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Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar

#7 of 11,783 Restaurants in Kyoto}
$$ - $$$, , Japanese
230-1 Kamimyokakujicho Koromonotanadori Oshikoji-agaru, Nakagyou-ku, Kyoto 604-0025, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-231-5155
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good15%
  • Average4%
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CUISINES
Bar, Pub, Japanese, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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230-1 Kamimyokakujicho Koromonotanadori Oshikoji-agaru, Nakagyou-ku, Kyoto 604-0025, Kyoto Prefecture
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1 - 10 of 310 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

We had a fun evening at this restaurant. All of the guests were tourists, but as my husband and I speak no Japanese at all and wanted a guaranteed vegetarian option, it was clear to us that we would not be able to easily eat...More

Thank SweetsFrankfurt
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was so pleased we chose this restaurant. We had amazing service from the staff, who took the time so explain about samurai and japanese culture. My husband was unwell at the time (not related to the restaurant of course) and the waitress took great...More

Thank HolidayCharles
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Based on TripAdvisor comments we went to this place and had a good time ! A special thanks to the staff who take time to explain you a lot of thing about samurais life and guide you for the menu ! They speak a perfect...More

Thank Monc c
ShishinShogo, マネージャー at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you very much for your review. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay here at Shishin. It was a great pleasure meeting such a wonderful family like you too. However we do understand there must have been something that couldn't make you give...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

As a party of four we ate here on the last night of our Japan trip. Having read the reviews and also the aspect of the Samurai we thought this would be the place for us. On the good points: The manager (unfortunately I didn't...More

Thank Rebah1
ShishinShogo, マネージャー at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for your review. We are very glad to know that you enjoyed our service. We were all very happy to meet you too. The beef you ordered for us is by quality one of Japan's best beef. We will work harder...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just came back from dinner at this amazing little Japanese restaurant. The experience was outstanding. The food - delicious! The atmosphere - unique. And most of all the staff (fluent English speakers) - so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. A must visit restraunt in Kyoto. Thank...More

Thank Oren P
ShishinShogo, マネージャー at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for a wonderful review. Your words really tell us that you enjoyed the stay here at Shishin, we can not be more happy. We will always work harder to serve better meals, and to have better service. We are also planning...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice English-speaking staff, will make a great effort to tell you all about the samurai. The food was also excellent: some proper vegetarian options and delicious meat and fish dishes. We had a lovely evening dining along side Darth Vader :)More

Thank Annemiek N
ShishinShogo, マネージャー at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for a wonderful review. We are very pleased to know you enjoyed our food and atmosphere. Our staffs are all fans of samurais as well, so we are always happy to tell you more about them! Thank you again for coming...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled across this place on our first night in Kyoto. We arrived at 5.30pm and were able to get a table straight away. The restaurant offers several set menus and also the option to order individual dishes. We ordered the samurai dinner course and...More

Thank Amy P
ShishinShogo, マネージャー at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for a wonderful review. We are very glad to know that you enjoyed our vegetarian menus. You especially chose the most recommended courses for us, so we were very happy to serve you with many stories of the samurais. Thank you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The team make this restaurant, they are friendly and keen to discuss samurai and the history. You can ask questions or just look at the replica swords etc. The food is nice, it's great to have gluten free options labelled. It was the first time...More

1  Thank Laura E
ShishinShogo, マネージャー at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay here at Shishin. We are also happy to know that the gluten free menus suited you as well. Please understand we use only Japan made products, and our vegetables are...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We made a booking for 8 - lost our wallet - changed our booking to 9 and then arrived at 8:30 in an unhappy state. We were made to feel relaxed from the moment we arrived - yes, like visiting old friends. The experience was...More

Thank travelisourhobby
ShishinShogo, マネージャー at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for a great review!! We were very happy to meet such a beautiful family like you. We all enjoyed the time with you, and very happy you thought our stories about the samurais were interesting too. Also we will always work...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited due to excellent reviews on Tripadvisor and were so pleased we did! The food was absolutely outstanding - we all ate various set menus but there is also a large variety on the menu overall, including plenty of vegetarian options. Portions were the...More

Thank Lauragrant93
ShishinShogo, マネージャー at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for a wonderful review!! It was a great pleasure for us too to serve such a great guest like you. We hope you enjoy your stay in Japan, and we look forward to the chance to see you again. Thank you...More

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Annegret O
21 March 2017|
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Response from DanGeorge809 | Reviewed this property |
You would have to contact the restaurant directly. If you're arriving in Kyoto before the sixth, call the restaurant, they speak English very fluently and will be able to take your booking.
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June V
17 February 2017|
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Response from Lisa C | Reviewed this property |
Hi - We made reservation on the day but they say it was ok to just pop in. I would recommend to make a reservation and go early :)
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Donna K
18 January 2017|
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Response from tasabego | Reviewed this property |
I'd say outside of weekends and bank holidays you can book a day ahead with no worries. but that said, the earlier you book the better ;)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 230-1 Kamimyokakujicho Koromonotanadori Oshikoji-agaru, Nakagyou-ku, Kyoto 604-0025, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
  • Neighbourhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-231-5155
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Description
Shishin -Samurai cafe&bar&restaurant- Enjoy “Samurai food” and great Japanese drinks at a traditional Kyoto house. The meals that were actually loved and eaten by real the Samurais, a Katana (Samurai sword) & Samurai armor, a wonderful Japanese garden, and fluent English speaking staffs will support your one and only experience. Your Samurai story awaits you here at “Shishin”.
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