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Hafuu Honten

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471-1 Sasayacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0983, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-257-1581
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11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:30
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Thu - Tue 11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:30
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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Top class! The real meat restaurant in Kyoto - the owner and chef really knows how to handle the famous Kobe beef. Nice interior and friendly (as always in Japan) staff. Our group arrived quite late but the staff didn't mind and they served us without delay. Go there during your stay in Kyoto!

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Thank Karin H
Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The best meal we had in Japan, hands down. Food : incredible melt in your mouth Kobe beef. Must try the Katsu beef sandwich, brilliant. Service : impeccable. It's a bit expensive but well worth the splurge.

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Sofia
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287 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All we ordered was very good. But the starter was among the top 2 best beefs I ever had so it is the gourmet highlight in Kyoto so far. Waiters do not speak good English, but they manage to communicate and serve well (with some exceptions- one of our orders was wrong). It is not a cheap place but worth... More 

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Thank sashkow
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were in the area and this place was ranked high on trip adviser so decided to give it a shot. We were extremely impressed with the quality of the food. Food is on the pricey side but it is absolutely delicious

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Thank Fehmina Niyaz A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

One of the few pleasant experiences. The steak is out of this world, with the most friendly staff. Yasu the manager and all the staff were very nice with a smile.

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Thank Mounir S
Bangkok, Thailand
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180 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Had dinner in this small place and we ordered two of their set meals they have in the evening. We seat at the counter and we got all the dishes in the set without any rush. The main courses were wagyu beef and we tried both the sirloin and the fillet. Both were very good and worth the cost. At... More 

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Thank Prayanak
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

If you love steak, it would be worth buying a plane ticket across the Pacific to come here. To say that the steak was extraordinary is an understatement. This is ridiculously sublime. There are no other words to describe it.

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Thank ICBV
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Very nice servings of beef done in varieties of styles, fresh and juicy. Well marinated that compliments the recommended wines. Great presentation and bud-teasing aromas and spices made up the difference of enjoyment. Nice quite environment with limited seating. Food is prepared and cooked in front a meter off the serving table, well ventilated and neat with ambiance great to... More 

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Singapore River, Singapore
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Wonderful steak house recommended by our hotel. Wonderful menu and great service, in English !:) Congratulations to the whole team. I will come back because it was so good !

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Roberts Creek, Canada
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

We were staying in a hotel in the neighbourhood and even then we had a hard time finding this restaurant. There are no English signs in front, and not even a sign with the name of the restaurant in English. BUT! I am very glad we persisted and finally were brave enough to try the door of what looked like... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$27 - US$45
Cuisine
Japanese, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:30
Monday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:30
Friday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:30
Saturday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 471-1 Sasayacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0983, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
  • Neighbourhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-257-1581

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Staying in City Center

Neighbourhood Profile
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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