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#94 of 11,529 Restaurants in Kyoto
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City Center
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Nanzenjikusagawacho, Sakyoku, Kyoto 606-8437, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-771-4116
11:00 - 19:30
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 19:30
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Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really can't recommend Hyotei. Perhaps resting on its laurels? Try breakfast, if you must go. Perhaps the worst value (quality/cost) of any restaurant we have been to in the world. See the other 3 star reviews. Really, go somewhere else in Kyoto.

Thank GlennBP
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Traditional breakfast served for 4500 yen per person. While expensive, it was absolutely amazing and far less than what you would be expected to pay for lunch or dinner. Service was fast and not many people there at 8am on a Friday.

1 Thank Max L
Sydney, Australia
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108 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

We booked through our hotel for our 'significant' birthdays. In Sydney you don't get Michelin starred restaurants so we were very keen to try this one. What can I say: as soon as we stepped through the doors and into our private dining room we were transported 400 years back and it was magic (though very glad they had a... More 

2 Thank occasional_typo
Hong Kong, China
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75 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

I have enjoyed the very special breakfast served at Hyotei on numerous occasions. I have also long since felt that the food in the 3 Michelin starred establishments in Kyoto lack excitement. A dinner at Chihana a few months ago was a distinct let down. Whilst this kaiseki lunch at Hyotei was not as much of a disappointment, it nevertheless... More 

1 Thank Bourgogneboy
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

The beauty of the place and the food is unquestionable, as is the service, but I'm not sure if the food is as good as it can be in Kyoto give the price. Would have liked to have tried another kaiseki restaurant to give a true comparison.

Thank stephen m
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

My female friends and I were looking for a traditional kaiseki experience and Hyotei was given a 3 star Michelin rating. My friends and I could speak some Japanese as our hostesses had very limited English - they were older ladies with the cool polite, respectful Japanese demeanor which warmed when we tried to speak to them in Japanese. The... More 

1 Thank Sparrowgal
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

We had kaiseki lunch at Hyoteihonten today. We love the food. It was beautiful, fragrant and tastes exquisite; right down to miso soup. The environment was amazing and staff were top notch. I deeply respect their hard work but it was difficult to show my gratitude as I speak little Japanese. It is an expensive fine dining experience but I... More 

Thank Vivian H
Singapore, Singapore
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103 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015

We could only come here for breakfast because we have two young children (they only allow children under the age of 10 at breakfast). The food here is excellent, every dish was really good and we enjoyed it so much. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip. The price for breakfast is, in our opinion, quite reasonable.

Thank 555_Travel
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

I woke up early in the morning and made my way to try out Hyotei's morning porridge at the annex. I did not make any reservation but lucky for me they have a table for me. There were two main courses. First up was an array of side dishes which included various pickled vegetables and their famous hyotei egg. After... More 

Thank 234edwinz
Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain
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67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

Absolutely not a three star. We had kaiseki dinner for two in October. Food was completely unmemorable. The place was cold and no heaters available. Service fine but you could not expect less in Kyoto, however the staff spoke basically no english so you would not get any additional explanation or information. The only thing three star was the price.

Thank Niko1966

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$132 - US$220
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:30
11:00 - 19:30
11:00 - 19:30
11:00 - 19:30
11:00 - 19:30
11:00 - 19:30
11:00 - 19:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Nanzenjikusagawacho, Sakyoku, Kyoto 606-8437, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
  • Neighbourhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-771-4116

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in City Center

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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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