Gion Hanamai

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Japanese
It opened in spring 2017.
There is near Maruyama-koen and it's the quiet atmosphere.
You can feel pleasure in the restaurant where the white was made the basis.
After training oneself in Kyoto, a master chef also gained experience in foreign countries.
The dish with which a full master chef makes a search heart makes the basis important and is a dish with the ingredients in season.
The liquor added to a dish is being also prepared.
If you'd enjoy important time to have time in Japan by Gion-Hanamai, we're happy.


My restaurant is only a course menu. Please enjoy yourself.
Lunch course 5.940 yen (Inc. Tax)
Dinner course 17,820 yen (Inc. Tax)
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KS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal that takes you on a lovely journey of sights, smells, textures, and tastes. The serving dishes and glasses are all locally made in Kyoto (and are a joy to admire). The chef will show you all the details of the dish he is preparing for you while the ingredients are explained to you when it is served. All of your senses are stimulated throughout the meal, and your host and hostess are very kind and welcoming.

Their sake recommendations are on point as well! Their private room also looks like it would be an incredible experience. I had an allergy to an ingredient and they were more than happy to find me a substitute (which was of course delicious).

If you are looking for an intimate and delicious kaiseki experience, look no further.

KT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

As 2 dumb Americans we were at first anxious to discover we were the only guests on that quiet Tuesday night. Our chef Shigehiro was an utmost professional, and once it became clear we were nervous, he and our kind server Tomo made sure to explain and tell anecdotes about every dish, even by Google translate when necessary. They really went above and beyond, and we received a warm welcome and cultural experience that was a highlight of the trip. Shigehiro was rightfully proud of his specialty - grilling and treating meat. His Ōmi beef with sansho reduction was the finest I've had. His grilled and hot pot hamo were incredible too. He shared with us his aspirations to improve his mastery of Kyo-ryori and told us about his hometown. All in all we had such a warm experience here – despite huge language gaps – that we left grinning ear to ear. I wanted to write here to thank Tomo and Shigehiro for taking care of and welcoming 2 Americans with such open arms on a quiet, beautiful weeknight.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Gion Hanamai. Our server was so attentive and the food was exceptional.

KL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely phenomenal meal at Gion Hanamai. The courses were prepared before our eyes and the service was very attentive. Each course was beautiful and plated exquisitely. Highly recommend for a uniquely modern kaiseki experience.

SL
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a lunch for 3 people at Gion Hanamai. The kaiseki meal was fantastic and beautiful! Though we did not speak Japanese, chef Shigehiro Maeda and the woman who assisted with serving were extremely friendly, humorous, and made us feel comfortable. I would definitely recommend anyone to come to this restaurant. The quality, presentation, and ability to watch the preparation process of food is well worth the price. When I return to Kyoto in the future, I fully intend to book another reservation.

MS
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gion Hanamai was outstanding. The chef was wonderful and, despite the language barrier, we were able to have a lovely conversation with him. The food was fantastic--everything was so light and fresh. The bonito, tempura (best tempura I've ever had), and mango pudding were standouts for me. The woman who waited on us was also lovely. Highly recommended for a wonderful kaiseki experience in Kyoto!

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute sensational kaiseki restaurant that you must visit. We had an purely amazing experience at Gion Hanamai. The Chef was not only very humorous but also makes indescribably delicious food. The lady helping to serve us was very gentle and kind, who also speaks fluent English.

We ordered the most premium course and it was worth every dollar of the price. We had the best ever ‘special beef’ that words cannot describe. I have tried many wagyu beef before and this is definitely the king of all. I have visited many Michelin restaurants and I am a food lover myself. This is definitely the most satisfying dining experience by far. I have wholeheartedly recommended here to my friends and would definitely visit again.

Thank you again for this memorizing meal at Kyoto!

AD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal, service and experience were all outstanding! Highly recommended.

H
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The design and presentation of food were so elegant just as what we were expecting for Kaiseki Royri. Dishes were excellently cooked and balanced. And the service were so delectable. It was beyond our expectations. Chef Shigehiro Maeda san is not only talanted with food but also humorous. All in all, Hanamai is highly recommended.

n
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and presentation. The service was superb. I will return to Hana Mai next time I return to Kyoto.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable meal. The quality of the ingredients were mind blowing...each plate was like a work of delicious art.
Amazing service....incredibly hospitable and friendly!

c
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1月13日に伺いました。お正月らしく羽子板の食器や根引き松をあしらったお料理など、どれも目に美しく、口にも美味しかったです。主人の誕生日でしたが、サプライズでケーキを用意してくれていて、感動しました。大将、女将さんの対応もフレンドリーで良かったです。また行きたいと思います。

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A
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the meal felt artful and special. Each course brought a new flavor or texture. The service was wonderful. A truly unique dining experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food and service. Thank you so much!!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch there was absolutely fantastic, and the service was probably the best experience I've had in a restaurant. 100% recommend if you are travelling in Kyoto!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boom! Bang! Pow! Superlatives galore! This place gave us an absolutely phenomenal Kaiseki dinner. Not only that, every dish was a visual work of art, as presented. I appreciate the ease of making a reservation on open table too.
This place is such a winner that we are thinking about trying to return for a second meal before leaving Kyoto.

SE
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! The food was amazing and they treated us perfectly. I would recommend 100% to visit this place during your visit to Kyoto. Not as expensive as a Michellin guide restaurant, but you may not find differences.

OT
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

肩肘張らずにアート的な日本料理が食べれました!
料理も1つ1つ説明頂き、季節の食材を目で楽しみ、また舌でも楽しむことができました。

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OT
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husband and I were staying in Nara and took a train into Kyoto just for this dinner. We were not disappointed. The meal was amazing. The chef is an artist. The service was warm and personal. This tingly restaurant is completely organized to make sure guests have a wonderful and memorable experience. Even my one food accommodation was graciously met. A truly memorable experience.

JC
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gion Hanami was simply fantastic. Set within a quiet secluded street within Gion, this restaurant offers delightful and delicious food, painstakingly crafted into works of art.

We had the dinner menu and were treated to an exceptional kaiseki experience over the course of two hours.

The staff were fantastic, although their English was limited, they made every effort to explain the food and constituent ingredients.

We would definitely visit Gion Hanami again!

WB
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This simply the best serviced restaurant I have ever been to, period. We were the only two guests for the evening, and the crew of four made us felt like royalty. If I really have to be picky, I can say the lighting in the restaurant is a bit on the bright side. But other than that, everything was just so perfect. The dishes were so painstakingly prepared, and every course was just a piece of art. We also were very delighted to enjoy the complexity in tastes, which are only commonly find in those sophisticated French dishes. Reservation is a must, and you won't regret it. Last but not least, don't show up too early, as the restaurant might not even have the sign up, and it might be difficult to find. In our case, we showed up one hour early, and had to wait for a good half hour before we could enter.

OT
Hamburg Area
4 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been our very first experience in a japanese gourmet restaurant and we've been totaly blown away.
The quality and the taste was awesome, the dishes were prepared like artworks.
Every dish was exactly explained by the chef and we learned a lot of japanese cooking and the ingredients, which some of them we've never heard before.
The winelist is small but fits to the offered cuisine and i highly recommend to taste sake at this restaurant, i never knew sake can taste like this.
Visit Gion Hanamai and you'll leave as happy you can be.

DW
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my partner and i had an amazing lunch here. the foods were out of this world.. it was almost too pretty to eat and the taste was scrumptious too.

In addition, the staffs were really nice. We were treated like a royalty.

We would definitely come back if we are in kyoto again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect way to end our vacation.
Super tasty and diverse set of dishes,
very beautiful representation. And super attentive stuff, who made our experience perfect.

BV
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was really well designed, some dishes were pure art pieces. Deliciously and meticulously made as well, and ingredients were well chosen and thought out.

Staff don't speak that much English but were trying really hard to be attentive and answer any questions as well. Felt like you were in the owners home kitchen being well taken care of.

For dinner my only issue is that I found the price point to be a little out there for the meal (at ~$270 CND with drinks per person). Overall really enjoyed this Kaiseki experience.

MG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most memorable dining experiences of my life. Absolutely incredible staff that made us feel like royalty.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice and tasty food. Nice environment and good customer service.

BR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! A bit pricey but very much worth it

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Hard to review because it was closed! Open table took the booking but the restaurant was shut. I’m not voting it down with a poor rating but either the restaurant or possibly OpenTable need to make sure the opening hours are accurately reflected. We walked about 30 minutes in the cold to get to it for context

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic meal of eight courses, all executed with the utmost precision in flavor and presentation. Also, the service was impeccable. This at an amazingly reasonable lunch price of about $55!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding!!!! Truly amazing incredible dinner with presentation to die for...

S
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

もてなそうとする気持ちが伝わります。見ても楽しい、味わっても楽しい美味しいお品でした。生ビールは、セラミックグラスで雑味の無い乾杯に良いものです。日本酒も料理に合わせてチョイスしてくれました。食材は、厳選されているのが分かります。日本料理の基本を押さえつつも、違いを出すための努力が覗われます。これからの、創作に期待します。

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent experience