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157-159-1 Matsumoto 4-chome, Pontocho, Sanjo-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-213-4445
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
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“mousse” (2 reviews)
“sashimi” (6 reviews)
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Japanese, Asian
$$ - $$$
157-159-1 Matsumoto 4-chome, Pontocho, Sanjo-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This is a small plates/tapas-style restaurant overlooking the water in an old townhouse. They have an English menu and staff that spoke English. Ordered the 5-course set dinner menu for 4800¥ which was a good value. Definitely left full. It's kaiseki-style where chef chooses and...More

Thank Filmgal
Reviewed 24 September 2016

Food was very good, though portions were small. Service was excellent and the view of the river was very nice. Restaurant is nicely appointed, clean and comfortable. The yellow tail shasumi was very nice.

Thank Pruguy
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

As tourists, we missed seeing any geisha on this historic alley. Many restaurants here. Ducked into this restaurant for dinner for six. Offered a traditional very low height table on second floor and indoors, as the more desirable deck overlooking the river was not available....More

Thank D5937WNcharless
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Food was bad too oily even simple edemame comes soaked in oil. Portions are very small, you will have to order multiple plates and it is also expensive for the value. Service was very slow, took almost 45 min to get 2 small plates. Big...More

Thank Sally S
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Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Difficult to choose in Pontocho for a visitor. Randomly went in and not disappointed. Ate inside because the terrace was full. Very nice view of the river. Ate sashimi then tempura and teriyaki chicken. All excellent. Service friendly, English menus, all good! For the adventurous...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stumbled upon this restaurant while visiting Kyoto and loved it. We ordered from the regular menu and enjoyed our entrees very much. The service was impeccable and our table facing the river was very romantic. We also shared a tasty and...More

Thank Susan K
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon the Japanese one ( I understood there are 2). Managed to get a table in 10 min and the food was awesome! The set menu with 9 courses was a very good value for us. 12.000 with 9 courses on that location,...More

Thank Crina S
Reviewed 3 June 2016

If you would like some good Italian food for a change of pace while in Kyoto, you won't go wrong here. I had the salad Caprese which was absolutely delicious and my husband enjoyed a Caesar salad. We both had pasta and it could not...More

Thank lilymarlene808
Reviewed 21 May 2016

We returned two plates and partially ate two more. The food came at irregular intervals. The kitchen was unsanitary (I work in foodservice.) They where clearly overwhelmed. Worst restaurand I've ever been in, worldwide. I no longer trust Tripadvisor.

Thank Gustavo G
Reviewed 17 May 2016

Nice restaurant with a wonderful view over the river. The food is good but the servings are quite small. The price is acceptable for this hot tourist spot. The staff is friendly but the servings are quite slow.

Thank Stephane V
Though small by comparison, Pontocho is one of Kyoto's
most spirited and memorable neighborhoods. A narrow
street straddling the Kamogawa River, it is Kyoto's
busiest nightlife spot. When darkness falls,
Pontocho's many signs and lanterns bolt to life,
making the area glow with invitations to passers-by to
come inside and pull up a chair. Its restaurants and
bars sprawl onto the riverbank, providing a friendly
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  • Value
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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  • Address: 157-159-1 Matsumoto 4-chome, Pontocho, Sanjo-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Pontocho
  • Neighbourhood: Pontocho
  • Phone Number: +81 75-213-4445
Phone 075-213-4445; located on Pontocho about halfway between Sanjo and Shijo, on the river-side of the street just south of a park; modern Japanese Kyoto-style cuisine.
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