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The Sodoh Higashiyama Kyoto

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366 Yasakakamimachi Yasakadori Shimogawara Higashi Iru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0827, Kyoto Prefecture (Formerly ガーデンオリエンタルキョウト)
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+81 75-541-3331
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
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Bruges, Belgium
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41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed today NEW

The Sodoh is a very large restaurant seating many guests, but the way it is set up makes it feel like you are only in a small restaurant. We got a table near an inner garden. The food is european style with japanese influences. Recommended.

Thank Leen D
Dusseldorf, Germany
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a party of ten and we requested a long table for all of us in the main dining room. We appreciate very much the consideration by Kodama-san who made our special request possible. We spent an unforgettable evening at The Sodoh.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning restaurant in an old typical mansion surrounded by magical vegetation. Great for groups and also for romantic dinners. Italian food in small servings but high quality.

Thank Nicodiscoloco
Perth, Australia
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Recently visited this restaurant as part of a semi-organised day that saw us catch the Bullet Train Down fromTokyo. Spent the day walking around Old Kyoto, visiting the ancient town, temples, craft, artisan shops and alike. Worked up an appetite and very much enjoyed the meal and entertainment at this restaurant. It has s hidden away off the Main Street,... More 

Thank GregSmiith58
Rome, Italy
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125 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I should start saying that the location is simply stunning and the food is very good. Creative and interesting taste combination, a mix of international cuisine with some Italian ingredients. Desserts are absolutely amazing. There is a BUT. We reserved a table (confirmed by the restaurant) but when we arrived they could not find our reservation and because they were... More 

Thank Stefano C
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very disappointed. With a beautiful garden and the foods are not good. There are no clients but they still made you wait. Maybe that is the way they make them more special which is not. Common now. I don't like to write bad review for any other business but I guess in this case I need to speak up. Fake... More 

Thank Travis T
Brighton, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Sodoh is tucked away in its own little grounds, so a bit tricky to find. We found Google Maps got us close, and a stroll around the block helped us find the way in. It tends to be booked up, and we only got a table without reservation by the skin of our teeth. The food is not straightforward... More 

Thank Ivor_K_13
Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a strange mixed bag. Went for my wife's birthday with our two children. Arrival was quite nice, but then we were shunted into an atmosphere-free side room filled mostly with other families with children. It felt like we were being banished to the toddler section, even though our kids are a bit older and up to the challenge. We... More 

Thank Hank_Kingsley
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Excellent venue for small or large groups or just fine dining. Highly recommend all dishes, quality & brilliant friendly service. Ambience and the setting 10/10

Thank Lex N
Milan, Italy
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

The food is based on the Italian culinary tradition, however the re-interpretation of the dishes using Japanese ingredients is pleasantly surprising. Our table had the garden view, which added some magic.

Thank pepp0li

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 366 Yasakakamimachi Yasakadori Shimogawara Higashi Iru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0827, Kyoto Prefecture (Formerly ガーデンオリエンタルキョウト)
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-541-3331
To the east of Yasaka Pagoda, range a very wide area of 4,290 square meters. This area belonged to a very distinguished Japanese artist named Takeuchi Seiho. There, stands a beautiful Japanese-style house and a garden that reflects colors of all four seasons, being the epitome of ancient Higashiyama atmosphere.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?