Enjoy the highest-grade beef from Japanese Black cattle at Gion Karoku
Gion Karoku is on the south-side of Gion, on an area where you have a plethora of choices when it comes to fancy dining. It’s a popular Japanese BBQ (Yakiniku) restaurant where you can enjoy the best beef possible while you enjoy a view of the inner garden. All the meat served at Gion Karoku has to meet the strict quality standards of the best Japanese Black cattle, which is why they only serve beef with a rating of A4 or better. The meat here is fatty and full of umami, but the taste is very refined, as expected from meat of this caliber. The beef cut with which you can taste this to its full potential is the under blade roast, which literally just melts in your mouth. The restaurant is also famous for its dessert room. After you finish enjoying your meal, you’re guided to the dessert room on the second floor. The spirit lamps on the table are all lit, and the atmosphere is fantastic, perfect for something sweet after a tasty meal of wagyu beef.
The chef's recommended course
The chef's recommended course / ¥13,000 per person
The A course consists of only specially selected Japanese black beef above the rank of A4 and is proudly recommended by the head chef. This satisfying course begins with an assortment of Kimchi, followed by the choregi salad, 8 different styles of specially selected beef, Bibimbap and sorbet for dessert.
Under blade roast
Under blade roast / ¥2,500
The under blade roast even looks beautiful, but the taste is something I’d also like you to experience. You can have it with wasabi made in Shizuoka Prefecture or Karoku’s special tare, though it’s really good with either one.
Karoku classic
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Karoku classic: Special beef tongue with green onion and salt / ¥3,000
This Karoku classic is eaten by grilling the tongue with the green onion and grated green onion inside it. While some of our readers may not be so versed in the world of beef innards, the tongue is a fairly easy one to start with, and at Karoku it tastes absolutely phenomenal, so I wish you’ll give it a try.
Dessert room
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Dessert room
You can enjoy desserts and a cup of tea on the second floor after you finish your dinner, so it is my wish that you go up to the second floor to enjoy this room. The feeling you get here, reminiscing about the beef you just had; it’s just special.
How to Order

The staff will help you grill the meats recommended. That’s why you get to eat the meat when it’s at its absolute best.

- Order Tips -

tips - Karoku

The English menu has the names of the parts of cow written on it, so you can look at this chart while you order. 

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Karoku offers Japanese beef of only the highest quality, but the restaurant is not only great because of this. Their service is top-notch, and the atmosphere is pretty much like nowhere else. The dessert room on the second floor is the epitome of this; the feeling at the dessert room is that of utmost comfort and luxury.
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It’s such a nice experience to enjoy high-quality beef from a Japanese garden! The melt-in-your-mouth beef and the wagyu rice dish were so good I’m probably never going to forger them. The dessert room was something else, it was a romantic space lit by candlelight that was just the perfect ending. The staff was really attentive and friendly, and I felt like I was served very well. You need to taste the beef here!
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Gion Karoku / 祇園 鹿六
Category Yakiniku (Japanese BBQ), Wagyu / Steak
Phone +81 75-561-6500
Address 566-25 Komatsu-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions A 12-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station or a 15-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station.
Open Hours Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday and holidays: 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Last orders at 1:30 p.m.) *Reservation only for lunch. Better to reserve also for dinner. Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday: 5:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m. (Last orders at 10:30 p.m.) Sundays and holidays: 5 p.m.-11 p.m. (Last orders at 10 p.m.)
Reservations Accepted.
Closed Mondays and New Year’s holidays.
Price range
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners / Accepted.
Good for Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
They have staff who can speak English, their menu is in English, and because the restaurant is very popular among foreign tourists they are also very used to foreign customers. So this restaurant is an easy choice!
Menu English.
Lanuages spoken Some simple English
Number of seats 58.
Private dining rooms Yes.
Non smoking / smoking Separated areas for smokers and nonsmokers.
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