: Pontocho
  • Phone Number: +81 75-361-5580

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Staying in Pontocho

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Pontocho
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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