10 great wine bars and restaurants in Kyoto 2023
Kyoto is a vivid and diverse wine city, where you can find everything from Michelin restaurants to small wine bars with a cosy ambience. Here is the guide to the best wine spots in Kyoto, selected by Star Wine List's ambassador Wataru Iwata.
Phone: +81 75-231-1995
Address: Higashiikesuchō, Kyoto Nakagyo Ward
Cave de K is a wine and Champagne bar located in KIYAMACHI-NIJYO, a quiet area right by the Kamo River. Here, you can enjoy a various selection of wine and Champagne by the glass. Their speciality is to serve Champagne by magnum bottle (they even serve Krug by the glass, and of course on magnum). Apart from that, they serve a unique sweets menu, with dishes creamy-textured pancake which goes well with the Champagne. They are open from 11:00-24:00, so this is a place where you can enjoy anything from lunch, aperitif, or some whisky and cocktails after the dinner. Cave de K is owned by the ver...
Phone: +81 75-708-5307
Address: 44-7 Shōgoin Entomichō, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto
Cenci is a one Michelin-starred restaurant located in Shogoin, close to HEIAN Shrine, in Kyoto. The restaurant also ended up at 91st place on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2021. Here, you will find a very refined Italian cuisine and enjoy specially selected ingredients such as Japanese Prosciutto – PÄRSÙT – on the tasting menu. The natural wine pairings are outstanding and you can always find something new and exciting to drink if you ask the sommeliers. The interior is warm and nostalgic, which makes you feel like staying in an authentic and classic European restaurant.
Phone: +81 75-561-2741
Address: 227-3 Nishinochō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Chihana is a very famous traditional Japanese restaurant in the quiet area of Gion in Kyoto. Since it opened in 1946, the restaurant has been attracting a lot of gourmets from all over the world. They have eight counter-seats and one table, so it is always crowded. Unfortunately, they do not have a wine list to read, but just ask what is available! The selections of Burgundy and Champagne are always good, and every dish that the team present go well with fine wines.
Phone: +81 75-561-6653
Address: Tominagachō, Kyoto Higashiyama Ward
Coupe de Champagne is a classic Champagne bar in Gion, Kyoto’s most famous Geiko and Maiko district, filled with shops, restaurant and bars. Here you will find a great selection of Champagne, both by the glass and by the bottle. Sommelier Akira Ota not only provides great Champagne but also very cozy and friendly atmosphere. If you like to find rare Champagne, or just quench a wine thirst, this is the most ideal place in Kyoto.
Phone: +81 75-531-3733
Address: 570-206 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Gion Rakumi is a Japanese restaurant located in the Gion area where famous restaurants and bars are around. It is a venue that attracts many local gourmets with its warm atmosphere with a wooden counter table. The style of this restaurant is slightly different from a typical Japanese restaurant: You are initially welcomed with recommended dishes of the day, and then you can select your favourite ingredients and recipes! Unfortunately, the restaurant does not have a wine list, yet always a sommelier to help you with your choice. There is also a wine bar attached to the restaurant, which has a...
Phone: +81 50-3628-1645
Address: 168 Izumiyachō, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Honke Tankuma Honten is a one Michelin-starred restaurant located in Kiyamachi-Street where you will find a lot of small, yet interesting and unique restaurants side by side. It is one of the most traditional and authentic Kyoto-style Japanese KAISEKI restaurant in Kyoto, serving local Kyoto ingredients in a unique style. The chef, Junichi KURISU, is also a sommelier and a Sake professional, and he is in charge of all the beverages. The wine and Sake list here is one of the greatest in Kyoto, and varies in selection from Old World, New World, even to rare Japanese wine. If you travel in the...
Address: 123Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Komorebino is a natural wine bar located in Gion, Kyoto’s busiest night-time area. Here you can enjoy superb natural wine from all over the world in a friendly atmosphere. Since its opening in 2017, it is always with full of guests. Before you go back to your accommodation, I strongly suggest you stop by here and enjoy the beautiful selection of natural wine.
Phone: +81 75-231-0709
Address: 1 8 6 Tawarayachō, Kyoto Nakagyo Ward
Motoï is a one-starred Michelin restaurant in Nakagyo-Ku, the central area of Kyoto. The restaurant is housed in a building that was originally a 100-year-old traditional wooden Machiya house. Here you will find an exquisite and innovative French menu with some influences of Chinese cuisine, paired with a beautiful wine selection from France and some local Kyoto wine. The restaurant has a calm and sophisticated atmosphere with a beautiful Japanese garden outside the window. Motoï is one of few fine-dining French restaurants in Kyoto.
Phone: +81 50-5263-0556
Address: 46-3, Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward
Vena is a one-starred Michelin Restaurant in Nakagyo-Ku, the central area of Kyoto. Since its opening in 2016, it has been one of the most popular Italian restaurants in the city. Here they only have one set menu for lunch and dinner, and each course is made from seasonal ingredients. The walk-in wine cellar is quite eye-catching and filled with fine Italian wine. The sommelier collects rare vintages, and the condition of each wine is superb. They also have a wine pairing menu, which matches each dish perfectly. This place is a must if you like fine Italian cuisine and wine!
Phone: +81 75-256-8922
Address: 470 Kannondōchō, KyotoNakagyo Ward
Wine Bar Musée is a small wine bar located in the central city of Kyoto, just a three-minute walk from Shijo-Karasuma station. You will find this wine bar on the third floor in a building on a narrow street, and when you enter the bar, you will see a beautiful and elegant Japanese garden behind the counter. Here they always have more than 15 wines by the glass, and there are more than 200 different labels in the walk-in wine cellar. The selection focuses mainly on Burgundy and some rare and unique wines from the US, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, and more. There is a small counter-table and...