Mar. 22, 2019 UPDATE

Popular Gion Moriwaki

- 祇園もりわき -
Gion Moriwaki is a restaurant where you can enjoy all aspects of kaiseki dining
Gion Moriwaki just opened in the southern Gion area, which is full of fancy restaurants, in 2014. From outside, the restaurant looks simple, and if it didn’t have its dividing curtains on the door you might mistake it for someone’s house. The owner-chef of the restaurant has trained at some of the best Japanese restaurants and hotels in Kyoto, and this can easily be seen the dishes he makes; they look incredible, and even though the chef uses some very luxurious ingredients the prices of the courses are quite reasonable. The counter of the restaurant is made from a cherry tree, and on it, you’re served seasonal dishes which reflect the change of seasons in Kyoto perfectly. This restaurant is very welcoming for firstcomers when you think of the area it is located in, and it’s great for both lunch and dinner, and also for those who have not had kaiseki before. The restaurant takes pride in their kaiseki cuisine and its Japanese taste and the taste of the dashi they use.
Lunch course / Dinner course
Lunch course / Dinner course / Lunch: Starting from ¥3,500 (+tax), Dinner: Starting from ¥7,000 (+tax)
They only have courses for both lunch and dinner. For lunch, they have three types: the 3,500 yen course, 5,500 yen course, and 7,000 yen course. For dinner, they have the 7,000 yen course, 10,000 yen course, and 13,000 yen course. They only have 10 seats, six at the counter and four at the table, so making a reservation is recommended. In the picture, you can see the small hot pot of the day, which this day was a turtle.
Handmade soba noodles
Handmade soba noodles
The owner-chef of Gion Moriwaki takes grade pride in the restaurants famous “last dish of the day” which for this restaurant is not white rice, but soba noodles. Before opening the restaurant, the owner-chef happened to find an excellent type of buckwheat, which he now uses to make the noodles. First, eat some of the noodles as-is, then add some salt to them, and lastly dip them into the dipping sauce.
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Sake / Starting from ¥800
Gion Moriwaki always stocks at least 10 types of sakes for you to enjoy with the food. You can order the sake you like, or you can ask for their recommendation. In the picture, you can see Matsu no Tsukasa’s Daiginjo.
Eating at the counter made from a cherry tree
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Eating at the counter made from a cherry tree
You can see the thought that has gone into the interior of the restaurant. The counter made from a cherry tree is an especially majestic sight, and it’s something that helps you get away from the mundane and into the beautiful Japanese atmosphere of Moriwaki. From these seats, you get to see up close how the owner-chef works his magic.
How to Order

how to order - Gion Moriwaki

When you order sake, you get to choose your sake cup yourself. So, take your cup, and start enjoying sake! 

- Order Tips -

If you have allergies or things you don’t want to eat, please convey this to the restaurant when making a reservation. 

3.5 food4.0 service3.0 atmosphere3.5
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.3 food4.0 service3.0 atmosphere3.0
This was my first time having a real kaiseki dinner experience in Kyoto. Before, I have had kaiseki, but not in a restaurant as authentic as Gion Moriwaki. I probably don't need to even say that the dishes were delicious, but what surprised me most was how beautiful the dishes we were served were. Even the antique plates and bowls they used were works of art, and indeed, some of them were from the Ming period in China, something like 400 years ago! The dinner was an experience. An experience I would like to have again someday.
3.7 food4.0 service3.0 atmosphere4.0
Gion Moriwaki is one of the most famous restaurants in the southern Gion area. This time we had the 13,000 yen course, and oh boy, the fresh ingredients were all just so fresh! We got a dish after another and had a great time. The owner-chef and his wife were both very hospitable, and I consider this restaurant a great choice also for those who are having kaiseki for the first time. Once you have eaten at Gion Moriwaki, you'll want to recommend the restaurant to others.
3.7 food4.5 service3.5 atmosphere3.0
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.7 food4.5 service3.5 atmosphere3.0
Gion Moriwaki / 祇園もりわき
Category Kaiseki / Kyo Ryori (Kyoto Cuisine)
Phone +81 75-525-1030
Address 570-177 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions A 5-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station or an 8-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station.
Open Hours Lunch: 12 noon-1:30 p.m. Dinner: 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Reservations Accepted. (They prefer reservations through hotel concierges)
Closed Thursdays.
Notes Please note that they don’t accept credit cards.
Price range
Credit cards Not accepted.
Good for Romantic, With Friends
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
They use Google Translate to communicate with you in English.
Menu No menu.
Lanuages spoken Only Japanese.
Number of seats 6 seats at the counter and one table seating 4 people.
Private dining rooms No.
Non smoking / smoking Nonsmoking.
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