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Matsuba Soba

192 Kawabatacho, Higashiyama-ku, 605-0076, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-1451
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good44%
  • Average24%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
4 weeks ago
“Unusual flavours and textures, definitely a dining experience”
4 weeks ago
“Excellent local soba!”
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192 Kawabatacho, Higashiyama-ku, 605-0076, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A local took us here for lunch. I am unsure what I ate that day but some of the flavours and textures were extraordinary. The presentation of the food is half the pleasure. If you're keen to try local food, then pop in and sample...More

Thank Rockbourne
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for a quick lunch that hit the spot. You’ll find mostly local customers here. I had the herring with soba - their most popular selection - delicious and refreshing. Perfect meal to keep you energized for an afternoon of sightseeing. Looks to be...More

Thank EXSE
Reviewed March 24, 2017 via mobile

This place has great service, however, I did not love the food. This doesn't mean that the food is bad, it's just not for me. If you are visiting Japan, I recommend trying everything, even though this might mean stumbling upon things you might not...More

1  Thank Juan D
Reviewed December 25, 2016

We were recommended to go to this restaurant by a local, and were not disappointed. The staff was polite and friendly, the atmosphere was great, and the food was delicious.

Thank btking854
Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were craving soba after walking through Yasaka Shrine and TripAdvisor led us here. It bills itself as a very old restaurant but the building has been renovated. Location is not exactly where TripAdvisor points you to on the main street but...More

1  Thank jrh825
Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

We were here to try what Soba taste like. Soba is japanese traditional hand made noodle and it had different texture with noodle in the ramen. We ate it with duck broth and tempura. The taste was great but if you are not familiar with...More

Thank Rhyando A
Reviewed July 8, 2016

This is one of the oldest Soba restaurants in Kyoto, and especially famous for their Nishin (kippered herring) Soba. Nishin is neither sweet, nor salty. In one word, it is delicious. Just to eat Nishin Soba, it is worth to visit it. Matuba is located...More

Thank Kimitaka S
Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Local soba restaurant with old tradition in Tokyo. Tried hot soba and duck and cool soba with tempura prawns. Very tasty soup, good price, fast attended.

Thank Jose A
Reviewed May 8, 2016

This was recommended by a taxi driver as a good place for the local specialty of nishin soba (herring on soba noodles in broth), which was invented in this restaurant. The dish was great, as was the ujicha green tea and the service was so...More

Thank pancreas
Reviewed November 12, 2015

What was ordered: Soba w/ Herring in soup 1300円 Soba + assorted tempura w/ dip 1500円 Bottle of Asahi (500ml) 650円 Where: Very easy to spot on a busy corner across an Italian establishment along the river! When: We arrived at about 7:45PM and were...More

1  Thank anjoot
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US$9 - US$27
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  • Address: 192 Kawabatacho, Higashiyama-ku, 605-0076, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Gion
  • Neighbourhood: Gion
  • Phone Number: +81 75-561-1451
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