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Pontocho Fujita

4.6
4.6
47 Reviews
¥5,001 to ¥10,000
Japanese (Kaiseki)

【Note the following】
Please note that most of our meals contain fish stock, fish and meats.

Pontocho Fujita is an authentic Japanese restaurant. The restaurant itself is rather large, with a total of three separate stories. Pontocho Fujita's first floor is the main dining area and also features a 12 seat countertop and sushi bar. Pontocho Fujita second floor holds three separate private dining rooms that guests can reserve if they wish to only dine with their party out of the hustle and bustle of the main dining room. The third and final story has a banquet hall that is ideal for private events and catered parties.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese (Kaiseki)

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Tue–Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm (last seating at 1:00 pm)
    Dinner
    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm (last seating at 7:30 pm)

    There may be exceptions to the above schedule. Please use the search function to confirm availability.

  • Phone number

    075-255-0500

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

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What 47 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Chef carefully prepared exquisite food in an intimate setting. He was kind and easy to talk to only further making the evening more special. Will never forget this foray into traditional Japanese cuisine!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kyoto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    美味しいかったです。また、おじゃましたいとおもいます。おすすめいたします。

  3. T

    Terry

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2019

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    This felt like a very traditional Kaiseke experience. Food was good without being outstanding.

  4. FH

    FleurH

    Tokyo

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Très bon souvenir de ce restaurant et nous avons apprécié l'effort des restaurateurs pour nous présenter leurs plats.

  5. KM

    KathrynM

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was my best meal in all of Kyoto. I loved this experience. Highly recommend.

  6. KC

    KCNYC

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the most memorable meals we had in Kyoto. The Chef was charming and patient. He explained all of his delicious creations to us in fluent English. Highly recommend!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Shanghai

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal and truly wonderful Japanese dining experience

  8. R

    Richard

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent repas dégustation Recommande chaleureusement

  9. D

    Dallasdiner

    Dallas

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic experience! The staff was welcoming and friendly. Each course was carefully prepared and carefully explained. The highlight was the tofu in sesame sauce, although each dish was excellent. Well-paced, attractive setting. The sous chef even walked us out to the Main Street and hailed a cab for us! Highlight of our two weeks in Japan!

  10. DA

    DamienA

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Lovely kaiseki dinner - subtle rather than bold favors, some wonderful dishes (deep fried sesame tofu - amazing!), some average (our ‘main course’ was a random assortment of so-so dishes, with no coherence) - but come here for the experience. Friendly, characterful chef who explains his dishes - in a ‘local’ (read, bright and very Japanese), on a beautiful old Kyoto street. Well worth seeking out! There is no English sign so follow the Open Table map.

  11. P

    Peteralan

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2018

    overall2food3service5ambience4

    Exquisite food. Each course more interesting than the last. The chef, who explains each dish, is both charming and brilliant. The restaurant is a little hard to find, but well worth the effort. Not to be missed.

  12. E

    Emily

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful meal and unbelievable service. Every dish was explained to us as it was served. The chef was very humble and kind. Memorable, would certainly eat here again.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about this place was perfection. The chef, the food, the service, the attention, the education... I find myself feeling privileged to have had this experience.

  14. WC

    WilliamC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was my first kaiseki experience, and it was absolutely amazing. I was easily full off the 8 set menu, even after a full day of touring Kyoto. The best part was the variety among the different dishes, including sushi and delicious tofu. I would come again in a heartbeat.

  15. B

    Bellifontaine

    Tokyo

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Nous avions fait une réservation pour 2. A notre arrivée on nous installe d’office dans une affreuse salle au 1er étage (décoration datée, très mauvais éclairage, moquette salle). Nous sommes redescendus et avons demandé au patron 2 places au bar. Il n’a pas essayé de trouver une solution et nous a annoncé que tout était complet . Nous sommes donc partis et avons trouvé mieux ailleurs !

  16. SS

    SelenaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved everything about our kaiseki experience. We made a Saturday lunch reservation and were surprised to have the entire dining area to ourselves for a good part of the meal. The food was delicious — you could really taste the pure flavour and freshness of each main ingredient. Chefs were warm and willing to explain every dish in English.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2018

    overall2food1service2ambience4

    Does not cater to special diet. Requested gluten free and was told nothing could be prepared for us, even though menu states "tell us any allergies and we will accommodate." Disappointed, we left.

  18. MW

    MWS27

    Toronto

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was perfect!! The chef and staff were very friendly. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastica cena

  20. SG

    StevenG

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We wanted to try a Kaiseki dinner in Kyoto and heard that Pontocho Fujita provided wonderful Kaiseki at a reasonable price. We chose the 9 course 11,500¥ option. It was probably one of the ten finest meals we have ever had. Tanaka, the chef, explained the components of each of the 9 courses, which included many items that we had never tasted before. The courses included seven different seafood selections, Kobe beef, and duck. The restaurant is small - only 12 seats all at the counter, and it was a pleasure to watch the preparation and beautiful presentation of each course.

  21. JN

    JeffN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing Kaiseki experience. The chef was the ultimate host and really shared his passion for Japanese cuisine with us.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and even better atmosphere. A must try in Japan.

  23. JA

    JasonA

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent kaiseki dinner with friendly service, not stuffy or intimidating. Chef spoke excellent English and explained dishes one by one. I strongly recommend for visitors to Kyoto who want to try the famous seasonal cuisine.

  24. M

    Madgem

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Caring and passionate chef, innovative taste combinations.

  25. a

    abc101

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, every course we had was delicious. The service was great with the staff taking care explain all the food to us - even using a specialist Japanese-English culinary dictionary to check unusual ingredients! Pricey but worth it :-)

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was one of the best dining experiences of my life. My girlfriend and I live in Chicago so we are familiar with lots of great restaurants. Starting off we arrived at our our reservation time, but their opentable reservation system wasn't working so we had to come back an hour later. The chef and the team was extremely apologetic, bowing numerous times. We came back an hour later to have two seats ready for us amongst Japanese customers (something that was really nice from touristy spots we had previously been to). We ordered sake and two 9-course kaisekis. Every dish we carefully planned out and was attempted to be thoroughly explained in english. Partway through our meal the chef gave us two plates of o-toro as a thank you and apology for the earlier mistake for the table. Later at the end of the night we had asked the team for recommendations for sake and one of the sous chefs escorted us to a place down the street. This was a memorable experience that I highly recommend.

  27. S

    Shigeto323

    Tokyo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    初めて伺いましたが、田中料理長との楽しい会話をしながらのお食事は大変美味しく、日本酒のセレクトも良く最高でした。京都には年に3回は旅行していますが、次回も必ず行きたいお店になりそうです。

  28. SK

    SKshrews

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent Kaseki style Mixture of different meat, seafood, vegetable dishes, all relatively small. Staff was very good trying to explain, in English, the dishes and how to eat them.

  29. M

    Matthew

    Beijing

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely awesome service. My girlfriend is Chinese and the head chef drew out (yes, as in draw) the dishes in color with the characters for her. Best service I have ever had hands down. Food was good, definitely more fit for those wanting to experience traditional Japanese dishes. Add in the sake and it's good for me.

  30. u

    uriuri

    Tokyo

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    味は申し分ないのですが、ちょっとドタバタしています。調理場も近く、静かに味わうと言う雰囲気ではなかったです。初めて行くのには、ちょっとアウェイ感があるかも。

  31. SF

    SFfoodie

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely atmosphere and service. A terrific Kaiseki experience in Kyoto.

  32. KG

    KyotoGuest67

    Kyoto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Food was soso, no surprise, just normal food, don't think it's good value for money

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Truly memorable meal. Kaiseki is as much an art as it is food. Nine courses were beautifully prepared and presented. This is a meal for the food adventurous. I'm not sure what I ate though the chef had a Japanese English dictionary because the ingredients were unfamiliar, but it was all delicious.

  34. J

    Jasonreviewsoc

    Orange County

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A+ dinner experience. I highly recommend this restaurant when you are in the Kyoto area.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tokyo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Chef Tanaka was so friendly!

  36. KS

    KSLT

    Denver

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you are visiting Kyoto, Japan, and you want to try one of the highest forms of Japanese cuisine, Kaiseki, this would be a great place to go. We really enjoyed it. It is on the "hot" narrow little street for Kyoto restaurants, Pontocho, and is much easier to book because it is on Open Table. Getting a reservation at the dozens of other little restaurants on Pontocho can be very difficult, especially during sakura season, since they are not on any English language centralized reservation service that we could find.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Oishi! Chef explains each dish carefully, both with respect to ingredients and preparation. English spoken and menu as well.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Pontocho Fujita was absolutely amazing. I loved Kyoto and wanted to go to a kaiseki meal while I was there so I took myself out. The chef and the staff were superb, explaining all the dishes and how they were made. It was amazing watching everything being prepared but even more amazing to eat it all. This was by far by favorite meal in Japan and one of my favorites of all time.

  39. MT

    MrTFung

    Kyoto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Pontocho Fujita is a great place for a first-timer to Kaiseki meals. It's tucked away in a food district in Kyoto but isn't too hard to fine with the help of google maps and images. Once you arrive, the service was impeccable. We arrived for the last reservation of the night so we had the whole restaurant to ourselves. This made the dining experience very intimate as the head chef dedicated a lot of time explaining not only the ingredients of each dish, but the history and inspiration behind it. On top of this, we were amazed by the dedication of the head chef to explain each dish in English even though he wasn't fluent. He even went as far as to pull out a Japanese-English food dictionary and challenged his assistant chefs to speak in English as well. Overall, this was easily among the top 5 dining experiences in my life and was worth every penny. We choose a 8 course tasting menu ~9800Yen and every dish was delicious and well thought out. We definitely recommend this place for anybody to try.

  40. LQ

    LilianaQ

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service So much attention to detail

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Pontocho Fujita is rated 4.6 stars by 47 OpenTable diners

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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Google Map for Pontocho Fujita

Pontocho Kaburenjo-mae, Sanjo Sagaru, Pontocho Chukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 604-0000

  • Neighbourhood

    Kyoto

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Tue–Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm (last seating at 1:00 pm)
    Dinner
    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm (last seating at 7:30 pm)

    There may be exceptions to the above schedule. Please use the search function to confirm availability.

  • Cuisines

    Japanese (Kaiseki)

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Public Transit

    3 minutes walk from Exit 6 of Sanjo Station on Keihan main Line<br> 8 minute walk from Gion Shijo Station on Keihan main line<br> 7 minutes walk from Kawaramachi Station on Hankyu Kyoto main line

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Counter Seating, Private Room

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