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Funaokayama Shimizu

These Michelin-starred kaiseki course menus feature the best ingredients from Japan, but the rice is the real star. Made with Kyoto groundwater from Daitokuji Temple, it is fluffy, fragrant and cooked to perfection in an earthenware pot.
Dinner: ¥13,000-35,000
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Godan Miyazawa

Learn a thing or two about Japanese history during an innovative omakase course dinner.
Lunch: ¥6,000-7,999
Dinner: ¥20,000-29,999
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Noguchi Tsunagu

Notorious for being nearly impossible to book, the two-Michelin-starred Kyotenjin Noguchi has since opened a sister store in Noguchi Tsunagu, offering the same critically-acclaimed cuisine and stellar quality.
Dinner: ¥15,000-20,000
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Kinobu

Experience a nostalgia in taste mixed in the revolutionizing flavors of the kaiseki dishes at this ryotei.
Lunch: ¥6,000-7,999
Dinner: ¥15,000-17,999
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Gion Nishimura

Give the traditional kappo a pass and head over to this refined kappo restaurant that still features the classic essence of the cuisine.
Lunch: ¥3,000-3,999
Dinner: ¥15,000-19,999
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Sushi Matsumoto

Enjoy a parade of Edomae-style sushi in a historic district in Kyoto.
Lunch: ¥11,000-19,999
Dinner: ¥20,000-29,999
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Gion Matayoshi

Dramatic yet dignified dining — that’s what’s on offer at this 2 Michelin star kaiseki restaurant in Kyoto’s historic Gion.
Lunch: ¥12,000-14,999
Dinner: ¥30,000-39,999
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Tozentei

Dedicated and of the highest standards, Tozentei does not settle for less when it comes to providing the best of Kyoto kaiseki cuisine.
Lunch: ¥11,000-24,000
Dinner: ¥15,000-35,000
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Nikukappo Futago

Enjoy elegance beneath the moon and the stocks of bamboo as you taste luxurious, selective, seasonal wagyu dishes inspired by the four seasons of Japan.
Dinner: ¥15,000-20,000
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Sushi Rakumi

Michelin-starred sushi in Kyoto, with a generous range of appetizers and three cuts of premium tuna.
Dinner: ¥20,000-29,999
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Nishijin Fujiyoshi

Despite being a bit further out from center city, this Japanese restaurant run by a husband and wife team needs no introduction as they serve dishes inspired by their views of the world.
Lunch: ¥9,000-9,999
Dinner: ¥13,000-13,999
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Ogawa

The flavors of tradition are still prominent in the dishes of this Japanese restaurant that is always seeking to evolve.
Lunch: ¥6,000-7,999
Dinner: ¥20,000-29,999
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Gion Nishikawa

Gion elegance in every moment, this kaiseki restaurant holds a well-deserved place in the top-tier of Kyoto’s food scene.
Lunch: ¥15,000-19,999
Dinner: ¥30,000-39,999
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Otagi

Fine kaiseki dining on the naturally beautiful north side of Kyoto, where you can enjoy a return to nature in fresh seasonal cooking.
Dinner: ¥20,000-29,999
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Yusokuryori Mankamero

A tenth-generation traditional Japanese restaurant in Kyoto, where centuries-old traditions are kept burning strong.
Lunch: ¥10,000-14,999
Dinner: ¥40,000-49,999
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Kyoryori Fujimoto

A solid kaiseki experience in Kyoto, the home of the cuisine, with a buffet of sweets to cap off your lunch.
Dinner: ¥15,000-19,999
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Gion Fukushi

A kaiseki dining experience in Kyoto’s historic Gion district, which respects the traditions of the craft while adding some modern touches.
Lunch: ¥15,000-19,999
Dinner: ¥15,000-19,999
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Tenyu

This restaurant strips back to the fundamentals of tempura cuisine while adding the Kyoto twist for a unique change.
Lunch: ¥3,000-5,000
Dinner: ¥3,000-5,000
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Sushi Gion Matsudaya

Presenting Edo-style sushi, this restaurant is full of classic dishes combined with the chef’s very own intriguing ideas.
Dinner: ¥25,000-45,000
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Jiki Miyazawa

Don’t judge the book by its cover – the simplistic presentation of the dishes at this Kyoto restaurant does not define their true flavors.
Lunch: ¥5,000-5,999
Dinner: ¥15,000-19,999
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Aji Fukushima

Aji Fukushima provides an omakase course that walks you through the culture of Kyoto.
Lunch: ¥5,000-5,999
Dinner: ¥10,000-14,999
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Ayanokoji Karatsu

Ayanokoji Karatsu is a relatively new kaiseki restaurant near Shijo Station which has already won a Michelin star for its innovation.
Lunch: ¥8,000-9,999
Dinner: ¥20,000-29,999
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Nakamura

This three-Michelin-starred Kyoto kaiseki restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in the country!
Lunch: ¥20,000-38,000
Dinner: ¥30,000-50,000
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Gion Maruyama

Enjoy two-star traditional dining which brings the seasons of Japan to your plate.
Lunch: ¥10,000-14,999
Dinner: ¥30,000-39,999
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Muromachi Wakuden

Witness your meal take shape during each step of the way at this performative kaiseki powerhouse.
Lunch: ¥10,000-14,999
Dinner: ¥20,000-29,999
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Wagokoro Izumi

Taste the difference made by directly-sourced meat and fish, transformed into authentic Kyo-ryori dishes.
Lunch: ¥13,000-40,000
Dinner: ¥20,000-40,000
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MOTOÏ

Paris by way of Kyoto, with a brief stop in Shanghai: this Kyoto bistro combines the best of both worlds.
Lunch: ¥10,000-14,999
Dinner: ¥20,000-29,999
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Gion Owatari

Indulge in authentic Kyoto cuisine with immaculate service.
Lunch: ¥20,000-29,999
Dinner: ¥20,000-29,999
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A simply stunning meal, delivered in a simple and welcoming space. Particularly enjoyed the descriptions and kindness shown by staff.
Christina Carrigan
February 17, 2024
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Godan Miyazawa
Restaurant in Kyoto
Food is excellent. Some of the sushi are perhaps the best I've ever tasted. Would be nice if chef provides a little information on each dish though. Have no idea what we are eating sometimes and had to find out ourself. Perhaps it's the language barrier.
Garry Kee
February 01, 2024
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Gion Sushi Tadayasu
Restaurant in Kyoto
Food are very good and creative. Atmosphere is very good. We sit in the counter and let me to know what the Chef is cooking. Only problem is the wine choice is very limited and the wine list only mentions different kind of wine or sake etc and no description like which wine producer and year etc.
Alan So
December 28, 2023
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Ogawa
Restaurant in Kyoto
The food and service here was incredible. It’s so clear that everyone is so proud of their craft and of what they serve people. Mrs. Watanabe had a fantastic ingredients encyclopedia to help explain exactly what was used in every dish, so my family could remain engaged with the experience too. We are all still dreaming of some of the food we ate here, and I would recommend this in a heartbeat. Not only was everything delicious, it was also beautifully balanced and portioned. It was also my cousin’s first time having a curated meal like this, and she loved every moment of it! Thank you so much, Watanabe-san!
SuLi Chin
November 29, 2023
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Tozentei
Restaurant in Kyoto
Food was amazing and they were so sweet as a family who runs together this small as well as gorgeous restaurant!! You should go there!!
Benedict Groening
November 27, 2023
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Tozentei
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Frequently Asked Questions

How to reserve restaurants in Kyoto?

Most restaurants in Kyoto allow customers to make reservations over the phone, however this is not always easy. Despite the rise of tourism in Kyoto, due to language barriers this task can often be quite difficult. If you cannot reserve directly through the restaurant’s website, the best way to reserve a restaurant in Kyoto is to use an online reservation service. There are many sites that help foreigners to make reservations, which is especially useful since many restaurant websites and Japanese booking sites can be hard to navigate. An online platform like byFood will allow you to select restaurants in Kyoto and filter them by cuisine and area. This makes it easy to reserve ahead. Customers can easily add their reservation details into the restaurant reservation page, and byFood will make a reservation on behalf of the guest. ByFood will then send a confirmation email if the reservation is approved, or send a failed reservation email if it is unsuccessful.

Is a reservation required for restaurants in Kyoto?

Not all restaurants in Kyoto require a reservation, however in some cases making a reservation is essential. Casual restaurants and most izakayas welcome walk-ins, however popular or fine dining restaurants usually require a reservation ahead of time, like kaiseki or kappo restaurants. Michelin-starred restaurants in Kyoto definitely require an advance reservation, and some should be reserved several months before.

What is the average cost of a meal at restaurants in Kyoto?

The average cost of lunch at a casual restaurant in Kyoto will be approximately 1500 yen to 2500 yen. Dinner meals at restaurants in Kyoto average somewhere between 5000 and 15000 yen, depending on the restaurant.

Best Restaurants in Kyoto

Unprecedented in quality, every Kyoto restaurant incorporates the best of local produce and seasonal offerings into fresh, immersive Japanese food menus. Culinary creativity runs through the city like its waters. In fact, you can dine in the open air over Kyoto’s rivers in summer, or lose yourself for a night dining in the converted wooden machiya buildings of downtown Pontocho. Somewhere tucked away in the grid of Kyoto’s backstreets, family-run restaurants greet strangers and regulars alike, offering unique dining experiences. Side street shop fronts steam with ramen broth and specialty tofu dishes. High-caliber kaiseki dining experiences await in Kyoto’s many Michelin-starred restaurants, serving experiential feasts celebrating ingredients of the season.

Holding tradition and craftsmanship at the city’s core, restaurants in Kyoto always offer an unforgettable atmosphere and high-quality Japanese cuisine to match. Marvel at the exquisite textures and stunning aesthetics evident in even the finest culinary details. Kyoto restaurants arrange their food on their plates just so; beautifully and crafted with skill like edible art. Discover some of the best food in Kyoto when exploring in this cultural hub, bursting with its own regional food. Feast upon local cuisine known as Kyo-ryori, made from the freshest seasonal produce, or taste vegetarian Buddhist cuisine when you sit down to an authentic shojin ryori meal.

Fine Kyoto cuisine can be found at its beautiful restaurants with wonderful culinary surprises in every bite. Exploring Kyoto’s backstreets and buzzing markets mean that you might stumble upon the city’s best hidden local gems. Don’t miss a thing, see more of the city’s best restaurants during a Kyoto food tour, or settle in for a memorable dining experience in Kyoto by booking ahead of time on byFood.