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Kyo-ryori (Kyoto cuisine) is famous for fresh ingredients, delicate flavors and beautiful presentation. Kaiseki, a multi-course banquet with up to 20 dishes, is the most refined dining experience. Many restaurants and ryokan also feature shojin ryori, plates of no-meat, fish diet followed by Buddhist monks. Although children are welcome everywhere, separate kids’ menus are rare.

Top Restaurants in Kyoto

Izusen Daijiin

Sample top-quality shojin ryori cuisine in the idyllic gardens of Daitokuji Temple.

4 Daitoku-ji-cho, Murasakino, Kita-ku, 011-81-75-491-6665,
Tags: family | expensive


It may lack the ambience of older buildings but Kyoto station is filled with great value eateries. Head to the 11th floor for this restaurant's unagi (grilled eel) and fantastic city views.

11 F The Cube; JR Kyoto Station, 011-8175-365-8733
Tags: family | budget

Kyoto Kitcho

Kyoto’s best kaiseki restaurant is well worth the dent it will put in your wallet. Guests enjoy menus catered to their individual tastes, private dining rooms, and impeccable service.

58, Susukinobaba, SagaTenryuji, Ukyo, 011-81-75-881-1101,
Tags: family | expensive | smart splurge

Nanzenji Gimmond

Come for their simple yet delicious yudoufu, a tofu-based meal made famous by nearby Nanzenji temple. For the ultimate zen experience, request one of their tatami mat rooms with Japanese garden views.

43 Kusakawa-cho, Nanzenji, Sakyo-ku, 011-81-75-751-1320,
Tags: family | moderate


This old-fashioned building is home to some of the best Udon noodles in the city. Try some of their famed tempura (deep fried fish and vegetables) and tofu.

Gokomachi-dori, Shijo-agaru Higashi-gawa, Nakagyo-ku, 011-81-75-255-2125, basyo.html (Japanese Only)
Tags: family | budget

Tagoto Meigetsuan

A mouth-watering kaiseki meal doesn’t always spell an eye-watering check. This simple, traditional restaurant offers "mini kaiseki" (smaller portions of the same fresh, beautifully presented dishes) and take-away boxes.

34 Otabi-cho, Shijyo Kawaramachi Nishi-iru Shimogyo-ku, 011-81-75-221-1811,
Tags: family | moderate

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