The chef cooks right before your eyes! A famed kaiseki restaurant offering dishes blending tradition and originality
Gion is a district of Kyoto known for its vibrant streets.
Founded in 1988, Gion Maruyama is a kaiseki (traditional full-course Japanese cuisine) restaurant located in an alleyway in the center of Gion. The restaurant, a wooden building made with traditional Japanese techniques, is a beautiful piece of architecture in and of itself.
The first floor has counter seating, while the second has private rooms next to a garden. The decor is equally beautiful, including flowers and hanging scrolls.
The dishes are made with seasonal ingredients, including some that you don’t often see at other restaurants. On top of that, the food is based on the traditional techniques of Japanese cuisine, with the addition of Gion Maruyama’s own unique creations, giving each dish an original taste that can only be enjoyed here. The restaurant is known for its aromatic grilled dishes, made over a charcoal fire right next to the seats. Sweetfish in the summer, matsutake mushrooms in the autumn, and crab in the winter are among the delights that can be found on the grill here.
Naturally, the food is delicious, but the appearance and aroma of the foods are also made to be enjoyed. Just one visit will be enough to understand why Gion Maruyama has become a standard among kaiseki restaurants in Kyoto.
*Making a reservation beforehand is recommended. Reservations should be made through a professional such as a hotel concierge.
/ Lunch：￥8,000～(+tax・service charged) ・Dinner：￥1,5000～(+tax・service charged)
You can enjoy dishes made with seasonal ingredients, including products of Kyoto. First and foremost, Gion Maruyama upholds traditional Japanese culinary techniques passed down through the generations. They add their own original touches to offer truly new dishes. We hope you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy them, while also admiring the lovely bowls and plates.
*Menus are changed on an irregular basis.
When you order a full-course meal (￥25,000 and up), the chef comes over right next to your seat, and prepares a char-grilled dish on the spot. This is a chance to check out the chef’s technique, while enjoying the scents that drift on by during the cooking. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see food being prepared before your eyes. *Photo: Salt-grilled sweetfish, offered during the summer.
A moment of introspection, viewing the décor
Gion Maruyama pays special attention not only to the cuisine, but to creating spaces for enjoying the cuisine. The restaurant is a wooden building in the sukiya style, one of the architectural styles of Japan. We’d love you to experience the atmosphere of this authentically traditional Japanese building. The interior is beautifully decorated with flowers and hanging scrolls, making every moment in the restaurant an enjoyable one.