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Gion Namba

#115 of 11,669 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
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4-jo Hanamikoji Higashiiru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-525-0768
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is not very easy to find but we had printed the address and a sort of a map and as usual we managed to find extremely helpful local people who went out of their way to help us. The place was recommended by our hotel and we were not disappointed. What's different in a Kaiseki restaurant is that... More 

Thank mark5903
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

I visited the Gion Namba for their 15.000Yen (around 150$) Kaiseki course menu in the beginning of January. First of all, I really enjoyed the location (a very small side-street in the Gion area) and the restaurants atmosphere. It is a rather small restaurant featuring seats in a private room and some places at the counter. I decided on the... More 

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Mountain View, California
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We showed up here on a lovely evening without reservations. (Pls don't do that ever for kaiseki meal) The chef and the hostess were gracious enough to let us dine without a reservation. We were seated in the western section upstairs. The 10-course meal highlighted the seasonal ingredients and differed in texture and flavor. The hostess was considerate to explain... More 

Thank Pink B
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

What an experience from the moment we entered this restaurant. We sat at the bar which was fantastic as we could watch Chef Namba cook the beautiful 8 courses. The flavors, presentation and service was amazing. Our best dining experience in Japan!!

Thank Anthony P
Singapore, Singapore
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64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We had lunch at Gion Nanba on a week day and they're fully booked. We made reserveration on their website about a month before our arrival in Kyoto, and they confirmed the reservation immediately. It was quite easy to find the restaurant as we followed the intstructions given on their website. We're welcomed in very warmly, got seated at the... More 

Thank yoidan
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

The chef serve you dish by dish, every single dish is well prepared by the chef on the spot when you are enjoying your current dish. It's definately worth a Michelin start standard! Good chef, humble yet welcoming environment, for those who want experience a typical Kaseiki ryori, this is the place.

Thank Samuel Q
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

An absolutely memorable experience. We were lucky enough to reserve a seat at the counter. watching the chefs prepare each dish was a real treat. such peaceful serene movements. was definitely one if the best meals we have had outside of a top class ryokan. we had the 15 course meal and were delighted with the skill with which each... More 

Thank sibeazo
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We (my parents and I) went to the restaurant by taxi (very much recommended since it is not easily to find if you don't know the area and don't speak Japanese). We went into the wrong restaurant at first (the name of the restaurant is only in Japanese so there was no way we could know which one it was).... More 

Thank Kitty S
Phnom Penh
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

We sat at the counter to be closer to the chef which was great to be able to watch him in action and chat about the food. Such a humble, warm and friendly atmosphere which was nice in such an obviously top class restaurant. Otherwise you can eat in small, private tatami rooms which looked gorgeous. English was limited but... More 

Thank JimJamJemini
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We saw good reviews and were excited to try it. I made early reservations before our trip and was told I would have a private tatami room. It was storming the evening of our dinner. Still, excited as we were, we brought our one year old baby in the heavy rain and took a cab which was not cheap to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$45 - US$135
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4-jo Hanamikoji Higashiiru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Gion
  • Neighbourhood: Gion
  • Phone Number: +81 75-525-0768

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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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