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Nishibuchi Hanten



Nishibuchi Hanten Description

Nishibuchi Hanten is a hidden gem located in the serene streets of Higashiyama, Kyoto. As you step through the traditional white noren curtains of this charming townhouse, you are transported into the world of modern Kyoto-style Chinese cuisine. The restaurant's ambiance exudes a sense of tranquility, with its traditional Japanese-style decor and a peaceful inner garden.

One of the standout dishes at Nishibuchi Hanten is their meticulously prepared and beautifully presented shark fin. Cooked with utmost care and skill, the shark fin is delicately wrapped in a fragrant and flavorful clear broth, resulting in a dish that is both elegant and rich in taste. This dish truly showcases the fusion of traditional Japanese and bold Chinese flavors that Chef Kentaro Nishibuchi is known for.

The menu at Nishibuchi Hanten offers a variety of other delectable dishes that combine the best of both worlds - the delicate and refined techniques of Japanese cuisine with the bold and vibrant flavors of Chinese cooking. The chef's dedication to quality is evident in every dish, and the restaurant's commitment to excellence has earned them prestigious awards such as the Silver Award from The Tabelog Award 2023 and the recognition as one of the top 100 Chinese restaurants in the West region.

Whether you are a fan of traditional Chinese cuisine or looking to embark on a culinary adventure, Nishibuchi Hanten is a must-visit destination in Kyoto. Immerse yourself in the harmonious blend of flavors, indulge in the exquisite presentation, and let the warm smile of Chef Nishibuchi and his team make your dining experience truly unforgettable.

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Nishibuchi Hanten Overview


444-2 Kamibentenchō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto 605-0822


+81 (0) 75-561-1650


6 minutes walk from Gion Shijo Station

Operating Hours

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

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Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List


Sake Selection

Nishibuchi Hanten Reviews

Nishibuchi Hanten Google Average Rating



I really enjoyed the dinner, which was very different from others.


A store I've always wanted to visit.
Nishibuchi Hotel. Last time, there was no sign of the coronavirus pandemic. . . This is my first visit since I was invited.

I heard that it was quite difficult to get a reservation.
We had a relaxing meal in a private room on the second floor.
There are parts of it that are similar to Japanese kaiseki or Japanese cuisine.
Gentle Chinese food. Even the sauce and seasonings are delicious.
You might even find that they even serve high quality mapo tofu.
Almond tofu dessert
We had the juice of Sanpokan squeezed out.

This is a restaurant where you can enjoy until the very end.
Everything is delicious and the service is great.
We had a fun night! ︎


Feels like a combination of Chinese and Japanese food✨

The seasoning was mild 🥰

The shark fin was also grilled so the texture was great❗

There's a swallow's nest inside the chicken, so it's classy 😋

Blue cheese goes perfectly with grilled pork.
Teriyaki with honey was the best

The Matsuba crab and bonito were also great and I was very satisfied 🎵

Oysters from Lake Saroma🦪It was super delicious and the meat was perfectly cooked🤩

The spiny lobster was well seasoned and had a nice sweetness⤴️The flesh fell easily with a fork.

Tianjin rice is now a drink

The Shaoxing wine ice cream and pineapple cake at the end were so delicious🎶

It was really great that you invited me 🥰

It's difficult to make reservations, but it's worth going to.

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