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Chihana

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584 Minamigawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-561-2741
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99 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The moment we stepped into the restaurant, we felt the friendly and welcoming behavior from the host. This simple restaurant makes you feel very relax. We were given a private room, and the lunch set was a total of 11-12 dishes. All the dishes were very light and refreshing to the palate. I was glad as it was a hot... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I came to Chihana after Ryugin and Yoshitake Sushi, the former is the best of traditional Japan food and the latter is as good as you can get for sushi and sashimi. Chihana provides a fresh air of surprise as compared to the two. Each plate or bowl of food. It is like a fresh air that comes into my... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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416 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Dinner was extraordinary. But as another TA reviewer reported, the flavors are subtle and traditional--nothing highly innovative or fusion oriented. The meal began with salmon with grapefruit and ended with an amazing glass of fresh orange/apple juice. In between were many dishes, including eel, crab soup with tiny mushrooms, sashimi served with what seemed to be shaved dried mushroom, a... More 

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Glasgow
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

After visiting a few restaurants with 1 and 2 Michelin stars we looked forward to visiting our first with 3, which Chihana has held for a number of years but afterwards we were left scratching our heads and wondering why. We were also surprised with how quickly we could book a table, well seats actually at the counter, as it’s... More 

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Milano
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Honestly, this was probably one of the biggest culinary let downs I've ever had. We were so excited to try many michelin starred restaurants during our visit to Japan and Chihana really shocked us for how bad the experience was compared to even non michelin starred restaurants. We barely got through the dinner and didn't enjoy it at all, the... More 

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Thank Francesca A
Burlingame, California
1 review
Reviewed 18 November 2016

On the face, the restaurant is subtle -- the pathway leading to the restaurant door, to the detail of the cedar trimmed rooms with the washi green wallpaper that glimmers with the velour wasabi green seats. The service was spot on. Timed perfectly, not slow, but not rushed. The meal starts...course after course of the freshest, most delicately and intricately... More 

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Thank tchenla
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Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

We were all very disappointed !! It can not be a 3 Michelin star, not even one star! Bad selection of dishes, poor taste, no news to offer... sorry but I will not recommend.

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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

I was a little apprehensive before I went because of some of the bad reviews here, and after going there, I have no idea at all why would anyone not recommend a place like this! Food was an excellent 12 course affair with the freshest of ingredients and a perfect balance of a nuanced taste. Service staff was greatly attentive... More 

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Thank Eleanor X
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

The dishes here are actually quite simple with various layers of contrasting flavours - there were no fancy tweaks. Service was friendly, swift and courteous. Each course was delivered quickly, a bit too quickly for us but then we did arrive late due to our bus being held up. Our green tea cups were re-filled regularly without asking. The last... More 

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Thank emmarfoodie
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1,049 reviews
1,006 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 820 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

One of the worst 3 star restaurant I have visited. Food is average, service is ok. Prices are same as other restaurants. Imagine the last course was a small glass of orange juice....shocked us.

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Restaurant Details

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    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 90 - US$ 331
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 584 Minamigawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Gion
  • Neighbourhood: Gion
  • Phone Number: +81 75-561-2741

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Gion

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Gion
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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