29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto

Publish-date: Dec 23 2018 Update-date: Feb 16 2019
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29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto

Kyoto is one of Japan's top tourist spots, and you can eat everything from Japanese to Italian cuisine there. Maybe you are in the mood for Japanese today - it is Kyoto, after all. And tomorrow, Italian! Whatever you’re in the mood for, these excellent lunch spots have you covered.

1. Kakyo (Higashiyama / Japanese Cuisine)

1. Kakyo (Higashiyama / Japanese Cuisine)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
At Kakyo, French flavors are added to Japanese cuisine, resulting in their popular, original dishes. The chef is licensed both as a sommelier of sake (Japanese alcohol), as well as a senior sommelier, and is also renowned for creating food that brims with seasonal flavors. The recommended [Lunch Course] (5,000 JPY (plus tax)) is a great deal. This kaiseki (traditional Japanese course cuisine with tea) consists of a total of 8 courses filled with seasonal ingredients. There is also a wine selection boasting around 100 labels, centering around champagne, Burgundy wine, and Bordeaux wine - the perfect accompaniment while you savor this restaurant's blend of Japanese and French cuisines!

Kakyo

Open: Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY
Access: Access by bus: 2 minutes walk from Sanjo Jingudo Bus Stop on Municipal Bus, or in front of Sanjo Hiromichi Bus Stop on Keihan Bus
Address: 1F, Schilf Jingudo, 203, Nakanomachi, Sanjo Shirakawabashi Higashiiru Yonchome, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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2. Gion Higashiyama Tsujihana (Gion-shijo / Kaiseki)

2. Gion Higashiyama Tsujihana (Gion-shijo / Kaiseki)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
This renowned Japanese restaurant stands on a small road near Yasaka Shrine, one of Kyoto's most famous sights. The building is a tea house built 90 years ago that has since been remodeled, and offers private rooms for guests to enjoy their course meals at a leisurely pace. For lunch, the [Chef's Choice Course] (5,000 JPY (plus tax), must be ordered in advance) is a great option! This course option includes vibrant appetizers, soup, and dishes that go well with drinks, fully displaying a variety of seasonal flavors. Even dessert is included, making a total of 8 dishes! There is also a large drink selection, generally featuring 15 varieties of sake along with wine and shochu (another kind of Japanese alcohol).

Gion Higashiyama Tsujihana 

Open: [Monday, Wednesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) / Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Tuesday
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from [Higashiyama Yasui] Bus Stop / 663 meters from [Gion Shijo Station] on Keihan Main Line / 13 minutes walk from [Kawara-machi Station] on Hankyu Kyoto Main Line
Address: 430, Kamibenten-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto  (Map)
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3. Premium Wagyu Steak Hanasato (Gion-shijo / Teppanyaki)

3. Premium Wagyu Steak Hanasato (Gion-shijo / Teppanyaki)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
Savor the luxurious, subtle flavors of this restaurant's highly-praised teppanyaki dishes, all while drinking in the atmosphere of the old Kyoto townhouse that it resides in. You have to try the [100% Yonezawa Beef Premium Hamburg Steak Lunch] (2,600 JPY), limited to only 10 servings a day and only available at lunchtime! No expense is spared with this dish, featuring famous Yonezawa beef. This juicy meat's umami will simply explode in your mouth! The set is quite a good deal, as it includes an appetizer, salad, soup, dessert, and a drink.

Premium Wagyu Steak Hanasato

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm) / Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 15,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY
Access: 7 minutes on foot from Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Main Line (Keihan Honsen)
Address: 404 Hashimoto-cho, Shinbashi-dori Hanami-koji Higashi-iru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto (Map)
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4. Fukujuen Kyotohonten Sankai "Kyo no Chazen" (Shijo / French Cuisine)

4. Fukujuen Kyotohonten Sankai "Kyo no Chazen" (Shijo / French Cuisine)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
This restaurant is located in FUKUJUEN Kyoto Flagship Store, a classic institution for Uji tea, which Kyoto is famous for. The chef here previously worked at the famous French restaurant MAXiM'S DE PARiS in Ginza and incorporated Uji tea in all of his culinary creations. At lunchtime, you have to try the affordable [Chazen Course] (4,320 JPY) featuring MAXiM's traditional sauce. The mouthwatering [Steak Lunch Course] (5,940 JPY) with plenty of umami from the meat should not be overlooked either!

Fukujuen Kyotohonten Sankai "Kyo no Chazen"

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm / Dinner 5:30 pm -  9:30 pm
Closed: -
Average price: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY
Access: Right next to exit 12 of Karasuma Subway Line, Shijo Station or Hankyu Kyoto Line, Karasuma station. / A 15-minute walk from Keihan Line, Gion Shijo station.
Address: Tominokoji-kado, Shijo-dori , Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto (Map)
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5. KYOTO TOWER SANDO BAR (Kyoto / Standing Bar)

5. KYOTO TOWER SANDO BAR (Kyoto / Standing Bar)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
This bar with standing room only is located inside Kyoto Tower, a well-known Kyoto landmark, and is the perfect spot for when you are in the mood for a light lunch along with a drink or two. There is a large selection of local Kyoto sake here, as well as many craft beers and wines from the Kyoto area. The [Sando Set] combines a meal with drinks and is a recommendation. You will get your money's worth with this option, as it includes 4 small dishes along with local junmai-shu (a kind of sake made without adding alcohol or sugar).

KYOTO TOWER SANDO BAR

Open: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 900 JPY
Access: 2 minutes walk from the central exit of JR Kyoto Station, in Kyoto Tower
Address: 721-1, Higashishio-Koji Cho, Karasuma Dori Shichijo Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto  (Map)
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6. Hyoto (Karasuma / Kaiseki)

6. Hyoto (Karasuma / Kaiseki)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
Hyoto offers kaiseki and Japanese course meals whose ingredients strongly reflect the seasons. One great option is the recommended [Dashi Shabu] (3,000 JPY (plus tax)), an innovative shabu-shabu of thinly-sliced pork that comes with specially-made dashi for dipping. You can enjoy these flavors for a more inexpensive price at lunchtime with the [Dashi Shabu Lunch] (2,000 JPY (plus tax)). In addition to the main pork dish, this option also comes with fresh Kyoto soba and an assortment of vegetables, as well as dessert, so you are guaranteed to be satisfied!

Hyoto

Open: [Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) / Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
[Monday - Thursday, Sunday] lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) / Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,500 JPY
Access: 6 minutes walk from Exit 24 of Karasuma Station on Hankyu Kyoto Line
Address: 1F, Meirin Bldg., 550-1, Yamabushiyama-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto (Map)
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7. Tankuma Kitamise Main Branch (Kawaramachi / Kaiseki)

7. Tankuma Kitamise Main Branch (Kawaramachi / Kaiseki)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
This long-established restaurant, opened in 1928, serves Kyo-ryori that features ingredients such as vegetables selected by the head chef and fresh fish caught that very same day. Calling their cuisine the very essence of Japanese food would not be an overstatement. For dinner, try the [Kaiseki Course] (from 17,820 JPY), a traditional Japanese option. At lunchtime, you can try the food at much more reasonable prices, so sample the [Hangetsu Bento] (3,780 JPY) or [Shokado Bento] (5,940 JPY) instead. These dishes are not only delicious, but also beautifully arranged on gorgeous dishes. You are sure to be fully satisfied with their utterly authentic Japanese food!

Tankuma Kitamise Main branch

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) / Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 20,000 JPY / [Lunch] 6,000 JPY
Access: 209 meters from [Kawara-machi Station] on Hankyu Railway Kyoto Main Line
Address: 355, Kamiya-cho, Shijyo-agaru, Nishi Kiyamachi-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto (Map)
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8. Craft Beer & Pizza 100K (Kyoto / Italian Cuisine)

8. Craft Beer & Pizza 100K (Kyoto / Italian Cuisine)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
This spot is famous for its selection of craft beers from Kyoto, Osaka, and Akita, among other places, as well as its Italian food that goes great with beer. The star attraction here is the Neapolitan pizza, handmade and only cooked once the order is placed! The crisp crusts and delicious toppings of the [Margherita Lunch] (1,800 JPY + tax) and [Mozzarella, Asparagus, and Bacon Lunch] (1,280 JPY + tax) pair wonderfully with craft beer. These options also come with a salad at lunchtime, another plus.

Craft Beer & Pizza 100K

Open: [Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (Food L.O. 10:00 pm, Drinks L.O. 10:30 pm)
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 11:00 am - 12:00 am (Food L.O. 11:00 pm, Drinks L.O. 11:30 pm)
[Monday - Thursday, Sunday] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm)
[Friday, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (L.O. 4:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: It's 490m from Kyoto Station, on the 1st floor of GARNET Bldg. along Shichijo Street.
Address: 1F, GARNET Bldg., 217-2, Maoya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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9. Japanese Restaurant Kyokabutoya (Karasuma / Kaiseki)

9. Japanese Restaurant Kyokabutoya (Karasuma / Kaiseki)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
Seasonal flavors are on full display in the popular Kyo-ryori of this restaurant. The menu features traditional kaiseki cuisine that's filled with delicious seasonal ingredients from the local Kyoto area, as well as other parts of the Kansai region. The great care and attention paid to the food here really shines through, such as in the rice in the second half of the course that is cooked in a special stone pot, one serving at a time! For lunch, try the [Fuchidaka Kaiseki] (3,000 JPY (plus tax)), whose main dish can either be a simmered dish, changed monthly, or their renowned stewed pork belly. This option not only has a wonderful flavor, but also a beautiful arrangement and presentation.

Japanese Restaurant Kyokabutoya

Open: [Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm) / Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Thursday
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 4,000 JPY
Access: 7 minutes on foot from Karasuma Station of the Hankyu Kyoto Main Line. Located along Sakaimachi-dori Street.
Address: 390 Kabutoya-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto (Map)
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10. Arashiyama Kumahiko (Saga-Arashiyama / Kaiseki)

10. Arashiyama Kumahiko (Saga-Arashiyama / Kaiseki)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
Many critics have praised this restaurant's gourmet dishes, which diners can enjoy while gazing at Kyoto's famous Arashiyama and Hozu River. The restaurant interior has an authentic Japanese aesthetic and can accommodate parties of many sizes due to offering both table seating as well as a variety of private rooms. Kyo-ryori with a seasonal aspect is what they serve here, and the beautiful kaiseki courses, from appetizers to desserts, are sure to brighten up your table! The popular lunchtime menu, [Lunch Kaiseki] (5,000 JPY plus tax), will allow you to sample a full, authentic Japanese course meal for an inexpensive price. Limited to weekdays only menu item, the [Shojin-zen] (3,700 JPY plus tax), consists of yudofu (boiled tofu) and vegetable tempura as the main dish, and is another recommended option!

Arashiyama Kumahiko

Open: [Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
Closed: Thursday, Beginning and end of the year
Average price: [Dinner] 15,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY
Address: 5-1, Saga-tenryuji Susukinobaba-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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11. Obanzai-to-tori Kyohana (Karasuma Oike / Japanese Cuisine)

11. Obanzai-to-tori Kyohana (Karasuma Oike / Japanese Cuisine)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
This Japanese restaurant proudly offers obanzai, which refers to Kyoto home-cooked dishes, as well as jidori (local chicken) dishes and a choice sake selection. The vibrant, fresh [Obanzai Set] (2,000 JPY) is a standard lunchtime choice. 7 varieties of obanzai bursting with seasonal flavors are included in this set, which makes for a deliciously healthy option thanks to all of the vegetables! Another must-try item is the [Terisuki-don] (850 JPY). The restaurant's prized sauce enhances the umami of the tender Kyo Aka jidori used in this rice bowl dish.

Obanzai-to-tori Kyohana

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Tuesday
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Address: 89, Aneyakoji-dori Shin-machi Higashi-iru Machigashira-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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12. Yuba Higashiyamayuuzu (Gion-shijo / Japanese Cuisine)

12. Yuba Higashiyamayuuzu (Gion-shijo / Japanese Cuisine)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
This restaurant is directly managed by a producer of Miyama yuba (tofu skin), an ingredient used in their dishes, made with Kyoto soybeans and water from Miyama. Yuba, made by heating soymilk to create a thin skin, was originally a food for monks and has a long history. The [Yuuzu Gozen] (2,000 JPY) is a great way to sample this traditional product at lunchtime casually. The centerpiece of this set is the [Yubameshi], which features mildly-flavored yuba and egg yolk steeped in shoyu. This dish also offers a diverse array of many other seasonal flavors, making for an excellent deal that can't be passed up!

Yuba Higashiyamayuuzu

Open: [Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
Closed: Thursday *Additional 2 irregular closures per month
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Address: 570-218, Gion-machi Minami-gawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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13. Kyo no Yakinikudokoro Hiro Kyoto Tower Sando Branch (Kyoto / Yakiniku)

13. Kyo no Yakinikudokoro Hiro Kyoto Tower Sando Branch (Kyoto / Yakiniku)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
Located inside Kyoto Tower, this spot offers a new take on yakiniku by preparing it on skewers for the easy bite. Try the [Assortment of Chef's Choices] (980 JPY), a dish featuring 5 skewers that the staff has confidence in that you will love! This great deal includes options such as beef skewers and smoked gyutan. You should also try the [Wagyu Tendon Stew] (380 JPY), made with Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef), notable for its lack of unpleasant odors and highly concentrated umami.

Kyo no Yakinikudokoro Hiro Kyoto Tower Sando Branch

Open: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Address: 721-1, Karasuma-dori Shichijo-sagaru, Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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14. Niku dokoro Gion Ryuan (Gion-shijo / Yakiniku)

14. Niku dokoro Gion Ryuan (Gion-shijo / Yakiniku)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
This famous yakiniku and shabu-shabu spot is only a 1 minute walk from Gion-shijo Station. The highly-skilled owner has been in this business for over 50 years and uses only the best premium Wagyu from around Japan, such as Kobe beef and Tamura beef. You will definitely be satisfied with the melt-in-your-mouth yakiniku and shabu-shabu offered here! The [Amiyaki Lunch] (1,800 JPY (plus tax)) is a reasonably-priced lunch option that includes small side dishes and salad, along with the main course of yakiniku. This excellent deal comes highly recommended!

Niku dokoro Gion Ryuan

Open: [Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: Thursday
Average price: 7,000 JPY
Address: 169, Tokiwa-cho, Kawabata-dori Shijo-agaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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15. Yakinikuan Kizashi (Kyoto / Yakiniku)

15. Yakinikuan Kizashi (Kyoto / Yakiniku)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
Yakinikuan Kizashi has a reputation for using carefully-selected ingredients in its delicious yakiniku. A designer created the chic interior, making this an excellent spot for dinner dates. Lunchtime, on the other hand, is great for trying one of many inexpensive dishes on offers, such as the [Kizashi Lunch] (1,280 JPY (plus tax)), featuring a main course of umami-filled beef ribs, or the [Mixed Offal Lunch] (1,180 JPY (plus tax)). These choices come with salad, kimchi, rice, soup, and a dessert!

Yakinikuan Kizashi

Open: 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: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Address: 709, Ebisuno-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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16. Pierre Precieuse (Karasuma Oike / French Cuisine)

16. Pierre Precieuse (Karasuma Oike / French Cuisine)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
Pierre Precieuse, a French restaurant featuring impressively large windows, blends right into the streets of Kyoto. The dishes here are noted for containing many ingredients that are both delicious and healthy, such as the [Lobster and Seafood Bouillabaisse] (3,500 JPY + tax), an option filled with seasonal seafood, as well as meat dishes crafted from carefully selected premium ingredients. The [Lunch Course] (2,000 JPY + tax) is a popular lunchtime choice that features appetizers, a main dish that changes every week, and an assortment of desserts. Vegetables take center stage in these healthy dishes - don't miss out!

Pierre Precieuse

Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch & Cafe 11:30 am - 5:00 pm (L.O. 5:00 pm)
Closed: Wednesday *Open if it falls on a national holiday or the day before a national holiday
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Address: 3F, Planesia Rokkaku Takakura, 129, Horinoue-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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17. Bistro Atout (Gion-shijo / French Cuisine)

17. Bistro Atout (Gion-shijo / French Cuisine)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
Bistro Atout is popular for its tasty and healthy French cuisine. The owner-chef studied at the famous Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in France and had polished his skills in restaurants around the world. The Kyo-yasai (traditional Kyoto vegetables) used here to add a Japanese essence to the classic French cuisine, resulting in a flavor you must try! One good way to sample these flavors is with the [Light Course] (1,780 JPY) at lunchtime. Diners can choose from either fish or meat for the main dish, and this course also includes salad, bread, and a drink - a great deal!

Bistro Atout

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch from 11:30 am (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner from 5:30 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Address: 495, Shimokawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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18. Restaurant Shin (Jingu-marutamachi / French Cuisine)

18. Restaurant Shin (Jingu-marutamachi / French Cuisine)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
The white walls of the traditional townhouse in which Restaurant Shin is located will certainly draw your attention. This French restaurant has a distinctly Kyoto-esque style and is known for its seasonal seafood and meat, as well as for using Kyo-yasai purchased from contracted farmers and brought in fresh each morning. A-la-carte dinner recommendations include the [Canadian Half Lobster Poêlé] (3,000 JPY plus tax) and [60g - 120g Domestic A5 Kuroge Wagyu Grilled Steak] (from 3,000 JPY (plus tax)). There are also a number of reasonably-priced lunch items here that you must try, such as the [Madame Lunch Course] (2,500 JPY plus tax) and the [Special Lunch Course] (3,500 JPY plus tax).

Restaurant Shin

Open: [Tuesday - Sunday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm) *Lunch reservation by phone only
Closed: Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 9,000 JPY / [Lunch] 4,000 JPY
Address: 667-1, Kueninmae-cho, Tera-machi Takeyacho-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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19. Roast Beef Watanabe (Karasuma Oike / French Cuisine)

19. Roast Beef Watanabe (Karasuma Oike / French Cuisine)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
This French restaurant is just a 5-minute walk from Nijo Castle! The specialty here is the [Roast Kuroge Wagyu], which is roast beef of top sirloin cap from top-grade domestic Kuroge Wagyu. There is no better combination than the meat's umami and fat's juiciness, and if you choose a table seat, the chef will cook your meal right in front of you! For lunch, try it as part of the [Domestic Kuroge Wagyu Top Sirloin Cap Roast Beef Course] (5,300 JPY, must be ordered at least 1 day in advance).

Roast Beef Watanabe

Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed: Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY
Address: 1F, Sanyo Oike Bldg., 137, Aburanokoji-dori Oike-sagaru, Shikiami-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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20. Kyoto Gion Tempura Yasaka Endo (Gion-shijo / Japanese Cuisine)

20. Kyoto Gion Tempura Yasaka Endo (Gion-shijo / Japanese Cuisine)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
At this spot, Kyoto's signature ingredients, such as fresh seafood and seasonal Kyo-yasai, are prepared as tempura. The interior design is Japanese in style, fitting for Kyoto, and there is a range of seating options available, from counter seating on the floor to private rooms looking out on a garden. Menu options here are in the form of course meals. When dining here at lunchtime, you are sure to be utterly satisfied by either the [Kamogawa Tempura Course] (4,000 JPY (plus tax)) or the [Aoi Tempura Course] (5,500 JPY (plus tax)), both of which offer highly satisfying and freshly-fried Kyoto-style tempura!

Kyoto Gion Tempura Yasaka Endo

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:45 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:15 pm)
Closed: None *Open at beginning and end of the year, Obon, and Golden Week
Average price: [Dinner] 12,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY
Address: 566, Komatsu-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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21. GRIDDLE FORCE Itsuraku (Karasuma / Creative Cuisine)

21. GRIDDLE FORCE Itsuraku (Karasuma / Creative Cuisine)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
GRIDDLE FORCE Itsuraku is a specialty teppanyaki restaurant that uses only the very best quality meat, primarily choice brands from the local Kyoto area. The vegetables used here are also carefully chosen, and include both Kyo-yasai and choices from around the country. All of this effort really pays off and makes all the difference in flavor! At lunchtime, you have to try the [Steak Set] (small size from 1,000 JPY), a dish with a limited number of servings per day. This choice is a great deal, as it includes salad, soup, and rice in addition to the juicy steak! The [Lunchtime-only Domestic Tenderloin Steak Course] (4,000 JPY) is another recommended choice.

GRIDDLE FORCE Itsuraku

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:30 am)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 980 JPY
Address: 298-2, Ichirensha-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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22. Katsukura (Kyoto / Japanese Cuisine)

22. Katsukura (Kyoto / Japanese Cuisine)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
Katsukura is a tonkatsu specialty restaurant located in Kyoto Tower, a famous Kyoto tourist spot. The tonkatsu features a thick cut of crisply-fried pork with excellent flavor, which is taken to the next level with fresh bread crumbs and canola oil. The attention paid to detail makes all the difference in the flavor of this phenomenal dish! Local ingredients are out in force here, including choices such as local Kyoto Kujo green onions and mizuna. Experience these flavors with the [Kujo Onion and Grated Daikon Loin Katsu-zen] (1,380 JPY) and [Nikujaga Croquette and Bite-size Tenderloin Katsu-zen] (1,240 JPY)!

Katsukura

Open: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 1,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Address: 721-1, Karasuma-dori Shichijo-sagaru, Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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23. Oraé Gion (Gion-shijo / Italian Cuisine)

23. Oraé Gion (Gion-shijo / Italian Cuisine)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
This Italian restaurant is located in a traditional Kyoto townhouse on a corner of Kyoto's classic Gion area. The interior has a modern Japanese aesthetic, and the large selection of wine accentuates the delicious food perfectly! Both lunch and dinner options consist of course meals. Experience unbeatable Italian cuisine here with options like the [Bagna Càuda], featuring fresh vegetables purchased from contracted farmers, various meat dishes made with top-grade Tamba beef, as well as pasta options exuding heavenly wheaty aromas! Lunch starts with 4,000 JPY.

Oraé Gion

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (L.O.), Dinner 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm (L.O.)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 8,500 JPY / [Lunch] 3,700 JPY
Address: 71-7, Yamato Oji-dori Shinbashi-agaru, Motoyoshi-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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24. PIZZERIA da NAGHINO (Higashiyama / Italian Cuisine)

24. PIZZERIA da NAGHINO (Higashiyama / Italian Cuisine)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
At PIZZERIA da NAGHINO, situated a 2-minute walk from Higashiyama Station, great pains are taken to offer only the best Neapolitan pizza. This pizza is cooked in an Italian-made wood-fired oven, and over 80% of its ingredients are imported from Italy! The preparation techniques used also carry on the traditions of Naples, recreating the authentic local flavors of this area. The popular [Polipo Pizza] (1,700 JPY) is a spicy option whose main topping is the octopus. Combine it with [Fritto Misto] (2,300 JPY), a classic appetizer consisting of an assortment of fried items, and enjoy!

PIZZERIA da NAGHINO

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,100 JPY
Address: 1F, Sun Green, 20-2, Shichiken-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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25. Ristorante STRADA (Karasuma Oike / Italian Cuisine)

25. Ristorante STRADA (Karasuma Oike / Italian Cuisine)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
Ristorante STRADA carries on the tradition of Fukumura, said to be the oldest Italian restaurant in Japan. The [Chilled Capellini with Fruit Tomatoes] (2,200 JPY) has been a signature dish here since the days of Fukumura. This concoction features a sauce that draws out the full umami of sweet fruit tomatoes, a perfect match for the aromatic fresh pasta. Another great option is the [Roast Duck] (3,000 JPY), simmered at a low heat of around 55 degrees to bring the meat's umami to its full potential. Lunch courses start with 1,600 JPY.

Ristorante STRADA

Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Monday, 4th Tuesday of the month
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,600 JPY
Address: Oike Yanaginobanba Hokuto-kaku, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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26. Uru (Karasuma Oike / Gastropub)

26. Uru (Karasuma Oike / Gastropub)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
Uru is a gastropub with a strong Kyoto aesthetic that's located close to Nijo Castle in a standalone house built over 100 years ago. The food here is mainly Italian cuisine, with options like pizza and pasta, as well as many French a-la-carte dishes. Furthermore, there are numerous wine options, and this spot is popular as a cafe, too. The recommended lunch choice here is one of the many pasta options. One especially good choice is the [Pasta Lunch C Set] (2,500 JPY), a luxurious course which includes pasta, a main dish, and dessert - an utterly satisfying meal!

Uru

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O.), Dinner 5:30 pm - 12:00 am (L.O 11:00 pm), Cafe 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm *2F closes at 5:00 pm
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,200 JPY
Address: 610, Oshinishinotoin-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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27. Cucina Italiana Todo (Marutamachi / Italian Cuisine)

27. Cucina Italiana Todo (Marutamachi / Italian Cuisine)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
This popular Italian trattoria stands within a renovated townhouse built over 100 years ago! This spot has a quiet atmosphere, as one might expect at a traditional Kyoto townhouse, and is the perfect setting for leisurely savoring a meal. Both lunch and dinner options consist exclusively of course meals. Not only are delicious flavors a given, but these dishes look great, too! Try the [Homemade Spinach Spätzli and Beef Ragu] and [Nagasaki Mackerel Marinade with Winter Melon Compote and Red Manganji Chili Sauce], along with other Italian options brimming with seasonal flavors!

Cucina Italiana Todo

Open: [Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Thursday
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,100 JPY
Address: 5-496-3, Sanbongi, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
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28. Daniel's (Karasuma / Italian Cuisine)

28. Daniel's (Karasuma / Italian Cuisine)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
This bar, located a 2-minute walk from Karasuma Station, has a casual, relaxing atmosphere, and is popular for its Italian menu. The fresh pasta, a highlight of this restaurant, is made by hand daily with eggs and semolina flour. Don't miss out on the many varieties of pasta on offer, which give off a wonderful aroma of wheat and possess a pleasantly chewy texture. For lunch, you have to order the [Pasta Lunch], an amazing deal! The [Full Course Lunch] (2,300 JPY (plus tax)) is another popular option that offers 2 varieties of main dishes, as well as soup and a dessert!
Open: Lunch 11:30-15:00 [Monday-Thursday, Sunday] Dinner 17:30-22:00 [Friday, Saturday, Days before holidays] Dinner 17:30-22:30
Closed: Sundays
Average price: [Dinner] 2,600 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: A two minute walk from Karasuma Station, next to Daimaru!
Address: Glamorous Food Bldg. 2F, 596 Nishi Uoya-cho, Takakura Nishi-iru, Nishikikojidori , Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto (Map)
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29.Pasta Collection & Bar Dogetsu neo (Shijo / Italian)

29.Pasta Collection & Bar Dogetsu neo (Shijo / Italian)
29 Great Spots for Lunch in Kyoto
This spot is popular for using premium meat and local vegetables, as well as fresh pasta. This pasta is made to Japanese tastes regarding the texture, and it features eggs from Awaji and wheat from Hyogo. The noodles are good for soaking up sauce, and pair well with a variety of flavors. If you want to try this excellent pasta, then you should order the [Fresh Pasta Lunch] (880 JPY), an option with a limited number of servings per day. This grand menu option combines fresh pasta and organic salad as a set, resulting in a particularly good deal!

Pasta Collection & Bar Dogetsu neo

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) [Monday-Thursday] Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm) [Friday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 6:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 0:00 am) [Saturday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 0:00 am) [Sunday, National Holidays] 11:30 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. for lunch is 2:00 pm, for dinner is 9:00 pm) 
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 4,300 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Access: 2 minutes walk from Shijo Station on Subway Karasuma Line, or Karasuma Station on Hankyu Line
Address: 1F, Lily Bldg., 279-2, Ogisakaya-cho, Ayanokoji-sagaru,  Higashinotoin-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto  (Map)
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Publish-date: Dec 23 2018 Update-date: Feb 16 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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