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This article introduces a list of fancy restaurants in Kyoto that are so good that you'll want to keep them for yourself. Diners can drop by these beautiful eateries, appropriate for a variety of occasions, at any time of the day. Whether you go alone, with a special person, or together with your friends, you're going to love these places that make the food taste better with just their classy interiors and atmospheres.
This French restaurant is located in an over 100-year-old Kyo-machiya (Kyoto's old merchant's house) that's not only full of Japanese atmosphere, but whose features - inner courtyard, outbuilding, and everything else - have been left as they were in the past. Despite its renovation, it blends in seamlessly with the rest of Kyoto's townscape. Here, authentic French course cuisine made mainly with seasonal, fresh vegetables are served up.
The chef's father carved the transom above the counter.
Their dishes made with plenty of fresh, seasonal vegetables, are wholesome and good for your health.
Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,000 JPY
Access: 8-minute walk from Demachiyanagi Station. From Exit 2, head south, cross Kamo River, and then turn left at the corner of Kyoto Demachi Post Office. You'll find it on your right.
Address: 105, Shinnyodomae-cho, Imadegawa-sagaru, Teramachi-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
2. Kuragari Masa
Here, you can savor Japanese cuisine in a 90-year-old Kyo-machiya that has an atmosphere that'll remind you of the Taisho era (1912 - 1926). This renovated building in Gion was initially a tea house. Traditional kimono and kimono fabrics decorate the whole place. It has a retro-modern atmosphere, along with ancient beams, pillars, and antiques.
The luxurious private room of this restaurant, which has a machiya interior with a chandelier, is quite popular among the diners.
Enjoy Japanese main dishes of super-fresh seafood!
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average price: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from Gion-shijo Station and Kawaramachi Station
Address: Hitotsujime-agaru Higashi-gawa (Kuragari-dori), Tominaga-cho Higashi-iru, Nawate-dori Shijo-agaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)
3. Daniel's Sole
Enjoy pizza baked in a wood-fired oven and fresh pasta, handmade daily, here. Housed in a renovated Kyo-machiya, not only will you want to bring those special to you here, but you'll also be able to smell the fragrance of southern Italy wafting around its classy interior. The private rooms on the 2nd floor are perfect for nights out with your friends or parties.
Its machiya-style interior holds a great combination of small antique items from southern Italy.
Hearty dishes like pizza and meat dishes are the epitome of Italian cuisine.
Open: [Weekdays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 11:30 am - 11:00 pm *Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm, Bar 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
*Closed on New Year's Day
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,300 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Karasuma Station and Shijo Station. From Nishikikoji Street, head north for 30m on Takakura Street and you'll find it on the east side.
Address: 567, Kaiya-cho, Takakura-dori Nishikikoji-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
4. Gram Romantic My Room
This gorgeously "kawaii" room with a hint of rococo makes your dream come true as you have always wanted since you were a child, with a place to sit back and relax. Feel like nobility for a day, which is quite a romantic concept for this dining bar. They offer sofa-furnished private rooms and antique-style table seats. You'll also like its gorgeous chandelier and indirect lighting.
The pink-themed private room is extremely cute!
This is the fluffy [Special Chiffon Cake and Ice Cream Plate].
Gram Romantic My Room
Open: 3:30 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm) *Opens when there are reservations
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY
Access: 6-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station and Karasuma Oike Station
Address: 2F, Eagle Court, 71, Daikoku-cho, Yanagiba-dori Rokkaku Higashi-iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)
5. Gion Nishikawa
Diners can enjoy Kyo-ryori (traditional cuisine of Kyoto) and the mellow atmosphere of Kyoto at this highly rated restaurant. Specializing in kaiseki (Japanese banquet cuisine with alcohol), it sits in an alley of Shimogawara Street (Shimogawara-dori), which leads all the way to Yasaka Shrine (Yasaka Jinja). The owner, Masayoshi Nishikawa, was trained at a famous restaurant in Kyoto. After being promoted to head chef, he decided to open his restaurant at a young age. After merely a year, a famous gourmet guide featured as one of the best restaurants in Kyoto!
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm *Please arrive at 12:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm) *Food is served at the customer's own eating pace
Closed: Sunday, Monday noon
*If a national holiday falls on Sunday, then the next day will be closed instead
Average price: [Dinner] 20,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY (5,000 JPY - 6,000 JPY)
Access: 7-minute walk from Higashiyama Yasui bus stop. From Higashi-oji, take Kodai-ji Minami-mon Street, then go 50m north on Shimogawara-cho Street. You'll find it at the end of a temple alley on the right.
Address: 473, Shimogawara-cho, Shimogawara-dori Yasaka Toriimae-sagaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Map)