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Seiwasou

The beautiful Edo period architecture of Seiwasou draws many guests to its gardens, and the traditional Kyoto-style kaiseki cuisine keeps them at the table.
Lunch: ¥7,000-45,000
Dinner: ¥15,000-45,000
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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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Tozentei

The Watanabe family brings fictional kaiseki cuisine to life at their Michelin-starred Kyoto restaurant, located conveniently near the Kinkaku-ji Temple and Arashiyama bamboo grove.
Lunch: ¥18,000-20,000
Dinner: ¥29,000-53,000
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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.
Lunch: ¥12,000-15,000
Dinner: ¥20,000-30,000
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Godan Miyazawa

Learn a thing or two about Japanese history during an innovative omakase course dinner.
Lunch: ¥14,850-19,800
Dinner: ¥22,000-22,000
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Kinobu

Experience a nostalgia in taste mixed in the revolutionizing flavors of the kaiseki dishes at this ryotei.
Lunch: ¥7,000-12,500
Dinner: ¥12,500-34,000
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Oryori Mashita

Escape the noise of central Kyoto and come to this elegant ryotei to experience the four seasons of this culturally-rich city.
Lunch: ¥5,000-10,000
Dinner: ¥20,000-30,000
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Gion Okada

One can taste the dedication and effort put into the dishes at Gion Okada, a Michelin-starred restaurant with a hardworking chef at the helm.
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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Kikunoi Roan

Experience the four seasons with a twist through well-decorated kaiseki courses in the heart of Kyoto.
Lunch: ¥10,000-15,000
Dinner: ¥20,000-30,000
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Kikunoi Honten

There’s simply nowhere with the history, tradition, and quality of this three Michelin-starred palace of Kyoto fine dining.
Lunch: ¥10,000-15,000
Dinner: ¥30,000-40,000
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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: ¥30,000-40,000
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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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Ogawa (Nakagyo)

The flavors of tradition are still prominent in the dishes of this Japanese restaurant that is always seeking to evolve.
Lunch: ¥4,800-11,000
Dinner: ¥28,000-30,000
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Washoku Uoman (Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo)

In a movement that calls to mind the historic convergence of northern and southern ingredients on the capital, the finest ingredients from all over Japan, like Omi wagyu beef from Shiga, are combined here into traditional kaiseki course menus.
Dinner: ¥5,000-10,000
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Yakiniku Toraji Kyoto

The yakiniku in this traditional Kyoto kyomachi-ya checks both the quality and quantity boxes. In true Toraji Group style, every cut of beef here is gorgeously marbled and cut thick for maximum enjoyment of both flavor and texture.
Dinner: ¥17,000-30,000
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Ganko Takasegawa Nijoen

Admire the Keicho-era grounds and intricate architecture of this historic Kyoto residence, before tucking into wagyu sukiyaki or kaiseki with seasonal ingredients.
Lunch: ¥14,000-60,000
Dinner: ¥14,000-60,000
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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: ¥33,000-33,000
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Yusokuryori Mankamero

A tenth-generation traditional Japanese restaurant in Kyoto, where centuries-old traditions are kept burning strong.
Lunch: ¥32,000-70,000
Dinner: ¥32,000-70,000
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Sushi-Kappo Nakaichi

Experience sushi kappo the Kyo-ryori way, featuring rare seasonal ingredients and crafted to suit the Kyoto locals’ tastes.
Dinner: ¥15,000-20,000
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Reine des Pres

A Michelin-starred chef with extensive experience in Paris cooks up fine French food with a focus on excellent slow-cooking.
Lunch: ¥12,000-24,000
Dinner: ¥18,000-24,000
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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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Mokube

While still preserving the classic, the new and original flavors of this Kyoto restaurant will blow your mind.
Lunch: ¥5,000-10,000
Dinner: ¥20,000-30,000
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Okina

Rich in tradition and fresh in ingredients, this Kyoto-style restaurant has been around for more than five decades, creating local masterpieces for their respected guests.
Lunch: ¥3,000-4,000
Dinner: ¥15,000-20,000
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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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Isshisoden 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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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.