The best 10 dinner spots we recommend in Pontocho Kyoto

In Kyoto, it’s quite difficult to choose a restaurant.
Because there are many good restaurants.
This time we want to introduce “Ponto-cho street”.

“Ponto-cho” is a Hanamachi district in Kyoto,
known for geiko and maiko and home to many geiko houses and traditional tea houses.
(Both geiko and maiko are known as a geisha by Western people)
Like Gion, “Ponto-cho” is famous for the well-preserved traditional architecture and entertainment.
The name “Ponto-cho” is said to be a portmanteau of the Portuguese word “ponte(bridge)” and the Japanese word “cho” meaning town, block or street.

“Ponto-cho” is one of Kyoto’s most atmospheric dining areas.
It is a narrow alley running from Shijo-dori to Sanjo-dori, one block west of Kamogawa River.
The alley is packed with restaurants on both sides offering a wide range of dining options from inexpensive yakitori to traditional and modern Kyoto cuisine, foreign cuisine and highly exclusive establishments that require the right connections and a fat wallet.

Most of the restaurants along the eastern side of the alley overlook Kamogawa River.
From May to end of September, most of them build temporary platforms over the flowing water where patrons can dine out in the open air. Known as “kawayuka”.
If you come to Kyoto in summer season , you should try to get there !

So let’s see our recommend restaurant !!

*Food tours in Kansai

1. Kyo no Yakinikudokoro “Hiro” Pontocho

This restaurant selects only the best beef.
Famous beef shop in Kyoto management to this restaurant.
Chefs and waiters can speak English.
You can enjoy real japanese beef in here.
・Dinner : 5,000 yen-8,000 yen / per person
・Open : 17:00~0:00(L.O 23:00)everyday open
・Tel : 075-223-1129 (+81-75-223-1129)
・Address : 176, Zaimokucho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto,604-8017

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2. Yamatomi

You can choose 100 or more kinds of a-la-carte dish from 500yen.
The ingredients are fresh with many varieties such as seafood, shrimp, beef, vegetables, sausages.
Yamatomi is the restaurant at which a tourist can also drop in freely.
This restaurant have invited 39 years with a catchphrase, “The regular customer is traveler, you”.
The specialties of this restaurant are Tetsu-pin-age (spitted cutlet),
Yuba (soy milk skin), Tofu, Namafu (Raw wheat gluten) and Oden (Japanese pot).
Here is delicious and reasonable !!
・Price : 2,000 yen-5,000 yen / per person
・Open : 12:00~14:00 , 16:00-23:30
・Tel : 075-221-3268
・Address : 226 Nabeyacho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto

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3. Kushiemon

Kushiemon is one of the best locations in the Pontocho area.
It’s located on the second floor, you can see Kyoto’s main river “Kamogawa” with good meal.
You can enjoy “kushikatu(deep fried seasonal food)”and some side dishes.
・Dinner : 3,000 yen-5,000 yen / per person
・Open : 【weekday】 15:00~23:00 (L.O.22:00)
【Sat・Sun・Holiday】 12:00~23:00 (L.O.22:00)
・Tel : 075-221-6477
・Address : 227 Nabeya-cho, Pontocho-dori Shijo-agaru Higashi-gawa , Kyoto

4. Uryu Ponto-cho Hana

You can enjoy “Hamo”(dagger tooth pike conger) and “Puffer fish” in here.
Hamo is Kyoto specialty. It’s typical Kyoto cuisine.
Enjoy “Kaiseki”meal !!
・Lunch : 2,000 yen-3,000 yen / per person
・Dinner : 6,000 yen-12,000 yen / per person
・Open : 11:00-15:00, 16:00-22:00
・Tel : 075-252-1144
・Address : 141 Wakamatsucho Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto

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5. Ukiya pontocho

Ukiya is second to none for soba.  Soba is the famed buckwheat noodle of Japan.
Ukiya’s soba is handmade (teuchi) every morning.
Ukiya’s famous dish is the very unique Ukiten Soba. The ‘ten’ in Ukiten is tempura.
It is common for noodle and rice dishes to be served with tempura on top.

Ukiya’s rendition is completely unique because it features whipped raw egg (namatamago) and natto!
Natto, again is fermented soybeans, not well liked by all Japanese.
Natto is commonly eaten at home, often with breakfast.
Natto is more well liked in the Kanto region (Tokyo) than here in the Kansai region.

You can enjoy Kyoto’s noodle in here !!
・Lunch&dinner : 1,000 yen-2,000 yen / per person
・Open : 11:30~16:00 , 17:00~20:30(L.O), Monday holiday
・Tel : 075-221-2978
・Address : Ponto-cho Sanjo sagaru ishiyamachi 125, nakagyo-ku, Kyoto

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6. pontocho Robin

Robin serves a la carte dishes and multi-course meals.
The chefs use seasonal ingredients, and diners enjoy painstakingly prepared cuisine and Kyoto-brewed sake.
Highly recommended are the multicourse meals, filled with the delicious taste and allure of Japanese cuisine, including sashimi and grilled fish using fresh seafood, and assortments of beautifully colorful small dishes.
A la carte items include meat dishes prepared with Japanese beef.

This restaurant provides an atmosphere worthy of the city of Kyoto, with genuine Japanese cuisine.
Diners in search of such a place should definitely check out Pontocho Robin.
・Lunch : 3,000 yen-4,000 yen / per person
・dinner : 15,000 yen-20,000 yen / per person
・Open : 11:30~14:00 , 16:30~23:00(L.O)
・Tel : 075-222-8200
・Address : 137-4, Wakamatsucho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
・should try : Grilled Japanese Beef with Salt / ¥3,600 (+tax)

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7.Kyoto-Style Beef Cutlet Katsuushi

Here is a famous shop with beef cutlet.
This branch of the Japanese restaurant chain specializes in gyukatsu, a deep fried beef dish.
The shop uses wagyu aging beef which is breaded and then deep-fried for exactly 60 seconds.
It is served with rice, miso soup, cabbage, as well as curry, egg, and other sauces.
Refill of rice is welcome.
・Price : 1,000 yen-2,000 yen / per person
・Open : 11:00~22:00(L.O21:30)
・Tel : 075-251-7888
・Address : 188 Zaimokucho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto

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8.Nagamegawa Ponto-cho “Hana”

You can enjoy “Kaiseki” meal of Kyoto in here.
The chef presents his reliable cooking skills as well as his originality in dishes filled with the best ingredients of the season.
Diners can choose from both a casual lunch set and full dinner course.
Their sake list is a must-check.
They offer a number of locally brewed sake from Kyoto, mainly from Fushimi,
Kyoto’s most well-known sake production areas.
A combination of Nagamegawa’s dishes and a glass of sake will make your dining even more memorable.
・Lunch : 3,000 yen-4,000 yen / per person
・Dinner : 5,000 yen-8,000 yen / per person
・Open : 11:30-14:00 (L.O.), 17:00-21:00 (L.O.) everyday open
・Tel : 075-255-5544
・Address : 232-8 Nabeya-cho, Pontocho-dori Shijo-agaru Higashi-gawa (8th building), Kyoto

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Japanese people loves “Yuzu” (Japanese citrus).
Being very curious about how Yuzu could be incorporated into a cuisine,
Yuzugen doesn’t disappoint for you.
Let’s try and feel Japanese citrus flavor !!
・Price : 2,000 yen-5,000 yen / per person
・Opening hours :Weekdays 17:00 – 23:00(Last order 22:30)
Weekend 11:30 – 15:00(Last order 14:30)
Holidays 17:00 – 23:00(Last order 22:00)
・Tel : 075-254-0806
・Address : 212 Nabeyacho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto
・shold try : Yuzu Ramen

10.Yasube pontocho (Okonomi-yaki)

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients.
The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “how you like” or “what you like”,
and yaki meaning “grill” (cf. yakitori and yakisoba).
Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with the Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan,
but in pontocho you can enjoy it.
We recommend here if you feel hungry after drinking !!
・Price : 1,500 yen-3,000 yen / per person
・Opening hours :16:30-23:30 【Sun,holiday】 15:00-23:30
・Tel : 075-221-2613
・Address : 142 Umenokicho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto

Don’t worry to come here with these list.
You can enjoy your dinner at special Kyoto area.

We have “Pontocho Backstreet Food and Drink hopping Tour” at evening.
We can take you more deep and maniac drinking area in Kyoto.
You could know how locals enjoy their night life.
Please check it out below !!

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