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“Top of the line tempura”

Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten
Ranked #34 of 14,207 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$47 - US$140
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: For over 130 years, Endo has been welcoming guests to its restaurants on the historical and atmospheric streets of Gion, Kyoto. Originally founded as an ochaya teahouse where geisha would perform, we have honored that heritage and status while also continuing to innovate. Endo has embraced new styles and is always striving for new levels of culinary excellence. Just beyond the precincts of Kennin-ji, one of Japan's oldest Zen temples, our main restaurant lies hidden away on tranquil Yasaka-dori in the backstreets of Gion, overlooked auspiciously by Gojunoto Five-Storied Pagoda. Traditional Kyoto vegetables, wild herbs, fresh seafood from Wakasa Bay and the Seto Inland Sea, freshwater fish from the clear streams that run into Lake Biwa… Enjoy Endo's legendary Kyoto-style tempura, prepared fresh to order with an ever-changing cornucopia of seasonal, local produce.
Reviewed 7 March 2018

We found this restaurant today by simply typing "tempura" into Google maps when walking through the Gion district. Are we glad this came up with the highest review. It was a real treat to have lunch here. We ordered the small set menu and it was more than ample in terms of a lunchtime meal. The tempura corn, their house specialty, was sublime. All of the tempura was excellent - light and crisp - allowing the taste of the seafood and vegetables to shine through. We had our lunch with beer, which was a good compliment. The staff were very friendly and told us in English what we were eating. We appreciated that. We both would highly recommend this restaurant. We ate at the Tempura Bar.

Definitely on our list to return here the next time we're in Kyoto.

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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Thank you very much for visited Tempura ENDO at this time.
We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed our Tempura, service, take with staff.
Tempura is a very familiar dish that you can enjoy the seasonal ingredients throughout the year.
Also, Chefs and Servers will keep try hard to make satisfaction guests who came to Tempura Endo.
Also, we have our branch that in Beverly hills in the U.S.A. so please visit them when you come near.
We are all hope that we can see you again.

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

Dinner with my daughter at this, from what I can judge, authentic Japanese style restaurant. Had a 7 course tempura dinner with japanese beer, sake and liquor. Service was outstanding, and this is a highly recommendable thing to do when in Kyoto. After leaving the most amazing thing happened to show how considerate the japanese are: my daughter had her birthday 2 days before, and our hotel had found out from her passport, informed the restaurant, and they came running after us with a birthday present with accompanying greeting card. I have travelled the Globe for many years, but this was truly amazing.

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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Thank you very much for visited Tempura ENDO.
I feel relieved that you seemed to be satisfied about Tempura, behavior of waitress, and chef.
We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed authentic Japanese style.
Also we were so glad we get to celebrate your happy day together.
Happy birthday to your sweet daughter again.
We all believe seeing you again in Kyoto near future.

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

A wonderful meal. Small works of art beautifully presented, taste by taste by expert chefs while you watch. Expensive (not too expensive at lunch time) but well worth it. Need to reserve in advance.

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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2018

Thank you very much for visited Tempura ENDO.
We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed our Tempura, preparation of the restaurant.
Also, thank you for having words of much praise.
Chefs and Servers will keep try hard to make satisfaction guests who came to Tempura Endo.
Also, we have our branch that in Beverly hills in the U.S.A. so please visit them when you come near.
We are all hope that we can see you again.

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Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

The finest tempura of seasonal seafood and locally grown vegetables. What a wonderful lunch. We chose to sit around the bar in the front of the room, rather than have a private dining area so we could watch the chef in action. The food was perfect!!

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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2018

Thank you very much for visited Tempura ENDO.
I feel relieved that you seemed to be satisfied about Tempura, behavior of waitress, and chef.We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed our unique counter.
We always keep on trying think what makes our guest satisfied with our Tempura.
We all believe seeing you again in Kyoto near future.

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

All of the reviews are true: This is one of the best dining experiences you will ever have. Not only is the meal delicious (the tempura is heavenly), but the entire experience is a memorable one.

The chef delivers one tasty dish after another straight from the open kitchen to your plate, explains it and recommends a topping for each bite of tempura. Wow! The traditional Japanese setting is also a great touch and sitting at one of the counter seats to watch the master at work is a must.

We opted for the cheapest set dinner menu and regretted not splurging on more courses, even though we were full! DELICIOUS.

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IPPEIENDO, マネージャー at Kyoto Gion Tempura Endo Yasaka Honten, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

Thank you very much for visited Tempura ENDO at this time.
We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed our unique counter.
Also, thank you for having words of much praise.
I feel relieved that you seemed to be satisfied about Tempura and wonderful picture.
Tempura is a very familiar dish that you can enjoy the seasonal ingredients throughout the year.In addition, we are pleased with as enjoy also lightness of cottonseed oil.
Please visit us again when you come to Kyoto.

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