Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) and all the other types of wagyu beef in Japan are renowned for their particularly fine and tender texture. The most popular is the marbled meat, characterized by a rich sweet flavor due to the high fat content. This article introduces 10 restaurants in the Kyoto area where you can try wagyu. Check them out!
1. Nikuya no Daidokoro - Kyoto Kiyamachi Meat (Sanjo)
Eat your favorite cuts of high-grade Kuroge Wagyu at Nikuya no Daidokoro - Kyoto Kiyamachi Meat. With the main focus on Kobe beef, they stock blocks of selected fresh wagyu from all over the country and prepare the meat themselves on-site, which allows them to keep the price low. The [Kuroge Wagyu Rib Roast Sukiyaki] is especially recommended, served with their all-you-can-eat [Deluxe Wagyu Course]. The fine marbling and melt-in-your-mouth texture is hard to resist. Enjoy high-grade wagyu to your heart's content!
Nikuya no Daidokoro - Kyoto Kiyamachi Meat
: [Saturday, Sunday] Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Average price: [Lunch} 1,500 JPY
Access: 3 minutes walk from Sanjo Station on Keihan Lines
Address: Sanjo, Kiyamachi, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto PrefectureMore Details
2. Kyo no Yakinikudokoro Hiro Kyoto Tower Sando Branch (Kyoto)
Kyo no Yakinikudokoro Hiro Kyoto Tower Sando Branch serves yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) skewers. Serving yakiniku by way of meat and vegetable skewers came from the wish to serve yakiniku more simply and casually. They use Kuroge Wagyu carefully selected from the local market. Only the cuts most suitable for skewers are used, making it a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. Be sure to order their [Chef's Recommended 5-kind Assortment] (980 JPY). It is a platter of beef skewers, smoked beef tongue, and other superb delicacies. Alternatively, enjoy some raw meat by ordering their [Wagyu Yukhoe] (980 JPY). The delicious combination of the sweet melty wagyu with egg is unforgettable!
Kyo no Yakinikudokoro Hiro Kyoto Tower Sando branch
: 11:00 am - 11:00 pmClosed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPYAccess
: 2 minutes walk from the central exit of JR Kyoto Station, in Kyoto TowerAddress
: 721-1, Higashishio-Koji Cho, Karasuma Dori Shichijo Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
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3. Yakiniku no Bunya (Kyoto)
Yakiniku no Bunya is popular for their rich offerings and bright atmosphere. Highly recommended dishes include the tender and fatty beef [Thickly Cut Deluxe Galbi] (1,480 JPY), the popular [Homemade Wagyu Tail Soup] (1,080 JPY), and the 3-hour slow cooked [Homemade Steamed Pork] (780 JPY). Enjoy carefully selected domestically-produced Kuroge Wagyu, stocked from different suppliers according to the cut!
Yakiniku no Bunya
: [Saturday/Sunday/Holiday] Normal hours 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average price: 3,500 JPY
Access: 20 minutes walk from JR Kyoto Station / 8 minutes walk from JR Tanbaguchi Station
4. Yakinikuan Kizashi (Kyoto)
Visit Yakinikuan Kizashi to savor carefully selected Kuroge Wagyu beef. The chef personally heads to a butcher shop to select the meat. The quality is already excellent, but it is made even better by the thoroughness with which the meat is cut and trimmed! The restaurant's signature dish is the [Chef's Recommended OMAKASE] (1,990 JPY plus tax). This dish will allow you to taste and compare a fine selection of 11 different cuts of meat. In addition, don't miss their [Kuroge Wagyu Nigiri] (990 JPY plus tax). The Wagyu nigiri sushi is a must if you visit Japan!
: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (Food L.O. 11:00 pm, Drink L.O. 11:30 pm)Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPYAccess
: A 10-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station. Located towards Wakamiya Street after the Shichijo Shinmachi intersection.Address
: 709, Ebisuno-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
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5. Honkaku Yakiniku Chifaja Bukkoji Branch (Shijo)
The charm of Honkaku Yakiniku Chifaja Bukkoji Branch lies in its luxurious meat dishes and classy interiors. The all-you-can-eat course is highly recommended. For a reasonable price, you can enjoy up to 80 different menu items. The most popular item is the [Kuroge Wagyu Galbi] (1,300 JPY plus tax). Balanced cuts of meat are carefully selected for this dish. Don't forget to finish off your meal with their [Stone-roasted Bibimbap] (800 JPY plus tax) rice bowl. Enjoy your meal to your stomach's content!
Honkaku Yakiniku Chifaja Bukkoji branch
Open: 17:00 - 1:00
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY
Access: 2 minute walk from exit 6 of Shijo Station on the Karasuma Subway Line.
Address: 1F Kiyoteru Building , 248-4 Kugikakushi-cho, Karasuma Nishi-iru, Bukkoji-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
6. Yakiniku DAISEN Main Branch (Nijo)
Yakiniku DAISEN Main Branch is a historical yakiniku spot that was founded over 50 years ago. Their legendary traditional sauce has not changed since the restaurant first began, and that alone is worth the trip. The sauce matches divinely with both the Kuroge Wagyu and domestically-produced beef offal. Their finely marbled [Kuroge Wagyu Loin] (1,380 JPY) is famous for its incredible juiciness. You may also enjoy their swiftly grilled meat dish [Yaki-Shabu] (1,480 JPY), served with homemade fermented ponzu (citrus-seasoned soy sauce), and special [Kyoto Tofu Miso Jjigae] (1,180 JPY), a Korean stew made with homemade miso!
Yakiniku DAISEN Main branch
: [Monday, Wednesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 0:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: TuesdayAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPYAccess
: 5 minutes walk from Nijo Station on Sagano Line. On the north side of Onmae-dori Oike Higashi-iruAddress
: 16-9, Nishinokyo Funazuka-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
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7. Tensho (Marutamachi)
Kuroge Wagyu Tensho is like a hideaway for enjoying finely selected Kuroge Wagyu. On top of their fantastic wagyu offal and skirt steak, there are plenty of a-la-carte options. Multiple trips to this restaurant may be required to try all of their excellent dishes, including the 100% Wagyu [Kuroge Wagyu Croquette] (480 JPY), [Foil-Baked Garlic] (480 JPY) made with domestic garlic, and special [Wagyu Rice Gruel Jigoku Iron Pot] (1,000 JPY), made with fluffy rice from Kameoka in Kyoto Prefecture. Also, make sure to try the rare [Wagyu Sashimi] (1,280 JPY)!
: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm) *Regularly open only on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPYAddress
: 323-4, Shinnyodo-cho, Kurumayacho-dori Nijo-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto MapMore Details
8. HIRO Kyoto Ekimae Branch (Kyoto)
Located only 10 minutes away on foot from the Central Exit of Kyoto Station, HIRO Kyoto Ekimae Branch is the perfect welcome to the city of Kyoto. Fascinated by the amazing flavor of wagyu beef ever since he was a student, the chef prepares his dishes every day with passion and dedication. The beef tartare dish [Deluxe Yukhoe] (1,280 JPY) is particularly recommended. This top-grade meat has a deliciously addictive flavor. The [Tonight's Limited Edition Assortment] (6,980 JPY), made with the freshest meat stocked that day, is also not to be missed, and is a great way to enjoy the recommended cuts of the day!
HIRO Kyoto Ekimae Branch
: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: 4,500 JPYAddress
: 510-1, Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto MapMore Details
9. Gyurakutei (Karasuma)
Gyurakutei boasts a quiet Kyoto-style atmosphere where you will be served meat carefully selected by the owner. Without relying on the brands of beef, the chef makes a thorough examination and buys in bulk to be able to offer the highest quality of wagyu for a reasonable price. The [Sirloin] (from 2,500 JPY), which is a high-grade part of the loin, is highly recommended. Orders may be placed from a minimum of 100g. The fat in this deliciously luxurious dish will melt immediately in your mouth. The [Deluxe Nigiri 1 Piece] (480 JPY) made with Kuroge Wagyu is another must-try dish.
Open: [Dinner] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Average price: 5,000 JPY
Address: 37-1, Tsukihoko-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
10. Nakamura (Rakusaiguchi)
Nakamura has been well frequented by locals for over 48 years. Their secret sauce recipe has not changed since the restaurant first began, and it is the only place in the world where it can be experienced. The sauce pairs excellently with wagyu and offal, and many people visit the restaurant to enjoy the authentic flavors. Some recommended dishes include the [Deluxe Loin Roast] (2,160 JPY) to try the umami (Japanese savory taste) of wagyu, and the [Tecchan-yaki] (930 JPY) for fresh offals. Enjoy rare cuts you won't be able to taste anywhere else!
: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 10:00 pmClosed
: Wednesday (except for national holidays)Average price
: 4,000 JPY - Yakiniku Set from 3,500 JPYAddress
: 19, Donomae, Mozume-cho, Muko-shi, Kyoto MapMore Details
Doesn't just the thought of high-quality fatty wagyu put a smile on your face? If you're in Kyoto, why don't you treat yourself to the delicious wagyu that can only be found in Japan?
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.