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#2,542 of 11,658 Restaurants in Kyoto
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French, Bar
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183-1 Zaimokucho, Sanjyosagaru, Pontocho, Nakagyo-ku | Kawakase bldg 3F, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-213-2334
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Lyon, France
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87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

- The restaurant is not so easy to find. - It's quite small, I would say maximum 30 seats around tables or at the bar. - This restaurant doesn't accept credit card, you have to pay by cash only. = I found it a bit expensive but it goes with the quality of the dishes. So I put a more... More 

1 Thank sdt_lyon
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93 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

If took us 15 minutes of concerted effort to find this delightful French gem but we are glad we persisted. We located it in a lane way just east of the canal. On the third floor. Not a restaurant that you are going to stumble onto. Hopefully the photo provided will assist those who wish to track this delight down.... More 

1 Thank GBSWBrisbane
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2015 via mobile

Really nice spot with a great menu- we tried a variety of French / European dishes and everything tasted good! The owner does everything himself, quite a feat!

2 Thank Rob A
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150 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2015 via mobile

hidden gem, chef speaks a little French, staff seems new so be patient but they are nice. Definitely order 2 plates per person . About 8-10 usd per plate. Here's my opinion of everything we ordered: Scallop tartare- too creamy not great presentation. I didn't like it but my mom loved it Smoked ham- from Spain! Cut on the bar... More 

1 Thank Margaux V
Victoria, Canada
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220 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2015

We walked by this restaurant when checking out restaurants on the Pontocho and wouldn't have given it a second thought as the English menus posted outside didn't have photos and the descriptions didn't sound that exciting. But then I saw a poster on the door (in my photos) which explained their concept and they seemed keen on serving English speaking... More 

1 Thank sixtysix66_66_66
Perth, Australia
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31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2015

We stumbled across this restaurant in Pontocho Alley on our last night in Kyoto, and what a pleasant surprise it turned out to be. Having survived the lift to the third floor, we found this tiny restaurant with one chef and one waitress. The cuisine is French/Japanese and the menu was in English which is always a good start. We... More 

1 Thank Aussie_Grey_Power
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2015 via mobile

We liked this little restaurant very much. Nice food but you need a few dishes to fill your stomach. We had the beef, salad, pasta, shrimps, etc. Small glasses of wine.

1 Thank Steven V
Perth, Australia
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2015

The French restaurant my partner wanted to go to was closed so we happened across this place. Expectations were pretty low, having gone up to the third floor of some building in a dingy elevator. The waiter didn't appear to have started his shift yet as the chef seated us and took our orders. Waiter rocked up about half an... More 

2 Thank green_eyed_jealousy
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2014 via mobile

We went there by chance and with no specific expectations. This was great it's a small place with a few tables and a counter, the chef and the waiter are very helpful and most importantly the food is great. We had japanese steak, cooked perfectly, ratatouille, chicken and creme brulee. All was an interesting interpretation of french food with a... More 

2 Thank Raphael M
Salt Lake City, Utah
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2012

Very reasonably priced, exquisite French food with a Kyoto twist. We stumbled upon this treasure and would highly recommend it. We had ratatouille followed by duck with eggplant and it was incredibly fresh, as well as beautifully presented. The waiter was also the chef and could not have been more sweet. English & French spoken and there is an English... More 

3 Thank ashleyk90

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French, Bar
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  • Address: 183-1 Zaimokucho, Sanjyosagaru, Pontocho, Nakagyo-ku | Kawakase bldg 3F, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Pontocho
  • Neighbourhood: Pontocho
  • Phone Number: +81 75-213-2334

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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