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Shijo Pontocho-dori Agaru, Higashigawa, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-241-1616
Sun 17:00 - 23:30
Mon - Wed 17:00 - 22:30
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Gold Coast, Australia
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77 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

My husband and I had a great meal here recently for our 40th wedding anniversary. The food was both innovative and intriguing, and the wonderful staff made sure that we had a happy and fun time to remember. The food consists of a variety of tasty morsels that are deep fried, but not greasy or oily, and presented to you... More 

Thank Chris L
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70 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

We sat at the bar and enjoyed 20 different small fried dishes ... Prawn, pork, beef, seafood and cheese. The dessert was a flavour blast at the end. Very stylish and the staff are wonderful ... So cool too. Enjoy

Thank Churchill48
Herzliya, Israel
1 review
Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

Unexpected, luxury bites, don't think twice. Approx USD 60 per person, incl wines etc. plan to spend an evening. Eat slow, the bites are very hot :)

Thank Zohar N
Singapore, Singapore
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104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2015

This place served us the best kushikatsu / kushiage I've eaten so far. The restaurant looks quite formal and is certainly geared towards fine dining, so I was quite surprised that I managed to secure a booking for our family with 2 toddlers. The restaurant is made up of one long bar counter where the chefs cook the skewers in... More 

Thank 555_Travel
New Jersey
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46 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2015

Kushi-Katsu(deep fried skewers) is one of my favorite kind of Japanese food. I often go there not only with my family but also visitors from the US and they all love it. Great reasons to go there; 1) wonderful taste and presentation They serve one Kushi (skewer) at a time as they deep fry in the open kitchen. Each Kushi... More 

1 Thank Jerseygirlat109
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 October 2014 via mobile

Food comes raw (allmost.. ) to the table and you get to cook it. Great service, great experience. Location is beautiful in pontocho Street by the river

1 Thank Shaykeshayke
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2014 via mobile

Like a previous reviewer, we visited this amazing restaurant after seeing it in the Wallpaper Guide for Kyoto. After taking in the sights of Gion in the evening, this was the perfect venue to relax with an intimate yet exciting dining experience. The service was excellent throughout, with friendly, English-speaking staff who kept returning to serve one golden bite-size parcel... More 

1 Thank Andy S
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2014

We saw this restaurant in the 'Wallpaper' guide for Kyoto, and decided to give it a go. A quick search on this site only revealed one review - Peewee L's accurate rundown - so thought we'd add another. The restaurant is located on a fairly busy street, and many of the other places have some pretty garish signage; perhaps this... More 

Thank Matthew P
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76 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2014

I like katsu and yakitori so I figured eating deep-fried skewered food would be a treat. I was right. The restaurant was recommended by the hotel concierge. The food was presented in a particular sequence and the server would explain each dish as she served it. The meal was accompanied by a raw vegetable salad (carrots, cabbage, celery, radish, etc..)... More 

1 Thank Peewee L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shijo Pontocho-dori Agaru, Higashigawa, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Pontocho
  • Neighbourhood: Pontocho
  • Phone Number: +81 75-241-1616

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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 Pontocho

Neighbourhood Profile
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 atmosphere and delicious food. Verandas are always filled with people young and old crowding tables, biting into hot yakitori or sipping cold beers. It is a culinary heart of Kyoto as much as one of its most laid-back, clamorous, and entertaining evening hotspots. Pontocho has more of an amiable vibrancy to it than an elegant one, attracting newcomers, local veterans, and everyone in between, in casual attire like sneakers and jeans.
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