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Ukiya Pontocho

#1,191 of 11,666 Restaurants in Kyoto
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125 Ishiyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8002, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-221-2978
11:30 - 16:00
17:00 - 20:30
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Tue - Sun 11:30 - 16:00
17:00 - 20:30
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Tokyo, Japan
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Serving home made soba noodles made with made-in-Japan ingredients since 1929. Dashi, or the soup, is "elegantly sweeter" (Kyoto or Kansai style) compared to those in the Tokyo area. Good location and refined (not the efficient fast-food type) service. Apparently a popular place among the maiko and geiko dancers.

Thank toseinin
Somerset, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

This is the second time we have eaten here and have really enjoyed the food both times. The set meals are lovely - great soba and udon noodles. If you don't react well to MSG don't add the 'salt'!

Thank NickyFairweather
Reutlingen, Germany
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47 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2015

We stumbeld in there by accident because we were very hungry and tought it looked fine. Right next to the entrance you can watch people make soba in the daytime. Thats really amazing to watch and nice to know your soba is craftfully handmade. We had a seat downstairs because there is not a lot of space upstairs. Our waitress... More 

Thank Nicole D
Brisbane, Australia
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2015

It's difficult to find a good and reasonable restaurant in this very busy part of Kyoto. Ukiya provides very nice Soba dishes, they are homemade and you can even bring back some boxes home. There is a menu in english, the staff is very friendly and is doing strong effort to exhange a bit in english too (yep, no bilingual... More 

Thank Cédric D
Singapore, Singapore
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2014

For soba lovers, you have to try their signature Uki-ten. It's basically soba (choice of warm/cold but I recommend the latter as it's really refreshing) topped with a myriad of toppings such as tempura flakes, natto, chopped spring onions, and a delicious foamy egg mixture floating atop. The accompanying prawn and vegetable tempura was fried in a flavourful batter that... More 

Thank michmuses
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160 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2014 via mobile

Good chicken and leek soba. Happy staff if somewhat lacking in English. The building is old and plain. As the restaurant specialises in soba there wasn't anything else on the menu - double check with your dining companions if they are ok with this!

Thank Isabelle C
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76 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

The soba had certain texture. Source had the right light sweetness. The small dishes including the tofu and octopus fish cake were nice too. Chicken skew was average. Overall, if around, it's good to try.

Thank Xiafei C
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2012

We enjoyed this restaurant, located in e B2 level of the very niceHotel Okura. Don't expect a view! The soba was excellent, good tempura, a very nice set of various things. I went back for lunch one day and had soba with grated mountain yam and raw quail egg. Not for those who dislike the mucilaginous texture of some foods,... More 

Thank Myra L
Carlisle, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2011

While searching for a place where to stop for dinner in Kyoto, we stumbled into this small restaurant specialized in soba noodles. It was a good find: we had a very nice dinner with possibly the best soba we had so far. They are really specialized in soba, which they make starting with the raw ingredients. Every course they serve... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:30 - 16:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 16:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 16:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 16:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 16:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 16:00
17:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 125 Ishiyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8002, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Pontocho
  • Neighbourhood: Pontocho
  • Phone Number: +81 75-221-2978

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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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