Jun. 12, 2023 UPDATE

Wagyu is hot in Kyoto! The best restaurants in Kyoto to enjoy wagyu beef

Trendy restaurants in Kyoto right now where you can enjoy delicious wagyu introduced!

In fact, Kyoto ranks among the highest in the nation in beef consumption per household every year. Have you heard of it? In Kyoto, the word "meat" simply means beef. Beef culture has taken root in Kyoto, partly because the surrounding lands were famous for beef. Here are some of the best places to eat delicious beef in Kyoto!

1Wagyu ryotei bungo gion

A Wagyu Beef Tasting menu in Gion, where you can meet Kyoto's Geisha and Maiko.

At Wagyu ryotei bungo gion, a Wagyu Restaurant opened in February 2023 on Shinbashi-dori, a historic street in Gion. They offer the finest Wagyu beef in a 10-course kaiseki style using dashi broth. Bungo is affiliated with a teahouse, where guests may have the opportunity to meet Geisha and Maiko during their meal, making it a unique cultural experience.

2Gion Karoku

At Gion Karoku, meat is grilled over charcoal, a rarity among yakiniku restaurants. The slow grilling of meat over charcoal makes it savory and delicious. Enjoy a meal in a Kyoto-style machiya while enjoying the garden!

3Kyoto Nakasei NikuzukisteaksKyoto Nakasei Nikuzuki

Kyoto Nakasei Nikuzuki is a restaurant run by a butcher shop with a long history of operating in Kyoto. The restaurant specializes in aged beef, and it’s said to be the first restaurant in Kyoto to have specialized in this type of beef. Besides their steaks, I’d also like to recommend their Hamburg steaks too. Their food goes well with wine, but it also pairs nicely with sake. 

4Kyoto Yakiniku HIRO KiyamachiKyoto Yakiniku HIRO Kiyamachiwagyu yukke

Kyoto Yakiniku Hiro Kiyamachi is a yakiniku (Japanese BBQ restaurant where you can enjoy exceptional wagyu for reasonable prices. Besides their yakiniku menu, they also offer such delicacies as wagyu yukke (raw wagyu served with an egg yolk) and wagyu sushi. The restaurant is located by the Kamo River, so from May to September, you can enjoy your food on the kawayuka dining platforms by the river. 

5Oniku to Yasai Hachibei 

Oniku to Yasai Hachibei, located in an alley with a Kyoto-like atmosphere. You can enjoy "meat kappou," a Kyoto-style cooking style that draws out the characteristics and flavor of fresh beef hormone, Kyoto vegetables, and seasonal ingredients.

Takuya[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]
These days, you can enjoy many kinds of dishes made with wagyu beef in Kyoto. I hope you will visit Kyoto and taste them. I’m sure you will be surprised by the umami and sweetness of wagyu!
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