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Eat and power up! Delicious eel restaurant in Kyoto

[2023] Eat and charge your power! 7 delicious eel restaurants in Kyoto

The intense heat continues, and many people are feeling tired in the summer. At times like these, recharge your energy with highly nutritious eel. The crisp yet fluffy texture and the aromatic aroma of the sauce are sure to whet your appetite. This time, we'll be picking up eel dishes recommended by our editorial team, such as eel jus and hitsumabushi, which you can enjoy not only on the day of the ox, but also all year round!

*July 30, 2023 (Sunday) May be fully booked due to busy season

1.[Daikokuya Unagihei] Pursuing the ultimate deliciousness of eel and rice / Nishiki Market

Produced by [Daikuniya], which has been selling eels at Nishiki Market for a long time. The rice, which is cooked to order in a special earthen pot at Isshiro Kiln in Hikone, goes perfectly with the plump eel meat. You will definitely be impressed by its powerful and deep flavor.

Open as usual on Doyo no Ushi no Hi. *Advance reservation only

Okuniya Unabei

Grilled eel and rice bowl (reservation required) 7,000 yen. The eel from Mikawa Isshiki is grilled white and then grilled with sauce to bring out its deliciousness. Comes with pickles and soup

Okuniya Unabei

  • Ookuniyamabee
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Nakagyo Ward, Sakaimachi-dori, Nishikikoji, Kikuya-cho 534
  • 2 minutes walk from Hankyu Karasuma Station
  • Tel.075-255-2590

2.Unagi Yondaime Kikugawa Kyoto Porta Store, a single eel selected by an eel wholesaler / Kyoto Station

Unagi Yondaime Kikukawa is operated by an eel wholesaler that has been in business for over 90 years. The famous single eel, which contains a whole eel, has a fragrant skin and is so thick that it does not shrink even when grilled.The crisp skin, fluffy meat, and melting fat in your mouth are irresistible. .

Limited menu on July 29th (Sat) and 30th (Sun), 2023
July 26th (Wednesday) to 30th (Sunday) 8:30-9:00 There will be a store opening at the Souvenir Kaido store (2F in front of the ticket gate at the west exit of JR Kyoto Station)
Opening menu / 4,480 yen for single eel boxed lunch, 3,000 yen for special eel boxed lunch, etc.

Eel 4th generation Kikukawa

One eel weighs 5,280 yen. A large, fragrant, meaty, fatty eel with a whole eel

Eel 4th generation Kikukawa

Eel IV Kikugawa Kyoto Porta branch

  • Eel Yodai Mekikukawa Kyoto Portaten
  • Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Shimogyo Ward Karasuma Dori
  • Directly connected to JR Kyoto Station
  • Tel.050-5304-3680

3.[Onionya Nyorosuke Pontocho] Kabayaki and Shirayaki double weight / Pontocho

[Negiya Heikichi], where green onions are the main character, has been renewed. You can enjoy the unaju with large eels for 4,180 yen for 1 piece, 6,160 yen for 1.5 pieces, and 8,140 yen for 2 pieces. We also recommend the extravagant eel box “Gokujo”, which has one kabayaki and one white grilled eel on top.

Open as usual on Midsummer Day of the Ox (however, reservations are not possible on a first-come, first-served basis). Reservations required for takeout by the day before.

Negiya Nyorosuke Pontocho's Unaju

Served locally grilled without steaming. You can enjoy the original taste of eel, the fat, and the texture of the meat. Unajyu from 4,180 yen (takeout from 4,104 yen)

Negiya Nyorosuke Pontocho

Negiya Nyorosuke Pontocho

  • Negiya Nyorosuke Pontocho
  • February 6, 2021 open
  • 201-4 Shimokicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 5 minutes walk from Keihan "Gion Shijo" station
  • Tel.075-256-8808

4.Luxurious Unaju of [Unashige] which sticks to the taste and size of the eel / Around the Kyoto Imperial Palace

Live eels are in the tank set behind the counter. Steaming starts after an order is placed, so you can enjoy the Kanto-style deliciousness. After steaming, it is dipped in a less sweet sauce and then broiled three times. It doesn't feel greasy at all, and only the rich flavor spreads in your mouth.

Open as usual on Doyo no Ushi no Hi (Doyou no Ushi no Hi) *Reservations given priority
Take-out is available only for regular eel bento (1 fish) 4,400 yen, large eel bento (1.5 fish) 6,000 yen, and Umaki 2,500 yen (reservation required).
*Early reservations are best for both dine-in and take-out.


Unaju (large) 6,600 yen. While a single fish is enough to satisfy your appetite, the extravagance of one and a half fish on top is exceptional. Rice is Kinuhikari from Shiga (price is subject to change)



  • March 01, 2022 open
  • Glassed Gosho 1F, 180 Shinkarasumagami-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 7 minutes on foot from Keihan Jingu Marutamachi Station
    3 minutes walk from Kawaramachi Marutamachi bus stop
  • Tel.075-741-8435

5.[Pumpkin seed] eel bowl set meal carefully grilled over Binchotan charcoal / Gion

Thick domestically produced eels are carefully grilled over Binchotan charcoal. As the owner, Mr. Yamada, says, ``The food is steamed and then grilled after you order it, so you'll have to wait about 20 minutes, but the freshly steamed food is exceptional.''As the owner says, the taste is fluffy.

Reservations are required for Doyo no Ushi no Hi. Takeout is also possible on the same day.

Kabocha no tane no naju

Lunch-limited eel bowl set meal 2,420 yen (takeout only eel bowl of the same size is 2,200 yen). Steaming removes excess fat, making Edo-yaki eels light and fluffy. Yuba and liver soup, small bowl, with pickles

Interior view of Pumpkin Seed

pumpkin seeds

  • 1F Gion Ryokaku Building, 267 Gioncho North Side, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 3 minutes walk from Keihan "Gion Shijo" station
  • Tel.075-525-2963

6.The rolls that stick out from the bowl are amazing! [Kyogoku Kaneyo] Kinshidon/Kawaramachi

A long-established eel restaurant that has served Kyoto's townspeople for over 100 years. The large-sized dashi roll that protrudes from the bowl is essential for Edo-yaki eel, which is steamed and then grilled over binchotan charcoal. The elegant dashimaki seasoned with kombu seaweed is a perfect match for the rich flavor of the eel.

Open all day on July 30th (Sunday), Midsummer Day of the Ox.
On the Midsummer Day of the Ox, both eating and drinking in the store and takeout are possible *Reservations are not possible (ends when sold out)

Kyogoku Kaneyo's kinshidon (regular)

Kinshidon (regular) 2,800 yen (2,900 yen for takeout). A simple yet powerful combination of Kyoto-style dashi rolls and Edo-style grilled eel. Enjoy the change of taste with Oi sauce and Japanese pepper

Interior view of Kaneyo Kyogoku

Kaneyo Kyogoku

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  • Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo Ward
  • 6 minutes walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae subway station
  • Tel.075-221-0669

7.Fragrant [Kyoto charcoal-grilled eel Doi fresh eel] Unaju / Gion

An eel specialty restaurant [Kyoto Charcoal-grilled Eel Doi Ikatsu Eel] will open in Fushimi in 2018 and in Gion in 2021. The thick eel is kept alive in a low-temperature cooling circulator, and grilled on the same day over charcoal for about 15 minutes. The meat is plump and soft enough to melt in your mouth.

Saturday, July 30th, takeout only. Pre-orders are available until July 28th (Friday).

Unaju regular 3,000 yen (takeout 2,700 yen) plus fluffy kinshi omelet topping for 200 yen. The umami of the eel and the taste of the dashi-flavoured egg are intertwined, and you won't be able to stop your chopsticks.

Kyoto Charcoal Grilled Eel Doi Live Eel

  • Kyoto Sumiyaki Eel Dokatsuman
  • June 1, 2021 open
  • Sansan Yasaka 1F, 492-3 Kiyoimachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 15-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station
    3 minutes walk from bus stop "Higashiyama Yasui"
  • Tel.075-746-6689
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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