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Restaurant Yonemura Gion

French, Japanese, Fujian
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481-1 Kiyoicho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0821, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-533-6699
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Brooklyn, New York
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This one of the new fusion-type restaurants that are breaking the mold of traditional Japanese cooking, which even when brilliantly prepared, as much of it is, can seem a bit repetitive. Yonemura's version is a wonderful amalgam of French and Japanese. Think "Flatfish Meuniere, foie gras & chestnut with cold pumpkin sauce" and "Bouillabaisse of the clam," to quote from... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is recommended to tourist who are in town. The restaurant has nice ambience, food is tasty and artistically decorated. Prices are not cheap but still affordable....

1 Thank yeoc468
Sydney, Australia
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121 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

I booked this restaurant through the hotel not really knowing what to expect but thinking it would be pretty good from articles I had read. The taxi took us to a small doorway down a quiet lane that opened into a tiny but beautiful Japanese garden and that was the start of our experience. We were seated at a bar... More 

2 Thank occasional_typo
Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

I loved this place. An inviting space, great staff and a menu that challenges and delights with its hints of French techniques and flavours with a solid Japanese base. Other reviewers have said that didn't like the cold pasta with hairy crab and sea urchin but for me it was the highlight. Probably not a place for those seeking standard... More 

Thank CyclingFoodie
Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

We booked this restaurant for our first night in Kyoto- when we booked we informed them that one person was vegetarian and they said it was fine. We then showed up sat down after a long day of travelling and there was not one item on the menu that was vegetarian friendly, we asked about the vegetarian menu that we... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2015

This is a full course restaurant that will take your tastebuds on a gastronomic adventure with around a dozen (maybe slightly less) courses. We had lunch at the private room at the back of the restaurant, which was perfect for peace and quiet - but don't miss the counter experience if its your first time. Don't forget to buy their... More 

Thank Kumahiko
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2015

Some courses ( beef and foie gras, fish and gazpacho) were very good and some (cold pasta with squid and sea urchin , and salmon roe with cold tea) were so bad as to be inedible. Fusion cooking can be hit and miss; sea urchin is a must in high-end Japanese cooking and not something we care for. If you... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2015 via mobile

Had dinner there last night , we were really looking forward to it , as we had booked it 2 months in advance , having seen it on the Destination Flavour food tv program. We were expecting - bold , innovative , outstanding cuisine . It sadly wasn't any of that. When I think of bold and innovative - I... More 

4 Thank Elena B
San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2015 via mobile

A one star Michelin, and it's well earned. Regardless of how I perceived it , I must be fair and impartial about my review and leave room for others to judge Upon sitting on their counter you're overseeing The team of chefs assembled like engineers at their stations With Yonemura San at their supervision ( and intervene when necessary )... More 

1 Thank xxbcxxy
Brisbane, Australia
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113 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2014

We ate at Yonemura in November 2014 and the experience was truly exceptional. From start to finish the food and service were superb . The counter seating adjacent to the kitchen means you have the added bonus of kitchen theatre throughout, with a clear view of the incredible coordination and care from the staff to prepare and plate each dish... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$53 - US$133
French, Japanese, Fujian
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 481-1 Kiyoicho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0821, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-533-6699

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?