Pontocho Fujita

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44 reviews
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Kaiseki
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Seasonal
先斗町にある<京の風情>に満ちた京懐石を楽しんでいただけるお店です。 料理は旬の高級な食材を使いながらも、気軽に本格和食を楽しんでいただけます。 店内は1階が12席のカウンター、2階は個室が3部屋、3階には25名様迄のご宴会場がございます。 和やかなムードで、気軽にご来店していただけますので、ぜひお越しください。
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FH
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Très bon souvenir de ce restaurant et nous avons apprécié l'effort des restaurateurs pour nous présenter leurs plats.

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KM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my best meal in all of Kyoto. I loved this experience. Highly recommend.

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KC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most memorable meals we had in Kyoto. The Chef was charming and patient. He explained all of his delicious creations to us in fluent English. Highly recommend!

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and truly wonderful Japanese dining experience

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R
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent repas dégustation
Recommande chaleureusement

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D
Dallas
44 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! The staff was welcoming and friendly. Each course was carefully prepared and carefully explained. The highlight was the tofu in sesame sauce, although each dish was excellent. Well-paced, attractive setting. The sous chef even walked us out to the Main Street and hailed a cab for us! Highlight of our two weeks in Japan!

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DA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely kaiseki dinner - subtle rather than bold favors, some wonderful dishes (deep fried sesame tofu - amazing!), some average (our ‘main course’ was a random assortment of so-so dishes, with no coherence) - but come here for the experience. Friendly, characterful chef who explains his dishes - in a ‘local’ (read, bright and very Japanese), on a beautiful old Kyoto street. Well worth seeking out! There is no English sign so follow the Open Table map.

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P
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

Exquisite food. Each course more interesting than the last. The chef, who explains each dish, is both charming and brilliant. The restaurant is a little hard to find, but well worth the effort. Not to be missed.

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E
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful meal and unbelievable service. Every dish was explained to us as it was served. The chef was very humble and kind. Memorable, would certainly eat here again.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was perfection.
The chef, the food, the service, the attention, the education... I find myself feeling privileged to have had this experience.

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WC
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first kaiseki experience, and it was absolutely amazing. I was easily full off the 8 set menu, even after a full day of touring Kyoto. The best part was the variety among the different dishes, including sushi and delicious tofu. I would come again in a heartbeat.

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B
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Nous avions fait une réservation pour 2.
A notre arrivée on nous installe d’office dans une affreuse salle au 1er étage (décoration datée, très mauvais éclairage, moquette salle). Nous sommes redescendus et avons demandé au patron 2 places au bar. Il n’a pas essayé de trouver une solution et nous a annoncé que tout était complet . Nous sommes donc partis et avons trouvé mieux ailleurs !

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SS
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about our kaiseki experience. We made a Saturday lunch reservation and were surprised to have the entire dining area to ourselves for a good part of the meal. The food was delicious — you could really taste the pure flavour and freshness of each main ingredient. Chefs were warm and willing to explain every dish in English.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Does not cater to special diet. Requested gluten free and was told nothing could be prepared for us, even though menu states "tell us any allergies and we will accommodate." Disappointed, we left.

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MW
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was perfect!! The chef and staff were very friendly. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastica cena

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SG
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to try a Kaiseki dinner in Kyoto and heard that Pontocho Fujita provided wonderful Kaiseki at a reasonable price. We chose the 9 course 11,500¥ option. It was probably one of the ten finest meals we have ever had. Tanaka, the chef, explained the components of each of the 9 courses, which included many items that we had never tasted before. The courses included seven different seafood selections, Kobe beef, and duck. The restaurant is small - only 12 seats all at the counter, and it was a pleasure to watch the preparation and beautiful presentation of each course.

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JN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Kaiseki experience. The chef was the ultimate host and really shared his passion for Japanese cuisine with us.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and even better atmosphere. A must try in Japan.

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JA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent kaiseki dinner with friendly service, not stuffy or intimidating. Chef spoke excellent English and explained dishes one by one. I strongly recommend for visitors to Kyoto who want to try the famous seasonal cuisine.

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M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Caring and passionate chef, innovative taste combinations.

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a
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, every course we had was delicious. The service was great with the staff taking care explain all the food to us - even using a specialist Japanese-English culinary dictionary to check unusual ingredients! Pricey but worth it :-)

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best dining experiences of my life. My girlfriend and I live in Chicago so we are familiar with lots of great restaurants.

Starting off we arrived at our our reservation time, but their opentable reservation system wasn't working so we had to come back an hour later. The chef and the team was extremely apologetic, bowing numerous times. We came back an hour later to have two seats ready for us amongst Japanese customers (something that was really nice from touristy spots we had previously been to). We ordered sake and two 9-course kaisekis. Every dish we carefully planned out and was attempted to be thoroughly explained in english. Partway through our meal the chef gave us two plates of o-toro as a thank you and apology for the earlier mistake for the table.

Later at the end of the night we had asked the team for recommendations for sake and one of the sous chefs escorted us to a place down the street. This was a memorable experience that I highly recommend.

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S
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

初めて伺いましたが、田中料理長との楽しい会話をしながらのお食事は大変美味しく、日本酒のセレクトも良く最高でした。京都には年に3回は旅行していますが、次回も必ず行きたいお店になりそうです。

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SK
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Kaseki style
Mixture of different meat, seafood, vegetable dishes, all relatively small.
Staff was very good trying to explain, in English, the dishes and how to eat them.

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M
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely awesome service. My girlfriend is Chinese and the head chef drew out (yes, as in draw) the dishes in color with the characters for her. Best service I have ever had hands down. Food was good, definitely more fit for those wanting to experience traditional Japanese dishes. Add in the sake and it's good for me.

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u
Tokyo
28 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

味は申し分ないのですが、ちょっとドタバタしています。調理場も近く、静かに味わうと言う雰囲気ではなかったです。初めて行くのには、ちょっとアウェイ感があるかも。

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SF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and service. A terrific Kaiseki experience in Kyoto.

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KG
Kyoto
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was soso, no surprise, just normal food, don't think it's good value for money

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Truly memorable meal. Kaiseki is as much an art as it is food. Nine courses were beautifully prepared and presented. This is a meal for the food adventurous. I'm not sure what I ate though the chef had a Japanese English dictionary because the ingredients were unfamiliar, but it was all delicious.

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J
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A+ dinner experience. I highly recommend this restaurant when you are in the Kyoto area.

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OT
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Chef Tanaka was so friendly!

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KS
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are visiting Kyoto, Japan, and you want to try one of the highest forms of Japanese cuisine, Kaiseki, this would be a great place to go. We really enjoyed it. It is on the "hot" narrow little street for Kyoto restaurants, Pontocho, and is much easier to book because it is on Open Table. Getting a reservation at the dozens of other little restaurants on Pontocho can be very difficult, especially during sakura season, since they are not on any English language centralized reservation service that we could find.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oishi! Chef explains each dish carefully, both with respect to ingredients and preparation. English spoken and menu as well.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pontocho Fujita was absolutely amazing. I loved Kyoto and wanted to go to a kaiseki meal while I was there so I took myself out. The chef and the staff were superb, explaining all the dishes and how they were made. It was amazing watching everything being prepared but even more amazing to eat it all. This was by far by favorite meal in Japan and one of my favorites of all time.

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MT
Kyoto
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pontocho Fujita is a great place for a first-timer to Kaiseki meals. It's tucked away in a food district in Kyoto but isn't too hard to fine with the help of google maps and images.

Once you arrive, the service was impeccable. We arrived for the last reservation of the night so we had the whole restaurant to ourselves. This made the dining experience very intimate as the head chef dedicated a lot of time explaining not only the ingredients of each dish, but the history and inspiration behind it.

On top of this, we were amazed by the dedication of the head chef to explain each dish in English even though he wasn't fluent. He even went as far as to pull out a Japanese-English food dictionary and challenged his assistant chefs to speak in English as well.

Overall, this was easily among the top 5 dining experiences in my life and was worth every penny. We choose a 8 course tasting menu ~9800Yen and every dish was delicious and well thought out. We definitely recommend this place for anybody to try.

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LQ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service
So much attention to detail

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OT
Kyoto
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

そーだ京都へ行こうののりで突然妻と京都へ行くことにしました。しかし当日の予約が入るサイトがなく電車でずーと探して決めたのがふじ田さんでした。opentableのサイトも初めての利用でした。不安も有りましたが、評判が良いこと 場所も先斗町ということから決めさせて頂きました。タクシーで京都駅から行った為降りてから道に迷いましたが電話すると料理長が玄関で待っててくれました。料理も全て美味しく満足でした。つい最近ミシュラン和食の店に行きましたが見劣りすることありませんでした。又行きます。

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A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very very difficult to find it !!!!! It's in a only - pedestrian zone so that you can't approach it by taxi ! ( and find it by yourself !!!). But after the .... "Discovery " you'll live one of the best culinary experience of your stay in Japan !

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CG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had reserved by internet this restaurant which had already good rating. Google maps location were not accurate and it took us some time to find the place in the street Pontocho-dori (the name Fujita is not written in romanji in front of the restaurant, only Japaneses characters)). If you have trouble to find the location of the restaurant do not hesitate to ask to persons working in restaurants nearby, what we did succesfully.
The dinner was excellent and an authentic Japanese dinner, the Chef prepares dishes just in front of you and is very keen to explain in english what is on the plates. The atmosphere is quiet, mostly Japanese guests are dining here, no more than 6 to 10 persons.
The price is reasonable for the quality. I advice not to take more than 8 dishes.

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