Mar. 19, 2019 UPDATE

Oryori Kaiseki Icaro

- 御料理 懐石 イカロ -
Enjoy freshly made deliciousness the chef has poured his heart into
Oryori Kaiseki Icaro is a two-minute walk from subway Marutamachi Station, so it’s incredibly easy to get to the restaurant. Inside the restaurant is well-lighted, clean, and you can admire seasonal flower art in a comfortable atmosphere. Right now the owner-chef of Icaro, Mr. Yamauchi, cooks everything by himself, but no matter how busy he gets, he still won’t make anything beforehand. This is because he wants the customers to be able to taste his dishes at their very best. Mr. Yamauchi is very passionate about his food, and he’s looking for better ways to cook every time he is carefully making his seasonal dishes. When eating here, I was surprised by how good the intrinsic taste of the ingredients was!
Icaro kaiseki
Icaro kaiseki / ¥11,000
This is Icaro’s main course menu. The meal starts with a glass of black bean tea, and from appetizers to the last dish, rice altogether contains eight dishes. The ingredients are bought from shops the chef trusts, so they’re the best ones you can get. From the beginning to the end, you can always feel the dedication of the chef and wonder at just how customer-focused he is. This is the best-value course menu at Icaro, so if it’s your first time, I recommend ordering the Icaro kaiseki.
Course menu
Course menu / ¥8,000 and up
An “omakase” course menu by the chef (the choices are all up to the chef). This course meal contains six dishes from appetizers to the last dish, which is rice. This course contains many seasonal ingredients, and by eating them you can feel the current season. Like the Icaro kaiseki course, the artistic sense of the chef shines in the cooking methods and garnishments of the dishes. I hope you will get a chance to taste the umami of the simple ingredients at Icaro. The price changes depending on the ingredients used and the number of dishes.
3Let's Try!
The sake selection at Icaro is chosen by the chef; each one is better than the last. The sake here goes beautifully with the food, but it’s also delicious drunken as is. He is not choosing sake by its price, but by the taste, so they’re all exceptional. When you’re going to Icaro, be sure to enjoy a cup of the chef’s recommended sake.
How to Order

Icaro menu

The menu is only in Japanese. 

The dishes are made by the chef to suit the patrons. 

- Order Tips -

Icaro is also open for breakfast, but breakfast is limited to a maximum of two groups per morning. 

*Note that you need to make a reservation by 10 p.m. by the previous day. 

Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 2,800 yen (white rice boiled in an earthenware pot, grilled dish, egg dish, and two or three other dishes)

If you have any other requirements, ask the chef (such as you want to go to the restaurant when it’s not normally open, or if you want Buddhist or vegetarian cuisine, or if you want something from their dinner menu for lunch). 

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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.0 food3.0 service3.0 atmosphere3.0
I was impressed with how carefully made each dish was. Even the eggplant in the miso soup was grilled beforehand! I was so impressed by the amount of work that went into the dishes. The tableware was so beautiful I could feel the chef’s passion for them too. I hope you will also notice the tableware when you go to Icaro!
2.7 food2.0 service3.0 atmosphere3.0
Oryori Kaiseki Icaro is a wonderful restaurant where you can feel the passion of the chef, Mr. Yamauchi, all around you. The freshly made dishes are all exceptional, but you can also enjoy the beautiful tableware and seasonal flowers; enjoy Icaro with your five senses.
3.8 food3.8 service4.0 atmosphere3.5
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.8 food4.0 service4.0 atmosphere3.5
3.7 food3.5 service4.0 atmosphere3.5
Oryori Kaiseki Icaro / 御料理 懐石 イカロ
Category Kaiseki / Kyo Ryori (Kyoto Cuisine)
Phone +81 75-253-6562
Address 135-1 Shochiku-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions A 2-minute walk from subway Karasuma line Marutamachi Station’s exit 5 or 6.
Open Hours 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. *If you want to go to Icaro earlier or later, contact the restaurant.
Reservations Accepted
Closed Wednesdays
Price range
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners / Accepted
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
They have no English menu but can understand some simple English.
Menu Only Japanese
Lanuages spoken Some simple English.
Number of seats 11
Private dining rooms No
Non smoking / smoking Nonsmoking
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