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The Sodoh Higashiyama Kyoto

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366 Yasakakamimachi Yasakadori Shimogawara Higashi Iru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0827, Kyoto Prefecture (Formerly ガーデンオリエンタルキョウト)
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+81 75-541-3331
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
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Milan, Italy
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The food is based on the Italian culinary tradition, however the re-interpretation of the dishes using Japanese ingredients is pleasantly surprising. Our table had the garden view, which added some magic.

Thank pepp0li
Hamilton, New Zealand
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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Made a last minute decision to eat here when we fancied something more than ramen and based on the reviews here. Only 10 min walk from the hotel (Maifukan). So glad we did. Despite it being dark, we could see the lit gardens and the inside is a beautiful intimate dining room. There was a set menu of 6 courses,... More 

Thank FoodieGregs
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We had a fusion of Italian and Japanese cuisine and it was absolutely superb ! Lovely and tastefully decorated. Service was as always wonderful! Excellent wines to compliment meal .

Thank Saskia W
Hong Kong, China
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

What a great find, Italian food Kyoto Style Thank you all the trip advisors who wrote about it. I book it online and it was easy. Great ambience, lovely garden, most of all great food and service. Will be back

Thank CC_Hong_Kong
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Lovely dinner with great service. Had two different set meals and enjoyed every dish. Liked the "japanized" Italian with great local ingredients and italian cooking methods. Wine prices were reasonable. Bolognese was a highlight as were the fish appetizers.

Thank Traveler45USA
Brussels, Belgium
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80 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We came by the place, walking wise, almost by accident. It looked quite chique and we wondered about the prices, but when we got the menu we were pleasantly surprized. 3 menu's, 4000,5500 and 9000 jpy, all with at least 5 courses and coffee or tea included. The food was delicious, fresh and refined. The chef clearly had experience in... More 

Thank TKBelgium
Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

An extremely beautiful restaurant in an elegant yet casual setting within the top-notch Higashiyama district of Kyoto! The restaurant features several dining rooms with different styles - all of them tastefully arranged with views of the atmospheric Japanese garden. The amazing Italian-style food features Japanese fresh produce of the day and offers a really good price value deal! Surprisingly, even... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Went on business dinner and had the most amazing dinner of the week. We took the 6 course and I was worried not being able to finish... But ate everything on the plate on every course. Of course having so many courses the portion is small but it's very filling at the end. The chestnut pasta, duck and sorbet was... More 

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Ogden, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

We went with a group and it was a set menu, but the food, service and ambience was excellent. It was some of the best food I have had in Japan. I especially enjoyed the pasta dish.

Thank Patty W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Tall people must watch their heads entering . We had entertainment by a Miako and a wonderful meal of western food prepared with Japanese influence.service was superb and actually not even noticed. They glided in and out as courses were served. Outstanding chicken dish and a wonderful salmon dish. Very elegant restaurant and meal.

Thank Steve R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Japanese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 366 Yasakakamimachi Yasakadori Shimogawara Higashi Iru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0827, Kyoto Prefecture (Formerly ガーデンオリエンタルキョウト)
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-541-3331
To the east of Yasaka Pagoda, range a very wide area of 4,290 square meters. This area belonged to a very distinguished Japanese artist named Takeuchi Seiho. There, stands a beautiful Japanese-style house and a garden that reflects colors of all four seasons, being the epitome of ancient Higashiyama atmosphere.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?