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Shokudo Ogawa

Shokudo Ogawa Description

Located in Kyoto, Shokudo Ogawa is a hidden gem that offers a unique dining experience. This Japanese restaurant has been recognized for its excellence, receiving the prestigious Silver Award from The Tabelog Awards in 2023 and being selected as one of the top 100 Japanese cuisine restaurants in the West region.

As you step into Shokudo Ogawa, you'll be greeted by a cozy and intimate atmosphere. The restaurant features a traditional counter seating arrangement, with only 13 seats available. The skilled chef effortlessly prepares and fillets the fish right in front of you, showcasing his precise and masterful techniques. It's truly a delight to witness his expertise while immersing yourself in the authentic Japanese dining experience.

What sets Shokudo Ogawa apart is not only the exceptional quality of its food but also the warm and welcoming ambiance. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a regular customer, you'll feel right at home. The friendly staff and the lively conversations between patrons create a friendly and inviting atmosphere. It's a place where food, the chef, customers, and the restaurant itself come together harmoniously to create an unforgettable dining experience.

When it comes to the menu, Shokudo Ogawa offers a variety of mouthwatering dishes that showcase the best of Japanese cuisine. From fresh sashimi to perfectly grilled seafood, each dish is prepared with the utmost care and attention to detail. The menu also includes a range of traditional Japanese delicacies, such as tempura and sushi, all made with the finest ingredients.

If you're looking for a truly authentic and memorable dining experience in Kyoto, Shokudo Ogawa is the place to be. With its exceptional cuisine, intimate atmosphere, and friendly staff, this restaurant is a must-visit for anyone seeking a taste of Japan's culinary delights.

Shokudo Ogawa Overview


204 Sendōchō, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto 600-8019


+81 (0) 75-351-6833


5 minute walk from Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Line)
7 minute walk from Gion Shijo Station (Keihan Line)
2 minute walk from Kyoto Kawaramachi Station

Operating Hours

Sun: 4:00PM-11:00PM
Mon: 4:00PM-11:00PM
Tue: 4:00PM-11:00PM
Wed: Closed
Thur: 4:00PM-11:00PM
Fri: 4:00PM-11:00PM
Sat: 4:00PM-11:00PM

Payment methods


Restaurant Features

Take-out Available

Reservations Accepted

Wine List


Sake Selection

Stylish Interior

Shokudo Ogawa Reviews

Shokudo Ogawa Google Average Rating



Arguably the best restaurant in Kyoto. Highly impressive, somewhat progressive dishes in a really friendly, social atmosphere.


Great meat


This was my first visit to Ogawa Restaurant, which is famous for being the most difficult restaurant to get reservations in Japan.

When I asked the president of a real estate agency in Kyoto, ``Have you ever been to Shokudo Ogawa?'' he said yes. I have a reservation slot for next November, would you like to go? If you don't mind hearing that, please come! Fortunately, I was able to go there.

I entered the store at 17:00 when it opened. The restaurant has 14 seats, including only counter seats. The interior of the restaurant is reminiscent of an old folk house and has a nostalgic atmosphere.

The first dish is salmon roe pickled in soy sauce. There was sticky rice underneath the salmon roe, and it was delicious with a chewy texture and a gentle salty taste.

Next is sea cucumber vinegar. The crunchy texture and the sourness of the citrus were exquisite and it was extremely delicious.

Next is turnip. The piping hot turnips and the delicious miso sauce were a perfect match.

Next is conger conger. He cuts the bone in front of me and I'm looking forward to it even before it comes out. The meaty hamo was so delicious that it couldn't be compared to any hamo I've ever eaten.

Next is the puffer fish. Even though the ponzu sauce contains a lot of green onions, the grated mijioroshi is a little spicy to my liking. The food was satisfying in terms of quantity and quality, and I enjoyed it with sake.

Next is cod milt. The ponzu sauce was topped with Japanese pepper, which also disappeared quickly.

Next is fried puffer fish. The thick and fluffy fried chicken was delicious as Mr. Ogawa carefully removed the bones.

Next is sesame tofu. It was my first time to eat sesame tofu fried, and the bean paste was exquisite with a gentle seasoning.

Next is the dashimaki egg. Crack the eggs into a large bowl, add the dashi stock, and Mr. Ogawa will make dashimaki omelets for eight people at a time. Fluffy fried dashimaki tamago has a softness that feels more like steamed than fried, and is carefully shaped and served after being baked. This is also a delicious dish with gentle seasoning.

Next is Hamokatsu sandwich. It's an exquisite dish with fried conger cutlet fried on fragrant bread lightly browned with salamander, marinated in sauce, and spicy.

Last is mackerel sushi. The soft, sour vinegared rice and the odorless mackerel went perfectly together and were delicious.

With this content, you can enjoy proper Japanese cuisine, so it's understandable that you can't make reservations. I enjoyed the valuable experience.

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