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#283 of 13,012 Restaurants in Kyoto
₹₹ - ₹₹₹Japanese, Asian
157-159-1 Matsumoto 4-chome, Pontocho, Sanjo-sagaru, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-213-4445
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
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157-159-1 Matsumoto 4-chome, Pontocho, Sanjo-sagaru, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I enjoyed my dinner at this Pontocho restaurant. I saw many Japanese business men enter this restaurant rather than the many tourists that walking the narrow streets in search of a restaurant. Grilled tuna with a soy yuzu sauce, crispy sesame tuna with wasabi and...More

Thank Bellenomade
Reviewed 5 days ago

We enjoyed this establishment so much we went back a second time in 3 days. It has a nice atmosphere with a choice of seating, traditional, bar or table (the last overlooking the river). The food is excellent and beautifully presented as one would expect....More

1  Thank David W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic meal in exquisite environment of laneways restaurants with glimpses of Geisha going to work. Great atmosphere on riverside, best fresh tuna I’ve ever eaten. Friendly service, very polite.

Thank ThomsoG
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice peaceful resturant. The portions were regular but very nice (there is an option to go large.) The service was average, the main was delivered before appetizers, a little annoying.

Thank Ash V
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Nice location, the food was good, smallish menu. When ordering we asked the sizes f the portions and were told that three dishes between us would be ample. It wasn’t. The main problem was the size of the portions - very small. When a ‘main...More

Thank 877colin
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

This is by far our best meal in Kyoto. The food was elegant and interesting combinations. The service was excellent. We were looking out at the river and it was a terrific view. And the ambience was just right, friendly but quiet and intimate at...More

Thank Miranda Y
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

4 of us visited for dinner. Service charge for both inside and outside. We opted for inside. We all had starters and mains. Salads, Kyoto roll, salmon and veg starter all good. Mains were good too. Chicken and duck teriyaki, a mixed tempura, all good....More

Thank MossN
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Very nice food but service incredibly slow and absent minded. At least 20 mins between serving first main course and the last main course - made dining experience very uncomfortable. No proactivity from waiters - had to ask for everything and even get up and...More

Thank Richard4057
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Visited with parents and girlfriend. Was fairly empty which is a shame as it was lovely. Tasty italian food at very good prices (esp for japan and the area). Friendly efficient staff with a few who spoke good english. Nice outside seating area overlooking the...More

Thank Al S
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

Went to dinner there tonight, Thursday May 11. Had a very good meal with excellent variety of kyoto style dishes including tempura veggies, roasted chicken, roast beef, sashimi, assorted veggies, miso soup, very good sake and an excellent dessert. The service was exceptional. I would...More

Thank G B B
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
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Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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  • Address: 157-159-1 Matsumoto 4-chome, Pontocho, Sanjo-sagaru, 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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