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Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar

) #11 of 11,779 Restaurants in Kyoto $$ - $$$ , , Japanese
230-1 Kamimyokakujicho Koromonotanadori Oshikoji-agaru, Nakagyou-ku, Kyoto 604-0025, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-231-5155
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good16%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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CUISINES
Bar, Pub, Japanese, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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230-1 Kamimyokakujicho Koromonotanadori Oshikoji-agaru, Nakagyou-ku, Kyoto 604-0025, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had such a lovely experience at this restaurant! We had the Samurai menu, which had so many delicious and mouth watering courses. My favorite was the pork which melted on my tongue. We're travelling for quite some time, so we try to stay on...More

Thank IUlv
ShishinShogo, マネージャー at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for a wonderful review!! We were so happy too that we could spend such a great time with you. It's our greatest pleasure you say you enjoyed our food and service. We hope that you enjoy the rest of your trip,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a samurai themed restaurant with plenty of food options and drinks. It's very popular with westerners so don't expect many locals to be there. Both waiters we spoke with were exceptionally cheerful, happy, informative and spoke good English! The pork belly we had was...More

Thank Daniel C
ShishinShogo, 支配人 at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for a great review!! It was great meeting you two!! I'm sorry though there weren't any locals in our restaurant. It was a weekday in Japan, and it is rare to find people drinking on a weekday unless they have a...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went last night. Neat atmosphere decorated with samurai. Opportunity to hold a katana and learn some history. Staff is very friendly and speak very good English. It is very hot inside and a bit uncomfortable sitting on the tatami floor. Floor chairs with back support...More

Thank Nicole M
ShishinShogo, 支配人 at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review. It was a great pleasure to serve such a wonderful family like you. We apologize for the heat and difficulty of sitting on the floor. We are going to add another fan, and adjust the air conditioner as...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the most wonderful dinner in Kyoto at Shishin Samurai Café & Bar. We were warmly greeted by Shogo and Harumi as we got there a little before opening and they provided an excellent dinner experience. The restaurant is designed and furnished with interesting...More

1  Thank RussHonolulu
ShishinShogo, 支配人 at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for a wonderful review!! I was your server Shogo, and I am so honored by such a great compliment. Harumi saw your review as well. We hope that you had a good time in Kyoto, and we welcome you back anytime!...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was a bit far from our hotel. Nonetheless we decided to give it a shot due to its high ratings online. And we were so glad we did. The interior design was really interesting. You can tell the owner has put a lot...More

Thank cstseng86
ShishinShogo, 支配人 at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We can not be happier by such a great review for us. It was our pleasure to serve such a great guest like you two, hope you enjoy your stay in Japan, and have a safe trip around Asia. Also we welcome you anytime to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was really close to where we lived and the station. Easy to find and the servers were great! They talked us through the food, let us hold a samurai sword and told us about the Japan traditions which were really interesting. The food...More

Thank Rachel H
ShishinShogo, 支配人 at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for a great review. We need to thank you too for such a wonderful conversation, we had a really good time as well! We hope that you enjoy your stay in Japan, and we will be more than happy to see...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First of all, every part of the restaurant and our overall experience deserves 5 stars, from the ingredients (all vegetables are organic and locally sourced), to the warm hospitality and the extent to which the manager and waitress went out of their way to make...More

Thank alissia2017270
ShishinShogo, 支配人 at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for such a great review. We were very honored to meet you and to serve you. We will keep working on our vegetarian menu so that more people can have a nice meal in Kyoto too. We hope that you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didn't have any particular expectations when walking in to this place, but it turned out to be a meal to remember. The food was excellent, and extremely reasonably priced for what I got - I order the Murasawa Siroin Steak Course (A5), which is...More

Thank ShampooMacTavish
ShishinShogo, 支配人 at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. We could not be any happier to read your kind message. We hope that you enjoy your stay this time too in Japan, and we will be happy to welcome you anytime again!! We will do...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As soon as we entered and warmly welcomed by the staff, we knew it would be special. We thoroughly enjoyed our Samurai dinner interspersed with snippets of Japanese history, as we knelt down at the table. On our list of experiences to repeat again!More

Thank igrob66
ShishinShogo, 支配人 at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for a wonderful review. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time here at our restaurant. We will always work harder so that more of our guests can feel comfortable as well Thank you again for coming, it...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great little place with very nice and attentive staff. You will feel very comfortable. Be prepared to sit on floor to eat. If you have bad knees, they have one table to accommodate. Food was delicious and western friendly.More

Thank theshaytay
ShishinShogo, 支配人 at Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for such a great review. We were very happy to serve you. Like you say, siting on the floor could be a problem for some people, so we have prepared some floor chairs too. We will keep on making our menu...More

Nearby
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
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Annegret O
21 March 2017|
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Response from DanGeorge809 | Reviewed this property |
You would have to contact the restaurant directly. If you're arriving in Kyoto before the sixth, call the restaurant, they speak English very fluently and will be able to take your booking.
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June V
17 February 2017|
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Response from Lisa C | Reviewed this property |
Hi - We made reservation on the day but they say it was ok to just pop in. I would recommend to make a reservation and go early :)
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Donna K
18 January 2017|
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Response from tasabego | Reviewed this property |
I'd say outside of weekends and bank holidays you can book a day ahead with no worries. but that said, the earlier you book the better ;)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 23:00
Thursday
17:30 - 23:00
Friday
17:30 - 23:00
Saturday
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 230-1 Kamimyokakujicho Koromonotanadori Oshikoji-agaru, Nakagyou-ku, Kyoto 604-0025, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
  • Neighbourhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-231-5155
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Description
Shishin -Samurai cafe&bar&restaurant-
Enjoy “Samurai food” and great Japanese drinks at a traditional Kyoto house.
The meals that were actually loved and eaten by real the Samurais, a Katana (Samurai sword) & Samurai armor, a wonderful Japanese garden, and fluent English speaking staffs will support your one and only experience.
Your Samurai story awaits you here at “Shishin”.
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