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El Latino

City Center
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, South American, Central American
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43-2 Shogoin Sannocho, Sakyo-ku | B1F Palais State Nissei, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-751-0647
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Moseulpo, South Korea
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I know while in Kyoto you should be eating Japanese Kaiseki, but sometimes all you want is some good Mexican food. We found this little place using Trip Advisor. It's a bit out of the way, not too hard to find, but it is on the basement level of a building and down the hall, so keep your eyes out.... More 

Thank KelseyFast
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

This place is worth a visit. It's not a Michelin style place but it has spirit and authenticity! Nice

Thank Jonas K
Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Found this little Mexican restaurant one night when we we wandering about. Walked in to be greeted very friendly. Food was cheap and very good! Bourbons were strong! Worth the stop for dinner

Thank Haydon S
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2015 via mobile

Really nice little Mexican restaurant in the basement level of a mall, but its worth trying to find. The food was all great and the bar had a nice atmosphere. The staff were super nice and spoke great English. Go for an Inca cola or mojito.

Thank Leo1401
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6 reviews
Reviewed 23 June 2015

This area seemed a bit expensive compared to the smaller izakayas that my travel buddy and I had been frequenting in Shinjuku, so we were looking for some place on the cheaper side that was open late and where we could enjoy a Futbol game. This place satisfied all of those expectations, plus so much more. From the time we... More 

Thank JusBaba
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 December 2014

I went to this restaurant last weekend. I don't mean to sound harsh but the food was terrible. The best thing we ate there was the chips, guacamole and salsa. We tried several things on the menu, and being from California, and having a Mexican brother-in-law, I'm pretty sure I know what the food is supposed to taste. They used... More 

1 Thank Stellina C
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

The couple who run this place are warm and make you feel welcome. It helps that they have lived in the Americas and speak English too. We are vegetarians and found plenty of options, all made well. Guacamole, margaritas, mojitos, and food all so well done! Was difficult to find, but what a find! Will visit it everytime I'm here... More 

1 Thank Raqarun
Phoenix, Arizona
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2014

We found ourselves in Japan on Cinco De Mayo and were homesick for some Mexican food. We searched and this is the only place we found in Kyoto open. We found it on a quiet residential street and arrived at around 4pm to start the celebration with some margaritas! Unfortunately, the sign in front said they didn't open until 5pm.... More 

1 Thank Tom W
Kuwana, Japan
1 review
Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

Outstanding ambience coupled with melt-in-your-mouth "Japanese-Mexican" cuisine. The attentive staff and strong, artfully blended drinks perfectly rounded off this phenomenal dining experience. 5 stars.

Thank PatrickM10101
Istanbul, Turkey
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19 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2013 via mobile

Great fresh food at great price. Excellent friendly service, owner and chef has good English, menu is large & cocktails are strong! ----- be careful using don't use map on website to find the place. Use proper street directory/ map and match shrines and street names. Map on website is very off scale and missing important details

1 Thank HollyShanahan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, South American, Central American
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43-2 Shogoin Sannocho, Sakyo-ku | B1F Palais State Nissei, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
  • Neighbourhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-751-0647

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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 local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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