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#26 of 13,003 Restaurants in Kyoto
€€ - €€€Japanese
757-2 Minami Iseyacho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8153, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-812-5818
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good16%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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757-2 Minami Iseyacho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8153, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit in Kyoto! The experience itself was so fun and entertaining - I don’t get how anyone could rate this place any less than 5 stars. The owner of the restaurant was extremely kind and hospitable - this meal was a memory...More

Thank Kate C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

They really made an effort to brief guests in their own languages using printed boards about what to do and what not to do. They have stands for guests cellphones so you don’t have to think about how to document your fire ramen experience. The...More

Thank QuinaMNL
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was absolutely worth the wait. This is not for the jumpy or faint of heart. Its FIRE! Fire, being served up inches from your face and body! Its exciting and a bit insane so don't go if you can't stand the cold outside or...More

Thank Monika R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dropped by around 11:15am and got the second spot in line. The restaurant opened up at 11:30am and we were one of the first groups to be seated. While we were waiting about 2 or 3 more groups showed up, so get there 20-30 mins...More

Thank pwaterz
Reviewed 1 week ago

located just around the bend of the ever touristy Nijo castle, this is the one and only fire ramen in kyoto! at first, we were skeptical, it was just a gimmick to attract the tourist. but hell the experience and ramen was good! the queue...More

Thank Terence Y
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got in and didn’t even know what was going to happen! .. Loved him, loved the food and the staff was outstanding. You MUST GO, trust me !!!!

Thank ManuAiM
Reviewed 1 week ago

You just have to do this. It is the best Ramen pyrotechnics anywhere. The food is great as well and they make sure you have a smartphone video record. It is a little disturbing when the staff retire to a safe distance before the owner...More

Thank AmershamMan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is so much fun, you have to do this if you visit Kyoto, the chef is so cool and the fire experience is like nothing I’ve had before. Food is great and you leave smiling with great memories and photos as well.

Thank Patrick U
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you like ramen and don’t mind waiting for a while this is a great experience. Good ramen, really nice with the subtle smokiness from the fire. The owner was really nice. Talked to every customer. Gave good advise on things to see and what...More

Thank binda88
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love ramen so decided to go to Menbakaichidai for my 49th birthday. Had a great time. The ramen, fried rice and dumplings were quite good. They really put on a show though. My wife and I had a wonderful time. I highly recommend for...More

Thank tashkentmike
City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its
blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered
shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street
bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to
peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home
goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center
is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and
clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
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David S
12 April 2018|
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Response from Stevie J | Reviewed this property |
It’s available throughout the day, we had it for lunch!
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7 March 2018|
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Response from Vidya G | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember a parking lot. It was about a 10 minute walk from the hotel we stayed at.
30 January 2018|
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Response from Vidya G | Reviewed this property |
They can. They make a vegetarian broth (I had this because I can’t eat seafood, and their regular broth is a mix of pork and fish stock), and you can choose not to have chashu (sliced pork) added to it.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$14
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 757-2 Minami Iseyacho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8153, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Centre
  • Neighbourhood: City Centre
  • Phone Number: +81 75-812-5818
  • E-mail
Menbakaichidai has been a staple in the community for 30 years - burning through the competition with its famous "Fire Ramen." I innocently assumed that the ramen earned its name for being spicy, as are most "fire" dishes in the culinary world. It wasn't until I was inches away from a four-foot flame, that I finally realized this restaurant had taken things to the next level. From yahoo travel post
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