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Kentan Horibe Description

Located in Kyoto, Kentan Horibe is a renowned restaurant that specializes in traditional Kyoto cuisine. With over 30 years of experience in Japanese cooking, Chef Horibe uses carefully selected ingredients and traditional cooking methods to create dishes that showcase the beauty of each season. The restaurant is housed in a renovated machiya (traditional Kyoto townhouse), creating a luxurious and authentic atmosphere for diners to enjoy.

One of the unique features of Kentan Horibe is their dedication to preserving the roots of Japanese cuisine. The menu features a variety of exquisite dishes, with a particular focus on the 'hassun' course, which consists of eight small seasonal dishes. Each dish is thoughtfully prepared to highlight the freshness and flavors of the ingredients, creating a truly memorable dining experience.

In addition to their commitment to traditional cooking, Kentan Horibe also pays attention to every detail, from the presentation of the dishes to the choice of tableware. This attention to detail has earned the restaurant a Michelin one-star rating. Guests can expect to be treated to a delicate and refined dining experience that showcases the best of Kyoto's culinary traditions.

Whether you're a connoisseur of Japanese cuisine or simply looking for a unique dining experience in Kyoto, Kentan Horibe is a must-visit restaurant. Immerse yourself in the beauty of each season through the exquisite dishes and elegant ambiance, and discover the true essence of Kyoto's culinary heritage.

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Kentan Horibe Overview


273 Tenjinyamachō, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto 604-8221


+81 (0) 75-746-3111


5 minute walk from Karasuma Station (Hankyu Line)
6 minute walk from Shijo Station (Subway)

Operating Hours

Sun: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 6:00PM-10:00PM
Mon: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 6:00PM-10:00PM
Tue: Closed
Wed: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 6:00PM-10:00PM
Thur: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 6:00PM-10:00PM
Fri: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 6:00PM-10:00PM
Sat: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 6:00PM-10:00PM

Payment methods

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

Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List


Private Dining Room


Sake Selection

Stylish Interior

Kentan Horibe Reviews

Kentan Horibe Google Average Rating



Truly excellent place to experience true Japanese/Kyoto food. Was able to make a last minute reservation on tablecheck and although they state no English support, one of the newer chef craftsman Marcus speaks English well. Marcus made our experience much more insightful as he was able to explain to us the culture and meaning behind the dishes. The master chef was also welcoming and tried to interact with us despite the language barrier. The food was honestly one of the best I've experienced, and everything was presented beautifully. Watching the team make and prepare everything in front of you was fascinating.

Some things to note: they change menus every month and you will have to be open to eating food you may not have had before, this is a kaiseki with a 12 course meal for dinner so come with an empty stomach as you will be very full after, expect to stay for 3 hours dinner service, this is an upscale place so be clean and polite with good manners and business casual attire.


What an amazing experience, but not one for the faint hearted western palate. We had an excellent interesting meal but I can’t say we weren’t at times a bit apprehensive about some of the dishes. The service was excellent, our waiter spoke excellent English and helped us to get into the head of the chef. If you want an authentic kaskei and aren’t afraid of a little bit of keeping an open mind then would thoroughly recommend.


Incredible Kaiseki lunch experience. Food that was delicious and a work of art. It was especially thoughtful and kind that one of the chefs translated information to me in English. Was such a pleasure to chat. The chef is very skilled and talented. An absolute trip highlight. Thank you so much!

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