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Tempura Kawatatsu Description

Located in Kyoto, Tempura Kawatatsu is a renowned restaurant specializing in tempura, a traditional Japanese dish consisting of lightly battered and deep-fried seafood and vegetables. As one of the selected restaurants in the Tempura Hyakumeiten 2023 (Tempura Top 100), Tempura Kawatatsu has gained recognition for its exceptional culinary skills and dedication to the art of tempura.

What sets Tempura Kawatatsu apart from other dining establishments is its commitment to using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. The chefs at Tempura Kawatatsu carefully select seasonal seafood and vegetables to create their tempura dishes, ensuring that each bite is bursting with flavor and texture. The delicate and crispy batter perfectly complements the natural sweetness of the ingredients, resulting in a harmonious and satisfying dining experience.

One of the standout menu items at Tempura Kawatatsu is their signature tempura set, which includes a variety of tempura items such as shrimp, fish, and vegetables. Each piece of tempura is meticulously prepared to achieve the perfect balance of crispiness and tenderness. The set is served with a side of rice, miso soup, and pickles, providing a complete and satisfying meal.

The restaurant's interior is tastefully decorated, with a traditional Japanese aesthetic that creates a serene and welcoming atmosphere. The counter seating allows guests to witness the skilled chefs in action as they expertly prepare each piece of tempura. The attentive and knowledgeable staff at Tempura Kawatatsu are always ready to provide recommendations and ensure that every guest has a memorable dining experience.

For those seeking an authentic and unforgettable tempura dining experience in Kyoto, Tempura Kawatatsu is a must-visit destination. With its dedication to quality ingredients, skilled craftsmanship, and warm hospitality, this restaurant truly embodies the essence of Japanese cuisine.

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Tempura Kawatatsu Overview


65 Kuzekawaharachō, Minami Ward, Kyoto 601-8201


+81 (0) 75-921-0865


25 minute walk from Rakusai-guchi Station
13 minute walk from Katsura-gawa Station

Operating Hours

Sun: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:30PM-10:00PM
Mon: 5:30PM-10:00PM
Tue: Closed
Wed: 5:30PM-10:00PM
Thur: 5:30PM-10:00PM
Fri: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:30PM-10:00PM
Sat: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:30PM-10:00PM

Payment methods

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

Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List


Private Dining Room


Sake Selection

Tempura Kawatatsu Reviews

Tempura Kawatatsu Google Average Rating



Incredible experience, very cozy and relaxing spot - we sat at the counter and watched the chef get to work! Tempura was light, fresh, and every ingredient carefully selected. The chef was very friendly and took care of us despite knowing little, but enough English to explain and chat to us! Highly recommend!


Incredible tempura! It may seem pricey at first glance, but the quality and volume you receive is worth twice as much if you were to go to a similar tempura restaurant in downtown Kyoto.

Fantastic and friendly service, delicious food, relaxed and zen atmosphere, great value for money, and a local feel.

Would highly recommend.


By luck we found this place. Great experience of Kyoto traditional tempura course. Food and service is perfect! Thank you 里子 and chef 川辰:) definitely will come back next time!

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