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Chimera Description

Located in the charming streets of Gion, Kyoto, Chimera is a renowned Italian restaurant that combines the best of Italian cuisine with a traditional Japanese ambiance. Housed in a beautifully renovated machiya (traditional wooden townhouse), the restaurant offers a unique dining experience that seamlessly blends the two cultures.

At Chimera, the talented chef, Mitsuhiko Tsutsui, creates exquisite dishes by carefully pairing ingredients with the perfect balance of flavors. Each dish is meticulously prepared, from the cutting techniques to the cooking methods, resulting in a harmonious blend of classic Italian dishes with a refreshing twist of modernity.

The menu at Chimera offers a variety of options, but their lunch and dinner courses are particularly popular. The Chimera Lunch Course, priced at 6,600 yen, features six delectable dishes that showcase the chef's creativity and expertise. For a more indulgent experience, the Special Lunch Course offers seven courses for 12,100 yen, allowing guests to savor the flavors of the dinner menu during lunchtime.

What sets Chimera apart from other dining establishments is not only its exceptional cuisine but also its stunning interior. The open and modern space, contrasting with the traditional exterior, creates a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere for guests to enjoy their meal. With its impeccable attention to detail and dedication to culinary excellence, Chimera has become a favorite among food enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike.

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Chimera Overview


504 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto 605-0074


+81 (0) 75-525-4466


7 minute walk from Shijo Station
10 minute walk from Kawaramachi Station

Operating Hours

Sun: 12:00PM-2:00PM, 6:00PM-9:00PM
Mon: 12:00PM-2:00PM, 6:00PM-9:00PM
Tue: 12:00PM-2:00PM, 6:00PM-9:00PM
Wed: Closed
Thur: 12:00PM-2:00PM, 6:00PM-9:00PM
Fri: 12:00PM-2:00PM, 6:00PM-9:00PM
Sat: 12:00PM-2:00PM, 6:00PM-9:00PM

Payment methods

Cash, Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Diners Club, JCB

Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List

Craft cocktails


Private Dining Room


Stylish Interior

Chimera Reviews

Chimera Google Average Rating



High CP


The pinnacle of Machiya Italian is the cuisine full of originality!

7 minutes walk from Keihan Shijo Station
100 Famous Italian Restaurants
Visit "Chimera".
This is a Kyomachiya shop near Yasaka Shrine.

In the past, it has been awarded the Tabelog AWARD for 5 consecutive years.
A famous Italian restaurant in Kyoto.

I made a reservation for 12:00 on a Saturday.

The exterior looks like a townhouse, but when you go inside, you'll find a modern Japanese interior.
It is a relaxing space where the greenery of Higashiyama shines.

Chimera lunch course 7,260 yen
Ordered a glass of champagne etc.

Every dish is an original combination that can only be found here.
The cooking method is very delicious.

It was delicious till the end.

[Today's menu]
① Spanish mackerel carpaccio

②Pumpkin brûlée with porcini sauce
・Coffee jelly at the bottom: Umami, sweetness, sourness, and bitterness
It's a combination of deliciousness like no other.

③Tagliatelle made with snow crab and squid ink
・Refreshing sourness of tomato sauce and flavor of snow crab
It's so delicious.

④ Scallop conchiglie, perilla Genovese sauce, lotus root and broccoli
・Bittersweetness of perilla, umami of scallops, and conchiglie
You can enjoy the contrast of textures of lotus root and it is delicious.

⑤Kyotango highland pork roast
・Red wine and vinegar sauce
The pork is cooked at a low temperature and just barely cooked.
Moist and very sweet with vinegar sauce
It was sour and delicious!

⑥ Chestnuts boiled in astringent skin wrapped in pie crust
・Crunchy texture, sweetness and umami of chestnuts, and bitterness of astringent skin
It spreads in your mouth together with the sauce.
It has a unique design and is delicious.

⑦Coffee and bite sweets


Used at a wedding dinner.

The food, service, and atmosphere are all wonderful.
Looking at Kyaku's age group, it's clear that consideration has been given to the menu. Everyone from young people to the elderly are sure to enjoy it.

The wine pairing 🍷 is also perfect. It has become one of the restaurants I want to go to again.

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