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#322 of 11,666 Restaurants in Kyoto
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$$ - $$$
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Higashigawa Hanamikoji Shimbashi Kudaru, Higashiyama-ku | 1F Take Kaikan, Kyoto 605-0084, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-532-0820
18:00 - 03:00
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Mon - Thu 18:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 03:00
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Seattle, Washington
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199 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Happy magical spot. Simple simple simple. Order dumpling and order beer. You can add whisky. The dumplings are all meat so no vegetarians but the pickles are great and the staff is efficient. Get there early and avoid annoying crowds

Thank DBuksh
Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

We just felt like eating something simple and light for the evening.Our hotel recommended this place and it was perfect.It is one of those "no atmosphere' type joints that specialize in one thing that they do really well.

Thank lookinforelvis
Washington, DC
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77 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

Little gyoza bar, we loved it. Yes, only gyoza, beef or vegetable/chicken. Both had lots of minty green herbs that made them taste different than the many gyoza we have eaten in America, but it was very delicious. You mix your own dipping sauce to taste with soy sauce, vinegar, hot oil & asst spices in shakers. I would happily... More 

Thank RCWashington
Louisville, Kentucky
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82 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

Senmonten has an extremely limited menu, which can be a good thing if everything on it is done well. In this case, however, we found the gyoza merely adequate. If you love gyoza you can find much better options. Of course, Chou Chou is wonderful by comparison, but you will wait in line. So, on the plus side, at Senmonten... More 

2 Thank Travlr3210
Sofia, Bulgaria
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314 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

Not a bad place really, but their gyoza is neither special, nor does it come in any variety - they have ONE dish on the menu! That's a bit of a bummer. Other thant that, it's cheap and it looks like "real Japan". Not my cupof tea!

Thank Kamen_777
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2015 via mobile

Other than to say the gyoza are excellent (among the best I've ever had), I only write to clear up an internet error. Google Maps and at least one review suggest that the restaurant is closed. It is not closed as of 5/21/15. Come here, get pickles and gyoza for cheap, drink beer, that is all.

Thank A T
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30 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2015

Small place with a fantastically simple menu, helpful staff and tasty gyoza, which were perfect for a quick, no hassle meal after a tiring day sightseeing. Friendly staff, combinations of seats at tables and at the bar. Sometimes limited choices are a blessing and an asset - this is one of those places!

Thank sands3
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2015 via mobile

Try this place. The dumplings are fab, freshly griddled when you order. Beef, pork, cabbage and leek. You create your own sauce at the table with vinegar, soy and lethal chilli sauce, you are warned only a drop of the latter is needed. Medium draught beer is rather a large glass. Altogether a great little place, just what was needed... More 

Thank Michele L
Copenhagen, Denmark
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228 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2015

The combination of drinks and fried gyoza is a sure winner combination and in that sense Senmonten is the perfect place. Come for an early-night drink, an all-night drinking session or a late-night drink and add a set (or multiple sets) of fried gyoza. Obviously not gourmet in any sense, but the gyoza were super delicious and it actually takes... More 

1 Thank mschr
Tokyo, Japan
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825 reviews
624 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,215 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2015

Small and lowly local, few dishes and flavors trivial. Even if the prices are low, I think the restaurant is overestimate.

1 Thank SettembreNero

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 03:00
18:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Higashigawa Hanamikoji Shimbashi Kudaru, Higashiyama-ku | 1F Take Kaikan, Kyoto 605-0084, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-532-0820

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