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Matsuba Soba

#157 of 11,656 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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192 Kawabatacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0076, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-561-1451
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Brande, Denmark
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

We were recommended to go to this restaurant by a local, and were not disappointed. The staff was polite and friendly, the atmosphere was great, and the food was delicious.

Thank btking854
Seoul, South Korea
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157 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were craving soba after walking through Yasaka Shrine and TripAdvisor led us here. It bills itself as a very old restaurant but the building has been renovated. Location is not exactly where TripAdvisor points you to on the main street but tucked 1 street behind. We saw a long Japanese soba menu and salivated, but then... More 

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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We were here to try what Soba taste like. Soba is japanese traditional hand made noodle and it had different texture with noodle in the ramen. We ate it with duck broth and tempura. The taste was great but if you are not familiar with it, maybe you will prefer ramen just like us. Fortunately, the service by one old... More 

Thank Rhyando A
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654 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

This is one of the oldest Soba restaurants in Kyoto, and especially famous for their Nishin (kippered herring) Soba. Nishin is neither sweet, nor salty. In one word, it is delicious. Just to eat Nishin Soba, it is worth to visit it. Matuba is located beside Minamiza Theater, and it is very easy to find.

Thank Kimitaka S
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Local soba restaurant with old tradition in Tokyo. Tried hot soba and duck and cool soba with tempura prawns. Very tasty soup, good price, fast attended.

Thank Jose A
Melbourne, Australia
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82 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

This was recommended by a taxi driver as a good place for the local specialty of nishin soba (herring on soba noodles in broth), which was invented in this restaurant. The dish was great, as was the ujicha green tea and the service was so warm from lovely staff.

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Vancouver, Canada
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

What was ordered: Soba w/ Herring in soup 1300円 Soba + assorted tempura w/ dip 1500円 Bottle of Asahi (500ml) 650円 Where: Very easy to spot on a busy corner across an Italian establishment along the river! When: We arrived at about 7:45PM and were told last orders were being taken in 15 minutes. Happy Face: The soba was quite... More 

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Houston, Texas
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542 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2015

We were tired and hungry after a morning of walking and were happy to be able to sit down have a steaming bowl of noodles. Nothing fancy, but it sure hit the spot. The place was full and service was slow, but that meant we could sit for a bit longer before setting back out.

Thank KLsWanderlust
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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106 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

Ate here for dinner with my elderly parents and my brother. Nice Soba set. The restaurant also has a english menu in case you need it. Pricing was reasonable. Expect to pay around 1K yen per person.

Thank Edomon
New York area
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2015

I happened upon this place twice, just when I was starving from walking around, at odd times - once at the end of lunchtime hours and the other time at 5 or 530, before most of the (expensive) places in Gion opened for the evening. First time shown to the basement, second time sent upstairs - to a table with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$26
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 192 Kawabatacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0076, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Gion
  • Neighbourhood: Gion
  • Phone Number: +81 75-561-1451

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

Staying in Gion

Neighbourhood Profile
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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