We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Ante Cafe

#4,726 of 11,668 Restaurants in Kyoto
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
901 Higashi-shiokojimachi, Karasumado-ri, Shimogyo-ku | 11th floor, JR Kyoto Station Bldg., Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-342-0025
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow

53 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 32: English reviews
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I have been looking for this place online since our visit. So much so because I wanted to leave a review. I'm of italian background, and my grandmother used to make the perfect pasta, THIS PLACE RIVALS THAT! it's so delicious with little ingredients, that marriage together perfectly. Belissimo!

Thank Matt L
Bangkok, Thailand
Level Contributor
145 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Dropped off here for a drink after a long day of sightseeing. We had just been to the top of the Station Building, and this place seemed to offer our best chance of a drink and a sit down. It is a restaurant but they didn't seem to mind us just having drinks. It was mid-afternoon. Some interesting and unusual... More 

Thank Stephenbkk20156
San Francisco, California
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Seemed promising as it was pretty busy inside, but it was clear that some tables were more heavily waited upon than others. Dishes came more than 15 minutes apart from each other and it was challenging to flag down a waitress for water. Head waiter was dismissive when we checked on our second dish. Food was mediocre and (expectedly) overpriced.

Thank genyphur
Cary, North Carolina
Level Contributor
234 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is an "Italian" restaurant and we ate here 2 nights. We had 4 cheese pizza each time, thin crust ant 4 separate sections of cheese. Very nice, staff and atmosphere. If want other than Japanese it's good choice. Top of Isetan department store.

Thank 24lorraineS
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

We went in here last night for dinner but In summary, we could not eat at this place. They declined to adjust anything on their menu to be vegetarian. Their dressing had anchovies and they could not even serve a salad with a simple oil and vinegar dressing. This is not a place you want to visit esp if you... More 

Thank BVtraveller
Level Contributor
175 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

I took a chance on this place and was very happy. I adore pasta with white clam sauce and theirs is excellent. Truly al dente and flavorful (many many clams). I had the set meal with an excellent caesar salad and praline gelato for dessert. Great Italian red wine by the glass. What a wonderful surprise this was! All for... More 

Thank Donald H
Fontainebleau, France
Level Contributor
46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

I have enjoyed a pizza at this restaurant on several occasions. The service is very impersonal and I had the impression that their formula does not always arrange the client, Wine is either sold by glass or in a half litre carafe, no 25cl carafe which would be ideal for 1-2 people. Pizzas available from 17.00, not before.In Europe we... More 

Thank John R
Redlands, California
Level Contributor
69 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

I found this place as we were exploring the Kyoto train station. It was pretty busy so we figured we would give it a try. Everything on their menu looked pretty tasty. I got pasta and it was very good, the portions weren't to big or small and tasted great. The item I would recommend the most is a drink... More 

Thank Kevin M
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
215 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

After 2 weeks touring Japan we were looking for any restaurant serving familiar food and wine that didn't require a 2nd mortgage. Having explored the fabulous Kyoto Station from bottom to top, we came on Ante Cafe by chance. The pasta was tasty & reasonably priced and wine started at 1500 yen (under £10 - bargain!!). As a group of... More 

Thank Roger V
Los Angeles, CA
Level Contributor
37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

Having eaten so much ramen, tempura and sushi, we decided to recharge with some western-style food. I ordered a baked potato, Caesar's salad and bread (no free bread service here!). The salad was ok, but the baked potato was delicious! I had never had such fluffy, perfectly cooked baked potato as I did here. The bread (like a breadstick) was... More 

1 Thank Katrinacat

Travellers who viewed Ante Cafe also viewed


Been to Ante Cafe? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 901 Higashi-shiokojimachi, Karasumado-ri, Shimogyo-ku | 11th floor, JR Kyoto Station Bldg., Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Shimogyo-ku
  • Neighbourhood: Shimogyo-ku
  • Phone Number: +81 75-342-0025

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Ante Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Shimogyo-ku

Neighbourhood Profile
Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
Explore this neighbourhood