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157-159-1 Matsumoto 4-chome, Pontocho, Sanjo-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-213-4445
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51 reviews
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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, including 4 drinks and the cover charge. The casual area next to the bar, even... More 

Thank Crina S
Honolulu, Hawaii
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102 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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 have been better had we been in New York. I have been told that the... More 

Thank lilymarlene808
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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
Guangzhou, China
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93 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

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
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3 reviews
Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

If you like fried food you are in the right place.. They put everything in the same oil and everything tastes the same. Bad presentation and they even try to charge you the additional drinks. We don't recommend you this place. Unlike you are looking for touristic over-price food.

Thank Andreita P
Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 9 April 2016

We stumbled upon this restaurant by chance in one of Kyoto's many laneways. It has a lovely ambiance (we sat in the casual area near the bar). We especially loved the fillet beef with 3 sauces so much so we ordered another serving & then returned a couple of nights later just to order the same meal! Meal sizes are... More 

Thank wazandbob
Melbourne, Australia
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

We just stopped by on a random chance meal at 10 pm and loved it. I wholeheartedly recommend it. We ordered the wagu beef cutlet and the wagu beef and porcini pasta. Both were exquisite. We would definitely come here again!

Thank amandastorey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

We chose this place because the menu was interesting and the prices seemed affordable as well, ranging from about 700 Yen up for a main dish. But if this place is NOT something, then affordable! 1. The main dish may have been quite inexpensive, but beware, there is no side dish included. So it's just a tiny portion of whatever... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

There are two restaurants same name on same at. One is Italian. We went to the Japanese one. It was our wedding anniversary. The service and food was amazing. Tuna divine, Lobster small but melt in your mouth. My favourite was kyoto roll too beautiful to eat. Two Lovely Japanese gentlemen sat next to us and brought us drinks for... More 

Thank dandkmullin
Newcastle, Australia
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2016

I think the menu may have changed since previous reviews, as this restaurant in pontocho alley is italian all the way - no Japanese or asian fusion here. The meals are small, but that is typical of modern cuisine these days. The meals were outstanding in presentation and flavour, we were very impressed. Would definitely come back for the food.... More 

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Restaurant Details

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Japanese, Asian
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
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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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Staying in Pontocho

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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 atmosphere and delicious food. Verandas are always filled with people young and old crowding tables, biting into hot yakitori or sipping cold beers. It is a culinary heart of Kyoto as much as one of its most laid-back, clamorous, and entertaining evening hotspots. Pontocho has more of an amiable vibrancy to it than an elegant one, attracting newcomers, local veterans, and everyone in between, in casual attire like sneakers and jeans.
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